These things may have some relation to each other outside my fevered brain.
Some thoughts perturbed from the silt at the bottom of the dark pond that is the mind of Warren Ellis, by way of the acquisition of his new, space-shuttle-controlling smartphone, the Nokia N71.
What interests me is less the idea that one person can leave a data shadow, but more that groups of people could selectively leave shadows to mix with a fictional or semi-fictional text… which makes it a kind of intersection between art, game, acting, and voyeurism. Ellis seems the ideal kind of charismatic ringleader for that kind of thing, which is either inspiring or frightening, I’m not sure which.
(Via Merlin Mann.)
I further note that my Brother PT-2600 label printer has simple, no-frills software to print via USB on my computer, can do code-128 barcodes, and I wonder how difficult it would be to get the quicksilver mojo working with it. Anyone out there have one?
An excellent project by some brilliant people to provide a framework for data shadows.
Also see: Thinglinks as barcodes.
Nearfield.org is an insanely awesome resource for doing actual work with data shadows. A by-no-means complete linkdump:
I’ve been planning on building cameras over my worktables for some time. This would add a lot to them.
But that creates a lot of raw data, and there’s a real problem with making that relevant…
Brilliant concept. Appalling initial interaction experience.
(I just want it to work like Quicksilver. But, then you have to give props to Doug Engelbart; he’s been using NLS straight since the 1960’s. I can’t even maintain this stupid blog for a month without noticing something shiny and wandering off.)
I do love the concept and the project, but something in between “dummy mouse dialog” and “NLS command line” might be gratifying. Just sayin.
(Via genehack, I’ve been having thoughts like this, too. Which means I’m only a couple of years behind everyone else.)
It is entirely up to you to decide how and whether all of this is related. I’m done for the day.