i have to say that this video just makes my day. hard to explain why. ironic? kitsch? retro? creepy? icky? yep. in a word? perfect.
chris beard & i are traveling this week to europe — will be in London Monday and Paris Wednesday — we’ll be hosting gettogethers for Mozilla folk — Monday’s in London will be at Stage Door 3; Wednesday’s in Paris will be at Urbi et Orbi (featuring the inestimable Tristan)– if you’re interested in hanging out, drop by and we’ll buy you a drink.
I’ve got about 15 different posts half-written in my head about my first 3 weeks with my iPhone, but wanted to write quickly about how human a device it is. It’s hard to explain why, but when I get a call, say, from Kathy, and there’s a large, high quality picture of her & SPL on my phone, my emotional reaction is wonderful. And I feel that way about a lot of the phone — Kathy & SPL & I routinely flip through photos from the past few years — even SPL, who just turned 2, can flick from picture to picture, and back again. It’s stunning, actually. Flinging pictures, lists, web pages around — it’s really fun — and it feels direct. It’s making using the mouse with my desktop feel extremely intermediated — like I’m not really interacting with it at all, but directing some robot to do it.
I have a feeling that it’s going to cause a very funny consequence — I think that all sorts of software/hardware vendors are going to start making their UIs flickable, flingable, draggable — and, very often, in incredibly inappropriate ways. Sort of like when everyone thought that “drag and drop” was always appropriate for everything, when sometimes it just wasn’t (isn’t).
Anyway, after 3 weeks, I have a high level of attachment to the iPhone. I’m about to get on a plane to London, and will need to switch back to my Blackberry Pearl — more about that in a posting soon — and already I’m feeling a little sad about it.
I have to say tat this is a tough book to and a tough book to really know what to make of it. The subtitle is “Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” — it’s about Ishmael’s childhood in Sierra Leone, and his extremely quick trip from living with his family to killing people in the name of … well, in the name of something. Kathy & I saw Ishmael on The Daily Show, and were taken with his poise and maturity — and his wisdom, of course. This is a guy who’s in his twenties now, living in Manhattan, but in the past 20 years has gone from living in a tiny town in Sierra Leone to killing many, many innocent people while addicted to drugs and under the control of a military, to writing a book and trying to help others understand how impossible the situation is. It’s not the best-written book that I’ve ever read, but if even a fraction of it is true — and I have a sad suspicion that it’s all true — it’s mind-boggling that people have to go through this, and that people like Ishmael can survive.
Couple of days delayed, but the very good folks at the Participatory Culture Foundation have just relaunched the awesome Democracy Player as Miro! They’re on preview releases now, and just about ready to release 1.0.
For anyone who’s interested in high quality video online, it’s something you should check out. Great stuff, with even some bonus Mozilla juice baked in.
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