Archiv für den Monat Dezember 2005

Rikaichan

Rikaichan

rikaichan is a Firefox extension that displays an inline popup showing the English definition of a Japanese word underneath the mouse.

Remembering The Kanji Flash Cards

These are printable kanji flash cards on PDF that can be used along with the books Remembering The Kanji I, II, and III by James Heisig.

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Bow-Wow: From Post Bubble City

(in the ETH series: „what moves architecture? (in the next five years)“

My Notes:

Japan – Tokyo
urban detached individual houses
vitality of the private
50 cm distance from house to house

Bow-Wow
deduction – induction – transduction (see picture)

Bow-Wow: Works

  • Building Form
    (see: Pet Architecture Guidebook)
    * Gae House (75m2, Okusawa)
    * A.K.O. House
  • Positioning in Landscape
    * Izu House (Ocean)
    * Black Dog House (Art in the Forrest)
  • Micro Public Space
    * Furnicycle = bicycle+street furniture (Shanghai)
    * White Limousine Yatai
  • Hybrid
    (see: Made in Tokyo)
    * Green Cultural Center = Parchitecture
  • Occupancy
    (see: Tokyo Style)

Momoyo Kaijima

Taken from How Latitudes Become Forms

  • Multilayered structures with varied uses
  • a new design aesthetic dictated by utility and context
  • Manthos Santorineos: „If ‚the medium was the message‘, the platform is the message of the message and the weakening of the medium. ‚Platform‘ is the combination of technology, a new way of thinking about meeting needs, and the vision of a group of people who are preparing a ’space‘ in which to invite interested persons to develop their own ideas. If the late 20th century was characterized by McLuhan’s maxim ‚the medium is the message,‘ the beginning of the next one can be characterized as follows: ‚We are preparing new platforms for new messages.'“
  • Raqs Media Collective: „We would do well to emulate even in part aspects of this tradition in the new media culture of today. . . . This might create oases of locatedness along the global trade routes of new media culture.“
  • Raqs Media Collective: „A re-telling, a word taken to signify the simultaneous existence of different versions of a narrative within oral, and from now onwards, digital cultures. . . . The concept of rescension is contraindicative of the notion of hierarchy.“

Blogger Web Comments for Firefox

I just tried it out and even if you don’t find all links which you can find in Technorati for example – Google uses here the „link:www.anysite.com“ search here-, this is pretty amazing and changing fundamentally the web experience.

At the same time you discover now a site and you know what others have to say about it. Pretty impressive. Interestingly Google seems to give me only comments aka blog posts from Switzerland.

Blogger Web Comments for Firefox is an extension that makes it easy to see what bloggers are saying about a page you’re viewing in Firefox and even make your own blog post about it, all without leaving the page you’re on.

A commons for social software in Switzerland? Some preliminary thoughts about architecture

Recently the swiss blogosphere saw some interesting services popping up as well as some good discussions. But with profusion, there is also a bit of confusion now. What do we want in the future? I try to address some of the issues and ask for a commons, but also for some rules to play by.

* What will be the final address of sub.scribe.to and the ping hub too? To become generally accepted services in the long run (it’s the long run that’s hard for such services), I think it would be good if these services are available via one address. This doesn’t mean that the services itself must reside on the swissblogs.com server.

* How do we avoid to have the several resembling services. I think at the moment only blog.ch is an established service which tracks swiss blogs. All other ping or aggregators do not have a long history, are lacking some maintenance or are tied to companies (we have a running ping service – which we don’t use these days) which also means they almost always include blogs which are not swiss. As companies we have interests and agendas (influence anyone) and I think before everyone starts pinging and gathering and… I don’t know, we should start taking a break and thinking…

What do we want?

I can only say for myself that I really would like to see a place, a commons for blogging and social software here in Switzerland. All major players of today’s blogging landscape should be part of it anyway and membership should be possible for any blogger. Yes, I also think we should create a swiss weblogs club or an independent blog usergroup, as Alain pointed out. But it should have to be a community project, and it should be „open“.

But before doing this some of us have probably to talk politics too and write up kind of a policy of how to deal with the commercial interests. Recently two community projects more or less failed because the hidden agendas weren’t talked about upfront and it would be sad to see this again.

Anyway, the commons should have a core group which meets every month or so, a wiki, a mailinglist where we should debate about architecture and upcoming stuff. If there is a will to work together, I think we can go far.