Intro to Networked Collaboration

Critique Recap: Networked Event one and two

Unfortunately I only made it to one of our class meetings in SL, however I am posting here on a few other events I’ve participated with outside of the course through online collaboration.

 

A good friend of mine has a recording studio, LVIS Productions, in Switzerland. We used to work on building a fanbase through facebook and myspace, offering samples of music to get a following going. Now tools like seismic, last.fm, seeqpod, and other blog spaced lets us get directly to music fans.

 

We would also meet online in a facebook group to discuss details that needed to be organized for shows and events coming up. It’s unquestionable that these events would not have been the success they were if it was not for the online collaboration, however the most fascinating part is what we did through YahooLive:

 

We would set up our webcam while in the studio and make music for online surfers to run into in real time. Through yahoo live, users can stream whatever they are doing in real time… we would set up the camera and tap into yahoo live just to play around on the synthesizers or jump in with some instruments. At one point we ended up with close to 100 viewers by just pushing play and doing what we would have otherwise around the studio! It’s no sold-out theatre, but for putting in little more effort than we would have jamming alone we were able to get our art to the front page of their network, and in result had continued hits and comments from people who liked what they heard. That feedback and collaboration from fans would not have come our way if it weren’t for this feature; not with such few time and effort put into it.

 

Keep in mind this still goes to show the importance of physical performance with the arts, which I feel technology can not replicate. I believe there is something about human performance being the art underlining music, dance and even fine arts, which dancing in Second Life does not come close to replicating. Yes, web solutions bring the world closer and will unleash opportunities in the art world we have yet to imagine (likely in my lifetime) however tools such as yahoo live have my support because they tribute the physical performance by bringing it to the desktops of people from all over the globe, in real time.  

 

My other Networked Collaboration Event was the dance performance for Brooklyn is Watching. I’ve already blogged about it in other threads, however want to note that this connection with virtual and physical space is again what I find most invigorating about networked collaboration. Knowing people sitting in a café in the streets of New York can have access to what I was doing, giggling in my room with a friend while tapped into a classroom among online-enthusiasts is an inspiring thought. I like that this world of ours, at least the behavioral patterns we are taking in it have begun to stray from such linear tendency.

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December 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Online Tools- extra tips I came across

I want to share some tips that helped me with this course, and that I found while working on projects this semester.

For photo editing, take a look at Picnik.com which is a browser-based photo editor. It does wonders and is so simple to use! I’d even suggest editing pictures on their site, and transforming them into animations in jumpcut!

Also, I have created my own social network for my company though Ning. Ning enables anyone to develop their own “facebook” for free! There is a lot of creativity you can add, in adition to their templates if you know a bit of html. Otherwise its still pretty simple despite the ability for video uploading, blogging, forums, groups, and plenty of other bells and whistles.

SnagIt is a screen capture software that was awesome for these projects! It allows you to capture any part of the screen you want and manipulate the picture through their tools. Usually they charge, but there was a 30 day trial I tried and it made mashups and online collaboration a sinch.

And Twiddla is an online whiteboard which I found best for business. Brett and I used it for our group project. People can log-in from any computer and collaborate on the same “whiteboard” in real time, commenting on pictures, uploading shared documents, and all sorts of things that eliminate the job of a fax machine… and wasted paper!

Another thing to keep an eye out for, especially you students taking physical courses, are free online sources that will convert pictures you take on your cell phones of notes on a whiteboard, into digital notes. Snap a few pics of the board on your way out of class, upload them using the software, and print them out or review them from your computer!

I always like hearing about these kinds of things that are very useful, so if any of you come across a great online tool that makes life and work easier, keep in touch…

 

kelley

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Women for Networked Collaboration: Our Mashup Presentation

What a project!! And quite a test at learning collaboration, with my partner being on the other side of the country! And an ocean between us at one point!

Well, Andrea and I got along quitewell in collaboration efforts. It all started when she presented a video with pictures of the work of Artimisia Gentileschi , a female Italian Early Baroque painter who painted scenes and issues that were not “allowed” at this time for women to cover. I’m usually not one to address women’s issues, since I’ve been lucky to encounter few obstacles in my own life where gender has been an issue, but seeing this jumpcut and learning about the painter inspired me to build from that video, using Artimisia as an example of media empowering women’s efforts. We used her story as inspiration to introduce the Internet as a weapon for uniting and enforcing the intentions of women still fighting for equal rights.

Instead of building directly from each video, each time one of use completed a short mash-up, we would send it to the other for inspiration. I would take a look at the last thing Andrea did, perhaps make some changes or additions to it, and then make an entirely separate video build from the same or similar themes. She did the same, and our system worked well except for technical difficulties that came from error’s jumpcut has been having.

We planned to add all the videos together in sequence as a “set” for our final presentation, however this feature on Jumpcut caused us all sorts of problems. So, instead we’ve uploaded our videos to a group on Jumpcut, Women for Networked Collaboration, and this way you can take a look at all of our video’s in the same place, and the group can continue efforts towards online collaboration for womens rights beyond our jumpcut assignment.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROCESS:

Andrea used some great pictures of Artimisia and her painting, with titled themes and remarks between them to tap into questions and philosophy about Feminism. I thought she did a beautiful job overlapping the images, especially in Part II.

I decided to hit-up the footage already available on jumpcut (I love the idea of mashing all this freeshare footage together in ways very different from the footage’s original purpose). I got clips of gunny-pigs, and women’s rights campaigns, broken bottles, and resort spa’s and manages to fit them together with the message we had to get out: “Women, start looking to the Internet if you need a place to go to meet people, find information, or participate in activism when other opportunities may not be available; especially for mom’s strapped down in the home.”

I could have seen this assignment going in so many different directions, and that was the fun in building a project together with a partner, using the web’s great abyss of resources as our building blocks.

-Kelley

December 17, 2008 Posted by | final, mashup | , , , | 1 Comment

Calling an SL tour guide

Does any one with some Second Life experience want to meet me on skype and SL to show me the ropes? I’m a quick learner and have been exploring on my own, but would appreciate if someone more familiar with SL could chat with me a bit about it or give me some tips, as I’m losing interest due to the time its taking to familiarize with the program.

I’ve worked with my appearance a bit, traveled the help island, found some nice spots like Urban Coffee, an announcement about the virtual Burning Man event (which I found exciting), I learned to back-flip on command, and came across a location called the Boom Lodge which has a lazer show, music, lounge, and skydiving at an area on a beach.

I like that at the entrance they recommend which setting for time of day works best with the graphics. Midnight here looks best, since all the work gone into light design is more apparent.

I just get so frustrated at the time it takes for me to figure out things I encounter, and don’t have friends who use Second Life so I have to resort to the help resources to overcome basic trouble shooting. I walked and flew around the Boom Festival location for over an hour, and felt that time was not constructive “IRL.” So, again if any of you have the time and wouldn’t mind meeting me for a voice convo, I could use some tips on things to do and what’s worth-seeing in the game.

Thanks! -Kelley

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 4 Comments

Smell the Future?

I came across an article in Adbusters Magazine that stated the Got Milk Campaign sponsored adds at bus stops in San Fransisco that released the smell of chocolate chip cookies to attract people’s attention. I guess they also had aroma adds for the film Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

Has anyone seen these?

This got me to thinking about ways in which smell could be incorporated with technology communications. I always imagine when I was younger that I’d live in a time where someone could share smells through a television or computer (good aromas- like the sweet smell of cactus in  Arizona when it rains, or a bomb cheeseburger!). Although this was childhood daydreaming, it is interesting to see what is successfully being done to incorporate increased involvement of human-senses that have been left behind during this technological surge.

I experienced my first “4D” encounter in California Adventures, the amusement park. On one ride they had things move against the seat to simulate critters scattering about in the 3D film. Also, there was a ride where people were suspended in front of a large video screen and California landscapes passed by. When fluttering over the orange orchards they released the smell of citrus on the ride.

It was especially interesting to me to hear about these adds that were using smell to project their product to massive groups. Challenging ways to relay information to large groups through communication.

Anyone hear of other ways touch, hearing, or smell have been used either in mass com or technological projects/gadgets?

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Physical Interaction and Technology in a Cocoon?

In light of the readings I wanted to share this with the class. I thinks its amazing (although predicted) and it brings us back to the begining of the course with Reighngolds coverage of motion sensor technology. It also happens to coincide with my many acclaims in this course that technology is coming almost full-circle, engaging users in physical activity and human interaction again.

CNN (although I’m not a big fan) highlighted a story about a virtual reality “Cocoon.”  Using motion-sensative camera’s and a screen that surrounds the user 360 degrees, Cocoon is an interactive pod that a person can enter and physically engage with the interface. Anyone see Minority Report?!?

Well, the idea of people sitting in little pod’s living more fulfilling lives in captive isolation than outdoors is a morbid thought to me, however the tools this could provide in training, shopping, music, gaming, and all sorts of activities yet to be determined is damn exciting if I do say so myself…

Check it out for yourselves and let me know what you think: NAU’s Cocoon

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments