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Just me and my life and my thoughts and my things, everyday, for everyone interested in..

Tuesday, March 8

.:: Vimeo - tagging videos

I LOVE this website! It's a kind of Flickr for videos: a site for organizing and sharing video clips. Several clips can be played together to create a movie. For example, if you search for the tag "ridiculous", it appeares a list of videos tagged with that word and you can watch them all, but you can also choose to watch a movie automatically created putting together those clips. It's a little bit like when you let Flickr show you a slideshow of the photos tagged with a specific tag.
I have only a problem: my speed connection seems to be not enough and the videos are very slow..but I think that with an higher connection there won't be problems. And another problem is that.....I want a camcorder!!!!!

Sunday, March 6

.:: Wists

The 1th of March is born Wists, a visual bookmarking platform, in which it's possible to tag webpages with images or screenshots (automatically created if you don't specify an image).
The social nature of this software is manifested in the option of linking up with other users by clicking on images they have tagged. Like del.icio.us, it presents a list of most popular tags, but they're also groupped into categories and, I have to admit , it's graphically more clear than del.icio.us (though the second one remains the king of social bookmarks). The problem is: how much self-explanatory are these images? The user has to read the text under the image to understand what the image refers to. Wists's risk lies in the possibility of becoming a mixture of random images without an immediate sense..of course tags help mantaining a kind of order, but I think del.icio.us is still more immediate (great quality for a web tool!) .
It's only few days that Wists is online but it already has a lot of users..interesting, at least interesting.

Saturday, March 5

.:: Cameraphones as personal storytelling media

Howard Rheingolds, the author of Smart Mobs, has recently written an article in "The future" about cameraphones as personal storytelling media.

It looks like this newly ubiquitous device could be more about flows of
moments than stocks of images, more about sharing presence than transporting
messages, and ultimately, more about personal narrative than factual
He claims that a communication device that was used to transmit messages across distances is now also used to capture a flow of experience in order to add a visual element to face-to-face story-telling.
I think he's absolutely right: it's incredible how MMS and cameraphones have deeply conditioned our way of using mobiles and our perception of the possibility of catching instants of our lives. Now we have a camera in our pocket, always. And we can immediately communicate not only through words but also through images of our lives.

.:: A social network visualization

Marumushi, originally uploaded by trik.

Flickr Graph is an application that explores the social relationships inside flickr.com. It makes use of the classic attraction-repulsion algorithm for graphs.

Friday, March 4


The CITYSNAPPER_Game project is a real time interactive photographic game for the contemporary metropolitan space, using an online 3D interface with a modeling of the city, SMS server technology and digital photography. It relates the urban space with the World Wide Web, and users (players) with an urban photographer.
The project will take place in Brussels in June 2005..I whish I could go there, but it's improbable. Looks great, anyway.

Wednesday, March 2

.:: Political Compass

How do you distinguish leftists like Stalin and Gandhi?...There are
fundamental political differences between them that the old categories on their
own can't explain. Similarly, we generally describe social reactionaries as
'right-wingers', yet that leaves left-wing reactionaries like Robert Mugabe and
Pol Pot off the hook.

The Political Compass believes that, in an age of diminishing ideology, the new generation will get a better idea of where they stand politically , so they have published a test that tells you your own special position on the political compass. And you can also (paying) have a real certificate of your political position!
This was my result:
Economic Left/Right: -6.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.00
Looks like I'm a libertarian of the left part (more on the left than libertarian ;-)).