Wednesday, July 06, 2005
- If you've ever wanted to nuke farkleberries off your monitor, be my guest. [via Totally Fuzzy]
- File under "guilt inducement": have you been a good friend, or a naughty friend? WIRED magazine reports on The Social Fabric, a new prototype avatar-based graphic program that shows well you've been keeping in 'meatspace' touch.
The Social Fabric features a display of avatars on a mobile device's screen, representing individuals in a group of friends or acquaintances. The avatars use body language to show how recently you've contacted each person: Regularly contacted friends appear alert and look directly at you. Less frequent contacts might slouch and turn to the side, and infrequent contacts could have their backs turned.Also, another program called PlaceSite promises to help isolated café WiFi-ists get in touch with fellow caffeinators, using a Friendster™-like "buddy icon" system unique to each physical location.
"I wanted to capture the possible effect this would have and make us more aware of our actions and inactions in our social lives," said [creator So] Blyth. "Ideally, it (could) elevate our consciousness with regard to managing our social lives. It makes apparent, subtly, through the visualization, a negative trend or a positive trend. So we become more aware and see the repercussions of not nurturing our relationships."
- If you've ever wanted to create those fascinating computer "photo-mosaic" images that combine hundreds (even thousands) of smaller full digital images into a single large image, you'll love this freeware program: AndreaMosaic produces impressive results with only a little tweaking, and comes with helpful online user tutorials and documentation. Once you create an image library for the program to draw images from, basically all you need do is specify the main image to process, and the size, resolution and number of tiles to include in the finished mosaic. You can see an example of the end results here - I used Mike Dringenberg's 1990's "Still Life With Cats" painting from the Sandman series as the base image, and generated a 3000 pixel mosaic from resized portions of other images found in My Pictures folder. [Click on the image to view the full 7Mb mosaic in painful detail. Warning: large file!] Tip: it's helpful to have a fairly large collection of various .jpg images stored in a folder or directory on your computer for best results.
- Wither In The Light has a great how-to post on incorporating Google Maps API code into blogs and websites, as well as a follow-up that uses that information to scope out what's really going on in Area 51.
- Turn your Doberman into a poodle [via MeFi]
- According to Slashdot, the city of Vienna [Austria] is offically adopting Linux for its municipal computers. The distribution package name is...drumroll...WIENUX!
- TechDirt confirms my contentions that yes, Google is forever.
- M. Diddy on house-arrest monitoring bracelets:
"I hate lockdown. It's hideous," Stewart tells the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 12. Asked about the electronic monitoring device she must wear on her ankle - she has complained repeatedly that it irritates her skin - Stewart says she knows how to remove it.
"I watched them put it on. You can figure out how to get it off," she is quoted as saying. "It's on the Internet. I looked it up." Her publicist's eyes "widened with alarm" when Stewart made the remark. The article didn't say whether Stewart claimed ever to have taken off the device.
- Quote of the day: "Seeds of nasty stories quickly sprout into confirmatory vines when the wind blows them into fields of belief already so well prepared to receive them." -- Barbara Mikkelson writing in Snopes.com