Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Serious Games Changing The Way People Apply For A Job. SERIOUS GAMES MARKET

Power of research

What is Power of Research about?
Comments by Serious Game Market
Work exchange slowly panning out (Interview to Philip Rosedale)
By Quentin Hardy / New York Times News Service
Published: November 09. 2011 4:00AM PST

“Second Life,” in its heyday, held similar promise. While it became a haven for sexual chatter, it has over the years attracted a now-defunct Reuters news bureau as well as emporiums of several companies like American Apparel and Starwood Hotels. Cisco Systems also held meetings there. “Second Life” still exists, but is much quieter now, offering virtual currency, meetings and digital real estate, among other services.

While he is still chairman of Linden Lab, the company that created “Second Life,” Rosedale talks about that venture in the past tense.

“The problem with creating an immersive 3-D experience is that it is just too involved, and so it’s hard to get people to engage,” he said. “Smart people in rural areas, the handicapped, people looking for companionship, they love it. But you have to be highly motivated to get on and learn to use it.”

Rosedale, who raised about $1 million for Coffee and Power from investors including Jeff Bezos, Catamount Ventures and Greylock Partners, sees breaking work into smaller tasks, both in software and in the real world, as a trend that will continue to gain traction.

“I would rather hire a kid in Brazil who is hungry for work for a project than hire a Stanford graduate,” he said.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Information Science
Insite. Conferences Montréal, Canada. June 22-27, 2012.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Collaborative learning

Collaborative Learning:
Group Work and Study Teams
[From the hard copy book Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis; Jossey-Bass Publishers: San Francisco, 1993.

The Power of Virtual Worlds in Education: A Second Life Primer and Resource for Exploring the Potential of
Virtual Worlds to Impact Teaching and Learning.
By The ANGEL Learning Isle Steering Committee


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tnhinking with Type
Remix. Marketing art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy, by Lawrence Lessing (2008)

The Future of Ideas (2001), by Lawrence Lessing

Codev2 (2006) by Lawrence Lessing
Linus Torvalds (wikipedia)
Find, Create, and Publish Open Source software for free
Innovation by User Communities: Learning from Open-Source Software, by Eric Von Hippel

When people say that software is "free" or "open source," they mean that a user may obtain a copy at no cost and
then legally study its source code, modify it and distribute it to others — also for free. A software author uses his
or her own copyright to guarantee those rights to all users by affixing to the code a standard licensing notice,
such as the General Public License (GPL), commonly referred to as "copyleft" (a play on the word "copyright").
Well-known examples of open-source software are the GNU/Linux computer operating system, Perl programming
language and Internet e-mail engine sendmail. The practice of granting extensive rights to users
through licensing dates back to the free-software movement that Richard Stallman launched in the early 1980s.
Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation to counter the trend toward proprietary development of
software packages and release of software without source code. Then, in 1998. several prominent computer
hackers, including Bruce Perens and Eric Raymond,launched the Open Source Initiative. The founders had
some political differences with the free-software movement, but agreed in general with its licensing practices.
They also advanced new ideas about how to spread thepractices more broadly" (84)
floss foundations directory

Coldplay (Don Quixote)

So we left La Mancha
headed out for higher plains
me and Sancho Panza

Looking for adventure
Rocinante at the reins
to the windmills answers

You'll never be lonely
you'll never be lonely ever again
you'll never be lonely
you'll never be lonely again.

I heard
you never get wet in Spanish rain

So they sent for a doctor
for examining my brain
said: "he´s not too clever".

When the world,
when the world just seems
a little bit too cruel
believe in better
make one better

So tell that princess
tell that princess
right down that train
tell that princess
she'll never be lonely again

I heard
you never get wet in Spanish rain
I heard
you never get wet in Spanish rain.

Will the people sing

Ole, ole, ole!.

I heard
you never get wet in Spanish rain

You'll never get wet in Spanish rain

Monday, January 2, 2012

Open Sources: Creativity and Code in the Digital Age
Michael Century
Connexions : Art, Media, Networks, edited by Annick Bureaud and Nathalie Magnan, Press of the
Paris, Ecole des Beaux Arts, 2002

"As a potential enabler of an activist information culture, open source or free software has implications far beyond its instrumental utility. At stake may be a deeper, more enduring understanding of how to identify and enhance real value in the increasingly complex technical co-dependencies between people and information technologies. The open source "meme" helps reveal the social and cultural construction of computing and communication technologies more generally " (pag.1)

"Digital Cinema. Two recent parallel trends are to be noted. The first is the effective accomplishment of the photo-realistic synthesis of live action by digital systems; as theorist Lev Manovich parodoxically puts it, “Digital cinema is a particular case of animation that uses live-action footage as one of its many elements” [13]. The second is the recent commodification of the so-called high-end systems, as computing platforms become cheaper, and all the packaged software products provide essentially the same benchmark features. These applications give small scale producers the techniques only large studios could afford just a few years ago, making the points of discrimination between them less a matter of generic capabilities and more the custom development unique to each production. The major digital studios,
like Pixar, ILM, Dreamworks, Disney, devise proprietary code to enable features not available off-the-shelf, but as this proprietary legacy code becomes harder and harder to maintain, the main players in this industry have begun to explore a co-operative basis for competition, based on open source software development. [14] (4)
Open Source Freeware : 400+ free applications and utilities
Extremely useful open source applications and utilities available free under various licenses.
Open Clip art library.
"The Open Clipart Library is the largest collaboration community that creates, shares and remixes clipart. All clipart is released to the public domain and may be used in any project for free and with no restrictions"

Open Font Library
OSP (Open Source Publishing) is a graphic design collective that uses only Free, Libre and Open Source Software.

The Revolution is Hear! Sound Art, the Everyday and Aural Awareness

The Revolution is Hear! Sound Art, the Everyday and Aural Awareness
PhD thesis by Florian Hollerweger at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast. Supervised by Dr. Pedro Rebelo and Prof. Michael Alcorn.


"Scribus: es un programa de maquetación de páginas de código abierto, que ofrece un gran rendimiento en la creación de publicaciones por ordenador. Scribus está disponible en versiones nativas para GNU/Linux, Unix, Mac OS X y Windows y brinda capacidades para el diseño y diagramación, similares a las ofrecidas por programas comerciales como Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress y Adobe InDesign.

Scribus está diseñado para dar flexibilidad en el diseño y la composición, ofreciendo la capacidad de preparar archivos para equipos profesionales de filmación de imágenes. También puede crear presentaciones animadas e interactivas en PDF y formularios. Entre los ejemplos de su aplicación se encuentran periódicos, folletos, boletines de noticias, carteles y libros.

Scribus soporta la mayoría los principales formatos gráficos, además de SVG. Sus características profesionales para fuentes e imágenes incluyen manejo de color CMYK y administración de color ICC.

La impresión se realiza mediante sus propios controladores internos de PostScript Nivel 3, incluyendo soporte para fuentes incrustadas y ajustes con fuentes TrueType, Tipo 1 y OpenType. El controlador interno soporta plenamente construcciones de PostScript Nivel 2 y un gran subconjunto de construcciones de Nivel 3.

El soporte PDF incluye transparencia, cifrado y un gran conjunto de las especificaciones de PDF 1.4 así como PDF/X3, incluyendo campos interactivos de formularios PDF, notas y marcas.

El formato de sus archivos está basado en XML y está totalmente documentado. Se pueden importar textos de documentos OpenDocument, como RTF, Doc de Microsoft Word, y HTML (aunque con algunas limitaciones).
Está disponible en más de 24 idiomas, incluyendo el español"Fuente: wikipedia

Scribus. Open Source Desktop Publishing

pdftk the pdf toolkit

pdftk the pdf toolkit (website)

Herramienta Funcional para archivos pdd, por Stefan Lagotzki. Linux Magazine

Grokking the GIMP by Carey Bunks

Grokking the GIMP, by Carey Bunks

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