Archive for December, 2006

I Am The Green Lantern

Your results:
You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
85%
Superman
80%
Hulk
75%
The Flash
75%
Supergirl
70%
Iron Man
70%
Wonder Woman
65%
Batman
65%
Spider-Man
55%
Robin
47%
Catwoman
40%
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.


Click here to take the “Which Superhero am I?” quiz…

WUSB for ’07 – Cutting the cord next year

I think one of the big breakthroughs we’ll see in mobile devices in 2007 will be Wireless USB. It’s apparently faster than ‘normal’ WiFi and uses less power (good news for mobiles). With a 10 metre range, it could provide all sorts of interesting sharing abilities rather like the Zune, or a ‘wiPod’.

Next year will be all about cutting the cord and going mobile, while staying connected to your network and free to copy what you want, where you want or allow.

Now, how about that cordless VR headset eh? ;p WiiHii!

Saddamned

technoddam.gifWell, he’s now apparently dead. An update.

No doubt the full video will be on YouTube or torrents for people to dissect and try and disprove or approve before long.

Here’s a list of the current YouTube top searches too.

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Neuronet – ‘Worlds First’ Real-Time Virtual Reality Network

Rezzing soon to a visual cortex near you, Neuronet is preparing to launch next year.

Set up by the IAVRT – “The International Association of Virtual Reality Technologies (IAVRT) is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to fostering scientific research and business development in the area of Virtual Reality (VR) technology for the benefit of society.” – wants to create a network of virtual reailty spaces, which will apparently be accessible/marketable via two top level domain names (TLDs) .vr and .cin

It looks like they care about alot of the important things which need to be under control and understood for this to all work.

They will surely make good money selling domain names under the .vr domain, but I don’t know too much about .cin (cinematic virtual reality neurosites). Who knows, it might get traction eventually.Domains names from both will cost $100US .

I have recently been suggesting to people that Linden Lab contact on organisation called ‘Sierratel’ who appear to the people in charge of selling domain names with the .sl TLD. The trouble is, this company does not seem to reply to emails, so should really look for an agent/organization to handle the job. I think Second-Lifers would no doubt swarm to these and would provide decent income in other ways than rising land prices beyong many people’s reach.

Back to the Neuronet though, I am very much looking forward to the evolution of ‘truly’ immersive environments. I have always been closely watching the rise in speed in power of home PCs and their graphics capabilities, along with the rising speeds of internet connectivity. It will be interesting to see how the fantasy of a truly global 3D VR world lives up to the actuality of it. Will it scale? Is it secure? etc. Situations which LL are constantly dealing with. It appears that you will get a ‘development neurosite’ with your domain name for $2500US a year (wow), so I wonder if this means that people will be able to host their own nerusite systems on their own servers. No idea what the requirements and costs might be yet.

Pre-orders for names (The Sunrise Period) looks set to start in February 2007, with the General Registration period, which they call the ‘Land Rush’ period (already!) starting on June 4th 2007. MY BIRTHDAY!!! Ha! I want koz.vr πŸ˜€

I will also be keeping a close eye on an Australian/UK company called Inition (with a shop in London! W00t!) as they appear to sell just about everything you could want for an immersive existence in a 3D world. Great stuff! Some of the kits there looks prohibitively expensive, but some are certainly affordable for the hardcore pixelvertex junkies out there/here! πŸ˜‰ I thoroughly recommend browsing through their huge range of products, as it really taught me alot about all the amazing VR devices which are now on the market, along with their current value. They sell kit for VR HUDs (heads up displays), headsets, glasses, gloves, motion capture kits, 3D digitizing/scanning and even 3D printing (rather like a friend, Mike Buckbee’s Fabjectory, which will ‘print’ a 3d sculpture of your Second Life avatar – amazing, and I still need to get one πŸ˜‰ )

Unfortunately, this cool little device, ‘The Monkey’ has been discontinued. If anyone else out there knows of any motion (or pose) capture desktop mannekins out there, please do let me know. Thx πŸ˜‰

It looks like 3D is not going to go away next year. On the contrary, it’s going to get deeper – much to the chagrin of many a 3D/SL-widow/widower out there already! :p

More discussion on 3pointd

Also, the rebang blog seems highly suspicious of a potential scam!

ED209 MetaMoments


Does not compute!! Does not compute!!! Nork! Bork!! Fzzzz!! Comply!! Ak!
posted by Koz Farina on Nooribeom using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

You Have Twenty Second To Comply!


I just turned myself into ED209!! Boy does it feel gooood! Hhehe! Twenty Seconds To Comply !!!!!
posted by Koz Farina on Nooribeom using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

Is Microsoft Trying To Kill Us?

What on earth are Microsoft trying to do here? This is the US Software Patent office at its most ridiculous ever!! It has filed a patent on the Windows RSS Platform. Does this apply to Europe?

Part of the application appears to be describing the auto-discovery methods of detecting feeds in a page, but what about the rest of it? Is it for desktop Windows applications? Is it web aggregators? Time to call the lawyer.

If granted, one proposed patent would cover “finding and consuming Web subscriptions in a Web browser.” The invention, for example, could allow a user to “subscribe to a particular Web feed, be provided with a user interface that contains distinct indicia to identify new feeds, and…efficiently consume or read RSS feeds using both an RSS reader and a Web browser.”

I’d like to know what effect this is going to have in Google Reader, Bloglines, Netvibes, PageFlakes, etc, etc and OF COURSE, podcast.com (which is nearing the end of a major overhaul with regards to feed reading and feed folder organisation – and ‘amplification’) !!! The whole podcast industry (yes, there is one) relies on this so-called invention.

The application was made in July 2005, so surely there’s plenty of prior art? I don’t get it?

Nick Bradbury, creator of FeedDemon apparently does not want to call Microsoft ‘evil’ just yet, but personally I feel like we just had a major shot across our bows. Friendly fire? I think not.

Is this just a way for lawyers to make money? I sometimes I think these departments just sit around working out ways to make eachother money while screwing consumers in the process. A little bit like a nation’s defence department working out ways to keep us on the brink of mass destruction in order to keep their budgets up and brass polished.

Foul!! Microsoft, I denounce thee!!

I just had an idea : Get every web developer in the world to write an RSS reader and post it up online. Let’s see how they deal with that. πŸ™‚

Eduardo SΓ‘nchez director of Altered and Blair Witch in Second Life

Further to the previous post about Second Life, here’s more evidence of ‘accessibility’ to people. Last night I got an invite from the guys at MillionsOfUs to attend a screening of Eduardo SΓ‘nchez‘ new movie, ‘Altered‘. I hadn’t watched a full feature film in world before, so I teleported over to a drive-in cinema in SL and sat on the floor (I didn’t bring the car) then set my viewing camera angle right up at the screen and sat back and watched it.

It was great! I really like films of this genre. They’re fun. The framerate was great and the film ran perfectly.
But the really cool part was that after everyone had finished the movie, we gathered around and chatted with the director himself! Eduardo, who also directed The Blair Witch Project was there to answer any questions about Altered and BWP. Some great Qs and As. His favourite horror flicks are The Exorcist and The Shining πŸ˜‰ He’d like to try machinima, but will be sticking with horror for now. He may still use consumer cameras in the future and he loves YouTube and the internet for getting attention. πŸ˜‰

Altered was originally a comedy script. He has never had a close encounter, but his ‘mad aunt’ has had many and used to go about them all the time!


It’s not all about zombies, aliens, ghosts, witches and intestines you know. πŸ˜‰ Eds dream is to raise a few million and give 10-20 filmmakers the chance to make a movie for 100K. Nice dream!
posted by Koz Farina on Ride using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Me

It has only just occurred to me what this post from Bre Pettis was all about. Something to do with a post by Jeff Pulver here πŸ˜‰

OK here goes:

1. I used to love acting. Probably still would if given the time/chance πŸ˜‰ That’s me in the photo aged 17 in a Vaudevillian role. I had over half the lines in the play which I learned the night before dress rehearsal by recording my cues and lines to a tape cassette and falling asleep with headphones on. It worked πŸ™‚

2. I’m half German, but don’t speak it. I should learn (again after lessons at school). It’s strange, sometimes I understand it spoken and I can get the gist of it when reading, with a little help from dictionaries, but I can’t speak it fluently.

3. I have attended 13 years of Glastonbury Festival – the best festival in the world (and only 25 mins drive from where I grew up – hehe!)

4. The name ‘Kosso’ is a nickname derived from my surname, which is ‘Kossmann’. When I was at school, people called me ‘Kossy’. When I was at college I was known as ‘Kossa’. People tend to call me ‘Koz’ alot these days. Can’t think why πŸ™‚

5. I believe that so-called extra-terrestrial visitors are actually inhabitants of Earth from the future, coming back to obtain various resources since depleted. Sightseeing time-travelling tourists too! If we do manage to survive on this planet for another couple of thousand years, we will have gone through many changes caused by the increase in radiation levels from the sun, over time. This could include natural eye protection and potential lack of genitalia. Ouch! πŸ˜‰

Nanoo-Nanoo! πŸ™‚

OK. So, let’s see then. How about Tom, DrFran, Mark, Chris and Jerry

[edit: I just swapped out Dave for Dr Fran who (still) reads this blog ;p ]

Techmemed!

Yowza! *tidies up*! πŸ™‚


Who is this ‘kosso’ anyway?

I am a 'Createc'. A creative technologist, entrepreneur/ hacker/ geek. Worked on building things on the web for over 12 years.

Used to work at BBC News interactive and created the publishing and delivery systems for video news to get distributed on huge screens in major railway stations around the country.

I left the BBC to become CTO / sole-lead architect/developer at podcast.com for three years.

I have now left them to build a start up a new system called 'Phreadz', which is a 'Social Multimedia Conversation Network', integrating everything that is 'V.I.T.A.L' to us on the web. Video, Images, Text, Audio and Links.

I built the whole thing my myself. I programmed every line of code and positioned every pixel. I'm looking forward to attracting an hiring new members of the team to help me out! :)

There are currently over 1000 happy and helpful beta testers on the system so far and one client of a white-labelled solution.



@kosso : twitter

kosso's flickr stream

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