To create a promo video for his song "I Think You're a Salesman", musician Joshua Van Tassel and director Hiep Vu wanted to see how kindness fared in Toronto. So they suited him up in a cheap suit covered in $2000-worth of ten dollar bills, and had him walk around offering people money.
In exchange, they asked only that the recepients--all filmed covertly and watched by hired security guards, just in cast--pass on the goodwill.
"The results were not at all what anyone expected," writes Joshua, whose 2013 album 'Dream Date' was nomiated 'Electronic Album of the Year' at the East Coast Music Awards.
Joshua Van Tassel is a wunderkind producer/composer/multi‐instrumentalist and counts Great Lake Swimmers, Justin Rutledge, Doug Paisley, and David Myles amongst a top-class list of acts he has played with as sideman. His music has been featured on numerous TV shows, has received critical acclaim from the CBC, Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, and Exclaim! amongst others, and his latest album, Dream Date (also available from Dream Datelimitedrun.com amd iTunes), received a nomination for 'Electronic Album of the Year' from the East Coast Music Awards.
It’s the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose says that it’s had a good 20-year run and is obsolete. But it’s also true that the decoding patents expired last year, […]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
Boasting an IPX6 waterproof rating, the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resists dust and heavy rainfall. It’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.The Trakk Bullet offers the same wireless convenience as other portable speakers, but few are built as tough as this one. Its utilitarian construction is designed to be a totally low-maintenance […]
The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch is a simpler take on an active wearable that raised over $2m dollars on Kickstarter and is currently offered in the Boing Boing Store.Somewhere in between the single-day battery life and platform-specificity of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, there exists the Ticwatch. Instead of trying to shoehorn another […]
Loot Crate is a subscription service that delivers a box of curated pop culture goods to your doorstep. To sample their geeky wares, you can order a single mystery box exclusively from the Boing Boing Store.Each month Loot Crate sends you 6-7 unique items and apparel, including collectibles, books, and t-shirts. Pulling inspiration from all […]