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Officer Dan explains machinima


Here is a great little flick about machinima called Machinima! With Offier Dan by Amorphous Blob Productions. This is the future of games and film prodoction as entertainment, and so much more in my book. Check it out on Machinima.com

Imagine how skilled up kids would be, as our future knowledge workers, if they were encouraged to put their creative energies into learning about narratives, coding, architectures, social relations, economics and so on through machinima. The film and games industries would have a ball – even music and publishing industries would feel the effect of this ludic spray.

It brings together all the kinds of things we see happening across the networks – participatory media, citizen journalism, blogging, vlogging and podcasting – in a world that you can contruct yourself and share.

Far more interesting than a game you buy, a film spin off, which you can’t do much with, and which doesn’t let you play/connect with other people.

Take your avatar to work

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More Figures
More Figures,
originally uploaded by MichaelBuckbee.

I have blogged about a 3D milling service which turns your in-world/game avatar and other objects into a dinky little physical object before.

Fabjectory here is another such service and although it is only for Second Life stuff at the moment, Michael Buckbee does say more coming soon. According to the FAQ:

The figures are built from a plaster material that is built up in layers to form the right shape. Texturally, the figures feel quite a bit like fine sandstone.

BlogHUD In the Grid


Check out this interview with Koz about his Second Life BlogHUD blogging tool, by Miller Copeland for In The Grid, a new in/outworld magazine.

They touch on the social networking application crossover potential of bloghud. I like the idea of keeping the tool free for the central community blog, which is a really useful resource, and charging a small one off fee (in Lindens, of course) to get the pro version which will let you post to your own blog you already have set up. Central hubs, as well as ludic sprays into other spaces are important.

A tour of Thomson NETg in Second Life A pretty im…


A pretty impressive campus has been built in Second Life by Thomson NETg, a corporate training firm. Very nice campus – this video offers a good tour. Heading into SL to bloghud it.

The Lonelygirl That Really Wasn’t – New York Times

The Lonelygirl That Really Wasn’t
story in the New York Times identifies the real LonelyGirl15 – 20-something Jessica, a film school grad. (Update: Check out this montage on YouTube of Jessica snaps).

But maybe the drama, mystery – the narrative – is still going on? Who’s to say all this “being discovered” is not part of the on-going plot?! hehe.

Anyway, it says something interesting about the way we handle and probe notions of “authenticity” in a digital age and the tools that we can collectively use to hold people to account.

Kitty Nano One of the top picks today on YouTube i…


One of the top picks today on YouTube is a series of iPod Nano advert parodies. This has to be my favourite.

42 Entertainment and the Beast

Here is what the company behind the Beast, the ARG in 2001 around AI, says about that particular campaign – 42 ENTERTAINMENT.

They are said to be linked to the same company said to be behind LonelyGirl15.

Lonelygirl15 Press Conference Genius. Watch the ot…

Genius. Watch the other three too.

Danah Boyd on lonelygirl15

Indeed, the “secret” of lonelyGirl15, one of YouTube’s biggest stars is out. It is an experiment in performance – Danah Boyd has a good analysis of lonelygirl15.

It was about narratives, identity, and about the responses and the reactions it caused from YouTubers who were hooked. Now the mystery is gone, will it be as compelling? I doubt it.

You get the sense that everyone feels a bit deflated now that they all know they were right. Why bother engaging with it anymore if the mystery has gone?

Game Over (by PES) A masterpiece.

Game Over (by PES)

A masterpiece.

Berkman course in Second Life

Check out the new course that Professor Nesson and his daughter at Berkman will be teaching – in RL, SL, and through all the media you want at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Watch the funny video intro. Good on them.

It is the first Harvard course to be open to the public as well as the the first Harvard course to be offered as an Extension/Distance education through SL.

Another YouTuber does daily photo over the years t…


This time, it is Noah who apparently took a photo of himself every day for 6 years. doesn’t look much older though… I would like to see a piss take of this.

Brian Flemming – mark of the devil?

Are you kidding me? Brian Flemming (I) (who I just blogged about below) was born 6/6/66??

AHA!

(or is that like some in joke which everyone knows is a joke, except for very un-in people like me just cos I don’t read arty shit?)

Crowley, Gibson, the occult, and LonelyGirl15


The mystery (or hype) surrounding YouTuber hot hit LonelyGirl15’s authenticity has extended into the bizarro via Brian Flemming’s Weblog.

I blogged about her last month in my kid geniuses or fakes post.

For some time, YouTubers have been crying foul about her and who she purports to be. Whatever is the “truth”, I get sucked into the video responses and comments every time she posts.

But check out Brian F’s musings. He links to William Gibson’s most recent novel which I read ages ago – Pattern Recognition. I had forgotten about it until I spotted his post from Friday.

Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce’s client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there’s more to this project than she had expected.

Indeed. Even Alice over at Wonderland is wondering whether LG15 is in fact an Alternate Reality Game.

In her latest video, LG15 talks about some religious ceremony she has been chosen to take part in. Her parents are not allowed to see her take part in it and she has to diet and “memorise stuff” for it.

Now this has just got the commenters cracking out the occultist conspiracies all over again. Religious rantings are dotted all over the shop. Brian F points out a number of inconsistencies to the “story” and her vids too – some of which I had not really noticed before. But most interesting is the theory that her religion is linked to occultist, Aleister Crowley. Indeed, one commenter suggested she was going to be taking part in this.*

What’s great about this is that everyone wants to be detective and everyone has a theory. I spent a good two hours comparing the alleged Aleister Crowley photo on her wall with ones on Google images. That was after reading up on him and other occult/cult activities. (Update: I went back to the video on 6 August where you can see the picture – it is this one to the right. Check it out. It is above the candles at 1min 52 secs in)

God help me if my search history ever get published “by accident”.

Whatever the truth is, whether it is a clever ARG, a marketing campaign, some clever kids having fun, or some cult’s attempt to indoctrinate YouTubers, it’s much more fun than the shite on telly.** And yes, by blogging about it, and hitting on all those Crowley pics, the “campaign” or whatever it is, is working innit.

*Oh, and remember her “friend” is called Daniel. Or DanielBeast on YouTube. Those subscribing to the “she’s a satanist” theory are delighted with this.
**Well, in-between Kath and Kim, and Dragon’s Den, that is.

Summoner geeks Geeks. Dungeons and Dragons. Summon…

Summoner geeks

Geeks. Dungeons and Dragons. Summoners. Hilarious. Watch it.

Cat-powered generator Genius. A clever way to gene…

Cat-powered generator

Genius. A clever way to generate your own electricity, while giving your feline some much-needed exercise.

Toilet Trained Neat Cat (=^..^=) This cat also do…

Toilet Trained Neat Cat (=^..^=)

This cat also doubles up as a toilet cleaner.

Magnificent. Excllent for those hard to reach bits in the bowl.

Toilet Training For Cats All I need is a cat now. …

Toilet Training For Cats

All I need is a cat now.

Looking through the wrong end of the wire

BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » Looking through the wrong end of the wire
Useful post here by Buzzmachine’s Jeff Jarvis on the value of networks. He argues, quite simply and a bit obviously, that we each put different values on our social networks. There is no point trying to place some corporate value on it. You can’t because affinities that people feel to different niches at any given time are inherently human and intangible in nature.

He continues:

Network providers used to try to measure the value we put on networks negatively, in terms of switching costs. That was what AOL counted on for too damned long as they thought it would cost us too much hassle to switch off our AOL email addresses. Ha! But we each value a network positively on what it brings us. That is different for each of us and each of our connections. For example, I see no value, personally, in LinkedIn; it has never done a thing for me but attract a new form of spam, inconvenience, and embarrassment when I don’t link to someone. But for others I know, LinkedIn provides jobs, business, income, reputation; it is damned near invaluable. Similarly, I see little value in MySpace; for middle-aged me, it is merely a curiosity.

He also makes a point about A list bloggers which I have been banging on about for some time.

one should value a network as the sum of its networks. We see the internet that way. We also should see the blogosphere that way. This is why I continue to think it is adsurd and wrongheaded to analyze the blogosphere on its supposed A list. he vast majority of people who read blogs never read any of the blogs on that A-for-alleged list. They read and interact with the ones that are meaningful to them.

Quite. We are only just at the start of realising what the mass of niches means for us and our “media”. But too many people are too concerned with making their fortunes and building up their egos to think about this carefully enough anymore.

YouTubers’ big media backlash

So I had almost finished the most insightful post you are ever likely to see from me when my laptop imploded. Not 30 seconds before I had hovered over the save as draft button but failed to follow through.

Basically, I was getting a bit irritated by the backlash from youtubers about Geriatric1927’s media attention. He was covered in the news here. Guess why? Because it is an interesting story, just like the thousands of other interesting stories there are on YouTube. Youtube is getting more interesting. I have been there for six months, and there are changes. It feels different.

Look, big media can be YouTubers too. It’s YouTubers who have the power. Just seize the power and stop going on about it. YouTubers can ignore big media. They already say they like YouTube because if the diversity of people, of personalities, of stories, if you read responses to Renetto‘s Who Are You question. Big media is not giving them what this seems to be and the reasons why are highly complex.

But YouTubers can always take their channels, stories and personalities somewhere else. Another site. There will always be other interesting content to spend hours sifting through on a cold night. I love the machinima. I love animal videos. I love the conference videos, the pranks, and the arty ones too.

The point is, no one can stop me putting up as many videos as I want, entertaining millions, anywhere I want. If it is compelling enough, there will always be an audience. Look at blogging; look at podcasting. Look at Rocketboom. And if the tools are there, there could well be little communities of participants and non participants, and reltionships – or at least some sort of connections – between them. And that is why this, to me, has become so compelling and immersive. Each stream of responses to one video or another is an ever-changing stream of emotion and creativity (on the whole).

When I was little, my sister and used to “play telly” and “radio”. We did it with a cardboard box and coathanger. Luckily we had a tape recorder for radio. And a mic.

It was fun. Imagine how fun it is now.

David Brent for Microsoft outtake This is brillia…

David Brent for Microsoft outtake

This is brilliant. Except Ricky Gervais knows his comic value mainly lies in his naughty laugh.

Apparently it is a seires of out takes from a Microsoft UK training video for employees.

Good god. What kind of techniques are they teaching them?*

Btw – apologies if this is turning into a YouTube spam blog. It’s just fun. And the telly’s shit until Big Brother tomorrow. And Kath and Kim.

Junku’s back

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IMG_0079
IMG_0079,
originally uploaded by junku.

Either that or I just have not been checking my contacts’ photos in enought detail. The acrobatacats are back.

I want one. Or four.

A response to Geriatric1927

Rich here explains the way I feel about Geriatric1927’s annoyance with the media.

But this is great – you see, originally, Peter, or Geriatric1927, wanted to use this PUBLIC space as somewhere he could gripe and moan. So this is a glimpse of that cantankerous so and so who perhaps lies below the soft wherthers’ toffee like exterior!*

*afterthought: but I do completely understand his wish to assume some sort of anonimity. The web is a release for people who seek that. That’s why I have always found it an endlessly fascinating web of places.

Telling it all 7 This is what happens when big med…

Telling it all 7

This is what happens when big media gets in the way. I feel gutted for him. But he has ti realise that he IS talking to the world.

Obsessive Toilet Flushing Cat What a clever pussy….

Obsessive Toilet Flushing Cat

What a clever pussy.

The fascination.

LonelyGirl15’s "dad"

One of the more amusing videos on YouTube are those created as video comments which often feature spin off characters related to that video.

This one is by the “father” of YouTube’s Is She Isn’t She Authentic stars – LonelyGirl15, or Bree.

Many suspect her slick, cute videos of her “boy troubles” and proving science wrong are too good to be true.

But that just creates a plethora of interesting characters who feel so inspired to respond. Check him out from the start. Genius.

NOAA in Second Life

Second Life | Community: Events
Tonight I went to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) island in Second Life. They have created a competition for teams to build the best simulations using the virtual world’s tools which educate and stick to NOAA-related environmental issues and ethics.

It is an interesting experiment in public consultation, as well as collaborative working, and education in action.

There are some great projects there. My favourite it the Tsunami and hurricane so far. More to see… better go.*

*Check out the direct link to Meteroa, where the projects are, at the Bloghud.

Sharon split

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sharon-split
sharon-split,
originally uploaded by sharonspotbottom.

A shout must go out to my Flickr friend Sharonspotbottom. I think she has lost a love, and she is revealing her inner torment in the only way Sharon can that makes sense. Click on the photo and follow them to the most recent.

79 year old YouTuber I came across this bloke las…

79 year old YouTuber

I came across this bloke last night. I then saw a very short story about him in Guardian online.

Kind of compelling?

Big Brother housmates podcast

Pretty interesting to see that podcasting has even made it into the Big Brother house in the UK. The housemates each had to record a podcast (which you can subscribe to at 4radio) to get their food budget for the week.

Who would have thunk it when the word first emerged…?

I reckon podcast.com needs to snap up Tourette’s Syndrome boy Pete, who will undoubtedly win this year. He also has a band – podsafe I wonder?