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Apr 19

Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park

Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park

Machine Project, a storefront space in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, hosts events and classes covering topics as varied as art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food. It is also a loosely affiliated group of artist-performers who occasionally venture out from the storefront to perform at locations in L.A. and around the country. Their latest project finds…

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Apr 18

You Are Here

Cartography, simply put, is the study of maps. Once practiced by masters in the service of kings, the discipline is now understood to be the strict domain of government satellites and Google trucks. However, those who bemoan the loss of this ancient art need to look no further than “You Are Here,” the latest project from Sep Kamvar and the MIT Media Lab. The website bills the project as…

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Weekly Roundup 4/18/14

The Future of StoryTelling Weekly Roundup features the latest news, articles, research, events, and other highlights from the storytelling world.

Congratulations to The Guardian US, The Washington Post, Donna Tartt, and all the other 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners!

Shape-shifting furniture that adapts to your mood and movements? A team at MIT’s Tangible Media Group has just unveiled Transform, a…

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Apr 17

The New America

Since we survived Y2K unscathed, it seems the doomsayers of elder generations have a new apocalyptic story to proclaim: the moral and intellectual depravity of the millennium’s newcomers: the malevolent Millennials.

We’re all in big trouble, the story goes. We’ve got more old people on the planet than ever before, demanding our money and attention, and millennials, by some estimations, couldn’t…

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Nike+ Fuel Lab

Nike co-founder and legendary Oregon University track coach, Bill Bowerman, famously remarked that, “You have a far better chance in life winning as part of a team than as a individual.” It is in this spirit that Nike has launched the Nike+ Fuel Labin the SOMA district of San Francisco, aiming to partner with innovative technology, sports and lifestyle companies to develop athletic products that…

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Apr 16


“Storytelling,” said Brian Krzanich, “is no longer limited to a flat book, a flat screen. With the right technology … we can be immersed in story.” This is how Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, introduced The Leviathan Project at CES 2014. As Krzanich addressed his audience, dark presentation screens behind him lit up to reveal a giant whale floating across a luminous night sky. While Krzanich…

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Last Life

The indie game Last Life is reimagining noir for the digital age.  Creator Sam Farmer is thrusting the genre three hundreds years into the future, planting it on Mars, and transforming its aesthetic into a loopy, polygonal dreamscape.

You can check out a preview of Last Life on its official Kickstarter page, where Farmer is collecting funds for the first installment of what’s anticipated to be an…

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Apr 15


Apple may be a company made rich by the ubiquity of their products, but their latest creation– the iBeacon– was designed to be discreet. Recently, the software–which Apple futuristically describes as “a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence“–has been making waves in the growing world of location-based services. The indoor…

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Apr 14

The Netflix of Books?

The Netflix of Books?

During this most recent epoch of the digital age, it seems that the all-you-can-eat buffet is trending among content consumers. These days, we are shying away from menu line-item purchase models like iTunes, and instead find ourselves sitting at a royal banquet — a vast, varied buffet served up by companies like Spotify and Netflix, providing subscribers with a wealth of options ready for the…

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Tribeca Storyscapes

When the weather starts to warm in New York City, it usually means that the Tribeca Film Festival is just around the corner.  While TFF is best known as a time for moviegoing and celebrity gazing, our favorite part of the fest is Storyscapes, their main slate section dedicated to multiplatform works. This year’s showcase runs from April 23 – April 26.

The 2014 Storyscapes finalists are a diverse…

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