Author: Timo

Boomeranged Metaphors

The Death of Paper

And so it begins. For this 1-year old, a magazine is just a broken iPad.


Human Augmentation™

As a gamer, I come across many visions of possible futures. But this trailer from the upcoming video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the third part in the Deus Ex series shocked me with its convincing message.

Prosthetic limbs have been perfected, and in this world people are exchanging their completely functional limbs for better and improved parts. But what are the dangers of doing this? Except for the many ethical questions it proposes, it also lays our humanity in the hands of corporations. What if, just as the trailer suggests, we need to take drugs to keep our bodies from rejecting the augmentations? Will we start to despise those who give up their organic ‘parts’ for better ones? Or look up to them?

Hungry Birds

Hungry Birds

A while ago I wrote a post about birds which tried to adapt to the city by singing louder and in different tones than before.

Now it seems the birds have taken this adaptation to the next level and started tweeting, in the digital variant. While they already lend their image and name to this popular service, they could never use it until the people of the Latvian weekly magazine “Ir” made Birds on Twitter.

A keyboard made of fat allows the birds to tweet while they eat. Check out the poetry of the birds @hungry_birds.
Unfortunately we will have to wait until November before they start tweeting again, as spring is setting in, which means there is much more to do than tweeting all day long.


Urban Birds

It’s been known for a while that birds increase their singing volume to make themselves heard in the big city, but recent studies show that the city birds might even be evolving into a new species.

“Silvereyes are common native Australian songbirds found in both town and country. “Their natural sounds would be masked by urban noise,” says Potvin. Such noise, generated mostly by road and air traffic, is at pitches between 1 and 4 kilohertz – bad news for silvereyes, which sing in the 2 to 6-kilohertz range.”

The results of the study showed that City Birds sing in a much higher pitch (about 195Hz higher) and in a slower manner. The higher pitch makes the songs possible to recognize from all the city noise, while the slow singing could be to counter the sound-reflecting effect of the buildings, as longer pauses between their ‘syllables’ make them easier to understand.

I just wonder when they change their color to match a certain other Urban Bird.

Source: NewScientist


Search Stories

Once upon a time humans told stories by painting on cave walls, showing plays in an amphitheater, pressing text on paper and shining light trough pieces of film. Today we tell our stories with Google.

‘Googling’ is part of everybody’s daily life, and millions of things are searched for and found every day. While searching seems so simple, fast and formal; when all your searches are connected you get a rather accurate sketch of your personality or social situation.

Check out some of the touching, funny and sad videos on the Search Stories video channel on Youtube, or make your own. I recommend watching Dog, Graduation and Brother and Sister.

If we have to believe Google, “Every search is a quest. Every quest is a story. These videos show that anyone can do anything when paired with the power of search.”


Breathe, Believe, Surf the Web

A while ago a plan was proposed within the European Union to add a “Three Strikes, Out” law regarding to copyright infringement. After three accuses of copyright infringement by copyright holders for downloading or sharing illegal content, you can have your internet connection taken away for ever.

With the growing amount of stuff people have to arrange via the internet – for instance, more and more insurance companies work only via internet – this would mean people would become socially disabled by blocking their internet connection.

Luckily for all you digital natives the second voting on adopting the Amendment 138/46, which basically states that internet access is a fundamental right, got 407 votes for and only 57 against.