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Technology, Art, and Power

Month: April, 2009

How does your country treat bikers?

Update: Since posting, I’ve learned that NYC does indeed provide helmets to bikers for free. Just Call 311!

While I’m on a byclist rights binge, thought I post a couple videos:

In Denmark, Cops hug and provide helmets to bikers.

In NY, cops tackle you?

To read: 7 lessons in bike activism

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  1. Do something
  2. Make a fuss
  3. Find the right people
  4. Roll with the opportunities
  5. Be tenacious
  6. Sometimes just showing up is enough
  7. There’s no such thing as too many good friends

via: http://www.westsidebikeside.com/ (where I read about all the terrible things that happen to bikers in my home city of LA)

We are all one [baby]

This boy engages with history, preaches the gospel, and reminds us that we are all products of our surroundings. Who are you? And what did you preach when you were young?

Videos of children on youtube–especially ridiculous ones like this one–make me wonder about the permanence of this format, and its frightening future indexability.

  • If the child–10 years from now–were to search based on his voice (a capability in the works for media searching), would he receive this result?
  • At what age will this child ‘discover’ this video of himself? When will/might he prefer it taken down?
  • If this child becomes President some day, what role might this video play?

Tone Matrix + Audio Tool [audio interface]

Just imagine an interface, and make it so…


Interactive Museum from Nicolas Loeillot on Vimeo.

Here are two samples from the range of audio tools online. The first is simple, (tonematrix) and the second is far more complex (Audiotool). Please check them both out, but imagine for yourself what you would like to do someday online. Someday you WILL…. (more…)

From the Archive: “Open source revolution means more Internet” [4/8/2005]

I wrote the following article in 2005 after finding that there were few articles in my college newspaper that had anything remotely to do with the Internet. I was going to go through and edit it to fit my sensibilities of grammar and correctness, but I’ll let it stand. In April of 2005 the internet was a different place… people were just getting used to the idea of ‘Wikipedia’ and ‘Youtube’. Newspapers were churning along and the Interwebplace was at least a world where all established companies knew they needed a ‘footing’ in. Today, the Internet has upset so many old ways of interacting with content and brands that old-media corporations without a comprehensive Internet strategy simply fade away. Though only four years away, 2005 was a entirely different world. In this article I tried to get a handle on what elements of the new web would be disruptive and beneficial: (and please keep in mind this article really needs an edit)

When the Internet began to really grow in the late 90s, the public understood it as a useful parallel to the more tangible content delivery systems already in place. It was believed that magazines, newspapers, and television would exert their presence primarily in the realm of non-Internet space, but each would have a presence on the net to offer extras like an archive of their content or a place for last week’s crossword puzzle answers. Against the wishes of the big media, software, and information-delivery corporations, the online community began to make its own content, sell products, tell the world’s news, and entertain the masses. The net’s producers are not only making this global content more cheaply, but its quality and integrity far surpasses the more corporate producers. This shift in authorship has implications in every aspect of visible media and software.

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Randalph, Geoey, & Tommy [radio play]

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A web-u-drama about the significant sandwiches in our lives…

Listen here: Randalph, Geoey, & Tommy

Written, Produced, and Performed by James Patrick Roehl [msg]

More James below:

Phantogram EP out now [new music]

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Loved these guys live, now you can have a taste… Guess what… they’re on myspace.

Also check out their older album ‘Eyelid Movies‘ here.

(posted with permission)

The Balad Burn Pit: All-purpose toxic materials disposal in Iraq [iraq, vet health]

Update Feb 20, 2010: The anger is rising: read this LAtimes piece.

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Something made me mad today. So I’m posting about it.

After reading an article on Wikileaks regarding the Balad Burn Pit, where toxic chemicals such as

“…acetaldehyde, Acrolien, Arsenic, Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Ethylbenzene, Formaldehyde, Hydrogen Cyanide, Hydrogen Fluoride, Phosgene, Sulfur Dioxide, Sulfuric Acid, Toluene, Trichloroethane and Xylene…”

are burnt, I became very angry. (more…)

Web Trend Map [data vis]

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Web trends‘ put out by Information Architects (.jp) is always a treat. Their map of the movers and shakers of the web are laid out like the Tokyo subway with a surprising amount of dimension: rank, reliability, site type, and key figures…. The layout is currently in final beta stage, so head on over there to yell at them about placing Yahoo as a subsidiary of Google, and to kindly inform them that is IMDb not IMDB… Here’s some enlargements from the above graphic because not everyone has a 80inch monitor. (that’s not to say I do) (more…)

Trick childhood memories with falsified childhood images

Because image-enhancing technology is readily availabl e, people are frequently exposed to doctored<br /> images. However, i n prior research on how adul ts can be l ed to report fal se chi ldhood memories, sub-<br /> jects have typical ly been exposed to personal ized and detailed narratives describing false events. In-<br /> stead, we exposed 20 subjects to a false childhood event vi a a fake photograph and i magery instructions.<br /> Over three interviews, subjects thought about a photograph showing them on a hot ai r bal loon ride and<br /> tried to recal l the event by using guided-i magery exercises. Fifty percent of the subjects created com-<br /> pl ete or partial false memories. The results bear on ways in which false memori es can be created and<br /> also have practical implicati ons for those i nvol ved in cli ni cal and legal setti ngs.