Facebook Starts Letting You Add A 7-Second Looping Video As A Profile Pic

Facebook is introducing five big changes to user profiles, but all of them feel like gimmicks to keep the decade old platform relevant. I’m fine with being proven wrong in the coming days if people start using looping video profile pics and the temporary profile pic feature in a creative manner. Regardless, I do look forward to the new mobile design.

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Life in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans (Sept. 2, 2005) - Four days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, many parts of New Orleans remained flooded. U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols
New Orleans (Sept. 2, 2005) – Four days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, many parts of New Orleans remained flooded. U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols.

New Yorker writer Thomas Beller interacts with several notable figures who engage in work related to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to explain the contentious and emotional toll of one of the deadliest events in New Orleans.  Continue reading “Life in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina”

Gaming Review: 7 ways to defy death by The Washington Post

At LSU, I wrote a review of an interactive news game created at the Washington Post that lets people experiment with possible advancements in biomedicine that can prolong our life spans. I decided to reblog it because the game really is worth sharing with others.

Interactive Storytelling Tools

A screenshot of the landing page belonging to the interactive game “7 ways to defy death”

The Washington Post created an interactive game last month to engage and inform readers about technology that can prolong the human lifespan.

The multimedia tool entitled “7 ways to defy death” is a complementary piece to a bigger story in April about tech billionaires seeking to use biomedical research to understand and upgrade the human body.

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Wilborn Nobles and Elbis Bolton win awards for best, riskiest projects

My friend Elbis Bolton and I were awarded grants to fund our police accountability app. Elbis has worked really hard to develop our beta version, and I expect this tool to be a great asset in protecting citizens and police officers.

The Manship School's Knight Grant Blog

Winners of two awards for their police accountability mobile app pose with judges of the Social News Challenge awards. From left are Beth Colvin, award winners Wilborn Nobles and Elbis Bolton, Manship School Dean Jerry Ceppos and Chris Branton. Winners of two awards for their police accountability mobile app pose with judges of the Social News Challenge awards. From left are Beth Colvin, award winners Wilborn Nobles and Elbis Bolton, Manship School Dean Jerry Ceppos and Chris Branton.

The POWER app's "about" page The POWER app’s “about” page

Wilborn Nobles III and Elbis Bolton swept both Social Media News Challenge awards for their police accountability mobile application.

The two students launched the Android version of their POWER (Police Officer Watchdog Events Reporter) application this week, so judges were able to examine how the app worked Wednesday night after students made presentations about seven nearly finished social media projects.

Judges were to choose two prize winners based on the presentations, one for the most successful project and one for the riskiest project. After considering multiple projects in both categories, they decided that Nobles and Bolton were double winners.

A third award for best reporting on a…

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It’s Simple: How to Generate an Innovative Business Idea

A Light in the Dark

“Write down the simple day-to-day frustrations you experience. You can then go through those frustrations and see if any of them can be solved—perhaps by your business. At the end of the week, you’ll have dozens,” Neil Blumenthal says. “At the end of the month, you’ll have scores.”

Neil Blumenthal is the founder of highly successful online glasses retailer Warby Parker.

Watch the video:

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