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Funny Technology

Funny Technology

These first couple of days at Tribeca 2015 have been exhausting and so much fun. I little complaint to get it out of the way, everything is far apart this year! There are 5 separate venues, each requiring subway rides. Anyway, today I had the privilege of attending the TFI Interactive showcase where innovators showed off their views of the future of entertainment. One of my favorite on design alone were the bubble hats.

The point was you wore a pair of bubble headphones and wander around the showcase room, looking for the bubble hat wearing workers. get within 2-3 feet of them and a story starts playing in your ears. There were three different stories to be heard, each playing like a dramatic novel reading. 

I see a lot of potential in this and hope it catches on as a public art thing like graffiti. Imagine an app that allowed you listen to a surprise short as you wait to cross the street.  

As for the festival, many of the key name celebrities suddenly canceled their red carpet interviews, including Lucas, Colbert and Weinstein. While I was looking forward to meeting them, I did get a nice surprise meeting with the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew. 

They were invited by Tribeca to do a Riff of infamously terrible movie The Room. For those who don’t know, a Riff is telling jokes and poking fun at a bad movie while watching it. Usually you get annoyed at those kind of people but Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy have nailed it down to an artform (Sidenote: their performances last? 10/10). While they don’t like to plan too far ahead, they say they are open to revisiting some of their more classic bad movies for a more modern take. These days they riff anything from the latest Transformers to a 50’s child safety PSA. You can check out their work at

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