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Dancin’ honey bee using dance to communicate

August 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

blog-beesDid you know that honey bees are able to communicate with each other using dance? I’d never seen a bee dance, but I’ve found a cool video clip showing a dancin’ bee in action.

If you can embrace the ‘education video’ aesthetic of this video below, you are in for a real treat.

In just three minutes, you will see footage demonstrating a bee dance, along with an explanation of what the dance means.

If a forager bee starts dancing, he’s found some flowers the other bees ought to know about. The direction he dances indicates the direction of the flowers, the length of the dance indicates the distance to the flowers.

Here’s the video on YouTube… Attribution is not presented with the clip, so the origin of the video is unknown.

Humans, on the other hand, tend to use dance to communicate how much they’ve had to drink…

Me, I find the bee dancing interesting, but the human dancing way more fun.

Title image credit: An edited image of David Nikonvscanon’s photo of bees.

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First impressions of Beijing – Live from the highway

July 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Arrived in Beijing from London Heathrow this morning. Only been here a few hours but I’ve had time to post my first video journals to YouTube:

(Updated links thanks to Katie)

Stepping off the plane…

Straight into a Coca-Cola billboard…

Reporting from a taxi…

They’re all on my YouTube Channel

Have I arrived in an Olympic city? Yes I have. The massive Beijing Airport (home of the PEK airport code) is as large and as modern as any airport I’ve ever seen. Banners, billboards and signs for the Olympics are everywhere, along with countless volunteers…

Our taxi driver didn’t speak ONE WORD of English, and even the locals trying to tell him where I was going seemed flustered. I think it may be a’ cultural thing’ to yell here more than in the West, so maybe he wasn’t as angry as he seemed…

Touching down, the thick pollution in the air is the first thing you notice; stepping off plane its the heat.

The first piece of communication I saw didn’t read “Welcome to Beijing”, it was a Coca-Cola billboard. Acually, the first two signs that greeted me when I stepped off the plain were Coca-Cola billboards. A nice touch for those who know of my previous involvement with the Zero Coke Movement.

Well, I’m off to explore the city. I’ll have my camera with me and my aim is to document my experience of Beijing for my clients, collegues, family and friends back home (that’s in alphabetical order). New friends also welcome!

Zai Jien for now!

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Vibewire Videos 2

October 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

In the spirit of Open Source, I present to you – Creating a video brief, part one – the initial questionnaire.

As a communication problem (there’s a lot that could be communicated in a limited amount of time), gathering the basic information on the video subject before you begin is a good place to start.

For the Vibewire videos, I have developed a pretty simple questionnaire that I hope will be used to gather all the information we need for each video into one place.

For each project we’d like to produce a video on, I think we need, at the very least, the following information, hopefully on a single page:

WHAT (The project name):
WHO (The people/organisations involved in organising/supporting the project):
WHO ARE THE INDIVIDUAL ADVOCATES (The people who would be great spokespeople/3rd party supporters):
WHERE (Where the project takes place):
WHEN (How often, at what times, for how long):
WHY (Why does this occur at all) :
WHO PAYS (How are the costs of the project absorbed?):
WHO BENEFITS (Who are the primary beneficiaries of the program? What are the numbers here?)
WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES (both measured/unmeasured).

Having these questions answered would be an excellent starting point for a discussion on communication strategy, and whilst I’ve penned the questions for the Vibewire project, I can imagine using them in other projects in the future.

In the spirit of open source, if you use this questionaire, or if you have improvements, please post a comment so the questionnaire can be refined over time.

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Category: Tim's Projects

Vibewire Videos

October 2nd, 2007 · 2 Comments

Tom from Vibewire has asked me to help him with a project he’s had in mind for Vibewire – communicating the value of various Vibewire projects through video.

The best case scenario is that there will be a mini video (between 30-60 seconds) for each of the following programs:

  • Reelife Short Film Festival
  • the sQuareOne creative project incubator space
  • the Vibewire.net website
  • Election Tracker
  • Interface Magazine
  • E-Festival of Ideas

And finally, there will be an ‘overview’ video that aims to bring all the videos together.

These are all fantastic projects, and I’d love to see these videos created. It’s just a matter of how to make it happen quickly and cheaply!

I’m going to meet with Treffyn (who works with me on various projects) to discuss the best way forward. Typically this kind of project can be incredibly involved and I don’t have a lot of time to see this project through at the moment. Vibewire has a network of clever, creative people, so the challenge will be to harness the talents of many to create videos that are engaging, but not incredibly resource intensive to make.

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Teenage Affluenza – World Vision video

July 2nd, 2007 · 2 Comments

Poor Erin, stuck with a 1GB ipod. Poor Red, he only has a PlayStation 2. A new video examines some of the real challenges middle class Aussie kids face. Congratulations to World Vision for their great work on this video. It’s worth the full five minutes.

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Category: Peace between people