Lovebytes/We Love Technology: quick review

I’m just going to do a quick run-through of the Lovebytes/We Love Technology presentations (12/02/10) and what I thought.

Below, traveller


Data, Tits & Ambient News.

Notes from week one-thousand, three-hundred and ninety

Apologies for the delay. I have been busy. Really. Just last week I went to drink a pint of beer with James Boardwell. True story. Whilst there, we briefly discussed data (every two-bit nerd’s common subject), the opportunities it’s throwing up, and how, as individuals, we’re generating more and more information every-day.

One data-driven project that uses casually created personal data is Mudlark’s Chromaroma (currently in alpha). Chromaroma is an ambient game using Oyster card transactions to gather points, discover mysteries at locations, and provide you with information about your commute. I think there’s a lot more to it than that, experience-wise, but, not being a London-based commuter, I don’t know. I’m not sure that casual competitiveness would encourage me to go out of my standard route, even Gowalla (which I’m very attached to) struggles to force me to stay on an extra bus stop*.
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I have been delayed in writing my weeknotes for last week due to being very busy, and having to be romantic and the like. I hope to sort it out before my next weeknotes, or if not will just have to do a double-header.

Apologies for delay and in advance.

“Paint your face. Go to the woods. Act like a troll.”

Notes from week one-thousand, three-hundred and eighty-nine

A quick point to make: a whole pot of coffee is not ideal for writing. A lot of people have propogated this lie over time. It makes you write a lot, definitely, but it’s all wildly meandering and directionless. It lacks the tunnel-vision clarity of a whisky write, even though whisky will lead you down terrible rabbit-holes.

It is only week two of the attempt to do weeknotes, and I’m stuck on where to start, again. The week has blurred hugely. I thought it was finishing much earlier than it was, and then it lingered on considerably more. Time, and my experience of it, got deeply monged along the way.

I wanted to return to my twitter account to see what I’d been saying (as much a guide as anything about the ongoings, despite the semi self-censorship). Unfortunately, twitter’s handling of time is shocking. Scroll, scroll, scroll. It’s quite disrespectful really, treating everything as being so deeply ephemeral and meaningless. There’s no history. I did find an online app that would do what I wanted: create a calendar view of my posts. Twistory links out to iCal, Google Calendar & any apps that support either. Mine is here, if you’re that way inclined.

Read on, reader