My Secret Assistant is created during the Liquid Journalism think-tank organized by Mediafonds in 2013. We were teamed up with Geertjan Lassche, a Dutch reporter and documentary maker, to find contemporary solutions for journalism.
My Secret Assistant is a smartphone application which discretely keeps the connection between you and your network warm and alive. This project is a critical proposal for the future of journalism.
Why we need to have My Secret Assistant
We are the generation where the meaning of friendship and acquaintance is defined by social media. We flirt on our Facebook accounts, follow with Twitter, socialize and share pictures with Instagram and connect through LinkedIn. While this organic network grows bigger every day, it also gets more and more difficult and time consuming for us to keep all our personal contacts alive.
We’re simply too busy to feed our relations with information. The result: business contacts slowly fade away and we miss professional network opportunities for our future. What we need is an assistant!
This smart application, hidden in our phone, which time-to-time reminds you of your A-list business contacts, takes topics / actualities of the day and morphs them into personalized emails or messages for you to send to your most valuable business contacts.
How does it work
Through accurate inputs and filters, easy to use interface, the user can start a connection through news and media events that are custom prepared and adapted for each person. This service would never send a message without your consent, as we know how dear your network is for you. And the app bares a fantastic toll which prevents the receiver of your messages sees it as junk mail.
My Secret Assistant, it’s a secret between you and us.
This entry was written by September 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Information Wars, Internet, Lifestyle, Pinar&Viola, Sustainability, Video. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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Everyone knows about the contemporary bee drama. The media is speculating frenzy about collapsing bee colonies and their increasing extermination. Apparently it concerns all of us since bees are responsible for pollinating a third of our food.
Societal concerns about bees seem to lead to the rise of the bee as a cultural trend. The little buzzers is popping up everywhere from new beauty products, home decoration trends, aerodynamic beehive designs, fashion styles, hippie ice-cream flavors to the rage of hot urban beekeepers.
Our addition to the bee buzz is this tip to turn a Bee Beard in an exclusive, fashionable eccentric look. When bees are scarce, they can dethrone the most luxurious accessories. Scroll down to Get The Look. Stir up the flora in your town while looking stunning!
Step 1) Prepare the bees. We find a small, friendly colony and move it during a high flight time to a different apiary site. The foragers cannot find their way to the colony and the colony is left with primarily younger bees. After about 24 hours, we locate the queen and put her in a cage. Next, we shake about 3 lbs of bees from the colony into a package, focusing on the bees from combs with brood. Then we add the queen, feed the bees with a can of sugar syrup, and put them in a cool, dark location for at least 24 hours. We spray the bees periodically with sugar syrup. Well fed bees are less likely to sting, so we keep them fat and happy.
Step 2) Prepare the person. I put vaseline under my eyes and on lips to prevent the bees from crawling there too much. I put cotton in my ears and up my nose to prevent bees from crawling in. I sometimes tape down my collar and sleeves, and tuck my shirt into my pants and tuck my pants into my socks. It isn’t a good look, but it prevents the bees from getting into my clothing.
Step 3) Add bees. We spray the bees with sugar syrup one last time, then open the package and remove the queen and attach a string to her cage. I sit down in a chair, then an assistant ties the queen around my head, so the queen rests under my chin. I hold a lunch tray against my belly and my assistant dumps the bees onto the tray. The bees will smell the queen, crawl up to her and gather there. The bee feet feel strange and electric as they grip the skin on my face and neck. The cling to each other and hang down like a beard. The bees will “think” they are in a swarm, so they should not be defensive.
Step 4) Remove bees. When I am are ready to get them off, I first remove the queen and place her where I want her to be: either back in the package, or on the next person in line. To remove the majority of the bees, I stand over where I want to bees to go and jump down hard, jarring the bees off. The rest are removed with a soft brush. I let the package sit for a few hours, and after the bees have fully gathered I put the bees and queen back into their old colony.
The original tutorial is taken from beeinformed.org.
This entry was written by September 5, 2013 at 8:15 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Creatures, Fashion, Fetish, Folk, Lifestyle, Styling, Sustainability, Trending. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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These images are taken from the gothic_belly_dance instagram account.
This entry was written by September 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Fashion, Folk, Other ecstatics, Queer, Styling, Subculture, Uncategorized, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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A struggling town bought itself new hope by painting fake scenes on its walls
A bakery, a bookmaker and a barber have recently appeared in a village in Northern Ireland. But you cannot enter any of them. In a bid to bring in tourists, the town of Bushmills, famous for the whiskey that was first distilled there 400 years ago, has painted over a dozen abandoned storefronts and houses.
There are windows and doors with people looking out, a bakery with an appetizing selection of bread and cakes, and a traditional cobbler, where a man in a flat cap can be seen mending shoes.
It’s not the first time Northern Ireland has tried this. A similar attempt to doll up villages in county Fermanagh so that visiting G8 leaders wouldn’t see how woeful the region looked drew anger and derision; “cosmetic surgery for serious wounds,” one local resident said. But in Bushmills, local residents raised their own funds to add to government money, and the project’s been a success, a local councillor told Reuters; two of the painted stores have already found new owners.
The original article is taken from qz.com. All photos by Cathal McNaught for Reuters.
This entry was written by September 2, 2013 at 7:09 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Folk, Other ecstatics, Styling, Things 'n Flings, Various, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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In the streets of Amsterdam, during Gay Pride 2013, we photographed these fabulous lady-like allies. They’re dressed with style in ton sur ton pink. While we recovered from the pride, we digitally crafted with some photo apps, the ladies’ outfits for Gay Pride 2014. We can’t wait for next year!
This entry was written by August 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm, filed under Amsterdam, Fashion, Lifestyle, Persona, Photography, Pinar&Viola, Queer, Styling, Subculture. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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All fantasies are created by Theo Blaze and come from his blog The Creative Gay Picture Place.
This entry was written by July 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm, filed under Fetish, Persona, XXX. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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Following Sir Richard Branson’s son Sam and Isabella Branson’s engagement party in South Africa as a gold lion and lioness, the happy couple has chosen the ‘Enchanted Forest’ theme for their wedding party. Prangsta, a costumier in London has dressed the golden list of guests like Prince Harry as a Ginger Fox, Princess Eugenie as a fairy, Sir Richard Branson as Robin Hood and Prangsta stalwart Rob da Bank as a bumblebee. No wonder Hello Magazine declared on their front cover, the ‘Fancy Dress Party of the Year’!
This entry was written by July 20, 2013 at 10:19 am, filed under Dematerialization, Fashion, Glam Chaos, Lifestyle, Other ecstatics, Styling, Things 'n Flings, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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Following the artworks series we make for the NYC based magazine BULLETT, we lately illustrated the interview of rapper Riff Raff.
We were inspired by his biggest dream of swimming in a spaghetti meatball. We dared ourselves to make a surface that even Riff Raff would look minimalist next to his version of Pinar&Viola. He called it Rap Game Picasso, the ultimate work title given to us so far.
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Our dearest fashion designers MaryMe-JimmyPaul will open the Amsterdam Fashion Week tomorrow night (the 12th of July at 9 PM). We designed the catwalk of this marvelous show. We can tell you that it will be a grandiose interactive spectacle filled with MaryMe-JimmyPaul’s sculptural fashion fantasies. The show can be followed live via the AFW website or by downloading the AFW App.
We can’t wait for tomorrow! Good luck Marie and Jimmy with your last preparations!!! <3
Hereby a selection of images of MMJP’s previous collections:
This entry was written by July 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm, filed under Amsterdam, Fashion, Friends. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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Decoden comes from Japan, it’s a form of contemporary craftsmanship that’s focused on the decoration of technological devices. One of the possible embellishment themes of Decoden is pastry: sweet decorations turn mobile devices in faux-desserts. Realistic looking whipped cream, fruits, chocolate bars and cookies transform your mobile phone in a decadent piece of eye candy. With this candy you don’t need to worry about calories, however, if your mobile cake makes your mouth water, see it as the perfect moment to inhale some vapor candy. No need for chewing, just continue your phone conversation.
We bumped into Decoden while looking for visual elements for a new project we are currently working on with fashion designers MarryMe-JimmyPaul. We gave form to the catwalk of their upcoming show which will open the Amsterdam Fashion Week. Very soon we will upload the result!
This entry was written by July 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Sugar, Things 'n Flings, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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It’s, after all, not just L.G.B.T. members, but all of Turkey under oppression #direnayol
For further information please see the article in New York Times and the coverage in Hurriyet Daily News.
This entry was written by July 2, 2013 at 8:40 am, filed under #OccupyTurkey, Gender, Glam Chaos, Lifestyle, Political glam, Queer, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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A selection of app logos which tried hard to fit it all in a square
Now, everyone who owns an iphone or any smart phone are just spoiled with all the smartness of the apps that is contained within. There is an app for almost everything, be it photo filters, music scanner, e-book, recipes, newspapers from all over the world, games, texting, video calls, fitness program and so on. However, have you noticed? The tiny little logos that fill up the walls of your mobile phones are squares with rounded corners? Can you imagine how much devotion has been put into turning all sorts of subjects, objects or activities into these little symbols? Even the fundamentally rounded basketball is transformed into a litte square. How much further can we go?
This entry was written by July 1, 2013 at 11:52 am, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Internet, Lifestyle, Research, Styling, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.
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