Month: January 2008

@Everyone – Open Social on Earth… Come Play

One minute I’m checking messages in Facebook, the next I’m frolicking through olive orchards in Sardinia with John Borthwick wearing an astronaut suit. Oh what a world we live in… More compelling than Scrabulous, Unype is a Facebook social network application that lets people see, chat and Skype with each other in Google Earth. Unype works with the Open Social API, so you can interact with people from Facebook, Ning, Orkut, hi5 and more to come. See Twitter messages and Upcoming event overlays too. You can mark up your favorite places and share recommendations, videos and 3d models. There’s also a fun geography quiz game where you answer by flying to the correct place. Highly recommended for Miss Teen USA contestants, and such. . Unype Unype Blog Enter Unype directly through Facebook

Links for 2008-01-30: People Projects

BIL conference wiki Sounds like an excellent adventure! BIL is the self-organizing unconference across the street from the TED conference, overlapping by a day. (tags: unconference conference BIL TED) The Citizenship Exchange Project CEP proposes a resolution to highly bureaucratized and political systems of immigration. The Peer-to-Peer immigration network makes alienating systems of human migration personal, and expands P2P file sharing platforms beyond music and movies to life. (tags: art citizenship globalization p2p filesharing migration immigration bureacracy marketplace borders)

GhostGarden and More GPS Games

The surreal romance of aristocratic expat Lucy and castaway Jack enchanted me as I strolled through Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens in early January, following their love story on a handheld HP GPS device preloaded with Anita Fontaine‘s spooky sweet Ghost Garden, part of the 2008 Sydney Festival. As I traveled through the gardens, certain locations would trigger animated scenes that revealed the story, set in the 1800s. I could feel the past, present and future all melting into one, and I got excited imagining the day when it be easy to create my own site-specific adventures for people to discover as they’re traveling through a space. That day turned out to be less than a month away! Wherigo is a flexible gaming platform that Garmin is embedding in their new Colorado 400t Handheld GPS unit (Pictured at right. Thanks, Brady!) Wherigo Builder allows anyone to build alternate reality games, tour guides, local reviews, real estate marketing apps, scavenger hunts, pub crawls or Victorian love stories that are site-specific by mapping out zones, creating a story …

Links for 2008-01-25: Funky Forest

Funky Forest, interactive ecosystem installation by Emily Gobeille and Theodore Watson Funky Forest’ is an interactive ecosystem where children create trees with their body and then divert the water flowing from the waterfall to the trees to keep them alive. The health of the trees contributes to the overall health of the forest and the typ (tags: interactive installation Art interface digital forest ecosystem education environment socialsoftware water)

links for 2008-01-24

Tuna Troubles Though some mercury in the atmosphere occurs naturally, roughly two-thirds is produced by industrial sources — especially coal-burning power plants. It settles into the water in a form called methylmercury, is absorbed by bacteria and then makes its way up to the very top of the food chain — to humans. It is a reminder of how interconnected all life on earth really is. The mercury that worries us in the tuna we eat is the very residue of the way we live. The only way to reduce the one is to improve the other. (tags: food mercury fish oceans tuna pollution coal) The Designers Accord The Designers Accord is a coalition of design and innovation firms focused on working together to create positive environmental and social impact. This movement started as a call to arms for designers to engage in the environmental movement with optimism (tags: design sustainability green community environmental environment Activism)

links for 2008-01-23

High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi Recent laboratory tests found so much mercury in tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants that at most of them, a regular diet of six pieces a week would exceed the levels considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency. (tags: fish tuna mercury food safety health) Iraq: The War Card – The Center for Public Integrity The massive database at the heart of this project juxtaposes what President Bush and these seven top officials were saying for public consumption against what was known, or should have been known, on a day-to-day basis. This fully searchable database incl (tags: politics data analysis government war database deception) Art Wikimarathon There’s a lack of art/artist info on Wikipedia, and we’re often too busy to find the time to contribute. So, we’re setting aside one day where a crew of people collectively drop serious knowledge into wikipedia about art. From your favorite notable artwor (tags: art collaboration wikipedia internet wiki archive network culture activism information)

links for 2008-01-22

Pixel cookies! – a photoset on Flickr I <3 pixel cookies! What a great use of a playdough extractor. (tags: food cooking howto geek recipe pixel cookies) Cory Doctorow: why personal data is like nuclear waste | Technology | guardian.co.uk We should treat personal electronic data with the same care and respect as weapons-grade plutonium – it is dangerous, long-lasting and once it has leaked there’s no getting it back (tags: privacy data information security guardian) Topics & Speakers « Interesting South Videos from a conference of interestingness that took place in Sydney, Nov 2007. Learn how to make a place people love, create a well tempered personal environment, make a zombie, look through the eyes of a child, understand the secret life of tango and g (tags: conference interesting presentation video australia sydney ideas) data just in! – 23andMe demo (Esther Dyson’s photoset on Flickr) Screenshots from 23 and me, a web-based service that helps you read and understand your DNA. Esther (and 40 of her family/friends) have provided a saliva sample and now …

links for 2008-01-16

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies (LOC) from the Library of Congress Flickr Commons Big Brain Theory: Have Cosmologists Lost Theirs? Are we not both “a momentary fluctuation in a field of matter and energy out in space and a person with a real past born through billions of years of evolution in an orderly star-spangled cosmos?” (tags: consciousness science cosmology physics theory Brain universe reincarnation multiverse space) Blue Ocean Fishphone To find out about your seafood choice, text 30644 with the message FISH and the name of the fish in question. They’ll text you back with our assessment and better alternatives to fish with significant environmental concerns. (tags: fish environment food mobile sustainability consumption ecology oceans health) Celsias Celsias helps people discuss Climate change, then create and manage projects to reduce global warming. Help cool the planet today by reading our blog, registering as a Celsias member, finding a project to join or creating one yourself! (tags: environment blog green sustainability energy climate activism technology socialmedia) Flickr: The …

links for 2008-01-09

Big Think – We Are What You Think New launch aims to be YouTube for ideas. Compared in several places to Fora.tv but seems more like Dropping Knowledge at first exploration (with a healthy dose of TED & Poptech sites). All of which are great. Looking forward to seeing it grow. (tags: video ideas community interviews experts) The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard Annie Leonard explains the materialist consumerist cycle of extraction -> production -> distribution -> consumption -> disposal -> another way in 20 funny, compelling, info-packed minutes. (tags: environment sustainability video consumerism consumption activism animation)

links for 2008-01-08

The World Bank projects, news, and more… on google maps Fascinating mashup of Google Maps with World Bank data gives a visual entry point to browse their projects, news, statistics and public information center by country. (tags: maps mashup worldbank development visualization) Tiny Specks of Misery, Both Vile and Useful (our viral origins) Base for nucleic base, he said, “we humans are well over 50 percent viral.” Scientists initially dismissed the viral elements in our chromosomes as so much tagalong “junk DNA.” But more recently some researchers have proposed that higher organisms (tags: symbiogenesis biology genetics immune system virus viral dna)