30 junho 2008

Geolocalização


Mediascapes are happening all around you.
Games, stories and guides that are triggered by your location.

29 junho 2008

HDR's


High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging: HDR images are composed of multiple shots that each capture a greater or lesser range of light. Typically these images are composed of a darker image, a medium range, and a lighter image. HDR combines these shots into a final image that has a broader range of light to dark. Often, the results are striking, visually rich, and full of details.

27 junho 2008

Uma pergunta:

Is Google Making Us Stupid? as we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.

24 junho 2008

A ver

Moodstream

Pecados in vitro


These red wine glasses are based on the 7 deadly sins. Each glass encapsulates a sin, which is revealed through the ritual of drinking. The ‘7 Deadly Glasses’ are about celebrating passion and encouraging the user to be sinful in a theatrical fashion.

23 junho 2008

22 junho 2008

21 junho 2008

PMOG

is the Passively Multiplayer Online Game: This game allows you to leave traps or gifts on any web page. You can also take missions across the internet, discovering new content while leveling up.

Sem clientes na China...


Mall of misfortune: the South China Mall, which opened with great fanfare in 2005, is not just the world’s largest. With fewer than a dozen stores scattered through a space designed to house 1,500, it is also the world’s emptiest – a dusty, decrepit complex of buildings marked by peeling paint, dead light bulbs, and dismembered mannequins.

20 junho 2008

Terminou o IV Congresso dos Jornalistas Portugueses

O blogue onde mais se acompanharam, discutiram e questionaram os medias e os jornalistas portugueses vai deixar de se "ouver".

O Blogouve-se foi, durante cinco anos, um autêntico programa de um congresso de jornalistas nacionais que não se realiza desde 1998. Na altura, dizia alguém: "[P]elas características da profissão, devem ser os jornalistas a estabelecer as regras. Só que, e usando uma comparação futebolística, o jogo pode ser ganho por desistência de uma das equipas. Esta complexa reflexão precisa de jornalistas atentos e exigentes, bem preparados, participativos e disponíveis para discutirem a sua responsabilidade social."

Foi o caso, até porque também eu, "Mesmo não partilhando a totalidade das suas posições, sempre entendi a postura do João Paulo na net como transparente - toda a gente sabe onde trabalha, foi talvez o primeiro a criar para o seu espaço um guia ético e técnico e sempre fez por apresentar declarações de interesse".

O seu futuro será decidido em Outubro mas, no regresso que se deseja, não será "para continuar a fazer o mesmo". É pena.

Homenagem

Exercício de envelhecimento

What Hitler and Marilyn Monroe would look like if they were alive today

Até tu, Darwin?


On the Origin of a Theory: Charles Darwin's bid for enduring fame was sparked 150 years ago by word of a rival's research: Leafing through the mail at his home outside London one June day 150 years ago, Charles Darwin came across an envelope sent from an island in what is now part of Indonesia. The writer was a young acquaintance, Alfred Russel Wallace, who eked out a living as a biological collector, sending butterflies, bird skins and other specimens back to England. This time, Wallace had sent along a 20-page manuscript, requesting that Darwin show it to other members of the British scientific community.

As he read, Darwin saw with dawning horror that the author had arrived at the same evolutionary theory he had been working on, without publishing a word, for 20 years.

Onde estavam Pinto Balsemão, António Costa e Rui Rio entre 6 e 8 de Junho de 2008?

Provavelmente aqui

no encontro de Bildeberg, onde o Former Prime Minister, o Mayor of Lisbon e o Mayor of Oporto, respectivamente, constavam da Attendee List, acompanhados desta gentinha (fotos daqui):




(nota: procurei mas não encontrei eventos em que os presidentes das câmaras de Lisboa e Porto tenham estado nesses dias por Portugal. Alguém ajuda?)

19 junho 2008

Grafismo de ponta(pé)

Onde é que o mundo, tal como o conhecemos, vai parar?!?

iPhone running Windows XP: Citrix used its thin client technology to demonstrate an Apple iPhone running Windows XP, at the recent Citrix Application Delivery Conference in Melbourne.

Media 2.0


TimesPeople is a new way to discover what other readers find interesting on our site — and to make recommendations of your own. With TimesPeople, you can share articles, videos, slideshows, blog posts, comments on articles, and ratings and reviews of movies, restaurants and hotels.

As autarquias de fora da comunicação social

[Fico curioso para ver as alternativas que vão encontrar... Passam a ser meios institucionais ou científicos?]

O Conselho de Ministro aprovou, também, os seguintes diplomas:

1. Proposta de Lei do pluralismo e da não concentração nos meios de comunicação social

Esta Proposta de Lei, a submeter à Assembleia da República, visa promover o pluralismo, a independência face ao poder político e económico e a não concentração nos meios de comunicação social.

Entre os objectivos da Proposta de Lei, cabe destacar os seguintes:

O primeiro é esclarecer as restrições de acesso dos poderes públicos à actividade de comunicação social. Assim, o Estado, as Regiões Autónomas, as autarquias locais e as demais entidades públicas não podem prosseguir actividades de comunicação social, exceptuando-se a titularidade de órgãos de natureza institucional ou científica, e o que respeita, naturalmente, à prestação do serviço público de rádio ou de televisão, ou a prestação de serviços informativos de interesse público por agências noticiosas, nos termos constitucionais.

Quando...

O grupo Impresa anunciou hoje a aquisição de uma participação de 51% na empresa 7Graus – Sistemas de Informação, proprietária dos portais de fotografia online olhares.com e zyeuter.com, um olhar para a FotoDigital: a revista portuguesa de fotografia

Find more photos like this on Shoot! The Day

O medo, o horror, a paranóia...


'Yes' to surveillance law: Swedish lawmakers voted late on Wednesday in favour of a controversial bill allowing all emails and phone calls to be monitored in the name of national security.

18 junho 2008

Jornais na Web e comentários anónimos

Newspapers Face Ugly Side Of Web Future: As newspapers rapidly embrace the Internet as a means of recovering readers they have lost in their print editions, they have mostly adopted the "open forum" values of the Web, which allows users to anonymously post comments on articles and news events. This has made newspaper comment boards a magnet for a small but vocal percentage of readers who openly engage in venomous personal attacks or racist sentiments.

But critics say that newspapers have been too slow to respond to the challenge of curbing hate-filled speech, either lacking the monitoring capacity, not wanting to discourage page visits to their websites or looking for means of encouraging more participation by readers.

This reverses the historic role of newspapers, which considered themselves guardians of civility and, for example, refused to print anonymous letters to the editor on the grounds that it would invite irresponsible speech that could not be addressed by other readers.

A tratar da saúde

Which country makes most trips to the doctor?

Para quem já tem o Firefox 3

Escreva about:robots na linha de endereços.



Deste Power User's Guide to Firefox 3

Publicidade aumenta, críticos não

Spending on cinema ads up; continued growth seen: Cinema advertising spending in the U.S. continues to grow at a rapid pace, jumping 18.5 percent to $539.9 million in 2007.

The latest data from the Cinema Advertising Council, whose members account for more than 82 percent of cinema ad revenue, shows 92 percent of total spending going toward onscreen commercials and 8 percent to other promotions in movie theaters.

On- and offscreen ad revenue in 2007 rose 18.5 percent each to $494.6 million and $45.3 million, respectively.

Rescuing the Critical Mass With 'Exile Cinema': As more than 30 film critics have abandoned or lost their posts since 2006, the discussion among many cineastes has evolved from confusion and disappointment to concern about the future: What will a world without print film critics be like?

17 junho 2008

Em Itália, afaste-se das câmaras de televisão, não seja Paolini...

Court warns Italian TV prankster: Guinness World Records says Mr Paolini is the world's most successful TV hijacker, interrupting 20,000 link-ups.
The court has also ruled that anyone who deliberately gets onto TV while standing in a public place can commit an offence even if they are silent and immobile.

É hoje!


The official date for the launch of Firefox 3 is June 17, 2008. Set a Guinness World Record

16 junho 2008

Produção, rapidez e fragmentos


CULTURA WEB: É uma obra monumental (891 páginas) o livro Culture Web. Création, contenus, économie numérique [...]
[Thierry Vedel] Indica ainda que os blogues não produzem informação inédita ou não criam análise nova, mas seguem a agenda dos media clássicos, com modelo editorial, hierarquia e tematização retirados destes (p. 70). Tais limitações dos blogues são compensadas pela sua rapidez, pela partilha e retransmissão de ideias, pela crescente legitimação dos novos modelos de apresentação da informação. Os blogues políticos, escreve Vedel no último parágrafo do seu texto, revitalizam o espaço público, mesmo quando não trazem soluções aos problemas e fragmentam ainda mais a opinião pública.

O que diferencia uma "direcção tablóide" de um blogue tablóide?

Uma direcção tablóide [num jornal com] uma fotografia em que aparece a cara do bébé raptado em Penafiel

versus

Criança objecto: Esta semana, com 14 anos, Elián González ingressou, com mais 18 mil jovens, na Juventude Comunista. Foi um dos oradores numa homenagem a Che Guevara. O responsável pelos pioneiros disse que a entrega do cartão de militante a Elián “tem grande simbolismo para a família cubana” e fez-se saber que Fidel Castro pedira aos professores para transformá-lo numa «criança modelo». Para mostrar ao Mundo, claro. Elián González não é uma criança. É uma vitória para uns e uma derrota para outros.

Num texto, a cara da criança é tapada; noutro artigo com outra criança, não. Porquê?

Blogopticon

Caras do sexo telefónico


Phone Sex Operators: Phillip Toledano’s new book Phone Sex (July 2008, Twin Palms) takes us into the boudoirs of nearly 30 phone-sex operators so we see their faces and also hear their stories—each operator gives his or her take on the business.

Concursos

Prémios de Ciberjornalismo: Podem candidatar-se aos prémios, cujos vencedores serão anunciados durante o I Congresso Internacional de Ciberjornalismo, no Porto, os sites de media noticiosos portugueses com actualização regular na Web: generalistas, temáticos, nacionais, regionais e académicos.

Prémio "Editorial APDSI - Sociedade da Informação": São admitidos a concurso trabalhos:
(a) que tenham sido produzidos e publicados na imprensa escrita portuguesa (nacional e regional) e/ou no ciberespaço (em blogues ou em sítios jornalísticos na World Wide Web), no período de 1 de Julho de 2007 a 31 de Junho de 2008;
(b) e que sejam da autoria de jornalistas e de alunos finalistas de cursos superiores de Comunicação, da Comunicação Social e do Jornalismo, ministrados por estabelecimentos de ensino portugueses e oficialmente reconhecidos.

15 junho 2008

Serviço público

Repetições virtuais do Euro 2008, com Portugal.

Ursos


Companies get OK to annoy polar bears: Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to annoy and potentially harm them in the pursuit of oil and natural gas.

Neo-ludita?

The Internet and Its Discontents by Michael Pastore, author of The Tao of Information - How to Simplify Your Life, Keep up with Technology, and Harvest the Internet's Essential Facts and Ideas in 30 Minutes a Day


Let us count the ways the Internet improves our lives.

1. Human rights are protected, and lives are saved. A woman raped in Pakistan, who surely would have been murdered for her crime of being a rape victim, is shielded from further violence and persecution, when the world hears and responds to her story via the Web.
2. Internet communities facilitate friendships and romance. A prospective spouse or hookup can quickly be found via the Internet, in spite of the quip of one cynical critic: “the odds are good, but the goods are odd.”
3. Scientific and scholarly research flourishes via long-distance collaboration.
4. Personal publishing proliferates: just when it seemed as if the crushing power of big print publishing would drown us under commercial propaganda, the Internet arose to give individuals a still small voice.
5. Strange cyberbedfellows unite for action. We can easily connect with like-minded individuals, and mobilize to do good work for the environment, or social and political causes and campaigns.
6. The Internet — along with YouTube, its wildest child — keeps our politicians and public servants a little less dishonest. YouTube may prove to be a terrific deterrent as high-ranking officials realize a simple truth of the digital age, first coined by Uncle Remus: “You can hide de fire, but what you gonna do wid de smoke?”
7. Email — faster than a letter, cheaper than a phone call, able to alert you to new messages with a bingle sound — allows us to effortlessly contact family and friends.
8. Terabytes of information are accessible to almost everyone.
9. The environment can be observed. One game preserve in China is completely monitored by cameras, so that its Giant Pandas can be watched on a website, by a small number of human staff — and experts in many locations — responsible for their survival.
10. Mundane tasks, such as shopping and bill-paying, are simplified — they consume fewer resources and less time.

The perils of using the Internet are no less tremendous than its benefits. [...]

The unexamined online life is not worth living. What we cannot find in caring relationships with other persons, we will never find through the medium of interconnected machines. Goethe, despite his enlightened culture at Weimar — ingeniously designed to nourish its citizens, and promote scientific discoveries and all the arts — needed to constantly remind himself about the simplest things. Remember to live.

13 junho 2008

7777


Port 7777: Hacker [?] can spoof UDP packets to this port in order to control the cable-modem.

12 junho 2008

Actualidade

How Truckers Could Save 2.4 Billion Gallons of Fuel Per Year: "The dramatic increase in diesel prices has led the trucking industry to reconsider aerodynamic fuel efficiency improvements that might not have been cost effective only a few years ago," said Georgia Tech's Robert Englar. "Though there are technical challenges ahead, we believe our techniques for improving fuel efficiency offer significant potential to reduce the impact of these fuel cost increases. Beyond the trucking industry, that would help consumers who see the effects of fuel costs in everything they buy."

Outras asas [pub gratuita]


BTW: quem inaugurou alegadamente o túnel do Marquês de Pombal em Lisboa?
A resposta:

09 junho 2008

...pedias

8 Best: Non-Wikipedia Pedias
Lostpedia.com: "The Lost encyclopedia"
Uncyclopedia.org: "The content-free encyclopedia"
Chickipedia.com: "The wiki of hot women"
Wookieepedia: "The Star Wars wiki"
Dickipedia.org: "A wiki of dicks"
Dealipedia.com: "The business deal wiki"
Congresspedia: "The citizen's encyclopedia on Congress"
Pedialyte.com: "Helps kids feel better fast!"

Nos Estados Unidos

Rating The Top 25 Newspaper Websites: The final judgment of a newspaper’s online edition is whether, using the advantages of the internet, is it better than the paper itself.

08 junho 2008

Água tónica

Heaven & Hell

Heaven Is An Amusement Park That Never Closes: This is what Heaven might have looked like in the Divina Commedia had Dante not been a medieval Italian intellectual, but a contemporary Californian comic artist, like Malachi Ward, who drew this map. In Ward’s vision, Heaven is a place very similar to your local amusement park. Only better: it never closes, you don’t ever have to leave!


Inferno by Dante: Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.

07 junho 2008

Coisas

Imobiliário

Trulia Snapshot allows you to browse photographs and details of properties for sale in the United States

Clinton, Obama, McCain e eu porquê?

Eu não me intrometo nas eleições presidenciais norte-americanas mas a candidata Clinton tem-me enviado alguns emails que agradeço. Desconhece que não posso votar nela, pormenor de reduzida importância, nem em Obama ou McCain. Também por isso fiquei chateado que estes dois não me tivessem enviado nenhuma mensagem personalizada, seja como retaliação ou sinal de vida.

Diz a campanha da senhora (candidata, esposa de um ex-presidente e mãe de uma provável candidata):
Dear Pedro,

I have been honored and privileged to work with so many dedicated people on Hillary's historic campaign. Your enthusiastic commitment to her campaign through the primaries has been inspirational.

As you know, Hillary will be holding an event tomorrow in Washington D.C. to thank all of her supporters, to express her support for Senator Obama, and to talk about the issues that have been at the core of her public service, the issues she will continue fighting for.

Hillary wanted to make sure her online supporters were a part of this special event, just as you have been a part of her campaign from the very beginning. So, we will be streaming it live over the website at HillaryClinton.com.

We invite you to visit our website tomorrow, Saturday June 7, at 12 p.m. EDT to watch Hillary speak live.

Thank you for everything you have done for our campaign.

Sincerely,
Maggie Williams
Campaign Manager


Para alguém que não "have done" nada por esta campanha, fiquei sensibilizado. Especialmente pelo meu alegado "enthusiastic commitment" como "online supporter"...

A sério, com este tipo de mensagem, parece que vai desistir este sábado.

[act.: Acertei: Clinton Ends Campaign With Clear Call to Elect Obama]

06 junho 2008

Lá como cá: uns rezam, outros fumam

Pray less, work more, says Islamic preacher: For Egyptian-born Muslim cleric and television host, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, there is a simple answer to Egypt's productivity problem - pray less, work more. [...]

According to an official study, Egypt's six million government employees are estimated to spend an average of only 27 minutes per day actually working, reflecting a real problem with productivity.

Qaradawi's fatwa is aimed at removing prayer as a pretext for not producing.

Fumadores alvo de processos de despedimento: Há fumadores que estão a ser alvo de processos disciplinares conducentes ao despedimento, no âmbito da Lei do Tabaco, que começa a ser usada como «instrumento» para dispensar funcionários indesejados. Os patrões falam em quebras de produtividade de 15 por cento e admitem penalizações laborais

Coisas difíceis de explicar

O jornal do futuro?


3030 Prototype:

Short and deep.

Newsy.

Smart.

Sharp.

Less of More

More of Less.

Analytical.

Easy to read.

Handy.

Caviar Journalism!

Mais um...


Microsoft's Ballmer on Yahoo and the Future
What is your outlook for the future of media?

In the next 10 years, the whole world of media, communications and advertising are going to be turned upside down -- my opinion.

Here are the premises I have. Number one, there will be no media consumption left in 10 years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no magazines that are delivered in paper form. Everything gets delivered in an electronic form.

Notícias de Portugal

World's biggest solar farm at centre of Portugal's ambitious energy plan: Portugal says it wants to develop a renewables industry to rival Denmark or Japan. [...]
Pinho dismisses nuclear power. "When you have a programme like this there is no need for nuclear power. Wind and water are our nuclear power.



Portugal among world's scientific elite?
: When Zachary Mainen told colleagues he was quitting his job as associate professor at a top U.S. research institute to pursue his career in western Europe's poorest country, they were puzzled.

The 39-year-old American neuroscientist in April swapped Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York for Portugal's Champalimaud Foundation.

"At first people were surprised I'd do that," Mainen said. "But after they heard what's going on, they were less surprised ...They were offering conditions comparable to what I might have in the U.S." [...]

Portugal, a European Union member with a population of 10.6 million people, has no tradition of scientific eminence. National spending on research and development is feeble, at less than 1 percent of gross domestic product, according to 2005 figures. That's below the European Union average of 1.8 percent and far off the U.S. average of 2.8 percent. The lack of funds and technology has long pushed Portugal's best scientists abroad.


[act.:THE TEARS OF A GENIUS: Football's Love-Hate Relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo
No one scores more goals, and no one plays better than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese player ought to be the star of the European Championship -- if only it weren't for his moments of insanity.]