Best dance video ever: TURF FEINZ – RIP Rich D

The TURF FEINZ of Oakland, California are a legendary dance crew that’s famous for taking breakdance to the next level. In this clip, the originators of the so called turf dancing style express deep emotions via their moves. There’s a sad background to this incredible clip: a while ago, Rich D, crew member and half-brother of one of the dancers, died in a car accident at the corner where this R.I.P. dance took place:

Yoram Savion of YAK Films documented the dance:

YAK began as a production team of young photographers and filmmakers dedicated to youth-led multimedia production which provides a voice for resistance and an alternative to played-out mainstream media. At its core, YAK is a visual wrecking crew built to use every form of expressive multimedia to share the voice of youth in urban America and promote change on every level. YAK’s work with urban dance began with the legendary TURF FEINZ crew from Oakland, CA, innovators of the TUF dancing style. YAK is now evolving to take the lead in the street-based documentation of the global dance movement.

For more YAK videos, visit the producer group’s vimeo channel: vimeo.com/yak.

Dexter Season 5: Preview the trailer

Great tv series and great restaurants do have a lot in common: temporary highlights are not sufficient, the producers must manage to keep the quality level. While many series start with a great first season but fail to live to big expectations afterwards, the authoring team behind Dexter kept delivering great stories for 4 seasons. On September 26th, the fifth season premiers in the US. Visitors of Comic Con 2010 were the first to see the official trailer. Luckily, the video is also available on Youtube since July 23rd, and by the time I publish this posting, 1.2 million people have already seen it. Attention if haven’t watched season 4 yet: the trailer contains a serious spoiler!

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datadirt Videopodcast: Eric Qualman’s Socialnomics

Eric Qualman is the author of “Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business”. More than 2 million viewers have seen his “Social Media Revolution” video clip. In June 2010, Eric gave a keynote presentation at Meshed conference in Vienna. After his presentation I sat down with Eric and we chatted about the changes of our media environment. Enjoy the new datadirt video podcast!

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Interview with Thomas W. Malone: Collective Intelligence, Privacy and Small Towns

In the newest issue of my video-podcast MIT Professor Thomas W. Malone talks about his reasearch on collective intelligence and the changing notion of privacy. Professor Malone is the founding director of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence. In 2004, he published The Future of Work, a critically acclaimed book about the impact of electronic communication on management, organizations and business. Before he started teaching at MIT, Mr. Malone was a research scientist at the legendary Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. So enjoy the podcast which contains a short introduction, the interview plus two exlusive bonus tracks :pimp:

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Will the iPad blend?

Blendtec’s blenders cost a little fortune, but we’re more than willing to spend an extra marketing dollar for all the great “Will it blend?” series videos those folks keep delivering. They blended hockey pucks, a laser pointers, Money clips – and above all plenty of Apple products. Following in the footsteps of the iPhone (both 1st edition and 3G) and the iPod, this time the newest geek-gadget aka the iPad undergoes the crush-test. Of course it won’t withstand:

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Microsoft’s future biz visions

GermanThis posting is also available in German.

Stephen Elop is the president of Microsoft’s Business Division – naturally, he’s more interested in business innovation than in shiny customer gadgets. In this 6 minute interview, Elop talks about the deep-rooted change companies currently face as the underlying question “how do we deal with this vast amount of information in an efficient way?” is an ongoin project:

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Windows Phone E-Mail Preview

Later this year, the all-new, Mobile 6.5-free Windows Phone will hit the shelfs. It seems Microsoft is doing their best to repeat some of Apple’s mistakes (no copy-paste, no multitasking) – yet still, the first preview videos which turned up today look quite promising:

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Paper Towel Gang: Bounty Viral

“Bounty, the baddest PT in your county – almost as strong as a Canadian mounty – and I’ve seen one, they’re pretty tough, pretty tough – but can they hold 11 pool palls in their hand – like I know that Bounty can?” Yes, that’s a hilarious one:

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It can’t be that easy: Will Smith on success

I never was a big fan of Will Smith’s music, but I definitely did enjoy some of his movies. Yet I had no idea that Will has such interesting views on life, ethics and success – take ten minutes and listen to the whole interview; it’s worth your time, I promise:

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Stoni Mountains: HiKE – A Freeride Project in the Austrian Alps

I got to know Martin Stoni when I worked for Project Powderstorm, an online snowboard / skate community. When T-Mobile took over our main sponsor max.mobil, the German company cancelled all skate-sponsoring activities and decided to go sports-mainstream. The job was great though: spending nearly every winter weekend in a different ressort, we covered various snowboard events online and we always found time ride the slopes ourselves. Martin Stoni did all the videoclips back then. He stuck to his genre and got even better: these days he published his freeride magnum opus “HiKE” online – enjoy the wonderful pictures but don’t blame me mor any resulting mountain craving!

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Video Camp Vienna 2010: Moving online pictures

Vienna’s first VideoCamp ever (a BarCamp specializing in digital video) takes place at Media Quarter St. Marx on the 30th of January 2010. ATV, Austria’s leading private tv station, Datenwerk Innovation Agency and datenschmutz (aka my German-language blog) are extremely proud to invite podcasters, tv professionals, video-freaks and other moving-picture geeks to join an intense day of sessions and discussions.

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