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How to Launch a Rocket from Your Smart Phone
BY SPENCER SMITH
@ VOL 16
ON FEB 18, 2016
“They had state of the art technology… [but] an inability to communicate is what jeopardised their mission.”
In “How to Launch a Rocket From Your Smartphone” from PechaKucha Night Madison (Wisconson)’s 16th volume, speaker Spencer Smith debates an urban myth many know well. You may have heard that the smartphone you own is more powerful than the computers that put men on the moon. Do you think that's really true? Is raw computer power the most important component of this question? Once you hear the data from speaker, you could have a different opinion.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016.
Power (Pavilion) to the people
BY ANDREW JUST
@ VOL 29
ON OCT 24, 2016
Architect Andrew Just introduces his Power Pavilion, a structure that repurposes glass isolators from old power lines, that would otherwise be destined for landfill. To be erected on a ste of an old power company, now designated for public space, this pavilion will provide a venue for community events and place-making activation.
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It's no secret that yours truly is personally excited about the upcoming iPhone game Power Pill from Canadian creators Polytron and Infinite Ammo -- forming the all-powerful Infinitron Polypharma -- and as we previewed last week, Polytron's Phil Fish was set to reveal the first details of the game at this week's PechaKucha Night in Montreal. The night has come and gone, and Power Pill's "viral" debut is now public, thanks to Phil posting all of the presentation's images online -- and here's a video of the presentation.
The Power of PechaKucha
We hand over the controls to PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg organizer Jesper Larsson -- his Vol. 24 event was held just last night -- who talks about the perks of being a PKN organizer. As a PechaKucha organizer you sometimes ask yourself if it's worth all those hours you put in. But then you go on vacation to Central America and find out you have PechaKucha colleagues in every other city. Take this example with Panama City. I went there by myself and only knew about two places in town, the place I was staying at and the offices of TBWA / Panama, the local producers of PechaKucha Night. From left: Jesper Larsson (PechaKucha Night in Göteborg) and Ricardo Fernández (PechaKucha Night in Panama City). Words of wisdom at the TBWA / Panama office. I had a great time hanging out with local PechaKucha organizers Ricardo Fernández and Juan Cruz Soares Gache. As an organizer I highly recommend you use the power of a 385 city strong network -- what company can compete with that? -- and contact the local organizers of PechaKucha when you are out traveling. It's a great way to get local tips and recommendations, and a chance to discuss and share PKN experiences. While still traveling I also found out that I had been listed as an up-and-comer when Gothenburg's biggest daily newspaper listed "The 100 most influential people in town," simple because of the success of PechaKucha here. The power is there. Let's just not forget that it's there because we all put in all those hours.
The Power of the Arts
From today we're going to start sharing a couple of presentations a day -- we've been getting our hands on quite a few of late -- and we start with "The Power of the Arts," with Kathryn Blume talking about the power of the arts in building powerful movements for addressing climate change and communicating a potent, creative vision for a world without oil. It was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Montpelier, VT Vol. 3.
The Power of Observation
Are you aware, that in a single day (today) we take in 5x the amount of information we did (25 years ago) in 5 days? That's right, in the same amount of time, we take in 5 times the amount of information we did 25 years ago. Bob Hambly examines (at PKN Toronto Vol. 26) the topic of observation – how we've become visually complacent, how we are manipulated to see certain things, how important it is to have good observational skills, and how we can go about improving them. This is something we can all get better at. In "The Power of Observation", you'll see that the better we get at observing, the better we will get at generating creative ideas. Don't be a lazy observer, see (don't look -- see) things now!
The Power of Touch
Without human contact we are, in a sense, blind. Touchy HumanCamera is just that, a human with a camera for eyes. He walks the world blindly until a kind soul reaches out to touch him, opening his shuttered eyes! He speaks about his experiences visting many countries and communicate with thousands of people through touch. In "The Power of Touch" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 113, we see that Touchy gives us an idea of how we ought to try to divide our time between our online and offline lives in order to remain happy and satisfied.
The Power of Yes
“When I say yes, especially in the face of fear, it takes me on this amazing journey.” Technologist Tiffany Lentz strongly believes in the power of saying “Yes.” In “The Power of Yes” from PKN Brooklyn Vol. 1, she speaks about her experiences learning and growing in various diverse roles, all the while stretching her personal paradigm. Tiffany encourages us to “speak words of life” over ourselves, and to step out of our comfort zones.
Community Development and the Power of Small Scale Change
"Small scale changes starts with a group of people who want to make a collective change for the greater good." In Community Development and the Power of Small Scale Change, from Markham, Vol. 7, Town Planner, Administrator, and dreamer Joanne Dang shares how much she loves cities and believes that they are living ecosystems. She discusses her journey in many places around the world and the power of small-scale, community-based changes that lead to vibrant cities. Here she poses the question, "what is your dream for your city?"
Never Underestimate the Power of Your Inspiration
In Never Underestimate the Power of Your Inspiration from PechaKucha Night Bryan, Vol. 5, Dr. Reuben May talks about growing up disadvantaged and how he got to be a professor and award winning author, as well as a rapper featured in notable publications.
The Power of Paper
“I started to fold the paper boat and somehow I travelled around the world.” In The Power of Paper from PechaKucha Night Glasglow Vol. 28 Frank Bölter talks about his practice as an artist working with paper as a material to build boats and houses. He began using his work to challenge expectations both inside and outside the academic art world while a student at the Münster Academy of Art from 1998 to 2003. Boelter’s projects are distinguished equally by their powerful poetic imagery and by the precision of their execution, often carried out under the difficult conditions of the public sphere and galvanising the public into action.
The Secret Power of Cosplay
"The thing about cosplay is that it unites people." In "The Secret Power of Cosplay" from PechaKucha Night TokyoVol.139, Fenix D' Joan the creator of CosFashion, a blend of cosplay and fashion, which recaptures that magic and power. From at what age do we forget the magic of playing make believe and stop relying on one of our greatest powers?