Sep 242011
 

Demonstrating the power of many-to-many image- and sound-making, artist Aaron Koblin and his collaborators stitch compelling interfaces from huge data sets. Watch Koblin transform airline flight data into global travel patterns, frame-by-frame drawings into an animated tribute to Johnny Cash, and Google Street View into an Arcade Fire video personalized for each listener.


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Apr 232011
 

Iphone Tracker Ippolito 2011 01 19Privacy advocates Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have released a free visualization tool to demonstrate how the iPhone stores your movements in a file easily accessible by anyone with access to your phone or computer. (Shown here, my January 19th presence in the Philadelphia International Airport.)

Nothing like a good visualization of your own movements to give you the creeps.

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Dec 012010
 

Move over, silicon—E. coli’s gunning for your job. Researchers prove that bacteria can store data and solve sodoku. Oh, it can repair highways too.

That’s all well and good, but what if you catch a cold, er, an app, from your PC? “Sorry I couldn’t come earlier, but my gut was up all night rendering a big animated movie…”

http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/11/25/1824252/Hong-Kong-Team-Stores-90GB-of-Data-In-1g-of-Bacteria

“A research team out of the Chinese University of Hong Kong has found a way to do data encryption and storage with bacteria. The project is called ‘Bioencryption,’ and their presentation (as a PDF file) is here.”

“Problem Solving Bacteria Crack Sudoku”

http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/11/17/2229223/Problem-Solving-Bacteria-Crack-Sudoku

“A strain of Escherichia coli bacteria can now solve the logic puzzles – with some help from a group of students at the University of Tokyo, Japan, reports New Scientist. The team begin with 16 types of E. coli, each colony assigned a distinct genetic identity depending on which square it occupied within a four-by-four sudoku grid.The bacteria can also express one of four colours to represent the numerical value of their square. As with any sudoku puzzle, a small number of the grid squares are given a value from the beginning by encouraging the bacteria in these squares to differentiate and take on one of the four colours.The Tokyo team’s sudoku-solving bacteria competed in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week.”

“Bacteria Used To Fix Cracked Concrete”

http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/11/17/182244/Bacteria-Used-To-Fix-Cracked-Concrete “Researchers at the U.K’s University of Newcastle have created a new type of bacteria that generates glue to hold together cracks in concrete structures – that means everything from concrete sidewalks to buildings that have been damaged by earthquakes. When the cells have been germinated, they burrow deep into the concrete until they reach the bottom. At this point, the concrete repair process is activated, and the cells split into three types that produce calcium carbonate crystals, act as reinforcing fibers, and produce glue which acts as a binding agent to fill concrete gaps.”

Apr 112010
 

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Maine Arts Commission Employment Opportunity

The Maine Arts Commission is seeking a Technology Associate to work full-time in Augusta, Maine. The deadline for applications is April 9, 2010.

This is professional position developing and maintaining the agency website using dot.net, and Pearl and Oracle databases. A working knowledge of database maintenance, website design and maintenance, imaging software and Microsoft Office suite is preferred. Familiarity with video and audio systems as well as a background in the arts is desirable.

A full description of this opportunity can be found on the Maine Arts Commission Blog.

Apr 112010
 

Maine Arts Commission Employment Opportunity

The Maine Arts Commission is seeking a Technology Associate to work full-time in Augusta, Maine. The deadline for applications is April 9, 2010.

This is professional position developing and maintaining the agency website using dot.net, and Pearl and Oracle databases. A working knowledge of database maintenance, website design and maintenance, imaging software and Microsoft Office suite is preferred. Familiarity with video and audio systems as well as a background in the arts is desirable.

A full description of this opportunity can be found on the Maine Arts Commission Blog.