Laughter and perhaps HCI

These days on my tibook I run a second monitor in my office. The set up is standard, tibook in front of me and monitor behind

GMail and Centralised Networks

Google’s Gmail system proposes to provide a gigabyte of storage for each user, and to leverage Google’s search exp

Geeks with Kids

Got this via Slashdot where kids at Legoland (temporary URL) can where a wi-fi wrist band and parents can SMS to get their location. Yes, it is surveillance, but potentially a positive form of surveillance as any parent with young kids knows. Not because I can check where they are but because I can now let them wander, more or less, knowing that I can find them if I need to. What would be more impressive, and useful, is if the kids could also nominate to send a SMS to their parents to come and collect them, for whatever reason (bored, hungry, frightened).

Now we just need the Uni. of Aarhus multimedia crew to develop a research proposal that lets you track the movements of these kiddies in real time, much like biologists with fish, birds, seals, whales, wolves, and so forth.

Remote Blogging

Ben Saunders is skiing solo from Russia to Canada, via the North Pole (don’t try this at home kids) and he’s blogging the trip, more or less (found via Dylan Kinnett). This is a good example of some of the very simple ways in which personal Content Management Systems make significant things possible, and perhaps inaugurates a new blog genre, extreme blogging?

I wrote some time ago about nomadic blogging, and the ways in which the network follows you. I don’t think any one has blogged from space, yet, but it won’t be long.

Speed, not Haste

Yesterday I was running another ‘intro to research blogs’ for some postgraduate students and in my haste to post and then remove content from my blog I deleted the manifesto, which had 3 comments and 2 trackbacks. Ecto had the originally, but would only let me post it as a new entry since, not unreasonably, the old entry no longer existed.

“Less haste, more speed”, as an elderly tool maker regularly pointed out to me in the factory I used to work in.

A Manifesto For Responsible Creative Computing v.0.3

This manifesto now has its own blog: http://hypertext.rmit.edu.au/~knetlit/ The aim is to develop a conversation via a blog ar

Just one particular morning

It is Saturday morning, I’ve swept and mopped all of our floors (they’re a deeply dark hardwood), am listening to a CD while scripting a new interactive movie, and notice outside a chorus of magpies. Magpies are very common, but when Stuart and Nancy were here as visiting scholars in 1998 they couldn’t get over them. I don’t think they ever heard them sing, from such an ordinary bird it is beautiful. It is a good Saturday.

Van Gogh (three)

A last and I think final version of the Amsterdam come Van Gogh vog series, Van Gogh Three. Like the previous one this too has the soundtrack (it is the same soundtrack), but now it is user controlled. It starts playing when the movie loads, but when you click the video window the soundtrack stops. Clicking this video pane also restores the video and so removes the jpeg gallery that is also a part of the movie. To view the jpegs, and to hear the soundtrack, simply mouse out and into the movie again, and the soundtrack is re-enabled, and the jpeg appears. To change jpegs you have to mouse out and in each time, to return to the video, simply click the video. After the experience of the first two vogs it just made more sense in terms of the structure of the work to allow the user to control more of the work, or at least if not control (which is, lets face it, a misleading and theoretically opportunistic term) then to force (which is what we really mean by control) the user to have to work for the work to work.