Alrighty, let’s make this quick because I totally need to run and get some groceries. Aric just dropped this one on me yesterday. No, it’s not some new technology or something to bring good to mankind, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.
Song Exploder is a podcast where, in their words, musicians (from many genres) take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. It’s a pretty awesome idea if you’re a music junkie like me. Give it a shot!
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Previously: Hitchwiki Provides Crowd-Sourced Information on Hitchhiking and Cheap Transportation
Aric sent me an email while I was spending my last week with my fiance until she returns to the US. I finally read it a few days ago and was pleasantly surprised once again.
Hitchwiki is a site that allows for collaboratively compiled information on hitchhiking around the world. As someone who is looking to see the world, I think this is an awesome idea whether you’re traveling or embracing a nomadic lifestyle. There’s awesome information on where to hitchhike, safety tips, and guides for first-timers. It also has articles available in a number of different languages which is pretty cool. All hail Mr. Peek!
Previously: SwitchPitch Lets Larger Companies Pitch Ideas to Startups
I’ve been stewing on possible startup ideas recently. Who knows if I’ll ever come up with a home run idea, but a brotha has to give a shot right?
Aric then told me about SwitchPitch, a cool concept that lets companies pitch startups instead of the other way around. This allows companies to avoid the onslaught of startups vying for their attention. These reverse-pitch meetings are also face-to-face, allowing for more personal interaction. This sounds like a pretty awesome way for companies to partner with the right people. Take a look if you’re interested and, as always, thank you, Mr. Peek!
Previously: Hello Hubs Is a Community-Built and Owned Internet Kiosk
Aric and I met briefly this Sunday and he tossed this gem my way. Hello Hubs is a community contributed project that builds internet kiosks that also act as an educational resource. Each terminal has access to 24-hour WiFi and up to four people can be seated at once. Additionally, there is a workbench for maintenance and repair of the hub.
This is an awesome idea and shows the power of cooperation. Why can’t we organize like this more often? Think of the greatness we could achieve instead of the pain we create by being adversaries. Support this endeavor!
Previously: Bluemix Is an Open-Source, Cloud-Based Development Platform
Aric randomly sent me a link to IBM Bluemix the other day. Bluemix is a cloud-based, open-source development platform with pretty awesome services provided by IBM.
For example, do you know Wat-
Wait, before I continue there are no Sherlock Holmes jokes allowed, damn it. We’re better than that.
Ehem, do you know Watson? It’s IBM’s technology that processes information closer to humans than machines by interpreting natural language. Cool, right? Well, there are Watson services for Bluemix that lets developers build cognitive apps. That means possibilities for language identification, on-the-fly relationship extraction, and maybe even some advanced AI in your apps.
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Previously: Aric’s TED Talk Picks
Like me, Aric is a big fan of TED Talks. Why not share some of the videos he’s shared with me? Check out some of the awesome talks and, if you feel so inclined, watch this week’s Thinkington where Aric and I discuss education. Enjoy!
Previously: The Internet Wishlist Is a Wall of Inspiration
My buddy Aric who supplies the ammo for Peek’s Picks joins me as we discuss the future of education and how technology can play a role. Enjoy!
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