- I’m So Totally, Digitally Close to You – Clive Thompson – NYTimes.com – Updates and weak ties. Always on means a return to village life, where everyone knows what everyone else is doing. Monitor your online persona so you can control it. "This is the paradox of ambient awareness. Each little update — each individual bit of social information — is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. But taken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated portrait of your friends’ and family members’ lives, like thousands of dots making a pointillist painting. This was never before possible, because in the real world, no friend would bother to call you up and detail the sandwiches she was eating. The ambient information becomes like “a type of E.S.P.,” as Haley described it to me, an invisible dimension floating over everyday life." – (weak_ties ambient_awareness findability facebook twitter socialmedia web2.0 socialnetworking microblogging intimacy )
- Wired Campus: Professor Says Free Lectures Did Not Boost Book Sales, Contrary to ‘Wired’ Editor’s New Book – Chronicle.com – Fun stuff, with a Wired editor arguing for causation, an academic author arguing a fluke, and commentators arguing both ways. The article is written so that all can have their say, which by my book, is the New Journalism. – (publishing2.0 web2.0 longtail new_epistemology newmedia )
Take Lev Manovich’s The Language of New Media, in one hand, your iPhone in another, and try these exercises in transcoding.
Bloom. Creates paradigmatic montage, with an applied algorithm creating syntagmatic variations. Takes input to initiate the montage, but also sets up syntagmatic expectations in response. The music is looped, with variations creating a syntagmatic sequencing. But the loops are placed paradigmatically in layers.
Koi Pond: Montage, paradigmatic, to create a syntagmatic scene for narrative, if not a narrative itself. Composites image, motion, sound, and reaction: ripples can be created by touch, and come audio; fish will feed if given food or touch a finger held to the surface. Lilypads can be moved on the surface. Motion and sound will continue without interaction. The app doesn\’t engage narrative, but it encourages experiment with setting for narratives.
Shopper and other grocery list apps: Menu selection from a larger to create a subset, which is then accessed and modified in situ. Might be location based, in which case the app selects the subset. Might be mapped to the store, in which case the app draws on prior use and movement through the store to re-create the narrative movement. Items in these lists do not need to be real objects. The Shopper database can store elements the user sees fit to enter, using paradigmatic alternatives to Groceries. A user can create a fully motivated (if linear) narrative of shopping: Turning into the Tunnel of Love, you purchase a vinyl copy of McGough’s Summer with Monika. Crossing Shaftsbury Avenue, you buy a pickup for your steel guitar.
StarMap and others. A database of stellar objects, presented by selectable criteria: place; time of day, day, and year; direction. Data on each object is accessed in typical ways of touching, zooming in. Access points are mapped to cosmological traditions (constellations) and measures of astronomy (celestial equator, horizon).
Enigmo, Crayon Physics. The object in these is to create a device that achieves a simple goal (get the fluid in the container, the ball to the other side of the screen) by selecting and placing surrogate objects on the screen. The objects interact with the agent (water, ball) and with each other in a simulation of physical properties. In Tetris, we don’t ask how we’re able to rotate the pieces as they fall: physical limits are set aside. In these games the object is to make explicit how agents on the screen can be acted upon. Can create a sense of picaresque narrative – a narrative of trial and error – in that the machine may have to be constructed and torn down more than once to complete the puzzle.
CameraBag. Selection of filters from a time-centered menu. Most of the filters are constructed to degrade the digital image towards material-based techniques: make it look like it was taken with a Holga, a Polaroid. In other cases, the filter vignettes and adjusts the image towards a cinematic frame. This is material nostalgia: nostalgia for lost tools. Even the title – CameraBag – replaces the idea of selection from a menu with a selection of cameras.
More to come. What’s on your iPhone?
- Capitol Words – A set of filters for working with word frequency of the congressional record. By cloud, by time, by speaker. Get your George Lakoff ready. – (tools newliteracy )
- COMPUTERS, CUT-UPS AND COMBINATORY VOLVELLES, by whitney anne trettien – An interesting demo of combinatory prose. – (linguistics cutups newliteracy newmedia )
A catch-up post while reactivating postalicious.
- 15 Effective Tools for Visual Knowledge Management – – (infographic visualization software )
- Wolfram Alpha – a new kind of Fail – Taking Wolfram and his data processor down a notch. – (newmedia plagiarism google searchengine )
- Commuters asked to write Haikus – Remember the Guardian’s txting poetry contest? – (twitter socialmedia )
- LinkedIn profiles: Avoid the five most common mistakes | Business Center | Macworld – Advice for managing contacts and links – (howto socialnetworking LinkedIn )
- Alumni Try to Rewrite History on College-Newspaper Web Sites – Chronicle.com – – (dangers socialnetworking socialpractices )
- twistori – Based on wefeelfine, calls on twitter. – (tools twitter mashup )
- Immersive Education Initiative London Summit 2009 : Wonderblog – We ran this session more like a participative workshop (hence the lack of suitable recording) in which we asked the audience members to identify the current issues facing the deployment of Virtual Worlds in education (not just Wonderland).We broke the audience into three user categories: educators, developers and learning technologists and asked them to identify the issues particular to them.
- Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky – new models. – (journalism )
- Personal Dashboards | Geekpreneur – Promotional article on using a mindmap as a PLE hub. – (vle ple mindmap )
- fd’s Flickr Toys: Do fun stuff with your photos – Utilities and toys for printing and mashups. – (publicauthoring publishing publishing2.0 print flickr twitter )
- Is Facebook Really Bad for You? » the billblog – How some press gobble up lite research. – (facebook socialnetworking research )
- Wonderblog post – People who are “radically co-located” – working together in the same space – are almost twice as productive as those who are distant. This is due to awareness of others actions, gestures, and gaze, as well as the ability to have impromptu conversations. In real life, we judge how to behave towards others based on the distance they stand from us when talking coupled with other subtle social cues, such as eye gaze. – (wonderland SL virtual_environments )
- Lifehacker – Six Ways You Should Be Using Twitter (that Don’t Involve Breakfast) – Feature – – (twitter socialnetworking howto socialpractices )
- A nation of programmers? BIll Thompson – – (techadvice socialpractices two_cultures literacy )
- Wired Campus: How Social Networking Affects the Student Life Cycle — From Applicant to Graduate – Chronicle.com – This seemed initially pretty tame, but on a second reading, the gatekeeping function of admissions became more ominous. – (social_software socialnetworking socialpractices admissions studentlife )