Sharing the Experience of Chaos

How can you help someone understand something they have never personally experienced? Especially something that is traumatic or life altering. In the past year I encountered several very affecting depictions of what it is like to move from relative normalcy, to chaos, and onto a journey to find a new normalcy. Like many people, I […]

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Unhappily Ever After

I love the images created by animation storyboard artist Jeff Hong in his Tumblr page Disney Unhappily Ever After. Combining the viewer’s personal connection to Disney’s iconic characters with issues environmental and social justice issues creates some affecting images. The altered context surrounding the much-loved characters creates a strong entry point into the narrative for the issues highlighted. From children living on […]

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My Baby’s First Text Message

The title of this article is taken from a great post by Dominic Basulto on the bigthink blog. He writes about the need for our educational system to keep up with the changes in childhood development due to omnipresent digital devices. If babies can use iPads how will they remain engaged as students in elementary […]

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Sealed With An eKiss

The idea of a long-distance relationship has always been challenging, even a deal breaker at times. I have plenty of experience with the concept. Living in Seattle, one of my closest friends lives in Milan, my brother lives in Brooklyn, and I have family all over Japan.  In fact, my wife and I solidified our […]

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Retro Modern Redux at CES

I first wrote about a great Retro-Modern mash-up in April of last year but, unfortunately it was only a very imaginative April Fool. But, like all those who dreamt of an iPhone on Verizon’s network, good things come to those who wait. A few weeks ago I was browsing articles about the 2011 Consumer Electronics […]

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Making The News Meaningful

One of the challenges to turning an incident into a movement is finding the single thing that will cause multitudes to connect with the issue at hand. When you live where the issue is happening that single thing is often an incident that symbolizes all that is wrong. In Tunisia it was an act of […]

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From Abstract to Meaningful

I remember reading that the average per-capita GNP of the industrialized world is around $27,000 while Africa’s is $528. I felt shocked at the extreme disparity. Because this information was simple and concise it was immediately clear that this disparity in wealth was severe. Every day we read or hear about all manner of complex global […]

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