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.

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