Eclectic Curiosity


Interdependence Commencement

Posted on June 7th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Tiffany Shlain’s UC Berkeley keynote commencement speech…

1 Million FPS

Posted on October 11th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Some remarkable slow-motion footage:

(Thanks Ask)… more

Punk Rope

Posted on June 17th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Recess was the best, wasn’t it? Ah, well, here’s a pretty cool program out of New York that seems to be recapturing that fun and exercise for a wider audience: Punk Rope!

Punk Rope Salutes March Madness 3-31-09 from Tim Haft on Vimeo.

Punk Rope is a playful mash-up of recess and boot camp that’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Each class is a unique blend of creative calisthenics, group conditioning drills, relay races, rope jumping, and core training. Students come in all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. Everybody is welcome! more

Banksy in Bristol

Posted on June 14th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Banksy at the Bristol City Museum. Brilliant, yet again.… more

Hello Wave

Posted on June 2nd, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

If you haven’t done so yet, set aside 80 minutes and watch the preview that Google delivered last week of its forthcoming Wave communication platform. You’ll be hearing a lot about it soon, I’m sure. Wave may very well replace email and will certainly play some key role in consolidating the oodles of social media services competing for our attention.

Impressive in its scope and ambition, obviously, but also a very good sign that Google has created Wave to be open source and “federation” friendly.… more

Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start to Tweet

Posted on March 31st, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Twitter has forced me to confront head-on something I so fervently rail against: close-mindedness. It’s personal this time though. It was my own close-mindedness.

You see, I finally relented and joined Twitter last week – something I stubbornly refused to do for a few reasons, namely: I’m too busy, it’s too shallow/banal/narcissistic, and what’s the point really. Basically for the same short-sighted reasons that many railed against blogging waaaay back in the early naughts, I struggled to see the value of

Twitter (and its various apps) deliver a few valuable things. Firstly, it’s effectively a faster search engine than Google.… more

Welcome Aboard

Posted on March 21st, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany, Uncategorized. No Comments

“You will not get that on United Airlines. I guarantee it.”… more

Rip! A Remix Manifesto

Posted on March 8th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

The remixers manifesto:
1. Culture always builds on the past.
2. The past always tries to control the future.
3. Our Future is becoming less free.
4. To build free societies, you must limit control of the past.

This manifesto forms the thesis of the excellent new documentary called Rip! Rip! is about the battles raging between copyright and copyleft; between the creators, publishers, protectors, and remixers of culture. Following the mash-up musician Girl Talk, the film is itself a provocative mash-up of numerous copyrighted songs and images. And, true to form, it is partially available online with an explicit invitation to remix the whole damn thing (see Open Source Cinema).… more


Posted on December 10th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

One of the great joys of concert-going is the random unexpected discovery of a new band, the opener. Added to my playlist as of last Thursday: Montreal’s aKido.

Dancing in Chains – AKIDO from akidomusic on Vimeo.… more

NIN’s Moment Factory

Posted on November 20th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Nine Inch Nails were in town last week; a stop on their Lights in the Sky tour. And as good as Trent & Co’s music was, it was the on-stage light show that was truly spectacular.

I’ve never seen anything like it. The whole set was at times engulfed in light from no less than 108 backing spotlights. But the really innovative bit was three light screens which would descend upon the stage, sometimes behind the band and sometimes in front of them. The screens would alternatively display some beautiful ambient images and interactive walls. You kinda have to see it to understand it.… more

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