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It was recorded from the stream.  It is a little choppy, and is overdubbed with the live translation.  So its good if you speak Spanish

facebook invite everybody

Sick an tired of clicking several hundred times when you want to invite your friends to a Facebook event? Yeah, me too. So I wrote a Greasemonkey script that does it for you. And just to be thorough, I wrote a bookmarklet too (for you non-GM people.)

It is all up at along with some other simple utility scripts I wrote, on the newly cleaned up front end to, which is my utility & storage domain.

Solving Problems…

We are pleased to announce that The Upgrade! New York is now co-produced in collaboration with Brooklyn-based activist organization Not An Alternative, and will focus on topics related to open source activist and creative practices for the upcoming year.

This month’s gathering takes place at Not An Alternative’s storefront gallery space, The Change You Want To See, and features a talk and video screening from the September 2007 Monk protests, known as the Saffron Revolution, in which mobile phones and the internet allowed protesters to coordinate and publicize the largest protests seen in a generation.

Co-presented by Not An Alternative and Digital Democracy

projectStarting today I will be writing a DIY Fashion column for Craft magazine that shows how to follow runway trends on the cheap by making them yourself. My first article, DIY Fashion: Reinventing Hosiery, looks at styling hosiery for the summer drawing inspiration from Prada, Burberry, Gossip Girl, etc.. All of my DIY fashions are easy and quick so that anyone can make them with any level of sewing skills. After all, so much of fashion relies on styling.

projectStarting today I will be writing a DIY Fashion column for Craft magazine that shows how to follow runway trends on the cheap by making them yourself. My first article, DIY Fashion: Reinventing Hosiery, looks at styling hosiery for the summer drawing inspiration from Prada, Burberry, Gossip Girl, etc.. All of my DIY fashions are easy and quick so that anyone can make them with any level of sewing skills. After all, so much of fashion relies on styling.

I know, I should write these more often, so there is less to digest in each one. Much activity of late:

1. Permanent State of Emergency

2. New Videos

3. Shows and talks

4. OMG I’m Twittering:

5. Histoires à l’ère numérique

1. Permanent State of Emergency


April 7 - 28: Eyebeam’s new window gallery in a Permanent State of Emergency

Date: April 7 - 28; Opening Reception: April 17, 6 - 8PM
Location: Eyebeam: 540 W. 21st, NYC
Cost: Free

Eyebeam is pleased to announce the opening of State of Emergency, the inaugural exhibition of the Window Gallery, our new rotating gallery space programmed by Eyebeam fellows and residents and viewable on West 21st Street. State of Emergency, a deliberately provocative projection series organized and co-curated by Sherry Millner and Ernest Larsen, includes work by Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, Mary Kelly, Allan Sekula, Walid Raad, Leslie Thornton, Gregory Sholette, Louis Hock, Marty Lucas, Sally Stein, Martha Rosler, Ligorano/Reese, Yvonne Rainer, James T. Hong, and Yin-Ju Chen, as well as Millner and Larsen themselves.

State of Emergency began several years ago as a silent shout-out against the ever-deepening devastation of democracy, a group response to the manufactured "state of emergency" in which we live. This updated version reinterprets that theme to include caustic responses to the ever-deepening economic collapse.

This inaugural exhibition in the Window Gallery is an initiative of senior fellow Michael Mandiberg.

2. Watch my new videos!

They are short, and sweet, and have nice soundtracks…

HOWTO Burn the Oxford English Dictionary

HOWTO Burn a Dollar Bill

HOWTO Burn A Dollar Bill, HOWTO Burn the Oxford English Dictionary, and


3. Upcoming and Recent Shows and Talks

Last last week we were in Chicago for the latest installment of the Eyebeam Roadshow. We gave standing room only lectures and workshops at Columbia College, UIC, and UI-Urbanan Champaign. EPIC WIN!

In the month before that Marisa Olson and I spoke at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, I gave a remote lecture at the conference in Buenos Aires, and spoke remotely on a panel at Transmediale. I spoke at Columbia’s Studio X on a panel about urban space and the commons, and am slated to talk at Pratt on the 25th of April (time TBA). Talk Talk Talk.

The Postmasters show came down looking pretty. I should have some nice video documentation shortly.

4. OMG I’m Twittering

OMG I'm Twittering

For real, first Facebook, now Twitter. Oh, the gateway drugs.

5. Histoires à l’ère numérique

I am currently showing at in Basel: Histoires à l’ère numérique – works from the collection of Espace Multimédia Gantner
04/03/09 to 05/31/09

Julien Alma / Laurent Hart, Lewis Baltz, Nathalie Bookchin, Martin Le Chevallier, VALIE EXPORT, Gita Hashemi, Felix Stephan Huber / Philip Pocock, George Legrady, Michael Mandiberg, Tony Oursler, Suzanne Treister.

Around the year 2000, at the same time that [] was founded, across the border in Bourogne, France, another pioneer institution for media art was founded: The Espace Multimédia Gantner. Since then, it provides exhibitions of electronic art, events on media art, electronic music and digital culture, a library and a collection of media art works.

As a collaboration between Espace Gantner and [], the exhibition „Histoires à l’ère numérique“ presents 11 works from the collection of Espace Multimédia Gantner, selected by Annette Schindler and Raffael Dörig from [].

Hot Tip: Look out for interviews on rocketboom and coolhuntimg in the next few weeks.

Special Bonus: Call for translators for FM.

We are making progress on translations of Digital Foundations into 10 active languages. Spanish is near complete, Polish is just started. Everything else is somewhere in between. For more on how to get involved, see this page. For more information, help, or communication, get in touch with Jennifer Dopazo (jndopazo _at_ gmail _dot_ com).


April 30th, 2009
Eyebeam, NY
Join us for the launch party and exhibit opening of littleBits on Thursday April 30th at Eyebeam.
6pm: littleSneak - press preview
7pm: littleGeek - talk by ayah bdeir (ie: me)
7:30pm: bigLaunch -party
Please rsvp by April 25th at: More info here

Charlie James Gallery
975 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012

APRIL 25 TO JUNE 6, 2009


Charlie James Gallery is pleased to announce LA’s first solo show of internationally renowned artist-activist Steve Lambert. You may have encountered Steve’s work already, though you may not be aware of it.  Maybe you saw him interviewed on CNN, or listened to him on NPR.  Lambert’s work operates in popular culture, using everyday language and humor to convey ideas that both subvert and expand the worlds of art, free technology, and media.  In the course of his work, Lambert has worked with volunteers to close every McDonald’s in Manhattan; he has renamed a street in San Francisco, and replaced advertising on the internet with curated art images. Perhaps most famously, Lambert and the Yes Men orchestrated the New York Times Special Edition, wherein he and his collaborators wrote, printed and distributed a near-perfect imitation of the New York Times, its differences detectable only in its content, which included a cavalcade of ‘if only it were true’ headlines like “Iraq War Over” and “Maximum Wage Law Succeeds.”

In Everything You Want, Right Now!, Lambert takes on the vernacular of commercial signage with a regional emphasis unique to Los Angeles.  Visually, he is interested in what makes certain styles of signage feel so innately familiar, and in the methods that signage employs to grab our attention.  Lambert will investigate the numerous emotional promises that inhere in commercial advertising, promises that may excite or reassure us, while remaining ultimately undelivered.  The business of fine art and the relevance of the white cube gallery will also come under the scrutiny of Mr. Lambert.  Under his direction, the Charlie James Gallery will be transformed into something reminiscent of an over-eager appliance store during the 6 week run of his show.  The gallery will be festooned with pennants inside and out, the windows painted over with garish promises of “Slashed Prices!” while the interior pulses away with lighted signage, all promising wild levels of deliverance to the viewer.

Steve Lambert is the founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency and the lead developer of Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with curated art images). He has collaborated with numerous artists including the Graffiti Research Lab, Packard Jennings, and the Yes Men.  Steve’s projects and art works have won awards from Lower East Side Print Shop, Rhizome/The New Museum, Turbulence, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation, the California Arts Council, and others. His work has been shown at various galleries, art spaces, and museums both nationally and internationally, and was recently collected by the Library of Congress. Lambert has appeared live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, with reportage of his exploits captured in multiple outlets including the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Guardian, Harper’s, The Believer, Good, Dwell, ARTnews, Punk Planet, and Newsweek. He is a Senior Fellow at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York, and teaches at Parsons/The New School and Hunter College. Steve studied sociology and film before receiving a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000 and a MFA at UC Davis in 2006.

About Charlie James Gallery: Charlie James Gallery formed in 2008 in Seattle, WA and had its debut in Chinatown, downtown Los Angeles in November of 2008. The gallery exhibits emerging and mid-career artists confronting issues of contemporary cultural significance.  Housed in a 1947 Chinatown manufacturing building and newly redesigned by Dane Johnson, the gallery is situated amidst numerous other contemporary art galleries of strong reputation.  The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12-6. For more information please visit  or email