links for 2009-10-13

links for 2009-10-12

  • Listened to this podcast today, it's quite intriguing. I've always shied away from working on a book, but a service like this makes it more appealing to me.

    "Inspired by the success of LibriVox, a project in which collaborators record free audiobooks, Hugh McGuire has embarked on a commercial project: BookOven. In this conversation he tells host Jon Udell about how the new venture enables writers, editors, and proofreaders to work on long-form texts that can be published in traditional or new ways."

  • "Book Oven helps teams of people turn manuscripts into finished books, and then publish them. It is built for writers, editors, proofreaders, designers and small presses."
  • Cool bookstore in SF with lots of interesting live music and other events. I plan to check it out sometime.
  • "BayCHI, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), brings together scholars, practitioners, and users to exchange ideas about computer-human interaction and about the design and evaluation of human interfaces."
  • "Clarion is an intensive six-week summer program focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It is considered a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. Over one third of our graduates have been published and many have gone on to critical acclaim. The list of distinguished Clarion alumni includes Ed Bryant, Octavia Butler, Bob Crais, Cory Doctorow, George Alec Effinger, Nalo Hopkinson, James Patrick Kelly, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Martha Soukup, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, and many others."
  • "This is the world's leading feminist science fiction convention. WisCon encourages discussion and debate of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class. WisCon welcomes writers, editors and artists whose work explores these themes as well as their many fans. We have panel discussions, academic presentations, and readings as well as many other uncategorizable events. WisCon is primarily a book-oriented convention… with an irrepressible sense of humor."
  • Bay area scifi group. I attended one of their events last night. Excellent!
  • "The Carl Brandon Society is a group originating in the science fiction community "dedicated to addressing the representation of people of color in the fantastical genres such as science fiction, fantasy and horror… to foster dialogue about issues of race, ethnicity and culture, raise awareness both inside and outside the fantastical fiction communities, promote inclusivity in publication/production, and celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in science fiction, fantasy and horror."

    "The Society was founded after discussions at the feminist science fiction convention WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin, and named itself after the fictional fan writer of color "Carl Brandon" (invented by Terry Carr based on a hoax fan created by Pete Graham and Bob Stewart) in much the same way that the James Tiptree, Jr. Award group named itself after the fictitious male persona used by the writer long known as "James Tiptree, Jr.".

links for 2009-10-11

  • "Replaying a Wave gives an even more tangible and reliable feeling for the history of a relationship," Herring explains, compared to the way email threading and sorting quickly breaks down, hiding chronology.

    Replays may also improve our ability to know the intentions of others – a capacity called theory of mind that is central to the way we communicate. Different communication methods provide different types of evidence that is used to create such models. Because Wave provides multiple ways to transmit that evidence, it may make it easier to model others' minds. "Watching a Wave replay could help people to imagine what was in the minds of others," says Watts.

links for 2009-10-09

Google Wave: I want it because I hate e-mail

I have come to loathe e-mail. Well, at least for coordination (like setting meetings) or collaboration (like working together on projects) or tasks (like answering people’s questions) or ongoing conversations (like discussion groups). I quickly get overwhelmed by all those separate messages, each of which requires a surprising amount of thought to place it in context and figure out what I’m supposed to DO with it.

It makes my brain hurt.

This video from EpipheoStudios.com nails exactly why I hate e-mail, and how Google Wave is trying to solve the problems of e-mail.

YouTube – What is Google Wave?.

I don’t know whether Google Wave will actually solve these problems. But dammit, at least they’re trying to tackle the problem. And they have the development power and user base to stand a chance of pulling it off.

A friend has sent me an invite. I haven’t received it yet. But when I do, I’ll give it a try. UPDATE: I just got my Google Wave invitation today! I’ll get a chance to play with it over the weekend. I expect it to be rough. (OK, everyone who’s whining about it: rough is what “alpha testing” is all about!) And hopefully I’ll start to glimpse an end to the e-mail madness.

links for 2009-10-06

  • The Pacific Ocean could soon be lighting up the beautiful city of San Francisco as a tidal-energy project planned for the waters near the Golden Gate Bride is now in the final stages of acquiring the necessary permits for implementation. The project, which has been in the works for over four years, will produce 10 to 30 megawatts of energy with the potential of up to 100 megawatts, and is anticipated to be the largest energy generator off the California Coast.
  • funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers…
  • WIKITUDE World Browser presents the user with data about their surroundings, nearby landmarks, and other points of interest by overlaying information on the real-time camera view of a smart-phone. AVAILABLE for DOWNLOAD through your G1, G2 & myTouch phones in the Android Market Place. [COMING SOON to an iPhone near you!]
  • "Friendfeed implemented the new feature tonight. Users can choose to view most of their FriendFeed pages in real time, including topical based pages.

    "Combining the long polling, real time view of pages and the embed feature also just happens to be a really excellent live blogging tool. Bloggers can leverage FriendFeed’s infrastructure during high traffic events like Apple product announcement and just embed the stream onto their blogs. Later, if they want, they can copy and past the content directly onto their blog for archiving and SEO. There are lots of other live blogging tools out there that do similar things, but they tend to…fail…badly…during big events. FriendFeed has been stable since launching, and seem to understand how to build a service that doesn’t go down.

    "Robert Scoble says “This is wild. It’s like the web has been turned into a chat room,” and I agree."

  • "Wikitude World Browser is an augmented reality (AR) browser for the Android platform based on location-based Wikipedia and Qype content. It is a handy application for planning a trip or to find out about landmarks in your surroundings; 350,000 world-wide points of interest may be searched by GPS or by address and displayed in a list view, map view and “Augmented Reality” cam view.

    "The latest version of WIKITUDE World Browser includes an Augmented Reality Photo Feature, which allows you to capture and share the AR camera view you experience through your mobile."

  • "Using a new augmented reality (AR) service called Pachube, you can use your smart phone to "see" invisible environmental data about air quality and energy consumption. And we've got another amazing AR application too. Augmented reality provides you with an information overlay for your daily life, supplying data for things you are seeing via a smart phone camera – or through special goggles that are connected to the internet."

links for 2009-10-01