Monday, October 23, 2006

NN International Excercise RULES, 2006 Fall

The International Exercise
"Put yourself in the picture, in the place."

1. Students are formed into an international team (one London student, one Philadelphia, one Tokyo). Some students in London and Tokyo are members on more than one team to give each Philadelphia student a team. London and Tokyo students, I thank you for your extra effort.

2. Students introduce themselves by email.

3. The team decides on an orientation/topic to pick for the photos of themselves in the city, see suggested list below.

4. Each student on each team must submit 4 pictures of themselves in the city in the context of the orientation/topic

5. Each student provides 10 seconds of audio commentary that covers all 4 pictures.

6. The team collaboratively decides the presentation order of their audio/photo collage i.e London/Tokyo/Philadelphia or Tokyo/Philadelphia/London et cetera or a mashup if the team desires.

7. Each team submits as their final 12 photos + 30 sec. of audio to Steve Bull (steve[[at]] with CC: your individual instructors.

8. Steve Bull will turn each team submission into an image montage (video) podcast.

9. Neighborhood Narratives will have an international set of 18 (or so) 30 sec. podcasts totaling 9 minutes.

10. Exercise due: Nov. 7.

Game Centers
Bars & Pubs
Transportation (trains and/or buses)
Community Sports
Sentos (public baths or saunas/spas)
Interior Design
Convenient Stores
Street Performances
Foreign Cuisine
Junk Food

NN International Excersise TEAM LIST, 2006 Fall

Team "alpha"
Timothy McDermott, Benjamin Brandau, Tyler Haywood

Team "beta"
Andrew Garraway, Michael Giambra, Cheryl Jenkins

Team "gamma"
Danielle Buxbaum, Jessica Akiya, Kane Albarron

Team "delta"
Zachary Cunningham, Michael Giambra, Kali Karagias

Team "epsilon"
Michelle Doner, Mariko Hashimoto, Justin 'Ephie' Weldon

Team "zeta"
Meghan Gunning, Matthew Hein, Tyler Haywood

Team "eta"
Lana Herman, Goro Ikeda, Kaitlin Reinbold

Team "theta"
Andrew James McGinley, Ken Ishii, Keith Gettle

Team "iota"
Stephanie Matush, Yasuka Kase, Kevin Krutz

Team "kappa"
Timothy McDermott, David Kellom, Caitlin Davis

Team "lamda"
Andrew Garraway, Takuro Maruyama, James McClung

Team "mu"
Danielle Buxbaum, Nicholas Palmigiano, Karin Wolok

Team "nu"
Zachary Cunningham, Mari Saito, Robert Lukasik

Team "xi"
Michelle Doner, Mihailo Tanasijevic, Nick Duroy

Team "omikron"
Meghan Gunning, Benjamin Brandau, Ahmad Miller

Team "pi"
Lana Herman, Jessica Akiya, Aaron 'Dell' Booker

Team "rho"
Andrew James McGinley, Mariko Hashimoto, Lisa Laydon

Team "sigma"
Stephanie Matush, Matthew Hein, Josh Clough

Team "tau"
Timothy McDermott, Goro Ikeda, Adam Russell

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

NN Assignment: Put Something Here MOBILE

1. An event/activity Put Something Here MOBILE
2. Documentation of 1.

Documentation no more than 5 minutes, less is good.

Due: Tuesday, October 24, 2006.

Mobile intervetion in the city.
Putting something into motion.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Design a Critical Solution for the Neighborhood

Assignment due Oct. 17, 2006, Neighborhood Narratives

Design a critical solution for the neighborhood and post on your blog. Expressing yoiur design in text is an option, sketches and/or photographs illuminating, audio interesting, video is another presentation form....

This is based on the proposal of the Homeless Vehicle by Wodiczko as presented in the reading/handout -- and here's a link:
or google: 'wodiczko critical vehicle' to find other links.

However, don't take this assignment literally! Wheeling a vehicle into class would be okay, but the assignment is more about brainstorming a design approach to the issues raised by Wodiczko, such as 'memory of the nameless' and 'tradition of the vanquished' and 'everyday a new history needs to be written...announced by the stranger' et al

Critical Vehicle  by Wodiczko
Critical Vehicle  by Wodiczko

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ringtone Pursuits

Yes, I'm probably getting tangled providing user generated ringtones. Sign my NDA if you want more details. In the meantime, follow me down a path to get a ringtone by an industry standard method.....

I open my SquirrelMail email browser to discover the usual spam with gleams of gold of email I want to read. One subject line in a slice-o-spam grabs my attention, "Get todays best ringtones for your phone" and I open the email to discover a girl-in-a bikini gif animation and the following text: Unsubscribe Here
402-612 Boleskine Rd.
Victoria, BC
V8Z 1E8

Note:) In the faint text that indicates writing a letter to Hong Kong might stop this daily email....

So I click thru to open a new browser window at where I find the same pretty girl in another bikini and instructions and TERMS AND CONDITIONS to download a complimentary ringtone. I'm a little suspicious ;) because the complimentary ringtone seems to require a subscription.
Here is the web page:


Sequential order of company/URL involvement in above two step scheme:
"Ringtone JAMJAM"
Ringtonejamjam P.O. Box 89252, Kowloon City Post Office, Hong Kong, 402-612 Boleskine Rd., Victoria, BC, Canada V8Z 1E8

I'm through with this research step.
Now that I re-read the language and detail within the T-n-C and I don't think I'll be getting that complimentary ringtone for $19.99/month. I now proceed to follow up on Sales Hunt proposal, finishing more vodcasts for the recently released New-York Historical Society cell phone / iPod tours, and delve into a cost analysis of my diverse portfolio of art and product.

PS: Forgive the chopped up images above, alas an artifact of copying code from one source into another.

PPS: 2006.12.02 I killed the webpages and images as they were actively seeking their masters...