MonthJune 2003

Font inconsistencies

I’m having trouble with font types, especially after blockquotes. I’m not going to mess with it for a little while, be patient. I hope it’s not too distracting.

Car trouble

Spent most of the day dealing with my car. I was supposed to leave for Olympia tomorrow, but my trip’s been post-poned for at least a day. I’m really ready to head back to Washington.

My new personal blog

I have a new personal blog. The kinks are still being worked out, but it’s there none the less.

Things I’ve been thinking about…

The Rise of the Creative Class
Cincinnati’s brain drain
The Memphis Manifesto

George Monbiot’s top 10 world-changing books

As Jorn says, this is an intriguing list:

1. The Future of Money by Bernard Lietaer
2. Soil and Soul by Alastair McIntosh
3. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
4. The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
5. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
6. Selected Writings by Gerrard Winstanley
7. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
8. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
9. Letters to a Young Activist by Todd Gitlin
10. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

(he has more to say about why he picked them in the article).

Human-Computer Interaction Resources

This is a pretty extensive collection of HCI links.

Mobilizing the Movies

From a Wireless Review article:

If the list seems to contain pretty much every recent summer release except “From Justin to Kelly,” that’s the problem: When every movie has a wireless tie-in, it’s not so big a deal anymore. Each tie-in includes pretty much the same thing–games, ringtones and graphics–and Hollywood cachet aside, the promotions aren’t offering anything dramatically different from the standard content already available over wireless devices.

I think what this really shows is that wireless tie-ins are now as necessary as movie previews and fast food tie-ins. Every big summer movie needs a wireless presense. Of course, the success of a promotion will eventually depend on creating things that are new and interesting.

Temporary Autonomous Zone Live Show Online

The Incunabula crew have put online a recording of a live show featuring Hakim Bey, Robert Anton Wilson, Nick Herbert, Rob Brezsny and Joseph Matheny.

T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone

More details on this show can be found here.

Devil’s architect

BBC Radio 4 did a piece about Nicholas Hawksmoor, known as an occult architect by readers of From Hell. Apparently, they’ve taken it down. I Hadn’t finished listening to it yet, but it sounds like the point of the show is to disprove any occult connections Hawksmoor may have had. The link will take you to the BBC Radio 4, where the show was under “d” for Devil’s Architect. Maybe it will come back someday.
Link (via City of Sound).

Virtual graffiti

I’ve been hearing about “virtual graffiti” systems for a while, but now there’s some stuff actually happening. The idea is to be able to place virtual notes in spaces that would be accessable through cell phones and the like.

Geonotes (via Many to Many) from Sweden have a wifi based solution, but it only works with Lucent base stations. Still, from my understanding of it, anyone with Win2k, Linux or Savaje OS, a wifi card, and the GeoNotes could leave a location specific note in a Lucent base station (even if the base station doesn’t have special software installed?).

And according to this report (via City of Sound) there’s a Finish company offering some similar service:

An experimental system in Helsinki called Flirt enabled mobile users to leaves virtual messages or ?hanging data? in specific locations which would be picked up by the next user to pass the same location. The experiment turned the city into a chatroom of flirty Finns.

And here are some fun things you could do with some of this tech: Location Aware Game Ideas (via Head Map).

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