[NetBehaviour] Fwd: Storythings Newsletter 69: Dangerous Ideas, Internet Fame and Wonka's Tumble

dave miller dave.miller.uk at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 21:14:22 CEST 2014


I really recommend this mailing list - thought it might be of interest
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From: Storythings <matt at storythings.com>
Date: 17 September 2014 16:37
Subject: Storythings Newsletter 69: Dangerous Ideas, Internet Fame and
Wonka's Tumble
To: Dave <dave.miller.uk at gmail.com>


10 stories we've enjoyed this week

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Hi All,
We've announced the first speakers for The Money (
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. Right, here are some links for you...
The Short Story
The fascinating story of Chicago's sewer system (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=9b315fb89a&e=fb974c70a3)
(5 min read)
What it feels like to be internet famous (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=40f8081d4b&e=fb974c70a3)
(4 min read)
Joi Ito's Shenzhen Trip Report (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=257455dd12&e=fb974c70a3)
(10 min read)
Gene Wilder's story of why he made Wonka do that forward roll (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=fe33db82d2&e=fb974c70a3)
 (5 min watch)
Why James Bridle is flying a balloon over London (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=6f1a41d33c&e=fb974c70a3)
(4 min read)
War Photographer embeds himself in video game (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=25d69f58a4&e=fb974c70a3)
(5 min read)
A place where ideas are dangerous and culture matters (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=9c053b0bdb&e=fb974c70a3)
(5 min watch)
The nicest place on the internet (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=16789df867&e=fb974c70a3)
(a quick play)
The Marshmallow Test for grown-ups (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=d9f4b50f9a&e=fb974c70a3)
(6 min read)
The best gif you will see then share today (
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(giff-ness)
Storythings (
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is a company that experiments in new ways of telling stories. If you'd like
to talk to us about working on your next project, get in touch:
Matt at storythings.com (mailto:Matt at storythings.com)
The Full Story

The fascinating story of Chicago's sewer system (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=e22c20583c&e=fb974c70a3
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Steven Johnson and Storythings have been working on How We Get To Next (
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, a publishing platform that tells stories about how innovation is solving
global problems and shaping the future. Steven kicks things off with this
brilliant story on how a smart engineer lifted Chicago to fit the sewer
system.

What it feels like to be internet famous (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=39affb415e&e=fb974c70a3
)
The brilliant Jason Kottke pulls together various bits of the internet to
describe what it feels like to be internet famous. I particularly liked
this from Erin Kissane on the problem with Twitter: "The first is feeling
like I'm sitting at a sidewalk cafe, speaking in a conversational voice,
but having that voice projected so loudly that strangers many streets away
are invited to comment on my most inconsequential statements -- especially
if something I say gets retweeted beyond my usual circles."

Joi Ito's Shenzhen Trip Report (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=702c1db647&e=fb974c70a3
)
On a recent trip to Shenzen Joi Ito, Director of MIT's Media Lab, visited
factories that are producing phones for $9, shops that sold microchips by
the pound and phones in every shape and size: "Many were designed by the
so-called Shanzhai pirates who started by mostly making knockoffs of
existing phones, but had become agile innovation shops for all kind of new
ideas because of the proximity to the manufacturing ecosystem."

Gene Wilder's story of why he made Wonka do that forward roll (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=53df50fa88&e=fb974c70a3
)
I've only just stumbled upon this excellent series Blank on Blank which
takes vintage interviews and animates them. Gene Wilder's portrayal of
Wonka is one of my favourite performances ever. Here he tells the story of
why he insisted that Wonka had a limp and carried a walking stick when the
kids first him. A great series of interviews worth diving into.

Why James Bridle is flying a balloon over London (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=0bfa887fea&e=fb974c70a3
)
In a world where we are increasingly tracked by invisible technology, James
Bridle aims to share something with Londoners – via a balloon carrying
anonymous Wi-Fi routers, mesh network repeaters and amateur radio antennae.

War Photographer embeds himself in video game (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=8805b430e5&e=fb974c70a3
)
Time magazine's war photographer Ashley Gilbertson embeds himself in 'The
Last of Us Remastered', a post apocalyptic video game, then uses Photo Mode
to document the game’s protagonists as they fight to survive in a
zombie-infested world.

A place where ideas are dangerous and culture matters (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=48184d24ef&e=fb974c70a3
)
XOXO is a conference that takes place in Portland, Oregon celebrating
independent art and technology. Whilst we are all waiting for the videos (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=6ef8ee32db&e=fb974c70a3)
to drop here's the Verge take on it.

The nicest place on the internet (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=6064871cf7&e=fb974c70a3
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How did I miss this. It really is the nicest place on the internet

The Marshmallow Test for grown-ups (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=b4fdd17b30&e=fb974c70a3
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You may be familiar with Walter Mischel's Marshmallow Test (
http://storythings.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac3c63206e0226f0b2c43f01d&id=bb4c90a775&e=fb974c70a3)
from the 1960's in which he left children in a room with some marshmallows.
He told them they could eat one when he left the room. Anyone who waited
until he returned would get two. The kids that waited performed better
academically later in their lives. As adults we face the same temptations
only through digital distractions. Here's how to deal with them...

The best gif you will see then share today (
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Thanks for reading and see you all next week,
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