Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Gear Diary

Gear Diary: "Beatbox Fame Game

Beatbox Fame Game


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Boing Boing: Small world in your head

Boing Boing: Small world in your head: "...Scientists are looking for small-world setups within the brain's massive, interconnected cell networks and for moment-to-moment electrical manipulations that, they suspect, foster thinking and learning. Their efforts are a sharp departure from popular brain-imaging efforts to pinpoint neural niches that specialize in particular mental capabilities.
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OpenMoko is an attempt to create the world's first completely open mobile phone software stack.

We believe in standardization bottom-up (defined and implemented by the community), instead of top-down (defined by a consortium).

For a more thorough introduction see this announcement

OpenMoko is supposed to run on all kinds of Linux-capable mobile phones. The first fully supported OpenMoko phone is the FIC Neo1973.

This initative has been initiated by FIC Inc. and OpenMoko, Inc.



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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bioneers and Ecological Design

Ecological Design

The Corporation Film: Synopsis

The Corporation Film: Synopsis

The Corporation Film: a Film by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott & Joel Bakan
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In the mid-1800s the corporation emerged as a legal "person." Imbued with a "personality" of pure self-interest, the next 100 years saw the corporation's rise to dominance. The corporation created unprecedented wealth but at what cost? The remorseless rationale of "externalities" (as Milton Friedman explains, the unintended consequences of a transaction between two parties on a third) is responsible for countless cases of illness, death, poverty, pollution, exploitation and lies.


To assess the "personality" of the corporate "person," a checklist is employed, using diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organizatio n and the standard diagnostic tool of psychiatrists and psychologists. The operational principles of the corporation give it a highly anti-social "personality": it is self-interested, inherently amoral, callous and deceitful; it breaches social and legal standards to get its way; it does not suffer from guilt, yet it can mimic the human qualities of empathy, caring and altruism. Four case studies, drawn from a universe of corporate activity, clearly demonstrate harm to workers, human health, animals and the biosphere. Concluding this point-by-point analysis, a disturbing diagnosis is delivered: the institutional embodiment of laissez-faire capitalism fully meets the diagnostic criteria of a "psychopath."

yEd - Java Graph Editor

yEd - Java Graph Editor:

yEd is a very powerful graph editor that is written entirely in the Java programming language. It can be used to quickly and effectively generate drawings and to apply automatic layouts to a range of different diagrams and networks.

yEd is available as a free download with unrestricted functionality!

yEd makes full use of the yFiles library. This is a Java class library enabling the viewing, editing, optimizing, drawing, and animating of a wide range of diagrams, networks, and other graph-like structures.

yEd has been built using 100% lightweight Swing components. This allows it to run on any platform where a suitable Runtime Environment is available.

Automatic Layout of Networks and Diagrams

The yFiles library offers the user many advantages, one of which is its ability to automatically draw networks and diagrams. This section demonstrates some of the many layout styles that are supported by yFiles.

If you have Java Web Start installed, simply click on one of the links to download and start the interactive demos.

Get Java

If there is no Java installed on your computer, please follow the link under the image to download the most current JRE (Java Runtime Environment):

Hierarchical Layout

Emphasizes the direction of the main flow in diagrams and networks and also identifies hierarchy levels and dependencies.
Supports orthogonal drawings and grouped diagrams.

Ideally suited for biochemical pathways, dependency analysis, workflow diagrams, business process modeling, or UML diagrams.

» start interactive demo

Organic Layout

Emphasizes data-inherent groupings and symmetries and provides insight into the interconnectedness of large and complex structures.
Supports grouped diagrams.

Ideally suited for semantic networks, biochemical reaction networks, or computer network structures.

» start interactive demo

Orthogonal Layout

Produces clear diagrams with orthogonal connections only, where connections are routed with minimal number of crossings and bends.
Supports grouped diagrams and exclusive routing of connections.

Ideally suited for database modeling, software engineering, or UML diagrams.

» start interactive demo

Tree Layout

Arranges tree-like structures optimally.
Offers directed as well as radial styles and supports compact arrangements.

Ideally suited for genealogies, directories, mind-mapping, or organization charts.

» start interactive demo

Circular Layout

Emphasizes ring and star topologies in networks.
Groups objects according to the network's structure and arranges them on circles or using radial tree structures.

Ideally suited for network management, web visualization, or social networks.

» start interactive demo

Cabinet Magazine Online - A Timeline of Timelines

Cabinet Magazine Online - A Timeline of Timelines: "Issue 13 Spring 2004

A Timeline of Timelines Compiled by Sasha Archibald & Daniel Rosenberg

This is an expanded version of a timeline that appeared in Cabinet's 'Histories of the Future' issue. Daniel Rosenberg's introduction to the timeline can be found here. "

ASTC - Resource Center - Music of Nature

ASTC - Resource Center - Music of Nature

Yellow-headed blackbird calling
The musical sounds of birds and other animals give clues to the deep roots of human musicality.
Photo by David Klein
A major traveling exhibition on the music of nature—and the nature of music—is scheduled to open in 2007 as a result of a collaboration among ASTC, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the BioMusic Program of National Musical Arts, an interdisciplinary group of scientists and musicians. Planning was supportec by a grant from the National Science Foundation. We share here highlights of the planning process.

Biomusic—An Emerging Field of Scientific Research

Visitor Studies Related to Music and Sound

Other Related Exhibits and Programs