As Podcast #5 demonstrates, the proliferation of video podcasting over the Internet has created new challenges for the motion pictures industry.
…built with data collected during the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe on Jan. 14, 2005, shows the operation of the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer camera during its descent and after touchdown. The camera was funded by NASA. [via]
I’ve played this video perhaps two dozen times, and I’m still blown away. This is what a database looks like when you add sound, light, and time. Watching this makes me reflect on how data can be represented in so many ways and we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. This makes an Excel Pie Chart look like a stone tablet.
Download the Quicktime version here; you paid for it.
There’s a particularly good mashup album available for download and I presume it’ll be “all the rage” among “the kids.” The group is called The Kleptones and the double album is called 24 Hours. The music includes artists from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Pop, Rock, Alt, Punk, Downtempo, Industrial, techno, rap, hip-hop, R&B, Motown, lots of sampling. No matter who you are, you’ll like at least one song. They’ve also got a decent music video on Youtube.[via]
There is something insidiously cool about Ajax. As a nonprogramming-type, I will always be on the periphery of new technologies; however, when I see loads and loads of sites hyping a new web development tool, I take an interest. For months now, I’ve been observing a lot of chatter about Ajax. I could tell it was a revolutionary application, but I didn’t really know what it did. If you look at this chart* from Technorati, you will see how mentions of ‘Ajax’ went up from around a hundred per day in March of 2005 to roughly five or six hundred per day in March of 2006. That’s a trend worth noticing.
So, what is Ajax? Even after a bit of background reading, I am not quite sure what it is or what it does. From what I gather, Ajax is a programming language, like java or flash, but it allows you to build complicated applications that run in a webbrowser. Somehow, these applications take seconds to load and don’t strain the CPU.
Today, I took an Ajax application for a test drive. The application is called Ajax Write 0.9 [via]. The site loads in seconds. It took me a moment to get my bearings because I really didn’t believe that Ajax Write looked exactly like Microsoft Word, but it does. And even though its a little buggy, some of the functionality is missing, and their are not a lot of fonts to choose from, I believe Ajax Write will become a popular and robust word processor. Its great to know that if I’m every jonesing for a word processor (like when I’m using a public computer terminal), there’s a familiar interface I can use. Also, since one of my computers is running Microsoft Windows 95, I welcome the free upgrade.
*chart updates daily, so this will not longer be relevant in 2007.
In this fast-paced world, its tough to keep up with all the new stuff that keeps whizzing by. To complicate matters further, it seems like there is always somebody out there who is ahead of the game. So, in order to better understand how innovation and the adoption of new paradigms happens, I have created this chart. Where do you see yourself?
larger version here. See also, Innovation Curve of Rogers
Today, the Internet is popping with cool shit. To quote Homer Simpson, “I feel like a kid in some kind of store.”
A Japanese-led research team said it had made a seeing, hearing and smelling robot that can carry human beings and is aimed at helping care for the country’s growing number of elderly.
I am pretty ambivalent about the idea of having cyborgs take care of the convalescents in my life. I would have to try one out for a while. If the robot does a good job of taking care of me, and doesn’t run amuck ala Katamari Damacy then I will trust he/she/it with my loved ones. Seriously though, what if you had the option of trying out a nursing home before consigning a family member to one? Would you? Maybe it should be required.
Now over to Ireland, where the marketing wizards at Guiness & Co. have developed this device called the Guinness Surger which will revolutionize life as we know it. The Guinness Surger transforms a crappy can of guiness into a beautiful, delicious, heady pint. I tried to understand how this thing works, but the science is lost on me [via]. Now if only it were powered by USB. Then, typaing thsi bolg woiuold be much mcuch eassier..
Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. -Shunryu Suzuki
I haven’t read her whole argument, Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace, but I’m glad that people are taking notice of the work that academics are doing on this subject. The Internet and the effect it has had on our minds is not a novel thing anymore. One scholarly area which has gotten a lot of attention this year is the study of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games or MMORPG for short. Apparently, much can be learned about economics and sociology by studying the habits of players in games like Everquest and World of Warcraft.
My feelings are that we have only begun to understand the Internet. Everything is worthy of discussion. Besides, in a few short months, I will be a graduate with a Masters in Library and Information Science, and I NEED SOMETHING TO DO TO GET PAID!
Have an opinion? Post it. If not here, somewhere.
It took me like three hours, but I finally figured out how to embed videos from YouTube. Apparently, WordPress is funny about letting people put all kinds of ‘code’ into their html editor. this article explains how to make youtube videos play in a wordpress blog.
Demitri Martin, Trendspotter for the Daily Show talks about MySpace.
Its crisp and cool outside, warm and stuffy inside, but here I am, slightly altered, attempting to offer up some clever idea or thought. Tis the nature of the web that every individual that writes a blog is basically standing on a stage in front of billions with their fly open. Why do it? My reason for doing it is so that fifty years from now, in some filthy nursing home outside of Tampa, an old, decaying narcissist can look at his own picture, next to his own words, and say through his rusted trach ring, “I’m a goddamn genus.”
Digg.com is a community weblog, but its much more. Looking at the site for the first time, I don’t see anything impressive about it. Its got that crappy web 2.0 look, where everything looks… well kind of like this. The news items on Digg are presented not hierarchicallly (sorted by relevance or chronologically in descending order), but these qualities are immediately apparent. This is due to Digg’s novel (well I’m not sure how novel) ranking system. As you scroll down the page, scanning the stories, you can click ‘digg’ next to the stories that you liked or that grabbed your attention. If a story doesn’t manage to arouse interest, it is sent into purgatory and stays there. The stories that get a lot of ‘diggs’ go to the front page. Its kind of like life, isn’t it? I also like that Digg records your diggs and categorizes them, sort of like a social bookmarking site.
Now, Quantum Statement brings you a video that only a true science geek can appreciate.