Entries from the Month of October 2007

Blog Action Day: Helping the Environment, One Blog at a Time

October 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Today is Blog Action Day and so we at Poles Apart will give homage to the environment by bringing to your attention sites from across the web that are Earth-friendly:

EcoArt sells earth friendly non-toxic art supplies that are safe for you and the environment.

Blackle is a Google search engine that saves energy because its background is predominantly black. Of course, this isn’t necessarily true since the energy saved from using a black background instead of a white one is minimal. However, the creator, Toby Heap, says making the web page black reminds people about the importance of saving energy an protecting our environment. That’s good enough for me.

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Tags: (Art)ists · (Web) Technology · Innovation

Effective Communication on the Internet

October 15th, 2007 · No Comments

As Featured On Ezine ArticlesI came across a couple of articles at SCIAM and TechCrunch about Zlango, a new Israeli company that created a new language and associated application for SMS (short message sending) or, what we call text-messaging. The language is based on icons like Yahoo! smilies where each icon stands for a word so you can form picture sentences and send them to people via cell phones. Zlango has now created online picture messaging. Zlango Composer is a Flash based translator that translates what you type on your keyboard into Zlango’s picture language. Your messages can be sent to an email address or shared via community sites. Zlango’s zMess also lets you share your picture messages on your private blog or the public blog at the site. Anyway, this new language got me wondering, how do we effectively communicate on the web? The SCIAM article mentioned Zlango was not yet as rich as Esperanto, a universal lanugage that is apparently spoken by over two million people across the world and was founded by a Polish physician in 1887. Have you heard of this? Where have I been? Anyway, this Esperanto got me thinking even more about the problem of effective communication online. What problem? We take for granted that Internet users have the same habits offline that they do online. Seriously, we do.

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Tags: (Web) Technology · Innovation · Writing

Cool Sites

October 10th, 2007 · No Comments

I found a couple of cool websites sites recently that I’d love to share with y’all. <—-Yes, I know that’s not a word.

Happy WebbiesHappy Webbies: I love all things contrary. I especially love things that are both adorable and sarcastic, like Jim Benton’s It’s Happy Bunny books and merchandise. So, I was pleasd to discover this morning, a British take on the Bunny series called Happy Webbies. You can download 4 posters of cartoonized web design gurus Andy Budd, Andy Clarke, John Hicks and Jeremy Keith, all Brits, with funny webbie puns. Why, would I want to, you ask. Well, perhaps it’s time to give that desktop wallpaper of a topless Jake Gyllenhaal (scuse me while I catch my breath) or a scantily clad Jessica Alba, a rest. Just a thought.

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Tags: (Art)ists · (Web) Technology · Innovation · Tools

WWW for Artists - Why the Web Works for Artists

October 5th, 2007 · No Comments

As Featured On Ezine ArticlesWhy does the Internet work for artists? Well, it’s free, it’s huge, it’s full of magical and wonderful people, tools and sites. Most importantly, it maximizes your exposure to your patrons and groupies. It’s what we want as artists, no? Don’t lie. Even those of us, like myself, who are painfully sensitive to criticism and rather crawl into a hole and zip it closed, still want praise and recognition. It’s what makes us human, however pathetic it seems.

So, here’s what you do to make your patrons start a bidding war over your art and your groupies start a bidding war over your body…uh, body of work, I mean.

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Tags: (Art)ists