Events for February 19-21, 2010

I’m kind of annoyed I missed the sold out Will Wright lecture last night. I had tickets and just totally forgot about it. But there’s a lot happening this weekend in my little sphere of interest, so maybe it’s good that I conserved some “going out energy.”

Friday, February 19

Saturday, February 20

Sunday, February 21

And of course there are a few workshops with space left at Trade School including “Caviar: Demystified,” “Collecting amidst disaster” and “Accidental Pornographies: Developing Underground Health Magazines and Stealth Distribution Models.”

Uncategorized · Comment · February 18, 2010

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Uncategorized · Comment · February 17, 2010

10 reasons to turn Google Buzz offwww.mushon.com

I’m going to stick around to see how Google Buzz develops, but Mushon does make some good points.

Meta-Buzz

I couldn’t help but to post this link to Buzz as well.

Update: I changed my mind. Buzz is turned off.

Link

Uncategorized · Comment · February 17, 2010

Matthew Coolidge speaking at Pratt

I’m not seeing this posted on Pratt’s website or at the CLUI or at Bomb, so I’ll just copy + paste the email announcement here.

Anthropogeomorphology Today: Current Programs and Projects of The Center for Land Use Interpretation

A Lecture by Matthew Coolidge, founder and director of The Center for Land Use Interpretation, part of Pratt Institute’s Spring Lecture Series

Monday, February 22, 6pm
Higgins Hall
60 St. James Place
(corner of Lafayette)
FREE

Listen to a BOMBLive! conversation between Matthew Coolidge and BOMB contributing editor and architect Deborah Gans after March 1 on BOMBsite.com.

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Uncategorized · Comment · February 17, 2010

Phantogram – When I’m Smallwww.amazon.com

MP3 link

Formerly known as Charlie Everywhere, from Saratoga Springs. I’m kind of curious who their label was worried about getting sued by.

Guitarist Josh Carter explained that the band made the change because they have signed a record deal with British label BBE, and that the label was concerned that the name Charlie Everywhere could see to trademark issues. Carter wasn’t sure why, but said it was better to be safe, especially when the band is planning the release of their already recorded album and an international summer tour.

Amazon MP3 link via Andre Torrez

Uncategorized · Comment · February 17, 2010

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Uncategorized · Comment · February 16, 2010

Kozakiewicz’s gestureiconicphotos.wordpress.com

The 1980 Olympics were kind of crazy:

After setting a new world record on July 30th, Polish pole vaulter Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz made a rude gesture (bras d’honneur) to the hostile, jeering Moscow crowd. The crowd was rooting for Soviet jumper Konstantin Volkov. The image was seen around the world except ironically in the Soviet Union and its satellite states. To many, it signified Polish resentment of Russia’s control over Eastern Europe; in Poland, the gesture became immediately known as Kozakiewicz’s gesture. (gest Kozakiewicza).

After the Olympics, the Soviet ambassador to Poland demanded that Kozakiewicz be stripped of his medal over his “insult to the Soviet people”. The official response of the Polish government was that the gesture had been an involuntary muscle spasm caused by his exertion. Kozakiewicz for his part promptly defected to West Germany.

Link

Uncategorized · Comment · February 16, 2010

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Uncategorized · Comment · February 15, 2010

Scott Heiferman’s chat roulettescott.heiferman.com

There’s a lot going on in these three screenshots. It’s not surprising that the creator of Meetup might know how to use this thing.

Scott Heiferman's chat roulette

Link via Anil Dash

Uncategorized · Comment · February 15, 2010

danah boyd on gender and advantagewww.zephoria.org

Responding to Clay Shirky’s widely linked rant about women:

We need men as allies, men who both encourage women to speak up and who consciously choose to spotlight women who are talented. But, more importantly, we need men (and anyone with privilege) to consciously and conscientiously account for their own privilege and biases and to actively work to highlight and embrace diverse voices of all kinds. Your interpretation of others is just as (if not more) important in creating change as their efforts to impress you.

Some blog upgrade hiccups pushed this back into my feed reader as an unread item. Worth a read in case you missed it.

Link

Uncategorized · Comment · February 15, 2010

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Uncategorized · Comment · February 14, 2010

Privacy and Google Buzzwww.nytimes.com

Google is known for releasing new products before they are fully ready and then improving them over time. But its decision to do so with Buzz, coupled with its introduction to all 176 million Gmail users by default, appears to have backfired.

Link via Daring Fireball

Uncategorized · Comment · February 14, 2010

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Uncategorized · Comment · February 13, 2010

Luxury goods make you selfishwww.reuters.com

The students who viewed luxury goods were significantly more likely than the second group to endorse production of a new car that might pollute the environment, launch a new software with bugs, or market a video game that might induce violence, according to the study.

“Results … suggest that when primed with luxury, people endorsed self-interested decisions that could potentially harm others,” the researchers said in the study.

Link via Fiona Carswell

Uncategorized · Comment · February 13, 2010