Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
"The open data movement campaigns for important information -- such as government spending, scientific information and maps -- to be made publicly available for the benefit of society both democratically and economically. The linked data movement (championed by the inventor of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee) campaigns for that data to be made available in such a way that it can be linked to other sets of data.
That means, for instance, a computer can see that the director of a company named in a particular government contract is the same person who was paid as a consultant on a related government policy document. Advocates argue that this will also result in economic and social benefits.
Concrete results of both movements can be seen in the US and UK -- most visibly with the launch of government data repositories Data.gov andData.gov.uk in 2009 and 2010 respectively -- but also less publicised experiments such as "Where Does My Money Go?", which uses data to show how public expenditure is distributed, and "Mapumen-tal," which combines travel data, property prices and public ratings of 'scenicness' to help show at a glance which areas of a city might be the best place to live based on individual requirements.
But there are dozens, possibly hundreds, of similar examples in industries from health and science to culture and sport. We are experiencing an unprecedented release of data -- some have named it 'Big Data' -- and yet for the most part, media organisations have been slow to react.
That is about to change."
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
---"[For Colored Girls] is a film destined to polarize. Many will hate it. Hopefully more will love it, or at least allow room for it, for its raw brutality, its extremes, its difficult truths." ---Betsy Sharkey
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
SODERBERGH: Well, it’s hard for me to talk about where cinema is going to be in 25 years because I’m not convinced that it’s going to be relevant. I think it’s absolutely conceivable that the world is going to be in a lot worse shape a lot sooner than anyone thinks.
I think this place could be “Mad Max” in ten years if we don’t really start to act. And I can’t say that I look around and feel confident that that will take place. Whenever I start looking ten years or so into the future, movies immediately get pushed to the side because I feel like that’s really not what anybody’s going to be thinking about. If we don’t go through another variation of the Enlightenment soon, I really think we’re going to be in trouble.
---NPR's guide to blogging
---The Anthology of Rap
---Boon's In Praise of Copying
---"Having nothing is almost incredibly futuristic."
---Rachel McAdams on the brink
---Dean Treadway likes Greenberg:Greenberg is a movie that exudes the sensation of being 40 and lost in the this now-2010-world. Ben Stiller's Roger Greenberg is a man who's sad that his reference about Albert Hammond's one-hit wonder "It Never Rains In Southern California" is lost on a new friend. When he mentions it to his brother's assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig), she responds with an awkward silence, and you can feel that spurring him on to a bottle of whiskey (which he puts on to a to-get list, along with ice cream sandwiches, when she asks him if he wants anything from the grocery store).
I have absolutely never felt like a movie had opened up my brainbox, peered in, glopped its mits into the remains, and slathered it onscreen as I have with Noah Baumbauch's Greenberg. It's MY movie. I feel protective of it, like I did with SCTVway back in 1977 when no one else I knew got or watched it. I think it's a movie that heartbeats on where the forgotten tadpoles are coming from--you know, that tiny clan called X, smooshed in between the overwhelming Boomers and Ys. Baumbach is my age, so, given his newest movie (after The Squid and the Whale's excellence and the muddy Margot at the Wedding), I'm now even more convinced he knows abandonment intimately, and is bound to paint its details.
---the 25 most creative web videos
---a video camera ad
---Suster's "The Future of Television and the Digital Living Room"
---Atomic Tom and their iPhones
---Jim Groom's commentary on The Shining
---lastly, Bellamy and Howard converse about rock films