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... ? I'm all tensed up recording this Autechre session on Radio 1 tonight... pass the valium, Irene.......Apparently they don't start til 12.45 so I'm currently having to sit through some right dodgy bollocks (You can perhaps see why I never became a music journalist; all my reviews would basically revolve around the phrase "This is Shit" ...).. Ho hum...AE'll be worth it...
... ? Microsoft Internally Corrects XP SP1 Slowdown...The memory manager in Windows XP was updated to increase security, according to Microsoft, but the fix negatively impacted programs that frequently allocate and deallocate memory. Such programs could take up to ten times longer to execute.... Haven't experienced this myself at any noticeable level, but XP does sometimes seem to take longer to do things that it should, so hopefully they'll be a fix released publicly soon...
... ? Albin.Net CSS: Techniques for Web Developers... including standard-compliant rounded corners for DIVs. I'm no great fan of Rounded Corners but the techniques presented here are general enough to be useful...and I'm sure someone will do something aesthetically pleasing with them..(no doubt quickly copied by the herd...)...
... ? Iraq War Internet Performance Reports...Keynote will provide here a regular ‘Iraq War Internet Performance Report’ for the duration of the crisis that provides data and analysis regarding the performance of major Internet backbones and important government, commercial, media and anti-war Web sites. With Americans and much of the world increasingly relying on the Internet as a vital communications link, and heightened concerns about cyber-terrorism, Keynote is making its data and analysis available both on its Web site home page at www.keynote.com on behalf of the Internet-using public, and directly to media via e-mail at approximately 10:00 AM EST each day a report is issued.... Unsure how neutral this data is going to be...but interesting nevertheless...
... ? by Andrew B. King - New Riders, $39.99 - ISBN: 0735713243 - Pages: 528 - Due: Jan. 17, 2003 - Site...
... ? Web Page Analyzer - Beta...Enter a URL below to calculate page size, composition, and download time. The script calculates the size of individual elements and finds the total for each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page display time. The script incorporates best practices from HCI research into its recommendations.Very useful URL to keep on-hand...Still very easy to forget that the vast majority of surfers are on dial-up connections...I know I'm more than guilty of bloat here, doubly so as I know better and spend a lot of time at work ensuring all the HTML/CSS is as tight as possible...Rest assured, once I've finished Spring cleaning the rest of my life, I'll get this online scarpbook of mine standardised & just a bit more surfer-friendly....
... ? 32?...you just know I'm gonna make a ton of geeky binary jokes today but no doubt, you'll let me off as you have done for these last 14yrs... Love you more than ever.....2003-03-30
... ? ::( Giant Robot )::...with Arttu Tolonen - a very cool thinker & musician....One of the crew who make YH a daily must-visit (despite the ever lowering signal-to-noise ratio that seems to have affected so many of the "online design communities" meeting places...agg, sorry..enough moaning!!! ....go check out some Giant Robot... )...
... ? Information About DAMA InternationalDAMA - the Data Management Association is an international not-for-profit affiliation of local and regional chapters and Members-At-Large around the world consisting of thousands of data resource management professionals. Data Resource Management is the development and execution of architectures, policies, practices and procedures that properly manage the full data lifecycle needs of an enterprise... hmm...The minutes for the UK inaugural meeting is a single page PowerPoint presentation....Doesn't bode well...
... ? grooves magazine - experimental electronics - Autechre - Peel Sessions 2 - Warp... For me it's *the* IDM magazine....The Wire is great if you have a wide ranging taste, but many find that eclecticism (and ok, ok, pretension..) off-putting...If you're after a more focused mag, Grooves is the one...(Subs are very cheap as well...especially considering the quality & absence of 4kgs of adverts that make so many print mags unreadable...)... Great cover & typeface work by WeWorkForThem as well....
... ? Designtechnica NewsThe revolutionary KiSS DP-500 is the first network-capable DVD player to offer DivX playback, enabling users to download DivX content from the Internet and then play it directly on a television. DivX video, which offers DVD-quality video at 7-10 times greater compression than MPEG-2, is the world’s most popular MPEG-4 compatible video compression technology with over 75 million worldwide users. A wide range of DivX-certified consumer electronics devices, from portable video players to DVD players and set-top boxes, are scheduled to hit the market in 2003.
... ? Re-Code.com....
... ? TASCHEN Books: Design & Interiors - New Titles - Graphic Design for the 21st Century - FactsAvant-garde graphics from around the globe Covering a vast range of cutting-edge graphic design, with politically charged anti-commercial work placed side by side with Nike's latest ads, this book presents a sweeping look at today's most progressive graphic trends-from signage and packaging to branding and web-design.Only 20 quid though so a real bargain. Most Art publishers seem to think that it's only the uber-rich who purchase "Art" books so tend to price themselves out of my reach...plus it's very difficult to justify buying "picture books" when the food cupboard is looking bare...
... ? The Society of the SpectacleSelf-proclaimed leader of the Situationist International, Guy Debord was certainly responsible for the longevity and high profile of Situationist ideas, although the equation of the SI with Guy Debord would be misleading. Brilliant but autocratic, Debord helped both unify situationist praxis and destroy its expansion into areas not explicitly in line with his own ideas. His text The Society of the Spectacle remains today one of the great theoretical works on modern-day capital, cultural imperialism, and the role of mediation in social relationships.This is where I point my partner when asked "SO what the fuck is your philosophy!!!!"...Major plus point of being a Situationist is that we don't exist... Original French version - La société du spectacle
... ? Windows Media Player 9 Series Shatters Jukebox Download Records With 14 Million Downloads Worldwide in First MonthNearly 9 Out of 10 Users Polled Cited Improved Audio Quality, Fast Streaming and Improved Player Performance as Key Areas of Satisfaction; Windows Movie Maker 2 Tallies Over 3 Million Downloads in First 30 DaysPity it took 9 versions to get somewhere close to decent... That said, it is a smoothly useable piece of software, even on this doggish 1Ghz machine, with my only worries being the obvious DRM abuse possibilities and Microsofts ruthless business practices...(I'm currently writing a piece about MS Lit. as I've amassed a tower of them over the years. It's quite some eye-opener to re-read them with the benefit of hindsight ...Coupland coined a nice Gen-X term for such short-term nostalgia - *jands off to Google to dig it out...)...
... ? Scientific American Digital.. I owe myself a treat and I think I've found it....if only every mag had Digital subs like this...Great to see they've chosen a sensible price (35USD for a year....)...
... ? Scientific American: I, CloneThe irrational fears people express today about cloning parallel those surrounding robotics half a century ago. So I would like to propose Three Laws of Cloning that also clarify three misunderstandings: 1. A human clone is a human being no less unique in his or her personhood than an identical twin. 2. A human clone has all the rights and privileges that accompany this legal and moral status. 3. A human clone is to be accorded the dignity and respect due any member of our species.
... ? Dentist visit went so so easy yesterday....well, I think it did. I followed Martin Amis's advice (from Experience, one of his best by far BTW) and replaced my bloodstream with Valium & other Benzos... I know how a ZX81 RamPack Wobble feels like now....I've got a day encoded as all 0000000000's... (hehe...even had to ask my partner what Day of the week it was when I woke up this morning...I thought it was tuesday...:)...2003-03-28
... ? Telewest Broadband: Providing Digital TV, cable television, telephone and blueyonder broadband internet services. ... OK OK OK OK...I even love their design & sensible use of Flash...(great artilce in this months Creative Review with some detailing etc...)... (Blueyonder?...Got any jobs for a 21st Century boy, like me?..:)...
... ? blueyonder - Information > Recommend a Friend.... E me if anyone is thnking of signing up and we can come some kinda of a deal (share the money?..donate to Charity etc...)...
... ? Email from Blueyonder...."blueyonder is pleased to inform you that your exclusive 2Mb trial is now ready to go. All you need to do is follow the instructions below and your internet connection will seamlessly transform from 1Mb to 2Mb, giving you the fastest home Internet connection in the UK. Switch off your cable modem. Unplug the cable modem from the mains electricity supply for approximately 30 seconds. Plug your cable modem back into the electricity supply. The amazing 2Mb service will be your default Internet service until April 13th and you'll pay no more for it than your current blueyonder 1Mb monthly charge. We will contact you at the end of the trial to resume your 1Mb service. You will also hear from our market research agency so you can tell us what it's really like. And, if after the trial you decide you can't live without the speed you can pre-register for blueyonder 2Mb in preparation for its national launch. We hope you enjoy the latest blueyonder experience and look forward to hearing your feedback. Best wishes The blueyonder team"What can I say other than "YAYAYAYAYAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"......
... ? Trust.com - DRIVERS Download Saved my bacon....very smooth install & support..receommended...
... ? ...my blood is now made from Diazepam so thye can stick a road drill in there & I won't give a fuck...(I do hope they wash it first tho....)..2003-03-27
... ? Windows 2000 Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Resources Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Resources
... ? Sorry - We are unable to enter you.We are very sorry but registration for the trial has now closed. The demand for blueyonder 2Mb has been overwhelming and all the available places on the trial have now been filled. In the near future, blueyonder 2Mb will be available throughout the country for everyone who lives in a Telewest area. If you would like to receive updates on this new and exciting service, please leave us your details below.Well, that didn't take long...they are no longer accepting applications; let's hope mine went through ok...
... ? Marines' followed Canadians' example in use of digitally-designed 'cammies'The U.S. and Canadian uniforms are similar, but nowhere near the same, Mitchell said. "[The vendor] presented us something unique and interesting and what they presented to us was modified and matriculated over time to what it has become," Mitchell said. "We are enlarging the pattern and instituting a unique color scheme. The end result is something unique to the Marines.".. hmmm.. This Mitchell guy is either a very sophisticated wit or the Missing Links dumber brother...guess which I suspect....
... ? Giddy Yet CovertIn the feral fashion world, sometimes even the few and the proud have to play catch-up. For the last few seasons, designers paraded camouflage wear down the peacetime runways and department store aisles. Now the Marine Corps is introducing a new camo line of its own.
... ? Iconico - Color PickerEver tried using a color picker on a high resolution monitor? It's impossible. That's why the this color picker has a magnifier attached. Control it from the keyboard and grab up to 8 colors at once. It runs on Windows NT/98/95/2000, and there's no setup, just unzip it, it's only 150K.
... ? Marines go to the Web, select pixel pattern for new fatiguesThe Marines Corps went high-tech in its design for new camouflage fatigues. The uniforms, which will be ready for Marines to buy by the end of the year, were designed by computer and feature a pixel pattern that resembles computer chips. An Internet poll of Marines helped determine which pattern to use out of more than 100 proposed designs. “A lot of teamwork went into this combat utilities program,” said Capt. Burrell Parmer, a spokesman for Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va. “It was for Marines and decided by Marines.”Much as I HATE War and the Military, I am a sucker for the design purity of the current Fashion parade; especially the US Pixel-style camouflage shirts...Up there with the spiritually evil, but undeniably stylish German National Socialist uniforms of the 30's & 40's ...
... ? BBC - collective - warp films - chris morris 'my wrongs #8245-8249 & 117' - A980813“SHIT OFF” reads the destination on the back of the bus carrying the man with no name and his lawyer dog, who’s just killed a duck. This is what Enid Blyton had nightmares about.
... ? BBC - collective - aphex twin '26 mixes for cash' - A1003889The glitch guru cashes in. 26 times… Aphex Twin’s 26 Mixes For Cash, which collates his best remixes for other artists, is a musical extension of the Dadaist ethic whose most famous expression was Marcel Duchamp’s scrawling of a moustache on a reproduction of the Mona Lisa in the 20s. Richard D James likewise subverts and shocks by inserting the ridiculous and profane into recognisable aesthetic constructs…
... ? Windows Server plan goes modular | CNET News.comThe Redmond, Wash.-based company is taking a more modular approach to shipping the OS compared with earlier Windows Server versions. That could translate into greater flexibility delivering additional components over a longer period of time. The strategy will also let Microsoft release technologies that simply won't be ready in time for Windows Server 2003's April 24 launch.
... ? Intel invents overclock deterrent methodCHIP GIANT INTEL appears to have invented a cunning method which after detecting overclocking on a microprocessor can then prevent such overclocking by reducing the clock rate on a microprocessor.
... ? "As an existing blueyonder 1Mb customer, you'll appreciate how speed has transformed your Internet experience enabling you to browse web pages in an instant, enjoy streaming video and download files in a fraction of the time. So how about a service that's up to 40x the speed of dial-up and 4x as fast as BT broadband? blueyonder 2Mb is the new revolutionary Internet service from Telewest. It's the UK's fastest unlimited home Internet service. We want to trial our new 2Mb service with 1,500 lucky blueyonder customers for it's first month. You must be an existing blueyonder 1Mb customer to take part, but there will be no extra charge for the duration of the trial"..... Please please please let my application have gone through ok....
... ? Faster net services on the way - The net is getting quicker in the UK as cable firm Telewest launches a superfast service and BT also speeds up its broadband offering.
... ? The New Yorker: The Critics: Books- LOUDMOUTH by ROBERT CONQUEST - The first comprehensive biography of Stalin’s successor.
... ? Adobe site dings Apples | CNET News.comAn Adobe Systems executive denied that the company is advocating Windows PCs over Apple's Macintosh, despite a new page on Adobe's Web site that claims PCs run Adobe software faster.
... ? CNN.com - Bets are on for online gamers - Mar. 25, 2003 - The stakes just got raised for online PC gamers.
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Texting doctor cuts waiting times... One GP has turned to the mobile phone to ensure closer contact with his patients....
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Company shows 'cloned baby' ... I'd almost forgotten about Clonaid ....2003-03-25Its president, Brigitte Boisselier, handed out copies of the photograph on Monday on a visit to Brazil to promote the company. The Raelians believe mankind is descended from aliens Ms Boisselier, who is also a "bishop" of the Raelian sect, promised to present evidence in the next few days that the child was indeed cloned.
... ? http://www.warprecords.com/news/?offset=0&ti_id=604With bags full of new Chris Clark material ready for release and many a live show planned, it is now time for the 'Chris Clark Visual Loop Experiment'. These tracks are taken from the forthcoming Chris Clark EP "Ceramics is the Bomb" out in May 2003. We want all different styles so there are no limitations to the method and format - mini dv footage, shockwave, super-8, flash,, whatever.. However, we want to compile everything to mini dv to project from at the shows, so all computer animation pieces (shockwave, flash, etc) need to be recorded and sent in as video files (.MOV / .AVI etc) The deadline to get the pieces in is Monday 21st April 2003. So that only gives around five weeks.. but we only want 20 seconds! Here's a summary of the project: - The loops should be a minimum of 20 seconds and no longer than 40. - All pieces should be sent in as Quicktime DV Pal (.mov) or Microsoft DV (.avi) 720 x 576 pixles, 25 fps. - We have set a deadline as the time when we will compile the work for the live shows, please try to get it in before then.... hmmm...might well give this a go....
... ? WARP RECORDS | WARP NEWSAs they prepare for All Tomorrows Parties and the imminent release of "Draft 7.30", Autechre have several UK radio appearances over the next few weeks, some of which are syndicated internationally over the net... see below for full details. Radio 1 / John Peel - 30 minute mix. Broadcast date: May TBC Radio 1 / Mary Anne Hobbs Breezeblock - 30 minute mix Broadcast date: 31 March Radio 1 Blue Room / Rob Da Bank - 30 minutes Broadcast date: 23 March Radio 3 Mixing It - 15 minute mix Broadcast date: 30 March XFM / London Xpress - 2 hour mix (or, 4 x 27 minute sections) Broadcast date: 30 March XFM / James Hyman ‘The Remix’ – 30 minutes Broadcast Date: 4 April XFM / John Kennedy ‘Xposure’ – 30 minutes Broadcast Date: 3 April Solid Steel – 30 minute mix Broadcast date: 31 March The Selector (British Council internationally syndicated program) - 25 minutes, Broadcast date: first week of April Resonance FM - 'Clearspot' session: a 90 minute experimental mix Broadcast date: 7 April
... ? WARP RECORDS | AUTECHRE | DRAFT 7.30 | WARP111DRAFT 7.30 IS RELEASED ON MONDAY 7TH APRIL. ORDERS INCLUDING THIS ALBUM WILL SHIP DURING THE WEEK BEFORE RELEASE (USA - MON 31st mar, EU - WEDS 2nd, UK - FRI 4th) IN ORDER TO ARRIVE WITH YOU ON OR JUST BEFORE MONDAY 7TH. The Vinyl version is 180g heavyweight vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve with printed inserts that does maximum justice to Alex Rutterfords' artwork. It also sounds amazing. Feel the Vinyl!! NB. Make sure to check out the New Gescom Ep on Skam, follow the link on the right below...
... ? American Association for the Advancement of ScienceIt may be surprising to imagine the relationship of a blueprint to the worlds of art and science, but the image is based on a mathematical number sequence inspired by Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th Century mathematician, and the design forms spirals, a labyrinth, a sunflower, and a magnetic field. The Fibonacci Sequence seems to have relevance to patterns that are at the core of all living things. "The Fibonacci Sequence relates to the growth pattern in nature as well as in children," says Heidi Lippman, the artist who designed the 4,000-foot Terrazzo floor for the Imagination Stage, formerly known as the Bethesda Academy of the Performing Arts.
... ? News in Science 17/1/2003 Winged victory over evolution is short-livedStick insects can't decide if they want wings or not: new genetic research shows that, several times during their evolution, they have lost and then regained the ability to fly.
... ? Microsoft breaks with standards effort | CNET News.comOver the past month, IBM and Microsoft have been at odds with other companies around standards submissions, including a high-profile effort within the Web's leading standards organization, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Now Microsoft has upped the rancor by dropping out of a W3C working group focused on establishing rules for how businesses will send and receive data to one another via Web services.
... ? TIME.com: What Are Your Odds? -- Mar. 31, 2003Smoking seems to bring out the inner statistician in people. Sure, smokers know their habit can lead to lung cancer, but what are the odds it actually will? How does smoking a pack a day for 20 years compare in risk with smoking two packs daily for 40 years? And if you quit, how much do your odds improve? The results of a study published last week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute offer smokers some help — at least with the math. The tricky part is knowing what to do with the answer
... ? BBC NEWS | UK | Millionaire major 'did not cheat'... The trial continues.
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Mobiles to monitor childrenGuardian Angel is a product which allows parents to map out the exact route a child takes to school.Why does the Panoptican concept immediately spring to mind?....
... ? www.digitalcraft.orgThe exhibition "adonnaM.mp3" is concerned with the phenomenons of audio filesharing, peer-to-peer-networking and the mp3-standard. It analyses the drastic changes which the use of this digital tool is effecting in society, the economy, art and design. File sharing is revealed as a contemporary vehicle that provides the basis for a new means of communication and is also an instrument of creative expression. Selected designerworks about the mp3-topic are enhancing the exhibition with sensual facets.
... ? Neural.it: English content.2003-03-24Neural it's an Italian daily updated site on new media art, electronic music and hacktivism, quarterly printed as magazine. This is the English content section, with daily updated link and regular new articles and reviews
... ? PalmInfocenter.com: US Testing Bioterror Alerts on PDAsThe US Government is testing a system to notify doctors and healthcare providers utilizing PDAs for transmitting urgent information about biological agents. The three-month pilot test is designed to gauge the best ways for federal officials to communicate with front-line clinicians in the event of a bioterrorist attack.
... ? moock web lectures application developer's actionscript workshop....Mr Moock of ASDG fame (The AS book..)....
... ? Swarm Simulation (Video) - Frank Schweitzer.... "Moving Swarm with Harmonic Interactions" ...It worries me that this is possibly the sexiest sentence I've heard in a while..I don't know much about you, Dr Frank, but you certainly know the right buttons to press... Seriously..I think I've found my site of the week... Swarms of Particle Agents with Harmonic InteractionsAgent-based modeling is a powerful methodology to describe the occurence of complex behavior in biological systems. The interaction of a large number of individuals (agents) may for example lead to the emergence of new forms of collective motion. In this paper, we investigate a particle-based approach to the coherent motion of a swarm with parabolic (i.e. harmonic) interactions between the agents. It is based on generalized Langevin equations for the particle agents, which take into account (i) energetic conditions for active motion, (ii) linear attractive forces between each two agents. The complex collective motion observed can be explained as the result of these different influences: the active motion of the agents, which is driven by the energy-take up, would eventually lead to a spatial dispersion of the swarm, while the mutual interaction of the agents results in a tendency of spatial concentration. In addition to particle-based computer simulations, we also provide a mathematical framework for investigating the collective dynamics.
... ? On the Backs of AntsWhen an agent happened on a node, it began to produce one of two simulated chemical trails at a rate that decreased in time. The strength of the chemical trail also faded as time went by. The key to the self-assembling network is that the agents are drawn to the chemical trails laid down by other agents. The researchers’ model contains two types of network nodes—blue and red. Each agent starts out as a green agent, which lays down no chemical trails and travels randomly. When an agent happens on a blue node, it turns blue, and when an agent happens across a red node, it turns red. Red and blue agents lay down chemical trails that attract agents of the opposite color. Over time the model changes from many green agents traveling randomly to colored agents moving among nodes like traffic in a network. “You see a network that connects almost all neighboring nodes,” said Schweitzer. The chemical method simultaneously solves the two basic problems of network self-assembly—detecting nodes and establishing links between nodes, Schweitzer said. This type of network quickly addresses failures and disturbances, said Schweitzer. “If the position of the nodes is changed, the network adjusts accordingly. If a link is broken, it will be restored very fast.”This'll make a nice P5 learning project...
... ? On the Backs of AntsDrawing heavily on the chemistry of biology, researchers from Humboldt University in Germany have devised a way for electronic agents to efficiently assemble a network without relying on a central plan.Not a great article, but a good overview, I guess..The findings just seem old news to me... perhaps the actual paper itself goes further (will see what I can dig out...)...
... ? ...Chemical War in the bloodstream rages on; METRONIDAZOLE & AMOXICILLIN (Penicillin?). Drug names are stronger than poetry to me...the textual equivalent of the smell of petroleum... My swollen face has returned to its normal Belsen-Chic angular dimensions....I can't say this upcoming Fridays visit to the Dentist is gonna be all jelly & ice-cream but I have needed to get this shit sorted for years...As Amis says, "We live in our Mouths" (I'm following his OD doses of Valium advice to deal with this; my only difficulty with this scheme is my tolerance to Benzodiazepams, which borders on the superhuman. Getting hold of the required amount is difficult. Thankfully my prescription ninja skills are up to the job....
... ? The Register2003-03-23In an effort to clear existing stock of the GameCube, Argos will be cutting the price of the system to an all-time low of £78.99 - over £50 cheaper than Nintendo's SRP for the console, and significantly lower than the £99 price point set by Dixons in its stock clearance effort. Like Dixons, Argos claims that it will be reconsidering the future of GameCube after this stock clearance, and will make a decision based on the demand for the console at that time. "Sales have been slow so we wanted to speed these up by selling it at a good price," according to Argos marketing director Paul Geddes. "In terms of what happens after that, we haven't yet taken a decision on the format."
... ? Horizon ZeroWhat happens when scientists, artists, theorists and technology converge? The latest issue of the Banff Centre New Media Institute’s online magazine, HorizonZero, aims to find out. New issue number 6 is entitled ‘SEE - The Art, Science and Design of Data Visualization,’ and features texts and works investigating the symbiotic relationships between scientific and artistic visualization and numerical representations of natural phenomena. Showcasing projects by UK artist Luke Jerram, Jayanne English’s Hubble telescope art as well as Catherine Richard’s Victorian art experiments – and more - the slick interface and top notch articles evince what the Banff Centre is all about: digital avant-garde from the Alberta mountain tops! - Valerie Lamontagne
... ? Critical Art Ensembleis a collective of five artists of various specializations dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics, and critical theory.
... ? NewsForge: The Online Newspaper of Record for Linux and Open Source ...via Slashdot ( discuss )...
... ? www.oreilly.com -- O'Reilly Open Books ProjectOver the years, O'Reilly & Associates has published a number of "Open Books"--books with various forms of "open" copyright. The reasons for "opening" copyright, as well as the specific license agreements under which they are opened, are as varied as our authors.
... ? grooves magazine - experimental electronics Autechre - Peel Sessions 2 - Warp
... ? grooves magazine - experimental electronics Pan sonic - Aaltopiiri - Mute Records
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Turning broadband into waterA broadband research centre has been set up at a UK university as part of an attempt to ensure the technology becomes as central to life as electricity and water.
... ? Social Design NotesCan design change the world?
... ? Web One - Manipulating Minds: The Psychological War on IraqBattles are won on different fronts, but influencing an opposition is a critical part of any campaign. By manipulating an enemy's fears and desires, victory can be achieved. The "weapons of mass persuasion" are the tools of a different kind of warfare: psychological operations. (Full screen presentation)
... ? Yahoo! News - IT Burnout at Critical LevelA majority of IT managers say IT employee burnout is now a serious issue in their organizations, according to a recent study by research firm Meta Group. Among the many areas of high concern to IT departments this year, few are as evident as employee morale, the report states.
... ? Delaying Talk About the Cost of War2003-03-22They said that setting out the big price tag for the war and its immediate aftermath — at least $60 billion and perhaps as much as $100 billion, depending on what the administration includes — would complicate if not doom the White House's efforts to push through Congress a budget that makes room for Mr. Bush's latest round of tax cuts.
... ? Web Use Spikes On News of War (TechNews.com)Traffic soared at news, government and a few political Web sites this week after war erupted in Iraq, much of it coming from people surfing the Internet while at work, according to experts who measure Internet use.
... ? Zenarchery.com..and looking very swish...Good one, Josh...
... ? Tablet PCs: Ready for Prime TimeHornby accomplishes both by using the new Acer TravelMate C102Ti Tablet PC. She can enter the data directly onto the tablet's display with a small stylus. "The tablet lets me maintain eye contact with my patients," says Hornby, 43. "I've never been able to talk and type at the same time, but I can talk and write at the same time."
... ? Sowing terror at home -- The Washington TimesAlston Chase's "Harvard and the Unabomber," the story of a murderer who also started with vandalism, is a timely reminder of the bloody consequences that inexorably follow from the ideas of those here at home who, like the Islamicists, have declared war on modernity
... ? Need To Know...*the* weekly high-tech sarcastic update for the uk ...Possibly the only email "ezine" (ugh) I've been into since day 1...always spot on....
... ? NATIVE INSTRUMENTS: Mark BellAs one half of the legendary electronic duo LFO, Mark Bell was one of the first acts to be released on Warp Records ten years ago. Back then, LFO's "bleeps & clonks" had an immeasurable impact on the bass-driven sound of Euro Techno.Oldie but goodie....New LFO due in near future on WARP
... ? InformIT.com : Articles > Steps You Can Take to Increase Windows XP’s Performance - Streamlining the Menu System
... ? cd covers search engine megasearch (psx audio pc vcd psx2 dvd dreamcast)Welcome to Mega-Search.net the number 1 search engine for CD covers on the Internet. We have a database of more than 450 cover sites on the web allowing you to search through over 500,000 CD covers in one convenient search tool.
... ? The War on Tasteless, Baseless Product Pitches The War on Tasteless, Baseless Product Pitches
... ? The Spectator.co.uk - Well, hush my mouth Boris Johnson wrote for the New York Times, which found some of his words unfit to print2003-03-21
... ? Folding@HomeDate of last work unit 2003-03-20 17:03:07 Active processors within a week16 Team ID # 31376 Grand Score 2301.77000045776 Work Unit Count 93 Team Ranking (incl. aggregate) 1097 Home Page http://www.yayhooray.com
... ? v-2 Organisation | news | The First International Moblogging Conference..I'm personally not being able to attend (:::(...) but it's bound to be good...Live Scream or mobblog of the event would be lush..
... ? Yahoo! News - Two Genes Found Key in Parkinson's Risk in Women Two Genes Found Key in Parkinson's Risk in Women
... ? since1968 :: InterviewsBenjamin Fry Interview since1968: Of computers, you have written "Ideas and emotions may be developed in this medium that are impossible to express in other existing media." Can you elaborate?
... ? ABCNEWS.com : Shuttle's Flight Recorder Found Columbia Data Recorder Found
... ? Creative Planet Communites : 2-pop - Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham Partner with Palm Pictures for 'Directors' Series'
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Broadband access leaps ahead ...Still only 11% though...2003-03-19
... ? P5 - V52 - Casey Reas"As of version 52, Processing now supports alpha (transparency) and antialiasing (smooth edges). I've posted an example here: http://www.groupc.net/2003/alpha/ smooth() and noSmooth() turns antialiasing on and off. a fourth value to fill() sets the transparency level. each vertex can be a different color and different level of transparency. There are still some issues, but not for long. A big round of applause for Mr. Ben Fry. (Antialiasing is currently only for polygons)
... ? William GibsonWhat a ludicrous, terrifying, tragic and absurd society they briefly created, there, and every so often eBay.de offers an object that says it all, in a simple digital snapshot. They made, for instance, light-fixtures out of recycled plastics; the plastic was chopped up, melted and molded, but the various chopped bits retained their original color, resulting in a translucent solid that looks exactly like joke-shop vomit.
... ? LIGETI - POEME SYMPHONIQUE 1962 ... 100 Metronomes...wow...
... ? ScienceDaily News Release: Genetic Link May Tie Together Pesticides, ADHD, Gulf War Syndrome And Other Disorders
... ? Small correction to mention of a Flash GoL speed previously; the flash version I did runs at 30 x 30 so that's more like 900 mcs being turned on & off. A few months after I completed this Were-Here had an Flash optimsation mini-competition with entries from some the strongest AS coders around. That generated some excellent speeds for a basic GoL - far more creative code & algorithm than my effort but still many orders of magnitude slower than P5 doing a similar task...even more so if you include time spent creating/coding in that "doing"...
... ? Advanced MP3 players .co.uk: Creative Jukebox Zen... No iPod but the price did turn my eye...
... ? Business 2.0 - Magazine Article - The 101 Dumbest Moments in BusinessShortly after Mattel (MAT) releases its Nimbus 2000 broom as part of its line of Harry Potter toys, the vibrating device begins getting the wrong sort of customer raves. "I'm 32 and enjoy riding the broom as much as my 7-year-old," says one enthusiastic mother on Amazon. "My only complaint is, I wish the batteries didn't run out quite so quickly." Mattel stops making the toy, but denies that the unintended value-add is the reason. Says a spokesperson: "It's just not a continued product in our line."
... ? BBC NEWS | UK | Millionaire man admits coughs...Far better entertainment that the show itself, which I could never quite cope with...
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | UK man may have 'mystery illness'Doctors are struggling to contain the virus Health authorities around the world are struggling to contain a lethal form of pneumonia as air travellers spread it across three continents.Mother Nature is a terrorist too...It's the transmission vectors that are so interesting here, I think. The flip-side of our closely connected world...
... ? ...has impressed me no end...It's a wonderful little environment to try things out in, with the bonus of being able to delve into full JAVA if required... I mentioned the speed yesterday but just to elaborate further, there has been a lot of apps I've wanted to develop in Flash that were simply out of the question due to its extremely slow processing. For example, the Flash Game Of Life I developed was limited to a grid of around 15 by 15 which isn't really enough room to see the larger behavior of the system. It actually took a lot of optimization to get it to work acceptably even with those few cells, time far better spent being creative & moving forward. In P5 , there is an example GoL that despite being non-optimized works on a grid of 300x300 at 24fps or so...That's 90,000 cells compared to 225 ....(The irony that Flash is on ver 6 and P5 is still in Alpha isn't lost on me...)... I'm not putting P5 forward as replacement for Flash for general use - P5 isn't aimed there - but if you find Flash frustrating & limited then P5 is definitely something to look into... Time to dig out my O'Reilley JAVA in a Nutshell...
... ? Telegraph | Arts | The evolution of Darwin - Anthony Daniels reviews Darwin and the Barnacle by Rebecca Stott
... ? Wired 11.04: VIEW: The Secret War Machine : The missing link between the Contras and al Qaeda. - Bruce Sterling
... ? Processing 1.0 _ALPHA_Processing is a context for exploring the emerging conceptual space enabled by electronic media. It is an environment for learning the fundamentals of computer programming within the context of the electronic arts and it is an electronic sketchbook for developing ideas. The software is currently in a pre-release stage, but bug fixes are being made as we head toward a more complete "1.0" release. Processing will be free to download and available for Mac, PC, and Linux. Processing is an open project initiated by Ben Fry and Casey Reas. It is currently developed in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab and at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea.Just been checking this out and am very impressed with the speed. Flash can be such a slow language when processing & displaying, it's been a real limiter...
... ? .: bluespoon :.... the home of "generative art rambles" linked below... tom thumb - a short generative film...wow...Source code as well...gets my "fuck-me! of the week" award...stunning stuff...
... ? generative art ramblesone last thought before I consign this to the net: the rise and fall of bedroom coding. as someone who grew up with BASIC and ZX Spectrums, I feel very lucky to have fallen in a sweet spot time-wise. people 5 years older than me had to tackle tiny, useless computers with no useful programming tools or compilers. people learning to program now have to deal with 500 lines of directx code just to put a pixel on the screen, and must learn .NET and lengthy APIs just to get started. perhaps the small beauty of the net languages like php, java will (are currently?) revive the bedroom coding "industry" by reducing todays over-complex home machines to a managable size.Amen...I mentioned on the Gibson board this morning the joy of low-level programming. I too come from that "sweet time-spot". Nowadays the numourous levels of abstraction & API layers that have acrued over the years really get in the way...Nothing really beats the sheer accessability of those old home computers with their BASIC roms, switch on & go, like a pen & pad, you knew where you were with PLOT x,y ...The Spectrum was knowable... The Flash of it's day... The look of my old Alife site, G3RM.ORG, was a homage to the Spectrum; although not many people picked up on it...I did tone that down in the final version (I was originally using the ZX Spectrum font etc..); wish I hadn't really..alas, G3RM.ORG is no-more; domain-napped....(*note to self, upload it here..)..
... ? Blue Spoon - generative art ramblesPete and I also contributed to a really successful concert held at the Royal Festival Hall in london, with contemporary classical and warp-related music performed by the London Sinfoniette et al. A java version of part of the visuals is in development... watch this space!Some great discussion of Generative Art & Programming here...
... ? London Sinfonietta Forum : Warp Works & 20th-Century Masters" I will be glad when it is broadcasted on Radio 3 "Must keep an eye (ear?) open for this...We get radio via Cable TV so the sound quality is excellent...
... ? Telegraph | Arts | Insects create a buzz Richard Wolfson reviews the London Sinfonietta at Festival Hall
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts reviews | Warp Works/ 20th-Century Masters, Royal Festival Hall, London
... ? Software Pioneer Quits Board of GrooveMitchell D. Kapor, a personal computer industry software pioneer and a civil liberties activist, has resigned from the board of Groove Networks after learning that the company's software was being used by the Pentagon as part of its development of a domestic surveillance system.
... ? Mid-Tokyo Maps...
... ? Inner Sleeve 1... Inner Sleeve 2... Props due Phobiazero... I'm hoping that these might be stills from a video...please, please, please...
... ? Woolly-Thinker's Guide to RhetoricHere you'll find top tips for besting your enemies. As employed by the world's best woolly-thinkers. Learn, for example: how to play the 'biological reductionist' card to maximum effect; how 'language games' can help you out of a sticky situation; and how lucky it is that 'truth' is relative to particular discourses (especially yours).
... ? Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/09/2003 | Carlin Romano | Dennett's 'Freedom' reconciles free will with determinism
... ? Wired News: Step Away From the Spell-Checker Step Away From the Spell-Checker2003-03-15
... ? CNN.com - Man accused of spiking child's juice - Mar. 14, 2003 Man accused of spiking child's juice
... ? Week in review: Goin' mobile | CNET News.com Week in review: Goin' mobile
... ? friends of ED..have gone under...:(..
... ? ..Georgous glitchy Hip hop...not sure about release date yet but should be some time in the next couple of months...2003-03-14
... ? India v New Zealand: the NZ innings -Scott Murray - Friday March 14, 2003Sympathy for the devil Preamble It's really simple: India are already through, New Zealand have to win. Meanwhile, have you ever thought WHAT SORT OF LIFE IS THIS AND WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING BOARDING A TRAIN FOR MOORGATE AT 6.30 IN THE MORNING AND THEN STANDING AROUND FOR AGES WAITING FOR A TUBE WHILE STARING AT A SIGN TELLING YOU THAT IF YOU WAIT FOR FOUR MINUTES YOU CAN BOARD A TRAIN TO UXBRIDGE I'D RATHER WAIT FOUR HOURS FOR A JOURNEY WITH THE GRIM REAPER QUITE FRANKLY AND THEN YOU GET TO WORK AND THEN THERE'S THIS AND I KNOW THE CRICKET'S GOOD AND ALL THAT BUT I'VE GOT OUT OF THE WRONG SIDE OF BED THIS MORNING AND IN ANY CASE IT'S NOT AS IF I'LL WRITE A CRACKING MATCH REPORT AND THEN GET REWARDED BY BEING SENT ON A WONDERFUL ASSIGNMENT AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE I'LL BE VERY SURPRISED IF ANY OF MY BOSSES WILL READ ANY OF THIS LET'S BE HONEST THEY WON'T ALTHOUGH ON THE OTHER HAND THAT'S PROBABLY JUST AS WELL HEY I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH TYPING THINGS LIKE THIS KIqL!UYS^%$DFLI ZSDSAFC SFE4O92 )(^(*^o"$ bBLKU E875O3 96*&^%o*"$ogb LOOK I'M SORRY THIS ISN'T EXACTLY THE SORT OF QUALITY EDITORIAL COPY YOU EXPECT FROM THE GUARDIAN BUT LOOK AT THE FACTS I'M ADRIFT IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE WORST CITIES IN THE WORLD SITTING IN FRONT OF THE SAME COMPUTER SCREEN I FACE DAY AFTER INTERMINABLE DAY HELL I COULD BE WAKING UP IN SAY THE MALDIVES OR SYDNEY OR COPENHAGEN OR A CROFTER'S COTTAGE IN SKYE AND GOING FOR A WALK IN THE CRISP MORNING AIR? No? Only me then. Good.... hmmm...I wonder how long that'll stay online...Scott Murray, we salute you...
... ? Nice Resource of old Ads...Scanned from Microfilm...20s, 30s etc...
... ? Microsoft's big PC plans - News for PC at GameSpotAs has been rumored, Longhorn will likely include a major overhaul in Window's visual presentation, which may include 3D interface elements. Lester also said it would include a special "My Games" view that would centralize all the matchmaking, control panel settings, patching tools, and game lists and make such tasks much simpler. Microsoft is working on streamlining a number of current technical trouble areas, like the installation process and display drivers, and will centralize game updates through a Windows Update-like patch server. It's also looking into making it possible to run Windows games directly from the CD without installation. Somewhat more straightforward features include adding sophisticated matchmaking into Microsoft Messenger and parental controls over which users can play certain games.
... ? Wired News: Keep Out Sign Irresistible OnlineThe site went live at noon EST Wednesday and took its death blow in the form of the 100th click at 12:57 p.m. "I'm a little depressed right now, but I think it was still a success," Gasoline said, minutes after his site went dark.
... ? ...has got to be the MP3s of the recent WARP Royal Festival Hall concert....Amazing how well the complexity of Aphex, Squarepusher etc works in an orchestra setting; easily held their own amid the sounds of Cage & Stockhausen... I hope WARP see sense and get a cleaned up version of this released...utterly beautiful...
... ? The Register: UK.gov blows £1.5bn on botched IT projectsMore than £1.5 billion in taxpayers' money has been wasted on delayed or cancelled UK government projects over the last six years.
... ? ..turned up yesterday....As mentioned previously, it's FREE with selected CDs from WARPMART...(I choose the 2CD Classics compilation so all in all a bloody good deal...3 CDs for a tenner...)...2003-03-13
... ? Draft 7.30 Artwork | xltronic.com | messageboard... 1024 x 768 Draft 7:30 Wallpaper...
... ? Zenarchery.com... Do yourself a favour and visit...Great to see jz is getting some of his energy back; one of my favourite writers on the net....
... ? Yahoo! News - AMD Unveils Notebook CPUsAdvanced Micro Devices is trying to steal some of Intel's Centrino thunder by announcing 12 new notebook processors, including five low-voltage chips designed for thin-and-light notebooks and higher-wattage chips for larger notebooks.
... ? Business 2.0 - Web Article - A Tablet Brings Unexpected Smiles to the PC SectorSales of tablet PCs are "exceeding expectations." So, how low were expectations?
... ? Glasnost on War's Looted ArtFor more than 50 years the Soviet Union hid them in museum basements and secret repositories, one reportedly in a monastery wall. Now, reflecting increased glasnost, Russia's Ministry of Culture is posting images and descriptions of them on a new Web site. They are thousands of paintings, archives and rare books looted by Soviet forces in Germany and Eastern Europe during and after World War II and taken to Russia as so-called trophy art. (Now the preferred term in Russia is "displaced cultural treasures.") Hitler's forces had previously pillaged many of the works from Jewish owners and other Nazi victims.
... ? Salon.com Technology | The myth of interference Internet architect David Reed explains how bad science created the broadcast industry.
... ? CNN.com - U.S. tests massive bomb - Mar. 11, 2003 U.S. tests massive bomb Designed for use in 'psychological operations'
... ? Wired News: Alien Life Search Inches ForwardScientists behind the world's largest distributed computing project are about to take a closer look at some of the most promising of the billions of radio signals they've collected in their search for intelligent life in outer space. Between March 18 and 20, SETI -- which stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence -- astronomers will visit the giant Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to re-examine between 100 and 200 of the best radio signals from space, which have been identified by millions of home computers working in concert.
... ? Laptops Win Over the Skeptics, Even in MaineAttendance is up. Detentions are down. Just six months after Maine began a controversial program to provide laptop computers to every seventh grader in the state, educators are impressed by how quickly students and teachers have adapted to laptop technology.
... ? Universe as Doughnut: New Data, New Debate... Torus is such a nicer word....2003-03-11
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | How mobile phones and an £18m bribe trapped 9/11 mastermindThe electronic surveillance network Echelon played a key role in the capture of the alleged September 11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, it was reported yesterday - as did a $27m (£18m) payment to an "al-Qaida foot soldier", who may be planning to relocate to Britain.
... ? I know it's pretty heavy - Broadband has spoilt me.... Any comments much appreciated - firstname.lastname@example.org
... ? Windows User Interface Guidelines...from MS (no sniggering at the back please...)User experience and interface design in the context of creating software represents an approach that puts the user, rather than the system, at the center of the process. This philosophy, called user-centered design, incorporates user concerns and advocacy from the beginning of the design process and dictates the needs of the user should be foremost in any design decisions.I'm actually rather fond of MS in some ways...but UIs are not their strongpoint.....
... ? Keyur Parekh wants me to explain my dig at the file replacement confirmation alert shown in NeoWin’s recent article on Microsoft’s Windows Longhorn beta. My pleasure, sir …
... ? Critical Section - The Tyranny of EmailEmail is one of the greatest things the computer revolution has done for personal productivity. Used improperly, it can also hurt your productivity. This article discusses ways to use email effectively. Then it goes beyond that and talks about how to be productive, period.
... ? BBC - Commissioning - WebsitesFocus on Accessibility 2003 is the European Year of People with Disabilities. BBCi is committed to making its output as accessible as possible to all audiences, both to fulfil its public service mandate and also to meet its requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act. While various sets of guidelines are already available to web producers - the W3C's WAI guidelines being the most generally accepted - BBCi wished to gain a clearer and deeper understanding of the needs of disabled people in using websites in general, and bbc.co.uk in particular, so commisioned System Concepts to produce an Accessibility study of BBCi: Problems faced by users with disabilities (PDF file, 1.7 mb). We are making this report available to the public to encourage others to consider the accessibility of their websites and help disseminate good research and best practice throughout the web industry.
... ? Instructional Technology - Useful tools, sites, references, and opinionated commentary about technology, with particular attention to Instructional Technology and the humanities, from the perspective of a Digital Medievalist.
... ? The Ascent of the Software Civilization2003-03-09TECHNOLOGY euphoria was in the air and stock prices were stratospheric. The shares of some software and computer services companies jumped a hundredfold in a few years. "Never before has the stock market shown quite so much enthusiasm about an industry," a writer for Fortune magazine observed. The year was 1968.
... ? ..about validating... last night I walked past a piece of ten year old tech on the scrap pile. It was worth $135,000 when it was new. That's not going to stop happening. So it's key that we tie our long term aspect, our culture, to things that aren't tied to short term tech. That's what this code is about. That's why we need to validate.
... ? Theres something about Sunday mornings that makes me ponder CSS...I think it's some kind of religious impulse getting attended to. Something pure to aspire to during a work-week filled with Frontpage atrocities & Circus ASP. Even Dreamweaver laughs. I hope God doesn't View Source...I have no defence as I know I am doing wrong.
... ? USATODAY.com - Nature, structure of al-Qaeda changing"al-Qaeda as we know it today is not the al-Qaeda that we knew prior to Sept. 11. It has metastasized," said Dan Mulvenna, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies outside Washington.
... ? salon :: :: books :: int :: The Sadistic Muse, By Laura Miller :: Page 2I think all artists look at the world with that kind of critical notion, that it didn't have to be like this: Why all these cars, why cities? Why, why? They're always questioning.Martin Amis Interview - Salon 1998
... ? Aphex Twin...at the Art&Culture Network; one of the best uses of Flash on the web as well as a great source of information...There's a very real sense of wandering through a network of connections; it feels very natural...
... ? Happy Nowhere Productions..The Apple Switch Video( .MPG ~50mb) is a classic...
... ? EAR/Rational Music!Gescom - ISS SA [SKA020CD] $7.75 (CDS) RELEASE DATE: 04/01/2003 "Rush release so as not to cash in on the Autechre hype. First release from Gescom since 1998. Four brand new tracks."
... ? Wired News: Mac, Windows War Ends in TruceOddly, the arguments were often as inflammatory as debates about abortion, gun control or religion.
... ? The RegisterHackers are using vastly more sophisticated techniques to secretly control the machines they've cracked, and experts say it's just the beginning, say SecurityFocus' Kevin Poulsen
... ? America admits suspects died in interrogations By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles Discussion at metafilter...
... ? The Air Force is readying the first airborne laser weapon, which could be used to intercept Scud missiles. Mark Farmer takes you inside the project.
... ?Google would like to request your help on Google Compute, a new feature for the Google Toolbar. By turning on this feature, you allow your computer to work on complex problems when it would otherwise be idle. The work it does is automatically sent via the Internet to researchers who combine it with information sent by thousands of other users. The first beneficiary of this effort is Folding@home, a non-profit research project at Stanford University that is trying to understand the structure of proteins so they can develop better treatments for a number of illnesses. In the future Google Compute may allow you to donate your computing time to other worthwhile endeavors, including projects to improve Google and its services. The Google Compute feature of the Google Toolbar shouldn't affect your regular computing activities and you can easily disable it at any time for any reason.
... ? Folding@Home News... If there are any team-less @HOME folders reading this...come join our YH team...Interested ? E me...
... ? Tech Interview with Richard Devine at Native Instruments... Check the other artists also featured there...
... ? Nag-O-Matic ..Captology is the science of using technology to modify behavior. Sounds scary -- but it's better than the alternatives.Fogg's research shows that people who do something well do it even better when they're being watched -- and conversely, if they do something poorly, they do even worse if someone is looking. That's why programs like Weight Watchers are effective; they encourage record-keeping to make us monitor ourselves. Technology simply takes this idea to the next level.
... ? BBC: Arts degrees 'reduce earnings'... "investment"...revealing choice of words..
... ?Tuesday 22nd April Evening event in Dublin. Venue tbc Wednesday 23rd April Evening event at Waterstone's in Nottingham Thursday 24th April Evening event at the Congress Centre, organised by Foyles bookshop, in central London. Friday 25th April Evening event at Waterstone's in Birmingham. Saturday 26th April Lunch time signing at Forbidden Planet, London.
... ? ..Don't be put off by the site.. the Pens are apparently excellent for stealth stencilling. They are virtually silent..
... ? New Macromedia site... We'll see how usable this turns out to be in coming months as I use the site at least once a week. That's the only way really to judge something like this... Visually it's ok-ish...big ish; we're not talking cutting edge visuals or even near trendy design, so feels a little too conservative for me..As it's a showcase site with a wide audience, that approach is understandable & I guess the only sensible route...but it's still a little dissapointing... respectable selection of articles chronicling the design & implementation process...
... ? Technological advances may lead to genetic apartheid, says scientist... Did someone say GATTACA?...
... ? The palace of the end... I'd argue with his very limited definition of Terrorism, "organised violence against civilians", but it's a intriguing piece...
... ? Apple music service forthcoming?... Interesting to note how Apple are spinning this as a huge development; the majors annouced their own similar system last week...Even technically, with the limited info available, this doesn't seem revolutionary. AAC instead of MP3 at 99c a song doesn't appear that brilliant a deal...we *know* the interface will be great but is that enough?...
... ? Companies sending text message or e-mail adverts will have to get the permission of users before they do so under new rules...
... ? "William Gibson will be in the UK and appearing at Waterstone's Nottingham on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm and at Waterstone's Birmingham New Street on Friday 25th April at 7.00pm."... Looks like WG is coming to the UK after all..No news on London dates yet. There will be some but dates/location TBA..
... ? FALL 2002 ACADEMIC COMPUTING LECTURE SERIES : Chicago, IL - Columbia "The Academic Computing Department would like to announce a lecture by Jake Nickell and Jacob Dehart of Skinny Corp and Threadless www.skinnycorp.com www.threadless.com Friday, March 7th at 5:00 PM in Room 405 623 South Wabash Building Through various online projects such as Threadless.com and YayHooray.com, skinnyCorp stimulates community and design for fun and profit. During the lecture, skinnyCorp will discuss their ideas from conception to completion. For additional information please call 312-344-7398 or e-mail: email@example.com " ...
... ? Great to see Lee Potts of The Eyes Have It has joined the Spitting Image team...
... ? WARPMART: FREE SAMPLER CD AND DISCOUNTS... During March only Warpmart are giving away a free 10 track Designers Republic-designed Warp sampler CD with all orders for any of 16 discounted back catalogue albums. Sampler Tracklisting: LFO: Millionaire Dogs NIGHTMARES ON WAX: Know My Name (Mark Pritchard mix) BEANS: Phreek the Beat (from "Tomorrow Right Now") PLAID: Miamivice CHRIS CLARK: The Wolf (from new album "Empty the Bones of you") AUTECHRE: V-Proc (from "Draft 7.30") MIRA CALIX: Woody (from "Skimskitta") BROTHOMSTATES: Naksuttelu MIKE FLOWERS POPS: Debase/Soft Palate(APHEX TWIN Remix) PREFUSE 73: Storm Returns [with Tommy Guerrero] (from new album "One Word Extinguisher")
... ? Logo-Contest.com: Department of Homeland Security Logo Finalists... A few humourous gems in there but the majority are done straight...
... ? Dear YayHooray- We've got some bad news. Without going into the really frustrating details of it all... due to some MAJOR server complications that we were developing YayHooray v3 on... We've lost everything. The sucker is fried. This comes as a GREAT loss and extreme disappointment to Jacob and I because we've spent the last 4 weeks or so without sleep putting this together for you all, and we had some REALLY exciting things in store. We're feeling pretty discouraged, and need to take a small break. In that time YayHooray, in any form, will be down while we figure out what to do. We're really sorry. :( Sincerely, Jake Please show your support Share with us your feelings on the situation. We will be using the responses we collect here in a future project. .... hehe...check the YH fools Thread...suckered me... Welcome back, YayHooray - one of the best design communities out there...2003-03-03
... ? Intel's New Mobile Tech Blitz..Wired News on Intels new CPU line - the Centrino™...Not a huge amount of info. It'll be interesting to see how they address the hype they've given MHz over the years; in the mobile world, Faster != Better...
... ? An Artist's Energy, Subdued Only by Death .. a Keith Haring musical...It's based around the authorised biolography, *the* book on Haring really & a great read so I guess this could work....
... ? The ugly truth about the universe: Recent astronomical findings are bad news for Einstein and his dream of a simple, beautiful explanation for the universe, says Graham Farmelo..
... ? harlem.org - explore jazz history through one photograph.. Simply wonderful use of a single photograph to provide a window onto jazz history....
... ? Marketing: Flogging on a Blog : Dr Pepper is trying to use the grass-roots power of Weblogs to promote its new drink ... huh?..
... ? One Minute Massacre, the second release from Soulseek Records, is built from a simple concept: each artist creates 1-2 minutes of music which is then passed to the next artist, who smoothly (or not so smoothly) picks up from the end and attaches another 1-2 minutes of his or her own. Two sets, each totaling roughly a half hour of continual sonic mutation."...
... ? Film Gimp now known as CinePaint...(to avoid confusion with GIMP as they are 2 seperate projects...)
... ? Abort, Rety, Fail gets a redesign & new name...Welcome to d2r ...2003-03-02
... ? Artificial stupidity..By John Sundman at Salon...
... ? ..I've been waiting to see what my .org nappers did with g3rm.org... I should care more but other than being just a little angry, I'm not that bothered...things die; shit happens; next.. I should add that any mail going to firstname.lastname@example.org over the last couple of weeks won't have got through to me - new one is email@example.com ...
... ? Free museums attract 'the better off'... No real surprise here as the admission price was never an issue; it's the periphery that tends to make museum visits expensive. The movement towards free entry supported by surrounding facilities (cafes, bars, museum shops & merchandise) is only making this worse...
... ? Happy 20th birthday to the CD.. Yesterday... "But with the promise of their indestructibility - as demonstrated on BBC's Tomorrow's World - there was a slow realisation that perhaps the culture of music listening was set to change. "... The infamous Tomorrow's World item where they spread Peanut butter on a CD, wiped it off & then played it...even as a kid I recognised the unreality of this demonstration....(I was glad to see TW got cancelled a few months back.. basically because it was shit...)..
... ? More Mailer ... The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing..2003-03-01
... ? Tribute to war-time pigeons.. "More than 300 birds will be released on Saturday as part of an event to honour the role of carrier pigeons in the Second World War. The Pigeon Secrets on a Wing and a Prayer ceremony is being held at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, home of the famous code breakers. "...
... ? The Future We Were Promised... The ever wonderful Taschen do a book along similar lines...
... ? Snow Crystals...
... ? I'd never heard of this guy until coming across a small passage in Syvia Nasars A Beautiful Mind bio of John Nash (pg 271 in the paperback edition..)...It was a huge story back in 1948 when he walked into the American embassy in Paris, turned in his passport & became "the first citizen of the world"...The intelligentsia of the day including Einstein, Von Neuman & Sarte all lined up to support his action... And he's still going...http://www.garrydavis.org/index.html..
... ? Cory Doctorow meets Gibson... Great transcript from a 2000 interview..Get the right pairing between interviewer/Interviewee like this & you can't really beat the raw unedited interview form.