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SXSW 2014; Shit Kickers and Shit Disturbers, pt.2:

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Walking around Austin you can see the spirit of rebellion and creativity all mashed up into cowboy-hipster contradictions – imagine skinny jeans and cowboy boots. It’s as if Portland was dropped into the middle of the Texan plain with artisanal boutiques and artists’ squats intermingled with bars and BBQ on every corner. Austin is a city full of amazing contradictions; liberal vs. conservative, art vs. commerce, and rural vs. urban. It’s run by a new type of creative class, built by a DIY ethos handed down by the cowboy ranchers who founded the city in 1839. In Austin, ‘weird’ is considered a badge of honour.

This is the city where Cody Wilson was born and raised. Wilson is the man responsible for creating a plastic handgun on a 3D printer. “What does it mean to have a 3D file that could be readily assembled by a machine into a firearm?” asked Wilson. A self-described ‘gun loving anarchist’ with a strong libertarian bent, Wilson spoke with the intellect of a poet and a scholar and made a very strong argument for why we should care about his right to 3D print guns. Read More

No Medium Change Necessary

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Wait, what? Are we still using Blu Ray discs? With the recent announcement of the PlayStation 4 in New York this past February; the next generation of gaming consoles is upon us.

And yes, the PS4 will still be using Blu Rays for games sold in stores. Video game press also anticipates Microsoft to unveil the successor of the Xbox 360 later this year. At the same time of the unveiling, experts expect the new Xbox to finally adopt Blu-ray technology. Read More

Instagram is Listening

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Instagram’s proposed new privacy policy caused a flurry of backlash this week by users in the social media world.  Stated boldly in writing, the proposed policy had explicitly said: “You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

On Instagram, where over 100 million users share their personal moments captured in photos, the last things users want is for their photos to be snatched up and used by the photo-sharing platform to profit from, without say or explicit permission from the user.  Instagram was recently acquired by Facebook and it seems like the photo-sharing social network is suffering from the same privacy concerns, in the same way Facebook has constantly been battling a fine line between profit versus privacy.

The response to the proposed policy changes by Instagram was so overwhelming that it gained national media attention by national newspapers including The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and of course, Mashable, with headlines like “Instagram Will Basically Sign Your Life Away“!  Ironically, if you compare  YouTube and Twitter’s terms of service, those platforms have nearly the same legal jargon stating that the site owns all of the content you post to it.

Regardless of whether the outrage and backlash over Instagram’s proposed privacy policy was justifiable or ridiculous, what was a wise move and a mark of “doing the right thing” was Instagram’s quick response via their blog, thanking their users for their feedback, clarifying aspects of their new policy and letting users know that Instagram is listening. In the blog post, the co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, attributes the backlash to confusing language in the new policy and communicates that Instagram would like to experiment with innovative advertising which “feels appropriate” on Instagram, where “both users and brands alike may promote their photos & accounts to increase engagement and to build a more meaningful following”.

Unfortunately, despite Instagram’s quick response, users seem to have already gotten caught up in the headlines with a topic that’s “gone viral” with a continued backlash on Instagram’s Facebook Page.  Good luck and all the best to Instagram, I hope you are able to manage this PR crisis to the best of your social media saavy-ness.

‘Tis time to buy

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are almost here and you need to get gifts for the ones you love, the ones you kind of like, and the ones you just barely tolerate.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, there are many online gift sites that have some pretty unique gift ideas.  After sifting through some sites (many with super lame gifts like ‘handcrafted west coast eagle wood pendants’) I came upon thefancy.com, a U.S. site that has some really unique stuff.

Some of my favourites were:

Amp Pillow


Mad Scientist Popcorn Maker


If you don’t want to pay to have these gifts shipped from the U.S., giftOsphere.ca is a Canadian site that has more affordable shipping fees. Many unexpectedly awesome gifts can be found on this site.

I also really liked:

Wine Glass in a Beer Mug


Cat Sounds Wall Clock- my all-time favourite. As the write up says, “each hour is represented by its own cat breed and meowing sound. A light sensor prevents meowing when the room is dark”.


If shipping costs at giftOsphere.ca are still too expensive, you can always search eBay and Amazon.ca- for example, Amazon had a ‘Bird Sounds Wall Clock’ and shipping was half the price.

Now, if you’re looking for more DIY gifts, Pinterest is definitely the place to go. They’ve got a lot of bad DIY ideas like, glue some sticks onto a glass and turn it into a decorative vase. But, they also have some ideas like this DIY frosty shirt which, gotta say is pretty cute.

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