We Feel Fine – Jonathan Harris

May 19, 2009 at 8:51 pm (interesting, internet, odds) (, , , , , , )

I feel like writing a blog post about http://www.wefeelfine.org!

I stumbled across the work of Jonathan Harris today in another blog. He has a very imaginative approach to using information from blogs and the Internet in ever changing technological art work.

I particularly like We Feel Fine, which is a website that scans blogs for sentences containing ‘I feel’ or ‘I am feeling’ and grabs them, works our the mood of the poster, along with any data about the poster that is easily grabbed from the blog (age, gender, location, etc) and stores it for display in one of several inventive ways. It is a bit like a general ‘stream of conciousness for the Internet’, and quite humbling to read when you consider that behind each of those statements is a story to be told. It is a fascinating website.

He has a couple of other interesting projects too – Lovelines is a similar project, looking for ‘I love’ or ‘I hate’ and variations inbetween. He has a few others, but some of them seem to have been overtaken with spam (sigh).

This reminds me of the Listening Post project – which at the moment is installed in the Science Museum! I must make a point of visiting and having a look. Here is a YouTube video of it.


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Bill Baileys Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra

May 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm (interesting, music) (, , , , , )

Just finished watching Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra. Its classic Bill Bailey, with the addition of the BBC concert orchestra and rhythm section. Enjoy the cockney classics with full orchestral illustrations, details of key instruments, ‘insect nation‘ as you’ve never heard it before, Doctor Qui (with full rhythm section) and a master performance of Saint-Saen‘s Swan … using alpine cow-bells!

Excellent stuff. You have a few days left to see it on iPlayer (so don’t hang about)! Until someone posts it to YouTube of course …

Oh, and if you’re a trombone player, lookout for the performance of William Tell at the 25 minute mark! Pure, brilliant, Bill Bailey!


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Augmented Reality?

May 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm (interesting, odds) (, , , )

Stumbled across this French company, ‘Easyweb‘ the other day. They do large scale, 3D projections onto buildings. However, what makes this different to your average large projector, is that they must somehow model the building itself, so you get effects like columns that light up, panels in the building that open, water bouncing off ledges in the building, and so on.

It is just quite spectacular to watch, even on video. In real-life, it must be breathtaking!

Its not yet the sort of augemented reality you see in Minority Report, but when you see what effects are possible with todays technology, it does leave you speculating about tomorrow.


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