Friday, July 29, 2005
Farewell to Genoa
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Museums and sore feet
So have done the whole Via Garibaldi treble museum thing. Really enjoy some of those museums but its weird I always end up going to the classical ones in Italy but anywhere else its the modern ones! I've fallen into the same mistake again concerning Italy, Sundays and restaurants. The fact is most close, as we encountered in May on the Alps trip but sure I figured Genoa's not some rural town but it stands for the most part here. Did find one so its back to my vino and pizza!
Arrived in Italy
Well I hope that's it for bad luck with planes & delays! In lovely but hot city of Genoa for the Sound to Sense summer school (http://www.s2s2.org) where there'll be a number of interesting presentations related to my research and some lively discussions, off to do the tourist thing today until Filiapio from my research group (http://www.idc.ul.ie) and all the rest of the guys from the Uni di Siena (his old Uni) arrive later tonight. Looks like its going to be around 30 tempwise so time to find the water and somewhere with air conditioning. Pics and tales to follow.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Wednesday and back to biz
On a lighter tone, we have Google celebrating the Moon landings go for the maximum zoom level!
I've been stuck looking at journals and pages like "Cellular automata and music" for a big Metamusic project meeting tomorrow. On a different vein there are three interesting ones from WorldChanging with articles on new devices for detecting and monitoring diseases using low cost systems, on the World Wildlife Fund's new Wildfinder system which allows people to find out about the habitats and details of over 30,000 species and a nice one on India's approach to green building.
On the podcast front there is Reinventing Radio talking about the BBC and their experiments with feedback mechanisms and over on the Rails front there is Dave Thomas giving a talk on (actual MP3) on how he became a pragmatic programmer and how he started on Ruby.
At least somebody is making progress on their PhD but I guess its time to figure out a plan.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Summer heat and ATM blues
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Catching up with work
At least its given me the time to do a little surfing whilst listening to the recordings! So what about the ease with which personal privacy can be breached now as discussed by David Lazarus, in a similar vein there is a nice article on "How to Protect Against Identity Theft" by Adam J. Elbirt in IEEE's latest Technology and Society Magazine. For Mac OS heads we have "Programming with Spotlight" and "Creating Spotlight Plugins". Here's a great piece on "Understanding Google's Conversion-Tracking Mechanism" which helps explain Google's Adwords and how the conversion rate can be tracked to give you a return on investment figure for your marketing spend.
In other news Diarmuid lost the party whip last night but didn't get expelled from Fine Gael and this can be seen as a slap across the wrist and shows that HQ did at least bother to listen to the stories and make their own mind up on the fiasco here in Limerick East.
Also really started on the Metamusic project so I'm brushing up on my skills with LISP for Music and generative composition.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Something for the Weekend
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Thursday and a bit of a whirlwind tour
Two good ones from World Changing on Mapping Politics which is again going back to the power of using mapping for policital objectives by following on from the Chicago Crime Map to the Iraq War Fatalities which is a Flash piece detailing the Coalition loss of life over the course of the conflict, up to June 27 of 2005. The second one is on spring_alpha which is an open source simulation society game which was design with drawings from Chad McCail and tells of a community's effort to establish a utopian society. (Detail Summary and Python Source Code)
Phrack is dead after too many years of service to the hacker community, it was a great publication and I'm sorry to see it go as it helped build the right sort of mentality as espoused by works such as Graham's "Hackers & Painters" (highly recommmended read).
In more happy news, we have Cory Doctrow realising his book "Someone comes to Town, someone leaves Town" online for free download and Charles Stross doing the very same with "Accelerando" and whilst this is a wonderful development I for one still intend to support the authors by buying paper copies.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Getting back to normal
Slowly getting back to normality post holding the ICAD conference in UL, heard talks on everything from spatialised audio studies to audio soft buttons (Nokia) to auditory alarms (US Navy) to auditory display studies for visually impaired & blind from the whole spectrum covered by Auditory Displays. Working now on getting the papers and some podcasts online. Also got accepted to the Sound to Sense summer school at the end of the month in Genoa so its going to be a busy summer even post ICAD.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Business Reads for the Weekend
In light of recent US developments here's an article called "Piracy is Good? How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV" and the related piece called "The Swarm Manifesto". And a nice one to finish called "Overzealous Lawyers Beware: Today's Sites Are Fighting Back" on the topic of how online website who are being hit with cease and desist letters are not simply playing dead in the case of the demands made in these letters.
The secret to running a successful web enterprise is ePandora which powers Boystuff and various other portals. San Francisco has a new outlet for citizen journalism and on the political theme here's a nice Westminister one called Guido Fawkes or for a more formal style see the Guardian's Backbench.
Given the UL main website new makeover, maybe its time to point designers to articles like "The Right Information". More on bad redesign over at the Independent newspaper. Ok-Cancel's cartoon and thread today is about tagging. Our French business colleagues seem to be a little confused as Corporate France seems to believe us part of Britain!