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Entries from April 16th, 2006

Cabspotting at Exploratorium

April 16th, 2006 Comments Off on Cabspotting at Exploratorium

SF’s Exploratorium has launched a collaboartive art project called Cabspotting that tracks the movements of San Francisco taxis as they traverse the city, mapping their movemements. This geo-spatial data is then mapped in real time onscreen and made available for others to manipulate and build their own visualisation projects using an open API. The Exploratorium […]


Corporation For Public Gaming

April 15th, 2006 Comments Off on Corporation For Public Gaming

I like this idea. A Corporation for Public Gaming (CPG) could be established that would operate on a model similar to its broadcasting equivalent, providing grants to develop a diversity of games for the public good. Like CPB, the goal of the CPG would be to provide high-quality games, which “inform, enlighten and enrich the […]


Redshift/Ontario Science Center podcasts & aggregators

April 13th, 2006 4 Comments

In a post a few days ago I asked, rhetorically, how Ontario Science Center was doing with their weekly podcasts on their RedshiftNow site. A few hours later, Ken Dickson, from the Ontario Science Center sent me an email with their visitation figures! He has very generously allowed me to share them with you. I […]


“Is MySpace Just A Fad?” Subcultural capital and social networking

April 11th, 2006 1 Comment

This neat little essay looking at how Friendster gave way to MySpace was a bit of throwback to my university research days. All this talk of subcultural capital . . . Portability of identity doesn’t matter. Easy-to-use interfaces don’t matter. Visual coherence doesn’t matter. Simple navigation doesn’t matter. Bugs don’t matter. Fancy new technologies don’t […]


AESharenet’s IP conference podcasts online

April 11th, 2006 Comments Off on AESharenet’s IP conference podcasts online

AESharenet, an Australian open content licensing organisation set up by the various state education bodies, have put all the sessions from their recent Making the most of creativity: In the public interest conference online. There are some interesting papers including one by heavyweight Peter Drahos whose book Information Feudalism is a must read.


Just 1% of web users listen to podcasts

April 11th, 2006 4 Comments

Charlene Li from Forresters whose blog I read regularly reports that – Our survey showed that only 1% of online households in North America regularly download and listen to podcasts. And when you include all of the people who are just interested or have used podcasts, they strongly favor listening to existing content like Internet […]


More on the Prod-User

April 5th, 2006 1 Comment

In the digital driven ‘Developmental Space’ of contemporary cinematic form whereby the relation and distinction between User and Viewer, between Viewer and Participant, between Player and Watcher is inceasingly thin there is the new noun we’ve heard much about and been kicking aorund – Prod-User. This noun is really growing on me as usuful and […]