Filter posts by:

Skype spam

Skype is no longer spam free. This afternoon I was asked to add a new person to my Skype. The message it sends is the following: Dear Sir/Madam: first of all, thank you very much for your attention! We...

Here comes another bubble…2.0

America’s housing market is having troubles, oil is getting ridiculously pricy, and good american patriots would rather have euros than their beloved greenback. The impending doom of the internet business market, just like in 2000, is making a buzz...

Can Google Maps set us free? From derivé to (collective) intelligence

Dérive is a notion used by Guy Debord in an attempt to convince readers to revisit the way they looked at urban spaces. The concept means to aimlessly walk, or drift, through the city streets being guided by the...

Collaboration on Slashdot

“Sometimes, the complex human-machine constructions are intentional. Often they are the emergent result of aggregating a large number of individual interactions. And occasionally they are both.” Online cooperation has become one of the fastest developping areas of...
Breaking the Frequencies

Breaking the Frequencies

The Internet, the city, and recently augmented space are flooded with disinformation, meaningless images, contrasting interpretations, unreliable sources and corporate spam. Public space is filled with images that consequently construct, direct and control our reality. Attempts to countervail, reform...
Light post on post-light

Light post on post-light

In a series of attempts to shorten posts, a ‘light’ post: In my quest to investigate into alternative interfaces and other ways (than traditional pc setup red.) of representation and manipulation of data, one aspect to look at is...

Locative Media in a city under corporate control

Let me start with a story about an old joke. In 1996 Dino Igancio, a San Francisco artist, started the ‘Bert is Evil’ website on which he posted photographs confirming that Sesame Street’s Bert is evil. The images showed...
Web 2.0 note conversation

Web 2.0 note conversation

A few moths back @ PICNIC hackerscamp Timo Arnall told me he was working on super secret technology he couldn't tell specifics about. A few weeks back @ recalling RFID he still was very mysterious about his super secret...
Alex Galloway on Protocol @ UvA

Alex Galloway on Protocol @ UvA

After the talk Alex Galloway gave on The Game of War Rosie asked him to give us an introduction to Protocol, which is key literature for one of our courses. This is the first spontaneously organized event by Geeks...

Noam Chomsky and the Manufacturing Consent.

Today, I ‘d stumble upon an interesting documentary about about the career and views of linguist and media critic Noam Chomsky. Twan posted a couple of months ago a chunk of this documentary which is called: the...

New Cultural Networks – You Google My Second Space

Last Friday, November 2nd, the New Cultural Networks conference named ‘You Google my second space’ was held in the Openbare Bibliotheek of Amsterdam. The conference was organized by Stifo@Sandberg. There were a variety of speakers with different backgrounds. The...

Wikiscanner

In order to get some experience using a new media tool, I experimented with the Wikiscanner a bit. Ofcourse I had to see the changes made by Mabel Wisse Smit for myself. I figured it would be a bit...

EVE Online: Work or Play?

Where does play end, and work start? In the online world of the MMORPG EVE Online, this threshold might be blinded by the dazzling glitter of the stars, but it is just as easy to pass. Within this hypercapitalistic...

Foreman Capital and the City of Amsterdam participate in Fabchannel for € 2.5 million

Former UvA New Media students raise massive investment. Foreman Capital, an independent Dutch investment company, and the City of Amsterdam both take a substantial minority stake of € 1.25 million in Fabchannel. Fabchannel, an online entertainment company...
Future of Google @ Club of Amsterdam

Future of Google @ Club of Amsterdam

In a series of ‘future of’ events, the Club Of Amsterdam organized a future on Google symposium on the 25th of October at the Industrieele Groote Club. Four lecturers were invited to give their views on the history, status,...
Swarm of Angels & Four Eyed Monsters

Swarm of Angels & Four Eyed Monsters

Filmmakers are in general quite conservative. Their love for high quality image, 16 mm, 35 mm, big screenings and Hollywood attraction is usually overshadowing the curiosity for developments in the area of new media. This is a shame, especially...
Zaadz, a social network

Zaadz, a social network

Zaadz is a social network in two senses: first of all it is a social network like MySpace or Hyves because people can communicate share and many other things on this site if they have an account. The difference...
Recalling RFID: Full Report

Recalling RFID: Full Report

Recalling RFID was held on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th of October at de Balie. This unique event included presentations on RFID, debates and digital connectivity scenarios by industry representatives, academics, artists, privacy advocates, programmers and consultants....
Reporting from Recalling RFID

Reporting from Recalling RFID

On the morning of the Recalling RFID public program at Amsterdam’s De Balie, I passed one of the newly installed OV chipcard terminals at the metro station. It proved to be the beginning of a day that aimed to...
Talking about the spinplant

Talking about the spinplant

After some weeks the spinplant is still alive. A search with the query “spinplant” in Google gives an overview of some nice and weird links. For example a mention on a Japanese site, linked to Secondlife. But the spinplant...

Information R/evolution

Michael Wesh, known from his web 2.0 movie 'The machine is Us/ing Us' on Youtube (linked below) has created a new movie on the 'Information R/evolution' - this time focusing on the...

Dystopias after Google

Here at MofM we've done our share of Google criticism, but I think The Last Psychatrist has one up on us. What Hath Google Wrought is a giant-sized portion of skepticism about the 'accidental monopoly', which...

Eternal life?

Eternal life is a fairytale. It is not possible to live forever. Or at least, this is the case these days. But what if it really becomes possible to live forever? According to three scientists, Anders Sandberg, Aubrey de...
The Spinplant Continues: Legal Questions at Google?

The Spinplant Continues: Legal Questions at Google?

Although I’m not really sure what this is all about, on page 3 of the Google search query on the spinplant I got the following: In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 1 result(s)...