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Yesterday I spotted Mygazines.com via PSFK. This seems like a great resource for people who:

  • are magazine junkies (like myself) – Perhaps you can’t give up any more space in your office/home/bathroom to another stack and it pains you to toss out your 2005 VOGUE collection. Though the physical experience of reading a magazine is lost, Mygazines.com offers the content, including ads (benefit to advertisers!)
  • work in advertising, marketing, media, etc – though the quality isn’t perfect, this might be a handy tool for quick competitor reference (if you work in print)

Basic features of Mygazines include:

  1. browse – choose from 17 categories (arts & culture, home & garden, travel, etc.) And, for specific titles, try searching the sub-categories.
  2. upload – not necessary in order to browse, but helpful for sharing purposes
  3. archive – save an article, entire magazine, or bookmark (Del.icio.us, Digg, Technorati, etc.) However, there seems to be a bug with the saving option. At least, that is my user experience thus far.

When reading a story, actions you can take:

  • zoom (only once)
  • rate
  • comment
  • send/share

I’m using Mygazines.com on Firefox and the magazines pop up in a new window. Zooming is helpful, though sometimes it isn’t the best quality (even when enlarging text, it’s fuzzy). Depending on how careful users are when uploading magazines, the pages may or may not be cut off a bit (or crooked). One very smart feature is the “pages” option, which can be found on the right vertical toolbar, third icon down (specific direction for those of you, like my dear mother, who have difficulty turning on a laptop). “Pages” allows you to go straight to the articles you want to see, versus paging through the entire magazine including ads.

In reference to legality, PSFK writes that though it’s questionable, there is potential. “Mygazines could really provide a useful alternative outlet for publishers looking to reach more readers. When it’s free, your’e going to attract an audience.”

Overall, in my second day of browsing, Mygazines feels useful and fairly user-friendly. As far as the experience goes, it may greatly differ for users who are looking for visual stories (fashion/design inspiration) versus those needing a financial reference in a cut-and-dry article. But, you be the judge, as always.


Chances are, if you’ve found my blog, you subscribe to at least one social networking or social media sharing site (utility/tool). So you’ll probably be able to relate to this article just published by Minnesota Public Radio. Their story on digital self-portraiture’s relevancy in today’s tech-forward world can be found here: Self Portraits in the Facebook Age

I’m featured in the slideshow, hah…!

As I read (for the second time) what my perspectives are on the digital self-portrait and its relation to creativity, I internally chuckled. Ironically, my photo was not one of myself, but one I hoped showed a sliver of creative self-representation. Oh, and I’m slide 6…

A few weeks ago (yes, it’s been a while since the last post) I promised I would take pictures of my Alex Bec sticker art placement…so here are a few things I’ve slapped and snapped.

stove dialsdessert @ Stella’s Fish Cafedrink @ Tucci Benucchsalt & pepper

1) on my stove dials

2) dessert @ Stella’s Fisc Cafe in Uptown, Minneapolis

3) my drink @ Tucci Benucch – it made my smile so why not?

4) s&p shakers need some smiles

I just experienced my 1st caucus. A few observations of interest to me:

1. When I drove up to my caucus, I was taken aback by the line. It wrapped around the corner of the church. I was thankful it wasn’t -10 degrees like it has been lately.

2. Once inside, I noticed that 95% of the crowd looked to be 35 or under. Gave me encouragement when I saw us younger people out, trying to instigate change.

3. The voting process was so easy. And surprisingly non-technical, as I thought it might be. I wrote my name, address, email, phone number, and district on a sheet of paper. Then I was handed a piece of paper that looked like it was meant for covering a Bingo game card. I was slightly confused as to how to cast my vote. After wandering over to what looked like a paper-wrapped shoebox that said “ballots”, I firmly wrote “Barack Obama”. And dropped the little piece of paper inside the slot.

4. I took some pics so I could engage in some “citizen journalism” via The New York Times.com. Browse them all here. (I submitted 4, not sure which one are up yet.)

If you’re planning on going to caucus on Tues. 2/5, consider snapping a few pictures for The Polling Place Photo Project.

via The New York Times:
The Polling Place Photo Project is a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that encourages voters to capture, post and share photographs of this year’s primaries, caucuses and general election. By documenting local voting experiences, participants can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America.”

“Citizen journalism” – love it.

Take part in storytelling.

Some randomish things I snapped when I was in Chicago visiting ad agencies for Agency Exposure. (School organized it. Too bad only one agency said they’re hiring.) Note the bar sign. I would think it would be the other way around – “leap in, limp out” hah.

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Not too new, but worth posting –

Photosynth creates “multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features” which truly amaze. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrates its capabilities in this demo.

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