A conversation with Marc Andreessen on Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose - A conversation with entrepreneur and software engineer Marc Andreessen_1235390297833

Even if you’re not a tech head or someone that cares about the silicon valley, the conversation with Marc Andreessen is worth the listen. I’ve listened to this interview four times which is kind of crazy considering the thing is a hour long (and I’ll probably listen to it a couple more times). There’s a lot of different points covered in the talk and I took away a lot of things to consider. The comments on the Charlie Rose page are also worth taking a look at too.

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 20th (February 2009)

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I’m not a huge fan of basketball but found myself posting two sites related to that sport in the week’s Link Drop Contextd. In the NYT Magazine piece about Shane Battier and his invisible stats, one take away is that there’s always potential to see something else that no one has bothered paying attention to – and applying that to something. Very applicable to almost anything out there. Twitter makes a strong comeback with a couple new links, so does food and music blogs. Till next week, thanks for coming back…

– m

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On Rating Systems
I’ve wondered about the usefulness of numbers in rating systems too. What’s the difference between 3.5 and 3.7? How is that going to make your decision that much easier? But then again pass/fail or great/sucks doesn’t always help either.

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Edible prints
When I first saw Edible prints it immediately reminded me of Dressing the Meat of Tomorrow by James King. I find the idea of redesigning food to be fascinating and allows for a completely different experience then what has been created so far.

W+K PORTLAND · She's heeeeeere!_1235089140608

SHE’S HEEEEEERE!
Blogs aren’t the magical publishing tool for everything, but it’s been put to good use with this design work. I’ve come across some of this stuff outside in the real world. Nice to see the whole package in one place.

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How we pick blogs
I’m always interested in how someone makes editorial decision, for this post it’s how a blog is chosen to be in Hype Machine. And to think I just thought they allowed anyone…

AHOi!_1235089163202

AHOi!
A lot of really quick posts with good links to more links and even better info.

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Twitter Groups
What do you mean when you’re talking about creating a twitter group? It might have to do with one of the two mentioned in this post.

What the CBC should know about Twitter | Spark | CBC Radio_1235089182204

What the CBC should know about Twitter

Every media source that has any type of online community should be asking the above question. What kind of expectations and experience do the people that follow have with twitter, and what do they want? Maybe there’s an unexpected opportunity. Either way the responses from the above question are worth a read.

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Sketching Interactivity – The Inspire Video
I haven’t actually watched this video yet (no time), but the description sounds pretty good. Hoping I’ll have some time over the weekend.

Neighborhoods - Mapping L.A. - Data Desk - Los Angeles Times_1235089199193

Select one of L.A.’s 87 neighborhoods
Super cool idea about location of areas of a neighborhoods. People can make their own area names. It would be really cool to see something like this in Manhattan, and have a bunch of different people outline areas themselves and compare. If you see that in New York Magazine anytime soon, remember where you read it first.

About New York - No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest - NYTimes.com_1235089216252

No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest
It’s amazing that this stuff happens…

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Hotelier at Sea
I’m pretty sure I link back to BldgBlog every week – so hopefully you’re not surprised that I’ve done it once again this week.

NYPL, LIVE from the NYPL, Event Description_1235089262039

LIVE from the NYPL & WIRED present: LAWRENCE LESSIG, SHEPARD FAIREY, STEVEN JOHNSON. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
I bought my ticket about a minute after finding out about this event. Really curious to hear the discussion around this timely topic. Are you going too?

The No-Stats All-Star - NYTimes.com_1235089277521

The No-Stats All-Star
This was the perfect article to read on a Saturday morning eating a bagel and lots of coffee. Sometimes it’s better to disregard the conventional rules and make some new guidelines for measurement.

Nike Foamposite Lite - Nate Robinson - KRYPTONATE PE - Slam Dunk Contest | Sneaker News_1235089334933

Feb 14 · Nike Foamposite Lite – KRYPTONATE PE – Slam Dunk Contest
Great concept for a dunk.

How Could 9,000 Business Reporters Blow It

How Could 9,000 Business Reporters Blow It?
There’s always the luxury of hindsight, but still… Even if they had all been right would anyone have listened either way?

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how campaigns work. beats me.
Sill one of my new fav. blogs that make me think, the above post has a number of ideas that I can’t summarize in a line or two. But the thing to note for me is that an agency is likely to deliver the same sort of results as they did in the past due to their own organizational inertia – or they’re taking their past experiences as a cue for future work. So much for innovation…

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FF DIN :: A FontFont Focus by FontShop
A lot of micro sites fail miserably, this one does not. Even better it’s about what of my favourite typefaces.

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Creative Statistical Visualization by Guy Limone
Such a cool idea, wish I had thought of painting the side of a building like that.

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Playstation 3 Media Centre
There’s a lot of talk about different web apps finding their way on to the tv. Most notably there’s boxee and hulu in the news fighting, but there’s others out there too in the game.

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The Wayfinding Handbook
I’m currently reading this book for review (almost finished). I’m really liking it (recommend it as a buy) so when I found out there was a website I was oh cool, what additional info do they have that the book wasn’t covered. Sadly I’m not sure why they bothered putting up that page – there’s nothing going on. I can think of about a 100 different things that they could have done and all they bothered doing was a five second ppt slide. Just when I think designers are realizing the potential past paper – brutal flash sites like this pop up. I don’t get what they were hoping to gain from the experience they presented. I’m hoping I just missed the button to click next, but I don’t think there is one…

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 13th (February 2009)

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The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy for me, and as a result the number of posts being included in my weekly Link Drop Contextd has been reduced. That’s not necessarily a bad thing b/c I don’t think anyone has time to read forty plus entries in one sitting. If there’s any pattern this week to notice, politics played a pretty minor role in what interested me web wise. Information on display always interests me, but it’s moving in a direction where I’m wanting to see how people archive and come back after the initial burst of data. Anyhow… thanks for checking up this Friday.

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360 - Urban Villages in Paris (1920) « Strange Maps_1234471982718

360 – Urban Villages in Paris (1920)
I’m not that familiar w/ the history of urban planning of Paris, but I’ve always enjoyed looking at how the city rolls out. This map is shows that spiral in a really nice way that integrates some of the different breakout percentages.

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Walls Notebook
This is such a cool idea, def. going to make my own nyc version of this. It might be kind of do a trade w/ someone in a different city that makes one too…

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MediaShift | PBS
A good site to catch up on pop tech and media integrations.

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The London Police Kick Off 2009 With A Bang
The balance between positive/negative space, and black and white is pretty cool. Lots of things to explore in these images.
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graphpaper.com - Are We Designing Interactions or Designing Software

Are We Designing Interactions or Designing Software?
Great question that I often think about myself.

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IxDA 2009: Behavior, Definition and Synthesis
What’s up w/ behaviour, one person looks at that after attending IxDA 2009.

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Op-Ed Contributor - You Can’t Sell News by the Slice - NYTimes.com_1234472062491

You Can’t Sell News by the Slice
I kind of like collecting these type of stories about how object to monetizing news. The thing is, this question is practical in almost any other industry at the moment – not just news.

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WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN
Since discovering this site a couple weeks (maybe month ago), I’ve been fascinated with the re-contextualization of this info into something it was never intended to be.

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Fires
I’m still kind of thinking wtf happened w/ the CCTV building fire.

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Noah Brier’s Brand Laboratory
Noah has a good write up in BusinessWeek.

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Readings of the week…
Another jumping off point to find some good things to check out.
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10 Principles That Might Make Your Work Better or May Make It Worse • Blog Archive • AisleOne_1234472106044

10 Principles That Might Make Your Work Better or May Make It Worse
Ten things for consideration.

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SEED – The Universe in ’09
Info overload, but still cool to look at.

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I Am Here: One Man’s Experiment With the Location-Aware Lifestyle (Wired Mag)

Tracking yourself to the next level.

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Watermarks
Cool low-fi way to get a point across.

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Spot.us
I really like this idea for getting quality stories written. Here’s some examples of what has been a published

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Designboost
The same design questions are asked to a number of people – interesting to compare how they all answer them differently.

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 30th (January 2009)

What technology has taught us at dizzying speed - International Herald Tribune_1233267140015Welcome._1233267169050Fullscreen Gigapan Viewer_1233267178615adaptive path » blog » Brandon Schauer » Dopplr’s moment of long wow_1233267191357 My Dopplr Annual Report_1233267219800 Influxinsights_1233267233310Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows « eyecube_1233267243753 Bond yield makeover_1233267251873beard·revue_1233267267802GOOD » Text-pocalypse NowTomorrow Museum » Archive » Cell Phone Cameras Forever_1233267581893Monster-Munch How To Behave_1233267594677UPPERCASE - About the magazine_1233267614944adaptive path » mx_1233267630060 Obama Art Report_1233267641777_1233267649857 A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing_1233267660632Pics from the design mind Motion Event | Blog | design mind_1233267676188A Photo Editor - The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia_1233267685339What Will Save the Suburbs Love_1233267709579Hope In The White House_1233267717333 Home_1233267799040Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008 — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1233267725418ARTRAFFLE » Blog Archive » TIEDAY 1.23.2009_1233267735845 Urban Design Tetris | Serial Consign_1233267747319CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Designers Republic Remembered_1233267762514 Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog. - Graphicology Blog - Graphicology_1233267792283Propagation Planning_1233268509530Winterhouse_1233330164103

This week I thought I go with quantity and quality for Link Drop Contextd and leave the commentary short and sweet and let the site titles speak for themselves. Considering how much I enjoy football and that it’s the super bowl this weekend, I’m surprised that I didn’t come across that many related links. I’m also surprised that I didn’t mention one related link about Twitter. Till next week or blog post, ciao…

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What technology has taught us at dizzying speed - International Herald Tribune_1233267140015

WHAT TECHNOLOGY HAS TAUGHT US AT DIZZYING SPEED
Do you press the doorbell with your finger or your thumb? It’s kind of telling of your age apparently.

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ORIGAMI IN THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION
After watching this video I kind of want to buy a pair of these shoes, too bad they’re not campers though.

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FULLSCREEN GIGAPAN VIEWER
The zoom in this is crazy clean

adaptive path » blog » Brandon Schauer » Dopplr’s moment of long wow_1233267191357

DOPPLR’S MOMENT OF LONG WOW
If only every service could provide this kind of feeling in their users

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My Dopplr Annual Report
Another take from someone else talking about Dopplr

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9 REASONS WHY CADBURY’S EYEBROWS ARE A HIT
Never been a huge fan of this campaign, but it’s hard to argue with the reasoning why it works

Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows « eyecube_1233267243753

Drumming Gorillas and Techno Eyebrows
Another pov of the campaign

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BOND YIELD MAKEOVER
Interesting what happens when you remove elements

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BEARD·REVUE
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a site just on beards – but I kind of am. There’s also a pretty cool poster on the site for sale.

GOOD » Text-pocalypse Now

TEXT-POCALYPSE NOW?
Good article, really interesting image via txt…

Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Cell Phone Cameras Forever_1233267581893

CELL PHONE CAMERAS FOREVER
Amazing image of the night, very telling

Monster-Munch How To Behave_1233267594677

HOW TO BEHAVE
I really like these diagrams and colour combo

UPPERCASE - About the magazine_1233267614944

UPPERCASE – About the magazine
I’m kind of curious to see how this magazine turns out

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adaptive path » mx
I haven’t watched all these video yet, but they’re a great resource for their upcoming conference

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Obama Art Report
Surprise, surprise – more Obama related stuff

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Deconstructing Dumbo
I’m thinking of buying this – surprised that they’re not charging more.

 A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing_1233267660632

Arguing From First Principles
Good reference material, has a link to Charlie Rose worth watching

Pics from the design mind Motion Event | Blog | design mind_1233267676188

Pics from the design mind Motion Event
I have the latest issue of this in my hands, good as their previous print mag. Here’s some images from the launch.

A Photo Editor - The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia_1233267685339

The Obama Hope Poster, Shepard Fairey and photographer Mannie Garcia
Luv this iconic poster, interesting conversation about it

What Will Save the Suburbs

What Will Save the Suburbs?
I haven’t been that interested in this column until today – good observations on the suburbs

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Love
Great concept with rubber gloves

Hope In The White House_1233267717333

Hope In The White House
Like the idea behind the shirt though I think more then one dollar should be the donation

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Small Can Be Big
A lot of charity sites could learn a thing or two from the design and concept behind this site

Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008 — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1233267725418

Matt Owens says GOOD-bye to 2008
Info design goodness about 2008

ARTRAFFLE » Blog Archive » TIEDAY 1.23.2009_1233267735845

Tieday
How times have changed

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City Rain: Urban Design Tetris
Great post as per usual from Greg

CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Designers Republic Remembered_1233267762514

The Designers Republic Remembered
No one’s immune these days, there’s a lesson to be learned for sure if you’re a graphic designer

 Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog. - Graphicology Blog - Graphicology_1233267792283

QuickPost 2: Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog.
Interesting concept, kind of interested to read the commentary once things get to the fourth quarter and many beers have been drank. Too bad it’s not open to anyone commenting…

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Propagation Planning
Haven’t had a chance to read all of this info, but it looks like a great reference none the less

Winterhouse_1233330164103

Design For Social Impact & Innovation
Very curious to see how this whole year plays out with this – could be quite interesting

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 23rd (January 2009)

Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter_1232665074222McSweeney's Internet Tendency- I Am the King of Household Design._1232665126995Redesigning A User Interface In The Open_1232665168263Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interactionThe Last Days of W (printfetish)_1232665234317Robert L. Peters » Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009_1232665297061 Nominations | Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum_1232665346100 A revolution quietly begins in Washington state - Publishing 2.0_1232665382325 Blog_1232665414852Wisconsin Cheese Cupid_1232665437344I Love You More Than Blank_1232665501628 Keyword Clouds. | PurpleCar_1232665606459CNN.com - Special Reports - The 44th President - The Moment_1232665663306 Can Obama Really Reboot the White House100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter | Online Universities.com_1232665747589Link by Link - Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain New Lives - NYTimes.com_1232665796701 Inside Obama's Social Media Toolkit_1232665841934The Faces of Mechanical Turk - Waxy.org_1232665874232

As I’m focusing more on quality vs quantity it’s interesting to see how smaller patterns emerge after a weeks worth of filtering. This week seemed to be a combo of ux, tech and ideas – not a huge departure from most of my Link Drop Contextd’s I realize. What is different again is the format. Still tweaking it a bit. Aside from the size of images and format the colour is also slightly different. I’ll be posting about that later today. Until then happy Friday clicking.

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Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter
Flowing Data | 22 JAN 2009

Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter_1232665074222

Flowing Data put together a visualization of tweets around the time of Obama’s inauguration. Really fascinating to watch the spikes leading up to and after 12 noon on the 20th of January 2009.
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I AM THE KING OF HOUSEHOLD DESIGN.
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | JAN 2009

McSweeney's Internet Tendency- I Am the King of Household Design._1232665126995

I wish I had written this myself, kind of an apt commentary to read after Murray Moss’ remarks in Design Observer.
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Redesigning A User Interface In The Open
A VC | 17 JAN 2009

Redesigning A User Interface In The Open_1232665168263

I really like the idea behind the modules of Bug Labs, this post is a good starting point to click off a bunch of links that look at opening up the user experience as they move forward.
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Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction?
ronnestam.com | 20 JAN 2009

Swedish Television launches a great online television site but where’s the social interaction

The site was working for me when I originally grabbed the info, hopefully it’s back up by the time you read this…
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The Last Days of W
Printfetish | 15 JAN 2009

The Last Days of W (printfetish)_1232665234317

A review of the latest Alec Soth book and commentary about one person’s observation in today’s climate.
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Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009
Robert L Peters | 16 JAN 2009

Robert L. Peters » Shigeo Fukuda | 1932-2009_1232665297061

I was sad to read this.
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National Design Triennial: Nominations
Cooper Hewitt | JAN 2009

 Nominations | Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum_1232665346100

I was underwhelmed by the options at the last Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt among many other things (like no cameras to photograph design stuff – it’s not art after all). I’m not sure how the vetting process happened last time, this time they’ve opened up the nominations which makes me very happy. If you think something should be nominated you now have the opportunity. You can also view what has already been nominated and by who. Great transparency, let’s just hope when the open the exhibition a person can take photos for their own private use…
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Networked link journalism: A revolution quietly begins in Washington state
Publishing 2.0 | 9 JAN 2009

 A revolution quietly begins in Washington state - Publishing 2.0_1232665382325

News being passed on via twitter isn’t new now, but this gives an overview on how easy and fast things can move when the conditions are right.
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Koolhaas’ Exodus and Thomson’s Divided Kingdom
Maud Newton | 22 JAN 2009

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I’ve walked through this exhibition at the MoMA a couple times though I haven’t paid that much attention to it aside from photographing it. Next time I’ll be taking a closer look.
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Wisconsin Cheese Cupid
JAN 2009

Wisconsin Cheese Cupid_1232665437344

I’m not a huge fan of micro sites (or flash), this one maybe shouldn’t even be categorized as such anyways – but, it’s a really informative site on what to pair cheese with. Next time I buy some cheese I’ll be keeping this site in mind with what I want to drink with it.
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I Love You More Than Blank
JAN 2009

I Love You More Than Blank_1232665501628

Interesting social experiment.
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Conversation Mapping in Twitter: Keyword Clouds.
PurpleCar | 15 JAN 2009

 Keyword Clouds. | PurpleCar_1232665606459

I liked how they broke down how forum discussions tend to flow. But the better info they present is in the form of a question about how to follow a twitter discussion.
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Inauguration » The Moment
CNN | 20 JAN 2009

CNN.com - Special Reports - The 44th President - The Moment_1232665663306

I was kind of skeptical if people would even submit photos to cnn to have them stitched together. Looks like some people are and the visuals is kind of cool. I think the ui is slightly jittery but as a first attempt it’s pretty cool.
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The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
Wired | 19 JAN 2009

 Can Obama Really Reboot the White House

I’d like to see the author to revisit their article once a year for the next four years to track how things evolve.
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100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter
Online Universities | 18 NOV 2008

100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter | Online Universities.com_1232665747589

I haven’t checked out all the sites in this list, but surely there’s at least one that everyone will find that they like.
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Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives
NYT | 18 JAN 2009

Link by Link - Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain New Lives - NYTimes.com_1232665796701

A nice primer to see the connection between photos and history/stories.
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Inside Obama’s Social Media Toolkit
Micro Persuasion | 17 JAN 2009

 Inside Obama's Social Media Toolkit_1232665841934

Good breakdown when consider a strategic operation.
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The Faces of Mechanical Turk
Waxy | 20 NOV 2008

The Faces of Mechanical Turk - Waxy.org_1232665874232

If you’ve ever had to use mechanical turk as i have, you’re probably curious to know who’s actually doing the work.
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Creative Mornings: Zach Klein and Casey Pugh Notes & Video

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12/12/08 Zach Klein and Casey Pugh on Physical Computing from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

“I was seeking the thrill of learning something new” and so the ten minute talk (it was actually 23 minutes, but who’s counting) started with Zach Klein and Casey Pugh presenting at Creative Mornings which was held in MEET. In the short time that they had, they talked about the basics of physical computing to a bunch of people that probably hadn’t made a circuit before. Within the context of expanding what web 2.0 is/was, there was an explanation of how physical computing will make that information useful while taking it offline

Probably my fav. quote was in reference to a simple resistor – “for a LED, you don’t want to send too much electricity to it because it will explode. hehehe”. All the info that Klein and Pugh mentioned can be found at www.10minchat.com. Among other things that the audience learned was that the Arduino is either named after a bar or an Italian word for masculinity by some geeks with an insecurity complex.

What I appreciated about the talk was that they laid out a couple simple principals and then showed examples that got progressively more complex. While doing that they included a couple of reference books that anyone could pick up and replicate on their own time. If there had been more time I would have been interested in hearing about their thought process on actually creating something. Did they already know what they wanted to build before they started or was it like playing with lego – did they come up with an idea as they were working on connecting the LED’s? Aside from that I was just happy to meet up with some familiar faces and meet a couple new ones.

Solving the default profile picture problem

 “Don’t be a McCain! Login and upload your profile photo today!”

Hype Machine (probably the best source for listening to muzak on the web) has been really smart in how it has encouraged users to update their profile pic. How? By using a shot of John McCain. “Don’t be a McCain! Login and upload your profile photo today!” They’ve also made it a lot easier to find other users that like the same hard to find songs. Great release…

Content Scratching

radiohead1

radiohead2

radiohead3

Re-purposing and mashups have been going on for a very long time, though I think there’s a subtle yet significant shift with what content creators are opening up for others to work with. The latest video from Radiohead is a perfect example of this idea of letting others mess with digital content. While pretty complicated, you can download all the data to create your own video. For those that don’t have engineering degrees in computer science, you can still get the sensation of moving Thom Yorke’s head as he signs. Below are a couple links to various sites that go more in depth with how the video was conceived. Aside from the ability to scratch the digital content, the tech. behind the actual video is quite amazing which allows for some realistic yet jarring images of a singing head.

+ Google Page where you can spin Thom’s head as he sings
http://code.google.com/creative/radiohead/viewer.html

+ Creativity Online Interview w/ James Frost who Directed Video
http://creativity-online.com/?action=news:article&newsId=129514&sectionId=behind_the_work

+ Google Page w/ video and info
http://code.google.com/creative/radiohead/

REVIEW: Photoshop Keyboard Skins at Photojojo

Photoshop Keyboard Skins at Photojojo

Photoshop Keyboard Skins at Photojojo

About a month ago Amit Gupta of http://photojojo.com/ and jelly fame emailed me mentioning the new Photoshop keyboard shortcut skins, and if I was interested he would send me one. Always curious to try new things I said sure, please send me one and I’ll review it here once I’ve been able to try it. I’ve now been testing it out for a couple weeks and I’d like to share a couple observations.

Once I received the package in the mail the first thing that struck me was how thin the actual skin was. It’s quite durable but super thin. I requested the skin for the new apple keyboard that isn’t wireless as it’s the one that I have in front of me at work all day. Something that I’m pretty sure you can’t guess until you try it is how many people have never seen anything like it before. Once I had started using it almost every single person that I work with came by my desk wondering what I was using. It was quite a conversation starter.

After explaining what the skin was intended for, one co-worker that’s a developer asked if someone should already know all those short-cuts? The simple answer is yes, but over time people can forget things or just discover new features. So while I’m not going to use each of those functions everyday, it was nice to know what was there at my finger tips. While I’ve been enjoying the skin it’s not completely perfect. Since the skin is completely opaque, there’s no indicator if the caps lock button is on or off. It’s not a huge deal but every once in a while I did wish I could see the green light on the button. A slightly more irritating omission was the sound bars on the upper F10, F11 and F12 keys. While they’re not part of photoshop it would have been helpful to see the sound up, lower and mute symbols. If there was one benefit that was unexpected, I asked a couple people that I talk to online if they noticed less spelling and grammar errors? After they had thought about it for a couple moments they conceded that they actually did notice an improvement.

If you’re curious to know more about the different skins, check them out at
http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/photo-app-keyboards/

Visual Translation

muskrat vs. ragondin

Here’s a bit of a geeky post for a sunny Wednesday morning. If you’ve ever used Babelfish to translate a word or phrase you know the results can be a bit dubious. What if there was a clearer way? Here’s a quick and dirty way of understanding a word from a different language – throw the mystery word into google image search. You should get an image of what the thing probably is. Above I’ve illustrated how you would describe a muskrat to a french person.

Clay Shirky on Stephen Colbert

Review Copy

I’m only halfway through my review copy of Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky (but hope to make a big dent in to it today) though I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll be starting the review. If I had time to write a book on the social aspects of the web this would be it, it wouldn’t be as good as this of course, but I would attempt something along the lines. I’m really getting ahead of myself so once I’ve completed the book I’ll have a real review. What I did want to mention was the above video that I found via BuzzMachine about the author being on Stephen Colbert. It was new media vs old media in a sense w/ bright lights. The first time I heard Clay speak was at our Daylife office, once during a lunch hour and then a second time for an evening event. It was interesting to compare those events with the video clip if for no other reason then watching Clay try to have a fast paced conversation w/ a jester like Stephen.

The Purple List and Ning

the purple list

When I first came across the social networking platform from Ning some time ago, I really didn’t think much about it. There’s already Facebook – why would anyone need something else? You already get to decide who sees your information. Sure Facebook is already starting to stagnate and is less then perfect when it comes to connecting content to ads, but the motivation to start something else seems to be an effort not worth exploring. That changed when I was invited to the Purple List that is another node in the PSFK empire. It’s an invite only group that connects people that have diverse backgrounds though probably have more in common then they think. It’s only been up for about a week but it’s fascinating to watch how the activity and growth has grown.

Ning has created a platform that takes on familiar cues like friending people that are in the same list, but takes off some of the handcuffs that Facebook has. I’m a big fan of customization which Piers has worked out perfectly, though what’s even better is that you don’t have to customize elements if you don’t want to. There’s a nice balance between letting people take their knowledge of one platform and tweaking it for their purposes. Am I going to create my own group from Ning? Probably not at this point b/c there isn’t much of a need. If I was in an organization or group or even working on a project, something like this could potentially challenge other platforms like Basecamp perhaps. As much as I’m pushing the technology, the reason why the Purple List will work has everything to do with the people behind it, not the web site. It’s a creative enough group of people that there’s motivation to test its limits to see what’s possible.

Visual Music Maker

Tenori-On

From the blog reaction I discovered the Tenori-On, “a 16 x 16 matrix of LEDs that are sensitive to the musician’s touch and can recognize simple physical gestures.” There’s an English site for the tool, but I prefer looking at the Japanese site for a number or reasons. Basically I get to see what transfers across languages for navigational purposes (though some of the section headers are still in English), and the body copy set more geometrically looks better. The only irony is that I had to turn the music off b/c after a while it got annoying from the site…

Figuring out the fold, and is it even a question worth asking?

The Fold

While reading the article Blasting the Myth of the Fold from boxesandarrows (which I recommend reading), I came across a fascinating tool in a response to the article. The tool determines a percentage of people that would see the information before a fluid fold within a browser. The site is www.foldspy.com, all you need to do is sign up with an email address and url of the domain you want to check out. The site then gives you one line of code to insert into the site, once that’s in you can determine the percentages. Of course I have no idea if those percentages are accurate but it at least gives you a guideline as to what people are seeing when they land on a page. If you’re curious to see the function in action – here’s my url for the site test: http://designnotes.info/#foldspy

NYT and saved by del.icio.us – a couple questions

NYT and del.icio.us

This isn’t much of a blog post as much as a question. Is anyone else noticing recently that when they save a NYT article to del.icio.us, the number of saved people that also have it included is a lot smaller then let’s say a month ago? Is it possible that the number of people saving articles has decreased b/c the share button on the navigation of the original NYT articled doesn’t include a button to del.icio.us anymore – does any one know why that was removed too?

NYT and del.icio.us

Looking back on my del.icio.us tags, what are they telling me?

.mac 10 10010 11springstreet 1970s 2006 2007 2ndlife 37signals 3D 770 ? abc accessibility actionscript activism adc adobe ads advertising agency aggregator aiga airfare airline Airlines airplane AJAX alberta AmberMac analysis anger animation answers anthropology aol apartment api apple apt arabic archinect Architect Architects architecture art article articles artist artists asia attention audio australia author award Awards awareness awesometown aynrand b&w baby bags balkin ball ballons bands banksy bar barcamp barcelona barcode barcodes bargain bargains barista basketball bats bbc bed beds beer belkin berkeley berlin best bestof bike billboard billing blackberry blackmail Blender bloat blog blogger blogging blogs bluetooth bmx book bookarts bookmarks books bookshelf bookstore Bookstores boston brain brainstorm brand Branding brands brawl briancollins britishcolumbia brooklyn Browser build burger burningman burningman2006 bush business businessweek button buy buzz c++ cafe cake calarts calgary camera campaign canada canadian candlebuilding capitalism car card cardboard cards cars cartoons cataloging catherine caveman cbc CDC celebrity cell cellphone ceo Ceramics cfc chacha charity charlierose chart charts chat checklist chelsea chemistry children china chocolate choice chronicle circut citynews cityofthefutre claimid classification Clothes clothing CMS code coding coffee cognitive colbert collaboration collaborative collage color colors colour comedy comic comics comment comments commercial commercials communication community companies competition complexity computer computers conceptual concerts conference conferences consumption content contest convergence conversation conversion convert Converter cooking cool coolhunting core77 corporate coudal counter coupons courses cover craft creative creativity critique crocs CSS culture custom customer cycling D&AD D&AD d70s dab daily dance dancingwiththestars dashboard data dc deaf deals death decor del.icio.us delicious delocator demographics design design, design-firm designer designNotes designweek desk development diagram diagrams dictionary Digg digital discount dise Diseño dissapointment dissonance distribution diy django dns dog dogs domain donate dove download drawing drink DS dumbo dutch dwr e-cards Earphones ebay ebook ebooks eboy economics Economist economists edges edmonton edmontonoilers education elections electronics elements Email emoticons employment emusic English entertainment entrepreneur envelope environment eps espn esports espresso etching evangelism event events exhibit exhibition experience ExperienceDesign experimental exposure eyebeam eyetracking facebook fashion favicon feed feeds feelings fellowship feminism festival file filename Film finland firefox firm Firms fitness flash flickr flight flights flighttracker flying folksonomy font fonts food foodblog foosball football footwear forms forum framework france fred free freeform freelance freeware french FTP Fun fundraiser fundraising funny furniture futurelifestyle gadget gadgets galleries gallery game Games Gaming gdc gdc-list geek Gehry geico gel generative generator geo geography german ghostbusters gifts gig girl global GMail goal goals gondry” GOOD goodmagazine Google googlemaps gossip Gothamist government gps gq gradschool graffiti graph graphic graphicdesign graphics graphisme graphs green GreyCard grid grids group GTD guardian guess gui hack hackability hacks handwriting happiness happy harddrive hardware hbr hci headphones health healthclub help hi-res hidden hifi highway history hnic hockey Holograms home horoscope hospital host hosting hotel hotels house HowTo html humor humour ia IAC ibc ibm ice iceland icity icon Iconography Icons id idea ideas identity ideo ideology idisk iht ikea illustration illustrator image Images immigration indie industrial industrialdesign infodesign infographics infoporn Information information_architecture informationarchitecture informationdesign infovis innovation inspiration installation instructional instructions interaction interaction_design InteractionDesign interactive InterActiveCorp interesting interface interior internet internetradio interview interviews invoices IP iPhone ipod IPTV iraq isync it italy itp itunes japan japanese jar java javascript jazz jetblue job jobs journalism Kawasaki keyboard kids Kitchen krylon kuler labels landscape language laptop Laser laundry law layout leadership lectures LED left lego letter lettering lexus liberal libertarian libra libraries library lifehacker lifehacks LIFT light lighting line link links list lists literature live local logo LOGOS london lunch mac macintosh macosx maddie magazine magazines magnum mail manage Management Manhattanhenge manifesto mantra manual manuals map mapping maps marketing mashup mashups material Materials mattress media mediacenter men mental menu messenger Microsoft mind mindmap missing MIT mobile mod modem moleskine moma moments monet money monocle montreal motion motiongraphics motivation motorway movie movies mp3 mp3blog mtv muji mural murdoch Museum music musicvideo muzak myspace NAFTA name names nasa nav navigation ncaa netart netflix netherlands network networking networks news newsletter newspaper newspapers newyork newyorker nfl night nike nikon Nintendo NintendoDS nokia nonprofit npr nurave ny nyc nyc, nyt NYTimes nyu ocad odeo office ofmontreal ohny oil oilers olpc olympics online ontology opensource Opera opinions organic origami OSX outside P2P PageRank painting paper paperairplanes papercraft paris park party password patterns pdf Penguin pentagram people performance Periodic person personal petitions Philosophy phone photo photoblog photographer photography photojournalism Photos photosharing photoshop php pictures pingpongballs pinhole pixel pixelart place planning playlist playlists plugin plugins podcast Podcasting podcasts policy political politics poll pool population portable portal portfolio portfolios postage postcards poster posters postmodernism Postopolis! pr pr2.0 prefab presentation Presentations press princeton principles print printer printing printondemand privacy problem-solving process Processing product productivity products programming projection projects promo prototyping psd psfk psychology public_relations publisher publishing puzzle python QR qr-code qrcode quicksilver quicktime Quintessence quote quotes race radio rank rating reading recipes recommendations recruiting redesign Reference release renegade rent Republic” research reservations resort Resources responsibility restaurants retro Reuters review reviews rfid rink road rock roi Royksopp rss Ruby running runningmap russellDavies s60 santa saskatchewan saskatoon satellite saw scarf school schools Science screen screenprinting screensaver screenshot screenshots sculpture sea search searchengine sears seating seattle secondlife secret secrets security semacode seo service servicedesign sf sftp sharing shirky shirt shoes shop shopping shortcuts should_do shutter sifr sign simplicity sitemap skate skateboarding Skype sleep Slitherlink sneaker sneakers snl soccer social social_commentary socialawareness sociale/cohesie socialmedia socialnetworking socialrank software solo solving sony sound soundDesigner space SpaceShuttle spain spam spanish spec speech speekers spore sports springstreet standards stanford staple starbucks statistics stats stencil steps stock Stockholm storage store story strategy streaming street streetart studio studios Studios.Netherlands stuff style stylist subway support sushi sustainability sustainable sustainable.design sva swap swatch swedan swede sweden swich SxSW Symbian syndication systems t-shirts Table tablet tada tag tagging tags talk tangible target tattoo taxonomy tech technique techniques technology ted teen teens television templates tennessee text Theme themes theonion theory thinking throwingmuses Thurber” tile time timepiece tips TN todo tokion tokyo tool tools toread touchscreen tourism toys tracker tracking trade transit translation translator transport travel trend trends treo tshirts tutorial tutorials tv twitter typography ubicomp UI uk UN unbeige university uofs urban url urls usability usb useful userexperience UX vancouver vans vendingmaching venice veniceproject vice video Videos vimeo viral virgin virtual Visa visual visualization vj vlog voip wallpaper war warning washington watch watches wayfinding Wearables web web2.0 webapp webcam webdav webdesign webdev webhost webhosting weblogs webradio website webstandards weimaraner weird weirdpaint whois wi-fi widget widgets wifi wii wiki wikipedia williamsburg wine wired Wireless wk woodPrinter wooster word wordpress words work workplace workspace world wp writing wsj wtf xmas yahoo youth youtube yugop zidane

I’ve probably spent more time thinking about whether I should or should not ever tag anything new that I find interesting with “web 2.0” then one person should. Actually I started to notice my own self trend a couple months ago on my blog when I started to shift from the tag “web 2.0” and tagged more so with the word “culture”. Part of the evolution is that a lot of the web 2.0 social like applications are not that new, though they’re expanding ideas of how people communicate and interact and in theory moves culture along. I’ve also started to clean up my bundles of tags inside del.icio.us – the simple way is to fit all tags into one, two or three of the category bundles is Business, Education and or Entertainment. They’re so general it would be hard for not one of my tags to fall into place. A second level of bundles that I’m considering is Culture, Social and or Technology. If I actually have the time to do those bundles of tags, the last three bundle levels would possibly include Geography, Personalities and or Vague Title of Design.

More ways to search Wikipedia

WikiMindMap

Dave Gray over at Communication Nation mentions the WikiMindMap and I thought I should too if for no other reason than to show one more use of Wikipedia. I typed in the word “design” and the results are in the image (click on it for a larger view). Keep in mind though that I opened up a lot of the nodes. I’ll admit that the lack of outside links for the term design is a little weird and if you really wanted to question the validity of wiki’s in general you could make a point, but the idea of the mind map being used for this type of search exploration is helpful. I’m a big fan of opening up information to show context which I think this does a good job of. My only misgivings of the tool is that it’s in flash.

Over at the ITP 2007 Spring Show

ITP 2007 Spring Show

Sonali – friend, co worker and ITP alum toured me around around the carnival that was the ITP Spring Show 2007. Not knowing what exactly to expect, it was everything that Wired’s Nextfest wasn’t. ITP was fresh, messy, loud, eager, new, and left me wondering what will some of these people be coming up with next? Below is a linkdump from the collection of business cards that ended up in my pocket at the end of the night. Surprisingly there were a couple cards that had no url for their project. I also shot a bunch of images that can be seen on flickr.

Intimate Controllers http://www.jennylc.com/intimate_controllers/

Kate Hartman http://katehartman.com/

Pravin Sathe http://pravinsathe.com/

zoonori http://jooyounpaek.com/zoonori.html

socialbomb http://socialbomb.net/

The Zipwire http://thezipwire.com/

One Bit Music http://onebitmusic.com/

NewsBrews http://therealbenbrown.com/newsbrews/

Andrew Schneider http://experimentaldevicesforperformance.com/ &
http://andrewjs.com/

MutherBoard http://michaeldelgaudio.com/mutherboard/

GABE BARCIA-COLOMBO http://www.gabebc.com/

Speculation

“It could have been a lot worse” was something that I haven’t heard when describing what happened yesterday. Like everything going on in the world it’s extremely difficult for me to understand how people deal with tragic events. One of the Sunday morning shows that I try to follow is This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Near the end of the program they do a in memoriam which eventually leads to the list of military deaths for the previous week. There’s the names, cities and probably most personal their age. It’s never easy to watch and even harder to understand, both for the families and friends that knew those people. Every morning I get the paper version of the NYT. I can’t recall one morning where the cover photo was actually something positive. I think that kind of stuff neutralizes the emotions of the average person watching from the sidelines. Obvious questions about how the massacre at Virginia Tech could have been prevented will go on for a longtime. And tied into that will be the role of technology.

There’s been speculation about the email warning that was sent after the first shooting two hours afterwards. What if there had been communication sent out immediately, would it have made a difference? There’s even been questions about the what if scenario if there had been a school wide mass text message to students cell phones in the SF Gate. In instances like this, I think technology takes a back seat and more questions about the social and behavioural nature of reaction should be asked. I haven’t read anything yet, but I’m surprised to hear that there wasn’t more students from the first dorm area sending out text messages or phone calls to friends mentioning what they had heard or seen to other students. Maybe there was that communication, maybe not. If, and it’s a big if – if there had been that mention of someone getting shot, or that they had heard gun shots, it should have gone “viral” or in more concrete terms the social networks should have spread the message. But again the conversation goes circular – what would the message have been if it had been sent out, and what would people have done if they had adequate information? When there isn’t a lot of time, it’s extremely difficult to imagine the unimaginable.

The neo-nomad

right about now

“The neo-nomad… would seem to apply just as well outside the hothouse atmosphere of San Francisco, and I think it should be extended to cover a broader range of workers than just the high-tech startups because it refers to an attitude and a way of organising daily life rather than to any specific technology.”
+ Bill Thompson

Once you have a laptop it’s easy to forget how hard it was to be portable before you could connect to the net outside or even write a simple editable note for future reference. I remember buying my first MacBook in the spring last year so I could stay connected while I was visiting New York. The photo above was from me enjoying free wifi at Bryant park. I eventually upgraded that laptop for a MacBook Pro, but I digress… I only bring this up to illustrate the article from the BBC called In search of the neo-nomad via Architectradure (who happens to have a couple other valuable links related to the concept). It’s a good reference piece to understand how work and home space is evolving.

Semacode visualized

Kaywa Feed2Mobile Process

Kaywa Feed2Mobile

When making my own semacode yesterday I knew that it would identify my blog if someone took a photo of it, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that person would see. Since my phone is not supporting that kind of software reader I could only guess. But I came across the above diagrams from Kaywa that show the process and what the phone will see.

On Tuesday at the PSFK Conference I saw semacode in action with area/code. A day or two before that I noticed a post from do.palicio.us about semacode too. If you consider that almost every single person has a cell phone and I’m guessing that more than half have a camera with the ability to surf the web. If you combine that technology, semacodes become quite fascinating. More so because it acts as an identifying mark or key that allows a person to collect information with a single click.

The biggest issue at the moment is that you need to download software onto your phone to act as reader. My Palm Treo 650 is fairly locked down and doesn’t allow for anything interesting like that. So until phones become less restrictive this kind of feature will be limited to a few savy phone users.

area/code business cards

area/code

area/codearea/codearea/codearea/codearea/codearea/codearea/codearea/codearea/codearea/codearea/codearea/code
area/codearea/codearea/codearea/code
area/codearea/codearea/codearea/code

Of all the presenters at the PSFK Conference, the one that shifted my thinking the most in a different light was Kevin Slavin of area/code. They’ve taken the idea of game to the outside of streets. Between the technology, using maps of cities and the social aspect of play mashed together, it was something that really made me reconsider my environment and the role of play. I ran into Kevin briefly after the conference where he gave me his business card which is seen above.

My favourite new muzak app.

peel

If you’re on a mac and are familiar w/ the Hype Machine, Peel is a great app. for you. The interface is very similar to iTunes and plays the muzak files from your favourite blogs. If you like the song, there’s the ability to download it. What is nice about Peel is that you can skim a lot of muzak faster than if you used the player from Hype (and downloading is quicker since you don’t have to go to the site too). If there’s a drawback, it’s that you need to know which blogs have the muzak and enter the url once. Since I’ve only been using Peel for a day, there’s a lot of going back and fourth w/ Hype to figure out which blogs to add.

and for those PC users out there, this is my new fav. webcast: NETMUSIQUE Webcasts “The Home of House”

The Future of Interaction Design Stalls at Not Being Able to Log In: well at least for me that is

Adobe_IA

A couple of weeks ago I came across a presentation from Adobe titled The Future of Interaction Design with Hugh Dubberly and Jodi Forlizzi. The event was described as follows: “a one-hour online conversation on the Future of Interaction Design. Participate in this discussion and share your views! All you need is your browser, your telephone, and your point of view to be an active participant — or just listen in”.

I was interested, I even stayed home from work to listen in. The emails that confirmed my attendance arrived so I felt confident that it would be a smooth process to log in. Well, instead of listening in I’m blogging about the fact that I couldn’t log in. I went through all the scenarios and it just wouldn’t work. I have to admit that this was my first time trying to listen in w/ an Adobe presentation, but there shouldn’t be any type of learning curve to log in. If you get an email confirmation, you accept it into your iCal things should just be a simple login with user name and password. But that didn’t happen on this day. Maybe there was a glitch in the information architecture and I missed a step, but I’ve gone through much more confusing logins w/ success. Until we can figure out how to get people access to online interactions (no matter what their online understanding is), the conversation about what to do after the fact will be futile. Well I hope the talk is recorded for those that were able to participate and then I’ll be able to listen in…

UPDATE: Apperently I have officially become New York. When I hear 9 am, I just assumed it was Eastern time. The start of the event is 9 am Pacific time = 12 pm in New York. My very big bad.

No sound

UPDATE 2: I had minor success logging in – but only after Sonali sent an email to the moderator did she get a direct link as a guest and then sent it to me. Unfortunately you needed a phone to hear the sound. That would have been fine except we had to connect through wifi b/c our net was flaking out this morning. So for me at least it was a bust. I lost an hour at home and another forty-five minutes at Renegade. I hope the next session works out better, for what it’s worth they’re looking feedback on how to improve things.

What you can learn from a Super Bowl bound blog

da_bears

While I could speculate on who the fanatics are behind the Da’ Bears Blog, their about section leaves it in doubt as to who the are. However Noah Brier has broken down the success of the blog in five succinct points at Super Bowl Bound, A look at the success of Da Bears Blog. Maybe he’s one of the guys behind it? Anyways, the points he makes are applicable to any blog. Noah’s observations are as follows – though be sure to go to his site to read the why’s to what he’s saying: 1. Find a voice, 2. Post frequently (but not soooooo frequently), 3. Think about SEO, 4. Consider SEM too, and 5. Encourage email subscriptions.

Make your own Mac Dashboard Widget

Dashcode

Recently I came across a great site that talks about how to create your own Mac dashboard widget. This was perfect timing as it looks like the new iPhone will be using widgets in their nav – hence in theory you should be able to create some cool apps for your cell phone. Abduzeedo breaks it down at The Abduweedget: creating a dashboard widget. If you want in on the app, visit Apple’s Developer Connection to download the Dashcode. The only catch is that you need an Apple ID. I was able to use my .Mac account id to get it. Dashcode itself is pretty nice. It breaks down the seven different templates along with the custom version to create a widget. I’ve only started playing around with the application to create my own, so it may be a while before I release the DesignNotes widget. A couple other sites to check out would be Developing Dashboard Widgets, Build a Dashboard Widget, Apple Applications Dashboard Sample Code and How to make your own Dashboard Widget with Dashcode.

Opening the Apple iPhone

iphone_widgets

There’s been a lot said for months, weeks and days now about the Apple iPhone and what it may or may not look like. I was a little surprised at the actual outside design and am a bit skeptical about how easy it will scratch after owning an black video iPod for a while. I’m also not so sure about their solution for the QWERTY keyboard. Maybe after I get one for user testing purposes I’ll be able to dispel my issues. Oh, it’s too bad that I can’t upgrade my treo 650 for a couple years so I will probably have to wait unless cingular decides to get with the program about those that want to seriously upgrade their phones at will…

But what really excites me is the opportunity to create widgets and other potential applications. As frogs blog mentions, there’s some serious design potential out there for tech and software advancements on this phone. From their blog: “I quickly realized that Apple has created a platform in which web developers will be able to play a substantial part. With the inclusion of widgets, Apple has created one of the most accessible development platforms for data transfer and productivity apps to date on a mobile phone. All you need to know to develop a widget for Tiger’s dashboard is XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. With the iPhone running OS X, I’m assuming the requirements will be the same.”

I’m going to start collecting urls and commentary that talks about this, so if you see of anything noteworthy like the above, please let me know. I want in on this game!

Ok, I have had a bit more time to think about this whole iPhone idea. Why couldn’t apple just sell this thing sans phone and have it capable to sniff out wifi? Take it one step further and allow a skype hack? That way you don’t have to worry about a cell phone provider…

More stuff links
russell davies: the macworld experience
cool hunting: iPhone
456 Berea Street: Apple iPhone is cool, but where is my keypad?

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