â€œTechnology is a big destroyer of emotion and truth. Opportunity doesnâ€™t do anything for creativity. Yeah, it makes it easier. You can get home sooner, but it doesnâ€™t make you a more creative person. Thatâ€™s the disease you have to fight in any creative field. Ease of use.â€
It Might Get Loud
Yesterday the forest was full of fireflies. Long time exposures.
Just a short part of a presentation (German) about design challenges in Augmented Reality.
Looks like Sony Playstation CEOÂ Kazuo Hirai’s press team had a look at Johnny Mnemonic..
Images by Sony & TriStar Pictures
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 â€“” He shakes his head, which hurts. “Who am I?”
Accelerando by Charles Stross
â€œIf I were better at this sort of thing,â€ said Hollis, â€œIâ€™d start by telling you about my book. Itâ€™s about locative art.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know the term,â€ Meredith said.
â€œItâ€™s what theyâ€™re calling augmented reality now,â€ said Hollis, â€œbut art. Itâ€™s been around since before the iPhone started to become the default platform.”
Zero History, William Gibson
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 theÂ AfghanÂ 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 aÂ Wikileaks Iraq War Logs Explorer query. All the parameters for your search are located in the navigation on the left side.
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:
Google Fusion Tables provides a simple interface for uploading large data sets from spreadsheets or CSV files and to visualize them onÂ maps, timelines and charts.
More data from the Guardian:
Long loading time …
More examples about visualizations are provided by QWNI who created the War Logs collaborative interface:
Google announced encrypted search yesterday. In order to use it in the browser’s search bar i quickly created an opensearch plugin via searchplugins.net. Just added the ‘s’ to http://.
Download and install
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!
Since we can’t use Google’s satellite tiles legally, OpenStreetMap is a great alternative.
Here are the links how to get the tiles:
Slippy Map Tiles URL