Using a gesture control interface to get a (fake?) job

Turbulence@PaceDigitalGallery is presenting 3 performances this month. One of them, School of Perpetual Training is an “edutainment” website that uses your web cam and an avatar to guide you through training exercises, so that you can get a new job.

I don’t have a web cam so I wasn’t able to try it out. However, I do live in NYC, so I’ll try to make it over to the opening tomorrow. If you have a web cam, try it out and let me know how it goes.

Event Details:

Pace Digital Gallery is pleased to present Turbulence@ PaceDigitalGallery, an exhibition premiering 3 works commissioned by Turbulence.org :: April 7 – May 1, 2009 :: Reception: April 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm :: 163 William Street, New York City.

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I Met The Walrus – Manhattan Short Film Festival

I Met The Walrus, player

This week’s Manhattan Short Film Festival film, is “I Met The Walrus”. It’s an interview with John Lennon, portrayed graphically. I really like the interpretation the artist has with the graphics, sometimes being extremely literal but still funny. Click the image above, and head off on their site.

What’s important

Last Sunday our graphic design homework was to create some type of visual representation of our possessions, splitting them into things we care about and things we don’t care about. When I imagined this homework, I could not think of excluding the things that I used to own, very recently, in Houston. I actually didn’t want to do the assignment, because I felt that I had recently lost so much, in terms of property, friends, salary, change of lifestyle…etc. So when I approached this assignment, I could not imagine doing it in some type of sentimental fashion. I could only see the final outcome as something cold or clinical.

What I came up with is essentially a mock computer screen, representing a MySQL database dump of 3 lists. The lists fade in terms of importance (or non-importance), and the most faded list is the list of stuff that I no longer have. I decided to use a green screen, like DOS(?), like a command-line interface because it’s basic and the least comforting way to use a computer.

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Thoughts about being a SharePoint Administrator

In addition to being the new WordPress administrator, I’m also the new SharePoint admin for our project. I recently just got “Full Access” control over the current team site, but before I did I’ve been creating a demo site using my My Site. (And, actually, even if I did have access to the other site, I probably would have created my demo site using my My Site anyway – there’s just less risk of someone stumbling across it and/or me doing something screwy to someone else’s documents.)

The funny part is, I actually kind of like all this SharePoint stuff. At my last job, we were implementing SharePoint as an enterprise document management and collaboration system, for a very large company. Well, I’m only implementing an instance of a SharePoint site for a specific project, but once the word gets out that I know what I’m doing I’ll probably end up redesigning the SharePoint sites for the rest of the company. I guess the difference is that “enterprise” for my old job meant a 50,000+ employee base, not including contractors. At my new job, and for this instance of SharePoint, it’s for about 60 people. Big difference.

I think some of the reasons why I don’t mind it so much are: a) I do know what I’m doing and; b) I get to design it all my way. SharePoint can really get out of hand if you don’t have a clue about what to do, and it’s easy to get caught up in the endless maze of subsites and submenus. However, I’m finding that having a grip on the SharePoint, admin back-end makes getting a clear picture of what needs to be done and knowing how best to take care of it, a fulfilling task.