The speed camera lottery

One of the best idea I have seen in a while, coming out of a Volkswagen contest organized last year: The Speed Camera Lottery.

Speed cameras snap pictures of ALL cars.
People going over the limit get a fine, the money goes to a pot.
People going below the limit enter a lottery, and win money from the pot.

The result: reduction in speed of 22%!

Café journalism

Iterating on the concept of citizen journalism (that never really took of completely despite countless efforts), the Winnipeg Free Press is rethinking the boundaries between journalists and their readers, opening a café where the public can get a hot drink and engage in conversations with the writers who will work from there. Fantastic experiment, I can’t wait to see how this influences the news coverage.

Ever wanted to have a cup of coffee with your favourite journalist? Now’s your chance. The Winnipeg Free Press has signed an agreement with a local restaurant operator to open Canada’s first “News Cafe.”

Situated at the corner of McDermot Avenue and Arthur Street in the Exchange District, the News Cafe will be a community hub where people can get something to eat or drink and interact with journalists working there.



Fast food song

The art of creating a new form of art out of nothing: Fast Food Song.

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These things make me strangely optimistic, probably because they embody the unlimitedness of human imagination, anfd put humanity back in the middle of increasingly soulless cities.