The Treehouse + The Cave


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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Screen Savers?

AppleTV Screen Saver

The MacDailyNews video walkthrough of the Apple TV interface features a Screen Saver menu. Several questions spring to mind:

Why are so few screen savers shipping on the device?
Why isn't there an RSS screen saver?
Why isn't there a Photocast screen saver?
Why aren't there iTunes visualizers as screen savers?
Do the current screen savers run on Core Animation?
Does the Apple TV support standard screen saver files (.saver)?
Does the Apple TV support Quartz Composer files (.qtz)?
Is there a way to put any old OSX screen saver on the Apple TV?
Will Apple allow third-party developers to create screen savers for the Apple TV?
Will Apple offer add-on screen savers themselves?
Will they be for sale?
Will they be web-aware?
Will the Apple TV become the first cheap networked passive information appliance?

You know they already make one--the expensive one--the Mac mini. I have one, hooked up to an HD display--I'm already living this dream--I have the "living room" they talk about. I spin a wheel to select a cut. Once playing, an AppleScript triggers fullscreen GasLight. When it's not, the news fades in through a modded RSS screen saver. I already have video conferencing from the couch, IPTV, and an infinite selection of movies.

I know what's next in the living room--I'm building it for myself piece-by-piece. Just let me show the others, let me polish that homebrew and put it on that thin, thin device. Just screen savers still? Or beautiful passive information interfaces? Let me help decide, open it up.

Fullscreen-2---CoverFlow

Fullscreen-2---RSS

Blogger Mick thought:

Your world rocks! Big screen CoverFlow...nice speakers...no wonder you're always watching a movie when I call...I'm envious!

January 30, 2007 at 10:51 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Ellen thought:

That is exactly how I pictured that lamp in your lives. orgo+techno.

love you both,
E

February 2, 2007 at 1:22 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Yeah, it's such a warm light. Perfect there.

A.

February 2, 2007 at 5:02 PM - Comment Permalink  

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iTunes Jukebox

itjukebox

Same territory, backward approach. Think Last.fm not 8-track.

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Home Life

Green Lamp

I think of these as paintings. One day I'll pay some young thing to render them in oil. I agree, they're kinda Vermeer.

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

le creuset?

January 30, 2007 at 10:50 PM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous Anonymous thought:

le creuset?

January 30, 2007 at 10:51 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Incense Process Fig. 10

Incense Process Fig. 10
Please view the full-scale images as well - Image 1, Image 2

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Clear Vision

Being an artist is like being a soldier. It changes the way you see everything.

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Thinking I Called It

"And no, the iPhone's Widgets aren't the same as the Mac's Dashboard widgets. But they do use DashCode and other desktop widget tech, so who knows? I'm really hoping that widgets will be more open to third-party developers than apps." - Andy Ihnatko

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Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo

TRUE, you tweaked your header the day after I saw Fitzcarraldo for the first time. Of course I thought of your Fitzcarraldo when I bumped it to the top of my queue. And thought of how you saw it, when we watched it and found real work. I've seen it maybe three times since, capping moments here and there. In a way, you gave it to me, pointed out the magic in it, thanx.

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Make It Happen

Make It Happen 2

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After Clarke

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from art.
Any sufficiently advanced art is indistinguishable from magic.

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Make It Happen

Make It Happen

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Globular Cluster

Snow Burst

Image by SpatialK

Via Gothamist

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The Mediums Through Which Meaning Is Lost

Simulated Keffiyeh 1

Simulated Keffiyeh 2

The keffiyeh trend has jumped the shark from appropriation into simulation. Predictably, it happened in Shepard Fairey's hands.

Obey Keffiyeh Print

Image 1: Mumblefuck
Image 2: Mumblefuck
Image 3: Karmaloop
Image 4: Bombing Science

Blogger The Generous Thief thought:

Where can I find those shirts?

May 10, 2008 at 6:54 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

BumpTop

BumpTop

Saw BumpTop a while ago and never really logged it.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Walkin' Quiet

We like Clarks cause they're silent. Can't be invisible if your click-clacking down the street.

Blogger TRUE thought:

i like the use of "we".

January 27, 2007 at 9:59 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

I had lunch with my sister. She had new Clarks, her first. I wear a pair every day. Have for years.

We ordered nearly the same thing. Club sandwiches and a Brooklyn Pils. She nixed the tomato.

We talked about how quiet Clarks are. How they can make you almost invisible.

How in the winter, on smooth surfaces, they build up a static charge. How you can dispense visible sparks at will. How you can hear them pop.

A.

January 29, 2007 at 2:41 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Timing is Everything

Gaslight

I spoke too soon. A refreshed GasLight's out. Finally back warming the void, thank you.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Universal Visualizers

Where's the love? Where are the Universal Binaries of iTunes visualizers? Why do I have this flat-panel with it's millions of pixels--millions of colors--hooked up to my mini with it's thousands of records--only to sit static on a cover once it's playing? Sure Cover Flow browsing's immersive, arguably even enchanting, but what happens once you've chosen, once you're pumping bass? Nothing, not until you're ready to flip to your next cut.

There's another opportunity here, when you're actually listening to the music, for the visual. I'd go GasLight if I could (it's beauty led me to Jon after all), but alas. Of all the potential things to break in the transition to Intel, we lost our eye candy. Initially, fair enough--blame it on AltiVec--but enough time's passed. Why have the developers been delayed? What with, Core Animation, Quartz Composer and kin? Where are the updates to old standbys, or perhaps more importantly, where's some new shit?

The HDTV (or similar) is where the next ten years of interface advancement will be hashed out. Big screens filling our field of vision at eye level--so many square inches, just begging to play. How are we to move towards the next generation of music interfaces if we can't yet display on current hardware, what even a humble PlayStation could?

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hearing Yourself in the Crowd

Have you ever tried to identify one voice, one whistle, one set of clapping hands in a round of applause? Once you filter it down to one, does it sound familiar, like you?

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One Future for Flow Interfaces

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Claim Check

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Turnstile Gold

Turnstile Gold - Small
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The fourth planet out. Found in a puddle in the middle of the middle turnstile going into the booth end of Halsey. A 14K necklace only the faintest yellow. Plating, must have been.

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Quotations

Small child in large line of kids to woman carrying first-aid kit: "Hey, Miss Cynthia, I can't wait to disappear!" - Overheard in New York

Small boy: "Mommy, you sit over there next to Grandma, and I'll sit over here next to myself." - Overheard in New York

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The Weatherall Strategy

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On Flow

Blogger Mick thought:

So young to be considered a "classic." So far ahead of its time...how compressed the time has become...H. G. Wells might have written "The Flow Machine." More wonderful accolades...congrats.

January 17, 2007 at 7:24 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Quotations

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Influence

iPhone

Money and fame are poor surrogates for influence.

Blogger pam coulter enright thought:

Absolutely.

January 11, 2007 at 11:39 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Ianus thought:

Very much so. Congratulations on that. Steve had me on coverflow. A very quick conversion to the iPhone that has been.

January 11, 2007 at 3:47 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

I too say Hear Ye, Hear Ye...Hip, Hip, Hooray!! Or maybe just very Hip!

January 12, 2007 at 4:41 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Sunsets

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The Name Will Be TelePort

iTV Name

iTV Name 2

My money's on TelePort. Or, maybe they'll roll new-school, dropping the cap-P.

Anonymous f00fighter thought:

I wish Apple had gone with "TelePort"...that's a wicked cool name. "Apple TV" is rather...yawn...uninspiring.

January 19, 2007 at 5:52 PM - Comment Permalink  

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