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Jeremy Paxman’s @ Edinburgh International Television Festival: The James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture; “the bigger question is whether the BBC itself has a future. Working for it has always been a bit like living in Stalin’s Russia, with one five-year-plan, one resoundingly empty slogan after another. One BBC, Making it Happen, Creative Futures, they all blur into one great vacuous blur. I can’t even recall what the current one is. Rather like Stalin’s Russia, they express a belief that the system will go on forever.”

NOSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends. These NO events, called NOSOs, take place in designated cafes, parks, libraries, bookstores, and other public spaces. Participants, whose identities remain unknown to one another, agree to arrive at an assigned time and remain alone, quiet and un-connected, while at the same time knowing that another ‘Friend’ is present in the space. NOSOs are scheduled by users through the NOSO website. They last for a duration of 1 – 30 minutes, after which participants disperse and return to their regular activities.”

Webcam Snowstorm – “This experiment simulates a snowfall with 400 snowflakes on screen, each with random size, rotation, speed and blur (using BlurFilter). Each of them is independently affected by wind (as partially controlled by your cursor’s x position). That Flash can run it all fluidly is impressive in itself, but of course there’s more. It’s also monitoring the webcam input, detecting edges, and making the snowflakes settle gently on any horizontal surface they encounter – pretty cool.”

Ultrastar – “PC conversion of famous karaoke game – Singstar. It allows a computer to evaluate how good you are when you sing by analyzing your voice pitch. Sing your favourite songs and see how you improve.”

For you beer fans out there; beer machine makes beer (and for you wino’s; Cork’d).

History of social network sites (a work-in-progress)

Halo Arms Race: Part 1, Halo Arms Race: Part 2

Getting to the bottom of the gPhone rumors

Raving Rabbids 2 Belch Olympics video

Prosthetics for animals

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