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Best of the Web – Cartoon Caption Contest

best of the web today - cartoon capture contest - new yorkerToday’s Cool Site of the Day is @NewYorker magazine’s Cartoon Caption Contest. Each week, The New Yorker provides a cartoon in need of a caption. You, the reader, submit your caption and they choose three finalists. Finalists for this week’s cartoon will appear online December 8th, and in the December 15th issue of The New Yorker. Any resident of the United States, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, the United Kingdom, or the Republic of Ireland age eighteen or older can enter or vote.

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Best of the Web – Do Something Good On Your Birthday

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is Nacho Birthday, a crowdfunding website where users raise funds in honor of the celebration of life… whether it’s on their birthday or nacho birthday (as in ‘not your birthday’. Yeah, corny, but they mean well.)

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Cool Photos

cool photos - afraid of heightsToday’s Cool Site of the Day is no ordinary photo gallery…’Where Cool Things Happen‘ is a most stunning collection of photos grouped by category. I was introduced to the site’s ‘high anxiety‘ collection…incredible–the palms of my hands were wet while viewing. @wherecoolthings

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Cool Charity

charity water maroon 5Today’s Cool Site of the Day is ‘Maroon 5 for Ethiopia‘, a charity:water project that is giving away a guitar from Maroon 5 to one lucky donor.

Help give someone clean water . There are 750 million people who don’t have access to one of life’s most basic needs: clean water. Let’s change that. For every $30 you give, which will bring clean water to one person, you’ll get a chance to win a signed guitar from Maroon 5.

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Best of the Web – HR tools for business

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is @Zenefits, an online, one-stop shop for all your HR needs (benefits, payroll, onboarding, time off, and more.).

I realize that most of you reading this have no use for Zenefits BUT if you’re responsible for HR stuff for your company, this is very cool.

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Cool Gadget – WiFi Home Security by Canary

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is @Canary, a truly smart home security device. I was introduced to this startup’s cool gadget by @Jason of the fantabulous #ThisWeekInStartups.

Canary puts you in control of home security without expensive sensors, monthly fees etc. It connects to wifi and then the magic begins. Worth a look. (Wonder if this will replace my Dropcam.)

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Web Design Inspiration – The Grid

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is for anyone who wants to build a website for the first time…with extreme ease and with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI). The Grid is worth checking out even if you’re a Web Viking like myself.

As soon as I saw The Grid’s video, I liked what I saw. This is no ordinary do-it-yourself website builder. The Grid uses artificial intelligence to take everything you add – videos, images, text, urls, etc. – and automatically shapes them into a custom website unique to you. As your needs grow, it evolves with you, effortlessly adapting to your needs. As they say, “this is your personal AI web developer”.

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Cool Gadget – Carrot

cool gadget - carrot to do appToday’s Cool Site of the Day is an app with attitude, Carrot. Carrot will help you build and maintain a ‘to do’ list…and give you crap if you don’t stick to it.

Keep CARROT happy by getting things done in real life. She’ll reward you. But be careful — slackers make CARROT upset.

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Best of the Web – FactCheck.org

best of the web - factcheck.orgToday’s Cool Site of the Day is #FactCheckDotOrg

Do you ever wish you could shut down the drivel of someone who’s going off on a politically charged, truth challenged tirade? Well, FactCheck.org is exactly what you need when you’re compelled to followup and educate the fools that surround us (the vocal minority of nitwits).

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How To Code – for Girls

learn how to code - girlsToday’s Cool Site of the Day is #GirlsWhoCode

Women represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37% of all computer science graduates.

Launched in Spring 2012, Girls Who Code is working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. The site works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. (Hey, fellas, you can learn a few things here as well ;)

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Cool Productivity Tool: Flowdock

productivity toolToday’s Cool Site of the Day is #Flowdock. Flowdock is a business collaboration app that integrates with other tools that I actually use (like the super cool project manager, #Trello). I just signed up and instantly had no problem connecting with Trello (I’m also going to tie in Confluence). Give it a shot…unless you’re in high school or college in which case you probably don’t need this just yet ;)

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Best of the Web: Meditation for Busy People

best of the web - meditationToday’s Cool Site of the Day is #Headspace, a meditation site for those of us who just can’t seem to meditate. The techniques taught by Andy Puddicombe have been refined over thousands of years. His expertise will help guide you through Headspace step by step.

On your mobile and tablet, you can listen to Headspace on the go and download sessions to use offline. On your computer, you can play any session, any time.

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Cool Video: Albuquerque Balloon Festival

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is a time lapse short film of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

Every year the city of Albuquerque hosts the largest hot air balloon event in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Each morning begins very early as a group of 6-12 hot air balloons known as Dawn Patrol, ascent into the deep blue sky before sunrise. These skilled pilots test wind and weather conditions as other pilots and crew begin to lay out hundreds of balloons across the field. Just as dawn begins to break, the next wave of balloons begin to lift off. When the sun rises above the Sandia Mountains it fills the morning with beautiful light as the balloons fill the sky with color. The next 60-90 minutes are a great mix of fun and chaos as several hundred more balloons lift off, wave after wave.

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Your Good Deed for Today: Help Beam Buy a Van

best of the web today - beam centerToday’s Cool Site of the Day is the Beam Center and their quest to get a new Van. So, what’s the Beam Center, you ask? Well, it’s a super groovy educational program that helps hundreds of students and teachers in NYC. The Center was started by a friend, Brian Cohen, who also created the incredible Beam Camp in 2005. As they put it:

Beam Center is a Brooklyn-based community of learning where artists guide young creators aged 6 to 18. Our hands-on programs in technology, imagination and craft help young people build their character, courage to think for themselves, and capacity for collaboration and invention.

The reason I’m featuring them today is because they are trying to win a big money prize from Mozilla’s Hive which will help them reach their goal of  $50,000 for the purchase of a new van. WE can help them win a $15,000 bonus from Mozilla simply by donating.

Here’s the appeal from Brian:

As we approach the end of Beam Center’s participation in the Mozilla Hive Fundraising Challenge, I want to thank you again for your cool site - beam campsupport. We are completely bowled over that you and over 125 individuals so far have found the time in your days and the cash in your wallets to help the Beam Center. Your assistance makes it possible for our hard-working staff and faculty to serve hundreds of students and teachers each week all over NYC.

Due to your generous donation, we have already won $4,000 in bonuses from Mozilla, but there’s one more hurdle left to clear. The Challenge ends at 11:59 am (a minute before noon) on Monday, November 3. The organization to raise the most money by then will get $15,000, the second $10,000 and the third $5,000.

We are currently in second place and trailing by a significant margin. Can we catch up? I think it would take a gargantuan effort. Something along the lines of, say, designing a Digital Fabrication Lab in a NYC public high school  for recent immigrant students (see video below).

You’ve already been so generous, but you can contribute to this effort one final way. Please forward this email (my note: share this post) to five friends and ask them to consider making a donation before noon on Monday to support Beam Center’s work.

We deeply appreciate your help.

Brian

Again, PLEASE make a donation today.


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