Technology

Tech / Ghetto Tracker: A Case in Bad Form

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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So, some geeks thought it would be cool to put together a site that gives travelers or would-be neighborhood prospectors a way to separate nice hoods from the undesirables. 

Sure, it's a noble 1 percent thought, but where's some political correctness when you need it? And what's the criteria?

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Is downtown NYC still undesirable when half the city is getting priced out of it and there's a Starbucks on every corner?  

Even worse the start-up and website looks to have conveniently changed to Good Part of Town since it got exposed for its foolery. 

Double bad job all around.

Read more at The Week.

 

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Jobs that Protect the Environment: The Innovation of the Bullitt Center

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

TACOMA - Last week I toured the new Bullitt Center that opened this year in Seattle, billed as the greenest commercial building in the world, one of twenty buildings in the world right now that seeks Living Building certification set down by the International Living Building Institute (website).

Allow Me to Introduce Ryu Fujimoto: Human Electro Beat Boxer

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In this clip Ryu Fujimoto the human beatboxer uses LEAP Motion technology to become a musical magician.  

He weaves. He deflects.

He twists his fingers in all directions to activate sounds to complement a beat he creates purely from his vocal chords.

All in all, it reinforces the notion that a brave new world is already alive and well, at least in the musical sense.  

Enjoy. 

Via Fast Company:

Using a Leap Motion--along with the platform’s $10 Geco MIDI software--he’s developed a unique performance that combines beatboxing with his mouth and filters and synthesizers through the motions of his hands. With his left hand, he can lift, rotate, and slide three different synths. With his right hand, he gestures to induce flanger, delay, beat repeat, and more.

 

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Extreme Moderation: Or, Why MLK Would Approve of Edward Snowden

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Edward Snowden, just like Bradley Manning, has been labeled a traitor and at times an aid to terrorists. It has even been suggested that he might be faking the information leaks, or simply wanting attention, otherwise he would have gone through the proper whistleblower channels. Snowden, some say, should have been more patient; he should have been more careful in revealing the NSA's secrets. Jeffrey Toobin, writing for The New Yorker, claims:

GET OFF YOUR PHONE!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

This video is a bit over-dramatized, but in a nutshell it proves that too much technological connectivity is ruining our lives.

As a manic content farmer, I understand these pitfalls, which is why lately I've been turning off my phone at every social engagement or activity when speaking and undivided attention is a necessary premium. When people give you the time, the least we can do is give others our complete self for that period of connectivity. After all, the stuff on that little screen is more fleeting and, if you think about it, less valuable in the long run than the takeaways you gain face to face. 

Kudos to director Eliot Rausch for his efforts. 

 

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Moving Painters, Moving Paintings, and Moving Viewers

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

We expect paintings to be static. Perhaps a card player is sitting in a chair, frozen. Or layered drips of paint that have become dry puddles. We know that the painter’s hand moved when these were made (how fast, we don’t know, but it’s easy to point at Jackson Pollock as a vigorous counterpoint to Paul Cézanne), but the artists knew that the result would be still.

Why Pussy Riot Is Not The Most Important Political Case In Russia

Thursday, August 23, 2012

In the space of a week, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina have arguably become the world's most famous political prisoners following their sentencing in a Moscow courtroom last Friday.

Who is Watching Whom?

IT + IA = ?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

One Painting that Moves

Friday, November 11, 2011

I'd like to re-introduce Erik Sanner, a truly innovative, forward-thinking artist.

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