Platform Wars in the Classroom


"This is a real battleground," says Mike Fisher, Futuresource’s associate director of educational technology. At stake: the roughly $43 billion worldwide market for educational hardware and software, which is expected to double by 2020, even as the global PC market declines and tablet sales slow. And the significance extends beyond the classroom. If students develop familiarity with an operating system at an early age, or so the thinking goes, they will prefer it in their future professional lives.

It's still fascinating to me how a giant market like the education sector is, at least in Austria, completely falling behind on technological innovation. In the US, it seems like there is a platform war between some of the biggest corporations on this planet (which leads to fairly good technology for the customers, i.e. students & teachers) and in Austria, we are still upgrading computers from Windows XP to Windows 7. Technology is a part of our world and schools too often make the mistake of thinking that they are not a part of the real world. They are. And as such, they have to embrace technology, not avoid it.

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Up & Up – Live at Glastonbury 2016


"So, I visited my dad at work yesterday."
"Oh, what does he do for a living?"
"Well, he sings and stuff. I sang along. It was at Glastonbury or something. Pretty great."

(The kids of Chris Martin start to sing along at around minute 4.)

Listen To The Whisper


"The hardest thing to listen to, your instincts, your human personal intuition, always whispers. It never shouts. Very hard to hear. So you have to, every day of your lives, be ready to hear what whispers in your ear. It very rarely shouts."

I think this is a beautiful way of putting it: Your intuition does not shout at you. It isn't always 100% clear which path to take. You have to listen to the whisper and pay close attention to yourself to figure out where you should go.

Off the Grid on a Homemade Island


NYC Gifathon




Since the European Football Championship starts tomorrow, it seems like a fitting time to share this link. Robert Götzfried has been taking pictures of empty stadiums and collected them here. I think I might prefer the empty stadiums to the full ones, actually.

A New Look for Instagram


Instagram introduced a new look today, which was long overdue. I think it's a good and thought-through redesign, which does not lose focus of what is the most important part of the "Instagram-experience": the photos themselves.

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Daily Overview


"Heerhugowaard, Netherlands is home to roughly 55,000 people. Because of extensive peat extraction and storm floods, many lakes developed in the region, including the one on which the town located. The reclaimed land of Heerhugowaard is situated three meters below sea level."

When astronauts travel to space and get to experience earth as a whole, they are subject to something known as the "overview effect". It describes the feeling of increased responsibility and simple astonishment when getting the overview over a larger system that you are usually a part of (like our planet). It's an interesting concept. Daily Overview was inspired by just that.

Whenever we are part of something bigger, it's important to step back every once in a while and appreciate the bigger picture - before we return to our daily routine. Let's do that more often.

A Passion Project in the Big Apple


"To put it lightly, Philip Ashforth Coppola loves New York City's subway stations. For the past 38 years, the New Jersey-based illustrator has been exploring the Big Apple's underground stations and sketching its mosaics in amazing detail with just a ballpoint pen. In 1984, Copp published his first volume of subway drawings, "Silver Connections." He continues to document the city's underground, but doesn't expect to finish until 2040."

Bad doors, bad design.


This video demonstrates the power of design. Bad doors are everywhere - and if you get frustrated with one, it's probably not you that is wrong - it's the door.

warped cities


Photographer Aydin Buyuktas creates some pretty amazing imagery using a drone and digital editing techniques.

Ein von @aydinbuyuktas gepostetes Foto am

Go check out his Instagram profile!

an ad well done


this is an advertising well done. it tells a compelling and touching story in 90 seconds. music supports the story. strong imagery.

Our Changing Climate.


A pretty amazing film by YouTube channel JacksGap on the challenges facing our generation.



An afternoon trip to IKEA. Young and old in harmony.

Audience Engagment done right.


Normally, when the audience at a concert decides to contribute something to the concert, it either ends up being really good or really bad. This Egyptian maestro embraced the situation and just dealt with it in the best fucking way possible.

Kirby CMS: Display Latest Blog Posts on Home Page with Images


Kirby makes it really easy to find the children of a specific page, limit them to a certain number and get the contents from each of these children, including images. In this code example, the code will look for the first image in the article and display at a resized version of 500 pixels wide. It took me some time to figure it out, so here is a code snippet ready to use.

<?php foreach($site->find('blog')->children()->flip()->limit(9) as $article): ?>
  <a href="<?php echo $article->url() ?>">
    <? if($image = $article->image()): ?>
      <?= $image->resize(500)->html() ?>
    <? endif ?>
    <h1><?php echo $article->title()->html() ?></h1>
    <p><?php echo $article->text()->excerpt(200) ?></p>
    <div class="button"><a href="<?php echo $article->url() ?>">Read more</a></div>
<?php endforeach ?>

An der schönen blauen Donau.




one late night, while listening to adele and desperately trying to feel some kind of christmas spirit, I made this santa in illustrator. feel free to use it for anything you could possibly think of.

happy december, everyone!

(by the way, the new adele album is pretty amazing. you should probably buy it.)

edit: I just realized that this is a pretty depressing santa, so I also made a happy version.

Do the work


Do the work that you want to be done.

In this classroom, knowledge is overrated.


“We need a really strong, powerful question,” he says to a couple dozen fourth graders at John B. Russwurm PS 197, an elementary school in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. The students, who are scattered cross-legged on the floor of the classroom, eagerly shoot their hands into the air.

Mitra calls on a boy in a t-shirt. “Let’s hear your question.”

He stands up. “I want to know, why do dogs chase cats?”

“I’ve never thought of that before,” Mitra replies, scratching his head before calling on another student.

“How come father seahorses have babies and the females don’t?”

And another.

“How do you make a computer?” a young girl shouts.

Mitra, a researcher at Newcastle University and winner of the 2013 TED Prize, ponders the suggestions for a moment, before deciding the first—why do dogs chase cats?—to be the most intriguing of the bunch. He informs the students they’ll have 20 minutes to find the answer to the question, but under a few conditions. First and foremost, they can’t talk to adults. Second, with 24 students and only six computers in the room, they’re going to have to form groups and work together. And lastly, they can and should read each other’s answers.

“I tell them if they want to see what another group is doing they can just walk across the room and look,” he says. “Children often say this is cheating, but I tell them no, it’s not called cheating, its called sharing.”

I’ve always had a hard time explaining to teachers why it’s not the knowledge, the facts and figures that count, but how you arrive at that knowledge. Asking the right questions is much more exciting than being told what the answer is. This article does a much better job explaining it.