MonthApril 2004

Interesting collaborative game

I’m quite interested in the posibility of using games to get work done, and here’s a quite interesting application (from Boing Boing):

The game throws up an image in a Java applet, then asks you and an anonymous “partner” elsewhere on the net to type in keywords until both of you have a word in common — IOW, until you and a stranger can agree on a good label for the picture. Presumably, this is being added to a metadata database for the purpose of cataloguing all the images on the net. Neat idea.

In Berlin, May day’s eve

Got into Berlin this morning. Can anyone explain this to me: There was no smoking allowed in my cabin. But there was smoking allowed in the halls of my cabin, and the door wasn’t even a ‘full’ door, so smoke could freely enter the cabin from all over the car. Also, the windows in the cabin didn’t open, so I ended up riding a smokey, stuffy cabin the whole way there. But that isn’t the weird thing. The weird thing is that on the way to Budapest from Prague, there was no smoking allowed anywhere on the train. And you could open the windows.

Mark and Brenden have decided to stay in Prague for its inaugeration into the EU tomorrow. It only just occured to me that this inaugeration is taking place on May Day. Things could get crazy. I’m told that things get rather crazy here as well.

Colonel Condor

Behold the world of Colonel Condor, where performance art, psionics, mind-control and all manner of deviancy meet.

uncle chuckie

I was going to reference Charles Cosimano in the Tesla post below, having first read about magnetic helmets in his writing, but after actually finding his website, I realized he needed a post all his own.


Someone, for some reason, wanted Tesla’s work suppressed…

At the top of the suspected conspirator list is Thomas Edison. Edison despised his former employee’s success with AC, and it is known that he set out on a campaign to smear Tesla’s name. He held demonstrations at which animals were lethally electrocuted with AC-powered devices, in a deceptive and inhumane effort to warn the public of the danger posed by Tesla and Westinghouse’s “unsafe” new electrical system. Edison also sat on the War Department advisory board that rejected Tesla’s proposals of the death ray and his radar-like device.

J. P. Morgan is also implicated in the anti-Tesla cover-up. Morgan counted on increasing his already monumental wealth by exploiting Tesla’s ideas, until he learned that Tesla was considering the free distribution of energy — a terrifying idea to any self-respecting capitalist. He ended his funding of Tesla’s experiments at once, and some think he used his considerable clout to ensure that no one else would bankroll Tesla’s threatening schemes. [Source]

Tesla’s (web archived) life story: index, chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 5, chapter 6 (originally hosted at

There was a PBS documentary, and there’s some interesting (albeit derivative) information at on modern uses ov Tesla’s inventions and research, from radio transmitters to weather control to transcranial magnetic stimulation through electromagnetic fields (God HelmetsDIY)

(and that’s without mentioning Project Rainbow, the Montauk Project, or the whole Ong’s Hat mess)

Another do-it-yourself project: Building a Tesla Coil

personally, I think Tesla rocked

Getting ready to launch

I’m leaving for Berlin tonight. Taking a 14 hour train ride. Word to the wise: look into budget flights before purchasing non-refundable train tickets.

BTW: Did you know that the opera scenes from Evita were filmed in a Budapest opera house?


“Synchronicity’s a word the seminal psychoanalyst Carl Jung coined to refer to a seemingly occult phenomenon he had noticed anecdotally: two apparently disconnected but at minimum thematically related events occurring more or less simultaneously, as if some more complex form of cause and effect was at work. You pick up the phone to call someone you haven’t spoken with in a long time and find them on the other end of the line calling them, that sort of thing. Jung chalked it up to a function of the collective unconscious, and for a long time in the ’70s, ‘synchronicity’ became a catch-phrase for both the self-help shrink crowd and the ‘magic is real’ crowd, and still pops up now and then, though the word’s almost never used as Jung meant it.”

Comic Book Resources article (via Cabbages & Kings)

Processing: visual arts programming

Processing “programming language and environment built for the electronic arts and visual design communities. It was created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as an electronic sketchbook.” (via Bev Tang)

Anne on urban loneliness

I thought I would try to focus on the more positive aspects of mobile technologies – and having my phone yesterday made me very happy. If I wasn’t in fact more “plugged into” my surroundings, I was, at least, more at peace in them.”

Ikea claims another 10,000 lifestyles

Onion Article:

“My friend Kyle was the first person I knew who got IKEA,” said Adam Goldman, a Manhattan web designer who said he now knows “20 or 30 people” who have the furniture. “I was at his place on a Friday night, and everything was normal. He mentioned that he was going out to shop for a little bookcase the next day. A week later, his whole place was so thick with blond birch veneer and chrome wire shelving that he could barely stand up.”

Via Adam Greenfield, a Manhattan web designer.

Experiences are the new status symbol

From a Trendcentral newsletter from earlier this month, posted here before I forget about it

Experiences are the new status symbol and, for many, are becoming more important than products.

We?ve seen a shift from wanting ?things? to wanting ?experiences?. Products can break, go out of style, or can quickly feel obsolete due to the introduction of new and improved versions. The actions and emotions involved with a particular activity, and the stories and memories associated with it, are what people are searching for.

When asked if they had an extra $500 to spend, 75% of trendsetters and 55% of mainstream respondents said they would rather spend it on an experience than a product.

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