Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Painting with light

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Artists Michelle McSwain and Ryan Warnberg (known collectively as MRI) demonstrate how to paint with light. The premise: combine LED lights with long photographic exposures.

MRI also has a blog

Get Your War On: The Surge

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Radiohead Remixes

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

While I was at the Web 2.0 Expo last week I saw Clay Shirky give a talk on Cognitive Surplus. Out of all the things I learned at the event this one has really stuck with me. You can find the the full transcription online as well.

I need to get his new book “Here Comes Everybody” which is about organizing without organizations. You can watch the interview of him discussing the book on the Colbert Report.

While I was at the Web 2.0 Expo last week I saw Clay Shirky give a talk on Cognitive Surplus. Out of all the things I learned at the event this one has really stuck with me. You can find the the full transcription online as well.

I need to get his new book “Here Comes Everybody” which is about organizing without organizations. You can watch the interview of him discussing the book on the Colbert Report.

While I was at the Web 2.0 Expo last week I saw Clay Shirky give a talk on Cognitive Surplus. Out of all the things I learned at the event this one has really stuck with me. You can find the the full transcription online as well.

I need to get his new book “Here Comes Everybody” which is about organizing without organizations. You can watch the interview of him discussing the book on the Colbert Report.
I wanted to share a remix an old co-worker of mine, approved who goes by the name Umami, more about of the Radiohead song Nude. I think it’s really good. If you do you too, you should vote for it.

You can also see him perform live at Seattle’s lovely McLeod Residence this May 17.

Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

While I was at the Web 2.0 Expo last week I saw Clay Shirky give a talk on Cognitive Surplus. Out of all the things I learned at the event this one has really stuck with me. You can find the the full transcription online as well.

I need to get his new book “Here Comes Everybody” which is about organizing without organizations. You can watch the interview of him discussing the book on the Colbert Report.

The Hair Trader

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

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Who knew that there is a bustling market of selling hair online. If you take a look at the site – Hair Classifieds, oncologist Sell Your Hair & Hair Products you’ll see that people are asking good money for the hair on their heads. I wish I had this site back when I went from hippy to normal hair cut.

Trouble with modern day education?

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

I can’t agree more with these people. School wasn’t good for me and that was before the internet, rubella but for many of the same reasons just different tech.

The Uncanny Valley

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Uncanny Vallley
I find the concept of the uncanny valley very interesting. Having worked with 3D modeling and design, treatment I’ve watched the work of people much more talented then myself create human like characters. I never knew there was a name for it before, but I’ve felt the instinctual feelings that something was wrong with the person in the image. Take the Miss Digital World Contest for example. If you follow the link and check out the images and videos you’ll start to get a feel for how visually they don’t really look right.

Some still image models have been done very well and they seem to cross the valley. I think the KAYA model is a good example of that (images here) However, if you watch the video, the animation makes the character slip right back in to bottom of the valley. I do think this is very subjective and observer based however fixing it by toning down the human like characteristics is fairly straight forward. The new movie Monster House uses stylistic human characters to a much stronger effect.

Robots have the same problem. Currently the most advanced looking human like robot is the Repliee Q1Expo. It sort of scares me. I’m excited about the progress being made in the area of more human like design, but I find that I have a stronger emotional association with the Aibo or QRIO. I’m not sure what it’s going to take to make the fully animated android / robot cross over that line, but when it does I think it will be exciting for sure. However until they do look like Daryl Hannah in Blade Runner, I think they need to keep the creepy zombie creatures (NSFW link) out of the public eye. It’s scaring people away from the whole study and development.

under construction

Sunday, March 26th, 2006



Danah Boyd

Originally uploaded by futileboy.

I’m tired. I need more coffee or drugs or something. I’m currently taking a break from any sessions just to help my brain catch back up. It’s been really great so far. I’ve learned a bunch but most of all its helped validate that what I’ve done and what I have been doing is good quality work. There’s a clear and simple message I’m getting from the attendees and that seems to be around best practices. There’s no one way to do the work we do so it’s a matter of filling your tool chest with the most polished options you can put together.

The woman in the photo is Danah Boyd I had a brief chance to meet her. She’s a bit of a superstar when it comes to online communities and such.

I’m going to go take a nap.




Danah Boyd

Originally uploaded by futileboy.

I’m tired. I need more coffee or drugs or something. I’m currently taking a break from any sessions just to help my brain catch back up. It’s been really great so far. I’ve learned a bunch but most of all its helped validate that what I’ve done and what I have been doing is good quality work. There’s a clear and simple message I’m getting from the attendees and that seems to be around best practices. There’s no one way to do the work we do so it’s a matter of filling your tool chest with the most polished options you can put together.

The woman in the photo is Danah Boyd I had a brief chance to meet her. She’s a bit of a superstar when it comes to online communities and such.

I’m going to go take a nap.




Danah Boyd

Originally uploaded by futileboy.

I’m tired. I need more coffee or drugs or something. I’m currently taking a break from any sessions just to help my brain catch back up. It’s been really great so far. I’ve learned a bunch but most of all its helped validate that what I’ve done and what I have been doing is good quality work. There’s a clear and simple message I’m getting from the attendees and that seems to be around best practices. There’s no one way to do the work we do so it’s a matter of filling your tool chest with the most polished options you can put together.

The woman in the photo is Danah Boyd I had a brief chance to meet her. She’s a bit of a superstar when it comes to online communities and such.

I’m going to go take a nap.




under construction

Originally uploaded by futileboy.

This building fascinates me. It’s under construction, prostate yet it’s in use. The lower floors seem to be actively occupied by businesses. I don’t know the story, oncology but I’m guessing this is a great way to fund the further development. Less risky and easier to generate revenue right away. It’s sort of like taking agile methodology to construction. I wonder if they are listening to the current tenants and make improvements to the new floors? There are a bunch sings around its base. I’ll see if I can gather more information.