Category Archives: Internet

Visions of Students Today – Digital Ethnography

A video collage created by students under Michael Wesch and his Digital Ethnography Research Team called Visions of Students Today can be viewed at this link. It is fascinating to watch and it is interactive. To hear each student’s vision, click directly on the thumbnail of each student’s video.

… the basic idea is to create a 3 minute video highlighting the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. We already know some things from previous research (and if you know of any interesting statistics, please list them along with the source). Others we will need to find out by doing a class survey. Please add whatever you want to know or present.

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How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb -NOW an App in iTunes

Peter Kuran released an iPad version of this amazing book: How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb.

Author Peter Kuran’s engrossing and powerful arrangement of these complex photographic techniques along with the astonishing photographs themselves creates an intriguing intersection at which the viewpoint of the casual observer becomes one of insightful witness.
Based on the book of the same name, the app features amazing, high resolution videos that can be played back and forth to see what is happening frame by frame during the detonation of an atomic bomb.

An interview of Kuran talking about the making of this book can be heard here.

Francis Ford Coppola Predicts Youtube

Images that cause Emotional Distress

Once again Tennessee is in the news.
So, in theory anyone who sees the image is a potential victim. There is a new law in Tennessee and it is raising some eyebrows. Fines are $2,500 or nearly a year in jail. This law also allows the government to obtain personal communication on social networking sites.

Crime to Post Images That Cause “Emotional Distress” “Without Legitimate Purpose”Eugene Volokh • June 6, 2011 2:37 pm

Images that cause Emotional DistressFriday, a new Tennessee law was changed to provide (new material italicized):
(a) A person commits an offense who intentionally:
(4) Communicates with another person or transmits or displays an image in a manner in which there is a reasonable expectation that the image will be viewed by the victim by [by telephone, in writing or by electronic communication] without legitimate purpose:

(A) (i) With the malicious intent to frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress; or
(ii) In a manner the defendant knows, or reasonably should know, would frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress to a similarly situated person of reasonable sensibilities; and
(B) As the result of the communication, the person is frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed.

Read more @ The Volokh Conspiracy 

How to Live Forever

Once again the topical subject of the life extension science is upon us. A new documentary film by Mark S. Wexler’s opens on 6/3/11 here in LA.

The baby boomers, which I am one of, are shitting in their pants with fear about dying.
They started with cosmetic surgery to hide the signs of their mortality, now years later with the pending doom pounding louder on their door, Kurzweil has entered the picture with 2045. Transcendent Man a documentary about Kurzweil by director Barry Ptolemy is still ranking #2 on iTunes.

Ram Dass states in the documentary Ram Dass Fierce Grace  that at this stage of his life he is here to help the baby boomers deal with aging, infirmity, and disability by pointing the way to a higher understanding of these mysteries. I hope that he talks louder.

Crab Revenge

crab revenge
Crab Revenge will mail anger in a vial from the UK. Sprinkle the tiny purple dots onto the bedding of the unknowing victim and they will itch away. A gift from the ultimate passive aggressive person.

The Next Generation of Digital Books

I had the opportunity to interact with Our Choice, the first book by Push Pop Press. I was too busy blowing, pushing, squeezing to learn anything, truly a mesmerizing experience. This book is a portal into Alice in Wonderland, full of pages folding into dazzling  interactive infographics and maps, video and photographs.  Push Pop Press will change the way we read books with their interactive app. Software developer Mike Matas gives a talk on TED about their first full-length interactive book for the iPad. It works on both the iPhone and  the iPad. It sells for $9.99.

Mike Matas: TED A next-generation digital book                                 View in iTunes