The original vision of BFJ5's Participate system was an idea I'll call Social Flower (it never had a name). The idea was to create a game where you go around collecting petals to complete a flower. Each "friend" you add gives you another petal. When you complete a flower, you get an animated flower on your profile, that displays your friends' photos when you touch the flower. Maybe it would become a virtual group photo of sorts. The idea was that there was an aesthetic reward for completing the flower.
I liked, and still like, this idea because there is a start and end, and it's not that hard to achieve the end. Moreover, the number of slots is a limited resource, so you have to think a little harder about who will be on the flower, and who will be left out. (Maybe let people have multiple flowers?)
Here are three Mac-style busy indicators, or spinners, running at three speeds.
There's a new small house trend on the horizon. It's partly an aesthetic rejection of the McMansion, but there are probably some economic factors underlying it.
Here's a funny post about how Bill Watterson's being ripped off by vocal Christians. (Note that the article is wrong. Watterson is not a Mormon, or a Christian, or "religious." Read the interview.)
Cool site about gated communities.
I don't really get why I think this is funny, but it was made with the Jamcam and some gimp work.
Age of Chance, Kiss, 7", VG. Color PS, $8
Rocked/glammed out version of Prince's then-instant-classic.
Kate Bush, Running Up That Hill, 7", Color PS, G, $5
The sample is Under the Ivy, the B side. I'm not sure if the buzz is from recording, or from the disc (which appears clean).
Kate Bush, Cloudbusting, "7, Color PS, VG, $5
The sample is the B side, Burning Bridge. Someone might dig it. The sample is at 22Khz, 16bits, so it sounds fuzzy.
Siouxie and the Banshees, Israel, 7", F, $10
7" 33rpm record with a star of David on the label. 1980 release on Jem Records. The B side, Red Over White, isn't that good. The A side, however, is very good early postpunk gothic rock. The condition is Fair, because the sound is full of loud scratches (listen to the sample).
Talking Heads, Cities, 7", G, Color PS, $15
They really shouldn't have made light of Muhammad, especially when their cartoons have no redeeming satiric value. Now, they've opened up the floodgates to mockery of Danes.
I just saw this movie. I really liked it, and it made me feel good. Queen Latifah turns out a great performance. The themes of self-denial, work, good food, and the overall anti-rich-people vibe resonated with me.
I finally got onto Second Life, the virtual reality game where you take on an "avatar" and play in a 3D universe.
What I've learned is that if you relieve people of their physical bodies and "go virtual" they will choose to get perfect, thin, tall bodies. They'll use these hot bods to play a lot of bingo, go to goth clubs, and gamble at a casino. If you run out of money, you can work as a dancer, stripper, or "escort". If you can draw, you can make tattoos or avatar clothing.
This doesn't quite measure up to the hype.
The back cover of White Zombie's Astro Creep 2000 has an image that looks a lot like the rabbit from Donnie Darko. What's up with that?