Archives for : 2011-12

DEC
09
2011

For the better part of the last year I’ve been working (with several others) to develop the Innovative Communication Design program at UMaine (yes, that’s a temporary site).  The classes will start in January, but when it’s fully approved it will be an online, asynchronous graduate certificate program that focuses on creative problem solving and [...]

SEP
11
2011

The Without Borders VIII: Breaking Ground exhibition, which includes my augmented reality piece The Variable Museum, has been showing in the University of Maine’s Lord Hall gallery since August.  We’ll be having a closing reception on Sep. 15th from 5:30-7:30 for anyone in the area who wants to stop by and take a look at [...]

SEP
06
2011

Last month was pretty much a full slate for me between the end of MoJo (seen below), the installation and defense of my MFA thesis (successful, more on that soon), and shipping off the review text of a book (thankfully covered mostly by my co-authors due to the other two).  Following those three events that [...]

AUG
05
2011

Re:Poste is a 3rd party commenting system designed to allow rigorous discussion on the events reported in the media. Conceptually, it is based on the idea of peer review. Articles can be annotated and rated for quality and accuracy by a community of commenters. The best articles float to the top as part of an [...]

JUL
29
2011

  Week 3 of the MozNewsLab had the tech evangelists step aside and the grizzled veteran news producers come to the fore. Shazna Nessa, Mohamed Nanabhay, and Oliver Reichenstein all gave us a look inside their respective histories in hauling journalism into the digital era, whether it liked it or not. While all of them [...]

JUL
26
2011

GhostCoder is an audio steganography tool intent on using file sharing as a massive backup system, squirreling away important public domain data in music files.  I eagerly await somebody stuffing DeCSS into Purple Rain. Mozilla is working on an Open Badge system to encourage self-directed online education.  I’ll have much more on this in a [...]

JUL
25
2011

  This week’s MoJo featured more great material from Chris Heilmann, John Resig, and Jesse James Garrett that mostly focused on building a user experience.  Of course, when thinking about open projects “user” takes on an expanded meaning and, as Resig stressed, every user is a potential future collaborator.  In a previous post I talked [...]

JUL
18
2011

Some recent links of interest: NewScientist reports on a study about what messages get retweeted.  Apparently it’s bad to use negative words, but good to use negative emoticons.  I’m sure there’s a comment on empathy in there somewhere. Poynter has some suggestions on increasing the stickiness of transient news hits. The .xxx domain rollout is [...]

JUL
17
2011

Other than appearing in one of the lectures, this image has nothing to do with the post below. It is included because it is completely awesome. Read why in this article.   This week saw the launch of #MozNewsLab, the next stage of this year’s MoJo innovation challenges.  I’m taking part in this because I [...]

JUL
07
2011

I normally don’t care that iPads don’t vibrate.  However, for a study at the VEMI Lab we’ve been looking at testing different types of vibration as a haptic interface for low vision users of mobile devices.  Unfortunately, most mobile devices that have vibration built in are phones, and phones have small screens–not ideal for some [...]