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Citizen Ex

May 29th, 2015 No comments

 

 

Citizen Ex profile pics from James Bridles email

 

 

I am astonished by and consumed with the notion, that we all have long been living in media for quite some time.

Many want to think of themselves as living in a world, the world we all call ours, while everyone is actually living in media. In an electric reality. TV series characters provide the feeling of confidence we once hoped to find in our family.

In midst of what consumes me, I received mail I subscribe to by James Bridle that immediately caught my attention. Here goes.

 

 

Citizen Ex

Citizen Ex starts with the notion of Algorithmic Citizenship: that our rights and allegiances can be as easily and dynamically assigned and manipulated as any other data. As you browse the web, it shows you where the websites you visit actually are, and what this means for your Algorithmic Citizenship.

You can download Citizen Ex from citizen-ex.com, where you can also find out more about Algorithmic Citizenship, and read the first of several “domain stories” I’m writing over the next few weeks, which explore the connections between the political and physical infrastructures of the web.

 

 

Algorithmic Citizenship

Your Algorithmic Citizenship is how you appear to the internet, as a collection of data extending across many nations, with a different citizenship and different rights in every place. One day perhaps we will all live like we do on the internet. Until then, there’s Citizen Ex.

 

 

Why De La Soul embraced kickstarter

May 24th, 2015 No comments

 

 

The story of three hip-hop legends who raised over $600,000 via crowdfunding by Pos

Pos commands the crowd at Coachella | Photo by Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

 

 

Why De La Soul Embraced Kickstarter

11,169 backers pledged $600,874 to help bring this project to life.

 

 

 

 

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Why De La Soul Embraced Kickstarter

At first, I honestly wasn’t sure if this would be the correct path to take. We were not sure if people would feel like we were begging for money, or just be turned off that a well-established group was taking part in crowdfunding. But after taking some time, looking into Kickstarter, speaking to artists who have launched campaigns themselves, as well as fans that have backed them, we saw that a large percentage of our fan base were very aware of the crowdfunding platform. We also saw that there were other established entertainers, musicians, and authors who had connected with their fans via Kickstarter and launched successful campaigns.

 

Be sure to read the full article by Pos.

 

 

De La Soul merchandise next to Decemberist stuff

De La Soul merchandise next to Decemberist stuff

 

 

How musicians cope with the paradigm shift

As adored readers may have notice, I keep looking into how musicians cope with the paradigm shift. Other times, I simply get sucked into a good story by something astonishing I haven’t yet heard about.

So yes, I noticed the shift on the so reliable, illustration art based Decemberist site, when it radically changed from being centered around what Peteski would call “I’ve got an art blog”. They even had a very involved huge following supplying them with Decemberist art doodles, album cover art, all amazing and well done!

Suddently the site shifted from user side content to a commercial merchandise shop type story. I trust, most everyone understood that the Decemberists had come to understand, that they can’t serve their audience if they fail to support the band members with some security.

 

 

World class claim made by Munich brand

May 19th, 2015 No comments

 

 

Product:

Agency:


 

 

„Weil es drauf ankommt wie es ankommt”

Can’t be easily translated in all its beauty and directness. What it means? “All depends on how something is being perceived”

A quintessential conclusion of what digital has educated us in or reminded us of. European tv commercials lend their content from the change of mind this early 21. Century, most immediately in the wake of digital directives.

Digital has introduced the advantage of having learned to love and hate usability with more than a decade of lead.

made in munich„Weil es drauf ankommt wie es ankommt” is discourse pop and a universal, dominant truth well told™, by which we are all exposed to the judgement of others while letting numbers do the numbers for accountability.

Storytelling is left to brands and their agencies, to the extent they succeed to have as many people as possible share their story.

It’s not best practice but the only practice. Same difference when arrival is everything?

 

 

60+ Awesome, Free Tools for Modern Storytellers

April 28th, 2015 Comments off

 

 

60+ Awesome, Free Tools for Modern Storytellers

 

 

Fantastic list of free web tools. Thank you sir.
Confirmed, I use most on the list and recommend you use them too. Preferably for your ideas that do.

 

 

Oregon

April 22nd, 2015 Comments off

 

 

BACK TO HIPSTER MUSIC

 

 

Callum & Cousins

Callum and cousins, Eugene, OR.

 

 

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

 

 

 

Hipster music virtuoso Sufjan Stevens has taken much out of the complexity of his early work, which made everyone buy a banjo and increased sales of the forgotten instrument. The new songs remind me of the way Elliott Smith used to sing. Not the singing exactly but how it is dramatised.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, my siblings and I were raised like tenants, to be honest. There was a total absence of intimacy in my family, though there was still a great deal of camaraderie among the kids. Things were set up almost like a business, and it had to be managed that way because we were really poor, and there were a lot of mouths to feed. My dad and stepmom never had real, consistent careers. They were just always making ends meet. There were rules and regulations and chores, but very little time for casual enjoyment of each other’s company. I don’t know if that sort of ideological approach to parenting was intentional, but it’s a little ironic that my closest fatherly companion is Lowell, a man who has no blood relation.

Excerpt from Pitchfork interview with Sufjan Stevens by Yan Dombal

 

 

Low self-esteem

April 20th, 2015 Comments off

 

 

Low Self-Esteem via The New Yorker

The New Yorker

 

 

During puberty one may allow oneself irritation as a living reproach to self-esteem. So be it. With the event of puberty you are shoved into cold water, and exposed to a great experiment that is not of your choosing.

Was Holden Caulfield suffering from low self-esteem? No, he was tuned in self-conception and had a sharp mind of great clarity.

I prefer self-conception over self-esteem. It goes without saying, is self evident, comes natural and generates itself without a thought. You need not bother, its automatic. I favour laziness over business.

 

Vignette

 

Since 2006, when for the fifth time, I tossed a small fortune, this time with the buy of real estate into the Berlin river Spee. A million Euro credit and six years later, my self-esteem still must regenerate. My self-conception is not affected. In the contrary, I know what to think of myself and worse, what to think of others.

 

 

“Procures for cash, as much as you can, no matter how”

Thomas Meinecke, excerpt from the “Sprengreiter-Poem”.

 

 

The web allows us to work at a pace we find fitting, even when we are slow. It’s a slow internet. I don’t come from the web but from hypertext. A technology that enables the web’s world wide spread. Hypertext holds skittischness and loss of context to its effect. It fragmented before fragmentation took place in the physical world. It’s visualisation resembles animations we have come to know from popular science classes. A sparkling diffusion of neurotransmitters when impulses pass the synapses by way of association.

Motivation is not social its shaped of capitalistic origin and upbringing. A paradox. Yet the commercial use of the web protects us from accusations of acting selfish and in vain. The author with a blog is less dirty since she promotes sales for her book. With western coinage it is considered noble and its imitation is recommended.

All falls into place if everyone looks after themselves.

 

 

Four unread messages

April 13th, 2015 Comments off

 

 

four unread messages

Four unread messages

 

 

  1. SAP and German Telekom, commissioned to define a standard for Industry 4.0, an initiative by the German government, marks the opposite of a solid decision. Both businesses have made a name for themselves with proprietary software. The web as we know it, owes much of its dynamic development to open source and the acceptance of a standard of usability defined by user behavior accepting such usability.
  2. Can algorithms do the math?
  3. End all sedate, self-indulgent twaddle, all eyes on usability.
  4. Knowledge transfer is broken.

 

 

Move over citizen journalism: here comes a much smarter future – By Stephen Khan

March 31st, 2015 Comments off

 

 

Move over citizen journalism: here comes a much smarter future

 

 

First off or perhaps there is a simultaneous development underway, the consumer is returning to being a citizen and continues to take on responsibility. When did the citizen become a consumer anyway?

 

 

Can I still post cat pictures?

Yes you can.

 

 

Launch of redesigned German Süddeutsche paper

March 28th, 2015 Comments off

 

 

EVERYTHING IS BEING REDESIGNED

 

 

Continuously creating new meaning for the brand.

This page has been updated.
Proceed?
Continuously creating new meaning for the brand.

 

 

Many people I know in person, prefer Germany’s Süddeutsche over other reputed German newspapers. It’s for its charming personality which comes with it’s usability. The agreeable journalistic style is a part of it.

Since Tuesday the paper’s new digital design is online including its entire print content and a paywall (10 free articles per week) in place.

 

 

SZ.de header

SZ.de Kopfleiste

 

 

While the dramatic news story unfolds of the crashing Germanwing plane, SZ.de updated both the key visual and the incoming news in near real time. I have never seen this with any other site. Reports including images and news were upgraded in from of the readers eye with the news breaking.

Even though updating has been a standard routine with news sites from the very beginning, I have never experienced anything in this form.

SZ.de collapses into a menu

SZ.de kollapses into a menu

 

 

As the reader diggs into relevant content and moves down the story line by line, the header collapses into a menu and remains stationary. Parallactic scrolling, a first with one of the most popular German newspapers. A best in class example, which has Chancellor Angela Merkel’s site as the only predecessor. SZ got it right as the header-to-menu switch supports usability rather than post-flash effects.

Blog DNA and international web standard with German websites—but is it true?

More on this as German websites evolve and are leaving behind bad design characteristic of the German language web.

 

 

Schindelhauer bike beauty

March 25th, 2015 Comments off

 

 

GERMAN ENGINEERING IS CHANGING FROM 4_WHEELS TO 2-WHEELS AND FROM MUNICH TO BERLIN

 

 

 

 

Schindelhauer Ludwig VIII:XI

Select image to enlarge. ©Schindelhauer Ludwig VIII:XI

 

 

As much as many car manufacturers have fallen behind with their interior design, bikes with no interior are standing out with astounding components: leather handlebar grip, Brook saddles, belt drives and more high tech engineering for everything else. New German engineering made in Berlin.