What an awesome and inspirational profile about a man who played an integral role in the history of video games.
via singularityhub.com Want to know what the future looks like today? The Recorded Future team may offer you that glimpse...
via sour-mirror.jp This is the coolest music video / interactive piece of art I've seen in quite some time. Enter your Twitter or Facebook account info to customize the experience, or just use your webcam if you don't want to share your login info...
This is the coolest music video / interactive piece of art I’ve seen in quite some time. Enter your Twitter or Facebook account info to customize the experience, or just use your webcam if you don’t want to share your login info. I expect there will be a lot more of this in 2011!
via youtube.com I think the lesson here is if you're going to rob someone's apartment, don't take the computer if you see a lot of Star Wars action figures or other signs of Geek life. It will not end well...
All My Life is an interactive data visualization that shares moments from my online life in the context of what else was going on in the world during the same time.
All My Life is an interactive data visualization that shares moments from the archives of my online life in the context of what else was going on in the world during the same time. First exhibited at the NYU ITP Winter Show, December 2010.
Social network updates are about sharing what’s current. What am I thinking NOW? What’s important to me NOW? But how will we feel looking back at all these brief moments we shared in a year, or five…or ten? Might it trigger the same feelings of nostalgia we used to encounter by looking through an old yearbook?
For this project, I’ve built an archival database sucking in feeds from 22 of my social destinations (Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Goodreads). In this data visualization, I re-visit shared moments from my past and attempt to contextualize them by referencing the music that was popular at the time and news headlines so as to try and trigger feelings of nostalgia by connecting real and virtual world events.
Since 1996, I have shared my thoughts, ideas, images and videos on a variety of social networks. Much of that is now lost. Some companies have gone bust and taken my activity on their site with them and there are other sites in which I’m no longer active (i.e. Jaiku). And although we are told that what we publish on the Internet lives on forever, it does not mean that we (the content creators) will always have access to it.
This project began as an effort to create an archive of my online activities and blossomed into a data visualization that tries to connect my personal musings to a larger societal context through music and news.
Each day we reveal special and ordinary moments in our lives with different groups of “friends.” Sometimes it’s a brief status update on Facebook, others it’s a link on Twitter, a picture on Flickr, or a place we’ve visited on Foursquare.
But these moments are ephemeral and – once shared – often forgotten.
And when these moments pass, they are difficult to re-visit. Some sites allow the user to view his or her history, but it is only accessible in a linear fashion or by keyword search. And for these systems, it can be hard to contextualize the memory.
My goal was to create a unique, comprehensive visualization to revisit these shared moments.
While this project is a particularly personal one, it brings up issues about privacy, data portability and online communications. My hope is that by seeing how I have chosen to archive my online life, others will follow suit.
This project was built using a MySQL database to archive all of my online activity as well as assorted PHP scripts, APIs for Billboard Magazine, Last.FM and TIME magazine. The program was written in Processing. Each time it runs, it selects a random 5% of updates stored in the database to display.
Special thanks to ITP professors Dan O’Sullivan, Dan Maynes Aminzade (aka Monzy) and resident researcher Craig Kapp for their incredible patience and support in bringing this project to fruition. Also to designer Noah Bell for guidance and inspiration in developing the visualization.