Jerome Jarre: The Making of a Vine Celebrity – NYTimes.com

I check in on Vine maybe two or three times a year. I start scrolling through my timeline, and I find I’ve spent fifteen minutes watching hundreds of clips. The medium makes my life feel as ephemeral as a six-second looping video.

This NYTimes piece on Vine sensation, Jerome Jarre, had me checking my timeline once again. He has over eight million followers, but started out by moving to New York with only $400.

Mention “that French Guy” to typical teenagers today, and they will know exactly which French guy you are talking about.

Jerome Jarre, they will tell you, is a 24-year-old from France who has become famous for making comical six-second videos on Vine, where he has eight million followers. The Vines include Mr. Jarre walking up to strangers in the street and hugging them, or hanging out with his best friend, a squirrel — though he pronounces it “sqiw-well” with his French accent.

Clips of his stunts have been viewed more than one billion times on Vine. He is so famous, that when he recently organized a meet-up in São Paulo, Brazil, the riot police were called in to quell the crowd of thousands.

What few teenagers know about Mr. Jarre, however, is that while his stardom took off in 2013, until last summer, he was essentially homeless in New York, surreptitiously sleeping on an office floor and using a promotional onesie from a start-up as a blanket. He showered in a nearby gym, gaining free access only because the young woman behind the counter recognized him from his videos, and scrounged for other people’s leftovers.

Jerome Jarre: The Making of a Vine Celebrity – NYTimes.com

HT: Dave Pell

Luna – Smart Mattress Cover

Connected technologies offer so many opportunities for innovation in traditional markets. Consider the Luna mattress cover. It offers dual temperature zones, sleep tracking, a smart alarm, it’s auto learning, and it’s mobile controlled.

Luna’s built-in smart alarm wakes you at the right moment of light sleep, so you can say goodbye to groggy mornings. Luna’s sensing technology identifies the correct moment in your sleep cycle to wake you up at your highest energy level. ~ Luna

About – IKEA Hackers – IKEA Hackers

Are you familiar with IKEAHacks? These involve taking IKEA products and hacking them into all sorts of new modifications which go above and beyond the instructions that come with the kits. In case you haven’t heard of them, I thought I’d share a link to ikeahackers.net.

IkeaHackers.net is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity. ~ About – IKEA Hackers

For even more fun, you should check out episode 128 of the 99% Invisible podcast: Hacking IKEA.

I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit

I started watching the first of The Hobbit trilogy last weekend. Given I was distracted by a couple other things; however, it didn’t hold my interest. Since it would take me over twelve hours to finish the films, I think that by itself is a big turn off at this stage in my life (we have three children five or under). On the other hand, this guy’s 4 hour edit of all three Hobbit films into one movie sounds very manageable, entertaining too.

The prelude with old Bilbo is gone. As with the novel, I find the film works better if the scope starts out small (in a cosy hobbit hole), and then grows organically as Bilbo ventures out into the big, scary world. It is far more elegant to first learn about Smaug from the dwarves’ haunting ballad (rather than a bombastic CGI sequence). The prelude also undermines the real-and-present stakes of the story by framing it as one big flashback. ~ I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit

VPS Hosting and HIPAA Hosting by Atlantic.Net

Atlantic.net offers VPS hosting. They interest me because they offer a low-end VPS for $0.99/month. You read that right, ninety-nine cents per month. The specs on it (256MB Ram, 1 vCPU, 10GB disk) probably only make it useful for dev work, but their quick deployment (30s) and 24/7/365 live support have me interested in trying out their offering sometime.

Flakes • An Admin UI & Template Framework

Building a backend business app? The Flakes framework looks like a great starting place for your interface designs:

Flakes is an Open Source Design & Frontend Framework that serves as a foundation for internal business applications. Flakes is a combination of CSS Libraries, JavaScript Libraries and Design files that serve as a foundation. Flakes gives priority to function and usability over glitz, it takes a no-nonsense approach to user interface design. ~ Flakes • An Admin UI & Template Framework

Web application architecture – Medium

Stephen Young outlines a couple of common web application architectures in his series “How to become a web developer”.

Picking the web application architecture best suited to your unique needs is vital. In this post I am going to talk about a few of the most common web application architectures you are likely to come across. Every web application has it’s own unique set of requirements and constraints so the architectures I will be listing here are just general examples. ~ Web application architecture — On Coding — Medium