Stephen Bové - Art, Technology, Right Action

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Bliss Portal

Doorway to Bliss
Originally uploaded by sbove.
One day about two years ago I was travelling through the northern United States on a big driving-roadtrip kind of journey when I stopped to visit an old friend in Bozeman Montana. This friend, a descendant of John Humphrey Noyes, founder of the Oneida Utopian Community in northern NY state in the mid 1800s, was once an investment banker with Credit Suisse, but had long since diverted his professional energies to a path that was more aligned with his inner voices. He's currently a key member of an organization based in Bozeman that helps preserve and highten awareness of Native American cultures, rituals and wisdom. The path to this more bliss-centric existence was full of self discovery. Along the way, he found Joseph Campbell (author of The Hero With a Thousand Faces, etc.) and other "old wise man" guides to the magic of tuning-in and following ones bliss. During this journey he created a piece of art on an old door (click on image above to see more).

For those on a quest to align life-engeries with their most heart-felt "purpose/bliss", this door is a very wonderful thing to see -- the kind of thing you come across in a good story when the hero needs a little nudge of encouragement.

The text on it, a quote from Joseph Campbell, reads:

If you follow your bliss
you put your self on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you
And the life you are living
is the one you ought to be living

When you can see that
you become aware
of those on the road of your bliss
and they open the doors to you

Follow your bliss
don't be afraid
and doors will open
where you didn't know
they were going to be

Monday, August 21, 2006

New VW-maxi-bus?

Originally uploaded by sbove.
The Verdier design group of Montreal Canada came up with this insanely great new prototype for a 21st century VW microbus. WOW. Build me one...NOW.

The in-line quicktime in lower right corner should play on page load (killer music BTW). After it finishes, don't miss the FULL (complet) quicktime movie - it includes a few more cool views (click the quicktime logo at the right of the row of photos).

Video Downloads from Amazon and...

Video Downloads from Amazon
Originally uploaded by sbove.
From Om Malik:

"Get Ready For Online Video Price Wars

With Apple and Amazon about to throw their hat in the ring, existing players are looking to fight back with price cuts and content promos that will suck the profits out of the legal video download business.

The first salvo in what will be a brutal price war is being fired by San Francisco-based Guba, which is going to announce that users will be able to download the movies for $9.99 on the very day the movie, is released on DVD. In addition, they are going to sell catalog movie titles for $4.99 and television shows for 49 cents an episode. Movies can be rented for 99 cents.

These prices are going to put pressure on existing download services, Cinema Now and Movie Link, which despite a big head start have been puttering along. The competition is only increasing. Amazon and Apple are next up, joining the ranks of existing players. Microsoft has its own plans, both as an infrastructure provider and also as a competitor with its Zune line of devices. (Also, Playing into Apple’s hands.)

The mad dash to the video market is predictable. In-Stat, a market research company predicts that the global market for “online content services is expected to expand by a factor of 10, growing from about 13 million households during 2005 to more than 131 million households by 2010.”

The big driver of online video content is easy broadband access and faster downloads. In-Stat predicts that households with broadband will more than double between 2005 and 2010 globally, growing from about 194 million in 2005 to more than 413 million by 2010. Of the current broadband homes, nearly 12.8% are getting content from online content aggregators the research firm predicts.

ABI Research analyst Michael Wolf predicts that networked devices, which decrease the reliance on personal computers, will boost the demand for Internet-delivered video even more. He predicts that the percentage of Internet-delivered video viewed on a portable device will go from just 3% today to 16% by 2011.

Such forecasts are one of the reasons why everyone wants a piece of the online video pie. Which makes me wonder if we could a painful shake up in a few months. Frankly, I am not at all surprised that Guba is getting aggressive, and using pricing to get a big enough slice of the market. It would not be surprising if others respond to Guba’s moves with their own “promotional offers.”

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Spike Lee's 4 hour Documentary on Katrina

Katrina.LA bitch 2
Originally uploaded by sbove.
Spike Lee has spent a good part of the last year putting together an epic documentary about the Katirina disaster in New Orleans.

"When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" will air in two two-hour segments on HBO on Monday and Tuesday nights. It also will be shown in its entirety Aug. 29, the one-year anniversary of Katrina's landfall.

Don't miss it if you're cable-equiped.

Coverage on Salon:

And in case you forgot what Katrina was about, here's a photo set assembled from the newswires while it was all coming apart down in the bayou.