Last Friday all available tickets for The Brand New Conference sold out. It took less than two weeks, and we feel that it might be an indication of positive demand. In other words, too, we are thrilled. We are considering the option of moving to a bigger auditorium in the same venue that holds 479 people as opposed to the current 266. Before we make the commitment we want to get a sense of how many people were seriously considering attending but missed the opportunity. In the poll included in this post please, conscientiously, let us know if you are at least 99% sure — it could be 98%! — you would attend if more tickets became available.
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Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American photographer. He was the American photographer. There is very little I can write here that can adequately explain how talented or influential Richard Avedon was. He was a photographer, yes, but what he did behind the camera was so much greater than that.
Richard saw in photography it’s ability to capture the soul and personality of its subjects. He was a master at being able to capture something tangible and real about his subjects, even if it was something the subjects weren’t necessarily willing to reveal. It was with these talents that he managed to give America an image, an identity; a reflection of society at its highest and lowest.
He was a true master of his craft.
And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.
- Richard Avedon, 1970
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Radio Shack is at it again, expanding your perceptions of the place that once actually sold radio components. A year after that ill-received ‘The Shack’ marketing campaign the company is now making a rather more substantial move, securing an arrangement with Target stores to see the creation of so-called Bullseye Mobile kiosks. This has started with a 100-store pilot program but, throughout this year and into summer next, the expectation is to prop them up in 1,750 big box locations. Something tells us they won’t all be wired up for WiMAX, but we can hope.
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In every room of your house there is always a better way to maximize the space you are getting out of it. For some areas it may be as simple as decluttering, or throwing away unneeded items. Although, for rooms like the bedroom, where the most prominent piece of furniture is… bed! The bed is not always the easiest obstacle to work around, and therefore valuable space is wasted. Here are 10 ways to maximize the space in a small bedroom.
1.) Reduce the size of your bed: Let’s face it, we would all love to have a California King sized bed, but do we actually NEED one? You can answer that question yourself; you may be willing to reduce the size if you knew how much space you would free up.
2.) Remove large storage furniture: Armoires and clothes dressers can use a lot of floor space. Opt for rolling under bed storage that can hold clothes and belongings. This will give your bedroom more space and visually will look more spacious. Once removed more natural light will pour into your space!
3.) Use a futon: In a small bedroom, try using furniture that is multifunctional. A futon provides a bed and sofa in one. This is a good option for offices, dorm rooms, and small apartments with several roommates.
4.) Organize your closets: Storage closets should be organized to utilize all vertical space efficiently. The more you can store in your closets, the less that has to be stored in the main bedroom area. This tip applies for kid’s rooms too!
5.) Use a sofa bed: Similarly to a futon, a sofa bed can help a small bedroom become a den, or office space and a bedroom. Sofa beds are often more formal in appearance and can range from affordable to higher end models that have leather and a plusher mattress.
6.) Maximize storage on walls: Use open and closed shelving to remove bookshelves, and storage furniture units off of the floor and on to the walls. Opt for wall mirrors that hang on the walls over large ones that sit on the floor.
7.) Install a Murphy bed: These beds pull out from the wall and provide full floor access when the bed is hidden in the wall. Modern Murphy beds, when closed inside the wall, can house a foldout desk on the other side!
8.) Remove large entertainment space: If you have your television, stereo, gaming system, etc… taking up valuable real estate in your bedroom, consider moving it to another room such as the family or living room. If you can’t live without your television, a flat screen mounted on the wall will instantly add space to your bedroom.
9.) Buy furniture that is multifunctional: A bed that has drawers below and a bookshelf at the headboard has already combined 3 pieces of furniture in one. If you decide to use a large piece of furniture, ensure it can house the majority of your storage needs, without having to use other pieces of furniture to block valuable space.
10.) Use other rooms in your home: Have a hall closet that only stores winter coats? Take seasonal clothing and seldom worn formal wear and put in a hall closet. Hall closets are a great option because they are rarely used and opened on a regular basis.
How do you save room in your bedroom? Leave us your suggestions and tips that have worked for you!
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After years of pleading, the fine folks over at Data Robotics finally gifted you with a Drobo NAS. They called it the Drobo FS, but we all know what the real skinny is. But is the five-bay, Ethernet-friendly storage robot really a dream come true? We’ve had nothing but success with it in our Time Machine setup, but as with pretty much any networked drive, we’ve heard reports here and there of frustrations and complications. For those who have sprung for the FS, we’re curious to hear what you’d change about the setup. Need more drive bays? Would you prefer a few extra interface options? Would you make the box a little less noisy? Go ahead and get honest down in comments below — we know you need an avenue to vent after the week you just survived, right?
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Unfortunately — and I mostly say that because it looks like a beautiful country — the only thing I know about Romania is Gheorghe Hagi, who is a very talented futbol player and I remember fondly rooting for Romania in the 1998 World Cup. They had a great team. And color scheme. But one thing I never realized about Romania was just how green it is with abundant forests, and that’s exactly the new hook that its Ministry of Tourism is going for with a new logo unveiled today during the global event Expo 2010 Shanghai China, where more than 190 countries have gathered to put their best face forward. (We actually have another Expo-launched identity coming on Monday). Romania’s new tourism logo and slogan — “Explore the Carpathian Garden” after the Carpathian mountains at the center of the country — were created by the joint partnership between TNS, a global market research firm and THR, a hospitality consultant.
In a horribly designed presentation available on Issuu, TNS and THR provide some market research in between some hot air, and it turns that more than 40% of people who have visited Romania consider both the Carpathian mountains and the countryside landscapes to be the major attractions. So, the heavily green new logo comes well justified. But the real story of this logo doesn’t lie in its rationalization, concept, or execution…
As it turns out, the Jurassic Park-sized leaf on the logo is royalty-free clip art available at iStockphoto, created by Belgian designer Tom Nulens of Sodafish. In addition, the clip art was already bought once and used by an Irish company called Change Transport as its logo. I’m sure there was nothing in the TNS/THR report that rationalized lazy and unimaginative design. The latest in this saga is that Nulens ceded copyrights over to the Ministry of Tourism.
A shame really, because the lettering for Romania is quite nice on its own. It’s unique, memorable, and even has a nice bounce to it. The circumflex diacritic mark over the “a” is meant to represent the sun, and the leaf, well, leaves, but also a river. A completely unnecessary gesture that would have been better left off. In the end, there is one thing we can all be grateful for and that is one less logo that uses Sand.
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