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Technology, Art, and Power

Month: November, 2007

Scrabble in realtime is so 1990

I heartily recommend that everyone try out Scrabulous on facebook. It’s more fun than you think.

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No Music Day – November 21st and the repercussions – Scotland

Well you probably missed it, but November 21st was ‘No Music Day‘ in Scotland. I like the idea:

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It’s meant to make people appreciate music the day before St. Cecilia’s day (the patron saint of music). I highly recommend reading the comments on this whole thing I pasted below. My favorites are bolded.

I doubt this will catch on. There’s little offensive or charged about music, and there’s really no reason for it. And mostly it takes attention away from more worthy moratorium days like ‘Buy Nothing Day‘ set up by Adbusters.

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Not for Commercial Use – More movement memes

Let’s call ‘movement memes’ internet-based attempts to create a socio-political movement. At first glance, ‘Not for Commercial Use’ appears to be an outgrowth of the anti-corporate control sentiments in the Creative Commons system created by Lawrence Lessig that that helped shape wikipedia, internet music, and repositioned archive.org as a free media depository. But maybe it’s just a snarky group of London Designers? Here’s the poster.
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Here’s some details about the project from Stellasuru.

Location// London, England
Interests// Blatant self-promotion, Helvetica, and Subversive print and interactive campaign
Aesthetic// Irreverent, cheeky abstraction outlines cryptic messages in grid-driven layouts and London-inspired color palettes
Quotable// “Designers are wankers”
Notable// Flyposters, stationary and digital video Paste (October 2007) for NFCU’s guerilla print and interactive campaign targeting London’s top design firms and creative agencies.
Pro// NFCU postcard set gives London’s top design firms an intelligent and playful trail of evidence.
Con// The print campaign lacks a strong, cohesive metaphor and might lose its audience of “wankers” in the process.

Something about misleading quasi-political designers getting together to blanket a city with their ‘look at me’ posters in bold Helvetica rubs me the wrong way. The designers behind this movement meme bank on its mysteriousness, hoping that its ambiguity will carry it to viral status. Anyone who puts a ‘viral’ button (that links to a zip file of video files to distribute) doesn’t know why things go viral.
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Watch the film here if you want to see pretentious black and white videography, artificially sneaky, wind-buffeted running-from-nothing-down-dark-London-back-streets.
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Coming to terms with oneself as a blog is the first step towards humanization…

     I’m worried that It’s been at least two months since I’ve posted in text-only mode. This may mean I rely too much on images or videos to do my explanatory work—or maybe something worse—that I’m too afraid to create something myself. And this brings me to my point. If I’ve learned anything from blogging these last four relaxing years (and eight months) it’s that people don’t want a regurgitation of the lastest can’t-be-missed-youtube-masterpiece or a short summary about the latest newfangled thingamajig… people want a person to speak at them loudly from the throne of the static text, delicately blending sincerity and hyperlinked omnipotence. And when I mean omnipotence, I mean a dramatic flourish of hyperlinked sourcing trickled throughout. We’re trying to stand on the shoulders of giants or something, right?

     There must be a balance: A blogger must know when something should not be linked. Outlinking to obscure ideas or objects may offend the intelligence of well informed readers—insufficient outlinking confuses the average reader (general audience) but strengthens bonds with the well informed. The snooty remain, but the newbies act like they’ve stumbled into the wrong class.

     So I guess I’m back where I started… The attractiveness of the outlink devolves into the allure of habitually embedding media. But my cursory knowledge of statistics shows that continually throwing up videos and images alienates people who have come here for stuff | like | this.

     While we’re on the subject of improving this horrible blog, let me direct you to the right sidebar. Notice I have more than 20 categories. Does this mean I’m bad at categorizing, or should I think of them as tags instead? Of course at the root of the problem is this blog has no focus. With a focus of interest, (perhaps pictures of small asian children hooked up to brain readers) I would attract only those strange types who are on a NEED TO KNOW basis on that stuff. At the moment, I’m just a little blog of things you might find slightly interesting. Stay tuned for that topic, but don’t hold your breath.
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Pleo, the robo-dino baby with emotions

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At a $200 price tag, this baby dino can do tricks, act scared, happy, or sad, and sense light sound and movement. I hope the theme song on video below becomes an internet sensation. It’s hilarious: They plant the little pleo-bot in the arms of unsuspecting cute fiends who pet and cuddle with this computer machine.

For more fun, check out the new book by David Levy titled “Love and Sex with Robots: The evolution of Human-Robot Relationships

Intro Video

I’m worried that dinosaurs will lose their fearsome characteristics, and we’ll begin to become comfortable with them. Then when we begin to clone them we’ll expect them to be friendly. Certainly we’ll be destroyed, no matter how hard we try to cuddle.

| Official Ugobe Dino Site |