Month: March 2007

links for 2007-03-25 (ruminating on visual code tags)

Semacode | URL barcodes | practical ubiquitous computing Semacode’s Software Development Kit is a system for ubiquitous computing. Using the Semacode SDK you can create visual tags for objects and contexts, and read them using a mobile camera phone. (tags: ubicomp ubiquitouscomputing barcode mobile internetofthings) The Kaywa Reader Kaywa’s QR (Quick Response) codes are visual tags for objects that can be read on a mobile camera phone. (tags: ubicomp ubiquitouscomputing barcode mobile internetofthings) 2007.04.01 update: related NYTimes article by Louise story: “New Bar Codes Can Talk With Your Cellphone”

links for 2007-03-24

Kevin Kelly — Artist In Residence The following is a list of organizations that offer opportunities for artists to collaborate with scientists, technologists, or professionals in business or industry. Many are experimental laboratories where artists collaborate with scientists. (tags: art science artists technology business industry crosspollination artist-in-residence)

Calling Just to Chive Talk

How many times have you looked lovingly at your magnificent yet suffering Aralia, begging it to tell you what it wants, what you’re doing wrong?… Botanicalls opens a new channel of communication between plants and humans, in an effort to promote successful inter-species understanding.Botanicalls allows plants to place phone calls for human help.

links for 2007-03-20 – all art love

Five Art DVD Magazines from CoolHunting “Laser Graffiti Writer by Tenzin Wangchuck, featuring music by the Venetian Snares. Digital effects enable Wangchuck to deface the side of a building with a flare, writing “Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum” (a buddhist mantra) in tibetan script.” (tags: art animation graffiti thingstocheckout design film) PSST! Pass It On… Original short films comprised of three sections produced by three different teams. This process is derived from the Dadaist game of Exquisite Corpse and the children’s game Telephone and applied to the arts of motion graphics, animation and film-making (tags: animation collaborative colors film motiongraphics video design art storytelling) David Zwirner Gallery: Gordon Matta-Clark, Rirkrit Tiravanija Two projects by artists I much admire with themes of art, food, recycling, home. Opening: Wednesday, March 21, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, exhibition through May 5th. (tags: nyc events art architecture gordonmattaclark rirkritiravanija home food recycling waste memory) James Cohan Gallery: Nam June Paik opening March 24, 2007 I threw out my TVs and don’t miss them, but I always love seeing Nam June …

links for 2007-03-13

To think that we can “solve” climate change without addressing poverty, human rights, democratization, conflict, epidemic disease, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, food issues and the like is to suffer from carbon blindness.

…cool tool allows you to create free live talk shows via phone/web with simultaneous text chat that then become podcasts.

links for 2007-03-12

Typology of Green Consumers – No Such Thing as a Green Consumer? Study found there is no such thing as a completely green consumer; even the greenest only considered green or ethical criteria for some of their purchases, some of the time. (tags: shopping consumerism sustainability green environment) italki – online language exchange and resources for language learning (tags: socialmedia chat chinese education language learning online study voip international English languages exchange)

links for 2007-03-11

Open Architecture Network | Improving living standards through collaborative design Architecture for Humanity’s collaborative space for community designers and all those interested in improving the built environment. Post their projects, browse projects posted by others, comment and review projects, discuss relevant topics, contribute to (tags: architecture opensource design collaboration sustainability reference technology sustainable environment green home resource collaborative community inspiration web2.0 ecology)

links for 2007-03-09

“‘Don’t discuss polar bears” memo to scientists from US Fish and Wildlife Service Polar bears are the new vagina. (tags: science climate politics environment weather arctic globalwarming censorship orwellian iseveryoneherebananas? government society usa) Forget the film, watch the titles love this: an online collection of the most stunning and original film titles. (tags: film animation design motiongraphics video titles movies typography)

links for 2007-03-06 a social aggregator site for learning and sharing information about how companies impact the world. (tags: accountability action activism transparency aggregator environment sustainability tagging green corporate consumption responsibility economics ecology entrepreneurship ethics finance philanthropy) videos from LIFT conference about the challenges and opportunities of technology in our society Enjoying Ben Cerveny’s “Luminous Bath: our new volumetric medium” (thanks, Noneck!) (tags: video conference podcast download free technology society ubicomp metadata flow consciousness)

Book Notes: The Ticking and Korgi

The Ticking’s gorgeous cover design compelled me to pick it up, but Renee French’s touching story of Edison Steelhead and his relationship with his father kept me reading all the way to the end. If you like the creepy-warm works of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, you’ll love The Ticking.Thrilled also to discover Korgi, Christian Slade’s lush graphic adventure tales of a girl named Ivy and Sprout, her Corgi on from the same publisher.

my brother, my great spiritual teacher

One of my passions is to collect and sell indigenous religious antique artifacts. I once received a call from a New York City dealer telling me about a rare Ming Dynasty Buddha available at a very good price. He said he would send it to me with no obligations. When the package arrived, I opened it anxiously — and was somewhat taken aback. This Buddha was giving me the middle finger! I thought my dealer friend must have played a joke on me. I took the Buddha to a Chinese antique expert, who examined it and to my surprise, told me that it was very special, and definitely authentic. What about the middle finger? I asked him. He explained that the middle finger means Oneness — it symbolizes God, who is one with everything. This Buddha now has a very special place in my house. It reminds me that when someone gives me the middle finger, I must bow and see God in that person. From Alivelihood: The Art of Sustainable Success by Horst M. …