This is the second article in my Toronto Is Awesome series. I would love your comments, thoughts and future suggestions for this series.
Holy shit. Arcade Fire has done it again. And I’m not referring to their new single, Reflektor. I’m talking about their new video (I call it their new digital experience because that’s what it is).
Today their new single and video(s) were released at 9pm local time. The traditional video is dark and gets some getting used to. However, when I found out that Arcade Fire also released an interactive experience I was hooked.
Another Chrome experiment, the experience is actually called Just A Reflektor and is a short film that follows the world of a woman in Haiti as she experiences both her world and ours.
Here are a couple of screen shots:
This one is of me within the video.
The one above is of the heroine.
Make sure to use the Chrome browser via desktop/laptop or an iOS/Android device. Enjoy!
You all know (or should know!) how HUGE of a Neil Young fanboy I am. Here is a piece from GigaOM on Young’s Pono music player.
Sorta, anyway: Pono is apparently making its music backward-compatible to existing equipment, meaning that you will be able to play that HD audio file on your iPod or computer. But you won’t be able to really enjoy it unless you buy a special Pono player, which Young briefly showed off on Letterman last year.
Play Pono files on your regular equipment, and they’ll sound just like your average iTunes download. Play them on the Pono player, and you’ll get 192 kHz, 24 bit audio, which presumably sounds a lot better – even though some actually dispute that notion.
There’s no word yet when exactly Pono is going to launch, or how much the player will cost. However, it looks…
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Recently I conducted a session at our social media agency in Toronto. It was about Neil Young and his mostly musical career over the past 40 years. I say past 40 years because Neil has been rocking in the free world for much longer.
Others have written much on Neil and his dealings with technology. Here are three of them.
I’m in the need for some new and inspiring podcasts to listen to. I’m a Blue Jays and MMA fan. I’m also an entrepreneur and a social marketer. So the podcasts reflect this.
Here is what I currently listen to:
Drunk Jays Fans – brought to you by the guys from The Score’s mosts popular blog on your Toronto Blue Jays.
ESPN UFC Podcast – from across the pond in England. This is one of the most unbaised podcasts on MMA around.
Freakonomics Radio – from the blog and book of the same name.
Humble and Fred Radio – because sometimes I need to relax and just have some unadulterated fun.
Q: The Podcast – Jian Ghomeshi is the best interview today.
The Ricky Gervais Podcast – Gervais is not actively podcasting these days. But when he does, it’s golden.
Six Pixels of Separation – Mitch Joel’s weekly conversations are very enlightening. And the monthly Media Hacks is entertaining and informative.
Spark – Nora Young helps us understand how our lives are being transformed by technology.
This American Life – Some of the best stories of people and their lives from south of the 49th.
This Week in Startups – Jason Calicanis is entertaining and his interviews and weekly news roundups are a must listen for all entrepreneurs in the tech space.
Under The Influence – Terry O’Reilly uses his unique story-telling style to bring today’s marketing and advertising trends to Canadians.
Wiretap – One of the best shows by CBC. Jonathan Goldstein’s unique brand of humour and his band of characters always brings a smile to my face every week.
What’s your favourite podcasts? And why? Please share. Thanks!