Journalists should ask a specific question: since these programs began operation shortly after September 11th, how many terrorist attacks were prevented SOLELY by information derived from this suspicionless surveillance that could not be gained via any other source? Then ask how many individual communications were ingested to acheive that, and ask yourself if it was worth it. Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we’ve been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it. Further, it’s important to bear in mind I’m being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.
at Lake George, NY
The Mill. The one and only.
Last summer, I was struck by how much of my life has been chronicled online. Starting sometime around when I got an iPhone and its incredible camera, my digital life became vastly more colorful and well documented. After spending a while flipping through the thousands of photos my friends and I have posted of each other over the last few years, I had another realization: these are amazing memories, I should get some of them printed!
So I tried. The frustration I felt about that process led me to the basic idea for Piccolo. My main annoyances were:
- Downloading and then re-upload photos that were already online (on Facebook, Flickr and Instagram)
- Sorting through reams and reams of photos that had accumulated after years of neglect felt insurmountable
- The existing photo printing services were mostly poorly designed and often featured out-of-date design and software
After a couple hours, I gave up. I turned to my husband and said, “I’d pay someone to just make sure that I reviewed these pictures regularly and then print them for me.” My aunt overheard me, and said, “me too.” As James Murphy once said, “The best way to complain is to make things.” So here we are.
The business of photo printing has been left behind by photo taking behavior. Until now, no new businesses models or technologies have sprung up to help us make sure we are able to physically keep all these memories we’re storing digitally.
When Nick and I started working together we set out to reimagine and reengineer the way that physical products can and should be designed for social photography. Launching our beta is a big step towards building a product that uses technology to create a more seamless connection between your physical and digital worlds.
We’re only letting in a few people at a time so that we don’t break anything too fast, so please be patient. Sign up on the homepage and we’ll send you an invitation link soon! - Kate
p.s. this is the photo that was the inspiration for the name. I took it on my honeymoon in Rome a couple of years ago and it really stuck with me. I mean, look at that little truck!
My friend Kate started something really cool! Her new company, Piccolo, let’s you automatically print your favorite photos from Instagram and FB (and more services soon) each month. Remember when you had printed photos, people? REMEMBER THAT? I just singed up and I’m excited to actually have physical pictures again instead of one-time viewings on my phone.
Check it out!
OK Go: A Tiny Desk Concert In 223 Takes
We needed to figure out the best possible way to move NPR Music’s Tiny Desk from our old headquarters to our new facility just north of the U.S. Capitol. So we had OK Go perform “All Is Not Lost” hundreds of times, as we transported the Tiny Desk from one home to the other.
Mercury, Venus, and Saturn align with the Pyramids of Giza for the first time in 2,737 years on December 3, 2012
At long last, we are really really thrilled to share with you our new COCOA LATTE GOAT MILK CARAMEL.
The caramel features the most delicious white chocolate we could find from the extremely cool folks at Askinosie Chocolate. We found some Askinosie Chocolate in our local cheese shop long before we were making confections of our own and were so excited by the way they trace their chocolate for the customer to learn more about the story behind each bar. They have long been an inspiration so when we found out they also made their white chocolate with goats milk - we knew we had to get our hands on it!
In addition, just as the caramel is about to finish cooking, we pour in a few shots of organic fair trade espresso from Brattleboro’s local roaster: Mocha Joe’s to give the caramel that perfect perfume of a fresh brewed cup. We are not going to lie, this caramel is irresistible.
I can only imagine the deliciousness.
12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic by Red Bull Music Academy
If anyone needs us we’ll be over here, contemplating the passing of 12 years since the inception of DFA Records.
So good. Cheers to m ss ng p eces on the production!
War Paint for Trees by Jeff Frost
Timelapse master Jeff Frost headed to California’s Mojave Desert to shoot the stunning, starry vision that is “War Paint for Trees.” Jeff’s creative use of stop-motion, paired with his thoughtful tribute to our oxygen-producing pals, make this film a breath of fresh air. (Pun very much intended.) Jeff transforms the unhurried ebb and flow of the natural world to a tempo akin to time-travel, all the while capturing something ancient and unspoiled. Don’t miss the behind-the-scenes vid!
Direct your eyeballs to the whole Hello, Again series, presented by our buddies at the Lincoln Motor Company.
Eggs in a hole. Island in a bay. (at The Island of North Haven, ME)
RT @PRISM_NSA: Look on the bright side, at least someone's listening to you.
Lovely night with the lady #luckyman
I just uploaded "I'm watching you, Emily" to Vimeo: http://t.co/eqyfhHf3RH
I just uploaded "I'm watching you, Zach" to Vimeo: http://t.co/WltodOGUTT
REALLY WISH I WAS IN VERMONT SKIING RIGHT NOW #torture
@tylerginter cheers, dude!
@aarondey cheers, Aaron! Thanks for coming!
RT @alisonwillmore: I got a few minutes with @Vimeo's @BlakeWhitman to talk about the company's new self-distribution service: http://t. ...
@editorlisa hey Lisa! We're super excited, hope you're well!
RT @ryanbkoo: Sell Your Work Online w/ @Vimeo On Demand & Keep 90% of the Revenue, Now Open to PRO Members http://t.co/cSB6XHo8S8
@kevindavidcrowe got the same thing. Wtf?
@David thanks! We're pretty psyched!
I'm finding it increasingly difficult to watch episodes of Breaking Bad without wanting to take a break between episodes #hardtowatch
RT @Vimeo: .@blakewhitman spreading the good word here at the Sundance Artist Services workshop! http://t.co/uZg0KLK7
Sundance #ArtistServices workshop, 9am at High West Distillery. Distribution talk and early morning bourbon = yes