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Cory Greenspan / Alan Doctorow ? The CAPTCHA Did it!

CogDogBlog - Sat, 2014-03-01 19:39

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine

For today’s ds106 Daily Create, Got CAPTCHArt? the challenge was to make some art out of those crazy “prove you are a human” devices.

Captchas are not quite as easy to find any more with interesting words. I have some in my flickr from the grand old days when you got real jumbled words, and sometimes freaky combinations, including this unlikely combination of names

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine

I wonder what happens when one puts Cory Doctorow with Alan Greenspan? I used the portrait of Doctorow in his office that Jonathan Worth made available (creative commons) in the For the Remix project.

Wikipedia has a public domain portrait of Greenspan, at a very similar pose- in front of bookshelves.


I brought both into Photoshop and resized Greenspan to overlap Doctorow (with the transparency on the layer low enough I could see both). I did a bit of distortion on Greenspan to get his face to match up to the shape of Doctorow. I then split Greenspan’s image in half down the nose, deleting the right side, and did some more warp work to line up the glasses and the nose of the two men. On Greenspan adjusted the saturation down and tinged him a bit to match the sepia tones of Doctorow.


But they were reverse in order from the captcha, so I merged them into a layer, and flipped it horizontal.

They eerily merge! I put the captcha on top, with some transparency.

To make it complete, I found a quote from Greenspan

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.

and one from Doctorow

Put simply, I want to treat my readers as partners and not crooks. There is no future in calling your most active promoters crooks.

I mixed and matched the sentences to put words in their mouths.

In the absence of the gold standard, I want to treat my readers as partners and not crooks. Put simply, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no future in calling your most active promoters crooks; and there is no safe store of value.

Are you scared now? DONT MESS WITH CAPTCHAS!

I might have nightmares of the irrational exuberance of a kid who is time-rich and cash-poor.

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Leaving Your Own Domains

CogDogBlog - Sat, 2014-03-01 15:42

In August 2013, I summarized the status of the domains my previous 81 students at UMW had made. Few from 2012 kept their domains, and then, at 6 months after the Spring 2013 class had ended, 20 out of 22 of the blogs from the Spring 2013 class were still there.

That was then.

While looking for some examples of student blog posts today, I returned and found only 6 were still online, or 27%– 16 domains were expired.

It’s not a judgement, and I hold on to the idea the a Domain of Ones Own means One Can Delete the Domain Whenever One Wants To. I do however, feel the loss of the record of that body of work, the links from the assignment bank will need a run of my reaper script.

And maybe its no different from my own educational experience; I tossed every notebook, paper, and artifact of my undergraduate experience.

I can guess a few reasons- this group was still the year of the DoOO pilot; many of the students were seniors, and so are not needing it for this year, and I know of at least one who just did not read their email and missed the expiration notice.

And of the six that are still online, they do not surprise me. They were among the best students in the class, who maybe seemed to grasp that the experience was broader than just a course (I may be projecting, sue me).

The concept is just such a new idea to not just teachers, but students. The value of having a public web space of their own history does not seem to happen to a bit more down the road. It will be interesting to see how this progresses with DoOO being more established for UMW students.

A blog doth die, it maketh one to cry.

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Adobe Joins President Obama’s ConnectED Digital Literacy Initiative

Adobe Featured Blogs - Fri, 2014-02-28 03:01

Today, I’m fortunate to be visiting the East Room of the White House to be with the winners of the first-ever White House Student Film Festival and their parents, along with cool celebrities like Kal Penn and Conan O’Brien. Without a doubt, this is one of the best things about my job at Adobe – seeing  what students are creating with digital media tools. The winning videos lined up for today will undoubtedly be impressive.

Unleashing creativity in all students and teachers is critical as we prepare this generation for the careers of the future. Today’s students live in an increasingly digital and visual world and must do more than just consume digital media. They must create it in order for their ideas to take shape and their voices heard.

Today, Adobe is happy to announce that it is joining the Department of Education and the President’s ConnectED initiative by making world-class creative tools available to schools across the country, along with innovative professional development and curricular resources to educators. Adobe has committed over $300 million to help advance digital learning, teaching, and administration in 15,000 U.S. schools.

This is a continuation of Adobe’s longstanding commitment to education. Over the past 20 years, Adobe has empowered K12 teachers and students and celebrated their creativity:

The Adobe Education Exchange is the largest online community of creative educators. 127,000 teachers from across the globe connect with each other, learn from free professional development, and explore standards-based resources.

Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation’s global initiative to ignite young people’s creativity through the power of storytelling with digital media. Youth develop original media that highlights an issue they care about, identify solutions, and in the process, foster critical creative skills and a passion to make a difference. Since the program’s launch, more than 5,000 educators and 150,000 youth from over 58 countries have developed original, thought-provoking digital media.

Adobe applauds the President’s bold vision for U.S. schools. We share ConnectED’s goal that all students should have access to the world of ideas and the tools they need to build the future.

Charting Spring Via Flickr Flower Photos

CogDogBlog - Fri, 2014-02-28 00:43

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine

This is unreal, February 27, and the flowers are out on my plum tree. I knew it was crazy early, but was curious about the dates I had posted first plum tree flowers in previous years. Well actually I tweeted something about this, and Tony Hirst prompted me to futz around with my photo data

@cogdog do you tag consistently (ie can tags be harvested and bring with them dates)?

— Tony Hirst (@psychemedia) February 27, 2014

I had not tagged them consistently, but using the Flickr organizer, I was able to find the first photos each spring, and tagged them firstplumflower

These dates where:

  • apr 3 2006
  • mar 27 2007
  • apr 4 2010
  • apr 2 2011
  • apr 4 2013
  • feb 27 2014

I was also able to come up with data on the first daffodil flowers, tagged as firstdaffodil

Not content with that, I put them in a spreadsheet, and for comparison, converted the dates of each to the day number of the year:

and charted up nicely….

So what have I shown? Probably not much. Over a long time period there is likely an average first day that the data here is fluctuating about, even with today being more than 4 weeks earlier than previous for the plum blossoms.

I was intrigued that I had this data, though with the caveats:

  • I was not living here full time until 2008, so before that year was dependent on the weekends I came up yo Strawberry
  • I was not here at all in 2012
  • It assumes I took a photo of the first flower, I might have missed it by a few days.
  • The dates selected the first open flower, not just the buds
  • It’s interesting that the plum flowers came out first in 2014– usually the daffodils are the first flower out of all. What does this mean?
  • The plum tree was trimmed only in December of 2011 and 2013
  • I could do this for tulips as well… usually out about 2 weeks after the daffodils.

Still, as I think Tony was suggesting, if this was done by more people, in different location, it might be something worth doing less manually then my lame charting.

Mmmmm data….

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The Adobe Guide to SXSW 2014

Adobe Featured Blogs - Thu, 2014-02-27 19:33

A huge event for tech, film and music – SXSW is filled with so much creativity that of course we have our Adobe fingerprints all over it. Here is a rundown of where to find us, how to connect with us in person and online, activities we want you to join us for, and the places we can all hang out.

Be sure to follow #AdobeSXSW for updates and information. If you need even more details, our site is filled with them. See you in Austin!

Need a place to take a break from sessions? Head on over to the Razorfish #UseMeLeaveMe Digital Campground. You can even map yourself over to us. From 4-8pm daily there is a Happy Hour where you can grab a bite and a drink. Be sure to bring a buddy and get in front of our green screen to create a personal Austin videogram you can share with the world. Need a ride back to town? You may be able to jump on a free bike.

Are you a web designer or developer? Join our annual Creative Camp on Friday March 7 in the Riverside Ballroom at the Radisson Town Lake. There are five sessions all about shaping the modern web. Food and drink will be served too.

All you video pros and those of you just starting out, join our Digital Video team at their booth during the Film Festival, in Exhibit Hall 4 of the Austin Convention Center. Get live demos from Creative Cloud workflow experts discussing the latest apps. Jason Levine, Adobe evangelist for video apps/Creative Cloud, is leading a start-to-finish workflow session “Come and Capture: Capture, Cut, Color, Deliver.” The team is also moderating a panel with SoulPancake CEO and executive producer Shabnam Mogharabi and her team.

Students and Teachers attending the SXSWedu Festival should go to Adobe’s panel on fostering and inspiring creativity in a new generation, “Creativity in Education: A Call for Transformation.” Also, don’t miss our Creativity in Education Meet Up to network and learn about creativity in education.

Adobe executives are all over Austin this year, and here’s what they are speaking about:

Why Software Companies Should Care about Hardware – Join VP of Experience Design Michael Gough as he and others talk about why companies known for creating incredible software (like Google & Adobe) are boldly pushing into new territory by creating hardware.

How Open Licensing Is Transforming DesignScott Belsky, co-founder & head of Behance & VP products-community at Adobe will join a panel discussing the idea of letting non-clients steal design work (!). A crazy notion before, today it’s a big part of how designers network, collaborate, and create.

Privacy Under the Covers: The Naked Truth – Our chief privacy officer Meme Rasmussen is taking on a controversial and important topic. Hear her break down the misconceptions around data privacy. She will share the stories from leading voices in marketing sciences and legal privacy fields about digital data privacy issues. Learn what data is being collected and how it’s being used.

Interested in all the #SXSW sessions around Adobe products, themes & memes? Go here for a complete list.

DS106 Assignment Bank Theme: Now With Syndication Options

CogDogBlog - Thu, 2014-02-27 11:13

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I’m pretty sure which trail I am… My progress on finishing the beta ds106 Assignment Bank as a WordPress Theme proceeds in slow lurches, no need to reach for the glacial metaphor. But it should be nearing a more public ready beta test at some indeterminate epoch in the future.

The work yesterday was to redesign the options for setting up syndication to bring examples for an assignment into the site. My thinking was originally to closely tied to the way we have set it up on ds106. And that way was tied to the original approach for building it, which of course, was Martha Brilliant. In that set up, we used FeedWordPress on FeedWordPress, or as described before, syndication of syndication.

  1. All participant blogs fed to FWP in the grand master aggregator
  2. The Assignment Bank then subscribes to category feeds from (one feed for each kind of assignment, e.g. the tag for DesignAssignments).
  3. The assignment specific tag could then map it to the right assignment.

It works, though the need for (2) above was driven by the way tags were created for an assignment, an incremental counter tacked to the assignment type. I found it easier (and more definitely unique) to just tie the assignment specific tag to the databased/post ID.

Anyhow, it dawned on me way too late (the difficult trail of my own making), that most use cases would not have an external aggregating site, that it could be easier to install that locally into the site.

I have it working now, with three ways to set up the site:

(the options in the red box only apply to the third case, and when I get fancy will be toggled off if either of the other 2 options are selected

1. No syndication. Not everyone wants to run things this way. You can still enable a way for people to enter their examples via a web form. Or not at all; in this ultumater mode, the site owner can enter them directly into the Wp admin.

2. Local FeedWordPress The assignment bank itself runs as a FWP aggregator. In this mode, blog writers need only use the assignment specific tag.

3. External FeedWordPress The ds106 type set up, where an aggregator is used maybe for more than just this purpose. For this setup, we no longer need the assignment type tag; but there is a single general tag writers would use to “tag” it as a post that should go to the assignment bank.

So the “bankds106″ tag (or whatever tag you desire) flags it to be grabbed by the Assignment Bank, so the FeedWordpress install need only subscribe to one feed, say — in a super idealized world, I would make that another theme option and have it register with FWP. but that can be later. Adding a single feed is not too terrible, is it Martin?

The main setting for FWP in either case is to map the incoming posts to be the custom post type I have setup for examples. There might be 3 or 4 other settings the site owner would need to do.

I ran some simple tests subscribing locally to my blog, and adding some tags for post assignments / post tutorials

and both of these came in and connected to the appropriate assignment.

I then set the option to use as an external syndicator. I took the liberty of adding the tags to a few aggregated posts by friends, and connected the tag feed to my test site.

The one on the left is from a photo post by Stephen Downes, and the right from Marian Funes.

This was of course a super simple test, but it’s a step. There is no reason why you could not switch from one mode to the other, once aggregated, the content is all the same.

The next big step is to work on a plugin that will allow a local aggregating site make it easy for participants to add their blog to the mix. On ds106 we use the one Martha made, and requires Gravity Forms. A problem with it is that people who add their feed URLs cannot ever edit them. My idea has been to lift some code that Martin Hawksey did that adds a feed url to a wordpress user profile, so people make accounts on their site. Whenever they change that feed url, it triggers an action to add/update the feed in the hokey list notes data structure used by FWP (yes Tim, it is kludgy).

What I would like to add are some category checkmark options a site admin could set up, so a person adding their feed can indicate an affiliation (course? project? mooc?) for their feed content- these would be the extra tags that FWP can add to all syndicated content.

What is left includes:

  • forms to add the examples/tutorials directly (a small extension of the form that works now to add an assignment)
  • All of these forms sadly need a captcha, I get regular spam now (I have options so all submissions are in draft mode)
  • the plugin described above to feed enrollment (done as a plugin because it will be useful elsewhere)
  • plugin to add a shortcode to list the blogs the sute subscribes to (this works already on, just need to turn it into plugin, or maybe just add to the functions of the theme)
  • For my own interest, a function to map the unique assignment tag to th assignment itself, ot assignment type. It sounds easy, but its a two step process.

And there is a wad of documentation to be added.

I know FeedWordPress is quirky and the support seemingly spotty to absent. But it just works (mostly). The way it tracks feed information on the note fields of links is klunky. But keep in mind that in principle RSS is “really simple” as a concept, under the hood, the variations and variations of published feeds is mind boggling, something I wrestled with since 2002 with running Feed2JS (itself using a really old parser that just works).

Feeds are really really really messy. Trust me.

If a better approach emerges, it should be able to be added with a bit more trail work.

I have a few more ideas that can come later, this list already gives me a headache. I might be done by 2019.

No sooner. I want this trail to be ready for other people

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What Poverty Teaches Us About Creativity

Adobe Featured Blogs - Wed, 2014-02-26 12:50

Photo by Sam Mohan from his “Autochthons of 16.233305/74.599995″ project:

It was a beautiful day as I slowly meandered through the alleys in one of Bangalore’s slums.  A mechanic was putting together an old motorcycle engine while the owner intently stood watch over him.  An old man was wearing a look of extreme boredom as he sat next to a mat with some refurbished toys he hoped to sell.  A small group of children were chasing each other around in bare feet as women in saris busily went this way and that carrying pales to fill with water, bags overflowing with grain and baskets containing fruit to sell.

In a strange way that moment felt almost idyllic.  I knew that virtually everyone I saw lived in abject poverty, yet they filled me with hope.  They did not seem beaten down by their circumstance, but rather appeared to have carved out a sustainable life despite it.  I felt like I was witnessing a parallel existence – one I was aware of as a young boy living in India thirty years ago and had rediscovered after reading “Creating a World Without Poverty” by Mohammed Yunis.  I already knew the next few hours would evolve my understanding of social responsibility, but I had no idea how a chance encounter with a mother and her son – who had nothing but a TV and a VCR – would change my understanding of creativity.

Read the full post on Medium here.

Mum is the Word

CogDogBlog - Wed, 2014-02-26 11:41

Originally published by me at CogDogLab (see it there)

We do not say the “M” word. We do not say the “M” word. We do not say the “M” word. We do not say the “M” word. We do not say the “M” word. We do not say the “M” word. We do not say the “M” word. We do not say the “M” word. We do not say the “M” word.

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine

“Did you say something?”



Ignore this silliness, testing some syndication mojo

CogDogLab is a blog I used to experiment with that platform and as a backup blog just in case this one is misbehaving!

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Is Engineering Interesting?

Adobe Featured Blogs - Wed, 2014-02-26 11:33

Randhir Singh is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Noida, India. He participated in AYV at Noida Public School. Randhir is currently studying Civil Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra in Kurukshetra, India.

I know the Theory of Relativity and Einstein’s equations boggles even those who have chosen engineering as their career, but I made a bet that when it comes to the practical sessions and workshops, engineering would become really interesting. And this is what I found out. Want to see how? Come…

AYV Scholar, Randhir Singh, at work

Workshops generally give us a gist of practical information and exposure to every part of a job we do in Engineering. Here “job” is not the usual term we use in our day to day lives but refers to anything we create in workshops and during practical sessions. In my case too I got this exposure and tried my hand on various tools like the lathe machine, bench vice, and welding set to create jobs related to machine, fitting, welding, foundry etc.

Let me explain to you how interesting these shops were and what I learned from them, how I tackle my problem and the overall workshop experience and problems.


Welding Shop

Many of us have never even held a welder in our hands and this too was my case. I had no past experience of welding. But our instructor made it really easy for us. The main problem was that you are not supposed to look at the light coming out of it. Thank God we had our goggles and masks. But it was not enough, the Iron sheet attracted the welder many times. This was the most irritating part, but after three classes I finally got it.


Fitting Shop

This was probably the toughest and most laborious workshop for me. Transforming a circular hole created in a thick iron piece by using triangular files, round files, flat files etc. Rubbing, rubbing and rubbing until I got the perfect shape. No matter how much I perspired, it was still the most interesting job for me.


Foundry Shop

This was the easiest and dirtiest job we did and it reminded me of my childhood when I used to play with dirt. Wow… in this job we were taught to make a molding of a pattern using rectangular frame and foundry tools.

I still am learning techniques to improve my expertise in each job, the only bad thing is that this class is only once in a week.

But, guys, engineering is really interesting, and if you are keen to find logic behind every day to day happening, then you should surely adopt it as your future. Last but not the least, thanks to Adobe Youth Voices for this scholarship, which made it possible for me to start my college degree in engineering this year and learn such amazing and creative things here.

Thanks a lot!!!


New Old New Media Art

CogDogBlog - Wed, 2014-02-26 01:35

The LAST thing I should be doing now is tossing out another unpaid project to work on, but oh well, I cannot help myself.

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine

I was in Cambridge MA in 2010 for a meeting, and visited the MIT Press bookstore where I got these two books. The 2006 published New Media Art intrigued me both for its collection of web-based art projects, but also that it was focussed on the early part of web history, which in many ways was mine too, from the early 1990s into the 2000s.

The book has sat idly on my coffee table, and a “one day I might do” idea percolated- to revisit the 35 some sites in the book, to see if they even still existed, if their funky old code worked, and explore them in context of the quote/unquote modern web. It seemed like something worth doing as a tumblr site.

For some reason, tonight I sat down to at least set it up (and in the process get more familiar with), so here comes (re) New Media Art

I plan to try and revisit a site a week (like that schedule will hold up) as a new post. I might was well go in order, so tonight, I wrote up Life Sharing (200-2003) a mind blowing experiment of uber openness. The pair of artists turned their primary home/work computer into an open server, so anyone could not only see, but also manipulate anything on their computer– emails, work proposals, credit card statements. Kind of like making PRISM un-necessary.

It was a crazy project.

That’s what artists do.

I don’t have much to stand on as an art critic, and when you read through reviews of the book, you find raves and dismissals of “just net art”. Whatever.

I’m mainly intrigued in finding out how many of what are vintage web art projects are still even alive, and of those, which might still be functional in 2014.

There is also a lot of interesting ideas on the forward, and putting these pieces in previous (video art, and the earlier Dada-ists ) and later forms (modern game art). The hinge point here was how the low technical level of entry, the global reach, made it an art form anyone could do, not just those with heavy video production expertise.

Compared to other forms of New Media art, Net art was relatively inexpensive to produce, and therefore more accessible to artists with limited financial means. Many of the core technologies, such as the Apache Web server and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), were available for free. All an artist needed to make Net art, besides ideas and technical skills, was a computer (even an old one would do), a modem, and an Internet connection. Although such connections were expensive for those who lived in countries where local telephone charges were high, many New Media artists found ways to access the Internet for free through public libraries, universities, and corporations. For many New Media artists, day jobs as programmers or Web site designers provided access to the tools of production (computer hardware and software), speedy Internet connections, and in some cases, valuable training.

I am finding so much here relevant now, e.g. the section “From Appropriation to Open Source”

In New Media art, appropriation has become so common that it is almost taken for granted. New media technologies such as the Web and file-sharing networks gave artists easy access to found images, sounds, texts, and other media. This hyperabundance of source material, combined with the ubiquitous “copy” and “paste” features of computer software, further eroded the notion that creating something from scratch is better than borrowing it.

Do you think this might have any overlap with ds106?


I’ll use my syndication tricks to bring in the tumblr posts to this blog, tagging them renewmediaart. Because I can!

Lastly, I was really excited to find that co-author Mark Tribe has made the entire book available in wiki format on a server at Brown University. I can dig it.

My only reason is the curiosity and nostalgia of mainly the 1990s era of the web, like Radio Free Linux which had a text to speech synthesizer broadcast to FM radio the entire Linux kernal, a performance that lasts more than 590 days

And ’cause that is the era I got to live through.

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Life Sharing (2000-2003)

CogDogBlog - Tue, 2014-02-25 22:08

Originally published by me at (re) New Media Art (see it there)

Technologies: Debian GNU/Linux, HTML, Javascript, Flash, Python
Current URL
Wikibook Chapter:

Much as an office with its books, correspondence, and files reflects the interests and activities of its occupant, so, too, the contents of a personal computer can be seen as an intimate portrait of its owner. Because our computers contain so much personal information, we protect them from prying eyes with passwords, firewalls, and encryption software. In Life Sharing, a project commissioned by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the European New Media art duo 0100101110101101.ORG, a.k.a. Franco Birkut and Eva Mattes, turned their private lives into a public art work. From 2001-2003, they made each and every file on their computer, from grant proposals to incoming e-mails, available to anyone at any time via their Web site. This daring piece, whose title is an anagrammatic play on the term “file sharing,” is an exercise in transparency, an act of data exhibitionism on the part of the artists that turns viewers into voyeurs

In an era of privacy paranoia, government spying on its own citizens, identity theft as a familiar problem, the idea behind Life Sharing may be more radical today. 

Was this such a naive time? Maybe less titillating, Life Sharing creators Eva and Franco Mattes went far beyond the voyeuristic camera eye view into student Jennifer Ringely who launched JenniCam in 1996, posting regular still images every 3 seconds to the web, stopping in 2003.

Putting your mundane and private moments on the web as snapshots is one thing, letting anyone use your computer, read your email, access your financial records seems much more naked then Jenny.

In January 2001 we started sharing our personal computer through our website. Everything was visible: texts, photos, music, videos, software, operating system, bank statements and even our private email. People could take anything they wanted, including the system itself, since we were using only free software. It was not a normal website, you were entering the computer in our apartment, seeing everything live. It was a sort of endurance performance that lasted 3 years, 24/7.

Previously we were re-using and mixing other people’s work, while now we were sharing everything with everybody.

Working with a computer on a daily basis, over the years you will share most of your time, your culture, your relationships, your memories, ideas and future projects. With the passing of time a computer starts resembling its owner’s brain. So we felt that sharing our computer was more than sharing a desktop or a book, more than File Sharing, something we called Life Sharing.

No social network existed at the time, and Life Sharing felt rather absurd, if not plain wrong.

While no longer directly available, the archive site provides screenshots of what the system looked like and samples of its content. The Mattes extended the project by wearing GPS transmitters which posted their location as well to the server.

And they also connected their mobile phones to the server so anyone could monitor their conversation.

This may sound preposterous to borderline (or well over the border) insanity, but how brave is the world of art to reverse the typical fear of loss of privacy, to make their lives a question of— what it it totally did not exist? If everything is available, does that mean privacy is a non-entity?

A New York Times article from 2001, ARTS ONLINE; Your Life Is in Your Computer, for Everyone to See suggests the intent of the project

Despite this cautionary note, the project is meant to illustrate a utopian alternative to living online behind a wall of digital defenses. The couple champion the open-source computing movement, which is based on freely available, communally developed software instead of commercial products.

As copyright holders struggle to preserve the integrity of their intellectual property on the Internet, the artists are offering their creative activities to all comers, with no fees involved. Because the programs on their computer are openly available across the Net, copyrights are not violated when they are downloaded.

You can see on their web site today, a plain as plain theme a Wordpress blog can have, the continued arc of this work via Our Work Got Stolen - is it life imitating life imitating art? Their gallery installation was stolen, and all that is left is a laptop on a madder with footage of the theft.

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Revisiting the early net art… where are they now? This is…

CogDogBlog - Tue, 2014-02-25 21:09

Originally published by me at (re) New Media Art (see it there)

Revisiting the early net art… where are they now? This is what I hope to do here.

35 web art sites from the 1990s and early 2000s- HTML, perl, flash, shockwave, wired plants, linux radio… from to Jodi to RSG to Torolab, I will explore each site, or what remains of it, in a new post.


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New integration of DPS and Experience Manager Drives Consistency Across Rich-Content Mobile Apps and Web

Adobe Featured Blogs - Tue, 2014-02-25 15:03

Today, we’re excited to announce a new solution that enables brands to create and deliver consistent experiences for customers across content-rich apps and the Web using one set of assets. The combination of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and the market-leading Web experience management solution, Adobe Experience Manager, helps organizations streamline the production of interactive, content-centric apps.

With the integration of Digital Publishing Suite and Experience Manager, organizations have a solution that allows them to:

  • Author compelling app content faster—using the intuitive, drag-and-drop interface of Adobe Experience Manager, creative assets can now be seamlessly added to responsive HTML templates, which are then synced with DPS.
  • Decrease publishing costs across channels—contributors across the organization – creative teams, production staff and business managers  – can now leverage approved creative assets for delivery into content-centric apps, reducing dependence on Web production and design staff. They can ensure more timely delivery of content with greater control over mobile brand experiences as well as the ability to quickly update content as needed.
  • Maintain a consistent brand and user experience—production staff can ensure brand consistency across Web and content-centric apps by using approved, versioned assets that are centrally located and managed through Experience Manager’s Digital Asset Management.

“DPS and Adobe Experience Manager make it significantly easier for publishers and brands to produce consistent, rich content for customers on mobile and the Web. Delivering interactive magazines for mobile devices and content for the Web used to require separate assets, teams and time,” says Nick Bogaty, head of digital publishing, Adobe. “That’s now a thing of the past. The combination of our tools will arm savvy CMOs with a tremendous advantage.”

Lord Abbett, a U.S.-based money management firm, is using DPS and Experience Manager to create a thought leadership app distributed to customers, delivering information about market trends and analysis and keeping them engaged with the firm. With the DPS and Experience Manager workflow, the firm accelerated its time-to-market for the Lord Abbett Perspectives app by 50 percent.

“At Lord Abbett, we continually look for ways to connect with our customers and employees, no matter what mobile device they’re using. By leveraging DPS and Adobe Experience Manager, anyone on our content creation team can now develop and deploy content across all of our properties,” says Steve Reilly, director of digital communications, Lord Abbett. “What’s more, we are able to manage our digital assets seamlessly—ensuring a unified look and feel, while simplifying workflow and gaining production efficiencies.”

Additionally, Condé Nast is using the combination of Adobe technologies to accelerate production of its iconic Vanity Fair title for the iPhone. “Adobe DPS is the go-to solution for publishing our magazine apps on mobile devices,” says Emily Smith, director of operations for corporate editorial, Condé Nast. “The integration of Adobe Experience Manager not only enables us deliver a consistent Vanity Fair experience on multiple platforms, we have advanced our on-sale date by five days.”

Finally, by Adobe—a website offering news, expertise and insights for senior marketing executives—is using DPS and Experience Manager to develop special editions of its content for tablets and smartphones, extending the reach of its content to a wider audience.

In addition to the new integration with Experience Manager, DPS also offers full app measurement capabilities from Adobe Analytics, part of Adobe Marketing Cloud. The combination of DPS and Adobe Marketing Cloud allows publishers and businesses to create, deliver and measure rich-content mobile apps, ensuring the most impactful content reaches the right audience.

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 This post was previously published on the Adobe Digital Marketing blog on February 27, 2014.

Updated Flash Player 13 and AIR 13 betas on Adobe Labs

Adobe Labs - Tue, 2014-02-25 14:07

Updated Flash Player 13 and AIR 13 betas, code named King, are now available on Adobe Labs.

The Adobe® AIR® 13 provides developers with a consistent and flexible development environment for the delivery of out-of-browser applications across devices and platforms.

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Adobe® Flash® Player 13 drives innovation for rich, engaging digital experiences with new features for cross-platform browser-based viewing of expressive rich internet applications, content, and videos across devices. This beta release provides access to the Flash Player 13 runtime for Mac OS and Windows desktop environments.

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Photoshop Camera Raw 8.4 on Adobe Labs

Adobe Labs - Fri, 2014-02-21 12:22

Photoshop Camera Raw 8.4 for CC and Photoshop Camera Raw 8.4 for CS6 release candidates are now available on Adobe Labs, with new camera and lens profile support for Camera Raw plug-in users.

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