She refused to sell her home, now her 108-year-old farmhouse is surrounded by new buildings. In 2006 a construction company offered to Edith Macefield, owner of this small house in Seattle, a million dollars to demolish her home and make way for a commercial development.
There isn’t an App for everything, and apparently we need a sticker that reminds us so.
Three students at Hyper Island designed the Not Available on the App Store label to look like the, by now familiar, “Available on the App Store” badge from Apple.
Increasingly we see phenomena from the digital environment foraying in our physical environment. Potato maker Birds Eye decided to join the trend.
You can now buy #frozen #potato shapes for the social media generation. The mashtags come in five shapes: a hashtag, @ sign, asteriks and two emoticons.
Please note that this virtual snack makes you really fat.
It could be a coincidence, but the Super Mario Brothers theme sounds like the sheng tone, an old Chinese instrument dated back to 1100 B.C.
The more iconic video game audio track played with an ancient woodwind. The resulting sound is pure 1980s nostalgia, it resembles to 8-bit synthesized electronic music produced by the sound chips of vintage computers, video game consoles, and arcade machines.
It makes wonder if Nintendo actually used the sheng in their sound effect conceptualization.
The image above depicts two seemingly Indian men sitting in front of what looks like an improvised temple or shrine for the hindu goddess Saraswati. What makes the image curious, is that the façade of the temple is constructed from a large-scale print of a Facebook Wall, dedicated to the deity. Do we have a Boomeranged Metaphor here or is it time to coin a new term: the Reincarnated Interface?
Italian artist Paolo Cirio prints life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View and posts them at the same spot where they were taken. By taking virtual identities out of the digital world and giving them a new life in three-dimensional reality, he reopens the debate about digital privacy.
Google permanently stores the digital pictures taken by the Google Car online. Cirio considers his “ghosts” victims, as he explains: “These companies keep this data forever, even when we die. And they commercially exploit it”.
To learn more, follow him during a night of work in some of Brooklyn’s busiest intersections on Motherboard.
Here is another example of how virtual experiences from the digital realm are gradually seeping into our physical environment. The mobile phone unlocking tool has now boomeranged into the real world, in the form of a doormat. Unfortunately it doesn’t really unlock the door, yet!
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Where civilizations of the past left drawings, glyphs and written messages, we have taken to the internet to record the vast majority of modern history and knowledge. But is it permanent? At Old Dominion University in Virginia, researchers Hany Salah Eldeen and Michael Nelson have been studying the rate at which information on the internet disappears, and if it can be restored.
Remember those good old days days when you were actually carrying goods out of the racks in a shop? If the Korean Virtual Shopping Store becomes a success, all shop shelves will soon be LCD Screens.
Customers simply choose their desired items by touching the LCD screen and checkout at the counter in the end to have all their ordered stuff packed in bags. Image consumption in the overdrive. Thanks Arnoud.
404 error on the Toilet. Another one of these tiny unexpected moments that make you realize you are spending so much time in the virtual realm that its metaphors are boomeranged into the physical environment. By Dennis Vernooij.
With Facebook: The Board Game, American graphic designer Pat C. Klein brings social media to the real world. The artist reinvented the most classic board game, Monopoly, by replacing houses, hotels, streets, Chance and Community Chest with the famous activities of Zuckerberg’s social network. Read more »
For smartphone bird watchers. Peculiar image of the week. Via Nerdsraging.com.
Our urge to share everything – photos, food, video games scores – is blurring the line between reality and digital life. Looking at the human history of sharing experiences, it’s highly likely that this line will totally disappear in the near future.
Remember the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine? That was for those who where fed up with only speaking with their families online, liking their own holiday pictures and spending warm summer days compulsively checking status updates from better, cooler, more successful friends. It’s now three years on, and social media have become an even more inescapable part of our everyday routine. If you’re still in doubt about whether or not to end your Facebook life, there’s now the game of Social Roulette. According to co-founder Kyle McDonald:
“Social Roulette has a 1 in 6 chance of deleting your account, and a 5 in 6 chance that it just posts “I played Social Roulette and survived” to your timeline. [...] Everyone thinks about deleting their account at some point, it’s a completely normal reaction to the overwhelming nature of digital culture. Is it time to consider a new development in your life? Are you looking for the opportunity to start fresh? Or are you just seeking cheap thrills at the expense of your social network? Maybe it’s time for you to play Social Roulette.”
I’m waiting for the 21st century version of the Deer Hunter.
Maybe the Taiwanese artist Shuchun Hsiao was inspired by a cold winter day to reinvent the common birdhouse in the shape of the Google Maps icon. The designer understood the importance and the omnipresence of Google Maps in our society and created the Google Birdhouse Project, a modern way to accommodate birds in urban spaces.
The iconic symbol references the “surfing” of flying birds to find their arrival point, just like Google Maps does for humans. As Shuchun Hsiao explains: “Birds have the most real experience of Google Maps. Birds can fly through the city, through streets. A birdhouse becomes their destination”.
Eye-catching, but not intrusive, these niches are also interesting urban decorations. The micro in the macro, the abstract becoming material, the virtual in the real: the result of the Google Birdhouse is bewildering and strong. Perhaps something dealing with Twitter would have been more predictable.
When we type “Flickr” or “Facebook” or “YouTube” into a browser, we seek to enter social networks and enjoy secure communication and interaction with a vast number of online users from around the world. Most of us take for granted that these words are understood by others in the same way. But what if rather than type these words on a keyboard we paint them on the walls of slums in Mali, Cambodia or Vietnam. Their meanings would certainly change.
Last April, the city of Helsinki asked its citizens to give their opinion about the construction of a new and expensive branch of the Guggenheim museum. Brought to the streets, and set up as a real-life Facebook interface (with the addition of a powerful “Dislike” button, a nonexistent option in the social network), a big touchscreen allowed people to physically “Like” or “Dislike” the proposal.
The vote results did influence – but not determine – the city’s final decision to not pursue the project. Maybe because the touchscreen system is still missing a way to identify individuals and avoid “likejacking” or multiple votes from the same passerby, or maybe due to the semantic implication of shifting from a yes/no polar question to a more emotional like/dislike reaction.
This experimental street translation of a social network feature makes it easier to see that once we set aside technological interfaces, our ancient tribal dynamics are the very reason behind the existence and popularity of social networks. Now hit the button/leave a rock in the pile if you’d like to leave your opinion.
Story and image via The Pop Up City