Uwall.tv Turns YouTube into a Video Jukebox

If, like me, you frequently visit YouTube to get your music fix, Uwall.tv is a video playlist service that turns YouTube into your personal music video jukebox.

Visit Uwall.tv, plug in an artist or band name, and Uwall.tv generates a playlist of music by the act you’re interested in. You can further filter by popularity, upload date, rating, and video quality. Uwall.tv also suggests other artists you might be interested in. If you login with Facebook Connect you can also build custom playlists and break free from the one-artist-list limitation.

UWall.tv is a free service, login only required for creating and saving custom playlists. I started using it without any login at all and thought it did a great job.
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How TED Connects the Idea-Hungry Elite

I have published multiple videos and discussions spawned by the TED conference that happens every year in Long Beach, CA

I find the talks inspiring and the fact that the videos are available to the general public and spawn additional ideas and responses is what makes TED so influential.

An article from FastCompany Online makes mention of several of the best features of TED.

Additionally, they point out some of their favorite videos. I must say that Patti Maes and Pranav Mistry’s Sixth Sense talks still; capture my imagination of the future of personal computing. Barry Schwartz’s Paradox of Choice is also very compelling.

1) Jill Bolte Taylor
My Stroke of Insight

2008
When the neuroscientist picks up a human brain with a spinal cord attached, the audience gasps. When she’s done talking about her stroke, they’re crying.
6) Dan Pink
Surprising Science of Motivation

2009
The science proves that intrinsic motivation works better than extrinsic rewards, but your boss doesn’t understand. Pink explains how to tell her.
2) Patti Maes and Pranav Mistry
Sixth Sense Demo

2009
The MIT Media Lab researchers debut a spooky Minority Report — style wearable interface.
7) Hans Rosling
The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen

2006
The Swedish professor dances through a spectacular animation of world development.
3) Ken Robinson
Schools Kill Creativity

2006
This highly influential talk spawned a viral 2010 follow-up and made the creativity expert a star; Robinson says he now “gets stopped in airports.”
8) Benjamin Zander
On Music and Passion

2008
TED hosts performances as well as talks. This blends the two, with Zander at the grand piano.
4) Tony Robbins
Why We Do What We Do

2006
Robbins high-fives Al Gore in this video. “One of the best TED moments of all time,” says TED video chief June Cohen.
9) Barry Schwartz
The Paradox of Choice

2006
In a baggy T-shirt, with glasses sliding down his nose, Schwartz gives a profound, witty discourse on why more freedom doesn’t equal more happiness.
5) Elizabeth Gilbert
Nurturing Creativity

2009
The best-selling author bares her struggle to repeat the success of Eat, Pray, Love.
10) V.S. Ramachandran
On Your Mind

2007
A brain scientist in a leather jacket tell us how “this 3-pound mass of jelly … can contemplate the meaning of infinity.”

I would also recommend taking a look at several of the best performance videos on TED. (click on TED and select talks re-sized to ‘beautiful’ and related to ‘entertainment’)

Carriers Say No to Airporn

Some excerpts and comments on an original Article posted at  Wired.com By Dave Demerjian

plane laptop

People get bored on long flights, which is why we love in-flight Internet access. It lets people check email, read Wired.com, watch the stock market collapse and enjoy their favorite scenes from On Golden Blonde and Forest Hump.

Airlines, worried the wi-fi services they’re rolling out will turn planes into flying porn theaters, are installing filters to prevent passengers from surfing smut. The decision is hailed by flight attendants — who’ve so far been responsible for preventing porn peeping — and by activists concerned that children and other passengers might be subjected to objectionable material. They also worry unfettered onboard Internet access poses a security and safety risk.

American Airlines says it will “implement technology to filter pornographic content over it’s Gogo in-flight Internet service.” It’s an about-face for the airline, which had said it would leave the nannying to flight attendants. The course correction was prompted in part by the vocal concerns of flight attendants who didn’t want to be morality cops after the airline started offering in-flight wi-fi last month.

“Flight attendants are on board to provide security and safety for passengers, not to monitor their Internet usage,” Corey Caldwell of the Association of Flight Attendants told Wired.com. “We’re glad the airlines have responded to our concerns and to those of passengers.”

But at least one privacy rights advocate opposes the idea and says blocking porn is the first step down a slippery slope.

“I don’t think it makes much sense,” Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told ITWorld.com. Filters do nothing to keep people from viewing inappropriate material stored on their laptops and open the door to blocking other content airlines — or others — might deem inappropriate, he says. “It’s so easy, once that precedent is set, to broaden … the kind of information blocks that might be imposed.”

Airline cabin crews aren’t the only ones worried about airborne porn. Girls Against Porn lobbied American to install filters, urging the airline to consider the harm inappropriate content might have on passengers and citing a particularly disgusting incident that has resulted in a $200,000 lawsuit against American. “The airlines risk having this happen repeatedly if the Internet isn’t filtered,” Girls Against Porn said in a statement.

Delta Airlines, which rolls out in-flight wi-fi later this year, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution it will filter inappropriate content. “Blocking will be limited in scope and will be for sites that few, if any, would question are inappropriate to be viewed on an aircraft,” spokesman Kent Landers said, addressing concerns about filters known to block non-erotic sites such as Vanity Fair.

The two airlines are working with Aircell, which provides the wi-fi technology, to find a filter, though the company has yet come up with a solution. “We want to be good partners to the customers coming to us with these types of concerns,” a company source told Wired.com. “We’re working with them to come up with an effective solution.”

When they do, passengers will have to find another way to occupy themselves on those long-haul flights.

Web Toys

I continue to enjoy playing with the latest and greatest web toys and producing more fluff for the internet. Animoto  allows you to upload images and select songs and then creates a video for you. You can then post it anywhere you would like. I sent these off to YouTube as well as posting them on my Facebook page. Not bad for a couple minutes of playing around while I was waiting for some other files to upload to a site for work.

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