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Here & There

looking uptown from 3rd and 7th

Here & There is a composite 3D image created by Schulze and Webb that borrows representations of Manhattan from maps, comics, television, and games.

 
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waitless

Bus systems on campus can often be frustrating. You’re standing at the stop waiting and you don’t know if it would just be faster to walk. If you have a WaitLess tracking system at your stop, you can see exactly where the bus is and make that decision much easier. The unit is self contained, solar, and equipped with wireless internet. With an Arduino at it’s core, it displays the current location of the bus by lighting an LED on a map. You can see a video of it in action after the break.

 
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image from www.mutsugoto.comA project developed by Scottish think tank Distance Lab gives partners a tool for exploring art, intimacy, and the body’s relation to space.  The interactive installation Mutsugoto rigs participants with touch-sensitive rings keyed to cameras and projectors.  The movements of one partner’s hands across his or her body project shifting bands of light onto the other, whose responses project shimmering lights across the miles onto the first.  The participants can see one another’s bodies and reactions, and the light beams change color and form when they cross.

 
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While i was in Los Angeles ealier this month, i had the opportunity to visit the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and chat with some of the students. The department educates responsible designers and artists for the information age by teaching the fundamentals of Design, Media, and the Arts, and encouraging experimentation and innovation. Providing an extensive education in Design and Media Arts practice, history and criticism, the department fosters a critical and creative exploration of emerging forms of visual communication, typographies, interaction and interface design, ubiquitous computing, virtual environments, information spaces, networked agents and all other pertinent areas of research.

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These vintage PSA’s from the 1976 swine flu outbreak is everything we love about retro PSA’s. Quotes like “Swine flu? I’m too fast for it to catch me!” Or “Betty’s mother gave it to her best friend, Dotty. But Dotty had a heart condition and she died.” I just love the messaging of “Get a swine flu shot or you you will kill your grandmother’s best friend.” They are like trailers for a 1970’s horror film.

via Scot Hampton

 
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Inflatable environments are undergoing something of a renaissance today. Not since the 1960's embrace of bubbles in their numerous connotations (lightness, transparency, embrace, equality, difference) have so many projects used air as a medium for shaping enclosures, although they are still on the outskirts of architectural production. Technological and other advances have aided, if not outright negated the disadvantages of "bubbletecture," namely durability and wastefulness.

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The information superhighway was not meant to be controlled by any one company.

FuckTwitter is the latest part of the F.A.T. Lab’s ongoing efforts to cloud off the grid — Fuck 2.0, host your own.

Do you know what Big Web2.0 is doing with your data?

* AOL Hometown suddenly closed up shop, without warning all the people who had websites there

* Facebook wants to own anything you post, ever

* even friggin’ Geocities is going offline

… who can you trust these days? That’s right. Nobody.

 
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how to destroy the universe

photo by Audrey Penven

Last Saturday’s How to Destroy the Universe Part 6 at NIMBY was a smashing success. Rather than tell you all about it, here are some photos and video.