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Mental Links: Deconstructing news reportage, iPad meta-critiques, the cyborg brain…


How To Report The News, by Charlie Brooker… a very frank deconstruction.

  • iPad: Overhyped Flop or a case of Great Design Thinking?
    Media studies graduate student / thinker @VenessaMiemis provides a very thorough examination of the diverse perspectives to what Apple's iPad means for the future of computing.
  • Fraser Speirs on Future Shock
    “What you're seeing in the industry's reaction to the iPad is nothing less than future shock. For years we've all held to the belief that computing had to be made simpler for the 'average person'. I find it difficult to come to any conclusion other than that we have totally failed in this effort. Secretly, I suspect, we technologists quite liked the idea that Normals would be dependent on us for our technological shamanism.”
  • A Whole New Mind | Daniel Pink
    All the iPad discussions seem to point me back to Daniel Pink’s book. He observes that the future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The era of “left brain” dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which “right brain” qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate.
  • Clive Thompson: "Garry Kasparov, cyborg"
    What if, instead of playing against one another, a computer and a human played together — as part of a team?
  • Project SIKULI
    Sikuli automates almost anything with screenshot ease, thanks to it's visual recognition technology. Works with any computing platform, including Mac, Windows, Linux! (via Lifehacker)
  • Panopticlick
    EFF asks: Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.
  • The Pinky Show: Structure, Power, & Agency
    Pinky's been thinking a lot about class treason lately: What does it mean that we do so many things in our lives 'automatically'? What can we really do to make this world better? And what will we have to give up or risk in order to achieve it?
  • Pictures + Stories = Pictory! And It's Pretty. // Current
    Pictures have never been more share-worthy than they are within Pictory, a new, community-driven, ongoing series of photos and the stories behind them. Get out your Kleenex… some of this stuff will truly tug at your heartstrings! The Internet can be so great.
  • List of Corporate Social Media Strategists, Corporate Community Managers in 2010 « Jeremiah Owyang
    There are very specific requirements for this list, please read before submitting: 1) You must have a public LinkedIn profile page that 2) indicates that social media is part of your full time career and job –not just for personal use, 3) You must work at an enterprise class corporation with more than 1000 employees.
  • Securing your iPhone's traffic | Macworld
    There are several firms that specialize in “rent-a-VPN” service for travelers who don’t have a corporate information technology department behind them handling VPN service. I'm thinking it's the easiest way to spoof your iPhone's IP as well.
  • Reboot These Sci-Fi Shows Next, Wired.com Readers Plead
    Brings back lots of memories… though sadly I watched them alone with no one to share stories with.

Mental Links: TheSixtyOne, Sarien, Data.gov, Controlled Serendipity, Keynote Tweet, Booki, and more

On My mind: This Week in Links (012510)

I keep having these aspirations to have my own daily video show, but until it actually happens (yeah right!), I’ll just share recent links I’ve enjoyed. I’ve heard from some of you that this is what you like best from my blog… less talkie, more linkies!

  • Sarien.net – Instant adventure gaming
    Welcome to Sarien.net, the portal for reliving classic Sierra On-Line adventure games. With its focus on instant fun and a unique multiplayer experience, Sarien.net hopes to win new gamers' hearts and promote the adventure game genre. (via @tiffchow)
  • “Socialgraphics” webinar slides « Altimeter Group
    Recorded webinar of Altimeter's “Understanding Your Customers’ Social Behaviors“. You can also download from Slideshare.net (for slides) and drop.io (for the recording).
  • Get Glue: The Network That Sticks To You
    Glue is a service that helps you find your next favorite movie, book, music album or other every day thing (here's a list of supported categories). Glue shows you things that you'll like based on your personal tastes, what your friends like, and what's most popular on Glue.
  • Government posting wealth of data to Internet – washingtonpost.com
    Under a Dec. 8 White House directive, each department must post online at least three collections of "high-value" government data that never have been previously disclosed. All the new data collections will be added to the government's Web site, data.gov.
  • ‘Controlled Serendipity’ Liberates the Web – NYTimes.com
    Observational article on twitter users as content curators & human aggregators.
  • IDEO Labs » Keynote Tweet: Participate in the backchannel of your own presentation
    Enter Keynote Tweet, a simple open-source script that provides the capacity to participate in the backchannel by combining Twitter with Apple Keynote. All you have to do is add text wrapped in [twitter] and [/twitter] tags in the presenter notes section of a slide. When that slide comes up in the presentation the script grabs that text and sends it to Twitter on your behalf.
  • Conversations About The Internet #5: Anonymous Facebook Employee – The Rumpus.net
    Samzenpus on Slashdot wrote: "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."
  • The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures « OkTrends
    To write this piece, we cataloged over 7,000 photographs on OkCupid.com, analyzing three primary things: 1) Facial Attitude. Is the person smiling? Staring straight ahead? Doing that flirty lip-pursing thing?,
    2) Photo Context. Is there alcohol? Is there a pet? Is the photo outdoors? Is it in a bedroom?, 3) Skin. How much skin is the person showing? How much face? How much breasts? How much ripped abs?
  • TheSixtyOne: Beautiful music listening + discovery + game service
    TheSixtyOne is an amazing way to discover new music online. It's chock-full of musical goodness — including lots of Creative-Commons licensed music that can be freely downloaded. It turns music discovery into a social game and lets you "heart" songs (you only get so many hearts to give out each day, depending on your level). If others then "heart" those same songs, it means you've helped them discover good music, and you get more "reputation" points (which in turn allow you to level up and "heart" even more songs, and so on).
  • iSites – Create your iPhone/Android app now
    iSites enables you to create and self-manage apps for multiple smart phones (iPhone, Android) from one place. Just $25!
  • Thwapr – Mobile To Mobile Video Sharing
    The easiest way to share videos and pictures from your phone to your friends' phones. All you need is text messaging and a mobile browser. Thwapr is free and requires no downloads.
  • An Illustrated History of Location-Based Technology – BlackBook
    As far back as 200 BC, humans have been busy inventing a variety of tools to help steer us in the right direction. This timeline is an informative look at just how far we've come when it comes to location based technology.
  • UK Launches Open Data Site; Puts Data.gov to Shame
    Data.gov.uk has nearly 3,000 data sets available for developers to build mashups with. The U.S. site, Data.gov, has less than 1,000 data sets today. When will we see Data.gov.sg?
  • L+E Visual Thinking Archive – a set on Flickr
    This group of visuals has been designed and produced by me (David Armano). You are welcome to use the visuals for presentations, slideshows and blogs posts. Please provide proper attribution and a link is always appreciated. davidarmano.com
  • Booki: CollaborativeFutures
    As we began the collaborative process of crafting this book on the future of collaboration, we realized we were all working from a set of assumptions, many of them shared, some of them divergent. We were talking about a specific form of collaboration, specific media of collaboration, and specific goals of collaboration. And we were talking about a specific history of collaboration, and a correspondingly specific set of futures.

Dailylinks: Why send money to people trying to kill you?

Why send money to people trying to kill you?
A not-so-subtle reminder of why the war is fought, from your friendly neighborhood Sunoco Gas Station.

Cool/Tools

Journal/Diving

Copyright/CC

  • EFF to ISPs and Content Owners: Do Your Part to Protect Political Speech | Electronic Frontier Foundation – Here are examples of free political speech being block in the U.S. As the country enters the most "wired" election season to date, EFF and the ACLU of Northern California strongly encourage online service providers (OSPs) and content owners to take special care to safeguard free speech. Copyright claims, trademark claims, and alleged terms of use violations can be misused to silence critics and stifle political dialogue online. Even temporary takedowns can harm open debate, as political speech depends on the spirit of the moment and the rapidly evolving arguments of the participants.
  • EFF: Veoh Decision Could Save Muxtape and Friends | Listening Post from Wired.com – When a Northern California judge Howard R. Lloyd handed down a decision on Wednesday in favor of the video sharing site Veoh, after it had been accused by IO Group of hosting ten of that company's pornographic movies without permission, he may have provided mix sharing sites like Muxtape with a blueprint for legality.
  • The Creative Commons and Copyright Protection in the Digital Era: Uses
    of Creative Commons Licenses
    – This study explores whether Creative Commons (CC) licenses are a viable solution for copyright protection in the digital era. Through a mixed-methods approach involving a web-based survey of CC licensors, a content analysis of CC-licensed works, and interviews, the study characterizes CC licensors, the ways that CC licensors produce creative works, the private interests that CC licenses serve, and the public interests that CC licenses serve.

Surveillance/Security

  • Unmanned-On-Unmanned Vehicular Combat In Iraq – Unmanned systems destroying other unmanned systems is now a reality following the destruction by an MQ-9 Reaper of a remotely controlled car carrying an explosive device in southeast Iraq. This is the next stage of war.
  • Camerahead Project has its “Eyes” on surveillance – The Camerahead Project is presented through the eyes of 10 Camerahead agents, and the images they record. The project not only raises the questions of who is watching who, and who is watching the watchers, but also asks questions of why we are being watched at all.
  • Features of the new SAF combat uniform – Camouflage is an important element in military tactics. With today’s advanced surveillance equipment and weapon optics, soldiers face a greater risk of detection in combat. Recognising this, the Army and the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA) have jointly developed a new SAF combat uniform with an enhanced camouflage pattern to reduce detection – based on the science of human visual performance and visual biophysics. Besides an enhanced camouflage pattern, the new SAF combat uniform also consists of better quality fabric and an ergonomic functional design.

Dailylinks: Tons of links I’ve liked (and sorted) in June…

T-shirt: Out of Office Reply
Bought this kawaii office t-shirt for $10 at Woot Shirt

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Today’s Links: Nico Nico Douga, Vizuality, Little Fuzzy + Little Brother…


What is Nico Nico Douga?

Vizuality: Visual Literacy

  • So what is Nico Nico Douga? (For Non-Japanese readers only) – Incredibly popular in Japan, Nico Nico Douga was originally created as a mash up of Youtube and 2-channel – the latter is Japan’s most popular BBS (bulletin board system). This explains the whole Japanese video mashup phenomena, with how-to join in.
  • VUVOX – Photo Collage – It's Photojournalism & Storytelling, Creating a media wall of photos, video, text & music. A panoramic experience of multiple media.
  • Kevin Kelly: Tools for Vizuality – Vizuality is visual literacy. In theory, we should be able to annotate, reference and hyperlink moving images as easily as we do text. Features a bunch of interesting tools!

Alternative Books

  • Little Fuzzy as an award-winning audiobook – Little Fuzzy is a tight science fiction story that epitomizes the golden age of sf. Explores the nature of colonial economies, the deepest questions of consciousness and intelligence, paternalism and self-determination, and the nature of the rule of law.
  • Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother” – It's 1984, updated with hyperaware teenage hackers and the panopticon of homeland security. Perhaps the first ever CC-licensed novel to get on the New York Times list. Buy or Download for free!

Productivity Web Apps

  • mobaganda* – Mobaganda is a simple way to plan parties, meetings, conference calls, etc. and track who is coming, and who is not. You do not need to register or login at any time. Mobaganda is like Evite, without all the bloat, clutter and unnecessary crap.
  • LibX and Zotero: Firefox Extensions for Librarians and Library Patrons – An elaborate tutorial on installing and using LibX and Zotero for your research.

Slick Gadgets

Today’s Links: hitler meme, flying penises, seasteading, and more…

Today's Links

I’m already late with my “Social Media Strategist” post since last week, and there’s so much to talk about that I’ll revert to doing link dumps in the form of twitter and del.icio.us links.

  • Fellow Mac users, the most-secret capture shortcut is Control-Command-Shift-3 (or 4), which copies the capture into your Clipboard memory. I used this tip for the above collage!
  • Intense Debate: Reputation Blog Comment System – Lets you track comments, have user profiles, thread comments, establish a reputation system.
  • I’ll be at Genesee Community College for CIT 2008 (May 27th – 30th). I’ll be at the Twitter for education workshop. Why use clickers when kids have cellphones?
  • It’s at the expense of Hitler, though “I have failed at the Internets” is a really really good video meme.
  • Hope you guys know that the RC Flying Penis was inspired by griefers in Second Life. I remembered when that happened to SL “millionaire” Anshe Chung at her virtual press conference.
  • The Asus Eee 900 web page implies that women are “weak”, then Wii Fit calls a 10yr old girl “fat”. I’m just glad I’m a guy.
  • @KeithBurtis links to his competitors; “planting seeds to bear fruits”. I say this increases his network centrality!
  • Discovered The Evolution of Mobile Phones: A rawking short video on the history of cellphones!
  • According to LTA, the Segway still isn’t street legal in Singapore. Sadly, neither would flying automobiles (via @JimmyLiew)
  • @Lucian: pssst. go to http://www.moe.gov.sg and look for the praetorian pi at the right side of the footer. A tribute to the terrible movie: The Net
  • Around 20 men took part in the ‘protest’ along Orchard Road on Sunday afternoon to demand for equality and the right to participate in the women-only-run. However the organisers could not produce a permit when the police arrived on the scene, after a member of the public alerted the police of the ‘protests’, just as the PR-stunt ended (@litford).
  • Singapore blogger arrested for racist comments. Netizens archived his entry so no denial. TODAY news report as well as the full account (sources, kid’s photo, and cached blog post) on Alvinology (via @Sivasothi). Have to be careful though… Online vigilantism can turn into lynch mobs, which is a social problem in Korea, China, Japan.
  • Look like the latest Bioshock wasn’t far from the truth. The Seasteading Institute is an organization dedicated to creating experimental ocean communities with diverse social, political, and legal systems. Founder Patri Friedman (from Google) stated that “[g]overnment is an industry with a really high barrier to entry. […] You basically need to win an election or a revolution to try a new one. That’s a ridiculous barrier to entry. And it’s got enormous customer lock-in. People complain about their cellphone plans that are like two years, but think of the effort that it takes to change your citizenship.” Wired has the full story…

Today’s Links: We Humans Are Machines for Propagating Memes

Humorous Pictures
An extremely popular meme: Lolcatz. So hardcore, even i can has cheez burger blog commenters write in lolcatz-speak!

“The Matrix” Hacks

Surveillance Hacks

Human Memory Hacks

Virtual Community Hacks

iPhone Hacks

“Free” Hacks

Webapp Hacks

Gadget Hacks

Gaming Hacks

Today’s Links: Inspector Gadgets, Freakonomists, and Socio-Politicians

Reuter's Got Mojo (that's mobile journalism)

For Inspector Gadgets

For Freakonomists

For Lifehackers

For Social Media Pragmatists

For Cyberculturists

For Socio-Politicians

We heart China

Today’s Links: Going by the numbers…

Chinese Museum @ China Square - 4
As taken from a small museum near China Square, Singapore

Today’s Links: Feeding the “Self-Help” Web one link at a time…

Slife: Awareness Browser
Featuring Slife: An “Awareness Browser” for Mac users

Having recently gotten a copy of The Whole Earth Catalog, this time’s del.icio.us links are related to self-help, a quintessential social use of the web. Here’s a roundup of the neatest tools I’ve discovered in recent weeks…