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March 29, 2008

in the name of safety

Nipple ring search procedures faulty, TSA admits :: ya think?

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March 28, 2008

David Horvitz

I'm really enjoying the work of david horvitz :: especially this project :: the feel of it reminds me a bit of Miranda July's excellent project Learning To Love You More.

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Efraim Diveroli

U.S. suspends supplier of arms to Afghanistan :: such a messed up story :: the bigger question, not raised in this article, is how and why the US government awarded a $300 million dollar arms contract to a shady 22 year old in Florida.

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March 27, 2008

the awareness test

a classic psych 101 demonstration, but still catches me off guard:: click below ::

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March 26, 2008

don't be square

How to Speak Hip :: by the comedy genius del close

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rap graphs

i am late to these, but perhaps so are you :: rap represented in mathematical charts and graphs :: For some reason this one made me spit coffee. (and i don't even drink coffee...snap!)

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PBS series online

FRONTLINE: bush's war | PBS :: haven't watched this yet, but it looks like a doozy :: i love that frontline is available online!

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March 25, 2008

this is what i looked like when i was little:

what did you look like?

(just put the url - no need for tags...just http://etc...)

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daily monster book

Just got my copy of 100 Days Of Monsters (with DVD) by Stefan Bucher :: it contains the first (and probably last) foreword that i will ever write...and it is a lovely book.

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March 21, 2008

ideas for colorwar games

as we are building the infrastructure and game#1 for this : what kind of team games can you think of and how would they be played? what would tug of war look like? how would a flickr based scavenger hunt work? the more ideas, the better. If you'd like to help implement, drop me a note at ze@zefrank.com

Color Wars 2008

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March 20, 2008

colorwar 2008

Color Wars 2008 is an internet-wide game in which players from a number of self created teams compete for prizes and medals.

The idea:

We used to play color wars at summer camp. Near the end of the year the entire camp would split up into colors, red, green, black, blue, etc... and compete in a series of events: tug of war, egg toss, basketball - sort of like the movie Meatballs, except all within the same camp.

During the summer we were divided into discreet units, older kids here, younger kids there, Hiawathans by the lake Tawasenthans by the ropes course, etc... But when it came time for color wars you had no idea who would be on your team. It was a release, and it was viciously fun.

For a while I had been thinking about how a color war might look online. How would you play tug of war, or other group games that were silly, time limited, and awesome... and more importantly how could you create teams within an already functioning environment to have that same people-mash-up effect that we did at camp.

Twitter seemed perfect. So shortly after signing up I posted this tweet, this tweet, and this tweet.

There are hundreds of teams, some of which are hundreds of players deep, and the self organizing properties of twitter hasd provided a perfect implicit structure that can be used to start setting up the colorwar events. Beyond this, it is an idiom that can be used to create rapid affiliation and action models in the future, and create opportunities for ambient identity and events that are not bound to the "place based" metaphor of the web.

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March 19, 2008


Twitter / bedtime :: tiny bedtime stories that people post before they go to sleep.

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"the future is text"

an early media company (forgot their name) made t-shirts in the early 90's. "the future is text". Of course they were right: Google. How about now? Still the future? Been reading Amazon.com: The User Illusion by Tor Norretranders and thinking about how little info is encoded in text versus speech or video. No intonation, no smirks, unless you count the less than subtle emoticon, or perhaps a font named "Sarcasm Bold" (come on Emigre, why don't you have a series based on emotional states yet?). In any case, maybe the ambiguity is what makes text so powerful: fuzziness = a greater range of possible meanings = myths and quasi-myths that correspond to our own wishes/thoughts.

Twitter with its bizarre/random limitations and restrictions is a retreat for those craving fuzziness? A cave? Like in Plato's cave, maybe, but here the shadows are 140 characters long.

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if you live in or near san francisco, and own a big wheel - then you must go to : Bring Your Own Big Wheel 2008 :: this sunday... :: and for god's sake, if you go, get some better footage! yeesh.

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March 18, 2008

on twitter, in case you are

after having to fight a bit to claim my identity...i am http://twitter.com/zefrank

P.S. I enjoyed very much reading about what you've been up to in the past year. congratulations on all the proud moments!

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March 17, 2008

anniversary presents

thanks to olivia and her friends for drawing some chalk ducks on our sportsracer anniversary :: click below for pics

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happy anniversary sports racers!

let's catch up :: tell me about something you did in the last year that you are proud of.

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if you like books

a fun tournament created by themorningnews ::The 2008 Tournament of Books :: i judged today's round.

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happy st.pat's day

The muppets sing Danny Boy ::

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March 16, 2008

Jill Taylor - TED video

neuroscientist Jill Taylor describes her stroke from the perspective of...a neuroscientist. quite fascinating and moving, although it sounds a lot like an acid trip...click below ::

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March 14, 2008


Diana writes : "This week's New Yorker (March 10) has a little article about idreamofhillaryidreamofbarack.com, where people can post their (real, sleeping) dreams about the democratic candidates" :: The Metaphysical Poll

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Food Fight

an amazing stop motion movie on "an abridged history of American Centric warfare" :: worth watching the whole thing in my opinion :: click below ::

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President Bush at the Gridiron Club's Annual Spring Dinner

although i support having a sense of humor about things, its just plain creepy coming from the president :: click below ::

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March 13, 2008

SXSW mp3s

Paul Ford wrote Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW Mp3s :: fun way to peruse some new music and laugh a bit (the one star reviews are the funniest)

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Meet Spitzer's girl

Spitzer's escort: 'I love who I am' :: amazing - a CNN article that is almost entirely made up of quotes from a myspace page

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Ashley Dupré's Myspace Page

MySpace.com - Ashley Alexandra Dupré - NEW YORK, New York - R&B / Soul / Pop :: her single "What We Want" has over 1.5 million listens as of this morning :: maybe her tag line "what destroys me strengthens me" isn't that far off ::

Dupre's MySpace page evolves with scandal :: CNN does yet another story about her myspace page saying "As more people make profiles on these Web sites, the information they make available is more frequently becoming public fodder." :: public fodder? you mean CNN fodder...::

and then....Webware does an article on CNN's article about a Myspace page...and i blog it. News about News about Nothing.

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of mooks and midriffs

rewatching two of my favorite frontline episodes on PBS.org :: the persuaders and merchants of cool

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March 12, 2008

searching for it

'Deeply sorry,' Spitzer to step down by Monday :: if i were to write a joke about this it would include a pun on pros and cons...something about up-holding the CONStitution vs. PROStitution :: anyone?

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only 5K?

Wiki boss 'edited for donation' :: i offered him 50K to add a line about my rippling pectoral muscles.

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March 11, 2008

fancast beta

Fancast :: TV for free on the internets. doing a star trek marathon while i work

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using youtube for change

Saudi woman seeks driving acceptance on YouTube

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Design and the Elastic Mind

a great collection of work presented in a complicated and annoying way :: Design and the Elastic Mind :: note to MOMA, keep your web designers on a shorter leash...

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March 4, 2008



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March 3, 2008

so good

i've linked to this before, but i just revisited it and was reminded of its genius :: garfield minus garfield :: brings up the question - are blogs like people? can they re-tell the same story after some time has passed? i say yes.

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brains and scrambled eggs

Neurology and Jazz: Using MRI Scans To Study Spontaneity and Creativity | Business Intelegant

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