LINK DROP from October 23rd through Today (October 30th, 2010)

Link Drop

Gotta keep the editor notes quick this week—need to run soon. Every once in a while I’ll make note about time though this week and month seriously went by so fast that I’m kind of concerned. I try to pay attention to everything (maybe to my detriment) but I felt like I blinked at it’s suddenly November and my birthday at the end of September was a couple days ago. Sigh—oh well, I wouldn’t have changed anything this month either way. What I did notice this week that hasn’t really hasn’t been mentioned before is USB. The tech finds a place in a couple of posts. I also mention “Reading”, “Readable” and books + have a typeface post. Funny what keeps my eyes open.

MAP MINT: Plan.b
Oriko Design Buro in Germany has designed Plan.b to make maneuvering through space easier for the blind. This product translates digital maps into tactile maps with sound components.

Will Instapaper and other “read it later” services change the way online content is written?
Perhaps it’s the iPad or the large screens on smartphones. Maybe it’s the increasing attractiveness of reasonably-priced ebook readers. It could just be that the constant river of news is just too engrossing to spent too much time on the shore, reading.

Flavorpill’s Favorite Finds from CMJ 2010
It’s easy to get cranky about New York’s annual CMJ Music Marathon, with its long lines, short sets, and general air of overstimulated panic. But although we generally go kicking and screaming to our first showcase and spend its last few days on the brink of collapse, we can’t deny that it brings some of the best music from around the world to our corner of the world for five days of dancing, drinking, and discovery.

CBC SPARK: Full Interview: William Gibson on Zero History
Yesterday, I interviewed novelist William Gibson in our Toronto studio. I’ve followed his work for years, ever since reading Neuromancer ages ago. Although I’ve interviewed him a few times before, I’d never met him in person, so today was a treat. Gibson is best known as a science fiction writer, and a foundational figure in the cyberpunk genre. More recently, though, he has been writing books set in the here and now, albeit a here and now infused with a distinctly Gibsonian world view. We talked about his latest novel, Zero History, part three in a trilogy.

Guerilla Artists Stage MoMA Invasion
They didn’t get permission from the MoMA to install their art. Mark Skwarek, one of the organizers of the show, says he wasn’t sure how the museum would react. “Actually MoMA tweeted about our exhibition, they basically welcomed us, so it was very positive,” says Skwarek. “I think the Museum was receptive.”

11 Principles of Interaction Design explained
This post isn’t intended to be an exhaustive list of interaction design principles, its merely an introduction to the subject. And I’m definitely not going to attempt to enter the lions den of defining what ‘interaction design’ is, that’s for another day!

32767 Invaders [Processing]
The theme of the pixel invaders has accompanied Christian Gross for several years now. The first projects was the blinkdrawer, an arduino based installation that draws random generated invaders with light. Latest in the series was the creation of 32767 invaders generated using Processing. They are collected in posters (see below) each including 2352 invaders.

“Dead Drops” preview
‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project.

The Significant Other
Men’s fashion and style through the eyes and heart of a girl in Brooklyn.

The Key to love, success and all your photos, files and music. (USB Key, 2 GB)

The Bantjes Covers
What follows is her own step-by-step process to produce the cover for her new book, I Wonder, recently published by Monacelli and Thames & Hudson: it’s an expository monologue, in which Bantjes reflects and rejects iteration upon iteration until she finds an acceptable solution.

Type Case
Martin Bircher has converted a European printer’s type case into a low-resolution LED news ticker.

NZ Rugby Chisel

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