January 2008

[Originally posted by Maureen Weicher, January 29, 2008 at 9:59 am]

Slideshare calls itself “world’s largest community for sharing presentations on the web.” It’s particularly useful if you need to make a Powerpoint presentation since you should be able to run it from any computer with Internet access. Slideshare seems to have a decidedly business and marketing slant. Perhaps not suprisingly, one of the “most favorited” presentations of all time is called “Death by Powerpoint“. (Favorited has not made it into the online version of the OED or Merriam-Webster yet.) Some of the other most popular presentations deal with subjects such as branding, globalization, Knowledge Workers, Starbucks Tribal Knowledge and What is Design? (Answer: “Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation.”)

Slideshare contains lots and lots of slideshows containing amazing photos. It is odd to view these presentations without accompanying speech, though it appears at least some are designed to stand on their own. There is a genre called Slidecasts that contain both video and audio, some of which are clearly meant to be inspirational, including this one with adorable kittens.

All in all, Slideshare can be a painless and entertaining way to get a quick look at the world of Business 2.0. For fun, you may like to watch this comedy video spoofing Powerpoint that I found on their blog.

As a note, I have noticed that sometimes Slideshare runs slow. I hope they will iron this out. If the links don’t work, you can try again later.

[Originally posted by Maureen Weicher, January 17, 2008 @ 4:30 pm]

The Library of Congress is posting some of its 3,000,000+ photos on Flickr and inviting the public to tag them. So far, it includes about 1500 b&w photos from the 1910’s and another 1500 color photos from 1930-40s. It is part of a larger collection of public domain photos hosted by Flickr called the Commons. Among other things, The LOC Collection contains some photographs of Coney Island taken back in the teens.

[Originally posted by William Keogan, January 16, 2008 @ 3:51 pm]

Looking for a brief introduction to the Digital Age— blogs, RSS, YouTube, tagging, etc.— check The Machine is Us/ing Us. (For best viewing, turn on the sound.) This fascinating presentation demonstrates the significance of the change from a linear paper-based culture to an electronic one of bits and bites.