During the fall 2013 season finale of Technology and the Arts, we discussed:
- John talked about presenting at Gloucester County Library’s staff day retreat, his proposed talk on personal branding being accepted for the 2014 Trenton Computer Festival (scheduled for March 15, 2014), his continued participation in the “Codecademy” program at Princeton (NJ) Public Library, and an October 18 Brookdale Computer Users Group talk on Scratch, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and the “Make” movement.
- Brian talked about his Tandem With The Random podcast’s celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in November, and playing accordion for Christian Beach on a cover of Yoko Ono’s “Silver Horse” at the New Jersey Peace Action’s Concert for Peace on October 19, 2013, in Bloomfield, N.J.
- The Oatmeal’s “Columbus Day” comic…digital art as political platform.
- Hypothes.is – “Hypothes.is will be an open platform for the collaborative evaluation of knowledge. It will combine sentence-level critique with community peer-review to provide commentary, references, and insight on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and regulations, software code and more.”
- Canada on verge of mandating “pick and pay” (similar to “a la carte”) options for nation’s cable television subscribers.
- Coverage by Mashable and Ars Technica on New York Comic-Con’s controversial tactic of promoting the event through attendees’ social media accounts…without the attendees’ knowledge.
- The discovery of nine missing Doctor Who episodes from the 1960s that have restored two Patrick Troughton-era stories—”The Enemy of the World” and “Web of Fear”—to near completion (only one episode of “Web of Fear” remains missing) for the first time in more than 40 years.
Thank you for watching this season of Technology and the Arts…Brian and John will be back in spring 2014.
Here’s a rundown of what we discussed:
- John’s presentation on food blogging and his participation in a three-session “Codecademy” program at Princeton (NJ) Public Library.
- With the recent talk of Christian Beach’s cover of Yoko Ono’s “Silver Horse,” Brian discovered yesterday that Ono currently holds the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart with “Walking on Thin Ice 2013,” an update of her 1981 hit.
- The odd presence of giant touchscreens on Fox News’ revamped “breaking news” deck…and John’s vision of such devices from last year.
- The tasteless, ill-advised tweet sent by Joyce Evans of Fox 29 News in Philadelphia that foolishly invoked the “Breaking Bad” finale to tease a story on an upcoming newscast about six people getting shot—one of whom was killed. The story ignited a firestorm on Twitter and even reached Gawker. It also spawned the ridiculously funny #JoyceEvansTweets hashtag on Twitter, mocking her original tweet.
- Nielsen’s efforts to measure tweets about television shows.
- The STEM to STEAM movement championed by the Rhode Island School of Design and thoughts on the concept from RISD President John Maede, which he shared in a guest blog post for Scientific American.
Here is a rundown of what we discussed on this episode…
- Robert Scoble and the “age of context”
- Co-host Brian Kelley’s current training for the Trenton10K in November.
- Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, her departure from Sony and her crowd-funded new album–successfully funded via PledgeMusic.com in just three days.
- A Doctor Who fan club in New York City is spearheading a Change.org petition to have the Empire State Building go TARDIS blue on Nov. 23, 2013, to mark the program’s 50th anniversary.
- John extolled the virtues of Google+ Hangouts, compared to Adobe Connect and GoTo Meeting.
- John discussed an effort to bring gamification to Artworks Trenton.
- The new Seaboard keyboard instrument from Roli.
- The future of Google Glass in the medical community.
- Christian Beach – a singer-songwriter interviewed during the episode who also performed his song “Divide and Conquer”