Thursday Top 5

Christmas Decoration Win
From Failblog: “Good news is that I truly outdid myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after two days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. Great stories. But two things made me take it down. First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by. Second, a 55-year-old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn’t realize that it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of the many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn’t take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard.”

White House iPhone app
With the announcement of the first-ever official White House App, the Obama administration to pursue technology and communications as a means for public engagement, in stark contrast to the previous administration. Among other things, the app reportedly delivers live video streaming for the president’s public events. Browsing the App Store, there are several other White House and Obama related apps, although some of them appear outdated (originating pre-election), or just plain lame. One other that caught my eye, however, was the White House Photostream app (will open iTunes), which is probably pretty cool. I’ve mentioned before that the White House’s photos are available on Flickr.

Dear American Airlines
Fascinating story in which a solo designer decided to redesign American Airlines’ crappy home page and publicly call out their design team. Then a member of the AA user experience design team responded. Shortly thereafter, that employee was fired.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brw6JN0lQXY]

Sea Shepherd vs. the Japanese research whaling fleet
It’s terribly interesting to read the press releases of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society regarding the January 5 ramming of one of their vessels by a Japanese whaling ship, and the ensuing battles in the Antarctic Ocean. There’s no dispute that the Japanese ship rammed the $2 million speedboat that looks like it comes right out of a Batman movie — the smaller craft wasn’t even running its engines and there’s video evidence from at least two angles showing the impact.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7809605&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

The Third & The Seventh
Watch this short film ( would definitely suggest watching it in full screen at least, if not HD), then afterward, hover over this link to learn a secret about it.


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One Comment

  1. Posted January 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Too bad the guy got fired. But it amazes me that people like Mr. X assume they work in a vacuum. He knew his agreement. He knew his corporate culture and yet he acted the way he "wanted" to instead of the way he "agreed" to when he signed his contract.

    It reminds me of a friend who worked for Microsoft. His boss asked him, "Where do you see yourself in fives years?" He replied, "Not here," and then came home almost in tears when the boss asked for his phone and badge and fired him on the spot.

    Hello…….

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