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Please join us for the live (RE) SALE auction on Saturday, October 11, as part of the closing of Other Options. The auction (with special guest auctioneer) will begin at 5PM, followed by a reception at 6PM.

(RE) is an alternative RED campaign that aims to: raise awareness for AIDS in Africa, encourage conscious consumption, and provide a means of involvement for those unwilling or unable to buy (Product) Red products. (RE) is a project by Phil Orr and Ryan Thompson. The auction will consist of unused red objects gathered over the course of the exhibition. Come give them a new life while raising money and awareness for the cause! Have any red items lying around you're not sure what to do with? Bring them with you and we'll auction them off! All 100 percent of the proceeds are given specifically to support grassroots projects at the community level. For more information: http://www.joinre.com

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Got an old iPod? Install iPodLinux on it and make music with a PDA! Want to play Doom on your iPod Video? Install Rockbox on your iPod, and still use the original Apple software too. Free that PDA and turn it into an 8-bit sequencer or touchscreen guitar. Or hook up an Arduino to your old wifi router and discover what’s possible.

This workshop is based on the idea of making iPods, wifi routers and PDA's “generative”, that is, the possibility of changing their software to make them open to experimentation. Until recently, only the very skilled hackers were able to “untether” their own devices. Thanks to the work of so many hackers, it is getting easier. Yes, there are still irksome technical details master, but that’s what this workshop is for!

Eyebeam resident Hans-Christoph Steiner, together with Eyebeam interns Marius Schebella and Chris "the Widget" DiMauro will lead the workshop. They've been collecting a wide range of devices and hacking them with free software to see what's possible and now want to help you do the same.

 

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Touch screens are everywhere these days. The Maker Shed has a TouchShield Stealth for use with the Arduino environment. Now that the Arduino Mega has been released the bigger TouchShield Slide is also available. Liquidware Antipasto posted some great code to help you get started with your own touch screen project:

I'm making the TouchShield tell the Arduino to turn on an LED. The Arduino code is compatible on the Duemilanove and the Mega. The TouchShield code is compatible on the Stealth and the Slide.

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Visit Eyebeam for the biannual Open Studios—a rare glimpse into the practices of our current fellows, residents, and student residents. All of our three labs will be open to the public, with artists and technologists showcasing and discussing their work throughout the day.

This Open Studios will also feature Eyebeam’s collaboration with Transportation Alternatives in the form of PARK(ing) Redux: a block party and showcase of the group‘s citywide PARK(ing) Day action to reclaim parking spaces last month.

As part of Eyebeam and TA‘s PARK(ing)Day Redux, we‘ll close off part of 21st St. in Chelsea and put the streets parking spots to more creative use. Eyebeam fellows, student residents, and outgoing Summer 2008 Residents will present their work both inside Eyebeam, as well as streetside, in front of Eyebeam.

The day will be capped off with a reception to announce and celebrate Eyebeam’s 2008–2009 Senior Fellows: Ayah Bdeir, Jeff Crouse, Michael Mandiberg and Steve Lambert.

  • 12PM: BOXWARS workshop with Christina Kral
  • 12 – 6PM: PARK(ing) Day Redux block party (Rain date: October 25)
  • 12 – 6PM: performance of Cloud Car by Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga
  • 12 – 6PM: The Air Quality Bake Sale and Weather Balloon launch with Heidi Nielson and Natalie Campbell for the SP Weather Station Project, and Polli, Varga and Youn Choi for the Hello, Weather! Eyebeam Weather Station Project
  • 3 – 6PM: Open Studios with Eyebeam residents and fellows, including an Open Frameworks workshop in the Education Lab
  • 6PM: Toast to new Eyebeam senior fellows

http://parkingdaynyc.org/

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A public critique and discussion of instrumental hacks (i.e., customized technologies made into musical instruments), in conjunction with Eyebeam‘s Untethered exhibition. Live demonstrations will be supplemented by a discucssion of historical and theoretical precursors for this type of work.

Schedule for evening:

  • 7PM: Performing Machines presentation begins
  • 8:30PM: Informal discussion, drinks, and play with the works on display. Untethered will also be open for viewing.

Guest critics:

  • Douglas Repetto (Dorkbot)
  • Jonah Brucker-Cohen (former Eyebeam fellow)

Demos/performances by:

  • Dominic Smith (CRUMB)
  • JooYoun Paek (former Eyebeam resident and Untethered artist)
  • Adrianne Wortzel (current Eyebeam resident)
  • Hans Christoph-Steiner (current Eyebeam resident and Untethered artist)
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With the amiable assistance of a set of Dutch identical twins, resident artist Di Mainstone will be continuing her tour of SHAREWEAR in Germany this week.   Last seen at Eyebeam’s Mixer event, the dresses will be unpacked and assembled as part of a live performance at I-Machine Festival, to be held in Oldenburg 15th – 18th May.

http://www.edith-russ-haus.de/index.php/Programm/Programm

Conceived as part of her residency at V2 Institute in Rotterdam, Di Mainstone's SHAREWEAR explores our desire for a connection to "home" in an increasingly transient world. Referencing familiar icons of the home, such as the armrest on our favourite sofa, SHAREWEAR comprises of a pair of reconfigurable, electronic dresses that physically slot together to activate atmospheric pools of light.  Worn by identical twins as part of a performance, the dresses create an in-between place amid private and shared space, inviting both wearer and audience to, get close, lean on one another, unleash the unexpected and cast long shadows.

http://sharewear.projects.v2.nl/index.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kc41dKjA1c

 





The good news for us in the Northern hemisphere is that the snow season is gone .. the bad news is that allergy season is upon us.

If you are like me and you are looking for a drug free approach to combat allergies, then the SneezerBeam may be the gadget for you.

The Sneezer Beam can help to reduce symptoms such as sneezing, running nose, sinus congestion, watery eyes and more. It simply works through by leveraging a low energy narrow band dual wavelength light beam to relieve hay fever and allergy symptoms.



Specifications

  • Uses photo therapy to help relieve Hay Fever
  • Non-invasive and drug free treatment
  • Use for three minutes, three times daily whilst symptoms persist
  • Automatic shut off alarm
  • Measures 7.8 x 4.5 x 4.5cm
  • Uses 1 x 9v battery (incl.)
  • A medically approved device with full CE certification.

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A seemingly trivial tweak to the social messaging website's defaults has users up in arms - and threatens its expansion

What looks like an innocuous note on the Twitter blog last night has instead touched off a firestorm. If you can touch off a firestorm on a social network. Anyway.

The note said:

We've updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter regarding replies. Based on usage patterns and feedback, we've learned most people want to see when someone they follow replies to another person they follow—it's a good way to stay in the loop. However, receiving one-sided fragments via replies sent to folks you don't follow in your timeline is undesirable. Today's update removes this undesirable and confusing option.

I know: you're saying "huh?"

Here's how it works. Twitter is a non-reciprocal social network: A may "follow" (see the tweets of) B, but B doesn't have to follow A. Instead, B might follow C (whom A doesn't follow), and send comments to C - which, in the evolving language of Twitter, are prefixed by "@".

Thus B might say:

@C you went to the Flight of the Conchords gig? Album's great!

Until last night, A would have seen that tweet. And, if A was a Conchords fan, or respected B's opinion, then they might also be interested in C - who seems to have the same interests (at least on satirical music/TV series).

But with the tweak, that doesn't happen. Because B is addressing C - even though it's public, in the "timeline" - it doesn't appear in A's list of "things B said".

This is not popular - there's already the #fixreplies meme - and Evan Williams, Twitter's chief executive, has responded "Reading people's thoughts on the replies issue. We're considering alternatives. Thanks for your feedback."

While it was a user preference that you could choose not to see messages directed to someone you didn't follow, what has annoyed people is that it's now a default - and you can't change it. (Putting words in front, so the @C is embedded somewhere in the message, or even an underscore - such as _@C - does work, but it's a hoop that people who had previously chosen to see everything don't want to jump through.)

The wider point about this though is that it cuts to the heart of how you make social networking effective. Twitter has been likened to a giant cocktail party: pretty much everything is in the open (apart from people who "protect" their updates, meaning you have to request to see them). The idea that you can serendipitiously come across interesting people by watching the interplay of people you already follow with people you don't has been one of its attractions.

Similarly on Facebook, where having befriended somebody, you can cruise through their friends and see if there are others you'd like to get connected to. In essence, we're trying to reduce the six degrees of separation to one (within the natural limits of our ability to properly befriend large numbers of people - which is limited, apparently by the folds in our brain, to about 150, aka Dunbar's number).

Really, we need an anthropologist to weigh in here..

Biz Stone, the co-founder who wrote the original blogpost, did seem to realise that this might interfere with how people used Twitter, but brushed it off:

Spotting new folks in tweets is an interesting way to check out new profiles and find new people to follow. Despite this update, you'll still see mentions or references linking to people you don't follow. For example, you'll continue to see, "Ev meeting with @biz about work stuff" even if you don't follow @biz. We'll be introducing better ways to discover and follow interesting accounts as we release more features in this space.

Except that the typical way to write the above tweet would be
@ev meeting with @biz about work stuff
which would not then appear in the stream of anyone who doesn't follow @ev - meaning they'd never know about Ev's and Biz's meetups.

Any way you look at it, it's retrograde. The interesting thing will be to see how long it takes @ev and @biz to realise this and roll back the change.

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Jesse Ventura -- former pro-wrestler, Minnesota governor, Navy SEAL -- says that he's ashamed that the US government waterboarded its prisoners, and says that Cheney is a "chickenhawk" who didn't have the guts to fight in Vietnam, but was tough enough to order torture:

It's drowning. It gives you the complete sensation that you are drowning. It is no good, because you -- I'll put it to you this way, you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders...

I don't have a lot of respect for Dick Cheney. Here's a guy who got five deferments from the Vietnam War. Clearly, he's a coward. He wouldn't go when it was his time to go. And now he is a chicken hawk. Now he is this big tough guy who wants this hardcore policy. And he's the guy that sanctioned all this torture by calling it enhanced interrogation.

Jesse Ventura: You Give Me a Water Board, Dick Cheney and One Hour, and I'll Have Him Confess to the Sharon Tate Murders

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Drawing Contemporaries

Opening reception: Thurs., May 21, 6PM – 8PM

Drawing Contemporaries, curated by Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, is an exhibition of works on paper made by a peer group of new media artists who all make drawings, either as a primary object, or as an experimental step in their process. The artists often use computers or algorithms as a logic structure or drawing aid in a way that is foregrounded in these works. Many of these artists are Eyebeam affiliated, but all are contemporaries whose influences upon each other can be traced in this exhibition.

Darren Kraft uses powdered graphite to photorealistically reproduce icons and logos associated with consumer and political culture; Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert and Julia Schwadron write personal and poetic messages of hope which they leave taped up in public places; Michael Mandiberg uses the laser cutter to etch and carve works on paper that incorporate text, history and design; Marisa Olson performs Google image searches for obsolete technologies, and traces their contours directly off her laptop screen with a mechanical pencil; and Lee Walton creates elaborate indexes of possible graphic marks which are algorithmically used to document events as they occur. His subjects range from from pedestrian traffic to sports games.

Drawing Contemporaries will remain on view through June 9, 2009