Archive for July 2003

The NONVERBAL DICTIONARY

Totally interesting. We probably would have gone bonkers on this if we were still making puppets for PuppetTime. Probably none of the “odor-centric” ones, of course :)

Here’s the direct link .. interesting to see.. it’s posted on AOL, so it’ll probably die at some point… and they’re using…

funnier still, as I’m typing that kind of “AOL, therefore, it’ll disappear sooner or later” comment.. I lost my connection to AIM… hahaha.. were they watching me? 😉

Anyway, it appears as though they’re using a Wiki of some sort to organize this body of knowledge. Interesting.

] Items in this Dictionary have been researched by

] anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, linguists,

] psychiatrists, psychologists, semioticians, and others who have

] studied human communication from a scientific point of view.

Very cool.


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Interesting marketing campaign!

go check out the movie I made for the coca-cola company’s product Fanta Shokata… what are you doing there, flash-ized video, and take in 3 inputs, and store it in a mysql database (hopefully)… Very cool.

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Proloxil – so very funny…

having gone through my own set of issues, like we all have, I found this parody to be hilarious.

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Joe Firmage!!! Web 3d??? Good morning!

OH MY GOD! Joe Firmage?? Remember 5 years ago, WHEN I USED TO WORK FOR YOU? And I was helping my brother start up his company doing WEB 3D? And nobody wanted to talk to me about it?? THANK YOU! Yet another example of US BEING RIGHT. cnet.com

Portals in space By Paul Festa Staff Writer, CNET News.com July 28, 2003, 9:00 PM PT newsmakers In 1998, Joe Firmage took the risky step of disclosing a visionary experience that convinced him of a connection between the world’s religions and high-tech advances and visitors from outer space. The furor surrounding Firmage’s revelations coincided with the young multimillionaire entrepreneur’s resignation from his position as chief executive of USWeb/CKS. Firmage subsequently became associated with Ann Druyan, a respected science writer and the widow of famed astronomer Carl Sagan, and withdrew from public scrutiny to devise what he and Druyan described as a science-based entertainment portal. On Tuesday, Firmage returns from the high-tech wilderness to the Siggraph computer graphics gathering in San Diego to announce that his company, ManyOne Networks, has acquired San Francisco-based Web start-up Media Machines, a 3D technology company. The acquisition of a Web3D start-up might suggest to some that Firmage is looking to the future, or what he calls Web 2.0, by recycling ideas and technologies from the Web’s past. And VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) graphics aren’t the only suggestion of a back-to-the future strategy: Firmage’s plan for a next-generation World Wide Web combines the power of affinity portals, the Mozilla browser, Web directories, and 3D Web graphics–a virtual museum of tried and abandoned Web media concepts. He recently sat down for a CNET News.com roundtable discussion with reporters and editors to talk in more detail about his plans.

read the rest of the article for the interview… grrr.

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Avatars gaining realism… to a point…

Check out the puppet… looks like stuff we’d hoped to get into. thanks to the BBC via Fark

Human or zombie? The next challenge is to ensure the avatar behaves like a human. Cara, the online customer service avatar developed by Lexicle, is designed to put customers at ease by displaying a more subtle human trait – body language.

Cara by LexicleCara puts a human face on financial transactions

“If you think about it, what do people do when they speak?” asked Patrick Olivier, a computer linguist with Lexicle. “They move their hands, they gesture, their facial expression changes, their lips move; and you tend to beat your hands, nod your head on words that you’re trying to emphasise in that sentence, on words that are important in that sentence. “It’s critical to be able to compute those gestures automatically if you want your avatar to be convincing. Although you can get the graphical stuff right, you don’t know what to make that avatar do unless it’s got a brain driving it behind it.” Avatars seem to be getting ever more lifelike, but even here, there is a danger. As your avatar approaches reality it could fall into what is called the Zombie Zone. A Japanese researcher has investigated how people react to avatars as they become more and more real, or naturalistic. “He discovered that people’s reactions to them improved quite nicely until they were almost naturalistic, and then there was a really sudden drop,” said Ruth Aylett, professor of intelligent virtual environments at the University of Salford. “The explanation for this was that you develop expectations about the character, that it is actually human, that it is actually real. “Then suddenly those expectations are violated by something that slightly wrong in the voice, or the face, or in the way it moves, and it gives you a horrible feeling that is not real. “And that’s why we call it the zombie zone informally, because it’s almost as if it was a zombie. It’s the living dead.”

Yeah, there’s this insane set of variables for creating puppets that look “right”… It seems like a penniless road to making it important enough to make it matter. For all the time you spend on making it look more human, Japan apparently tells us that we’ll stop reacting to it as a comfort inducer. Once the novelty wears off, all the things that make it look un-human become more and more apparent. The flipside is making the avatar your standard of beauty (like all those bikini clad polygon girls in the new console games)… and real people are very hard to deal with because they’re unpredictable (thankfully) and easily offended by the kinds of behaviors said console games encourage and reward… More proof it’s time to turn off the tv and go outside… whoa, did I just say that?

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MySQL query hall of fame…

here’s a good one:

SELECT * FROM bts_demo_days,bts_student_signup

WHERE

DATE_ADD(NOW(), INTERVAL 5 DAY) >= bts_demo_days.event_date and bts_demo_days.event_date > NOW() and
bts_demo_days.event_plans_are_final = 1 AND bts_student_signup.has_been_emailed = 0 AND
bts_demo_days.institution_ID = bts_student_signup.institution_ID

nothing too crazy, but… date comparisons are always a little scary. This one goes and finds all the people who signed up to be emailed about an event at their school, if the event plans are finalized internally, the person hasn’t been emailed yet, it’s 5 or less days until the event, and the event hasn’t passed already…. so, out of a list of hundreds of events going on, this script trolls the signups and events to see what events are coming up, and automatically emails the people who want to be notified… all without me needing to babysit the data.

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Ah, there we go…

yeah, it’d be great if you could include my weblog in your webpage. And vice versa.

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no title editing from NNW? that’s really weird, isn’t it? Not very useful to me… hmm.

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online aggregator?

what if there was a website that could aggregate different rss feeds? Like, my family would like to keep each other in touch, so if we all had our own feeds, and they could aggregate on the cooley family website…? That’s real syndication. It’s only syndication if it’s content appearing at a location other than the original place.

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Verizon Anticompetitive Practices – update!

Well, I’m back, after 2 weeks of no internet access at home. Verizon just up and decided that they’d kill my ISP, DSL Designs, and leave all their customers in a state of limbo. Thank you, Verizon… That’s the way to make me love you. Here’s a little piece of constructive criticism… If you’re going to provide less choice in an area you own an infrastructure monopoly on, why not offer a plan to the customers who you’re going to be inconveniencing with a complete and unannounced outtage of service. I came home one day after noticing I couldn’t get to my sites, only to find that my ISP had lost a court battle with Verizon and was now bankrupt. All customers of DSL Designs are just plain screwed… Sorry, verizon killed us, so, why not mob our new friends at South Valley Internet (yeesh, with friends like DSLD, huh, SVI… “thanks, I think”)

Anyway, further proof that you suck, Verizon management. You’re not thinking with your heads, only with your wallets. And all those big telecom ads that say “hey, you could go with the ‘competition’, but they suck worse than us”… that’s only dragging the nightstick on the jailbars… Yes you have a monopoly, no you shouldn’t be able to get away with it, no there’s nothing anyone can do about it, so stop effing laughing in our faces

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