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January 31, 2006

PostSecret

This is not new, but PostSecret has been nominated for the bloggies award, and, well, if you haven't seen this, it's new to you!

The art-nerd in me personally file this project under relational aesthetics... but for those who just appreciate stuff for what they are, you'll love this:

(PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail-in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.)

New secrets are posted every sunday.

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Flipbook! of the week

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What is over 1,795 frames long, has 15 episodes including 1 special advertisement short and is the Flipbook! of this week!?

Thats right! You guessed it!

SAMURAI'S WHISPER! by Duran Remone Guy-Williams.

This is the type of commitment to ninjas and random fighting that keeps Flipbook! goin'

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Techno Tuesday

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January 30, 2006

RIP Nam Jun Paik

He passed away on this year's Chinese New Year...

http://www.paikstudios.com/index.html

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Identity soup and igloos for the homeless

Right wing groups in France and Belgium have for weeks been handing out pork soup to homeless people on frigid winter's days. But Muslims and Jews are forbidden by their religions from eating pork -- and excluding these groups, say many, is exactly the point of the handouts.

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Strasbourg has banned the distributions of the so-called "identity soup" earlier this month. Authorities in Paris have recently stopped the handouts at both Montparnasse and Gare de l'Est train stations on the grounds that the group had no permit. Elsewhere, for lack of legal violations, the pork soup philanthropy continues.

"Identity soup" is on its third winter in Paris, though this is the first year it has spread elsewhere. Local groups behind the scheme are planning a "great festive meal of European solidarity" in Paris in February. The goal is to defend the European identity. Anti-racism groups are concerned that the far right is attempting to drum up has support ahead of the 2007 presidential elections.

Via Der Spiegel.

Image: To protest against the lack of shelters for homeless in winter, the ONG Médecins du Monde distribuited a few weeks ago 150 "igloos" in prestigious zones of Paris. Picture shows the tents in front of the Centre Pompidou. (via Libération and 20 minutos)

figure we should check out what goes on at the centre pompidou...

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Artist makes faux Chinese lacquer scenes from porn mags

Xeni Jardin: Chinese-American artist Yun Bai makes "porn flower" collages from adult magazine snippets. She laquers them together to create trompe l'oeil scenes that look like traditional mother-of-pearl tableaus at a distance. Up close, however, you can see the dirty bits. Link to artist website. Use the pull-down menu to select "porn flowers," and choose the heading marked "Sold" to see more. (Thanks, Hillary)

Via Boing Boing

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Thai water-taxis made from canoe-mounted truck-engines

Cory Doctorow:
James Gosling took a series of photos of Thailand's Longtail water-taxis, which are made by attaching a propeller-equipped diesel truck engine to the end of an oversized canoe. The photos are pretty impressive.
When you look at them when they get closer, you see a truck engine mounted on the stern with a long piece of pipe stretching out toward the bow that the boatman holds on to. There's another piece of pipe welded onto the transmission pointing out toward the stern.

When the boatman pushes on his piece of pipe, it rotates the engine left, right, up or down. When he pushes down, it rotates the tail upward and you get to see the business end of the beast: a naked propeller just hanging out there.

nks, Simon!)

I'd say Thai stuff is the sensation of the month at Fabrica...

Via Boing Boing

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ROJO's limited edition artist monographs

David Pescovitz:
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Based in Barcelona, ROJO is an edgy hub for emerging artists. Their Web site is electrified with photos, graffiti, illustrations, and designs by artists that I've never heard of but won't soon forget. ROJO director David Quiles Guilló just sent me their new series of monographic mini-books and they're stunning. No boring essays, no hoity-toity critical introductions, just pages of raw, gritty photos, illustrations, collages, and street art in a compact 5"x6" hardbound volume with a padded cover. The artists in this limited series include Boris Hoppek, Tofer, Nuno Valerio, Neasden Control Centre, and Albert Bertolin (illustration seen here). My favorites are Hoppek's book, titled "Tranquilo," and Bertolin's "Kultur Toilette," which my wife has decided will be placed in our future child's library. Link

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Your pictures: Europe's freeze

Pictures of the severe cold snap gripping Europe, sent into the BBC by readers.

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January 27, 2006

It's no bloggies, but at least we're up for a vote somewhere!

I followed a refering link from our blog's stat page, and found this:

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It's no Bloggies Award, and I'm not even exactly sure what this "Best School Ad Blog" even means, but hey, some people are voting for this very site that you are on!

Go here to vote, if you feel like it:http://ad-rag.com/battleoftheadblogs/

Also, check out the Bloggies Award to vote for best blogs from around the world -- most of which are the ones we're pulling content from (WMMNA, WorldChanging, Popgadget, etc.)

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Find us on Google Earth

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Get Google Earth for hours and hours of flying around the globe from your screen!!

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January 26, 2006

Care for Some Wood?

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Lothar of the Hill People sometimes needs to carry his multimedia with him as he clomps through the underbrush. How does he do it, you ask? With this weird wooden USB key. Why anyone else in their right mind would go for these wooden USB drives is beyond me, unless of course you’re dying to wear one around your neck with the accompanied piece of leather. Yikes.

The flash drive comes in “various hardwood,” in case you care.

Got Wood?
[ShinyShiny]

oh no, that was my idea...

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La Amarilla de Ronda’s Organic Olive Oil

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La Amarilla de Ronda, LA is a company from Andalucía, Spain, that produces a line of organic extra-virgin olive oil. According to their website, Spain is the largest olive oil producing country in the world, yet Italy has obtained greater exposure through major marketing campaigns. The partners of this company see close similarities between the worlds of oil and wine. Therefore, they have created two different ecological extra virgin olive oils with the aim of “bringing the well established wine culture to the world of oils: Mild and Intense ecological extra virgin olive oils, with different gastronomic uses, as is the case with white and red wine.” The team behind La Amarilla de Ronda is world-class and includes Cristino Lobillo (a top olive oil expert), Michel Rolland (respected enologist) and Philippe Starck (the designer who created the hip packaging). So on your next visit to Spain be sure to pick some up because, unfortunately, it isn’t sold anywhere else. ::La Amarilla de Ronda, LA

i\'d just buy it for the bottle...

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Official DS redesign

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I finally caved in and bought myself a Nintendo DS, just in time to get the new sexy redesigned DS Lite slapped in my face. It hurts. Now I really want a Nintendo DS Lite ... really, really badly.

According to this post on Kotaku, Nintendo Japan announced details of the new redesign today. The "Lite" in the name indicates that Nintendo's new portable console is lighter -from a weight point of view- and features four levels of brightness. So to summerize and to twist the knife in the wound a little deeper ... compared to the regular DS, the DS Lite is slimmer, has a brighter screen, weighs less and just looks a lot better.

It will hit Japanese stores at the beginning of March for $145; details about the UK and US releases are yet to come.

Now if Sony redesigns its PSP anytime soon, I will just slit my wrists.

Via Kotaku

learning from Apple, can we say?

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Your I-pod keeps taps on your deleted files

I read this on digg and here's the link:

http://www.digg.com/security/Warning:_iPod_s_File_Structure_Keeping_Tabs_on_your_Deleted_Files

Even thou the idea of seeing an Ipod show up on C.S.I makes me sick to my stomach (C'mon! enough with the freakin' Ipods), it's quite a real possiblity.

Beware of what you put on your Ipod, the damn thing may rat you out, if you want to get rid of something you might as well put it down like a cowboy's sick horse.

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A Prize for impossible artistic projects!

The Art Newspaper’s first ever Bartlebooth Award celebrates the improbable, impossible and incredible in international contemporary art.

To read more http://www.theartnewspaper.com/special/bartlebooth/bartlebooth.asp

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/

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January 25, 2006

Dissent in America

I call this, fun news!

Story: U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez was making a speech defending illegal wiretapping to law students at Georgetown University earlier today, when the students stood up, turned their backs, and 4 students held up the sign you see in the above picture.

For full stories:
CNN
blog - Future American lawyers to be proud of

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Palestinian Elections

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Palestinian voter turnout nears sixty percent...
Updated news at http://www.haaretzdaily.com/

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Jailed Iranian blogger taken to his college exams in handcuffs

Xeni Jardin:


25 year old Mojtaba Saminejad has been in prison in Iran since February, 2005 for "insulting the Supreme Guide" and inciting "immorality" on his blog. He was escorted in handcuffs to take exams at Azad University in Tehran last Saturday.

The human rights organization Reporters Without Borders issued a statement today "welcom[ing] the fact that the Iranian courts have allowed him to continue his university course," and calling for Saminejad's release. "We have never stopped our condemnation of the unfair conviction of this young student who has been imprisoned for nearly a year for posting a few messages on the Internet," read the statement, "We urge the authorities to show leniency. Bloggers like Mojtaba represent no threat to Iranian society. On the contrary, they support the emergence of a citizen's debate."

Image: Saminejad photographed inside his school in Tehran, as he entered to take his exam. Here is his former blog: Link, and here is a new url.

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Fire stations

While queuing at the post office, i found pictures of this amazing Feuerwehrzentrale (fire station), designed by BFM achitecture studio in Cologne (Germany).

The circular building, surrounded by with a lattice of red concrete, houses the fire brigade and the elongated part accommodates the offices and the school.

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Made me think of another very stylish Firestation , designed by Zaha Hadid's in Weil am Rhein (near Basel, Switzerland), on the site of the Vitra Museum .

The firehouse is part of Vitra's program of building structures by world renowned architects, including Tadao Ando's Conference Pavilion, Frank Gehry's Design Museum and Alvaro Siza's Production Hall. The building had been designed to serve the Vitra complex which at the time fell outside the range of neighboring fire districts.

The building functioned as a firehouse until the whole complex was finally covered by a nearby fire department. The building is now used by Vitra to showcase a part of its collection of classic chairs (see their mini-version).

Inside the building, optical tricks are being played on the viewer and i suspect the firemen have been quite relieved to leave the gorgeous but so impractical station. I stepped into the bathroom when i visited it and felt sea-sick because of these plays of perspectives and i didn't fancy the nearly transparent doors either. The kitchen was quite weird too. The sink was so low that it seemed to have been conceived for dwarves. Lady Hadid, however, makes gorgeous chandeliers.

Image Cologne,

ah, another impractical building by our favorite architect around here...

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wired article

Internet users can give websites a thumbs up or thumbs down in less than the blink of an eye, according to a study by Canadian researchers. In just a brief one-twentieth of a second -- less than half the time it takes to blink -- people make aesthetic judgments that influence the rest of their experience with an internet site.

The Importance of Being Pretty

we know this, right?

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moleskine + flickr = new friends

Moleskine notebooks are an endless source of fascination for me. I have seen some which were real pieces of art. One sketchbook I keep going back to is Raylene Gorum's on Flickr. I fell in love with some of Raylene's sketches and simply asked her if she would consider selling/trading a print. (This one is my absolute favorite). She said yes (YAY!) and so we met up for lunch yesterday, to do the trade, and meet the person behind those pictures/drawings I've been following for quite some time. Yay to the wwww and Flickr, cause Raylene is one delightful, talented mamacita. Check out her portfolio consisting of interior design/product design/lighting pieces etc. I am especially impressed by her nifty chess set design called Chesstryoshka".


Web_64And here's, another interesting Moleskine sketchbook link: "My Moleskine Exhibition 2005 Japan"

and i wanted to do a moleskin artshow...

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free online graph paper / grid paper PDFs

Unknown_1Brilliant: Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs

(via cooltools)

should be useful!

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Index Page Competition call for proposals

Site Specific offers to all Digital Artist/Designer the opportunity to create the Index page of the website. The winning Artist will have a large space inside the "Extras" room of the website to introduce him/herself ,to be interviewed and to have some images dispalyed on; the winning work will become the Index Page of Site Specific during all the Site Specific @ Web group exhibition.

More information at http://www.sitespecific.it

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Le Navigateur Humain

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Human Browser by Christophe Bruno is a series of wireless Internet performances based on a Wi-Fi Google hack. A human being embodies the World Wide Web, the sum of all speeches of mankind.

http://www.christophebruno.com/

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January 24, 2006

Flipbook! in Japan

As winner of a grand prize in the Japan Media Arts Festival, Flipbook! will be present in the award ceremony on February 23, 2006 at The Westin Tokyo (inside of YEBISU GARDEN PLACE). There will also be a permanent exibith of the Festival from Febrary 24 - March 5, 2006 at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

I really hope that people around the Tokyo area can come to the ceremony and be present. I never been to Tokyo before and i'm very corious about the city! See ya there!

On a personal note, i'm trying to raise some money to be able to bring my girlfriend with me, please visit the following link if you are interested on helping me:

http://www.piterwilson.com/blog/?p=63

Thank you!

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The FWA- the Favourite Website Awards

http://www.thefwa.com

The Favourite Website Award is a project originally developed by treecity, an agency that was short-listed for the Yell Uk web Awards 2000, in the best Design Agency, UK, category. FWA is a portal that recognises the latest and best cutting edge website designs.....

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Got ideas?

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Following the trend set by the Contagious Media Showdown (Eyebeam, May 2005), ultra liberal blog The Huffington Post will be hosting the Contagious Festival beginning February 1.

They're calling for entries, and the winning prize is $2500 (USD), plus your work will be judged by celebs like John Cusack, The Yes Men and others.

Just a personal note... my old project got listed as an "inspiration"... it has something to do with Victoria's Secret... ;)

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Dark Places: an experimental group exhibition

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Dark Places, conceived and curated by Joshua Decter, with an installation design by the architectural collective servo. An experimental group exhibition, Dark Places features the digitized works of 76 international artists and architects, organized into eight “curatorial scripts." The show is comprised of the simultaneous interplay of eight distinct micro-exhibitions. These sequences of works are displayed via eight projector units incorporated within a translucent architectural armature suspended in the museum’s space. Relationships among art, architecture, media, and technological design are reanimated here, generating a new kind of immersive environment—the hallucination of a futuristic noir scenario inside the frame of the museum.

Continue reading "Dark Places: an experimental group exhibition"

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Techno Tuesday

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"Modern Romance"

Techno Tuesday is a new weekly comic by Andy Rementer.

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News from the digital world

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Here you can find all the most important news from the universe of italian and worldwide electronic and digital culture: the coolest festivals and exhibitions, events and projects.
DIGICULT project is linked to DIGIMAG --> a e-mag about Web Art, Hack Art, Video Art, Software Art, AudioVideo, Electronic, Interaction Design, Artificial Intelligence, Performing Art, Tech Media made by more than 30 partners.

http://www.digicult.it

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January 23, 2006

The No.27 Train

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http://www.woostercollective.com/2006/01/the_no27_train.html

Canada, eh? Nice.

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Neural.it: Neuralissimo

For all you italian subscribers, there is a hot hot new media art magazine published in Italy and in italian. Run over to neural.it and read up. Perhaps we can get this guy to come over to the Fab and hang out with us.

http://www.neural.it/english/

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FARC t-shirt? WTF?

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You guys know im all for doing art about the Colombian conflict. However making a t-shirt of it, giving partialized information about a known terrorist group and pledging to give $5 per t-shirt to them is damn right insulting.

Again, it comes from some Danish group and im sure just like the other Danish who did somthing like this in the past, they also should and will get prosecuted for aiding an international terrorist groups.

its not because its FARC. It's the same thing if it was any other Colombian terrorist group. Any terrorist armed group is just as bad.

C'mon guys, anyone from Colombia will tell you, supporting assasins and kidnappers just ain't right. Do you know how many civilians are killed and kidnapped every day? well thank you for supporting that.

you support murder.
you support kidanpping.
you support cocainn trade.

way to go, assholes.

this is the link and i hope you drop by and tell them what you think:

http://www.fightersandlovers.com/?go=realstuff

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Teddy Bear's Grand Elucidations

I'm a sucker. The Harriet Myers supreme court nomination hearings performed its intended effect, much like the ol' fools gold. I was absorbed, and when she was publicly humiliated, vindicated. Once Samuel Alito took her place as the next nominee I could barely care. I paid no attention. And now it seems to me that this was the plan all along. The Bush government selects a decoy. Someone who will cause such an uproar, that the following candidate who is far more conservative and contriversial passes through public opinion without much hurrah.

Thankfully Ted Kennedy stood up last week and summarized brilliantly. I urge everyone to read the contents of this transcript to gain insight into the future of the most powerful military regime in the world.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/19/AR2006011902515.html

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Yet another Flipbook! of the week

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We've noticed all the work being posted from Supaslim, and want to declare it the not so weekly , Flipbook! of the week. He's done quite an extensive collection and we are damn proud of it. Congrats chap! you make us happy!

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More pics from the Fabrica Christmas Party

Both Juan and I weren't here to make a blog post right after the party, but we have more photos added to the pool now and, well, here's some of them... Enjoy.

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IMG_5487  Fabrica Xmas Party!

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January 20, 2006

Abolishing the penal code

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If this Government lasts a few more months it will abolish the penal code.
It's latest exploit is the "Pecorella law" just approved in Parliament.
The law establishes that if a defendant is found not guilty, the prosecution cannot appeal but can only take the case to the Court of Cassazione.
A defendant who has been found guilty, however, has the right to appeal and if the appeal fails, to also go to the Court of Cassazione. The limitation of the powers of the prosecutor is a grave violation of the equality of powers of people taking on different roles in a trial, as established by the Constitution.

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January 19, 2006

Escopetarras

Colombian Musician Luis Alberto Paredes, invented these instruments. His inspiration came after a terrorist bombing performed by FARC. He went along with other musicians to support people as an exercise on civil solidarity. He noticed, standing next to a soldier, that his pose resembled his own with his guitar. Afer a long process he finally got some guns and transformed them into this instruments. He wants to make guns that dont kill but create!

According to this article, he's sent some to Juanes, Shakira and Julieta Venegas to be be actually used on performances!

Way to go! i hope they really do use them! looking forward to this.

Source: El tiempo

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Good reasons to love Nord Est

Last week I was driving to Spresiano and on the main road, right under the sign saying that I was in the town of Visnadello, I foud this:

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(Stopping for sexual bargaining is forbidden)

Also, walking in Treviso, I found this videostore's window. It's full of Disney's posters and childhood characters... how sweet... but... LOOK AT THE POSTER IN THE CENTER!

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(special offer for hard video...)

I love this city.

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What to do in Europe over the next few days

In bed with fever and a super flu. I hate that of course, but as this guy says...

Here's a few interesting events for the healthy ones:
- MA 2006 EXPO : Thing/ks: an exhibition of prototypes and projects from the PG
Certificate level by students of MA Interactive Digital Media and MA Network Media Environments, Ravensbourne College of Art, London. At the CAVE Atrium from 4 PM today. Continuing 19-20th January 12 - 6 PM. (thanks Karel)

- What isn’t design? A discussion about the changing definition of contemporary design, together with Hilary Cottam, Jane Dillon, Mark Delaney of Plan and Marcus Fairs, in Script, the first of a new series of topical monthly design debates in the Design Museum, London. Monday 23 January. (Thanks Cristina Bisland.)

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- In London again, if you're into Gilbert and George.

- Debate Interrogating Interactive Art with Matt Amdams, Ross Cooper, Lauren Parker, and Stefan Roveda. T Bar, London, January 24.

Tuesday 24 January [7pm]
- The New Media, Visual Communication and Film & Video students at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart will be presenting their works during the Winter Show to be held on January 27 and 28 (at least that's what i gathered from the invitation written in german i received last week).

- The next Pecha Kucha London night will be on Thursday 9 February. Speakers include: Dunne & Raby, Plasma Studio, Julian & Sophie, David Kester, etc. Unsurprisingly tickets are sold out. ICA, The Mall, London.

- If you're planning to go to LIFT06 in Geneva, Transmediale and dorkbot in Berlin, come and say hi. Also i'll be in Aachen, Maastricht and Brussels from Saturday 21 till Wednesday 25, if there's any show i should attend, suggestions are welcome.

A last tip: if you're interested by one these events but can't go cuz accomodations are pretty expensive, Henriette Weber Andersen has set up Can I Crash, sorf of couchsurfing but only for bloggers. Brilliant idea. I'm about to move to berlin, as soon as i'm a bit comfy there, i'll add my address to the growing list.

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USB Heated Foot Cozy

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This heated foot cozy plugs right into a PC via USB. The cable is 135cm, which makes hopping into the board room difficult, but extenders are available. The warm footsie is the latest addition to the USB Oh It Is High Concentration desk series that includes heated fingerless gloves and a desktop coffee heating pad. The slippers are available for $73.50 from Rare Mono Shop.

(Pro foot massage to Risebridge)

i desperately in need of these for the cold wintery months here... owwww

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So truly real

Look at this nice baby...

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...well, this is FAKE! It's a doll... Made in the Usa (where else?), this doll is sold by mail all over the world. I found an advertising on an Italian gossip journal (!) that says: "you don't need a real child if you can have this"...

The doll's name is "Jasmine goes to granny's" (????)

Maybe it's just me, but I think this is FRIGHTFUL!

if you're intersted in buying ugly so tryly real dolls, look at www.bradford.it.

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January 18, 2006

Is being un-PC that necessary for the message?

This image is taken from the Fabrica front page, an online identity that represents Fabrica as a whole:

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"The Chinese all look the same" ?? "and ABOVE ALL where do the Chinese go when they die" ??

(above all what? like it's the most important to know if there are chinese people in heaven and if you have to be friends them? ok, i'll understand the fact that it isn't written very well and probably isn't written by an english writer? whatever, still doesn't make it any better)

OK, Sure, we understand the intention after you read the whole thing repeatedly, but is it really necessary to put in a context that pits the West against the East? Us vs. Them? Let's have Them come teach Us?

It is insulting and embarrassing to say the least. One because it is the kind of sentiments that are expressed in our local environment but it doesn't necessarily mean WE have anything to do with the conservative minds that make up Treviso. and two, because it is just plain uncool to try to be "cool and down with 'those' people" from such a pretentious view points (oh we fly in Chinese people to make us more worldly!).

Yeah, maybe it's just the quirky writing, but it's on the front page!!!

for more about the workshop: http://2005to2007.fabrica.it/project.php?id=305

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Silverfish Stream, relational sound spheres.

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Constanza Silva is a new media artist who creates complex interactive environments where sound and robotic are the essential elements of a connected network. Silverfish Stream is her most recent artwork and, according to the author, 'it is a sensual, poetic, exploration of the potential of human-machine interaction.

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Istant Drawing Machine

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Instant Drawing Machine, sketched interaction.
You don't have to go to Rome's Trevi fountain and throw a coin in the water to let your wishes be fulfilled. Now with the IDM, Instant Drawing Machine (made by Oliver Halsman Rosenberg and Clint Taniguchi aka 'Crust and Dirt') the place where you can make your offer for a good omen is mobile.

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January 17, 2006

Bottle cap tripod

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I''ve just flipped through dozens of recent photos taken with my probably obsolete (and it's just 2 years old!) digital camera and realized that every shot taken in the evening is so fuzzy it looks like I shot them using one of those filters used to turn older movie stars into glowy, diffused figures of supposedly indeterminate age. I'd like a new camera, definitely, but I could also just get one of these bottle cap tripods. It turns any narrow-necked bottle into a tripod for taking photos in low light conditons, or for when the photographer would like to be in the picture. Even lightweight tripods are too bulky for toting around everyday, but these tripod caps are no bigger than the actual bottle cap. A bottle doesn't have adjustable legs, of course, but it sure beats trying to use a shelf or the fridge and then contorting to fit yourself into the frame. Not that I do that.

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Bottle cap tripods are $19.99 and come in six colors.

From the the lovely swissmiss (a really great, pretense-free design blog).

oww, i want one!

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Stores paint ads on roofs for satellite map services

Cory Doctorow: Some commercial outfits are painting giant ads on their roofs for the benefit of the aerial/satellite photos used by services like Google Earth/Google Maps. Link (via Digg)

*sigh...*

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End of an Era: Nikon Stops Making Film Cameras

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We took a lot of pictures in architecture school, and this Treehugger desperately wanted a Nikon F, the big, chunky and very expensive camera that every pro used. They were the standard of quality that everything was judged against if you were not into retro Leicas. We settled on the new Olympus OM-1- smaller and cheaper. Twenty-five years later it is still working perfectly and our daughter takes very fine pictures with it, and we have spent happy hours together in our basement darkroom printing pictures.

Now, the Leitz Focomat enlarger is covered in a bag and we are storing old computer parts in the darkroom. The cameras no longer last 25 years- a very brief exposure to water destroyed our Canon Elph. A hard drive failure and poor backup habits mean that all we have as a record of a few years of our kids growing up are a few prints that are fading away alarmingly fast.

There may be some environmental benefits in switching from film to electronics. (we wrote about that here) But we are losing something- cameras that last a lifetime and can go anywhere; shoeboxes of our parent's pictures. It is inevitable but it is sad.

The entire treehugger team went nuts on this; read them below the fold. ::The Register thanks, Tipster Remy

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Kottke presents 50 fun things to do with iPod...

just when you thought you couldnt' love your iPod anymore...

http://www.kottke.org/plus/50-ways-ipod/

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Velo-City: Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia

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Those of us who try to ride bikes in the winter often wonder why cars get their own big right-of-way, transit riders get expensive underground subways, pedestrians get an elaborate network of underground walkways, and we, if lucky, get a white line on pavement marking a so-called bike lane filled with snow or cars.

Toronto Architect Chris Hardwicke wants to do something about it. He proposes "a high speed, all season, pollution free, ultra-quite transit system that makes people healthier. Using an infrastructure of elevated cycle tracks, velo-city creates a network across the City. "

all of us bikers can definitely appreciate this!

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New York Pool Hustlers

Pool Hustlers of old New York photographed by Christopher LaMarca

"...Starting in January of 2002, I started photographing this community of underground pool hustlers, one of the last remaining social clubs of 'old NewYork'. Over the past ten years pool halls all over the city have been sold and turned into flashy sports bars, waitresses serving martinis to the 'after work' crowd; The players now conregating between three pool halls throughout the entire metropolitan area. "

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January 16, 2006

The Heavy Ammunition video...

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we've seen this kind of stuff before, but this is quite well done. Hi-res photos made into a video for street art-ish party promotion.

check out the video here.

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Stopprisonerrape.org




Thanks to Dave Hermanes (the art director of this ad) for sending in this outdoor idea.

Agency: McKinney & Silver, North Carolina.

somehow this hits me as Fabrica-esque... maybe b/c we're effectively an ad agency.. :)

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Colombia plans teenage condom law

Colombian teenagers could be forced to carry condoms in an effort to stop unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

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The man proposing the scheme says men over the age of 14 in the town of Tulua should have to carry condoms, just as they carry ID cards, or face a fine.

Last year, 14 people died in Tulua due to sexually transmitted diseases. This shows an increase of 50% from 2003.

"This is a country with a lot of sexual activity and Tulua is no exception," explained Councillor William Pena.

Father Jesus Velasquez, however, describes the proposals as absurd. "It would be like selling guns on the streets," he said. "What is needed is education and respect for moral and Christian values."

The scheme, which has yet to be formally proposed, has had a mixed support from officials and elsewhere.

i figured Juan would appreciate me posting this...

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Naked News breaking in Japan market

Naked News, which features anchors and reporters who disrobe during newscasts, launched its risque take on current affairs in Japan.

Since making its debut in Canada in 1999, "The program with nothing to hide" has become available via the Internet, television and mobile phones in North America, Australia and Europe.

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The service initially will be news that is provided for Naked News' existing markets but with Japanese subtitles. The plan is eventually to produce content in Japan that will appeal to a larger percentage of the population.

Initially, newscasters will strip to their underwear, but the producers to be able to see how far Japanese obscenity broadcasting laws can be bent before they are broken.

Canadian-born presenter Lily Kwan has been peeling off her work clothes for five years and described the experience as "liberating." "I love being able to go out onto the streets and take my clothes off," she said. "While we have been in Tokyo, people have been very surprised to see us with no tops on, but they're very happy and interested in talking to us."

tag this for xtreme?

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Finnish President said "Yes" by SMS

In the home of Nokia, the world's largest cell phone maker, Tarja Halone - Finland's popular first female president - has been quick to catch onto trends by accepting a marriage proposal six years ago via text messaging rather than talking on the phone, for fear of personnel overhearing."

oh those cool finnish...

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Bangladesh to curb 'vulgar' calls

grameen1.jpg Bangladeshi authorities have ordered mobile phone operators to stop offering free calls after midnight, to protect the morals of young people. A telecommunications regulator said it had received scores of complaints from parents that children were using the service to form romantic attachments . They said children were losing sleep and some indulged in "vulgar talk".

hmm, so i guess no phone sex business in Bangladesh?

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Photo: lesbian kiss in Tiananmen Square under guards, Mao

Xeni Jardin:

Link, and here is another angle, and another and another. (Thanks, Pete!)

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Doll-house version of Bilbo's house under the hill

Cory Doctorow: A doll-house maker/Tolkien fan has built the most amazingly meticulous, detailed doll-house version of Bilbo Baggins's snug little house at Bag End. Link (Thanks, Mike!)

wow

Via Boing Boing

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Sketchup Google Earth

With SketchUp’s new Google Earth plug-in., you can how have the ultimate virtual site model in an instant. Export your own 3D model directly to a KMZ file and your done.

via Informationlab

this one for Oriol

Via Future Feeder

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Mozart's music diary goes online

Net users are getting the chance to hear rarely performed works by Mozart thanks to the British Library.

if you\'re the type for this sort of thing...

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Europe biofuel plans under fire

European biofuel plans come under attack from climate experts who warn demand for it could hurt the environment.

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Italians clash on gay 'marriage'

Gay rights activists stage symbolic "gay marriages" in Rome, in a move sharply criticised by the Vatican.

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January 13, 2006

Art Fair in Bologna, end of this month

ARTEFIERA ART FIRST 2006

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Celebrating 30 years

The initiatives of ARTEFIERA ART FIRST 2006:

L’ESPRIT NOUVEAU - The eye-catching L’Esprit Nouveau hall, based on an original design by Le Corbusier in the 1970s, houses young international galleries bringing an overview of current artistic creativity to ARTEFIERA ART FIRST.

EASTWARDS – Emerging Markets - Extensive array of events featuring the artistic output of east European countries, underscoring the cultural diversity and dynamism of their artistic communities.

BOLOGNA ART FIRST - Installations by leading contemporary artists, Italian and international, on show in the city’s most prestigious museums and institutional buildings.

ABO art criticism - Achille Bonito Oliva proposes in an exhibition space featuring not “art objects” but “concepts”; in “Arte: dimenticare a memoria” the critic invites internationally renowned artists to talk about a work that does not physically exist but which they dream of producing.

INFO: http://www.artefiera.bolognafiere.it

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1st Person shooter about the Colombian conflict

City-Interactive is going to release a 1st person shooter game about the Colombian conflict. The game's plot is rather offensive in its exploitation of the Colombian stereotype but in the end of the day its just another crappy Pc Game.

However the Colombian Media is not taking it very well, and the biggest newspaper (EL TIEMPO) has ran a full article on it, both on this printed and web editions. The artcile also pulls some links to 'Colombian war games' a FABRICA proyect as a contrast of what an art-game is opposed to a comercial one.

Angry voices of discontent continue to flow to the newspaper's message boards, they sure pissed off a lot of people.

Should so much fuss be made?

Link to article in EL TIEMPO
Link to WAR IN COLOMBIA by CITY INTERACTIVE
Link to COLOMBIAN WAR GAMES

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30 years of "La Repubblica"

For all the Italians and whoever is interested.
Today "La repubblica", the newspaper that changed the journalistic approach in our country, celebrates his thirty anniversary (http://www.repubblica.it/speciale/2006/trentanni).

On January 14th, 1976 Italians first found in the newsstand a journal that on the first page declared itself "independent but not neutral".
In the middle of the crazy and hard '70s, that was a way to say something different and free.

That project started like the dream of a newspaper made by journalists and not by industries, money, editors.
In thirty years, trough all the difficult adventures and histories that this country has had, "La Repubblica" is become the second main newspaper all over Italy. Of course many things are changed in the format and in the approach. Too many.

But its story is still important, and exciting, at least till the freedom dream was really followed (look at "La sera andavamo in Via Veneto" by Eugenio Scalfari....that book is amazing!). And the newspaper is still a very good product, acoording to his time and space conditions.

This thirty-year story deserves an happy birtday. At least from people that still believe in old fashioned things such as freedom of press and power of opinions and words.

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Flipbook! 3.2 update complete!

The 3.2 Update is up and running and the site is back online.

This is the criteria we used to 'translate' the 1 to 10 numerical rating into a 'negative points vs. positive points' system.

-If animation is rated with 8,9 or 10, it gets a number or positive votes equal to the times it's been rated.
-If animation is rated with 7,6 or 5, it gets an equal number or positive votes and negative points, corresponding to its number of times rated divided by 2.
-If animation is rated with with less than 4 it gets a number or negative votes equal to the times it's been rated.

I invite everyone to vote on their favorite animations now! and report bugs if you see any to flipbook@piterwilson.com

After doing the update i'm quite impressed that if you look in the 'Top voted' there is an animation that someone or someones, actually bothered to vote 1363 times!

As for Flipbook! of the week , im gonna do an entry soon, i've found some interesting material.

See ya then!

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First photos of the new Macbook pro!

84929030 2Ed2Ed1B31 TWe spent some time with the new Intel-based Macbook. Wow--it's super fast. As we take photos, we're automatically uploading them to Flickr via WiFi-Kodak wireless camera and the roaming EVDO Wifi network we're broadcasting -- so here they are, some of the first photos with hot system info action, too! Link.

not much to look at (since there's no design changes), but this post is for those who really want to see it..

Via MAKE: Blog

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An Umbrella That Makes Sense (We Think)

Ambient_Umbrella.jpgDo you demand the dopest umbrella around with the ultimate rain-prediction technology? Look no further than the Forcasting Umbrella from Ambient Devices. Announced at CES, the Forcasting Umbrella does what every umbrella on the face of the earth should do: lets you know if it’s going to rain. The umbrella is connected to Ambient’s network and can automatically tell you the day’s weather. If rain is near, the handle will glow blue meaning you should open Mr. Umbrella up and make haste to your car. This way, if you’re leaving the office and aren’t sure if you should drag the umbrella along with you, just look at the handle and you’ll know what to do. No price has been set.

Forcasting Umbrella [Cool Hunting]

smart, yes... until we forget to change the batteries...

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Make Your Own Vase

designyourownvase.jpgSo your Mom’s birthday is approaching, you have $20, and you need a gift, stat. How about making Mom a vase? With this DIY vase kit, you can easily make a beautiful vase to put flowers in for real cheap. Plus she’ll love the fact that you made it (sort of) and put effort into it. Fill the vase with warm water and then grip it and mold it into any spectacular shape you wish. Afterwards, fill it with cold water and let the design set. Tah dah. Present made. It uses a thermal-sensitive polymer material to allow you to even flatten it down for storage. A set of two goes for $12.95, so make one for Grandma, too.

DIY Vase [Red Ferret]

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The Only OS X Tablet Never Sold.

itablet.jpgYesterday everyone doggy-piled on the iTab, an iBook hardware hack that was put to auction on eBay. Naturally, this limited edition series of 100 iTabs did not meet with eBay’s standards. Did this surprise anyone? Today there is a new auction, starting bid $1,500 (zero bidders so far). The folks behind the iTab, ThePlaceforitAll, have done some great software mods—but hardware? I’d sooner put money down on how quickly this auction will disappear.

That said, I do love the idea behind this imaginary machine.

The iTab is built by taking Apple’s excellent 12” iBook laptop, taking the screen off, applying a touchscreen, then flipping the screen around and fastening it on. The whole thing is finished off by putting the leftover screen backing over the top of the iTab, giving it the “rounded white edges.” The image above is a very close approximation of what iTab should look like when constructed. The iTab is not built yet.

Product Page

hmmm...

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A note on commenting...

so commenting on this blog required authentication, and this was so because our last version of Fabrica blog were infested with spams and we wanted to avoid the same thing.

however, this meant that i had to approve every comment coming in. we haven't had that many, but it gets to be a pain in the a-s-s some times. so i'm turning off user authentication for now while leaving the spam looker in tact. and next week we'll see if it worked.

happy reading, commenting, etc.

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To all the Moovie Maniacs

There's going to be the 17th edition on Trieste Film Festival starting next Thursday. The festival will be on from 19th to 26th of January.

For further information look at the website: www.alpeadriacinema.it

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Guitars with five necks


Axel writes: und this picture, no story.". So I did a bit of research and found that aside from this obvious Photoshop job, there are at least three real five-neck guitars, all of them made by Hamer for Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick. So now we know. More. If you want three necks, you'll have to look here.
UPDATE: Ned writes: That is one of the three guitars made for Rick Neilson. The gal holding it is Kaia from The Butchies. They played a show with Cheap Trick in 2004, which is where the photo was taken... see here for all the details. Thanks Ned!

file this under hardcore.

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January 12, 2006

Zoe's Radio Show

A friend showed me this, and at first I was like "oh cute, another teen doing a podcast"... didn't think too much at first.

And I let my browser downloaded the show and when it played, wow, I was quite impressed. This 15 year old has excellent taste in music, I'm embarrassed by my own playlist.

check it out: http://www.zoeradio.com/

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January 11, 2006

Going Blue In Rotterdam

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is this for real?

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Choreographed umbrellas

A video for happy mornings.

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Autogene is made of 8 umbrellas in circle which dance to the sound Singin' In the Rain.

For the installation/ballet, Peter William Holden used an industrial computer from Siemens (Programmable Logic Controller) to control the switching of Festo pneumatic valves which in turn direct compressed air to pneumatic cylinders within the modified umbrellas thus enabling them to open and close at a rapid pace.

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Images courtesy of the artist.

Other installations using umbrellas: light rain, umbrella net.
See also Interactive Architecture's take.

oww, watch the video!

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Asia's Biggest Solar Power Plant, in India

Indian newspaper The Hindu reports today that construction of a five megawatt solar power facility, claimed to be the largest in Asia, is set to beging in the Rashtrapati Bhavan region of India. Most solar power generation in India is currently in the kilowatt or smaller range, providing local and community power in off-grid areas. Programs like the Barefoot Solar Engineers have helped to expand the use of off-grid solar in India. The five megawatt project will be part of an ongoing attempt to increase the use of renewable sources for grid electricity.

(Posted by Jamais Cascio in QuickChanges at 12:57 PM)

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How to add a Google Map to any web page in less than 10 minutes

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should be useful..

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Time for John Cage

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As Slow as Possible/ASLSP

The world’s longest performance of a piece of music is being played in Germany, and it will go on playing for another 639 years. John Cage's composition ASLSP, or to give it its full title As Slow As Possible, is part of what organisers have described as ‘a revolution in slowness.’ But can this really be taken seriously or is it simply a publicity stunt? Arts In Action reports.

Throughout his life, the experimental American composer, John Cage, was celebrated for his various efforts to subvert audiences’ conventional concepts of what music is, and should be. Famously quoted as saying, ‘if my work is accepted I must move on to the point where it isn’t’, Cage continually pushed back artistic boundaries and led audiences to the edge of reason.

Much of his theory of art was based on random events. Whether he used conventional percussion instruments or tinkered with audio frequencies, performances of Cage’s work always sparked conversation. In 1952 he hallenged every musical assumption with his most notorious piece entitled 4'33". Here players sat silently for the allotted time, allowing the ambient noise to fill the void. This quite literally was the sound of silence. more [via netbehaviour]

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one of those things you have to appreciate in theory...

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Back at work!

... And we're back, after a long hiatus where I took a trip home to Thailand. Thanks to Juan and Silvia who have been keeping the blog somewhat alive. Coming soon for '06 are new integrated features w/ individual Fabrica blogs, more showing off Fabrica projects, new podcasts(!!), and hopefully more editors!

For now it's time to catch up on all the Internet news!

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CAR GAMES

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For his solo show in NYC, Brody Condon created a “full size 85′ lamborghini countach (pictured) from cast plastic branches. the original wireframe model came from the game need for speed.” Some other pieces in the show include a self-playing game piece which features “several floating and spinning ramdass - famous guru and early advocate of lsd. somehow his head caught on fire.”

http://www.tmpspace.com/

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January 10, 2006

Flipbook 3.2 Update scheduled

The Flipbook 3.2 Update has been scheduled for Friday, 13th of January 2006 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM (UTC+1 time zone).

At this time the Flipbook! website will be closed.

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The Keith Haring Show

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Until 29. 01. 2006 at La Triennale di Milano

The Keith Haring Show is one of most important retrospective devoted to this great American artist.

http://www.triennale.it/triennale/sito%5Fhtml/keith/index_tot.htm

http://www.haring.com

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The French Democracy (MOV)

Machinima is a recent trend of making films using video games engines. It is has been filled with humor and little serious content until the release of 'The French Democracy', a political film about France's riots, created using 'The Movies', a videogame in which players run a Hollywood studio and make their own films. The online community is hailing it for being the first politically motivated film created with this newish technique.
Originally from Neural.it

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January 09, 2006

NETMAGE 06

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PALAZZO RE ENZO - BOLOGNA
E26 - 28 JANUARY 2006


From the 26th to the 28th January 2006, during Arte Fiera, the city of Bologna will host the sixth edition of Netmage, an international festival aimed to explore media innovation within the context of electronic arts.

Netmage 06, focusing on multi-media design, live media acts (sound and images played live) and cutting-edge styling, will work as a meeting point for multi-media artists, vjs, musicians, and performers from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Argentina.

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The Fourth Annual 'Filmed by Bike'

filmedbybike.jpgCome Friday, 28 April, 2006 pedal pushers will crowd into the Clinton Street Theatre of Portland, Oregon, to see what their bicycling brethren have been up to in the motion picture world. Or as the press release puts it: “This thrillingly raucous film festival is a Portland favorite and has sold out every year. Deeply plotted bike love stories, dreams of a world without cars and stories of bikers' triumph over cars fill the silver screen for a night in celebration of bike culture around the world.” But this will only be possible if entries are received by 16 March 2006. So dust off those manuals for iMovie, Final Cut Pro or suchlike, and get to work on your shorty 8-10 minute DVD or CD masterpiece. Application forms can be found at ::Filmed by Bike.

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January 03, 2006

Flipbook! 3.2 update

In the month of January, there will be an update to the Flipbook! website. The main porpouse of this update is to improve the rating system of the animations. Several people have contacted me about it and this feedback has proven to be very valuable.

The new features include:

*Radical change to the rating approach. To rate an animation, instead of being asked to give a rating from 1 to 10, there will be 2 options: "i like it" and "i don't like it". This way the mechanism is simplified and each animation will have a number of positive points and negative points that will produce a rating.

* The "Top rated" page will be changed for a "Top voted". In this page there will be 3 categories: "Best voted", "Controversial" and "Worst voted". "Best voted" will show the animations with the most positive point difference. That is, the positive points minus the negative points. "Controversial" will show animations that have a very similar amount of positive and negative points. "Worst rated" will show animations with the most negative point difference. In all cases all animations must have a minimum number of votes to appear and only 1 page per category will be displayed.

* Additional code to make it harder for a single user to rate an animation many times.

There will be a "equivalency" routine to ensure that the current votings on animations are not lost but instead are translated into the new rating system.

The Flipbook! website will be closed temporarly for a couple of hours at the chosen upgrade date. I will inform this date on the Flipbook! website when it has been scheduled.

Questions and comments, please send to flipbook@piterwilson.com

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