All hell broke loose in Venice last night, as over six feet of water flooded the city. Tourists waded out of hotels; residents desperately tried to pump out water; passengers climbed out of boat-taxi windows because the gangways had been washed away. The mayor called for a state of emergency as St. Mark’s Square, which sits at one of the lowest points in the city, turned into a 5-foot-deep swimming pool. The cause is a high tide, the highest since a 1966 flood raised waters by 6.3 feet. There was a plan to prevent this sort of flooding: The Moses project, a multi-billion-dollar flood protection system with dozens of sea barriers meant to protect the city, has been under construction since the early aughts, but it’s been plagued with delays and corruption, including the 2014 arrest of the then-mayor and 30 others on embezzlement charges. As you’ve gathered, the Moses system is not yet operational. The tide peaked at 74 inches, and it surged again … [Read more...] about Venice is underwater after plan to protect it from floods never got finished
advertisement advertisement When you think of Afghanistan, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? War? Taliban? Makes sense. How about “The next Bangalore”? Probably not. But there’s a team at the Pentagon working on that. And last week, they brought five Afghan entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley and New York to give them a glimpse of the U.S. tech industry. “We’re showing them what a startup environment feels like,” Paul Brinkley, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, tells Fast Company. Brinkley is in charge of the Pentagon’s Task Force on Business and Stability Operations. The unusual group was created in 2006 as an innovative approach to the military’s counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq. The team was tasked with finding ways to grow Iraq’s economy under the premise that the stronger the economy, the more jobs there would be and the harder it would be for insurgents to recruit members. Two years ago, the Task Force … [Read more...] about Google, IBM, YouTube, And Kabul? Pentagon Hosts Afghan Tech Entrepreneurs In The U.S.
advertisement advertisement Friday, October 7th marked the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan, which now surpasses the length of the official U.S. military engagement in the Vietnam War. Despite its longevity, the war has receded from daily headlines in mainstream U.S. media which tends to focus more on domestic losses, from Steve Jobs to manufacturing jobs. But after 10 years, $450 billion dollars, 15,000 U.S. casualties and tens of thousands of Afghan civilian deaths, and with a dramatic increase in violent incidents over the past year, the war should not be ignored. To counter the irresolution and indifference, a band of filmmakers decided to bring the war back into the popular consciousness, with a new work, Far From Afghanistan. The omnibus film was organized by John Gianvito, whose also self-produced the compelling 2001 feature The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein. It was produced by Steve Holmgren (Putty Hill), and features the work of Jon Jost (Last Chants for a … [Read more...] about Filmmakers Band Together To Renew Focus On U.S. War In Afghanistan, Now In Its 10th Year
advertisement advertisement When a video of an ebullient dancing girl in a funky jacket hit the Internet last January, it immediately struck a nerve. Billed as “a music video of epic proportions,” that eight-minute clip of a ballerina gone rogue on the streets of New York was merely a teaser of what was to come. Nearly a year later, director Jacob Krupnick’s vision of creating a feature-length music video has been realized with Girl Walk // All Day, which was released in installments on Gothamist.com and in full at an event yesterday in Brooklyn. A 70-minute film-cum-video set to mash-up superstar Girl Talk’s latest album, All Day, Girl Walk // All Day follows three central characters as they embark on a dawn-till-dusk improvisational dance through the Big Apple. Starting in an austere ballet studio, The Girl (Anne Marsen) breaks free of her stifling routine, hops on the Staten Island ferry and boogies the day away, hitting iconic sites such as Wall … [Read more...] about Lessons About Guerilla Filmmaking–And Life–From A Feature-Length Music Video
WHAT: The first ad for Pixel, Google’s just-announced phone (along with a Silicon Valley intro sketch from the announcement event). WHO: Google, Droga5 WHY WE CARE: Google’s phone (along with the other devices they announced today) is a long time coming. But it also presents a challenge: It may be a big deal for the company to enter the hardware market in this way, but for consumers, we already know what a phone does, and Google’s isn’t a whole lot different from the phones made by Apple, Samsung, etc. So the question of “how are they going to market this thing?” was about as interesting as “what’s it going to do?” And the answer here is two-fold. The Silicon Valley sketch may have more viral legs (who doesn’t love Dinesh and Gilfoyle being mean to each other?), but the ad taps into the one thing that Google can offer that other manufacturers can’t, which is the connection that consumers have to Google’s search … [Read more...] about Google’s “Pixel” Phone Is Here And Its First Ad Is Kind Of Surreal