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November 26, 2011

flood hacks

by noah

Thai Flood Hacks is a tumblr dedicated to the documentation of social creativity following 2011’s monsoon season in Thailand and the resulting floods [wiki]. Additionally, the site catalogues creative flood adaptations in other cities as well. Within this image archive are snorkeling motorcycles, plenty of tall “freak” bikes, animal life vests and several boats which all have unique methods for steering or “motor power”. Tall bikes and boats may not seem like a spectacular feat when combating a flooded locale, but the social involvement in these materials is represented by how handmade these solutions are. Boats are made from discarded tires, mattresses, pieces of wood, or recyclables, caravans are built out of bikes to carry numerous people on one body-powered vehicle, and in the wake of disaster this blog dedicates its energy to depicting this situation as a creative dreamland [if it weren’t previously a home]. Definitely worth spending a few minutes browsing through when you have a chance… and I thought my basement in Bushwick had some sweet tricks.

September 30, 2011

Fiverr=Amazeballs

by Tom Tenney

I had only just begun my reading on barter economies when my girlfriend serendipitously IM’d me the URL to fiverr which she called an “amazeballs idea.”    The concept is a webified version of “what would you do for a dollar?”  and allows people to post what they would do (legally) for five dollars.  Just a few examples:

I will sleep talk your website, product name or slogan on VIDEO for $5″

“I will use my deep voice to sing like Johnny Cash anything you desire while playing my acoustic guitar… for $5”

“I will edit your 30 minute podcast for $5”

I think this is fantastic… it’s kind of like a micro Elance, where there are no limits to the ridiculousness of the tasks.  Also, this is potentially a great way to get great, unique marketing material.  I have this idea that I want to order one per day leading up to the RE/Mixed Media Festival on October 22nd – and tweet the results each day.   I’ll keep you posted on how that goes (I’ve already ordered the sleeptalking video…)

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