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Ever heard of an inspirational lawn ornament? Well you're about to. 

Geeg Wiles tells the story of his travelling companion Captain Ahab: a 3-foot-tall bright-yellow lawn ornament. In today's Presentation of the Day "Ahab's Adventures" from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3, Geeg discusses what started as harmless college recreational photo project, and became an international phenomenon that inspired people around the globe to go out and have new and exciting experiences. Ahab has been skydiving, river-rafting, he's been to Yellowstone and Rushmore; as Geeg says, "if Ahab can do it ... so can you!"

PKN Derby Vol. 5 Presentations Another fantastic kids presentation from Derby (Vol. 5), this time with Freya talking about her dog Alfie, a retired racing greyhound. If this doesn't convince you that adopting a retired racing dog is a good idea, we don't know what will. Can you move to the Shakespeare beat? Ben Spiller will make sure that you do in his presentation (from PKN Derby Vol. 6), before introducing you to the Shakespeare workout. Some presentations see a person sharing their work, and some see the presenter sharing what inspires him or her. Here (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3), Richard Britell does the latter, sharing finds from Pinterest. This presentation (in French, from PKN Lyon Vol. 4) is about Alles Gut, a graphic design studio founded by Antoine Eckart and Francis Josserand. The idea was born from the desire of putting together their skills and their vision of design combining esthetic and function. They act in the field of print (ID, posters, editing), web design, and illustration. 600 Presentations and 580 Cities And with these four presentations we hit a new milestone today, reaching 600 online presentations -- or make that two, since our city count has just hit 580. PechaKucha x ArchiAid Events We announced it a couple of weeks ago, but here's a reminder that here in Tokyo, PechaKucha is teaming up with ArchiAid for a very special event next week (Thursday, November 22) at SuperDeluxe in Roppongi. This PechaKucha event will be jam-packed with an inspirational lineup of architects -- including SANAA and Atelier Bow-Wow -- who will present their ArchiAid-supported projects in Tohoku (northern Japan, the area most affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami), using the 20x20 format you know and love. You'll find more event details and the full lineup of presenters on our Facebook event page and Inspire Japan site. Participants will also contribute books to be auctioned during the break, to raise funds. You can also support ArchiAid initiatives through the PechaKucha website -- click on the big blue "A+" logo. PKN Tallinn Vol. 5 PKN Tallinn Vol. 5 Photos Tallinn had its Vol. 6 earlier this week, but here's a photo gallery [Flickr] from the city's Vol. 5, held back in September. You'll find the list of presenters on the official event pageCalendar After a busy week, it's a relatively quiet weekend, with two events scheduled for tonight (Friday, November 16) -- PKN Aalen Vol. 12 and PKN Hamptons Vol. 2 -- and then PKN Johannesburg Vol. 8 happening on Saturday.

PKN Tokyo Vol. 96 What a NIGHT! Yesterday's Tokyo Designers Week edition (PKN Tokyo Vol. 96) was a huge success, with a crowd that filled up the TDW Dome (close to 1000), and a lineup of presenters that inspired the crowd from start to finish. Over the coming days we'll be sharing more photos from the event, as well as most of the presentations online. PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3 Presentations In his presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3), Geeg Wiles tell the story of Ahab, a short sailor-wannabe-pirate who goes from lawn ornament to motivational traveler. Do people piss you off? Do you piss off people? Here's a presentation (from PKN Grand Rapids Vol. 4) by Charlie Wolborg that tackles this odd -- and yet fun -- topic. PKN Vancouver Vol. 24 Posters We have two new additions to the Tumblr blog today, starting with the poster for the upcoming PKN Vancouver Vol. 24, pictured above. Also new on the blog is the poster for PKN Perth Vol. 11. Calendar We kick off November with tonight's PKN Bucharest Vol. 10, and then tomorrow it's on to these four events: PKN New Plymouth Vol. 6, PKN Plzen Vol. 3, PKN Loviisa Vol. 6, and PKN Sarajevo Vol. 3. 

PKN Chattanooga Vol. 11 Presentations In his presentation (from PKN Chattanooga Vol. 11), Jim Farmer takes a look at all manner of unsanctioned racing, from the nostalgic to the crazy, to the plain old fun. As we discover in her presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3), Diane Firtell goes out and takes photos of people she meets at the Guido's grocery store (and sometimes other places), a project that then saw her add computer "painting" to eliminate the visual noise in the background of the photos. PKN Guimaraes Vol. 4 Posters For today's additions to the Tumblr blog, we start with a look at the flyer and poster for the upcoming PKN Guimaraes Vol. 4. We've also added the poster for PKN Castellon de la Plana Vol. 2  PKN Guimaraes Vol. 4 PKN Hong Kong Vol. 2 PKN Hong Kong Vol. 2 Photos Adding to the photo gallery for last week's PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 we've already shared, here are two more Facebook galleries to share, with photos by Cheehaur Tan and Vic Shing (Art Surveillance).  Calendar There are no events this evening, but tomorrow night sees PKN Providence Vol. 42. Thursday will bring the following five events: PKN Guatelmala City Vol. 2, PKN Lille Vol. 2, PKN Knoxville Vol. 5, PKN Chillicothe Vol. 1, and PKN Vladimir Vol. 9. 

Finding a Link Between Leadership and Pop Culture, OCD and the Brain, and Photos from Hong Kong

PKN Toronto Vol. 16 Presentations Tom Bernard manages to mix two of his interests -- leadership and pop culture -- into a presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3) that he freely admits veers on the "nerdy" side. In overcoming OCD and a variety of other anxiety disorders, Mark Freeman was shocked to discover that all people have brains. This presentation (from PKN Toronto Vol. 16) is the story of that discovery. PKN Toronto Vol. 18 Posters Our final additions for the week to the Tumblr blog include the poster for Toronto's upcoming Vol. 18 -- designed by Trevor Embury, and part of the DesignThinkers conference -- and two older posters from PKN Moncton (Vol. 5 and 6).  PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 Photos Today's photo gallery [Flickr] is for PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12, which was held this past Tuesday. From what we hear, it was a packed -- and intimate -- gathering, and the atmosphere was fantastic. HK's next PKN ("lucky" Vol. 13) is already set for December 5, and it will be held at the same venue (XXX Gallery).  Calendar Here are your weekend PKNs, starting with tonight (October 19): PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 14, PKN Adelaide Vol. 4, and PKN Hakata Vol. 4. On Saturday, you'll find PKN Maastricht Vol. 16 and PKN Nara Vol. 4. 

PKN Toronto Vol. 17 Presentations Kathy Toth is an art photographer, and in her presentation (from PKN Toronto Vol. 17) she shares a recent photography project about hidden spaces in the city where bridges, drains, and drainage channels become art galleries for graffiti, skate parks for teens. These are all sorts of wonderful things to a small group of people who make creative uses of spaces that are hidden from the common eye. Herein (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3) lies the unofficial and unauthorized history of the mason jar, produced by Craig Langlois in the form of drawings. PKN Tokyo Vol. 96 Posters Today on the Tumblr blog we feature the flyer image for this month's PKN Tokyo Vol. 96, which is better known as our big Tokyo Designers Week edition. Happening on October 31 at the TDW grounds (Meiji-Jingu Gaien) in a venue that can hold up to 1200, it will be one of the bigger PKNs we've had in Tokyo. You'll find more details on our event page and on our Facebook event page, and every day we are highlighting presenters on our PechaKucha Tokyo page on Facebook.  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pli6T_xcAo Videos Today we share a short video that offers up a look at Zelezny Brod's recent first PKN, and with PKN Orlando Vol. 7 just around the corner (October 26), here's a video interview with that city's organizer, Eddie Selover. Calendar Here are the five events on the schedule for tonight (October 18): PKN Townsville Vol. 1, PKN Edinburgh Vol. 20, PKN Leeds Vol. 14, PKN Wakefield Vol. 7, PKN Panama Vol. 11, and PKN Edmonton Vol. 14. Tomorrow we have the following three events, two of them in Japan: PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 14, PKN Adelaide Vol. 4, and PKN Hakata Vol. 4.

PKN Pittsfield Vol. 1 Presentations Walking and taking in art sure sounds like a winning combination, and that's just what you get with First Fridays Artswalk. Mary McGinnis uses her presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 1) to explain the project. Federico Fasce (of Urustar) talks about how he thinks games can change the world. He believes that games are the most important form of expression of this century. The presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 1) covers his experience with Privacy Traders, a game designed and developed for high school students. In Privacy Traders, through mechanical trade and exchange, the idea is to stimulate a reflection on the sharing of personal data, on the role of the internet and social networks, and on the importance to better understand the people to whom we entrust sensitive data every day. PKN Nantes Vol. 4 Posters We have a few new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with PKN Nantes Vol. 4 that you see above. Also added were posters for PKN St. Petersburg Vol. 21, as well as for PKN Dunedin Vol. 13 and 14. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZB-2v4IcQA Video Here's a video teaser for PKN Hyderabad Vol. 10, which is taking place this coming Saturday (September 1). Calendar There's no PKN on the agenda for tonight, but tomorrow night (August 28) you can catch PKN San Francisco Vol. 51 and PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 26.

PKN Pittsfield Vol. 1 For this presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 1), let David Hyde take you on a tongue-in-cheek comparative tour of the US and the UK -- expect stereotypes galore, and a good laugh. Redesigna is a collaboration of different projects in Augsburg -- each of these projects focuses on alternative living. This presentation (in German, from PKN Augsburg Vol. 1) shows a variety of recycled and upcycled projects created by Doris Leitner.

PKN Sao Paulo Vol. 7 Presentations Megan Whilden is a government worker in the city of Pittsfield, and in this presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 1) she talks about the "Call Me Melville" summer cultural program. In this presentation (in Portuguese, from PKN Sao Paulo Vol. 7), Tiago Yonamine talks about how he created Trampos, Brazil's biggest and most famous creative jobs platform. From its Twitter account to the new powerful website, Tiago explains how young talent needs a place to find work and how brands can take notice of their potential. PKN Durban Vol. 7 Posters Today's new posters on the Tumblr blog come from Durban -- for the city's Vol. 7, which is happening on August 22 -- and Springfield, MO, for tonight's Vol. 7. Notice Although the worldwide PechaKucha network never rests, the HQ does in order to replenish its energy, and hopefully catch a few rays. We will therefore be on "sleep" mode for the next two weeks, and won't be doing our regular daily posts during this time. We will still have two new presentations going up on the site each and every day, which we'll share on the blog as well, but for details on the PKNs happening during this 2-week period, please have a look at our calendar page. Calendar Tonight, Friday (August 3), you can catch the following three events: PKN Panjim Vol. 3, PKN Springfield, MO Vol. 7, and PKN Hakata Vol. 7. Then on Sunday, we have PKN Dunsborough Vol. 5 and PKN Beijing Vol. 21, and Monday has PKN Pittsboro Vol. 11.