N.A.R.R.P. (Not A Rick Roll Promise)

Pronounced ‘narp’, or ‘N A double R P’.
Have you been plagued by finding Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up” every time you click links from your friends in email? If not, consider yourself lucky (read this for more info –NARRP– http://wiki.ytmnd.com/Rickroll ) . If so, you have a serious Rick Roll’d problem. Fear no more! The latest new technology from the Eyebeam OpenLab (NARRP), defends against the dark art of the Rick Roll’d. N.A.R.R.P. certification (Not A Rick Roll Promise) identifies the information you are presenting as the actual URL to which you are referring, and not a link to a dancing Rick Astely.
Here is an example of how to use NARP certification in an email to a friend:
Dear Sally,
I finally put the video footage from your wedding online, you can check it out here (NARRP):

This URL can be trusted to contain Sally’s wedding footage due to the (NARRP) certification, and if you click the link you will find Sally’s wedding video (isn’t it beautiful?). Now lets take a look at what can happen if you are not NARRP protected:
Dear Sally,
I finally put the video footage from your wedding online, you can check it out here:

Oh snap, Sally just got Rick Roll’d hard!
Look for the NARRP and you will stay safe from the Rick Roll.

Dueling Boot….

Dueling Boot:
See Windows XP and Ubuntu (Linux) race to start up, load the font story on the New York Times website, and shutdown.


If there are any Rhizome members out there make sure to cast your vote to fund the production Hip-Hop Pop-Up.
Hip-Hop Pop-Up is mp3 playing software that pops up websites of brand names in real time as they are mentioned in rap music. URLs and time codes are embedded in popular mp3 files which are then shared via the web, p2p networks, and torrents. The file plays normally in any software or ipod but when played using the custom Hip-Hop Pop-Up software all brand names mentioned by your favorite MC will send you immediately to the company’s home page so you can learn more information about the products. For example, at 2 minutes and 38 seconds into the song Big Poppa when Puffy asks Biggie, “How ya livin Biggie Smallz?” his reply, “In mansion and Benz’s Givin ends to my friends and it feels stupendous” would then pop-up the URL www.mercedes-benz.com. Hip-Hop Pop is a glimpse at a grim but potential future of the state of mainstream rap music.

Mouse Based Art….

It has been brought to my attention by several people that mouse based art projects have already been done to death. Word. If anyone knows of any Double Keyboard type projects please raise your hand now before I waste more time on instructables.
I thought I’d compile the list of projects people have been sending me though as they make for a really interesting collection. Thanks to Jonah, and Tom Moody (Anxiety of Influence….ouch) for most of them.

Eddo Stern’s, Runners (using a Triple Mouse)

Joseph Delappe’s, the Artist’s Mouse

Joseph Delappe’s, Mouse Surveillance System

Joseph Delappe’s, Vagina Mouse

Joseph Delappe’s, Drawings: Playing Unreal

Kristin Lucas’s, Mousepad Drawings

Jonah Brucker-Cohen’s, Mouse Traces

Jonah Brucker-Cohen’s, Mouse Miles

John Maeda’s, One Line

Double Mouse…

Two new projects up on ni9e.com:

the Double Mouse
Double your productivity by connecting a single mouse to two computers! It’s simple: one mouse, two USB connections, infinite possibilities. Each click of your pointer finger will be twice as powerful as it was before with this mouse modification. This is a low cost, no soldering, project that will double your clicks per hour in minutes.
Click here for HOW TO on instructables.com.

9 to 5 Paintings
Create art while you work! If you find yourself spending more and more time answering email, and less and less time making art then why not do them both at the same time? Turn your emails, internet browsing, and report writing into digital paintings. 9 to 5 paintings are a visual representation of your daily computing routines.
Click here to view time lapse video of 9 to 5 Painting in action.
Created at the Eyebeam OpenLab.

53 o’s..

Thanks to Charles for introducing me to my new favorite artist of all time, 53 o’s. It is run by John Michael Boling and Javier Morales. You can check out all their projects at http://www.gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com/
I have posted some of my favorites below:
youtube solo jam
canterbury tales rap
100 meter marquee
marquee mark
I also just definitely bought their t-shirt:

Several of their pieces use the marquee tag which apparently is the coolest thing about HTML and I can’t believe no one told me about it (thanks for nothing Parsons). Below I’ve payed homage by creating Biz Marque:

Charles also has some really great projects on his site:
My First Webpage

Open Source Software…

I just got a new laptop and am in the process of installing new software. I’m trying to limit the number of installations with proprietary licenses so below is a list of my top 14 open source / GNU / Free (as in freedom) Software applications:
1. Firefox (browser)
2. ThunderBird (email)
3. Open Office (.docs, .xls, .ppt)
4. FileZilla (FTP)
5. Putty (Telnet and SSH)
6. GIMP (image editor)
7. Processing (IDE)
8. EMACS (text editor) …4 Windows!
9. BlogBridge (RSS Reader)
10. 7-Zip (archive, zip)
11. Audacity (audio editor /recorder)
12. LimeWire (mp3 downloading)
13. BitTorrent (file downloading)
14. GAIM (chat)
And just for the record, here are some free (as in free beer) software that I use and enjoy even though they are not free (as in freedom):

Warh-Blog needs help….

My I BLOGGED ANDY WARHOL project has turned into I DON’T HAVE TIME TO BLOG ANDY WARHOL. I posted a call for assistance on the site at warhblog.com, please take a look and shoot me an email if you think you can help.

ARS Electronica recap

I was working on compling some footage from ARS Electronica for a class I am teaching when I remembered that I had a blog… it’s been a while but I’m back. This is a list of projects and/or people I happen to encounter and enjoy while in Linz.

Sonic Bed, by Kaffe Matthews
“Kaffe Matthews’ Sonic Bed_London installation consists of a bed equipped with built-in loudspeakers; when installation visitors lie down on the bed, an endlessly changing music moves and vibrates up and down and around their body. Due to these sounds’ frequency and intensity, they are perceived not only with the ears but with the entire body too.”

Paul De Marinis

SOBJECT, by Alberto Frigo
“1_During a life-event every object* the dominant-hand uses is photographed once and while used.
2_If an object of the same type is the next to be used, this object is not photographed unless the life-event changes.
3_A life-event changes as soon as the dominant-hand uses a different object in a different space.”

The KHRONOS PROJECTOR, by Alvaro Cassinelli
“The Khronos Projector provides visitors with a totally new way to modify finished film footage. Touching and thus distorting the projection surface makes it possible to shift a portion of the image forward or backward in time.”
Click here to view Processing demo applet.

Office Live, by Techart Group
“The modern office as self-organizing and self-generating system is the core of this interactive installation that functions on the basis of a chain reaction. With it, the Techart Group calls into question the organization of the modern office and its working environment.
The installation’s protagonist is a fish in an aquarium. Through its movements, the fish sequentially activates various devices and thereby triggers a cyclical working process that culminates in the fish being fed. RFID, computer networks and sound frequency sensors are some of the technologies that make possible this tongue-in-cheek treatment of everyday life in the modern office.”

Click here for youtube video

Tartarus, by Alan Price
“A 3D simulation in real time involves the visitor in an exercise in futility. The viewer uses a touchscreen to guide a virtual figure carrying his burden in the form of a wooden chair through dilapidated staircases and dark rooms. Replications of the chair begin to accumulate, eventually building an impasse. At this critical point, the obstacles fade and the cycle repeats.
Real time 3D graphics and game engine technology put the viewer in control of this representation of the individual’s daily burden.”

The Robotic Chair, by Raffaello D’Andrea, Max Dean, and Matt Donovan
“A completely normal chair, just like the ones typically found in school classes or waiting rooms, turns out to be a robot of all things! Before the eyes of the beholder, it repeatedly morphs back and forth between chair and robot. With the help of a built-in camera, the robot can assign its missing parts to their proper places. Thanks to special mechanical joints, the robot can reassemble the dispersed legs and back of the chair into a complete chair, only to morph back into a robot once again.”
Click here to view video of the robotic chair.

The Road Movie, by exonemo
“This mobile installation originated on a bus trip that Japanese and German artists took through Japan. It combines the traditional Japanese art of origami with the road movie genre. While the group was traveling about through a wide variety of landscapes, a webcam mounted on the bus snapped photos of the surroundings at five minute intervals from many different perspectives. The image files have been uploaded to the Internet in the form of origami patterns that enable users to copy the original and make their own road movie.”

John Maeda
Some favorites from his site:
Kinetic Tree
People Counter

Morphovision, by Toshio Iwai
“Morphovision is a new visual system, where a high-speed rotating solid object appears to soften or even disintegrate, when illuminated with special light. Here, a miniature house rotating at high-speed can be transformed by selecting one of several light patterns with a touch panel. One of these patterns creates a deformed object just like in animation. These effects are achieved by synchronizing the scanning light with the high-speed rotation and changing the shape of light in real time. Morphovision generates a new reality by transforming actual objects, instead of synthesizing computer graphic images. It prompts us to reconsider the nature of images and what it means to “see” the world.”
Video at the bottom of this page.

The Cell Atlantic CellBooth, by Jenny Chowdhury
“The Cell Atlantic CellBooth is a mobile telephone booth that can be strapped on like a backpack and then quickly and easily set up when the user’s cell phone rings. This project illustrates in a humorous and provocative way how mobile telecommunications technology has influenced cell phone users’ communication with each other and with their surroundings.”
(video at link above)

Sledgehammer Keyboard, by Taylor Hokanson
“The Sledgehammer Keyboard communicates with a computer just like a normal keyboard but offers the user an unusual option. Installation visitors are invited to work over the keyboard with a hammer in order to literally hammer their frustrating experiences with technology into it. Entries will be uploaded to the Internet in the form of a weblog.”
Click here for video.

Aram Bartholl
Some favorites:
First Person Shooter

COWSinTHEfield, by Hannah Perner-Wilson
“This piece was made as decoration for a party with an Austrian theme. Cows and electric fences are both typical Austrian things to me and using an electric shock for visual interaction is an interesting experiment. This installation presents nostalgic Austrian childhood memories to be experienced again.”
Processing Applet
ShiftSpace, by Dan Phiffer, and Mushon Zer-Aviv
“Having wandered for years in an owner-centric Cyberspace, where do we turn for online public spaces? ShiftSpace (.org) seeks to provide a new town-square built above the existing privatized hyper-mall of information that is the World Wide Web. We are building an open-source meta-layer above the web and we would enjoy your company.”
THE MANUAL INPUT SESSIONS, by Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman
“The Manual Input Sessions is a series of audiovisual vignettes which probe the expressive possibilities of hand gestures and finger movements. Our concert is performed on a combination of custom interactive software, analog overhead projectors and digital computer video projectors, resulting in an unusual quality of hybridized, dynamic light, and augmented-reality play.”
(video at link listed above)

Smoke Tree, by John Gerrard
“An oak is the centerpiece of this virtual sculpture. Instead of giving off oxygen like a real tree, though, this one produces carbon. The upshot is a piece of sculpture enshrouded in virtual smoke-certainly an unsettling sight; nevertheless, a thoroughly plausible scenario. The work describes a single day, revolving around the central motif of following the path of the sun.”
Click here to view video

Le Sacre du Printemps, by Klaus Obermaier, Julia Mach, Christine Sugrue, and the Futurelab.
“Le Sacre du Printemps . Igor Stravinsky . an interactive music, dance and 3D project”