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Hi there. We're moving.

Well, actually, we're just moving plus nine from this host to our own server. As of now, please check out www.thewavingcat.com. This will be our new home, and our new name.

Nothing much changes, but twoday's recent down-times and some other technical limitations just make it a better choice for us to move on. During the next couple of days, there may be some loose odds and ends - please don't let them put you off. In a few days, the site will be all new and shiny. :)

This site will stay online for awhile. (Partly due to some export/import issues, partly because we've grown fond of it.) But there won't be any new content on this server, as all the new stuff goes directly to our new site: www.thewavingcat.com. (Apropos stickyness of messages, huh?)

Sorry for any inconveniences. You know how it is. We hope to see you soon on the new site!

(I am excited! Yeah!)

 


Just re-found an old text from etcon2005 by Cory Doctorow: Rules for Remixing. Sample:

Remix your network:

* Apple untethered the laptop

* Commodity hardware made it cheap

* WiFi hackers untethered everything else: cons, hotel rooms, coffee
shops, corners

* Hotspots spring up like dandelions

* Intel brands WiFi

* Apple Airport Express untethers the base-station: just plug it in
and wait for the light to turn green


[Rules for Remixing the Web, your Music, your TV, your network, your movies, your data, your text, syndication, your bookshelf, it, the browser &brick and mortar,]

 


Online is not enough: Get your schwag today.

(What is schwag? Here's the deal.)

[valleyschwag.com]

 


As of today, there's more "us" in del.icio.us:

Today, Del.icio.us beefed up their social networking features. I now have a Network page that shows all of the links from other Del.icio.us users that I have decided to track and I can easily share links as I am posting to people within my network. I can add any user to my network with a single-click. ...
By making it easier to build a network on the site ... Del.icio.us will get more data on who is tracking whom. There's a lot that can be done with this information. Some things that come to mind include: your network's most popular links/tags (kind of your own private Hotlinks), users who should be in your network (based on your network's opinion), and most influential user in a tag space.

O'Reilly Radar del.icio.us' new features.

And here's what the official del.icio.us blog says:

Today the “inbox” feature lets you subscribe to other users’ bookmarks, but most people don’t know about it and it’s not terribly easy to use in your everyday life.

To make sharing easier, we’ve just released a new feature called “your network”. You can add other del.icio.us users to your network either by visiting their del.icio.us pages or from the your network page itself. Once someone is in your network, you can keep track of their latest saved public bookmarks.


[via O'Reilly Radar]

 


Saints of the Lower East Side by AnomalousNYC Saints of the Lower East Side by AnomalousNYC Saints of the Lower East Side by AnomalousNYC

AnomalousNYC: Saints of the Lower East Side

 


Urban Microscapes Pool: Wet Concrete I by Oslo In The Summer
Wet Concrete I by OsloInTheSummer

Flickr Pool: Urban Microscapes.

 


Danke an Unblogbar: 31 Weblogs im direkten Vergleich anhand von 35 Kategorien. Kann b2evolution Trackbacks? Beherrscht WordPress Multiple Tags? Wie sieht es mit Spamschutz bei BLOG:CMS aus?

Wer überlegt, die Weblog-Software zu wechseln, dem sei der Unblogbar Weblogvergleich ans Herz gelegt. Two thumbs up!

[Thanks, Plasma!]

 


Tag that URL

It's really blurry (taken from the subway). But what the huge graffiti tag says isn't some message. Nope, it's a URL! Like "Hey guys, I have something to tell you, but I'm not sure I'll get it right the first time, and it's such a long message. So why don't you just check it out on my homepage?" Odd.

ps. This had better not be an attempt to start a viral campaign. The URL doesn't even seem to work. Oh boy.

 


kill your gender

Street Art, Berlin 2006.

 


CEA ad

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) attacks the record label industry for their attempt to outlaw recording of digital radio (space and time shifting, as the RIAA calls it).

This could be a first sign of a new, if loose alliance between consumers and electronics producers:

The electronics producers, because they wanna sell their products with all the features they developed, that is: to make a cool product. (Keep in mind that iPods and other mp3players, for example, would be nearly completely useless if the RIAA got their way.)

And we consumers because we want to listen to the music we bought where we want to. (Can you imagine buying a book you're only to read at home, on your desk, while sitting on the same chair you were sitting on when you bought the book? "What do you mean, you'd like to read in in the subway - did you pay extra for that?")

The most powerful thing the CEA could do is if their members stop manufacturing tech that controls their customers (as DRM measures do) and instead enables them to use the data in every possible way.

[via Boing Boing]

 


Dire pronouncements about new forms of entertainment are old hat. It goes like this: Young people embrace an activity. Adults condemn it. The kids grow up, no better or worse than their elders, and the moral panic subsides. Then the whole cycle starts over.

On Wired, Tom Standage shows great examples of how new developments and technologies are bashed by the establishment. Video games are one of these condemned technologies, as are movies and rock'n'roll music. But there are other dangerous developments, too, endangering our youth's innocence. Well, historically, that is. Like, novels the waltz, and the telephone! But read for yourself:

Novels
"The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds in useful knowledge. Parents take care to feed their children with wholesome diet; and yet how unconcerned about the provision for the mind, whether they are furnished with salutary food, or with trash, chaff, or poison?"
- Reverend Enos Hitchcock, Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, 1790


The Telephone
"Does the telephone make men more active or more lazy? Does [it] break up home life and the old practice of visiting friends?"
- Survey conducted by the Knights of Columbus Adult Education Committee, San Francisco Bay Area, 1926


The Waltz
"The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced ... at the English Court on Friday last ... It is quite sufficient to cast one's eyes on the voluptuous inter­twining of the limbs, and close com­pressure of the bodies ... to see that it is far indeed removed from the modest reserve which has hitherto been considered distinctive of English females. So long as this obscene display was con­fined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is ... forced on the respectable classes of society by the evil example of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion."
- The Times of London, 1816


[Wired > Tom Standage > The Culture War]

Maybe we can learn from this, if only a little bit? (Link)

[via Boing Boing]

 


Larry Knox was commissioned to produce a cover for a reprint of HG Wells's War of the Worlds, on the cheap.

War of the World (by Larry Knox)
"The squid was purchased one dreary March Saturday morning in a seafood market located in the Chinatown district of Philadelphia", reads the description.

Larry put the whole photo sequence on his website. (Also, there's a beautiful step-by-step on how to turn yourself into Frankenstein.) There should definitively be more websites like that! Thanks, Larry!

[via Boing Boing]

 


Live video broadcasting & conferencing from your own web page. Sounds absurd? Looks like it ain't anymore: Stickam promises to offer web-based video conferences for up to five users at a time. (Plus some music and video playing feats.)

Differently from other Flash-based tools which allow you to embed rich-media content like photos, audio or video clips onto your web pages with custom widgets that contain one such clip or track, Stickam integrates these abilities into one customizable player which can carry within itself all of your selected music tracks, digital images and video clips that you want to share through your web site...

Stickam is completely free to use and can be used with any type of computer as it is completely web-based.

Stickam's still in beta, and according to Robin Good it also needs to improve on usability, but hey, watch out for this.

 


What is a weblog?

It's great, I mean...
The Weblog Project - an open-source movie documentary about blogs and bloggers. Go mash-up your own from the mini movies on the site!

 


With ripping space and time shifting of music and other digital content now being declared illegal bei the RIAA (see my older post here for the links), I wonder: According to this argumentation, would it also be illegal to digitize my CD collection? Like, the whole box and a half of a few hundred CDs, which I bought way before these ultra-restrictive laws even got discussed? When it was still understood that if you bought an album, it belonged to you? At least in the sense that you could use it in whichever way you felt comfortable with? (The exception being, of course, re-selling the content somewhere else.)

 


"Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather."

Remember those lines, written 10 years ago? Today, the situation is different, and then it isn't.

Our home, the web has been changing the world - our world, and yours - and still is. While some of you are still the same, we have evolved, got organized, got networked. But today, we want to talk about music and digital culture.

You weary giants of the CD and DVD industry, you who torture us with cell phone ringtones and crappy release windows. We don't want to get rid of you just for the sake of it. You're welcome at our party - as long as you know how to behave. This is our party, not yours. You are dependent on us, not the other way around.

Over the last years you've been hurting music with your business models from the last century. You've been bothering and insulting us with your stupid, so-called Digital Rights Management technologies. You have endangered music itself by trying to force upon us your restrictive laws.

None of this worked, or ever will. But it tought us not to rely on you anymore, and not to listen to you.

You are still stuck in the 20th century.

For decades, you have asked - and expected - us to trust you: To find, develop and produce music and bands. But you let us down. We know the music we like; That we'll use, remix and mash-up music and movies in ways you can't even imagine yet; And that we'll pay the artists for our music, but on our terms.

Just relax and let go. Here are some proposals how to do it better. Maybe you've even thought of some of them yourselves:

- Get rid of Digital Rights Management. It doesn't work, it's restrictive, and it sucks.

- Cut down on marketing and focus on A&R. If we need to be brainwashed into buying a song, it's not worth producing it.

- Stop suing music fans. There's no reason to play rough, we're all here to have a good time. If we download songs, take it as a compliment: You helped produce a good song. Once the appropriate revenue mechanisms are in place, we'll pay the artists for their efforts directly.

- Your role has changed. You're not irreplacably in the center of the music universe or our attention. You won't be able to sue us into believing that, either. You're there to help artists publish their songs and to support them. Do that, and do it well. Then you'll always have a nice and comfy spot among us.

- Help us introduce a music flat fee. Everybody would pay a little for unlimited access to music. There'd be more than enough money to pay the artists their share, and to pay them fairly according to how often a song was downloaded exactly.

There are many more, and we'll be glad to hear you propose them.

We don't want to get rid of you: In the past, you've done some pretty cool things. But if need be, we will. So change, and stay in the game. Or you won't be welcome at our party anymore. And once you're out, you stay out.

So we have an offer for you: Stop fighting against us, against your customers, against your artists. Instead, come over to our party. It's better for you, for us, for the artists and for music itself.

 


Only colleague (but not for long) Simon Willison and I have been spending a hell of a lot of time over the last three weeks sitting in a tiny room with lots of whiteboards puzzling over motives for collecting and sharing and - frankly - it's semi doing my nut.... So late last week, at something like ten in the evening when we were busy fiddling with some mock-ups or scribbles, at the precise moment that the moon passed overhead and the perfect synchronicity of movements sent a beam of light directly into Simon's brain, he had a moment of divine revelation, channelled our collective enthusiasm and limited brainpower and came up with this:

Pokemonetise: "to make money by appealling to the stupid human instinct to collect dumb things." (S. Willison 2006)

Who hasn't been a victim of pokemonetisation? :)

[Tom Coates on plasticbag.org, via BoingBoing]

 


[A new proposed set of amendments to the US's loathsome DMCA] would send you to prison for attempting to infringe copyright. It would make it even more illegal to own tools that could be used to remove copy-restrictions, like DVD-ripping software -- it could even bust Symantec for making software that removed the Sony rootkit malicious software that the company distributed with its CDs last year:

"This is a concerted effort to escalate Hollywood's war on America by creating a generation of criminals and sending them off to jail. That's right: the "Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006" (IPPA) would double the authorized prison terms for existing copyright infringement, create a host of new offenses, and establish a division within the FBI to hunt down infringers. The Members of Congress in the pockets of the Hollywood cartels want to divert $20 million a year and FBI agents from fighting real criminals so they can go after people without computers."


Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing about the new situtation American users could find themselves in if RIAA and IFPI and this weirdo get their will. Here's IPac's page to fight the bill.

 


Zynischer geht's nicht: Bush heuert Fox-Moderator Tony Snow als neuen Sprecher an.

 


subliminal messages in football

subliminal messages in football? ... Arkansas Razorback players Clarke Moore, Brett Goode and Casey Dick need to stop hanging out on the sidelines!

The power of bad context.

[RebeccaB on flickr]

 


Koh Jum: The pads #5

Every afternoon at 4 pm, when the sun loses a little of its power, the men and boys of koh jum meet on the main road of their village to practise muay thai, the thai form of boxing. in muay thai you use your fists, your feet, your knees to hit your opposite. for thai people muay thai is what soccer is for germans and and baseball for americans.
koh jum is a small island (and the main village on this island) on the southwest coast of thailand. situated near malaysia, most people living there are muslim, most of the men are fishermen or work in rubber plantations all over the island.


I never thought I'd hear about Koh Jum again: Where T. and I jumped off a ferry right into a little boat which brought us over to the island. (Koh Jum is too small for any tourist ferries to stop - so the ferry just slows down a little for the two or three or four backpackers who wanna go there, while the rest stays right on track to Krabi or another nearby island.) We just wanted to stay overnight, once. But after moving into the little stilted hut - the one closest to the jungle and therefore the cheapest; it didn't even have a lockable door or window - it just turned out to be one of those awesome places every backpacker hopes to find on a trip, just once. At night, the monkeys were screaming so loud in the trees above the hut that the dog on the compound kept freaking out, barking all night. In the early evening, we got to know the owners of the resort, if you wanna call it that. We completely hit it off, and ended up inviting each other to whiskeys in turns until the early morning hours. Instead of taking the fisherboat off the island in the early morning, we ended up staying for about three days. Every day it was the same procedure. We'd sleep in a little, take walks around the island, and in the evening the owners and the two of us started drinking together, swapping stories about their and our country. And the next morning it'd start all over again.

It's so nice to be reminded of this. Thanks, theGolfer.

[theGolfer's flickr set, official tourism site]

 


University of Lapland, Faculty of Art & Design, Department of Media

CALL FOR PAPERS, BOOK “EXTENDING EXPERIENCES”

While players of video games have always been waiting for the next generation of technology, less fuss is made about next-generation experiences. If such experiences are already there, what are they like? What would be the 21st-century-equivalent to the experiences of Andy Capp's Tavern’s customers who rushed into the bar to play Pong until the machine got jammed with coins? Ask a script writer, a political mod artist, a middleware developer, a computer game researcher, and someone who has traded off his social contacts in real life for a high-level character in a MMOG – and you will be overwhelmed by the diversity of what makes an experience worth striving for.


Read the rest of the call here.

[via selectparks]

 


The Yale LawMeme has excellent resources and panels about the whole range of topics, all of them with a wiki to sort all the information: From access to knowledge and network neutrality in the developing world to peer production and licensing.

[file under research, studies, panels, resources, knowledge society]

 


worth1000.com: Robo Ren 5

worth1000.com: Robo Ren 5

worth1000.com: Robo Ren 5

worth1000.com's new photoshop contest's challenge is about inserting robots into fine art. There's some awesome stuff going on - check it out!

[via Boing Boing - thx, cory]

 


Spiegel DesignKlicks 3D interface

Spiegel DesignKlicks has this weird futuristic quasi-3D interface. (You scroll/fly through a three-dimensional space where all the info and photos are spread out.) Fascinating, but quite odd, too: The images just fly by, and it's really hard to actually stop at one to have a look...

The site itself is quite cool, as it's clearly very experimental. Maybe a bit too much so: DesignKlicks is primarily a design & photography site, but it also tries to tackle a few other big issues/feats at the same time:
  • The 3D interface mentioned above, which is a mix between a tag cloud and some hyper-hyper-whatever interface.
  • A community site featuring votes, rankings and other 2.0-ish stuff.
  • A bit of a personality, bloggish site featuring artists and experts.
I hope they don't lose it, as the overall thing looks quite cool and clearly has the potential to be remembered as the ambitious project that it really is. It'd be fun talking to the people behind it, actually, to see if they really know what they're on to...

[file under interface, visualization, InformationArchitecture]

 


A snip from the manifesto of SaveTheInternet.com, which Xeni says is going to launch on Monday, i.e. in just a few hours:

We believe that the Internet is a crucial engine for economic growth and democratic discourse. We urge Congress to take steps now to preserve network neutrality, a guiding principle of the Internet, and to ensure that the Internet remains open to innovation and progress.

Network neutrality is the Internet’s First Amendment. Without it, the Internet is at risk of losing the openness and accessibility that has revolutionized democratic participation, economic innovation and free speech.

From its beginnings, the Internet was built on a cooperative, democratic ideal. It has leveled the playing field for all comers. Everyday people can have their voices heard by thousands, even millions of people. Network neutrality has prevented gatekeepers from blocking or discriminating against new economic, political and social ideas.

The major telecommunications legislation now under consideration in Congress must include meaningful and enforceable network neutrality requirements to keep the Internet free and open to all.


Go support it if you can; This initiative is US-based and all, but the overall issue of network neutrality being at threatened by commercial interests is the same anywhere else, too. And yes, this is a big issue...

Update: Ask A Nijna links to a great 2 minute video explaining what network neutrality is all about.

[via Boing Boing]

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