Accelerando

A thought about technology dependency:

The victim sits on the cobblestones clutching his aching temples. What happened? he wonders. The universe is a brightly colored blur of fast-moving shapes augmented by deafening noises. His ear-mounted cameras are rebooting repeatedly: They panic every eight hundred milliseconds, whenever they realize that they’re alone on his personal area network without the comforting support of a hub to tell them where to send his incoming sensory feed. Two of his mobile phones are bickering moronically, disputing ownership of his grid bandwidth, and his memory … is missing.

A tall blond clutching an electric chainsaw sheathed in pink bubble wrap leans over him curiously: “you all right?” she asks.

“I –” He shakes his head, which hurts. “Who am I?”

Accelerando by Charles Stross
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/fiction/accelerando/accelerando.html

Zero History

“If I were better at this sort of thing,” said Hollis, “I’d start by telling you about my book. It’s about locative art.”
“I don’t know the term,” Meredith said.
“It’s what they’re calling augmented reality now,” said Hollis, “but art. It’s been around since before the iPhone started to become the default platform.”
Zero History, William Gibson

Wikileaks Diary Dig Mashup Resources

Wikileaks just released a huge database of classified front reports from the Iraq War. I was first disappointed that they did not release a database dump like with the Afghan War Logs where they provided CSV and SQL files.

Diary Dig JSON API

But the Diary Dig JSON API is much more powerful for web mashups. There is no full API documentation. But it works as simple as adding “json” to the URL of a Wikileaks Iraq War Logs Explorer query. All the parameters for your search are located in the navigation on the left side.

Example:
http://wikileaks.org/search/?sort=date&attack_on=NEUTRAL
http://wikileaks.org/search/json?sort=date&attack_on=NEUTRAL

This is the jQuery documentation for loading the data: http://api.jquery.com/jQuery.getJSON/

Google Fusion Tables

The Guardian provides a set of data about deaths during the war via Google Fusion Tables:
http://tables.googlelabs.com/DataSource?dsrcid=273326
Google Fusion Tables provides a simple interface for uploading large data sets from spreadsheets or CSV files and to visualize them on maps, timelines and charts.
More data from the Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/oct/23/wikileaks-iraq-data-journalism#data


Long loading time …

More examples about visualizations are provided by QWNI who created the War Logs collaborative interface:
http://owni.fr/2010/10/22/wikileaks-warlogs-iraq-app-interface-leak-visualization/

TextWrangler: Open X3D File in InstantPlayer

I worked with Processing and Arduino for years and appreciated the cmd-r shortcut for running the project. This is what i was missing for years while editing X3D files in TextWrangler and running in InstantPlayer. Finally it only took me 10 minutes googling and scripting. The result is brilliant: cmd-r and my X3D file opens in InstantPlayer. I hit Esc and it returns to TextWrangler.

This is how it works:

1. Download and copy the script “Open in Instant Player.scpt” (remove .txt) into TextWrangler’s Scripts folder (~yourhome/Library/Application Support/TextWrangler/Scripts) -> It now appears in the Script Menu.
2. Open in TextWrangler “Window/Palettes/Scripts”
3. Select the “Open in InstantPlayer” script
4. Click “Set Key…” and define a shortcut (mine is cmd-r)

PS: Enable “Allow tab key to intend text blocks” in “Preferences/Editing: Keyboard”, too!