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October 26 2009

jnd: An emergent vocabulary of form for urban screens « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird

I kept thinking, “Here’s that rare someone who has an inkling what to do with these monsters.”

I had the same reaction again the other day. The screens are currently running ads for the Swedish high-street retailer H&M, shot with a high-speed camera – models sloooooowly turning, as a cascade of red leaves ever-so-softly settles over them and to the ground. Just as with the movie posters, I found myself paying the H&M ads an inordinate amount of attention. Because the images’ figural elements evolve so glacially against a stable background, they’d found my cognitive sweet spot, that precise interval at the threshold of visual perception that makes you ask yourself: Wait, did that just change? What part of it? And I minded not at all. (In fact, I found it kind of calming. There’s a word you certainly don’t hear every day in the context of advertising.)

jnd: An emergent vocabulary of form for urban screens « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird

I kept thinking, “Here’s that rare someone who has an inkling what to do with these monsters.” I had the same reaction again the other day. The screens are currently running ads for the Swedish high-street retailer H&M, shot with a high-speed camera – models sloooooowly turning, as a cascade of red leaves ever-so-softly settles over them and to the ground. Just as with the movie posters, I found myself paying the H&M ads an inordinate amount of attention. Because the images’ figural elements evolve so glacially against a stable background, they’d found my cognitive sweet spot, that precise interval at the threshold of visual perception that makes you ask yourself: Wait, did that just change? What part of it? And I minded not at all. (In fact, I found it kind of calming. There’s a word you certainly don’t hear every day in the context of advertising.)

Emperor's Castle - a set on Flickr

Image 1 (Act 3, Eternal Punishment) illustrates the Emperor’s anger over his daughter’s relationship with a cowherd. He separates the couple, placing them back in their original locations. The Emperor wanted to be sure they would never meet again so he closed the castle and opened the heavens. Rain fell, causing the castle’s moat to flood, creating an island of the castle surrounded by a deep and swift lake unassailable by any man.

Emperor's Castle - a set on Flickr

Image 1 (Act 3, Eternal Punishment) illustrates the Emperor’s anger over his daughter’s relationship with a cowherd. He separates the couple, placing them back in their original locations. The Emperor wanted to be sure they would never meet again so he closed the castle and opened the heavens. Rain fell, causing the castle’s moat to flood, creating an island of the castle surrounded by a deep and swift lake unassailable by any man.

Our Changing Information Diet

Personally, I am eagerly awaiting the day when I discover an activity stream of information that comes complete with “Nutrition Facts” to assist me in making good choices. Not too far down the road, our information consumption will be guided by metrics that help each one of us determine the most valuable people and information sources, creating order in the chaos that has become modern information delivery.

Our Changing Information Diet

Personally, I am eagerly awaiting the day when I discover an activity stream of information that comes complete with “Nutrition Facts” to assist me in making good choices. Not too far down the road, our information consumption will be guided by metrics that help each one of us determine the most valuable people and information sources, creating order in the chaos that has become modern information delivery.

October 25 2009

NSFW: Weezer, plane crashes and everything else that’s worrying about the real-time web

Cuomo was joking of course – a ham-fisted attempt at a target reference – but there was a strange and tragic truth in his plea. I mean, what were we all doing? Filming and tweeting and checking in rather than just putting our phones away and enjoying the gig. Why does the world need two thousand photos of the same band on the same stage, all taken from a slightly different angle. That kind of 360 degree imagery might have been useful on the day Kennedy was shot – not least because it would have kept Oliver Stone quiet – but for a Weezer gig? And what’s the point of checking in on Foursquare at a ticketed event that no one else can get into. You might as well tweet “I’m a dick” and be done with it.

NSFW: Weezer, plane crashes and everything else that’s worrying about the real-time web

Cuomo was joking of course – a ham-fisted attempt at a target reference – but there was a strange and tragic truth in his plea. I mean, what were we all doing? Filming and tweeting and checking in rather than just putting our phones away and enjoying the gig. Why does the world need two thousand photos of the same band on the same stage, all taken from a slightly different angle. That kind of 360 degree imagery might have been useful on the day Kennedy was shot – not least because it would have kept Oliver Stone quiet – but for a Weezer gig? And what’s the point of checking in on Foursquare at a ticketed event that no one else can get into. You might as well tweet “I’m a dick” and be done with it.

October 23 2009

The Hugh Hewitt Show

HH: Are you, in your refusal to debate any and all comers who have established credentials like D’Souza…
RD: Well, I’ve debated Francis Collins, whom I have great respect for.
HH: But people like D’Souza, et cetera, people who are perhaps not as genteel, are you evidencing fear that the arguments might be flimsy in the public setting?
RD: Not at all. Absolutely not at all.
HH: Don’t you think the public are entitled to infer from your unwillingness to do…
RD: They can infer what the hell they like. I don’t care. I have a job to do, and I’m going to get on and do it.

The Hugh Hewitt Show

HH: Are you, in your refusal to debate any and all comers who have established credentials like D’Souza… RD: Well, I’ve debated Francis Collins, whom I have great respect for. HH: But people like D’Souza, et cetera, people who are perhaps not as genteel, are you evidencing fear that the arguments might be flimsy in the public setting? RD: Not at all. Absolutely not at all. HH: Don’t you think the public are entitled to infer from your unwillingness to do… RD: They can infer what the hell they like. I don’t care. I have a job to do, and I’m going to get on and do it.
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Why 'Wild Things' Isn't Too Scary for Kids | Newsweek Culture | Newsweek.com

But some will, and they deserve the opportunity to be provoked. "[Max] doesn't know what's to come next," Sendak said. "I mean, that's gotta be scary for a kid, but it's also gotta be what a kid likes most. It's that enticement of what might or might not happen." In fact, the occasional dose of disorientation, of wrestling with things that are difficult to understand, may even be healthy. According to a new paper in the journal Psychological Science, experiences that confound expectations, from nonsense verse to thorny narratives, often "prime the brain to sense patterns it would otherwise miss—in mathematical equations, in language, in the world at large."

Why 'Wild Things' Isn't Too Scary for Kids | Newsweek Culture | Newsweek.com

But some will, and they deserve the opportunity to be provoked. "[Max] doesn't know what's to come next," Sendak said. "I mean, that's gotta be scary for a kid, but it's also gotta be what a kid likes most. It's that enticement of what might or might not happen." In fact, the occasional dose of disorientation, of wrestling with things that are difficult to understand, may even be healthy. According to a new paper in the journal Psychological Science, experiences that confound expectations, from nonsense verse to thorny narratives, often "prime the brain to sense patterns it would otherwise miss—in mathematical equations, in language, in the world at large."

October 22 2009

David Byrne Journal: 10.18.09: A Cooking Ape

Wrangham also says that once we started eating cooked food, our mouths and jaws no longer had to be equipped mainly for tearing, ripping and intense prolonged grinding… which left early mouths available for other purposes — vocalizing… and maybe singing, too?

It’s an amazing argument — to tie all these crucial protohuman attributes to cooking. And equally interesting is how each attribute facilitated the others — all seemed to be interdependent.

David Byrne Journal: 10.18.09: A Cooking Ape

Wrangham also says that once we started eating cooked food, our mouths and jaws no longer had to be equipped mainly for tearing, ripping and intense prolonged grinding… which left early mouths available for other purposes — vocalizing… and maybe singing, too? It’s an amazing argument — to tie all these crucial protohuman attributes to cooking. And equally interesting is how each attribute facilitated the others — all seemed to be interdependent.

The Hue Of Hefner: How Color Made An Empire Possible

You might be wondering why, unlike the other primates who mainly have bare faces and rumps, we humans are so naked all over. It might be that, although we don’t consciously notice it, we color signal over our entire canvas. If all our bare spots are for color signalling (setting aside the palms and the bottoms of the feet) then we should not be naked in places that viewers would not tend to be able to see.

Well, there are three places on the body that are difficult to observe; the top of the head, the underarms and the groin. And notice that, as expected if bare skin is for color signaling, these three spots are the universally furry spots on humans.

The only complication here is that the groin does occasionally become dominated by bare skin rather than fur, namely when the genitalia engorge. But at these times there is often another person involved in a behavior wherein the groin is, ahem, no longer difficult to see

The Hue Of Hefner: How Color Made An Empire Possible

You might be wondering why, unlike the other primates who mainly have bare faces and rumps, we humans are so naked all over. It might be that, although we don’t consciously notice it, we color signal over our entire canvas. If all our bare spots are for color signalling (setting aside the palms and the bottoms of the feet) then we should not be naked in places that viewers would not tend to be able to see. Well, there are three places on the body that are difficult to observe; the top of the head, the underarms and the groin. And notice that, as expected if bare skin is for color signaling, these three spots are the universally furry spots on humans. The only complication here is that the groin does occasionally become dominated by bare skin rather than fur, namely when the genitalia engorge. But at these times there is often another person involved in a behavior wherein the groin is, ahem, no longer difficult to see

Japanese Internet Reacts To BBC's Dying Nation Claims - Only in Japan - Kotaku

For example, if both parents do work and have small children, they need daycare. Well, daycare is harder to come by than in North America — there is public daycare called "hoikuen", but parents must apply in advance and there is no guarantee that they'll be able to put their kids in. Something like this seems like a bigger deterrent to having children than, say, playing Konami DS games, no?

Japanese Internet Reacts To BBC's Dying Nation Claims - Only in Japan - Kotaku

For example, if both parents do work and have small children, they need daycare. Well, daycare is harder to come by than in North America — there is public daycare called "hoikuen", but parents must apply in advance and there is no guarantee that they'll be able to put their kids in. Something like this seems like a bigger deterrent to having children than, say, playing Konami DS games, no?
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