Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Monday, June 3, 2013
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them. Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices (via volumexii)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013


A Sesame Street for Makers?

“Discussions of modern technology often evokes the word “magic.” Some of the most popular devices, like the MacBook Air, are built in such a way to seriously dissuade anyone who would go inside and tinker with the works. For the vast consumer market, it makes sense for technology to present itself as a “magic box.” Most people don’t care about how their laptop works; they just want it to work. And that’s fair.

But we must think of the children.”

“I’ve interviewed a lot of engineers over the years, and it’s amazing how many of them can trace their fascination with technology to a youthful moment where they played with or took apart a piece of kit.  You can only become fascinated with the structure of something if you can see the structure of it. You need that gear, that spring, that rivet to pop out at you and send you down the rabbit hole. This is how passions are born.”


Full Story: MIT

Welcome to the “Circuit Playground”

Monday, March 25, 2013 Thursday, March 21, 2013

Video of author Cory Doctorow’s talk on ebooks, libraries, and copyright at the Library of Congress.

A Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond (by LibraryOfCongress)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Last week, Radar’s managing editor, Mac Slocum, interviewed Ben Waber at Strata Santa Clara 2013. 

Waber’s company, Sociometrics, was featured this week in a Wall Street Journal article on tracking sensors in the workplace.

Gathering big data about human behaviors can be a sensitive topic,” said Dave Lathrop, director of workspace futures and strategy at Steelcase Inc.

There’s no doubt about that reality.

(Via OReillyMedia)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A look behind the “data sensing lab” at the O’Reilly Strata conference.

Last fall, Alasdair Allan, Brian Jepson, Julie Steele, Rob Faludi and interested attendees at the Strata Conference put together a network of data sensors in the conference venue in New York City. 

This video, featuring Edd Dumbill and others, explains what they created using open source hardware and 3D printing. 

The video description, by O’Reilly Media, provides more context and looks ahead to what’s happening right now, around me.

"Sensors are the future of distributed data. General-purpose computing is dissipating out into the environment and becoming increasingly invisible and embedded into our lives. We will soon begin to move in a sea of data, our movements tracked and our environments measured and adjusted to our preferences, without need for direct intervention. At the Strata Conference in Santa Clara this February, we will observe and report on the conference once again, with more sensors, real-time visualization, and some new interactive features for attendees."

"Distributed Environmental Data: On the Ground at the Data Sensing Lab" (by OreillyMedia)