Friday, November 14, 2003

Quick resurface.

Eric Paulos and Elizabeth Goodman have posted all their work on the Familar Stranger Project: anxiety, comfort and play in public places. Excellent.

(Liz and Michele Chang have also done some good work on the fiasco project too.)

Speaking of intimacy, here's Wired: "Thanks to the ability of Apple's iTunes to share music collections over local networks, it is now possible to judge someone's taste in music -- or lack of it -- in a way that previously required a certain level of intimacy."

(Still, context is everything. After checking out my list, you would never know I was once seduced by that excellent Bongwater cover of Roky Erickson's You Don't Love Me Yet or that if I were trying to seduce someone I might use Polvo's Fast Canoe ... )

Liz also points out Urballoon : an interactive communication balloon.

And still thinking about movement, there's designing for street-skating:

Most skateboarders consider themselves street skaters but good city spots are far and few between, and many communities have skate-proofed public spaces.

Rob Dyrdek once said that "Driving around late at night with lights, a generator, and saw to cut knobs off rails is not the way skateboarding is supposed to be."

Enter the Skate Plaza Foundation: "Don't build a skatepark. Build a park to skate in. Build a skate plaza."

(Hmm.)

All of which remind me of street-level views of the world:

Satan's Laundromat : a Brooklyn-based photolog with an emphasis on strange signage, urban decay, and general weirdness (via the ever curious Jean).

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