EARLY VISUAL ANIMATION FROM JAPAN

Files under General | Oct 31st

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Candid Japanese visual animations from the late 19th and early 20th century by T. Enami (1859-1929).

He was known as “King of the Stereoview, Master of the Lantern-Slide And Prolific Anonymous Contributor To the World of Yokohama Album Views.”

Watch here some of these fantastic 3D stereoviews depicting life in Meiji-period Japan.

And this was his fabulous business card

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WE ARE DIFFERENT (WAD): YES, THEY ARE

Files under General | Oct 30th

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WE ARE DIFFERENT is a French quarterly magazine abour urban fashion and culture with fantastic covers quite:

Provocative.

Interesting.

Innovative.

And, yes, WAD is DIFFERENT.

(Via Nas Capas)

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INNOVATION CAVIAR (10): BILL GATES

Files under General | Oct 29th

“Yesterday’s answer has nothing to do with today’s problems”

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft company.


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INNOVATION CAVIAR (9): WINSTON CHURCHILL

Files under General | Oct 29th

“No crime is so great as daring to excel”

Sir Winston Churchill, the British former prime minister.


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INNOVATION CAVIAR (8): DONALD REAGAN

Files under General | Oct 29th

“Here’s my one word secret to success: Anticipation”

Donald Reagan, the 66th United States Secretary of the Treasury, and Chief of Staff in the Ronald Reagan Administration.


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INNOVATION CAVIAR (7): HENRY FORD

Files under General | Oct 29th

“Businessmen go down with their business because they like the old way so well they cannot bring themselves to change”

Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production.



THE MEDIA INNOVATORS (3): MARTIM AVILLEZ FIGUEIREDO

Files under General | Oct 28th

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This 37 year old Portuguese journalist is the publisher and editor of i, the new quality national compact and compelling daily newspaper published by Sojormedia that was launched in May 2009.

Martim was the former editor of Diario Economico and later became the Communications Director of SONAE.

I had the opportunity top work with Martim and his team in the planning and implementation of a simple idea: let’s produce a new and relevant on and off line daily newspaper for the new generations of professionals in Portugal, hiring young journalists and giving them a “no limits” freedom to report, edit and present exclusive news and tell stories that move people.

In less than six months, i has become the most innovative newspaper of Europe, and the best designed newspaper of Spain and Portugal.

And Martim is now one of the main speakers in any big newspaper congress.

His case, a new quality newspaper when many old ones are not sure about the future of this industry, is a great example of courage, entrepreneurship and vision.

So Martim is, for sure, a Media Innovator!

(I took the above picture during my last visit to Lisbon before the launch of i: from the left to the right, Martim with his Commercial Director, Joao Pedro Mendes, and the President of Sojormedia, Francisco Rebelo dos Santos)


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STILL WAITING FOR THE APPLE RUBBER TABLET

Files under General | Oct 28th

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These are fake prototypes of the Apple tablet or, better, slate.

It will better, lighter and more appealing, I can assure you.

But not a rubber screen, as it will be soon or later.

A rubber paper.

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We are like the Romans with the Acta Diurna, carving the news in stone surfaces.

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Let’s migrate to the rubber paper.

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56 concept designs and fake prototypes here.



MORE UNFRIENDLY FIRE: “PINCH” SULZBERGER SPEAKS OUT AND, AGAIN, SHOW HIS LACK OF LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Files under General | Oct 28th

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You can be the owner of a great newspaper like The New York Times, but this doesn’t mean that you have the talent and character to lead a newspaper that it’s an institution.

A newspaper institution that, at the end of the day, “belongs” to thousands of loyal readers.

So here there are more stupid comments from the capo di tutti capi.

The New York magazine had a brief cocktail encounter with “Pinch” Sulzberger and he made these lousy comments comparing print newspapers to the Titanic!

He thinks that physical newspapers will stick around as well. “The best analogy I can think of is — have you ever heard of the Titanic Fallacy?” he asked. We hadn’t. “What was the critical flaw to the Titanic?” We tried to answer: Poor construction? Not enough life boats? Crashing into stuff? “A captain trying to set a world speed record through an iceberg field?” he said, shaking his head. “Even if the Titanic came in safely to New York Harbor, it was still doomed,” he said. “Twelve years earlier, two brothers invented the airplane.”

“We are trying to convert shipping companies to airplane companies,” said Sulzberger. “Same business: transporting people safely across long distances. Different cost structure, different way of doing business, but the same core business. There is still a very vibrant business in shipping. It’s just not taking masses of people across the Atlantic. It’s now taking families around the Seychelles, or something like that. There will still be passenger ships, but they’re not going to be in the same business. So print will still be here, I believe, decades from now. But will it be the driving force? No.”

As one reader of the pice said:

Airplanes did not surpass ships as the primary means of crossing the Atlantic until 1958. The TITANIC was not trying to set a speed record (it would have been physically impossible). Her construction was hardly shoddy. Airplanes in 1912 were little more than flimsy toys. The Atlantic was not crossed by commercial airplanes until the late 30s and then in hops. Lousy analogy!

Yes, a lousy analogy from a lousy publisher.

So with this kind of “friends”, the newsroom of The New York Times doesn’t need any enemy.

The enemy is inside.

It’s the owner!

(Picture by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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THE REAL ENEMY: CORPORATE NEWS

Files under General | Oct 27th

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Our enemy is not Google.

Our enemy is Corporate News.

Commodity News.

Low Fat Journalism.

Decaffeinated News.

MacPapers.

MacWebs.

MacBlogs.

MacJournalism.