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Casson Trenor: Book signing at Boulder Book Store

Posted by    |   April 13th, 2009   |   No responses

Our client Casson Trenor with Sustainable Sushi - sustainablesushi.net - will be doing a short talk and book signing tonight from 7:30-9pm at the Boulder Book Store, located at 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder. His book is called "Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time" and can be purchased online. A little bit about Casson Trenor's book: Sustainable Sushi answers the question on the minds of millions who enjoy eating fish: how can we indulge the desire to dine well while keeping our health and the health of the oceans in mind? With painstaking research found in no other book on the market to date, this pocket-size guide profiles dozens of the most common fish and shellfish one might encounter at a sushi bar, details where and how they are caught, whether or not they are safe, and how they figure in the current fishery crisis. Written by a fishery and sustainability expert who was himself netted long ago by the allure of Japanese cuisine, Sustainable Sushi offers simple, clear explanations of such topics as mercury and PCB levels, overfishing, and species extinction. Attractively designed and featuring quick facts, maps, photos, and illustrations, the book was written for both the novice and the seasoned sushi fan. In a storm of seafood shortages and frightening statistics, Sustainable Sushi shows readers how to enjoy the sushi bar without guilt.
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Social Networking and the 2008 Presidential Election

Posted by    |   September 26th, 2008   |   No responses

It's fair to say that the 2008 Presidential Election is unlike any other in the way they're using technology. To gain support, both Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain have used the Internet, including social networks such as YouTube.com, Facebook.com, MySpace.com and Twitter.com. Benefits of Social Networking:
  • Interactive, real-time polls: MySpace and the Commision of Presidential Debates have teamed up to create MyDebates, an interactive site where users can actively engage in the political process. The first debate is tonight -- Friday, Sept. 26th, and MyDebates will provide live video and short poll questions that users can respond to during the debate. Also, questions can be submitted online and may be selected for the second presidential debate held on Oct. 7 and hosted by NBC's Tom Brokaw.
  • Personalize messages: Candidates have been sending out personalized messages through Twitter and Facebook, as well as emailing and texting. These interactive messages are used to make the public feel closer to the candidate and be aware of his progress in the election; they also fulfill our society's need to have news available immediately.
  • Online Discussions: The Facebook boom within the last few years has acted as a popular forum for political discussions in the 2008 election. The pages of Barack Obama, who has 1,893,782 supporters, and John McCain with 536,466 supporters, both provide videos and photos, wall posts, discussion groups, and several links to other sites that allow the public to voice opinions and share information other users might enjoy.
  • Entertaining videos: YouTube has also been especially popular in this election. The content of videos ranges from the obvious candidate commercials to music videos, interviews on The David Letterman Show and impersonations of the candidates. What these sometimes-funny, sometimes-sappy, sometimes-light-hearted, sometimes-ill-hearted videos all have in common, though, is the ability to attract and engage viewers in political activism. The Barack Obama music video, "Yes We Can", has 9,827,006 views, 64,600 text comments and 29 video responses. It's great that a site like YouTube, where viewers watch videos primarily to amuse themselves, is also being used for the greater good of engaging the public in this election.
Drawbacks of Social Networking
  • Decrease in voters: There's a fear that because social networks may indicate a particular candidate has won the election before November 4th, many voters will not vote because they assume their candidate has already won. In reality, social networks are popular for a large portion of voters, but not for all. Good thing many online forums are constantly reminding people to vote.
  • Backfiring: Facebook, MySpace and YouTube all provide ways to gain support during the election, but these political discussion spaces can also backfire on candidates. U.S. National Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton learned this the hard way when he was bombarded with Canadians' complaints on his page regarding a statement he made about Canada's Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's participation in the televised leadership debates. As a result, Layton took back what he said about May.
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Today, you make history

Posted by    |   September 22nd, 2008   |   No responses

Here at Insight Designs we try to make a difference on the web every day -- developing an interactive web application, creating a visually compelling design, or simply helping a client with email issues. Today is your chance to make history by discussing how the web has influenced your political views and actions. Today -- September 22 -- is the 3rd annual OneWebDay, a global event held to celebrate the World Wide Web and highlight key issues about the future of the Internet. To celebrate the online boom we are experiencing in the 2008 Presidential Election, this year's focus is Online Political Participation. To encourage everyone to partake in this event, the Washington, DC-based OneWebDay Planning Committee has created an E-Democracy Time Capsule that will allow people from the U.S. and elsewhere in the world to contribute text, images, videos, or anything else describing their favorite e-Democracy tools. Then, 12 years from now, they'll have OneWebDay 2020. That's when the Time Capsule will re-open so we can consider the progress we've made to create an inclusive Web-enabled democracy. If you'd like to share a must-see global warming site or an informative column on gun control or anything else, visit the One Web Day DC e-democracy Time Capsule site.
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