Online Security Service idea

Facebook tracks the country you usually login from and if you login from elsewhere in the world it asked you some security questions. This is tracking location based on IP and seeing remembering where your usually at.

This service could be separated from Facebook and made a stand alone service that any large website could pay to attach to their site.

It could be enhanced to track OpenID login accounts and also made more intelligent if the account owners used something like Google Latitude so their current location could be matched automatically. This might also enhanced banks online security for credit card transactions etc.

7 ways games reward the brain

This seems to be the tree I’ve been barking up for a long time now. Summary of Tom Chatfield’s 7 ways games reward the brain

1. Experience bars measuring progress.
	- Give people an Avatar and they can take ownership
2. Multiple long & short term aims
	- 5000 targets not interesting. 5-20 interested
3. Reward effort
	- Every little bit!
4. Rapid, frequent clear, feedback.
	- Immediate is best.
5. An element of uncertainty
	- Uncertain rewards
	- When we predict something wrong we get excited about it.
	- Dopamine, neuron transmitter associated with learning.
6. Windows of enhanced attention.
	- Memory - find moments when people are more likely to remember
	- & confidence - reward system make people will to take risks
7. Other people!
	- The most exciting reward

Engagement!

Recursively remove .DS_Store files

If your working on a coding project and your submitting it to version control, heres how to remove the meta-schmeg that OS X leaves around:

find . -name '*.DS_Store' -type f -delete

If your using GIT as your versioning control system then I’d suggest making a .gitignore file in the root of the project after running this command and before you git init to save yourself some bother.

Exploring solutions for Crohns disease

Frustrated by the general lack of responsiveness of the medical industry to new and alternative treatments (with suspicion that most research is drug company funded and colossal bureaucracy generally) I’ve started doing my own research into possible treatments.

I’m on Cortisone right now. The only real treatment gastroenterologist will prescribe when the shit-hits-the-fan (literally). So, since this makes me feel “normal” again i.e. memory improves, body stops aching and becomes limber again etc I have started to look for natural cortisone suppliments.

Found an interesting article about Hypoadrenia and Cortisol which talks about how the human body deal with stress and looks are some food supplements to deal with this. Some of these include:

  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • CortiTrophin

I plan to try some of these and see what effect they have on my symptoms, when I get off the cortisone.

Plan B: Hookworms

My father just emailed me this link to an ABC radio show program on Hookworm in which Jasper Lawrence tell how he managed to get himself infected with Hookworm in Africa and it cured his allergy problem. Apparently it is very effective against all auto-immune problems including Crohns disease. Hes setup a company that sell this worm therapy.

I have emailed them and will try and get myself infected. Will report back once I know more…

Gaming for good

Here is Jane McGonigal TED talk on “Gaming can make a better world”:

This is an inspiring talk about using the drive of gaming to useful ends. I have mused before on weather games can be used for education and believe this is an untapped way of motivating people to better themselves and improve their performance.

One of the points she talked about in the “lack of feedback” (winning points) in real life for actions. Then there is Jesse Schell (scary) talk “When games invade real life” and he suggests with sensors and wireless connectivity becoming ultra cheap it will start to pervade everything and thus point systems for things you do in reality will become normal:

I think with ones entire schooling, if turned into a game could be far more rewarding for kids and teachers. You might have whole classes in school competing as one against another class or even another class in another school. In Jesse Schell talk he already mentions that one lecture, Lee N. Sheldon who changed the grading system and gave out experience points for assignments which increased attendance and quality of homework.

“If you want to build a ship don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Livecoding?

Some observations on “live coding” (as apposed to dead coding? Perhaps “Performance Coding” is a better phrase): http://robmyers.org/weblog/2010/02/05/livecoding-as-realistic-artistic-practice/

The content would always seem to be generative art, which is bleached of humanity (usually). This is no to say this is a problem, just a limitation. One can not code the same way Jimmy Hendrix plays guitar as Jimmy is “playing” while the act of coding implies thinking (the opposite of reactivity).

If its the coding that is the “performance” then one would expect that the audience be privy to the code, not just its results. Exposing the code would mean that the code would not just have to be functional but aesthetic. At least readable to the layman, a sort of poetry (something that requires great skill and is not seen even in dead coding).

Doug Engelbart & Ted Nelson interviews

I rediscovered this old (1999) interview with Doug Engelbart and consequentially Ted Nelson which both touch on their alternative paradigms to information management. Here are the juice parts extracted. I found the Engelbart to be more lucid that Nelson :)
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Visuals for modern dance augmentation

Alex May just put up a sample of his latest interactive performance instillation which he demos with a dancer.

Shadows of Light from Quadratura on Vimeo.

I saw an Australian dance performance last month here in Berlin called Glow which was a floor dance also with real-time interactive dance visuals.

I like this direction VJing is taking. Slightly above the mundane random images with effects layer on.