Joyce: In my mind, digital technologies are an influential bystander to a much older and now continuous urge to recompose the world around us and call it art. Beyond the habit of painting the world around us, it began in earnest with the invention of photography, and around 1900 with Surrealism, Dada and collage. When electronic audio/visual media emerged (now a big part of the “world around us”), it only greatly encouraged and greatly enabled the democratization of this urge to recompose our world so natural to any creative activity today. When you can conveniently capture anything from media, you can begin to think about media as art rather than whatever it was intended to be. I don’t think we have ever done anything categorically new, but that maybe we were reinterpreting an artist’s approach to selectivity in found content – recomposing found content in some way that might distinguish us.
“You just have to accept that,” Lawrence said. “To get a few pieces of good information, you’re going to have to put up with a lot of crackpots and other bogus information. You really don’t know what’s good until you check it out.”
But even the economic benefits aren’t guaranteed. The Panama canal celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and it’s nearing the end of a $5.25 billion expansion project. When the new and improved canal opens early next year, it will allow ships with three times the cargo capacity to pass through, and it will handle up to 16,000 ships a year, roughly a 15 to 20 percent increase, says Jean-Paul Rodrigue, an expert on transportation economics at Hofstra University. “It’s going to take a while for this capacity to be absorbed, if it ever is,” Rodrigue says. “In the medium term, there will not be a need for another canal.”
Although news come out last week of the upcoming Xbox 360 port in Japan of arcade side-scrolling shmup Deathsmiles, Cave has now launched an official website to start promoting the game.
The book draws on Owad’s own experiences building and troubleshooting old computers. It covers computing basics like designing breadboards, digital logic, basic electronic components and more.
We don’t know much else about the game just yet, but the concept art is pretty sweet, and the game’s website is fun, if a bit on the sparse side.
“Nothing beats real objects, so the trick for most artists is learning how to leverage these new printing tools into marketing opportunities, rather than straight up revenue services,” he says.
The Mozilla Labs project called Account Manager has graduated from Labs and will soon be making its way into Firefox proper.
Maher is one of the founders of the April 6 Youth, which used Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to galvanize Egyptians against President Hosni Mubarak. Recently, however, his attention has turned toward America, where he’s been chatting online with Occupy activists. Those conversations center around practical advice from a successful Egyptian revolutionary. Usually, they occur through Facebook. On Tuesday, for the first time, they happened face to face.
“RCA is really focused on new bestsellers,” O’Brien said. “I think that’s a mismatch of the medium to the device…. That’s limiting what the devices can do and that’s not what consumers want.”
Maloney: See, the awkward thing about criticism is that it tries to frame our present world as existing in some state of delicate crisis of philosophical terms. And this invariably attempts to induce a kind of millennial panic that simply does not exist and which no one would ever experience if not prompted by criticism. Don’t get me wrong, Baudrillard was a lovely thinker, and his books are downright hilarious, but no one in their right mind would say he lives in a “vertigo of information” and keep a straight face.
Retail: $49.99 — preorders at the Level Up pre-release events will get a free Avatars mini-expansion
In the Science Matrix, you learn all about the cell through multimedia. The main screen is divided into an Introduction, Build-a-Cell, Cell Structures, Linking Structure and Function and Cell Specialization. There is also a menu bar at the top for navigation and assistance. You can access the site map from there as well.
He said each time he spoke with someone at ComputerHQ, the site was immediately taken offline, only to return a few hours later with the security hole still intact.
Once I’d wrapped up my meeting and gotten back to the car, I used the Leaf’s navigation system to find the nearest charging station. I figured I’d hang out for half an hour or so before heading north. The Leaf, like many EVs, will direct you to the nearest charging station. That system isn’t nearly good enough: First off, it doesn’t tell you whether the station is occupied. That’s a real problem: Unlike a gas station, it doesn’t take three minutes for each car to fill up and move on. It takes at least 20 minutes, and that means if the plug you need is taken, you’re going to be waiting a while. And secondly, the nav system didn’t pick out publicly available chargers. The first destination? Some kind of (defunct?) BMW facility.
Recounting his experiments, my father’s eyes shift around the room as if looking for an escape. “I wouldn’t have done that if I had other means,” he says, breathless. He searches my face, as if for fear or disgust, but that isn’t what I felt.
Some read lyrics from PDAs or phones; others peer into PowerBooks for chord charts while they strum and hum.
That exercise, Able Archer 83, simulated the transition by NATO from a conventional war to a nuclear war, culminating in the simulated release of warheads against the Soviet Union. NATO changed its readiness condition during Able Archer to DEFCON 1, the highest level. The Soviets interpreted the simulation as a ruse to conceal a first strike and readied their nukes. At this period in history, and especially during the exercise, a single false alarm or miscalculation could have brought Armageddon.
A delay for Google’s $3 billion IPO would push the deal later into a month that is traditionally light on IPO volume. Underwriters try to avoid coming to market at the end of August because many investors and underwriters are on vacation then.
Also launching Tuesday (prize links go live at midnight) is the annual Passports with Purpose fundraiser. The brainchild of four Seattle-based travel bloggers, in just a few short years the project has grown largely through social media channels. Last year the group raised $90,000 and built two libraries in Zambia. This year, their goal is to donate $100,000 to water.org to fund fresh water wells in two communities in Haiti. Every $10 donation to Passports with Purpose nets donors an entry to win a variety of prizes such as hotel stays, travel gear, or one that’s close to my heart, a chance to spend a week the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii with some of Hawaii’s premier ‘ukulele performers.
After the Communications Decency Act, for example, Congress tried to pass the Child Online Protection Act in 1998, which sought to keep children from seeing material deemed to be “harmful” by forcing website operators to use using age-verification systems or credit-card registration. It, too, was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Finally, the Clinton administration found success with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (yes, all these bills have similar names) which prevents kids from accessing objectionable content online by cutting off federal funds for libraries that fail to install filtering software on their computers.
Peek makes money by taking a commission between 15 and 30 percent on each transaction made through the service. Already, the Peek team has caught some heavyweight attention, drawing $1.4 million in funding from SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Jack Dorsey.
It’s probably nothing, Poulsen said. The source in question, an ex-hacker named Adrian Lamo, often sees himself as at the center of important events in need of public attention. But sometimes, Poulsen added, he’s right.
Foursquare said the failure kept it and other services from working for “about 2 hours,” according to an e-mail from spokeswoman Erin Gleason.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has a great website just for kids full of information and activities.