Archives For February 2010

Life 2.0: Un Film Su Second Life

dottavi —  27 February 2010 — 2 Comments

Verrà presentato (anche) al Sundance 2010, è Life 2.0:

Every day, across all corners of the globe, hundreds of thousands of users log onto Second Life, a virtual online world not entirely unlike our own. They enter a new reality, whose inhabitants assume alternate personas in the form of avatars—digital alter egos that can be sculpted and manipulated to the heart’s desire, representing reality, fantasy, or a healthy mix of both. Within this alternate landscape, escapism abounds, relationships are formed, and a real-world economy thrives, effectively blurring the lines between reality and “virtual” reality.

Director Jason Spingarn-Koff digs deeply into the core of basic human interaction by assuming his own avatar and immersing himself in the worlds of Second Life residents, whose real lives have been drastically transformed by the new lives they lead in cyberspace. In doing so, he manages to create an intimate, character-based drama that forces us to question not only who we are, but who we long to be.

Dai video di ricerca ai film di ricerca… powerful. Trailer qui sotto.

Life 2.0 Trailer from TronicStudio on Vimeo.

Il Massachusetts Institute of Technology ha reso disponibile una impressionante collezione di video: MITWorld. Vi si trovano contributi di grandi pensatori su argomenti molto diversi. Io non posso trattenermi dal ripubblicare qui un intervento di Benoit Mandelbrot, “padre” dei frattali: Fractals in Science, Engineering and Finance – Roughness and Beauty.

Il video che vedete sotto è l’intervento tenuto alla DLD Conference da Baratunde Thurston, editor e web comedian di The Onion. Volevo usarlo come occasione per riflettere sulle ampie prospettive di rinnovamento del giornalismo – gli stumenti real time di cui parla lui ma soprattutto l’ironia, umorismo e satira che contraddistinguono quel giornale. E’ una sorta di nostro Vernacoliere ma di status e capacità internazionale. Hanno creato nuovi format e potenziato il filone del giornalismo umoristico (ricordate Rocketboom, Wallstrip o Mad Money?) come quant’altri mai. Avrei voluto fare un post ottimista e divertente, segnalando anche lo humor nero ma irresistibile del finto spot di Lars Von Trier che si sono inventati: in questa pagina. Avrei voluto, poi ho visto la versione che ne ha fatto Repubblica online, mettendoci la sua pubblicità e limitandosi a una rapida citazione della fonte senza link. E mi è venuto da ridere.

PS La copertina sulla Luna che compare a 00:55 è da non perdere…

Altri Mondi

dottavi —  24 February 2010 — Leave a comment

Riporto qui il testo di un annuncio trovato sul Guardian:

BBC Scotland Specialist Factual department is looking to establish a pool of science staff at all levels of programme making who are interested in making network science documentaries and magazine series. We are looking for experienced programme makers with a science background who would like the chance to develop science ideas into fascinating television for prime time audiences on BBC 1, BBC2 and BBC4.

We are looking for senior staff who have made network science shows and are interested in working on projects out of Scotland. We would welcome CVs from freelance, fixed-term and permanent contract staff. A variety of contracts and attachments will be on offer depending on commissions. At researcher level, we are particularly interested in scientists with some television experience. BBC Scotland is a vibrant, creative community of programme makers, and there would be opportunities for creative development in all areas.

Chissà cosa sta facendo la RAI.

Sbaglio o questa è la collezione di Repubblica di un po’ di anni fa?

via Clementine

Yahoo! Partnering with Twitter

 —  24 February 2010 — Leave a comment

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb 24, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — As part of its
ongoing commitment to be the center of people’s online lives, Yahoo
Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced a global partnership with Twitter
to integrate Twitter’s real-time social experiences with more than 600
million people in Yahoo!’s global network. The integration is part of
Yahoo!’s commitment to provide personally relevant information to
people, from sources across the Web.

This partnership includes three primary elements:

1) People will be able to access their personal Twitter feeds across
Yahoo!’s many products and properties, including the homepage, Yahoo!
Mail, Yahoo! Sports, and others, letting them check in more easily on
what’s happening with the people and things they care about while on

2) People will be able to update their Twitter status and share
content from Yahoo! in their Twitter stream, so they can easily share
their Yahoo! experiences with their friends and followers on Twitter.

3) Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! media properties like News, Finance,
Entertainment, and Sports will include real-time public Twitter
updates across a variety of topics. Yahoo! Search users will
immediately see real-time Twitter results today; go to Yahoo! and try
it out.

Tweet and shout: @yahoo pumps up the social volume
Today’s Twitter partnership, along with Yahoo!’s recently announced
Facebook relationship, will transform Yahoo! into a highly
customizable social experience that lets people bring together and
unify their activity from their many social experiences across the
Web. Because of these connections, anyone with a Yahoo! ID can update
multiple social networks simultaneously and stay in touch with the
people and information that matter most at every moment of the day.

“Let me try to capture the enormity of this integration in 140
characters or less: We’re turning the key to the online social
universe — you will find the most personally relevant experiences
through Yahoo!,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president, consumer
products group, Yahoo!. “We’re also simplifying people’s lives by
bringing their social worlds — and the world — together for easy

Add an exclamation point to your tweets
The Twitter integration also provides full access to the complete
Twitter public data stream, which Yahoo! will use to improve the
relevance and freshness of content across Yahoo! properties. This will
drive deeper user engagement, and create new and compelling
opportunities for developers, advertisers, and publishers.

“The information in one single tweet can travel light-years farther
with this Yahoo! integration,” said Twitter cofounder, Biz Stone.
“Tweets in more places brings relevance where and when you need it

The real-time Search integration is available immediately. Other parts
of the integration are expected to launch later this year.

SOURCE: Yahoo!

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