Thursday, June 22, 2006

electronic and tangible peregrinations "transumance"

Saturday, May 20, 2006



r-echos



Inside the side bar a sort of micromap of the page has been inserted; it works as follow:

- the color are representative of catageroies, it gives a glimpse of the repartition of the topics on the page , with no clear indications about what the topic is (point to work around and fix)
- on roll over, if an image is present in the post, it's displayed along with the title of the post
- by clicking on the expanded coloured surface you expand the corresponding article on the left

The ideas it brings: The multi-categorised post should possess many colours, or - maybe - a gradient fill. The tags used for each post could modify the hue of the post as well - but on a more subtle way (there it needs a kind of semantic bundles of tags - à la delicious). Also it needs a more restrictive set of rules to distinct and establish colour's categories.
The access to the information leads almost directly to the researched article's page because of the link directly on the title - might be a good idea to move the link to the post inside the layer, and use the javascript which extend the layer there as well, instead. The sidebar should follow the scroll, meta information should be removed from it and transfered to a place right under the Header (where there's already 3 of them recently displaced) - in an unique layer which would be opened/close and populated by some h2 button in the sidebar; the sidebar remaining a simplenavigation tool with no content at all inside.
On another hand, an ajax-like interface might be usefull to populate article on the fly instead of (hard) loading everything from the beginning. This might allow the interface to incorporate much more articles at once. The sidebar could then remains permanent and host some specific tools - like note taking, bookmarking, etc.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

r-echos v0.3 b / a color adventure in an electronic presence



r-echos v0.3 b / a color adventure in an electronic presence

an ongoing experiment around mapping the topics constituting the base ground structure of th incoming info_hub projects leaded r-echos in a slight redesign.

First:
no more black and white for the title, but rather using colors which lets identify the subject/topic/category. Possible feature would be to have more color organisations - thinking about a stronger system. At the moment it's a very simple hack in the r-echos theme based on the id of the main category of the post.

Second:
no more complete view of the whole content in the page, this should clarify the whole thing and allow a different perception of the activity.

Third:
as image consequently disapeared - installed a simple preview of the first image inside the post. This feauture is at a very early stage.

Planned development:

More on the category/color relationship

Making tags visible - the same way as colors, maybe the tags colors could influence the category color.
ie: a blueish/redish grey, would say same category but different amount of tags. This would need a semantic approach of tags (del.icio.us' bundles)

Mapping the category, evolution of topics through time (zeitgeist), simple preview of page in the top, no more right handed menu, but rather a bunch of links that would push content in the dedicated placeholder - the one right under the banner.

Connection with the spiderbot project - automation of content discovery through keywords lists. Development of filters for information retrieval in the various tools already in use. Experimenting with new ones. Conducing specific research for tools that might be of any help.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

databeautification / textasplayground

Thursday, March 30, 2006

desktop realtime electronic presence

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desktop realtime electronic presence

electronic presence trough various websites, part of the info_hub research. reflects activity and logs.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

mass media unit (memory)

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The mass media diving (formerly called mass media helmet) project is an experimental device which aim is to transcribe physically information's fluxes from CNN as poetics. This device is driven by an application i've coded which is scanning continuously the CNN website, transforming the informations into raw data, diffused then inside the helmet.

MMD contains a screen, loudspeaker, stroboscope, 2 gaz bottles (one filled with N2O, the other with oxygen) The differents parts of the MMD are activated by the presence and the frequency of words Each word is displayed on the screen during a very short time (eye memory, flicking effect), a sound marks each second creating the base rythm, another sound is played for each displayed word. the stroboscope is activated depending on certain words. the gaz will be diffused more or less fast inside the helmet The MMD has also a camera which will display on an external monitor the head of the user, and 4 tiltswitch giving the user the ability to go faster or slower. After a certain period of time, the MMD will stop itself.

more about mass media unit

alice in switzerland

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Friday, March 24, 2006

notes and comments on a possible to do list for r-echos

on /r-echos/

stattraq from http://randypeterman.com/StatTraq/ produce stats of access. even if i installed the last version (b), the (a) still is there - weird. side note: it seems not to appreciate the url_rewrite i have installed. still have to investigate but no time at the moment.
common tools are there, so it's fine - maybe having a look to the db could be bring some new alteration in the process.

ultimate tag warrior from http://www.neato.co.nz/ultimate-tag-warrior/ let you insert tag by hand in your post with [tags][/tags]. neat! also it can put the mess in your category to transform them in tags. i did it! it works very well! some older posts completely change of category - which lead me to use simple categories system instead of full range of taxonomy. but still: most pf the oldest post have some weird tags...

url rewrite seems ok for the most recent posts (i'm using /year/month/day/title/ ) - not for the oldest archive; the given link on each post reflects just the date, not the name. certainly during the transfer something got squeezed and broke it.

the zeitgeist and visual_zeitgeist are on hold at the moment. they haven't been transfered/converted to / r-echos /