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Entries from May 30th, 2006

Timeline of trends and events

May 30th, 2006 Comments Off

Such a nifty visualisation of history. But what a shame it isn’t printable.

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Web-based file compression and decompression tool

May 30th, 2006 Comments Off

New web 2.0-ish site called Krunch. As of now, Krun.ch enables you to » Upload and compress files » Pick and compress files from the web » Upload and un-compress a compressed archive » Un-compress a compressed file from the web What is particularly neat is the ability to supply a URL of a compressed […]

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HTML visualisation application

May 29th, 2006 Comments Off

This lovely little HMTL visualisation applet is doing the rounds at the moment. It is built in Processing and the source code is already being hacked by others to build variants. Everyday, we look at dozens of websites. The structure of these websites is defined in HTML, the lingua franca for publishing information on the […]

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MySpace downturn? Monetising issues

May 27th, 2006 1 Comment

Everyone is talking about Scott Karp’s article questioning whether MySpace is experiencing a downturn. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence both from Karp and others, but I think the strongest argument for the MySpace hype eventually running out of steam is that teens are always a very fickle market, and they are getting increasingly […]

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Ross Mayfield on Enterprise 2.0 & decentralising knowledge control

May 23rd, 2006 Comments Off

Interesting post by Ross Mayfield which begs the question of where museums fit in the spectrum of controlled/centralised-to-open/decentralised in terms of IT and knowledge control. And in terms of cross-enterprise, cross-departmental teams, museums are ideal environments (much more so than traditional companies), at least on the surface of things, to encourage a decentralised and more […]

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Gamer Theory / MacKenzie Wark

May 23rd, 2006 Comments Off

MacKenzie Wark’s new ‘interactive’ book called Gam3r 7h30ry (yes, l33t speak), is now online at Future Of The Book. Written as a range of short chapters it invites participation, comment and play.

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Infinite zooming photo browsing

May 20th, 2006 Comments Off

Incredible new photo browser that is reminscent of those rather overdone ‘face made up of faces’ pictures you get around the student poster joints. (I’m sure there IS a more technical/art name for them actually). Either way, this project is pretty amazing.

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New copyright regime in Australia

May 14th, 2006 1 Comment

At last the outcomes of the Attorney general’s Copyright Review have been released. Kim Weatherall at Lawfont summarises, comments and contextualises the major changes. There are some very significant moves on the museum front and her commentary is essential reading.

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Powerhouse Museum’s Hedda Morrison photographic collection website online

May 12th, 2006 Comments Off

Today we launched a new project, the Hedda Morrison photographic collection. In 1992 the Powerhouse Museum was donated a large collection of photographs taken by Hedda Hammer Morrison (1908-1991). These photographs, numbering some 350, were printed by Hedda Morrison and featured in exhibitions held in Canberra and Sydney in 1967, 1970 and 1990. The collection […]

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Using games to teach technical writing

May 10th, 2006 Comments Off

From Terra Nova. Amanda Linder, a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, now uses Anarchy Online to teach Technical Writing. While past teachers had students read a sci-fi novel as the context for all the writing assignments (reports, instructions, memos, and the like), Amanda has students play – and write from […]

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