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Projections

Projections is a blog by Jon (sorry, don’t remember how I found a link to this and I can’t find out who Jon is, pe

Ulmer ebook

Nearly typed eBook then, god damned aPple. My neighbours have edited (and contributed to) a fantastic collection dedicated to the work of Greg Ulmer. It is available as a free pdf download (46MB). Illogic of Sense. the Gregory L. Ulmer Remix. It is an academic collection and an artist’s ebook, check it out.

Punakea

Punakea is another OS level tag widget. Like Spotmeta. Something I pondered last year.

Leonardo Transactions

From the email announcement:

Transactions is a new section in the print journal Leonardo that publishes fully refereed papers in a fast track to disseminating key new results, ideas and developments in practice.

Papers are solicited under the stated aims and scope of Leonardo, but are restricted to two pages of published material. A fast referee process is employed in which the result is restricted to “accept” or “reject” a submission. If a submission is rejected, the submission of a revised version will be treated as a new paper.

This is an excellent idea and I suspect is evidence of Roger Malina’s influence with his hard sciences background as this sort of thing is very common in the sciences. Much of the humanities could benefit well from a good kick up the pants from quite a bit of the dissemination models offered by the sciences:

  • studio practice (they call it a lab) is common
  • joint authorship is common (regardless of its individual merits in an era of the RQF it is outrageously effective at producing a long list of publications to your name)
  • a commitment to publicly accessible archives
  • recognised (accidentally?) that books are very slow media (not many scientists write books, let alone treat books as their major source of knowledge production and dissemination)

Sarah’s Blog

Just found Sarah Gibson’s blog, as the URL indicates she’s from the the Uni of Technology Sydney (or Sidenknee as

That Four Sentence Abstract

I got the labsome students to use the four sentence abstract exercise today as a way to focus their thinking. As I was explaining how to do it I described it as:

What are you going to do? Why is it worth doing? What are you going to do about it? Why does this matter?

Seemed to help shift from the sort of science language of the original.

Media Portal Sketch

As the following probably shows, I’m a cobbler (or perhaps it is more like sketching?). So, this media portal I’m

Turn Here, Web Video Production House

TurnHere: Free video guides for travel, restaurants, hotels, local events & music is, as the title suggests, a web video p

Yojimbo as Finder Alternative

No, not the Kurosawa film. A utility from Bare Bones. It lets you drag/drop and generally easily get files into it, you can add tags to them, and you can also set them up as collections. It works much like mail, or iTunes or iPhoto. A library which has all, and then collections where you can organise stuff. Unfortunately (or fortunately) collections don’t seem to support subfolders. Now, I was using DEVONthink to do this, but I found that I was putting stuff into folders inside folders inside folders to arrange things (yes, DEVONthink has very nice tools for workign out where stuff should go, but personally I think tags have made that, on a personal level, redundant).

Why I am toying with moving to Yojimbo is the tagging. Because tags work a bit like agents in Tinderbox. I can tag all the documents I move into Yojimbo, for example a memo might have the tags “2006”, “memo”. It can just live in the library, if I need to find a memo from 2006 I can just search for those tags (I’m not sure if I can put together a search that would find content inside the memo and specific tags). This is very cool. At the moment I try to turn my file structure into a meaningful filing system, but this never works. Should that memo be in a folder in a hierarchy of admin/memos/2006 or does it make more sense to go admin/2006/memos? And it is also about a student, so is it teaching/2006/subject or admin/memo/2006? And that’s just a memo which are nearly the most unambiguous documents I need to ‘file’. Of course alias’s are a response to this, but that is labour intensive, and doesn’t really solve anything (though I guess you could just stick all documents in one common location and use alias to put them in different simultaneous in your directory structure). So, Yojimbo lets me save in one place then with tags I can add appropriate multiple metadata (which is all a filing system is) which I can retrieve subject to a request.

Now, wouldn’t it be awesome if this was built into the finder. So that files, as an attribute, could be tagged? That way spotlight wouldn’t be just looking for internal content but for user defined metadata.

Digital Arts and Culture 2007

Since the original DAC in 1998, the ongoing Digital Arts and Culture conference series has established itself as one of the more vibrant academic and creative forums for digital doing. (Self interest warning, I chaired MelbourneDAC in 2003.) The next one, in 2007, has partnered with the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) and should be a corker. PerthDAC, abstracts due August 14th.

Sofa Control

Sofa control is a nifty shareware application that lets the remote that ships with the new iMacs control a range of other software on the Mac. Scriptable and also lets you do some basic finder actions. One of those small, potentially elegant apps that adds useful functionality and playfulness. (Personally it would be very useful for Keynote presentations.)

Spam Catchup

Yes, I know I’m a slow adopter here. Had a beer with James the other night and he introduced me to Akismet. A WordPress dot comm spin off or accessory or something. It blocks spam, apparently brilliantly. To use you need a wordpress.com account, which gives you an API key, which you then use in your personal installation of WordPress. The depressing real time stats from their site, 82% of all comments are spam. Pernicious does not go nearly far enough in describing the pollution that spamming is (bandwidth pollution, time pollution, etc).