Wednesday, March 29, 2006

03/30 Class -- Field Trip

We're closing out March in high fashion with a Newbury Street field trip for tomorrow's class.

We'll be meeting with the Boston Globe's technology writer DC Denison at Trident Cafe to talk about the Pulse Point project at 9:00 a.m.

Please bring laptops, if you have -- and I'd like someone to sign out the class camera to bring. We'll get the lay of the Pulse Point land from DC and then create some content to post.

We'll wrap up class at 11 to give people time to get back to campus.

In light of the 75% absence rate of last class, I need everyone to confirm attendance by commenting on this post. DC's taking time out of his schedule to meet with us and I've assured him of full attendance!

Clarification -- We will meet at 9 am at the Trident Cafe.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Nocturnal Impulse

Hi Everyone,
I just thought I would leave a link to my band's new website so y'all could see what I've been working on for the past month or so. Let me know what you think, and/or if you have any suggestions for improvement.
Nocturnal Impulse - Official Website

digital media sharing

Interesting article on the protection of digital media from unsolicited copying and sharing, could be important for us artists down the line.


Was the classcast *just* a first half phenomenon?! No ClassCast today kids!

Get your paper walk throughs together for tomorrow's class. We'll also talk about digging into blogger templates to customize your blog. And we'll discuss Pulse Points which will lead us into a field trip next week (March 30th).

Oh -- and if you have laptops, bring them tomorrow please!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

My videocast

Here is my video "The Architect in the Wild", where I am attempting to sneak up on my boyfriend in the architecture studio.

Quicktime mpg4 file (5MB), Run time 1min, 56sec. Play movie.

Music: "Slide" by Bit Rationale. Courtesy of

Free Culture Forum

March 23, 2006, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
450 Dodge Hall

According to Lawrence Lessig, the free culture movement is concerned about big media protecting the interests of big media over creators. Free culture supports and protects creators and innovators and seeks the transformation of culture through the free exchange of ideas.

Join us for a lively discussion of artistic freedom, the public domain, copyright, control of the media, open access, open source, free software, academic journals, institutional repositories, and consumer rights.

Professor Lawrence Lessig, Founder, Creative Commons & author of Free Culture
Derek Slater, Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Nelson Pavlosky, Founder, FreeCulture.Org
William Wakeling, Associate Dean, Northeastern University Libraries

Sponsored by:
Northeastern University Libraries
NU Department of Communication Studies
WRBB Radio
Music Entertainment & Industry Student Association
Intellectual Property Society

Library Posting

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Second half of semester

I don't have our classcast together -- I've been a bit under the weather! I'm also rejiggering our syllabus for the remaining few weeks of the class...

So perhaps classcast tonight? Or perhaps not!

Also -- FYI, I've been having some difficulty loading images with blogger.

Sunday, March 12, 2006


"An interactive Flash application allowing users to explore the evolution from written language to video communication by creating linear, syntactical, 'sentences' out of short video clips."

Check out Serra Shiflett's thesis project -- VideoString. I told Serra that our class would check it out -- she has a survey set up on the site.

In fact, this is a good example of project planning/user testing, which is going to be the focus of our class on Thursday (I'm rejiggering the syllabus).

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Random Brain dump of links and such

I just wanted to post the different things I talked about in class today:

Podsafe music- "The Rock and Roll Geek Show- Indie Cast": a branch off the normal "Rocka dn Roll Geek show" the indie cast highlights podsafe bands in an interesting format. Update: iTunes has just made a separate section for the Indie casts, but feel free to check out the regular broadcast of the Geek show! The host is Michael Butler.

Da Vinci Code experience- So much better if you have read the book!
The first episode of "Treacherous Tales of Being an RA", from the NU RA podcast series. This episode is from February 2, 2006. It features the voice talent of Ben Woods and Kristin Mattera. Thanks to for providing storage space for this file. Duration: 4m 26sec. Format: mp3.

Pirates of the Digital Age- Presentation

On March 13th, at around 5:30 pm the Business, Law and Multimedia class will be hosting the authors of the book "Pirates of the Digital Millennium : How the Intellectual Property Wars Damage Our Personal Freedoms, Our Jobs, and the World Economy". John Gantz and Jack Rochester will be speaking on Intellectual Property and Copyright law and how it impacts us.

The book is great too- you can order it cheap from, or even download it! I would recommend that everyone reads this book - especially creatives.

The presentation will mostly likely take place on the first floor of Ryder hall, in one of the classrooms near the School of Architecture office.

Cell Phone content query

Mark Glaser solicits readers as to what type of content they want on their cell phones. Let's discuss in class!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

paying for podcasts

found this article on a messageboard but couldn't find the link to the original, so here is the text:

Ben, I'm posting a link to the article instead of putting it in this post.

Classcast -- 03/02/06

As promised -- a Wednesday a.m. delivery!