The underlying psychology of video gameswww.picturesforsadchildren.com

From the excellent pictures for sad children, a tragic gaming story. After reading the comic, go play You Have To Burn The Rope. Can you feel the sorrow of Grinning Colossus right before he disappears in a puff?

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Uncategorized · Comment · March 5, 2010

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Uncategorized · Comment · March 4, 2010

Haliburton patents frivolous patenting?appft1.uspto.gov

Filed in 2007, Patent Acquisition and Assertion by a (Non-Inventor) First Party Against a Second Party:

Methods for a first party to acquire and assert a patent property against a second party are disclosed. The methods include obtaining an equity interest in the patent property. The methods further include writing a claim within the scope of the patent property. The claim is written to cover a product of the second party where the product includes a secret aspect. The methods further include filing the claim with a patent office.

Alas, my prior art has been one-upped by a comically evil corporation.

Link via Doron

Uncategorized · Comment · March 4, 2010

OK Go’s This Too Shall Pass

After watching this (unsurprisingly) spectacular OK Go video I was struggling to remember the name of a similar contrivance in Vik Muniz’s Rebus exhibition. I found it, along with lots of helpful commentary over at Chris Devers’s blog.

A few things that struck me:

  • This is not your typical Rube Goldberg machine — it’s messy, destructive and the band members stand in as “props that can reposition themselves” (as Chris nicely puts it).
  • The open letter seems to have worked. Even recording industry lawyers are apparently powerless to this kind of strategic bad publicity.
  • On the other hand, the last few seconds of this video indicate some kind of compromise on the part of the band. It pushes this music video into the direction of “novelty viral advertising.”

All that said, I’m happy this exists. I’m also happy the marching band version exists and glad the video embedding issue has been set aside for now.

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Uncategorized · Comment · March 4, 2010

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Uncategorized · Comment · March 3, 2010

Events for March 5-7 2010

In addition to the other things I mentioned earlier there is also this:

Update: I had the wrong day for IgniteNYC. It’s tomorrow night!

Uncategorized · Comment · March 3, 2010

Prior art

Uncategorized · Comment · March 3, 2010

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Uncategorized · Comment · March 2, 2010

Roger Ebert’s new voicewww.oprah.com

Apparently he revealed his new voice during an Oprah taping. His wife Chaz is hearing it for the first time in this video clip. It’s heartwarming and the guy is obviously very brave for going this route, but it also feels to me like an intrusion on their private moment.

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Uncategorized · Comment · March 2, 2010

Canadian Stereotype Comicswww.harkavagrant.com

Kate Beaton:

Alright so I abandoned the comic I was making yesterday when I watched the closing ceremonies to the Olympics. Did you see that? The giant beavers, hockey players, moose, mounties? The dancing leaf babes? The voyageurs and the lumberjacks? It was unbelievable. And so here in remembrance of that display are some Canadian stereotypes to enjoy.

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Uncategorized · Comment · March 2, 2010

TSOYA interviews Ira Glasswww.maximumfun.org

For my Multimedia 1 class tomorrow we’ll be covering audio, looking at interviewing as a form. I’m going to play an excerpt of an interview with Ira Glass from one of my longtime favorite podcasts, The Sound of Young America. I’m most interested in the last part, which starts around 33:38.

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As part of the weekly homework assignment we’ll listen to a Studs Terkel piece from Fresh Air.

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Uncategorized · Comment · March 1, 2010

Events for March 1-7 2010

  • Tonight I’ll be going to the final workshop at Trade School. The topic being the future of the school itself:

    As people with creative projects, we understand the value of creative labor regardless of its market value. Why don’t we share our resources? What happens when we decide how much our work is worth to each other? Let’s trade our skills, spaces, and objects.

    It says there aren’t any seats available, but I’m going to swing by anyway. Starts at 7pm.

  • On Thursday Mushon and Michael are giving a talk and launching their book at Eyebeam. I completely forgot about this when I agreed to be a contestant on geek Jeopardy.

  • Friday through Sunday there’s the Social Media Art Camp (or “SMartCAMP”) conference that I’ll be attending.

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Uncategorized · Comment · February 28, 2010

Elephant storywww.davidchancellor.com

David Chancellor got 3rd place in the People in the News category from the World Press Photo awards.

Local villagers fall upon the body of a dead elephant, starved of meat they reduce the huge carcass to bones in under 2 hours.

24 hours later the bones have also gone, all that’s visible are the fresh tracks from the remaining elephants returning to Mozambique under cover of darkness.

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Uncategorized · Comment · February 28, 2010