Mediamatic’s Ikpod for the Joods Historisch Museum has been nominated for a Spin Award in both the “Best Mobile Concept” and “Best Crossmedia Concept” categories, which means my first crack at designing an iPhone app isn’t totally pot!
The ikPod itself lives at the Hollandsche Schouwburg where it is an interactive part of the Wall of Names:
At the Hollandsche Schouwburg there is a wall of names, with all 6,700 family names of the Jews from the Netherlands who were murdered during the German occupation. The ikPod, an iPod specially adapted by Mediamatic, links the names on the wall to all the available information about all family members on the Digital Monument website. Visitors can read the names on the wall with the ikPod to learn the individual histories behind them. Visitors to the wall of names can now see information about family situations, addresses, and occupations, supplemented with personal stories and more than 10,000 photographs and documents. This makes the monument interactive and meets the growing need for individual commemoration, in a fitting, dignified manner.
- NEON, ZIG-ZAG, AND VARIOUS COLORED TEXTILE ELECTRICAL CABLES FOR DO-IT-YOURSELF LIGHTING — Find the Nud Collection in Amsterdam at the De Kinderfeestwinkel, or go to Frozen Fountain for slightly less attractive, but cheaper cord at €2.50 per meter.
- JUST BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE HUMBLE PIE DOESN’T MEAN WE CAN SHARE A SLICE RAINBOW CAKE — With Glenn Beck, Pastor Jones, and Geert Wilders all being complete dickheads at the moment, I thought it would be nice if we all took a moment to bake a cake.
- MAKE CORN TORTILLAS JUST LIKE THE ONES YOU USED TO GET AT THAT LIQUOR STORE ON VENICE BOULEVARD — ‘t is zo makkelijk! Mix a little Masa Harina (Tjin’s €5.50) with water, flatten with a tortilla press (Duikelman €30), and heat with a flat iron skillet!
- TURN YOUR DEFUNCT IPOD INTO A BABY MOBILE — Since I can’t find a mobile with decent lullaby music, I’m using my Elecom Soundblock speaker I bought from my last trip to Japan to play the soothing tracks of Animal Crossing Wild World. Tip: 1) Using a later version ipod will allow you to put the iPod to sleep with a timer which is helpful if you plan to loop short songs; 2) More video game soundtracks here.
- CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL — Watch ex-Party Downers Meghan Mullally and Ken Marino try their hand surgery. Is that Adam Scott I see making a cameo?
- HEIDI KLUM ON BENELUX’S NEXT TOP MODEL — De Auf! meisje spreekt Engels in een programma uit Nederlands? Waaroom geen Duits?!
- VANILLA ICE PICKS UP AN
MCHAMMER — And renovates a house on the DIY Network.
- WOOD CARVING CLASSES AT TORTOISE — Only 10 spaces available per class. 10/23 (Sat) 1-4pm @ TGS, 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. 10/31 (Sun) 1-4pm @ Ananda, 1354 Abbot Kinney Blvd. 11/14 (Sun) 1-4pm @ TGS 1208, Abbot Kinney Blvd. 11/21 (Sun) 1-4pm @ Ananda 1354, Abbot Kinney Blvd. The class is $25 and he provides everything! Each class is limited for 10 people, so call quickly to save a spot! 310-314-8448
- PARTY DOWN WITH THE GÜT! — Newbies to the show skip right to Season 2, Episode 5. It’s got everything you’re looking for: Steve Guttenberg, art, sci-fi, fine wines, and (of course) a photo of a guy trying to fuck porcupine.
- ELIZABETH SHUE KILLS ON LAST WEEK’S “DOUG LOVES MOVIES” — The ex-Karate Kid star talks side boob and other movie magic secrets, so much so that some of them get bleeped. This week’s podcast should be available later today.
- DUTCH JERSEY SHORE! — Hey, you can understand douchebag in any language! Watch it on RTL5, Thursdays @ 22.00
- COLORFUL SLEEPING TERRORIST COSTUME NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE USE! — Finally, the Snazzy Napper covers all of your travel needs including looking like a weirdo and making children cry.
The Automatiek exhibit at the Amsterdam Historical Museum features these classic, self-serve vending machines dispensing historical Dutch objects instead of the old, odd, fried piece of frikadel as teaser for the upcoming new National Historical Museum.
There are a variety of objects to choose from ranging from the obvious Dutch cheese knife to the more obscure Dutch (?!) cassette tape. With each object only costing one or two euros, it’s easy to walk away from the exhibit with a whole lot of new Dutch stuff in your hands as well as in your head. Unless you are one of these people…
There’s always some one out there looking to beat the system, I just never thought it would be a pair of outlaw grandmas. These two gal pals showed up one day to the exhibit with their own previously made RFID cards. Many people who come to exhibit tend to recharge their card during their first visit to buy more objects, but to come back for seconds, it was unprecedented. Of course, more shocking was the fact that they just refilled their cards, bought their objects and tried to leave without even watching the movie (which I, personally, think is the best part of the whole exhibit). As some one who worked on the project, I had to stop them and ask them why.
Turns out the Automatiek was the best deal on quality tea towels this side of Amsterdam. What normally costs a whopping €6.95 in the stores was only €2 here at the exhibit and everyone on the granny grapevine was trying to get in while the getting was good. Hey, it’s classier than going to the 99¢ Store, right?
So come on down to the Automatiek exhibit before August 29th, 2010 at the Amsterdam Historisch Museum and get your tea towel today, while supplies last!