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Entries from August 28th, 2008

Vote on our next advertisement for the upcoming Star Wars exhibition!

August 28th, 2008 1 Comment

OK so here’s the deal – the Umbilical Brothers have helped us create six different short TV advertisements for the upcoming Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition. One of these is already screening in cinemas (see below). But now we need your help in voting for the next advertisement. We can only make one […]


More powerful browsers – Mozilla Labs Ubiquity

August 27th, 2008 1 Comment

Mozilla Labs has released Aza Raskin’s Ubiquity in an early alpha form. This is a glimpse into a future world of browser technology which brings notions of the semantic web directly into the browser and connects the dots between websites – not from a provider perspective, but from a user perspective. Ubiquity for Firefox from […]


Flickr meets Google Street View – Paul Hagon’s Then & Now (or interesting things clever people do with your data #6247)

August 27th, 2008 6 Comments

A week or so ago Paul Hagon got in touch with me to say he’d done something really cool with our geo-coded historical images in the Commons on Flickr. In what he describes as “about 30 minutes of coding” he had taken a KML feed from our Tyrrell photos in the Commons on Flickr and […]


A Commons Slideshow

August 27th, 2008 2 Comments

Flickr has recently enabled the embedding of slideshows which means doing something like this is now really really easy. And you can even go full screen.


Powerhouse releases a Python HTML Sanitiser for developers to use (BSD license)

August 21st, 2008 2 Comments

As you’ve heard, we’ve been working on a whole lot of new projects. And with new projects comes new code. I can’t say a lot more about these projects right now, but we’ve been using Python and the Django framework to develop them. So here’s the first of the spinoff products that we’re putting out […]


Some NSW Baby Name Explorer easter eggs

August 21st, 2008 Comments Off on Some NSW Baby Name Explorer easter eggs

Our Baby Names Explorer has been getting a lot of use and some of you might be interested in knowing about a few of the ‘hidden features’. Here’s some useful ones which use the RegEx structure: Comparing two names – enter ‘/(name)|(name)’ to compare. For example ‘/(michael)|(john)’ will show the popularity of both michael and […]


NSW Baby Names Explorer goes live

August 19th, 2008 2 Comments

It has been quite a long time coming but finally our NSW Baby Names Explorer has gone live as part of the relaunched NSW Government portal. This is the first publicly visible application developed out of a cross-government project that parts of the Powerhouse team are working on. The application was built in Adobe Flex […]


Next generation of Photosynth-style image interaction – Bundler

August 18th, 2008 Comments Off on Next generation of Photosynth-style image interaction – Bundler

Last year there was a lot of buzz around the first demos on Microsoft’s Seadragon and Photosynth, now from SIGGRAPH08 comes this rather splendid update to underlying technologies and concepts. There is now a lot more ability for users to navigate and tweak their experience of interacting and browsing a 3D scene using miscellaneous 2D […]


Australian internet usage trends and statistics

August 11th, 2008 Comments Off on Australian internet usage trends and statistics

Knowing your audience is critical yet being outside of North America often means that we end up justifying projects, strategies, methodologies on general audience data drawn from another continent. The CCI at QUT has just published the latest ‘Digital Futures Report – the Internet in Australia‘ which is a very comprehensive look at how Australian […]


Modern Times exhibition on Flickr

August 10th, 2008 Comments Off on Modern Times exhibition on Flickr

Last week we started another experiment on Flickr. At the moment we have an exhibition, Modern Times, which is about modernism in Australia. The exhibition is a quite spectacular mix of objects – including a lovely set of milkbar seats to sit on (!!) – and ends with a triple projector immersive audio-visual experience produced […]