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Somebody out there on the Lazyweb[tm] do this. Please! Personal mind-marketmaps

“Random Idea:

  • take the access logs from a weblog

  • work out how many hits each individual entry gets
  • use this to choose a background colour for that entry

Now adapt this process to work in realtime. The more popular stuff (which is likely to be the most interesting) will stick out, less popular stuff will fade into the background, giving attentive visitors an easy way to jump straight to the best content.”

» paranoidfish.org/notes/ : Ambient Page Stats

Really, really going to have to write up some stuff about Ben Fry‘s talk; but in the mean time, Peter’s been talking with another info.vis.Guru, Marti Hearst:

“Marti forecasts a significant change in how visualizations are approached. In the past, they’ve been treated as standalone applications, “Look at this thing! And how beautiful it is!” Where as the key for the future will be incorporating it as a small part in a larger system, integrating it with the rest of the interface. In doing so, this will require visualizations to seriously take the problem that users want to solve into account, a motivation currently lacking from many visualizations.

» peterme: marti hearst and info visualisation

Nathan:

“Experiences happen through time and space and reflect a context that’s always greater than we realize. Building understanding for our audience and participants necessarily starts with context, yet most of our experiences with computers and devices, including application software, hardware, operating systems, websites, etc. operate as if they’re somehow independent of what’s happening around them. Most people don’t make these distinctions.”

…which leads nicely into Quinn:

“CLIs have long been our retarded little friends that do whatever we say, but only if we say it exactly right.

GUIs are more intimidating; they get the first and last words in. They use language and visuals to speak to us as something closer to equals. We’ve kept them largely separate and tried to keep them both very non threatening.

Our metaphors were as dry and workaday as you can get: our solopsist desktop, WIMP. The next metaphor which has already started to poke out a bit (especially from the net) is more organic.

It changes and flows with us and engages us more completely. It exists and is even active when we aren’t looking at it. It incorporates language, written and verbal and the virtual physicality that we have now without the GUI. As such, it incorporates more of us and has the opportunity to move with us and with the network as a whole, both other machines and people.

Computers don’t exist in vacuums anymore, nourished by long carefully drawn out strings of characters. It would be good to stop behaving as if this is the more powerful way to use them. This isn’t just a new metaphor for the GUI, it’s a new metaphor for computer use that the GUI and CLI and a verbal component could wrap around.”

» Boxesandarrows.com: Computer Human Values by Nathan Shedroff

» Quinn at ambiguous.org: Post OS UI

“This isn’t going to be the year of paper/screen convergence. Maybe not even the decade. Sitting next to Steve Gillmor, I dropped my yellow legal pad onto the floor and said: “Oops. There goes $2500.” Absent a digital surface that has the qualities of paper that matter — including being cheap and disposable — I see digital ink as sometimes useful but not revolutionary.”

» Jon’s Radio: Convergence: I’ll take computer/phone over screen/paper

Sitting in LSE liveblogging PRPSnatalie jeremienko is presenting “megabyte” – an aibo-like robodog that has been hacked to to detect radioactivity and other toxic hazards – it’s reward by finding it… makes this invisble hazard, and it’s allied data visible and accesible by all – especially kids.

Saw her talk about this at Voice02, but she’s going into much more detail, and it seems to have progressed more.

it’s a $39.99 toy… but natalie has put up a wiki which explains how to hack them to do weird and wonderful things.

picture of natalie demonstrating megabyte

Now she’s talking about how these things are actually the source of loads of really cheap components to experiment with a-life because of the economies of scale and distribution networks of the toy industry. Plus cannablising from the huge r/c subculture. Opensource robotics. Distribute the code, not the parts.

Now talking about Sony’s pseudo-opensourcing of AIBO’s sourcecode, and the campaign mounted by dog owners to get it opensourced

other memebullets she’s shootin’ from the hip:

  • “the robotic genre of cinematography”: a whole subclass of films where you see lab floors from a vantage point about 8 inches high – most famous example: mars sourjouner films
  • Doing things like robotic dogs that illustrate the invisbile is about democratising and making widespread the “scientific method”. Peer-review in pub lic. Allows people to ask questions of those who are making assertions and policy about the environments: “hey what are those dogs doing” “what do those cloned trees mean” etc. start a diaolgue rather than receiving wisdom.

Hopefully, no time-travelling avengers will comeback and assassinate Natalie for making these things…

» http://www.proboscis.org.uk/prps/docs/p_jeremijenko.html

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