The Treehouse + The Cave


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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Relief

Relief

I'm always relieved when they drive by and don't slow. This building's prone to trouble.

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Weather Video Podcasts

Why haven't the Weather Channel and AccuWeather started daily podcasts specific to user zip code that deliver video clips of the day's weather? When you wake up, your iPod would have the local forecast, satellite imagery, ancient After Effects and all.

Anonymous Carl Schaad thought:

Hey Andrew,

Actually, we are getting into the podcast thing. You can find a number of cities here:

http://wwwa.accuweather.com/promotion.asp?dir=aw&page=podcast

I'd be interested in your thoughts. Coming up next - video podcasts using graphics and maps and whatnot.

Best!
Carl
schaad@accuweather.com
http://38below.accuweather.com

November 30, 2005 at 11:16 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Carl,

Thanks so much for responding. I continue to be amazed at the speed at which discourse is capable in the maturing web (my guess is, you subscribe to a feed that monitors mentions of AccuWeather on Technorati (I would too)).

Anyway, I'm really happy to hear that AccuWeather is investigating content delivery via podcast to video capbale devices, the new iPods in particular.

Weather information is a interesting form of content, one I believe to be uniquely appropriate for direct-to-user delivery of this type. It's short form. It's visual. There is consistent demand from a large portion of the population during particular periods of the day. Because of the zip code infrastructure (and eventually GPS), content can be easily tailored to small geographic areas. There are many reasons to persue such a strategy.

I for one would readily watch a 15 second ad, or pay a yearly subscription ($9.99) to receive accurate and detailed local forecasts accompanied by both satellite imagery and animated graphics. Presently, I have little desire to see a meteorologist or other personality. Though I could see some portions of the market lost without a talking head.

Basically, what it comes down to is that there is a huge void when it comes to content I'd actually watch on my iPod. I've had it for well over a month now, and almost never use it's video capability. This isn't because the device fails to delivery sufficient quality. I believe it does. In fact, I think the video quality and screen are superb. The problem is simply a lack of appropriate content. I don't want to watch TV or movies on a small screen, I don't even watch that crap at home on my 27". What I want is information, conveyed visually. The small screen and frequent distractions associated with mobile video consumption simply eliminate narrative as a viable form for me. Give me visual data delivered to my pocket, and I will watch. Give me visual data custom aggregated to suit my personal information needs (delivered to my pocket), and I will pay.

I could go on. We are at the edge of a revolution in media generation and distribution, and the questions and answers that arise are hard for me to ignore. Glad to see that they are for you, and AccuWeather as well.

Cheers,

A.

November 30, 2005 at 12:39 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Quotations

"Let your level show. Let the world know that despite having years of investment in your art form, you're still a beginner who doesn't know it all. Rather than hide your thought process, let your questions be present in your work. You are a fundamentally more interesting artist if people get to see what it is that you're struggling with, rather than just your final answers. Show your work." - Sven

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Visitor

Visitor 3

Image by Unrestful

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Claim Check

Claim Check 6
Please view the full-scale images as well - Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4

Until today, I scanned these stubs against Heather's primary notebook, closed. It's coarse grey bookcloth posed some moiring problems, but they didn't necessitate its replacement. Instead, one of my more recent finds, the 8863 with the single block-serif, was just too large to allow for a proper border. In its place, expect to see this black construction paper (upstate in origin), whose fibers seem to change hue from import to import.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Clippings

Hallaryd

Clipped from Ikea

Blogger 25174 thought:

No entiendo.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Visitor

Visitor 2

Image by The Pants

Blogger Paige thought:

I would be beyond delighted it if a bird just showed up in my kitchen. Ahh!

November 28, 2005 at 1:26 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Paige,

I'm not sure I'd be delighted. A violation of private space by such an rare visitor would set me on edge. It'd feel like splinter in the room's invisible skin. The kind you can hear slowly buzzing.

That paniced awareness has its advantages though. In that state, the bird's presence can seem purposeful; a messenger that has carried in questions, an anomaly hiding truth.

But you used to have birds, I'm sure they're farther from alien in your kitchen.

A.

November 28, 2005 at 10:41 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Hives

Blogger heather thought:

maybe not hives so much as h.r. giger?

November 22, 2005 at 10:56 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

I'd argue that Giger's aesthetic wouldn't exist without the concept of the hive. Though he's definitely one of the folks that allowed the term to have releavance in the technological sphere.

A.

November 22, 2005 at 11:21 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger heather thought:

not to be annoying, but arent these contraptions a little leggy, not quite dense or compact enough, to be hives? maybe i don't get what "hive" means in this context.

November 22, 2005 at 12:01 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Discussion is never annoying.

I wasn't making a physical comparison to the hive form. Rather, I viewed these surveillant structures as the product of hives, or perhaps fixtures along the perimeter of hives. The word seemed appropriate to describe the shell of a collective intelligence made possible through technology.

A.

November 22, 2005 at 1:00 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

OK...what are you two talking about? It caused me to break out in hives!

November 22, 2005 at 1:26 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Support

Support

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Lost Lake

Lost Lake 2

Blogger pam coulter enright thought:

These are all beautiful, but together they're outstanding.

November 22, 2005 at 7:17 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Thanks Mom, we really have to get you up there in the new year. The Lost Lake experience is very balancing.

A.

November 22, 2005 at 11:27 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger fenny thought:

those are some wicked pictures.

November 25, 2005 at 1:08 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Quotations

"Today, we use abstractions truly built on (and still actually running on, remember) the formerly 'high-level' abstractions of past eras. This is what's known as Progress..." - John Siracusa

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Colored Bubbles

Zubbles

Eleven years of research and development later, I can finally witness what I have so often seen in daydreams. Technology understood this intuitively by the user is very nearly magic.

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Images from Zubbles

Blogger heather thought:

ah, the common acid trip will never be the same again.

November 18, 2005 at 2:59 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mark thought:

Dude, your blog is pretty awesome. You have some riduculously phenomenal photos posted. And your Coverflow app, which I used, was the bomb.
Mark
(http://cappuccinoden.blogspot.com/)

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Breath

Tiger Breath

Image by Bigpikle

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Quotations

"...NYC is not just a place that people go to get famous, it is also a place where people go to disappear completely." - TRUE

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Balloon

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Clippings

Phosphenes Leonids 2

Through the error inherent in this distributed conversation, a new class of Leonids has been created. And as much as I wish the scientific community had recognized via nomenclature, the visual similarity between phosphenes and mass meteor showers, they have not. The image above is falsely identified, as well as falsely attributed. I neither coined nor shot them.

Images from Space Weather
Clipped from Alun

Blogger Mick thought:

Makes one question the veracity of much that we take as truth each day...a cynic is hardened.

November 16, 2005 at 2:06 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Alun thought:

Thanks for drawing my attention to this. The credit has now been updated. My apologies for any embarassment caused.

November 17, 2005 at 5:49 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Alun,

No problem and no embarassment caused.

I found the degradation of truth interesting more than anything else. I find it's important to remember that the internet is just one big game of telephone; fact WILL fall through the cracks; entropy IS unavoidable.

Thanks for the correction, it's quite accurate now,

A.

November 17, 2005 at 10:17 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Skid Loop

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Aerial Glories

Aerial Glories

I never knew much about one of my favorite photos. What caused the colors, this halo?

The mystery and speculation were pleasurable, I'll admit, but only for a while. Searches for an explanation were useless, as I lacked the vocabulary necessary to divine a description of the rings I found so pretty. The quick syntax I submitted is hilarious in hindsight: "airplane rainbow circle", "ring plane spectrum", "corona clouds shadow".

Thanks to the connective magic of Flickr, the word Glory is now of my employ. In a comment posted 4 weeks ago, but unread until today, Permaculture gave me the lead I was looking for; a link to Atmospheric Optics, from which I nicked the above images and solid understanding of what I witnessed from that plexi porthole.

Image 1: Philip Laven
Image 2: Franz Kerschbaum
Image 3: Jonathan Lansey
Image 4: Nik Szymanek

Blogger Tiff thought:

I love these pictures, the halos make the picture so much more beautiful!

November 16, 2005 at 1:23 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger fenny thought:

wow .. i didn't know rainbows looked like that from up top.

November 25, 2005 at 1:09 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Open Images Travel

The Unofficial Apple Weblog - November 14, 2005
CityStates - October, 28, 2005

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Die, Trust Fund, Die. Bushwick will kill you All.

Die, Trust Fund, Die

Union Square L platform, Brooklyn-bound side, aligned with the last car.

Blogger rabsteen thought:

fascinating.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Quotations

"What I am doing in this process is basically what any curator does. Starting from my own subjective views of the world, I try to organize, to give meaning, to make sense out of the cultural production I'm interested in. I include them in my discourse, using them to pass a message. The choices I make have a purpose, they are not random, and consequences can arise from them. The practice of curating remains the same, only the context changes." - Luís Silva

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

spot-on.
slogrl

November 10, 2005 at 1:12 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Luís Silva thought:

hi,
thanks for the quotation, but isn't it a bit out of context...? All that came as the result of a particular argumentation... Taken that way is kind of pointless, don't you think?

Best,
Luís

November 11, 2005 at 2:55 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger heather thought:

there's nothing pointless about decontextualized quotation in and of itself. it does allow the reader to consider rhetoric or language outside the boundaries by which it was originally limned, but that's by no means a pointless exercise. indeed, it can be rather illuminating for the exact reason it can also trouble original authors: it dissolves ownership over a single meaning and invites the creation of new ones.

November 11, 2005 at 3:48 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Luís,

I agree, your quotation is very much "out of context".

In fact, I think that the way in which I recontextualized your words is what makes this post function. By employing this particular piece of your post, and allowing the use of the first person to frame your language as possibly mine, I had hoped to define my blogging practice as a curatorial one; which I believe it to be. I was trying to allow my thoughts to come through your words, and for your words to seem like my thoughts. I was performing the function of a curator...

I might also add, that the very structure of both the web (blogs in particular) and the gallery is one of recontextualization. Curators have been experts in this field since the Renaissance. Quoting, both in print and on screen also behaves this way, and has for an equally long period of time.

In the age of linking at least, the reader is often offered a path towards a primary source, a primary context. I provided such a path in the post above (as I always do in my ongoing Quotations series), so that my readers could deconstruct the post for themselves, much the way that I have here, and in the process discover meaning.

I do not know if I have been successful, and am guaranteed not to be with every reader; such is the nature of putting work into the public sphere. I hope, after reading this explanation, my motivations and choices seem a bit more deliberate.

Thanks for being part of this discourse, your thoughts were, and are, appreciated.

My best to you,

A.

November 11, 2005 at 4:57 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Luís Silva thought:

maybe you should have quoted the entire post... it would have been clearer...

This way I could be talking about a traditional curating activity, or anything else actually...

but I understand what you mean.
:)

LUis

November 11, 2005 at 5:19 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Dawn

Dawn

Blogger Mick thought:

Welcome back..."it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life..."-(Nina Simone)

November 9, 2005 at 4:39 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger TRUE thought:

exactly.

November 11, 2005 at 6:19 PM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous Daniel thought:

Wonderful photo. Congratulations.

November 14, 2005 at 9:13 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Thanx Daniel,

I'm a little unhappy with all the noise in the image. But I guess I can't expect much more. I had just awoken from three hours of the kind of painful plane sleep that only Xanax and a 12-year Glenlivet can induce. The inch-think plexi between me and the sky was of course, also an impediment.

Thank god beauty doesn't necessitate fidelity (or lucidity),

A.

November 14, 2005 at 9:50 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Deep

Deep

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Bass, Rolling In Like A Storm

Bass Rolling In Like A Storm

I daydream often, in satellite scale, of the city succumbing to repeating waves of pressure. Not the gales of the silver screen, and not the walls that may mushroom from sliding rock (so often implicated in such stories). But bass, rolling in like a storm.

Might my fantasy be prophecy? Two recent news items, bright on my radar, could indicate so.

Eminent Technology TRW 17 - The most powerful subwoofer in the world
Palestinians Hit By Sonic Boom Air Raids - Agencies say they cause trauma and miscarriages

Blogger Andy thought:

Sonic weapons are in the air. Coverage on Boing Boing.

A.

November 4, 2005 at 5:11 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Eldert Post

Eldert Posts 2

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Letters to Marc Jacobs

Seen this somewhere before, haven't we? Guess it's good to know, the zeitgeist takes 5 months to take Sweden...

Via Boing Boing

Blogger heather thought:

i love it when you defend my honor.

November 1, 2005 at 4:06 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

Boy oh, I don't even know who this guy is...yet HLS and this other lady behind the Mac are crazy about this guy's work.

Well I too will defend the faith...HLS was first and faraway foremost in her candid, articulate pleading.

Lucky guy this Marc...

November 1, 2005 at 4:28 PM - Comment Permalink  

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