suggested readings


We need to decide tomorrow on what you'd like to read for the week after Thanksgiving. Use the comments on this post to make some suggestions, and we can discuss them tomorrow...

I could definitely go for following a youtube series like Lonelygirl15 or it's spinoff, Kate Modern, or this one I just stumbled called dorm diaries which is about being black at Stanford. Or this, my personal favorite, Gay Robot

Also, I found a serialized novel called Monster Island although part of its appeal is the fact that it comes out in pieces...and we would be reading the archives, which basically cancels out its serial-ness.

PS I would definitely want to look more into Milliway's Bar, if anyone is up for that.

some collaborative drawing sites and a really cool user generated project organized around emotions

I think we need to talk about this, because it is absolutely amazing. Still looking for something I like, and feel is pertinent.

This is limited in scope, but I enjoy it. Reminds me of your project ToF.

This is a cooler project, maybe more to talk about. I find the site very irritating.

the drawing site was one of my favorites too-- we should definitely look at this and talk about how it could shape the future of a potential "great american hypertext novel"

I also love this site, that capitalizes on the "simple tasks that people do better than computers," or artificial artificial intelligence:

i completely forgot to post yesterday. sorry about that. milliway's bar sounds good to me. i really don't want to watch lonely girl. those other projects also seem cool, although i haven't looked through them that fully. you all probably already know about this, but i think threadless is pretty interesting. there's been some controversy, i think, over how the site has changed. basically i think that people who were originally involved with the site think that it's gotten to big now and that all these newbies are voting for really stupid designs.

my friend also recently sent me something that seems really interesting, although i haven't looked through it much yet:

"Ever since i've heard Dan Phiffer and Mushon Zer-Aviv present the
ShiftSpace project at ars electronica, i've been following with growing
interest the progress of their idea.

They are currently offering ten development grants of up to $2,000 to
individuals and collectives using ShiftSpace as a platform to create new
Spaces and Trails:

"While the Internet¹s design is widely understood to be open and
distributed, control over how users interact online has given us largely
centralized and closed systems. The web is undergoing a transformation whose
promise is user empowerment - but who controls the terms of this new read /
write web? The web has followed the physical movement of the city¹s social
center from the (public) town square to the (private) mall. ShiftSpace
attempts to subvert this trend by providing a new public space on the web.

By pressing the [Shift] + [Space] keys, a ShiftSpace user can invoke a new
meta layer above any web page to browse and create additional
interpretations, contextualizations and interventions - which are called
³Shifts². Users can choose between several authoring tools - called ³Spaces²
- that allow web users to annotate, modify and shift the content of a page
and through ShiftSpace, share that shift with the rest of the web. ³Trails²
are maps of shifts (shiftspace content) that create meta-layer navigation
across websites. These trails might be used as a platform for collaborative
research, for curating net art exhibitions, or as a way to facilitate a
context-based public debate."

Here's the website.

This is also pretty great.

oh yes, i was going to post this site a while ago:
See erasure poetry and make your own erasures !

Sort of like A Humument, but without the illustrations... pure erasure

You can only explore this for so long but this is the visual thesaurus. Sort of like the visualizations we've seen so far, like the one for gamer theory.

we should definitely look at the sheep project and at the emotions project, since i just spent half an hour looking at them with my friend. she was tweeking out.

I would like to discuss shift space as well. I think it is the most notable of the lot, and a pretty amazing idea.