Monthly Archives: November 2008

Long Live the Parrot!

I received an email this morning from a friend who paraphrased Monty Python’s Blue Parrot sketch to describe the financial meltdown: This financial system is no more! It has ceased […]

Did Second Life Precict the Meltdown?

Was the meltdown of the financial system predicted by events in the online virtual world Second Life more than a year ago? Alan Greenspan, former head of the Federal Reserve, […]

It’s Bad You Know

R. L. Burnside’s (1926—2005) timeless blues boogie “It’s Bad You Know” was the perfect setup for the adventures of Tony Soprano and his capos. Week by week we knew they […]

Art Attack

It’s Friday and time for an art attack. Whichever art you practice the act of making art means doing things because they feel right. Not from an intellectual construct, but […]

Safer on the Edge

Is it safer “on the edge” in economically turbulent times like these? In his recent blog post Innovate or Wither – Personal Strategy for Times of Change, my colleague Lee […]

Are Computers Changing Childhood?

In this video from the 2008 Dust or Magic Institute, Warren Buckleitner talks about how children’s portable computing devices are changing childhood and comes to some insightful conclusions. Born the […]

What’s in Your Noggin?

Tanya Van Court, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Nickelodeon’s Noggin, ParentsConnect and Nick Jr.com, presents Nick’s new standards-based early childhood learning site, myNOGGIN. Designed for preschoolers through first […]

From Plastic to Pixels: Lego Goes Virtual

Mark William Hansen, who leads product development at Lego, talks about their transition from a toy company to developers and publishers of an immersive 3D virtual world set to launch […]

Using Games to Improve Health

Debra Lieberman, Ph.D talked about using interactive games to improve health knowledge, skills and behaviors this morning at the eighth annual Dust or Magic conference. Health Games Research is an […]

Tivo is Dead, Long Live Tivo!

Since I started using Hulu and more recently learned about the open-source video aggregation software Miro and the video sharing plugin Kaltura, it seemed to me that Tivo’s days were […]