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angel-app test system activated

we've been playing around a lot with our prototype (download available) lately. today, we noticed that the first data sperms have been injected into the googleverse:



note that in the meantime, we've switched ports for the public interface of the angel-app (from 9999 to 6221). port number 9999 seems to be reserved for worms, rootkits, and other evil TCP payload.

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harvesting April 1st hoaxes for future technologies
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FON in zurich

The collaborative, worldwide FON wifi system is now all over the place, even in Zurich... time to become a Linus or a Bill Gates?

ah, btw, this is from a post on joi ito's blog, where he mentions that phone wifi routers in the US can now be had for free.

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make way for the stumbling, flailing giant,

lest you be squashed as it falls:
For legacy reasons, an implementation using the 1900 date base system shall treat 1900 as though it was a leap year. [Note: That is, serial value 59 corresponds to February 28, and serial value 61 corresponds to March 1, the next day, allowing the (nonexistent) date February 29 to have the serial value 60. end note] A consequence of this is that for dates between January 1 and February 28, WEEKDAY shall return a value for the day immediately prior to the correct day, so that the (nonexistent) date February 29 has a day-of-the-week that immediately follows that of February 28, and immediately precedes that of March 1.
aahh, microsoft bashing.... how we will miss it once it's gone.
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Linden Lab To Open Source Second Life Software

from our dear friends over at reddit:

Linden Lab To Open Source Second Life Software

it may be just the viewer, but it's a start....

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Novelty and media art

Villö Huszai adds a smart reply to a recent newspaper article by Gampps (referenced, all in German) on the novelty of the Internet as a medium for art. If you want to see pictures only, you will see pictures only, wherever you look. But artistic innovation often appears as a participative process, a process that can be greatly enhanced by information technologies. As these technologies keep changing our working and leisure lives, art reflects the changes and has to take certain steps beyond, hence producing, as ever, the dilemma of contemporary art - new but hard to recognize. Actually: the newer the harder to recognize at all! While all innovators (in technology, business, or academia) have to walk this fine line, art innovators have a certain right to rely on interpretation - the businesses making the art markets.

etoy's consistent use of the hologram to certify etoy.WORK is a logical consequence of the participative process underlying innovation at etoy. If etoy produces a picture it can never be only the picture: in fact our "pictures" only document what WE do. And the artist signing it is the community of agents who contribute to the artistic endeavor. etoy uses technology to authenticate art produced in an ongoing participative process.
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Opening ISEA ZeroOne 2006

>> YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN MISSION ETERNITY - ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING OPEN CONTENT PROJECTS IN THE HISTORY OF ART.

ISEA and ZeroOne, the Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose, hosts the official launch of MISSION ETERNITY.
Location: Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Opening hours for the public everyday from August 8 - 13 / 5 - 10 p.m.

The glisteningly white MISSION ETERNITY SARCOPHAGUS shines in front of the Museum of Art in San Jose, CA. In close vicinity to mortal art, card board architecture, Californian palm trees and dedicated security guards, the SARCOPHAGUS performs its dateless duty of demonstrating deadlines that are here to be crossed by art.

Visitors are ushered through a sound gate into the SARCOPHAGUS after checking in to receive angel status. For security reasons, spiritual and physical, the individual visiting time is limited to 5 minutes inside the SARCOPHAGUS. Instable and spiritually impaired visitors are discouraged from entering the SARCOPHAGUS. Additional information material is available outside and etoy.AGENTS in white may be approached for information and initiation.

The MISSION ETERNITY SARCOPHAGUS is a mobile sepulcher for users who prefer to be buried at an indetermined geographical location. The mobile cemetery tank is a 20 foot ISO standard cargo container (6m long, 2.4m wide, 2.6m high, 4 tons weight) and potentially travels planet earth forever. The system allows for simple re-location of the mortal remains of up to 1000 M∞ PILOTS.

The SARCOPHAGUS is equipped with an immersive LED screen of 17’000 pixels that cover the walls, ceiling and floor on which the visitors can walk. It displays the ARCANUM CAPSULE content and functions as a public installation wherever the TANK
travels.

STORAGE ANGELS, CODERS, LAWYERS AND MORTAL REMAINS COURIERS CAN APPLY ONLINE FOR ANGEL STATUS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE MISSION.
> missioneternity.org/angels
Visit missioneternity.org for detailed project documentation, software download, and initiation protocols.

>>Infrastructure and organization

The festival and the local sponsors in the Silicon Valley contribute an abusive 3% to the production costs for this show. The remaining costs and risks are carried by etoy.AGENTS/SHAREHOLDERS and contributions came from foreign institutions including the Swiss government (Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia and Swiss Ministry of Culture). etoy expects that an art festival with a budget of 2.5m USD does not spend everything on administration but helps to finance the content production.

ENTER THE SARCOPHAGUS AND JOIN THE GROUND CREW IN WHITE - in front of the Museum of Art, San Jose CA.
Aug 8 - 13, 2006 / 5 - 10 p.m.



AstroGirl at flickr
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remote ctrl your mac with your cell phone

during one of the last presentations haefliger and me we were using a usb blue tooth remote ... very nice! it gives you the freedom to walk around and be more active on stage. i wanted to have one for our future shows but dont like to carry another item with me on my trips. then i remembered that my assistant in lausanne once used his cell phone to tele command his computer. i found an application: clicker from www.salling.com. it costs 20 bucks or so ... and also exists for pc i guess. i will test it.

it does not work with all phones - but many.
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so now that slashdot has officially been declared uncool ..

by its very own god, can i admit again that i'm a slashdot-addict? ;-)

Torvalds Has Harsh Words For FreeBSD Devs

linus torvalds flames slashdot
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WebDAV server with TwistedMatrix - Part 2 / X

this is a follow-up to WebDAV server with TwistedMatrix -- Part 1 / X where i have cleaned up the code somewhat. i can hardly believe that this is actually all you need to do:

from twisted.internet import reactor
from twisted.web2.dav import static
from twisted.web2 import server, channel

site = server.Site(static.DAVFile("/Users/vincent/Desktop/test"))
reactor.listenTCP(
9998, channel.HTTPFactory(site))
reactor.run()


you can now connect to your localhost on port 9998.

there are a few catches, though:
  • the twisted dav server is only DAV-level 1 compliant (i.e. it doesn't support locking). However, clients such as OS X 10.4's built-in DAV client require level 2 compliance (not that they really need it). a workaround is the following: in twisted/web2/dav/static.py change the following line as indicated in the comment:
    def davComplianceClasses(self): 
    return ("1",) # Add "2" when we have locking
  • OS X 10.3's built-in client (and likely 10.4's as well) as well as a bunch of other ones don't support redirection, which twisted does for requests on directories performed with a trailing "/" on the URI. consequently, directories are not (properly) rendered by the OS X 10.3 client (see the ticket). A workaround is to comment out the return RedirectResponse in twisted/web2/dav/resource.py .
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philanthropy versus charity

A worthwhile survey published by the Economist this week explores the trends in giving. According to a book by Claire Gaudiani, "The Greater Good", charity only eases symptoms while philanthropy invests in solutions to problems.
The question for the etoy.FUNDRAISER is now: does art solve problems or is the underconsumption of art mearly a symptom of the busy contemporary?
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