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We were hunted

Published juni 21st, 2013 by

RIP Wearehunted, you will be missed. Thank you for introducing me to Lana del Ray before anyone knew who she was, and the awesome cutting edge webdesign. Here are some of my favorites discovered through the site before it closed and was reworked into Twitter Music

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Posted in Personal, Trends

Nå kan du leie og kjøpe film i norske iTunes, men utvalget er lite å skryte av

Published september 28th, 2011 by

Oi, dette har jeg gledet meg veldig til! Fikk tips på Twitter i dag om at de skulle gå an å leie film via iTunes, og leita rundt i menyene for å finne frem, uten å lykkes. Nedtur! Men så var det en liten fugl som sa at man må søke etter konkrete filmer for å finne dem! Og se hva jeg fant? Masse herlig 80- og 90-tallsfilmer, som Dødelig våpen, Die Hard og Predator, og bare 29 kroner for å leie! Sweet!

 

Kun 704 filmer

Men utvalget i norske iTunes er ganske dårlig. Vi snakker hovedsaklig mainstream blockbusters, samt endel rett-på-dvd-utgivelser som kunne crackrøykende amerikanere kan sette pris på. Det er lite å sette tennene i for folk som virkelig liker å grave seg ned i filmhistorien. Du får det samme utvalget som du får i de fleste andre kommersielle videoløsninger på nettet, og knapt det. Er du glad i å se film så har du mest sannsynlig sett det meste her allerede.

2010-tallet: 89 filmer
2000-talle:t 363 filmer
1990-tallet: 155 filmer
1980-tallet: 42 filmer
1970-tallet: 20 filmer
1960-tallet: 24 filmer
1950-tallet: 5 filmer
1940-tallet: 4 filmer
1930-tallet: 2 filmer

Et søk etter min favorittskuespillerinne, Marisa Tomei (voff voff). Litt skuffende at det bare er tre filmer, og at The Wrestler mangler.
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Tester et søk etter The Wire, desverre ingen treff. Går ut fra at det kun er filmer som er tilgjengelig, ikke tv-serier. Fint at man kan klikke på navnene til skuespillerne og få opp filmene de spiller i.
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Action-bonanza:

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Poontang, by Charles Willeford

First experience borrowing an ebook via Amazon

Published mars 27th, 2011 by

Poontang, by Charles Willeford

Poontang, by Charles Willeford, The first book borrowed from Amazon. Kind of aweful actually :)


I’ve read a surprising amount of Kindle ebooks from Amazon during the last two years, usually in bed on the tiny iPhone screen, tucked under the covers so not to disturb my wife. But today I borrowed an ebook for the first time, via Booklending.com, one of several websites that mediate borrowing and lending between Kindle customers.

The feature was introduced on Amazon as a new years gift last year, but I haven’t had time to test it until now.

Amazon only allows US customers to lend out books, but foreigners like me can borrow books, and Booklending.com was the first site I testet that let me borrow. (Update: Lendle.me says on it’s signupscreen that its only available to US citizens, but I had no problem signing up and borrowing from them).

How it works

Testing Booklending.com

The whole experience is a bit strange. All titles that I searched for on Booklending.com were unavailable for borrowing, so I had to settle with browsing the list of recent loans. This brought back memories of using the library, walking around randomly not knowing what hides between the covers of a book. But I’m uncertain if that actually is a good thing; having to settle for a title that simply is available, instead of something you really want to read? The thing about instant availablity (for pay) is that it makes us really impatient and focused on quality.

Booklending.com summary:

Positive

Negative

Improvements

The old way to lend and borrow

Before the launch of Amazon lending last year, there was another, totally useless way to share books with your friends. Compare the how-to video below to the new functions from booklending.com or lendle.me. Lending and borrowing is certainly getting easier:

Closing of with the title poem from the book (warning, several kinds of aweful!)

Poontang, by Charles Willeford, from 1967

Should I unfold this wrinkled flower?
This self-righteous vowel;
This lingering line;
This spurious spondee?
Hard on, hard
Upon the rose-webbed tarn of love,
The black lines are man-made,
The coral lines are contours,
And the blue lines are dank with
blood.

O sere, dry leatherlips,
Hawking into the sink at night,
I cannot fly with these.
Instead:-
The encounter and the countering,
The dotted-swiss dress,
The roseate blush and nights of
contact
Dancing-
The sugared soil of tendered green.
Letting love in as well as out,
Let these be these.

Posted in Reviews, Trends

When games invade real life

Published april 6th, 2010 by

(Via Ted.com)

See also: 5 creepy ways video games are trying to get you addicted

And:

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

So far, World of Warcraft players have spent 5.93 million years solving problems in the game. . Jane McGonigal

“We’re witnessing what amounts to no less than a mass-exodus to virtual worlds and online game environments” – economist Edward Castronova

Wired: Reality Is Broken. Game Designers Must Fix It

Human computation, a talk by Luis von Ahn

Over 9 billion human hours of solitaire was played in 2003.

Luis von Ahn talks about how to “constructively channel human brainpower using computer games. For example, the ESP Game, described in this talk, is an enjoyable online game — many people play over 40 hours a week — and when people play, they help label images on the Web with descriptive keywords.” Not sure that is very useful or constructive, or fun, but perhaps some other real world game can be made using the same mechanisms.

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5 iPad apps I’m looking forward to

Published mars 29th, 2010 by

Carters Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine

Why: Great for factloving hypocondriacs! Find new and scary things that might be wrong with you.

Comixologys Apple iPad App For Reading Comics

Why: Because reading comicbooks on paper in public when you are an adult is plain embarrassing! But on the iPad everyone will think I’m finetuning my keynotes presentation. :)

Wired iTablet Concept App
Why: This is just a concept, but recreating magazines in all their glory will be a great way to rekindle (no pun intented) myinterest in glossy magazines. I recently stopped by subsription to Wired and Computer arts, not because I don’t like them, but because they kill trees and spew co2 under transport. Buying magazines on paper is completely insane, but I think the iPad will do a good job at recreating the experience of holding and reading a print magazine.

Apple Tablet PC for IKEA?
Why: No, I am not homosexual. But I am appalled at the energy used and waste generated by distributing unwanted paper catalogs to consumers each year. Our household received hundreds of pounds of garbage each year, and I would love to see a more intelligent way to assemble information about available products and services in useful and entertaining ways. And who knows, maybe advertisers could pay US instead we paying to have their trash hauled away?

CourseSmart Tablet Concept
Why: Because textbooks are just so 1999. This CourseSmart Concept is not the best designed app, but I do believe in an integrated, sexy, multimediarich e-learning environment where you also can buy access to new modules as you need them. Apples apps with their low prices are great gateway drugs in the sense that they help people who are still sceptical about buying content online check things out on products that costs next to nothing, and when they first have gotten over the hurdle of buying that lolkittens app for a dollar, the step to buying an elearning app or module about the intricacies of Heideggers philosophies will be that much easier. Or not :)

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Farmville is the shit!

Published mars 24th, 2010 by

If you are on Facebook you have probably seen the annoying messages from your friends who’ve just found a deer in their cabbage patch. Actually, chances are high that you ARE that friend, because according to this screenshot, Farmville is played by over 82 million users.

I have only one thing to say about that: What the fuck!

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Found: Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of 'Friendster' Civilization

Published mars 22nd, 2010 by


Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of 'Friendster' Civilization

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Posted in Found, Trends

Stortingsvalget 2009 – slik dekkes valg-kvelden på nett

Published september 14th, 2009 by

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Oppdatering: Du finner nå en litt strammere versjon av denne artikkelen på NRKbeta.

For webdesignere og utviklere er Stortingsvalget bestandig en spesiell kveld. Det er da de store mediehusene pleier å vise seg fra sin beste side. Forsidene er nystrigla, serverne nyboota, og man har brukt sine beste folk til å planlegge og lage nye fine tjenester for å vise info-porn (aka valgresultater som Geir Heljesen liker å kalle det) til sitt publikum. Valgkvelden er på mange måter selve ild-dåpen for en nett-redaksjon og det er bestandig spennende å se hva folk leverer.

Jeg var også spent på å se hvordan sosiale medier ble brukt rundt omkring. Var det noen som fikk til noe like stilig som det CNN leverte i forbindelse med USA-valget?

Målet mitt med kvelden var å fange så mange skjermbilder som mulig, og skrive litt om hver tjeneste, til bruk som referanse ved neste valg, og til allmenn glede for alle web- og valg-interesserte.

Bruk av sosiale medier i valgkampen

Dette var definitivt ild-dåpen til de sosiale mediene i valgsammenheng. De fleste partier hadde gode strategier på bruk av Facebook, Twitter og YouTube, men spesielt Arbeiderpartiet tok Twitter seriøst, og bortimot tvangsinnmeldte “alle” sine medlemmer. Noe som ble litt småslitsomt for alle oss Twitter-veteraner etterhvert, men som tydeligvis ga uttelling. Jens Stoltenberg skrøt av sine partifeller på valgvaken og sa at de hadde gjort en fabelaktig innsats på “gamlemåten”, dvs dele ut roser og gå dør til dør, men så sa han følgende.

“Vi vant valgkampen på nett” – Jens Stoltenberg

Og det tror jeg han har litt rett i. SV gjorde også mye riktig på nett, men de konsentrerte seg om sine egne nettsider og på bruken av Youtube, men de var bortimot usynlige på Twitter, og sendte dermed et signal om at de ikke tar velgerne sine seriøst. Jeg så heller ikke mye til de andre partiene på Twitter, kanskje med unntak av Høyre. Miljøpartiet de Grønne hadde også tilstedeværelse på Twitter.

Posted in Trends

Good augmented reality examples

Published august 5th, 2009 by

Augmented Reality (AR) in KABK

I wrote about augmented reality back in 2005, but little seem to have happened in this field until this year, when good demos and sturdy real life applications started to pop up everywhere. Here is a collection of my favorite examples.

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Posted in Reviews, Trends

Get you popcorn ready! Voddler screenshots and details

Published juli 13th, 2009 by

Voddler is an eagerly awaited video-on-demand service with a business model quite like the popular Spotify. Here are some screenshots and gathered facts to tie you over until the real thing is released.

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