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Reboot and Reset with Bruce Sterling

Objects are printouts – not treasures, not things to stocpkpile. Our posessions are frozen social relationships. Think of them as hours of time and volumes of space. Reassess the objects in your space and time. What is most important?

Fiona Hall: Force Field – Currency, Formerly

Part three of a four part video looking at the work of artist Fiona Hall in the exhibition FORCE FIELD at the City Gallery Wellington. Fiona Hall City Gallery Wellington Art Artis When My Boat Comes In – detail, photo by cicadas , image by Fiona Hall.

What does the Global Climate Crisis have in common with the Loch Ness Monster ?

A. Both are fictional. Or at least highly speculative. No. We’ve already established that. B. Both indicate danger, especially around bodies of water. Sure, but we’re looking for a more specific answer. C. How about tree-fitty. Exactly! Tree-fitty. What’s tree-fitty? Loch Ness Monster: $3.50 Global Climate Crisis: 350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. Where are we now? About 385. Learn more, connect with others and take action at the newly relaunched 350.org founded by Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy (one of the most compelling and inspiring books I am reading right now.)

links for 2008-02-12: connect the dots la la la la

Todays links are about freedom of communication across the globe — from kids posting video in Uruguay to people coming together to create free wifi networks in sydney, australia and wellington, new zealand. Valentines greetings from scientists. Robotic insects. Social networking’s ad revolution. Pixish, a new kind of marketplace for photography.

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)

Loving Words

“Lower Case N, Standing on a Hill,” from classic Sesame Street My day started off with some of the brilliant skits and songs that instilled in me an early and abiding love for letters, letterforms and language: Lower-case N, Standing on a Hill from Sesame Street, Easy Reader and the Adventures of Letterman from Electric Company. I love learning that was Morgan Freeman, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers and Zero Mostel. I’m feeling the urge to indulge in an extended experience. (Thanks, Panopticist!) Not long after, I discovered Hyperwords, an excellent FireFox extension that lets you select any word and translate it, look it up in a dictionary or thesaurus, shop it, search it, blog it, slice it through a tin can and still apply many more commands than I have time to explore right now. One especially handy feature is being able to select any currency amount and convert it on the fly. (Despite how painful it is to convert prices in [any currency] to U.S. dollars now.)