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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17 Ways to Make a New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

17 Ways to Make a New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

I made a storify to show off instances of Twitter humor in response to the outage.


Many of us who have used this time of year to turn our bodies around have fallen into the same cycle of failure: We’re frustrated with our size or weight, we vow that this is the year of skinny jeans, and we promise to skip the daily fataccinos.

On January 1, we’re all in. I’m going to do it! A month, a week, or a day later, we’ve backed out. Helloooo double-decker corned beef! To avoid the same fate in ’15, use these tactics while creating your diet and exercise declarations.

  1. Nowadays, the word “resolution” almost comes with the understanding that you’re going to fizzle out by February. Better to re-frame the process and call it a goal. Or give it a life of its own with a name, like Operation Less-Jiggle, or The 2015 Strategic Body Re-Engineering Implementation Strategy, or Fred.
  2. Vague platitudes (“lose some weight”) are less effective…

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Police Misconduct Watchdog App

We’re tackling the Manship Knight Social Media News Challenge. Learn why we’re striving to create a police watchdog app.

The Manship School's Knight Grant Blog

Student managing the project: Wilborn P. Nobles III

Other students involved: Aryanna Prasad, Elbis Bolton

Adviser: James Shelledy

Category: Watchdog

Purpose: With the continuation of police misconduct and the ubiquity of social media platforms, millennials have a unique opportunity to hold discriminating officials accountable by reporting these transgressions to a validated platform. This phenomenon requires a more streamlined digital curation to reinforce how journalists, communities, and organizations can collaborate to hold society’s public officials accountable. We’re working to provide that system by creating an app for users to share their experiences with police misconduct directly with newsrooms and organizations, working to address public issues.

Process: Our app will provide a form for users to enter their name (optionally) and the police misconduct information, then they can simply tap submit. Users can optionally post a video or audio of the situation in real time without…

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Amy O’Leary: Why the New York Times didn’t publish its Innovation report

The Buttry Diary

In a post earlier today, I asked the question I would have asked Friday at a panel on the New York Times Innovation report (I was at the microphone, next to speak, when time ran out).

My question:

Why didn’t the Times publish the innovation report itself? And what does it say about the issues the report was addressing that the Times did not publish the report itself and was even surprised that it leaked to Buzzfeed and created such a stir?

Amy O'Leary Amy O’Leary, Twitter avatar used with permission

Amy O’Leary, the Times’ Deputy Editor, Digital Operations, sent this response by email (I added the links and embedded the tweet):

Thank you so much for your question! I wish we’d had more time during the panel and had been able to get to it!

This is a really common question that we’ve been asked many times. Of course, it seems like the supreme…

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