Entry Sixteen

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It looks like we are starting to wrap things up for the end of the term, but the building of the web series will not stop over the Christmas holidays.

We were told to put a hold on our book reading assignment for more pressuring matters such interviews that must be completed for next week. I am going to be doing some basic research on Rob Spence (eyeborg) for BODIES/ROBOTS. There is also many interviews that must be transcribed for next week as well.

I still continue to read ‘Collapse’, since it is such a long book that is for the most part book of case studies (which take a certain amount of active listening).

Also! We have seen the finished trailer and cut piece, but again this could be all up for debate we are presently choosing another name for the web series. ‘Digital Life’ is now in the lead.

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Ramona has asked us all to brain storm in reference to the name of this project. Ramona explained that she likes the meaning of Inter_Face (the original title), which represents the fine line between technology innovation and the human experience, but we need something that may be easier to search.

So on that note I started a google doc for the team to be able to compile and throw ideas into. Here is what I added:

Synonyms for Innovation
Notion, Alteration, Shift

Synonyms for Human
Mortal, Animal, Humanistic

Synonyms for Filter
Screen, Distill, Refine, Sift

Synonyms for Inferface
Merge, Unite, Intermix, Join
Antonyms
Divide , Separate

Synonyms for Communicate
Convey, Spread, Suggest, Signify, Transmit, Impart, Connect, Discover

*Impart (can be ‘I’m Part’, “I’m part of…”)

Synonyms for Connect
Couple, Join, Bridge, Wed, Hook, Ally, Unite, Attach, Cohere,

*Bridge (bridge b/w ppl, the new bridge of tech. we are crossing)
*Hook(sns are hooked into us, what are we ‘fishing’ for with our hook (haha))

Also Ramona added in FWD and Virtuality, which I responded:
I like FWD (FWD is nice b/c it is in the sense that we are moving fwd but not ready or tech. is so fwd but some are too ahead while others want to RWD) and Virtuality – Nadja

We will see if the title Inter_Face is here to stay or not.

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So we were given another mini-assignment from Ramona and that is too read one of the books from the following list of books:

1.) Collapse, jared diamond
2.) Bowling Alone, robert putnam
3.) A Short History of Progress
4.) Alone Together, sherry turkle
5.) The Roving Mind, Isaac Assimov
6.) A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, john seeley brown

From this list I picked Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond. This book is explained pretty well in the title but this book looks at understanding societal collapses and how environmental issues can contribute to this. One example of this is ‘Easter Island’ which is a Polynesisan island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, made by the early Rapanui people. Within Diamond’s book he suggest due to environmental degradation, extreme deforestation destabilized the Eco-system, and other issues lead to the fall of the Rapanui civilization.

I look forward to reading this book and making notes while I read. I am able to read this book on my tablet this go around as well (yaya me).

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So this plan I had was very last minute but was absolutely worth it! After doing my research on Scott Heiferman, the creator of Meetup.com, I felt that it would be appropriate to find a meet up and attend it as well.

Being a participating lover of board games since this past year I decided to see if there were any meet ups in the general TO downtown area. Coincidentally there was a meet up group happening at 6pm @ 401 Games on Young street, which is the store I purchase a majority of my boardgames from. I had witnessed card players (card games such as Magic, Pokemon etc.) playing downstairs and knew there was an area upstairs as well, but the meetup was a surprise to me. The meet up was located on the third floor of 401 Games and even though the inside rooms may have been shabby it was easy to see these players were there for the social aspect and just appreciated the free space to play.

I talked to one of the co-host of the meetup since the official host was not present. To my surprised I discovered that the host of this meetup are also the owners of Snakes and Lattes Boardgame Cafe located near Bathhurst station. The co-host expressed they would have no problem with interviews or being filmed at their meet up.

Everyone was very inviting and welcoming to me even though I was a stranger (who came completely alone). The insisted I join a game and also attend a tournament happening at Snakes and Lattes on Monday. Everyone is willing to play with anyone who will participate and teach games to any new comers (which is great for starters of board games). And when I say boardgames don’t think monopoly…here are some titles of games that are featured at this meetup:
Agricola
Carcassonne
Puerto Rico

After this very positive meetup experience I am going to look for another meetup in the downtown area. Maybe something to do with the Mom’s of TO.

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The latest project complete for inter_face was streeters filming for the trailer that was to be complete and presented for November 4th. On November 1st I volunteered to help with streets on the following day. I my surprised this also involved rounding up about 5 people to participate in the streeters. After facebooking and calling Ryerson students I sadly only showed up with one person. I myself was asked questions for streeters shots and another participant who arrived from a different inter_face peer.

We continued doing streeters on Friday, November 4th and I was able to bring three people to participate, two of which were a couple. I was included again in these streeter shots; I answered questions and also b-roll shots of texting on my phone with my boyfriend. All of my participants showed up and was a successful streeters session. I am very great full too those who helped me on such short notice.

I will say I was half expecting streeters to be more of a ‘random’ format than having the chosen participants. Though this helped with getting proper sound by having them more involved. We are supposedly continuing with streeters through out the month. It is now my hope to complete a meetup on my own time and present it to the team.

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Today we had a meeting to discuss the New York Singularity Summit and what direction we are heading

We are now in the process of developing Streeter Questions that we can get rolling within the next two weeks (before it become too cold outside). I myself had already started developing questions before the meeting. Read the following:

– How connected do you feel to your phone? 1 being very low and 5 being high.
– Do you feel panicked if you cannot find your phone right away for forget it at home?
– How often do you use your phone and what do you use it for?
– Do you get your news from newspapers(paper or digital)/tv/radio or social networking sites like facebook and twitter?
– Are you on any social networking sites? If so, do you feel disconnected or ‘out of the loop’ if you do not check them at least once during the day?
– Have you ever ‘unplugged’ by choice? As in turned off technology such as phone, internet, music player etc.
– How do you feel when you see a notification from your email, phone, facebook etc. ? Do you feel excited, anxious, dreadful etc?
– What is your opinion about facebook? Do you feel it is a good social network site, why or why not?
– Would you ever consider going ‘off the grid”? As in withdrawing from social networking and cellphone?

We are also encouraged to get a hold of one of the Meet-Up groups and attend one of them. Get a hold of a member and document them going to the meet up. I think I may try this with the gameboard meet up that I discovered (I posted it in ‘entry ten’). Ramona is looking to start putting together a trailer as well with the footage we have and making cut pieces.

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Here is more research completed for Monday’s meeting…

Some stories about individuals who were fired due to activity on their facebook

all story blurgs from here

Story 1
Gloria Gadsden, an associate professor of sociology at Pennsylvania’s East Stroudsburg University, enjoyed cracking wise on her Facebook account. In January she wrote, “Does anyone know where I can find a very discreet hit man? Yes, it’s been that kind of day.” In February: “Had a good day today. DIDN’T want to kill even one student.” Gadsden’s University, made aware of the posts, found reason to be alarmed given the tragic events at colleges in recent years. The school put Gadsden on indefinite paid leave that lasted a month before she was allowed to return in late March.
Gloria Gadsden (ggadsden@po-box.esu.edu)
Associate Professor of Sociology

Story 2
Lincoln, NE – Three corrections officers at the Nebraska State Penitentiary are under investigation. Bob Houston is the Nebraska Director of Correctional Services. He tells Action 3 News he and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office are looking into whether or not the officers posted derogatory comments on Facebook about what may have happened inside the prison.
Caleb Bartels is listed on a Facebook page as a discharged U.S. Marine and corrections officer. A posting on the page says, “When you work in a prison, a good day is when you get to smash an inmates face into the ground. For me today was a very good day.” Several people responded to the posting including people using the names of two officers who work at the state penitentiary; Shawn Paulson and Derek Dickey. Officers Bartels, Paulson, and Dickey have all been suspended without pay.

Story 2 again
http://www.omaha.com/article/20100225/NEWS97/702259829
Guards suspended over posting (& other stories) by Paul Hammel

Story 3
Dan Leone, a Philadelphia Eagles stadium operations worker, was unhappy with the NFL team’s decision to let Brian Dawkins, a safety, sign with the Denver Broncos. So Leone vented to his pals on Facebook, declaring: “Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver … Dam Eagles R Retarted!!” He later deleted the post, but the Eagles fired him over the phone a few days later.

Story 3 again
http://articles.philly.com/2009-03-09/sports/24984311_1_leonard-bonacci-brian-dawkins-lincoln-financial-field
(article)Contact columnist John Gonzalez at 215-854-2813 or gonzalez@phillynews.com.

Story 3 video

Story 4
When 16-year-old Kimberley Swann decided to chronicle her new job as an office administrator at Ivell Marketing and Logistics in Essex, U.K. on Facebook, she didn’t waste any time. Her first post read: “First day at work. Omg (oh my God)!! So dull!!” Two days later, she complained, “All I do is shred holepunch n scan paper!!!” Her boss discovered the posts three weeks later–and fired her.

Story 4 again
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/essex/7914415.stm (article)

http://www.ivell.com/
(company that fired Kimberley)
Ivell Marketing and Statistics (Steve Ivell)
14 Crusader Business Park
Stephenson Road West
Claction-On-Sea
Essex
Co15 4Tn
U.K
Tel: +44 1255 687500
Fax: +44 1255 687501
email: mailto:info@ivell.com

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Meet-Up Groups


Mom Meet up – I am Happy Project

Happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy. Happiness comes from deep within, and not from people, situations, or circumstances.
According to Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Diego:

“When an individual becomes happy, the network effect can be measured up to three degrees. One person’s happiness triggers a chain reaction that benefits not only his friends, but his friends’ friends, and his friends’ friends’ friends. The effect lasts for up to one year.”
Since whatever we focus on grows, the aim of this group is to help members focus on happiness and to spread it at every opportunity.
If you are a happy person and want to socialize and network with other happy people, this is for you. If your goal is to become a happier person this group is for you. If you want to contaminate others with your happiness, this group is definitely for you. Visit http://iamhappyproject.org for more information or ABC news segment on “I am happy project spreading smile” at http://tiny.cc/news10 (video is on top right side of screen). Wondering what to expect, check out one of our meets in Roseville at http://tiny.cc/Happiness

Boardgame and Social Meet up – Board Game
The Toronto Board game and Social Meetup Group is all about making new friends and learning new board games through casual, non-competitive events. We sometimes bring out traditional and party games, but most events are focused on the Euro-style strategy games which aren’t as well-known, like Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Ticket to Ride, Stone Age, and Settlers of Catan. Anyone interested in board games is welcome to attend any of the events on our calendar. We have many members who are always willing to teach their favourite games and the games have a wide range of lengths and complexities, so don’t hesitate to come out and try something new. We would love for this group to also have regular events for other types of games like card games, party games and traditional games. If anyone is interested in running something like this, please contact one of the organizers. There is no cost to joining the group, and we do not charge a fee for our events since the founder, Jackie He, covers all the fees for the group. However, donations are welcome and go towards expanding the group’s gaming library. Toronto Board game and Social owns: Risk 2210, Steam, Lost Cities: The Board Game and Power Grid.

Meet up – World of Warcraft Toronto
I’ve been the GM of a medium-core local Toronto based guild called Arm of Hades on the Vek’Nilash server for roughly 4 years. A core of 20-25 players in the guild are from the Toronto area and we love the fact that we can meet up monthly for pints and to shoot the breeze.Figured it might be cool to see if more local players were intersted in joining the Arm of Hades community 🙂
Who should join:
– Players looking for a group of locals to hang with and chat WoW
– Local players looking for a Raiding environment where half your team is local

Georgetown Geeks and Gamers Meetup
Georgetown Geeks and Gamers are a group of like minded individuals who enjoy any or all aspects of Geek and Gamer culture local to Georgetown, Acton and, Milton with members in Brampton and Mississauga. We get together to discuss, review, and generally share knowledge about all the topics of interest to geeks and gamers.
• If you play board games, war games, and role playing games, you should join Triple G.
• If you read comics, anime, and graphic novels, you should join Triple G.
• If you like video games, classic arcade or console games, and pinball, you should join Triple G.
• If you enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, or horror movies, you should join Triple G.
• If you dig gadgets, computers and the internet, you should join Triple G.
Meet Ups are informal for now and held locally in Georgetown Ontario Canada with thematic game days being planned for monthly meetups.

Hacks Hackers Toronto
The worlds of hackers and journalists are coming together as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires.J ournalists call themselves “hacks,” someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds. This group is to bring all these people together — those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload, all their work has become even more crucial. This group aims to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures. Please also check out our blog at http://hackshackers.com

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Here is also some links that I posted in the general research topics:

Here is an article (that was shared with me by a lovely individual 🙂 ) that talks about a new ‘Face and Iris Recognition App’. The article talks about how this app scans faces that will identify people through social media sites photo posting like facebook. They said the police will have access to this app to help catch ‘bad guys’ b/c the app can also access things like SIN numbers :S basic underline, has our privacy been compromised in-order to have the joys of social media sites?

AND

Here is a video of a digital character named Milo that interacts with humans on the level of conversation. It is said in the video that people who expierence Milo’s company become immersed in his world and develop a real relationship with this character.

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Here is the research that I did on Scott Heiferman, the Ceo of meetup.com

Bio
In 2005, Scott received the Jane Addams Award from the “National Conference of Citizenship”
In 2004 M.I.T Technology Review awarded Scott ‘Innovator of the Year” for his work with Meetup

Article
Scott Heiferman, co-founder and CEO of Meetup, a New York-based web start-up that facilitates in-person meetings for people with shared interests, says the idea for his company was spawned by September 11.
“When the towers fell, I found myself talking to more neighbors in the days after 9/11 than ever before,” he says in an e-mail statement. “People said hello to neighbors (next-door and across the city) who they’d normally ignore. People were looking after each other, helping each other, and meeting up with each other. A lot of people were thinking that maybe 9/11 could bring people together in a lasting way.”

Nine months later Heiferman launched Meetup, which now has almost 10 million users and 100,000 Meetup groups around the world. “Meetups aren’t about 9/11, but they may not be happening if it weren’t for 9/11,” he says.

Article
He tells The Wall Street Journal that after reading the book Bowling Alone, he started “thinking about local communities in a new era.”

book
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community – by Robert D. Putnam
(New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000). In a groundbreaking book based on vast data, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures– and how we may reconnect.

Article
I developed with a co-founder, was a company called Fotolog, now a social network that is big in South America. The other was Meetup, a way for people to self-organize locally. I pulled a team together and we started Meetup.com in 2002.
People have organized more than 200,000 monthly Meetups in more than 100 countries.


Interview

Q. What is your secret sauce?
A. If you told me eight years ago that we’d still be heads-down innovating here, I would have said you’re crazy; I don’t have that kind of attention span. But I’m more excited than ever. In January we plan three annoucements, including a radical way for businesses to connect with Meetups. So the secret sauce is we genuinely care and are excited about what we’re building. It’s also our perseverance on details, and a willingness to blow it up once in a while.

Q. What do you mean by ‘blow it up’?
A. For example, we went from free to fee five years ago; it was a bet-the-company moment. Everyone said we were crazy. At first we lost 90% of our activity because every Meetup required the organizer to pay for it. It was a quality filter as much as a revenue model. Now we’re much bigger than when we were free and it’s a sustainable, profitable business.

Q. What’s next: when will you sell or go public?
A. My dream—not speaking for my board, team or investors—is to build a great private, independent company. We’ve got a good thing going and want to keep building it, but I’m not ruling anything out.

Article
When Heiferman initially thought of forming Meetup, he never had any idea how diverse the site’s user base would become. Suddenly groups of witches, pagans, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses — and even supporters of political candidates — began popping up. This included a then-obscure Illinois state senator named Barack Obama, who had decided he was going to run for the United States Senate. Obama’s team wound up creating a website — with Meetup’s logo located on the side — where it was stated that he would be campaigning via meetups.

Video
Meetup co-founder & CEO Scott Heiferman recently smashed an iPad on-stage with a sledgehammer. But why? “I love Apple, I love the Internet, I love screens,” says Heiferman. “I’m a little afraid that we’re getting, at least speaking for myself, way too addicted to the screen.”

Video
Heiferman tells Dixon Facebook makes “great product (Dixon agrees) … it’s an elegant beautiful product and what else matters?” He then adds, “I don’t trust people in our industry who don’t use Facebook” saying “it’s the soul of how hundreds of millions of people are really experiencing their first time of participating online.” However, as the two round out their conversation Heiferman also expresses doubts that Facebook will maintain its dominance indefinitely.

Their discussion weaves into the topic of the singularity. Heiferman suggests that “the real singularity is when everyone on the planet has a phone and is connected and is on Facebook or however that social networking happens, and what gets unleashed when that happens, we can’t even imagine.”

Article
President Obama wants to launch a new spirit of service and community.

In an unprecedented blitz against social awkwardness, Meetup.com and The Huffington Post have decided to hand out half a million name tags to the crowd at Inauguration. The name tags read “Hello, My Fellow American, My Name Is…” and attendees are to write-in their name, where they’re from, slap it on their coat in the cold, and have some conversations with Fellow Americans.

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So between Tuesday and Wednesday (today) I have had 3 meetings. We have decided to put a hold on our general topics till the New York Singularity trip had been done with. We have now been assigned individual people to research that will be at the Singularity Summit; I have choose to research Scott Heiferman, the founder of meetup.com. This site connects people with similar interest online in-order to connect them offline.

The had a meeting with the social media team as well and we talked more in depth about the user interface and the levels of users (high, medium, and low). We need to now come up with potential setups/layouts for the portal.

I just had a meeting with Ramona today to discuss my notes concerning ‘Program or be Programmed’ and my notion of ‘Does Social Networking sites effect the development of Adolescents’. Much of want I was focused on was ‘how do we make youth understand the benefits of being unplugged’ when I was reading Program or be Programmed. After reading this book it become my concern that there will be individuals born who will not be able to compare what life is like before cellphones, facebook etc. I want to look into this concept because from what I have found so far, there is not a ton of research to these notions. So now it is my job to start developing questions for a segment on a ‘streeters’.

We won’t be having a meeting for about maybe two weeks.