When you do meaningful work with your hands, a kind of neurochemical feedback floods your brain with dopamine and serotonin. These happy brain chemicals are natural antidepressants, and we’ve evolved to release them both to reward ourselves for working with our hands and to motivate ourselves to do it some more.
Researchers at University of Iowa claimed that they cut through the noise of Twitter and was able to create a web-based program that spot signs of flu in geographic areas before cases were reported with the local authority.
The accuracy of the results demonstrated that it was possible to cut…
“I’ll tell you the other interesting thing about Tumblr and GIFs in particular. When you sit in the effects process, you have effects meetings and you review shots; they’re played to you in a loop, exactly like a GIF. So you’ll be watching a shot over and over. For example, when the creatures are chasing after Moses down the corridor, you’ll watch those 7 seconds over and over again; you’ll perfect it. It’s interesting those same loops exist in GIFs. It’s a lesson to effects people and directors that you have to be really on top of the detail. People will really examine your work frame by frame. I think that kind of scrutiny elevates the whole thing.”—Joe Cornish on Tumblr and his film, “ATTACK THE BLOCK” (via markcoatney)
“Felonies and gourds have one very important commonality: they’re both extremely fucking real. Sorry if that’s upsetting, but I’m not doing you any favors by shielding you from this anymore.”—It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers (via Timothy McSweeney)
“Why has Tumblr become the go-to platform of this moment? As we saw in Iran, Twitter can be a powerful broadcast tool for delivering minute-by-minute accounts of breaking news and amplifying concrete messages (“Down with Ahmedinejad”). And in Egypt, Facebook was pivotal for recruiting protesters and scheduling rallies in Tahrir Square. But Tumblr has served neither of these purposes for Occupy Wall Street, a diffuse and leaderless movement with a deliberately undefined goal. Instead, Tumblr has humanized the movement. Tumblr is a powerful storytelling medium, and this movement is about stories—about how the nation’s economic policies have priced us out of school, swallowed us in debt, permanently postponed retirements, and torn apart families. We Are the 99 Percent is the closest thing we’ve had to the work of Farm Security Administration—which paid photojournalists to document the plight of farmers during the Great Depression—and it may well go down as the definitive social history of this recession.”—Is Occupy Wall Street the Tumblr Revolution? - Technology - GOOD (via markcoatney)
“Women get the joke. Is this really for men or really for women?’ is a way to start the conversation that can spread and get people engaged in the product.”—Jim Trebilcock, executive vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper, explaining his company’s uniquely sexist ad campaign. It’s really not funny, bro. (via Josh Sternberg)