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Event – Film Screening: See The Elephant!

SEE THE ELEPHANT! – A Political Video Installation about the 2004 Republican National Convention
Created by Ryan Junell – Music by Lesser

About the movie:

“See the Elephant!” is an immerse four-screen video installation with surround sound audio that features convergent viewpoints during the 2004 Republican National Convention. The four video trajectories take place inside the RNC, outside the venue with the authorities, in the streets with the demonstrators, and at arms-length with mass media. Content for the projected piece includes natural sound, impromptu interviews, and overlapping content.

After touring with the video through the swing states in the weeks before the recent election, creator Ryan Junell brings this hour long political experience to his homebase of San Francisco. Proceeds from the screenings go directly to the creation of the interactive dvd of the installation. “See the Elephant!” dvds will be available for pre-order. See for more details about the installation.


Friday, November 26th
Saturday, November 27th

Seatings at 8pm and 9:30pm
$5 or $10 w/drink or $20 w/dvd
(tho the broke are warmly welcomed)

Studio 1-2-3
401 Alabama Street (@ 17th)
San Francisco

If you’d like to attend any of these showings, please RSVP in the comments sections below.

In ryan’s email to me, he included the following quote

I know revisiting political stuff right now is kinda sensitive… but f%#k it. We witnessed so much crazy stuff that the mass media just didn’t want to describe. Half a million people showed up in the streets of NYC to protest the policies of the president and his administration. The Republican machine used their power of authority to suppress political dissent by arresting thousands of demonstrators. Meanwhile, oil men, fundamentalists, and actors took the stage inside Madison Square Garden to rally the conservative base on a platform of fear and war. This event is worth remembering.

ryan junell


The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.

Abraham Lincoln

The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson colour of it should creep into his vote…The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.

G. K. Chesterton

Douglas Bowman’s presentation from Web Essentials 2004 in Sydney

Doug Bowman, of Stopdesign and adaptive path, famous for the Blogger and Wired News redesigns, posts his great presentation Pushing Your Limits (And Other Secrets of Designing with CSS) from the Web Essentials 2004 conference in Sydney.

It’s a great presentation, and beautiful too. Whether you know your CSS or not, it’s well worth a click-through.

Accessibility Conference slides

Slides are up from the accessibility Conference at the University of Central Lancashire from 2004-06-23.

Speakers include:

Bob Regan – Macromedia Inc.
“Accessibility in Rich Media for the Web”
With the growing importance of rich media and multimedia on the web, it is important for educators to address issues of accessibility. This presentation looks at accessibility in the context of rich media, providing an overview of standards, common concerns and remedies to everyday issues. Real life examples will be used to provide a context for the issues presented.
Breeze Presentation + Slides

Jim Byrne – Making Connections Unit
“What is an accessible website?”
Examining common definitions of accessible web design, and discussing their practical implications for web ublishers/designers. By looking at accessible web design from the producers point of view (i.e., taking into account the reality of limited time and resources), and not just concentrating on consumer needs, we can derive some important practical lessons to help us in produce accessible sites. This approach leads to more flexibility, which (ironically) meets the needs of a greater number of end users.
Breeze Presentation (followed by Zoe Neumann) + Slides

Zoe Neumann – RNIB
“Is it legal? You decide…”
In this session, I will recap the requirements of SENDA and present some e-learning experiences students have described. The audience will consider the experiences and vote on the legality of the provision, how beneficial adjustments can be made and ponder “inclusion”.
Breeze Presentation (Preceded by Jim Byrne) + Slides + Transcript of slide 21

Usability University Opens Doors :, News

Usability University Opens Doors :, News

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are sponsoring a new, comprehensive usability training program called Usability University

This is the first I’ve heard… looks interesting though, too bad I don’t make it to DC more often (er, ever).

Web Visions Presentation

First Things First: IA and CSS

With apologies for the delay, here are links to the presentation Christina Wodtke and I delivered at the webvisions 2004 conference this past Friday in Portland, Oregon.


There has already been some feedback, including a wonderfully thorough recap over at, and some glowing words — posted immediately after the conference — from

This flat out rocks as it echos what I have been doing and refining for the last three years or more… This process makes things very easy to draft in simple wireframe… This practice has cut down development and design time in more than half and greatly decreases maintenance time. One of the best attributes is the decreased documentation time as using the Web Developer Extension toolbar in Firefox exposes the class and id attributes that provide semantic structure… I can not think of how or why we ever did anything differently.

Overall, I was very pleased with the talk, and with the reception is received. Some people did give some constructive criticism though, but that’s always nice to get too.

Thanks to everybody who came and listened to me, and those that asked questions or found me for a conversation later. Thanks also to our wonderul hosts, who put on an excellent conference — I’m looking forward to next year. And finally, to Christina again for dragging me out.

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