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Sad with shitty insurance? Try online group therapy

Sad with shitty insurance? Try online group therapy

Ever feel like you could benefit from a therapist but you don’t have the cash or you can’t travel to sessions or you just don’t wan to make the commitment? Now the magic Internet is bringing the therapists to you for only $9.99 per hour-long sesh. Talktala:_ is a brand new site (so new they’re still in the beta stage) that democratizes therapy by providing it in small groups for a low price.

BUNDLED, BURIED & BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: short doc about the physical landscape of the Internet

BUNDLED, BURIED & BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: short doc about the physical landscape of the Internet

Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors from Ben Mendelsohn on Vimeo.

I guess Senator Ted Stevens really was onto something when he described the Internet as a series of tubes. Ben Mendelsohn created this masterful short documentary, BUNDLED, BURIED & BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, that pulls back the curtains to give us a fascinating look at the actual, physical infrastructure of the digital “cloud” that we increasingly inhabit (and which permits the existence of lolcats). “He takes us inside 60 Hudson Street in New York City, a nondescript building that houses one of the major nodes of the Internet on the east coast.” I’ve walked by this building many times throughout my eight years in NYC (Can I call myself a New Yorker yet?) – probably even while writing a tweet – but without realizing I was passing the main hub that makes this whole Twitter thing possible.

Where the Internet was born

Where the Internet was born

UCLA History PhD student Brad Fidler has been working to recognize and restore the classroom (seen above in a photo from 1969) on campus from which the Internet announced its birth. Originally a US Defense Department initiative to establish a digital network of computers called ARPANET (The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), this grandfather of…

Green tech finds (12/23/10)

Green tech finds (12/23/10)


Because green tech never takes a holiday… your finds for the week.

  • Biodegradable Styrofoam: Styrofoam is a great insulating material… but is made from a nasty chemical mix that doesn’t break down. AeroClay blends milk proteins and clay to create the insulation benefits of Styrofoam (along with strength and light weight) without the waste impact. (via Springwise)

  • Are wind turbines good for crops? Preliminary research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory suggest that might be the case… see the video above. (via GreenTech Pastures)

Know Your Meme

Know Your Meme

We’ve been long-time fans (well, long-time in terms of Internet years) of the website and podcast “Know Your Meme,” a “web series and online database dedicated to documenting Internet culture, one scientismic investigation at a time.” They give you information on the back-story, viral development and spin-offs of every crazy contemporary meme out there, from…

Can you fix ChatRoulette's penis problem?

Can you fix ChatRoulette's penis problem?

Last week, we wrote about how the ChatRoulette improv piano guy almost makes you forget about all the purple throbbing genitals you were forced to weed through on your first and only foray into that weird world. (We’re still trying to decide which was more disturbing: Seeing a guy jerking off the first time we logged…

Green tech finds (3/25/10)

Green tech finds (3/25/10)

Is the solution to carbon capture sitting in your conditioner bottle? This, and more, at this week’s green tech finds.

Biomimicry and boat-building: We noted earlier this week that David de Rothschild set sail on the Plastiki. Designer Michael Pawlyn explains how biomimicry played into the creation of this boat made from plastic bottles.
A greener web: Greentouch, a consortium of academic and corporate partners, is exploring methods to make the internet, and other computer networks, much more energy efficient.
Another greener smart phone: Sprint has unveiled its LG Remarq at the International CTIA Wireless Show. The phone features some recycled materials, and meets RoHS standards; its charger is even ENERGY STAR certified. (via TFTS)

Chat Roulette piano improv

Chat Roulette piano improv

Last week, fellow SUNfiltered blogger Matthew Rodriguez found a compilation Chat Roulette video that he called “the best…and most safe-for-work item I’ve seen yet of the Chat Roulette experience” (one faceless user has a handwritten sign that’s turned on its side which reads — once you turn your head to read it — “If you…

Green tech finds (8/20/09)

Green tech finds (8/20/09)

From recycled plastic plywood to giraffe poop in your tank, it’s a green tech-a-palooza… here are this week’s finds:

Don’t have an iPhone? Not to worry… 3rdWhale’s comprehensive green information app is now available for open-source mobile platform Android, and a Blackberry Storm version is on the way.
Don’t want an iPhone? Samsung’s new Reclaim boasts a casing made from 40% bioplastic, outer packaging made from 70% recycled materials, very few nasty chemicals, and a very efficient charger.

Green tech finds (5/28/09)

Green tech finds (5/28/09)

Here’s your weekly run-down of breaking green tech stories…

Best green jobs list: Online Outreach Intern

Best green jobs list: Online Outreach Intern

One of President Obama’s recurring themes is the creation of a green economy that will put America back to work. Creating this economy means conservation, sustainable energy and most importantly, green jobs. It is a great time to start a career or change your life by getting a green job. The best green jobs list…

Artist Spotlight: Ji Lee, "Insanely Awesome Designer"

Artist Spotlight: Ji Lee, "Insanely Awesome Designer"

Okay, not to oversell it, but Ji Lee really is an insanely awesome designer. He is currently the Creative Director of Google Labs at…uhm, Google, which you may have heard of. If not, I suggest visiting the Internets. His freelance and independent projects, many which are topical, have captured a lot of buzz from his…