I came across this project at MIT Media Lab by Aaron Zinman. I really like the way it represents what a search term is about rating it against a pre-defined taxonomy of categories. The process of scanning the data was transparent and facinating to watch.
I took a screen shot whilst the process was running.
Here is the finished article.
Expansys’ Most Wanted, originally uploaded by renaissancechambara.
What would be your half dozen ‘Most Wanted Gadgets in 2009’? Here’s my six for starters:
I am a collector. Its an intrinsic part of me. I have a bookshelf full of books, a collection of mechanical watches, a garage full of vinyl records and a collection of interesting web links online here. I am slightly different to a hoarder in that I am quite happy to let stuff go. I recently cut my watch collection right back as my interests had changed in the types of watches that I liked.
It is a similar story with my music collection, in fact the only thing slowing my thinning out my collection is the fact that you literally can’t give the stuff away on eBay at the moment and secondhand record shops will charge you to take the stuff off your hands as the recession has crushed people’s discretionary income.
I have over 9,000 links stashed away on delicious. I don’t need to clear things out because delicious has infinite room to all intents and purposes. Delicious also allows me to find people who are likeminded and do the online equivalent of shoulder surfing to take a peek at their bookmarks. For instance my friend David Rout is a great photographer, so I will pay attention to photographic-related links that he has. It has and will continue to attract collector types like me.
It makes me wonder whether early adopter-types are collectors (of beta version experiences)?
This is different to the sharing that happens on social networks which are closer to passing around dishes at a dinner party as a way of spurring interaction between guests. This is probably why the statistics in this comparative research on the way consumers share websites is of limited value.
Probably the most significant change in statistics is the surge of Live Bookmarks and Yahoo! Bookmarks in market share despite better products out there like delicious and Google Bookmarks. These show that the portals have managed to sell bookmarking to their heavy users (I am guessing through toolbar downloads) whilst the early adopters have kept with their own personal favourite tools.
I was walking down the street and I noticed how similar looking the headlamp clusters on the front of this Alfa Romeo was to a spider.
Here is a picture of a spider by Stavros Markopoulos on flickr.
A couple of weeks ago the most exciting thing going on was Nokia World. Its kind of taken on the same effect on gadget zeitgeist 3GSM or IFA have had for international audiences. This is where you are likely to find out Nokia’s perspective on different technology developments, I was particularly interested in seeing their take on mobile TV, haptics and augmented reality – of which only augmented reality only got a significant mention. I was just clicking through Google News timeframes from 1 month to 1 day to see the latest news when I noticed that the article numbers didn’t make sense.
It could be logical for the 1 day coverage number to be less than the 1 week number and so on. It wasn’t so I checked all the time gaps:
Over the past month, there was about 10,186 articles covering this subject.
Over the past week, the figure changes to approximately 9,974 articles.
The last day goes up to 10,214 articles.
And the last hour was 10,326 articles which is quite frankly ridiculous.
This didn’t make that much difference to me in this case, but when monitoring a client campaign I would use this numbers to give me a sense of how an announcement is gaining traction through the online media landscape. Given the high quality of algorithmic search provided by Google its easy to take what we’re told for granted, so it’s good to realise that your mileage may vary.
Apple put the boot into the netbook during its launch of the new iPhone | iPod range in September. The implication is that netbooks are too big.
However cellphones generally have input problems. The iPhone touchscreen is not as conducive to productivity as a proper keyboard to touch type on.
And so it goes round, which one do you think: smartphone or netbook?
Jaime Hernandez (yes it is also spelt with an X) is the artist behind the famous comic series Love & Rockets which catalogued the lives of a mostly latina cast as teenagers involved in the American punk scene through to the present day. I liked the earlier issues which also interlaced a modicum of science fiction into the stories. The art is reminiscent of pop art.
Given Shawn Stüssy‘s long association with music and California, it made sense that his original label Stüssy should reach out to Mr Hernandez to collaborate on t-shirt designs. Hernandez’ work moves well from paper to t-shirts. Its only a shame that Stüssy’s site still has mad hate for European customers.
Cover from iLook, a Mandarin luxury goods magazine with a Beijing readership of 55,000 published by China Interactive Media Group. The magazine is aimed at Chinese women with a disposable income, educating their audience on the ins and outs of luxury goods.
I was listening to a mix by Japanese DJ SoccerBoy when I came across this page on his site. It featured a section of the documentary film made about the traditional dolphin cull in a small village in Japan.
The text on the page reads:
“Whites don’t kill dolphins, Yellows do”
HUMANE + ECOLOGY = NEW RACISM
Are the likes of Greenpeace, PeTA and the World Wildlife Fund as guilty of racism as the 19th century missionaries who wanted to civilise the savages by bringing God’s word to them, or the entrepreneurs who sought to open the market for opium with cannon shot and muskets?
At the very least, it indicates that western pressure group’s confrontational ‘Two Minutes Hate‘ approach needs to be revisited and they need to search deep within their motivations to come up with a more empathetic and effective way of influencing their desired changes in behaviour because its leaving potential allies alienated in non-Western countries.