Like cushy sign-on bonuses or drool-worthy stock options, perks are a potent recruiting tool for startups, dangled before potential hires like a treat before a ravenous animal. Expensive, Steve Jobs-approved gear and kitchens overflowing with every snack imaginable are treated like they’re the equivalent of platinum health insurance.
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The Actor Next Door
After first hearing about On My Block, a neighborhood filmmaking project that encourages New Yorkers to collaborate in writing, filming and editing a short film using only people and places on one city block, we were skeptical. We can hardly get our neighbors to hold a door open for us, much less spend weeks working together on an unpaid project.
Mary Crosse, who is director of On My Block Films and co-conceptualized the project with Ryan O’Hara Theisen, told The Observer about their hybrid of filmmaking and community service. “New York can be so anonymous. When you get to know your neighbors, it can change a lot. It could potentially reduce crime or get people involved in improvement projects,” she said.
The rules are fairly simple: make a short film by using locations, actors, directors and cameramen from the block where you live. Films will be uploaded to Vimeo and will receive votes through “likes.” The top 15 will be shown at a film festival where prizes will be awarded for Best Narrative, Best Documentary and Best in Show.
Occupy Wall Street
Josh Lewis, the protester who tweeted his arrest Saturday after the Occupy Wall Street campaign marched on Union Square, put together a moody music video of the scene, below the jump.
Guests at the Vimeo video awards show this weekend may have thought someone was dosing the punch.
As part of the celebration, the team from Vimeo lit up the Frank Gehry-designed IAC building with a rippling, psychedlic display of green and grey light. A New York Times reporter captured it on video.
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Tired of clicking around YouTube and iTunes for online videos of substance? Search no more! The Observer has your weekly handy guide to what’s worth watching on the Web.
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Your Facebook home page is about to get (even more) personal. Starting this week, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and friends are rolling out an overhaul of the “News Feed,” that scrolling catalog of posts about your friends’ doings, photos and comments. The phrase “What’s on your mind?” will replace the old-school “So and Read More