Eek! Not nearly enough posting.

June 5, 2007

Sorry for the lack of posting, reader. Much design work has been going on with – it would seem – precious little thought! That isn’t the case at all, of course, but it is true that I haven’t been documenting my thought processes all that much. Not in the form of what you might call the Written Word, anyway.

Well I’m back. Apologies for anyone who was enjoying the silence!

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Online Games Are Dictatorships, possibly…

April 17, 2007

Probably one of the most famous cewebrities out there and person I agree with almost more than anyone else on earth, Cory Doctorow, has written a fascinating article in Information Week today – ‘Why Online Games Are Dictatorships’. Thankyou, Cory, for writing this at just the time I needed to research such things!

Can you be a citizen of a virtual world? That’s the question that I keep asking myself, whenever anyone tells me about the wonder of multiplayer online games, especially Second Life, the virtual world that is more creative playground than game.

These worlds invite us to take up residence in them, to invest time (and sometimes money) in them. Second Life encourages you to make stuff using their scripting engine and sell it in the game. You Own Your Own Mods — it’s the rallying cry of the new generation of virtual worlds, an updated version of the old BBS adage from the WELL: You Own Your Own Words.


Another growth animation

March 14, 2007

…This time showing how the growth of a suburban shared space begins along the existing boundaries of the suburban property system. As these ‘fault-lines’ expand the grid of property itself breaks up and changes with the sharing space.

Link straight to the 700k mov file
…Or you can view a nasty flash video version on the Vimeo page where it is hosted, here.


Firewalls

February 28, 2007

photo of West Bank wall by FREEPAL

In a wonderful example of crossover between meatspace and cyberspace linguistics, the always excellent Global Guerillas blog by John Robb has a post entitled Nation-state firewalls. Robb lists some of the larger fences, walls and barriers around the world designed to limit and control the transitions of people between the two sides of the barriers in question.

Of course, the ‘firewall’ is a term originally for something in physical space, but in most people’s minds these days I think we consider it a ‘cyberspace’ term. The two have similar functions, of course – namely to limit the transition of stuff like data or people – but it’s interesting to see them being used interchangably here.

Question: just what is the difference people and data, anyway? I think I know people I’ve ‘met’ online but I’ve really only seen the data they produce. There’s certainly more to a person than just their intellectual output (just look at David Beckham) but how much more must vary an awful lot.


Idea explained

February 22, 2007

I made an animation to try to explain this week’s idea.

Shared suburban space

Annoyingly, and after a lot of frutrated attempts, it seems I can’t embed quicktime *.mov files or vimeo flash movies on this WordPress blog.

Ahhh well, you can see it here.


I may finally have had an idea

February 20, 2007

moleskine sketch

An explanation, and maybe even justification, to follow shortly…


Suburbia’s trying to tell me something…

February 19, 2007

I know it’s almost entirely imposed by my own subconscious, but the fact that the order in which I was tracing backyard shed layouts just happened to give me this message did at least lighten up my morning slightly. I like to think the inhabitants of this block of Brent have, with their choice of garden furniturte and buildings, been unknowingly contributing to a message just for me all these years.

Sadly there isn’t a Simpsons-esque ‘T’ on the next block to the right…