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.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.
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