Posts Categorized: Media

Catherine Winters is not the top hit for “Second Life Vancouver”

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This week, the Georgia Straight’s Stephen Hui interviewed me for Straight.com’s weekly Geek Speak feature. I just finished reading the interview and I’m happy to confirm that I didn’t sound insane or say anything terribly inappropriate this time. I find I do have something of a tendency to do this. If we’ve spoken in any… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: What does Marcellus Wallace look like?

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So I’m working on a single-serving site to finally make use of my other domain. Functionally, it’ll be a business card of sorts, featuring a more coherent bio, with links to the various ways I can be contacted online. Ultimately, I suspect I’ll roll this site into it. Anyway, while the art style I’m using is… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: “Legally, we have to refer to you as Catherine December.”

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After hearing Dave Olsen talk a bit about the restrictions being applied — in particular, to the “pedestrian corridors” being established here in Vancouver during the Olympics, I’m concerned about the implications for free speech, as well as the potential for these laws to endure after the Olympics have ended. I’ve been convinced for a long… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: Dave Olsen & the True North Media House

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Dave Olsen stopped by Workspace this evening to cheer some of us on and tell us a bit about the social/indie/citizen media project he’s working on for the 2010 Olympics this year, the True North Media House. From the TNMH website: We intend to create a space in downtown Vancouver to serve as a media… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: Infographics Part 2: The New York Times gets it right

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While I found the CBC’s efforts lacking, the New York Times uses “interactive features” very effectively. These little boxes? They fly around and convey information effectively. For instance, this infographic from last year uses area and two states to visualize the loss of over $88 billion in value during the collapse of the US banking… Read more »

It sucks when the little guy falls on hard times.

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So yeah, it turns out that if you let people buy things with imaginary money that they have no hope of paying back and then those things turn out to only be worth their actual value, rather than their imaginary, crazy-person value, your entire economy turns to crap. Who knew? One side effect of this is… Read more »

Jack Bauer wouldn’t have stood for that!

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I thought this was kind of interesting: “RCMP Spied on Tommy Douglas”. I don’t just mean the culture of J. Edgar Hoover-esque agency creepiness that would ultimately lead to the downfall of the RCMP Security Service and the subsequent creation of CSIS, Canada’s modern intelligence agency. (For those of you outside Canada, CSIS is known… Read more »

Interactivity != better

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This may be the least effective use of an interactive map infographic ever. It attempts to present information on an important subject, but it’s very difficult to take in due to poor UI and ineffective use of the map itself. Why on earth does this tool use the same icon for identifying a target country… Read more »