The World’s First Like Blocker for Instagram

January 25, 2015 by

Dan Zimmerman is at it again, and this time he is out to change social media for good. LikeBlockr is the world’s first Like Blocking app for Instagram, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Dan has been hard at work on his new project for a few months now, and is finally about to reveal the fruits of his labor. “The concept behind LikeBlockr is to question the authority we have given to ‘likes’, and to build a discussion around what they really mean.” Here is an indepth look at the app, and how it works.

Like-Blocker-for-InstagramLikeBlockr uses Instagram’s API for all of it’s functionality. Users will download and then open the separate app. Inside the app, they will login through their Instagram account, and can begin the experience. Initially you will notice that the app looks and feels almost identical to Instagram, just minus the “likes” and “followers”. There is actually a bizarre, disorienting experience on your first use. Where are the likes? How many followers do I have? Those numbers are now gone. All you can see are the pictures and captions (You can still view comments created through Instagram as well). To many, this will come as an odd feeling at first, but it should eventually lead to a much more freeing experience. No longer do photos have a number value to them, it’s just about the pictures. That’s it.

Here is a quote from Zimmerman himself: “Instagram, along with most social networks, have a monopoly on our own self worth. These days, if we want to feel good about ourselves, we just post a picture of our faces and wait for people to congratulate us. This gives our brains an endorphin boost which makes us feel good, but only for a short amount of time. The next time we want that same high, we check out picture again hoping for another like. When that little heart button appears, we breathe a sigh of relief, and feel good about ourselves. Once no one is liking our photos, we post another one. And another one. And another one. What we are is ‘like addicted’, and you can consider the LikeBlockr App as a kind of ‘like intervention’ or ‘like rehab’.”

Who doesn’t have a friend that feels bad when they don’t get enough likes on their photos? Or the one friend who complains whenever they lose a follower. The best part about this app is the ability to question why we think these sort of trivial things are so important.

LikeBlockr is set for release on January 29, 2015. The app will be free for download, and requires a pre-existing Instagram account for use. If you would like more information, head to the app’s website for more: Instagram Like Blocker. The site features a great blog where you can hear Dan discuss his other art projects, as well as learn more about the app itself. Dan would love to get your support for the app, so sign up to their mailing list for more updates.

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Belt Making

March 2, 2011 by

About five years ago I first got into leather carving, but then I quit for some reason.  It was recently Devon’s birthday so I decided it was a good reason to get back into it, and make him the belt he had been asking for for a few years now.  Below are some pictures of it at various stages of completion.  Hope you enjoy.

cause=effect this Thursday!

December 6, 2010 by


cause=effect

A video and sound and skate performance by Dan Zimmerman

Presented by: Colour Design

In association with Tristan Zastrow and Video Trigger

Featuring:

Dan Zimmerman
Matt Butel
Luke Callahan
Ward Bastien
Collin Brown
Steve Schneider
Mackenzie Boyle

This one’s going to be interesting.If you’re in Calgary this Thursday come check out the Performance at Six.This one’s been in the works for a while and it’s super exciting to finally have the chance to show it.

No Joke for free!right here!No Joke!

December 6, 2010 by

Check out Nuulife Cinema’s newest flick in its entirety right herrr.

IneedAclearerHeadtoSeewhatThisIsworth

November 24, 2010 by


IneedAclearerHeadtoSeewhatThisIsworth is a movie with a loose narrative, which uses the Fisher Price PXL 2000, a rare camera from 1987 that uses audio cassettes to record video.

This low-tech consumer model children’s video camera is used to create a work that examines one’s headspace as a “place” one can get lost in. It allows the viewer to enter a place that can be dark, eerie, complicated and full of proverbial trap doors and mazes. The pixelated format of the PXL 2000 is an appropriate medium to portray the fuzziness and imperfections of one’s own cognitive processes.
It also examines the extrinsic and intrinsic factors that affect these perceptions through allusions to the artist’s memories and experiences. The work’s intent is too create a relationship between the complexity of our thoughts and the lenses we view our world through .The low-tech capturing device draws comparisons to our brains ability and inability to take in and process information into our headspace and either project those views onto the world or keep them inside to ourselves.

Edmonton Premiere of “No Joke” Thursday Night!

October 27, 2010 by

Our friends at NuuLife Cinema will be premiering their newest release “No Joke” in Edmonton this Thursday, October 28th.
The movie looks great and has a few local riders in it, Dan ZImmerman, Jason Gretzinger, and a cameo by James Agostinho.
The amazingly supportive Solid Snowboard and Skateboard Shop is putting this one on in association with Push.ca

Heaps and heaps of free prizes.

Come out and support grassroots snowboard moviemakers and catch the new Transworld movie too!(Those guys get paid though haha)
For more details check the facebook event

Ashley Ohman [Fuzzmount]

October 22, 2010 by

Our friend Ashley Ohman’s newest work

Ashley Ohman and Dan Zimmerman Collab

October 12, 2010 by

A little experiment in editing

No Joke World Premiere Tonight! Be There!

September 23, 2010 by

Our friends at NuuLife Cinema are releasing their second movie tonight at the Plaza Theatre in Calgary.
For more details check the FB event. Hope to see you there!

We’re in the Final!2 More days left to Vote!

September 1, 2010 by

This is the final round of Snowboarder Magazine’s Superpark Showdown! It starts Sunday, and ends Friday at midnight.

VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ENTRY

First we’ve gotta send out a maaajor big thank you to everyone who has helped us this far. We went up against some seriously good edits, and our friends, fans and family have helped us make it the the final!

We’re up against whats been speculated as the most feared competitor in the Superpark Showdown, Helgasons.com. Besides being feared, Johannes Brenning put together one sick ass cut of the boys rooping it up, having a blast, all while tearing Superpark a new one.

This means we’re gonna need all the help we can get if we wanna pull this off. Feel free to invite all your friends to this event if you feel like helping us pull it off! Don’t forget, if we win we’re gonna throw a serious party in Whistler! Don’t worry if you’re not around, cuz we’ll save some of the money to come party it up with you on our premiere tour!

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