Land Mail Art Objects
Land Mail Art Objects (LMAO) are sort of a modern-day version of messages in bottles or rubber ducks set free in the Atlantic. These objects might include photo albums, boxes, a mixed tape or just about anything else. Once the "owner" has created the LMAO, it is registered online, and users can then sign up to receive the item by mail. One LMAO in circulation now includes a photo album; users will insert a baby picture and brief bio and then send on to the next in line. Eventually the item should be returned to its rightful owner.
AT&T Labs Research have created PlayMail to allow users to send friends traditional emails that will be translated to a streaming video showing a synthetic character who will then read the message. Users can choose from a variety of characters, or they can create their own. And once your pal receives their PlayMail they will be able to reply using another PlayMail.
What Kids Do
What kids do is the age-old problem. Most are either too young to know how or what to change in the world, or too full of themselves to realize that they cannot affect change all on their own. What Kids Do strikes a very happy balance between the two extremes, showing as it does that young people can make a difference. It is a valuable lesson for young and old alike.
El Paso Immigration Museum
It is difficult to imagine the United States without the cultural and other contributions provided from south of the border. The city of El Paso holds a great symbolic importance to this history, serving as it does as a sort of Southwestern Ellis Island. This site is the first step in building a permanent and lasting center that might "commemorate and celebrate the experience and significance of Mexican Immigration to the United States."
Grant Lee Phillips
The former front man for Grant Lee Buffalo, Grant Lee Phillips is now now a full-fledged solo artist with the release of his wonderful new CD, "Mobilize." The CD is a musical and lyrical marvel, made all the more so when one realizes that he not only played all of the instruments, but handled all of the singing. Lee, who has a recurring role as the Town Troubadour on tv's Gilmore Girls has created a terrific Website that includes tour news and a biography that is as honest and moving as any we've ever read.