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See Attachment ^^^

1:45pm Presentation by “The Projectionist” (Jesse Melanson) and his VJ works.

Presentation will include:

- Documentation of performances – Electric Instrument as a Direct Video Controller – Paid Vibrations – rubber band controller – Sound Response System – VJ performance – Body Movement as a Controller of Video and Sound

more @ jessemelanson.com

pdf iconCUGR Showcase.pdf

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I’m starting a project inspired by the ever evolvement of social networking sites such as facebook and twitter. Status Updates have developed from rhetorical information to full on debates, some spanning several paragraphs. But by being hosted on a public platform in which virtually anyone can let their opinion be known these threads can become tough to intemperate very quickly. Multiple conversations with separate meanings often appear in the same thread, making interpretation of the dialog difficult to follow.

This project is intended to exploit that fact and use it as a platform of creativity. It is also a question as to who owns the content on a public domain? If someone uses something you freely post for their own benefit are those people entitled to it? Let us know your opinion at [ http://strangestatus.wordpress.com/category/inspiration/ ]STRANGE STATUS.com

Alexander Marquis New Media “Never be ashamed to ask for information. The ignorant man will always be ignorant if he fears that by asking he will display ignorance.” -Booker T. Washington

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A look at the 6 best (and one in development) applications for the iPhone and Google’s Android. To see the list, go to http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/12/st_augmented_reality_apps/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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The coolest thing on two.. treads.

A new way for those who are paralyzed to get around in a safe, and intense manner. This baby can go offroading, up and down stairs, through snow, etc. It was made by a man who was frustrated with the lack of mobility that his wife had in her normal wheelchair, and now this man is making these things for people all over. He is going into debt by making them, because he feels that everyone who needs one should be able to have one. There is also the on-road model called the speedster, which operates in style.

URL: http://www.tankchair.com/default.htm Be sure to check out the pics and videos as well.

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With limited recharging options available when your on the move; having access to a renewable energy device is quite significant. These devices are quite extraordinary in that they can generate enough electricity to operate laptops, satellite telephones, movie and still cameras, sound-recording equipment, GPS equipment and camp lighting. While the low energy supply of these devices can be a drawback; for some users, they are literally lifesavers. For example, “We have a new clinic that has no electricity at present, there was a young man who came in who had a finger almostentirely amputated. We used the light from the lantern to take care of his finger.” The lantern, in this case, happens to be powered by a solar device.

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/business/09solar.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Greetings. Alex Marquis here, senior new media student at the University of Maine. As i approach the final days of being a black bear I wanted to reach out to my fellow students who may be interested in some collaborative work as well as get a chance to add some experience to my own portfolio, I’m not much of a webdesigner or animator but I do have some other skills that might provide useful. One of those is skills is being a fairly good Impressionist and voice actor and I’d like to test my skills. So if you are an animator out there in need of someone to do some voice overs for a short please, send me a script and a .jpg of your character description of them. If I’m into what you’re doing I’d do some readings that could lead to a full screening. All I ask is that if you use any of my work make sure to cite me in your credits and provide me with a copy of the finished piece for my own portfolio.

This would be a great way to take some of the stress off yourself, help fellow students, and show potential employers that you know how to collaborate.

I look forward to seeing future projects!

Alexander Marquis New Media “Never be ashamed to ask for information. The ignorant man will always be ignorant if he fears that by asking he will display ignorance.” -Booker T. Washington

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Great potential for some clever net art: http://double.co.nz/video_test/video.svg. Link courtesty of Jon Ippolito.

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“The internet’s increasing appetite for electricity poses a major threat to companies such as Google, according to scientists and industry executives. While the demand for electricity is a primary concern, a secondary result of the explosion of internet use is that the computer industry’s carbon debt is increasing drastically. From having a relatively small impact just a few years ago, it is now leapfrogging other sectors like the airline industry that are more widely known for their negative environmental impact.” (article) more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/may/03/internet-carbon-footprint

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http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/12/31/1334257/Scientists-Postulate-Extinct-Hominid-With-150-IQ?from=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29

Science regresses, two neuroscientists utilize phrenology to determine that a subsect of pre historic man was imbued with an average IQ of 150, but somehow couldn’t develop a literate society.

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From Wired:

If you have a love of tiny cars and an eye for design, we suggest you head over to the Smart website. Daimler is offering fame and fortune

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http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2200&from=news_side

The USGS as created a system for remote monitoring stations using independent, renewable energy solutions. The use of wind power allows for the minitoring of snow levels in areas that do not connect to the power grid, allowing more accurate preditions of flooding from spring thaws.

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This eco-group from M.I.T. has thought up a new way to create a tree house: use the living tree itself. There are many benefits to doing this, as mentioned on the site. They use a form of growth called “Pleaching to guide the plants’ growth to suit their needs. The plants grow on lattice, and are reenforced by clay for comfort and aesthetics.

Water, an essential tool for the survival of both the human and the home, goes through a series of species as is recycled. The home itself can be used as a food source for many creatures, including the garden for humans and animals.

Be sure to check out the video on the side as well, which offers a 3d rendering of the living home.

http://www.archinode.com/bienal.html

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Wondering how to prevent environmental degradation from all terrain vehicles? Geo-cells are open-grid plastic systems that are filled with gravel and covered by grass. They support the weight of most vehicles but let thewater run through easily preventing environmental harm. Check out the full article Here: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/07/porous_paving_g.php

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http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/01/17/the_end_of_the_office_and_the_future_of_work/?page=full

In a basic synopsis the formation of the global workforce is changing. The numbers of firms crowdsourcing temporary freelance labor is sky rocketing while the dynamics that underpinned social duty and wellbeing in America and abroad are changing rapidly. The burdon of providing healthcare is rapidly changing hands, and the idea of the sallaryman is fading.

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Man, it’s cold out there! So why not help heat up the Orono Maine community with The Hunting House Gallery this January? The Hunting House will be accepting submissions for it’s up coming exhibit January 21st 2010. Submissions should represent a contrast to these Cold Maine days and be in any medium. Our pervious exhibit had traditional styles like paintings and BW photography all they way to digital interactions and installations. Submission forms should be available in the next few days, for more information contact Alex Marquis at [email protected] or Ian Larson at [email protected]

You can also check us out at: [ http://thehuntinghouse.com/node ]The Hunting House

Alexander Marquis New Media “Never be ashamed to ask for information. The ignorant man will always be ignorant if he fears that by asking he will display ignorance.” -Booker T. Washington

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http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/11/mit-gestural-computing-makes-multitouch-look-old-hat/

A new form of 3d gestural computing by MIT Media Lab. Optical sensors are used to record hand data and motion, allowing for gestures to be performed in a 3d environment.

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http://www.theraconteurs.com/

complete with beeping and key commands :-)

*Rebekah Doherty* 4th Year New Media, Public Relations and Film and Video minors Maine Campus Assistant Photo Editor Maine Channel 42 Advertising & Promotions Director 159 Memorial Union (207) 581-1559 www.youtube.com/themainechannel

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http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/11/mit-gestural-computing-makes-multitouch-look-old-hat/

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Slashdot reports that Somali pirates are now taking investors on a “stock exchange”. It may not be related to New Media specifically, but is a good example of appropriating a system for use in a new context — even if that context is insidious. The exerpt, from Reuters, via Slashdot:

*”‘Four months ago, during the monsoon rains, we decided to set up this stock exchange. We started with 15 “maritime companies” and now we are hosting 72. Ten of them have so far been successful at hijacking,’ Mohammed [a wealthy former pirate who took a Reuters reporter to the facility] said. … Piracy investor Sahra Ibrahim, a 22-year-old divorcee, was lined up with others waiting for her cut of a ransom pay-out after one of the gangs freed a Spanish tuna fishing vessel. ‘I am waiting for my share after I contributed a rocket-propelled grenade for the operation,’ she said, adding that she got the weapon from her ex-husband in alimony. ‘I am really happy and lucky. I have made $75,000 in only 38 days since I joined the “company.”‘”*

Slashdot ( http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/12/02/0130216/Somali-Pirates-Open-Up-a-Stock-Exchange?from=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29&utm_content=Google+Reader ) Reuters ( http://www.reuters.com/article/wtUSInvestingNews/idUSTRE5B01Z920091201?sp=true )

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It seems that the famous most massively played OMMORPG just recentlygave birth to an infectious disease. In some of the realms in warcraftworld a bug(disease) infected thousands of players, killing lower levelcharacters first and soon after higher level characters. Somescientists reckon that this is a unique opportunity to study humanactivity when an infectious outbreak has been introduced into an environment. I thought that this was both hilarious and interesting. This may offer insight on how humans act when confronted with the idea of an “outbreak”, also it brings up a good point that virtual environments may offer potential for studying human behavior.

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