Quick book review…
I just finished reading Horns by Joe Hill. It’s a playful story about a guy who loses his girlfriend (maybe kills her) and wakes up to discover that he’s got horns coming out of his head and seems to be a bit more devilish than usual. People also can’t seem to notice or remember he has them and everyone tells him their worst thoughts. A journey of discovery ensues. A diversion.
Ok, on to the top five…
1. This week in augmented reality…
Filled with quite a bit of derivative stuff, but fun to see students being able to create this sort of thing. Apparently in the future we’ll ask for more advertising to fill our lonely days (ok, this happens already) and people won’t really even know how to pour hot water over a bag of tea by themselves (freeing their mind by removing this sort of maslowian neediness for more important things like that poster of Farrah Faucet that generations of teens have worshiped).
4. This week in What happens when you start to put cameras everywhere! The handheld game edition!
Ok, really? I thought the whole shortening the name of the product by removing extra e’s was over, apparently I was wrong. This one is all about joining a community of privacy hating people who don’t really want to meet you but like the idea of holding up a phone to your face.
Tiny German town that generates all its own heat and energy. Oh those tiny Germans.
Infoporn du jour
Charting the Beatles.
Mothership has landed, example 1, and 2. Mothership is a new spin out of a well known Hollywood production house. They are focused on pulling in hot talent to create “transmedia” branding and advertising campaigns. Yes, I’m afraid we’ll be hearing the word transmedia more often as people try to brand the act of branding experiences across interfaces.
The last paragraph or two, about people trying to push the “on/off” button on the car in an emergency is one of the more frightening design disasters I’ve heard about lately . I’m not going to even go into how bad it would be if you actually did turn off your car during a problem at high speeds.