You may know that South African Mark Shuttleworth was the first African in space. But what I’m sure you didn’t know, is that the Afronaut is also the first space smuggler. Radarboy gives you the low down on how he did it and what contraband was taken:
Cape Town has some amazing architecture. Here is an oldie photo gallery of some of the places we love.
An exploration into the murky world of electronics and artificial life, the Digital Zoo was an installation held at the Stills Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of the Edigburgh Festival.
Based on the concept of the Tamagotchi, the African Big Five of the digital Zoo, were born at a night of many free drinks, courtesy of our sponsors, lo-fi.org. The Zoo animals depended on physical interaction from visitors to the gallery, remote SMS feeding and general loving, from data pulled from their web to keep them alive. Visitors on the web could watch live webcam action of the Zoo animals going about their daily lives.
As art imitates real life, most people preferred to play with or abuse the digital prisoners rather than take on the responsible tasks like cleaning the poo out of their cages and giving them their medicine. And all five didn’t last even a week. Though, by that time the Radarboy team had already left the Moors and headed back to home, through the marvels of remote computing we were able to revive/rebirth the creatures to endure further abuse by the Scots and visiting American tourists. Today the digital elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo remain cryogenically frozen waiting to be resurrected when we have the time and an suitable offer to bring them back to life.
Documentation of the Zoo is here.
An experiment in using a totally unacceptable medium, the animated gif, to publish a magazine. The project was born out of our love for what is fast becomming a dying technology – the animated gif, once all the bells and whistles the web had to offer – today virtually extinct.
The gif was a graphic format invented by Unisys. There was a lot of hooha surrounding it, because the compression it used was patented, and any software, including free software that used it, has to pay for the rights to do so. People screamed and shouted. And burned (or at least angrily deleted) their gifs.
Although officially you should pronounce it “jif”, we think that just sounds silly.
I still remember seeing that first animated gif in my state-of-the-art Quaterdeck Mozaic browser in the late 80s/early90s and going “Whoa!!”
They were the height of cheese on the internet. And I miss them.
So, I’ll start off the homage with the starwars Triology Gifset:
Star Wars: Episode IV
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
Nicked from Geekster
Please feel free to post your faves…
We did a whole lot of these in the early days of radarboy, I will try dig some others out in the future.
A visual exploration of peoples lives. 24 participants, each given an hour of the day to document what they are up to.
An oldie, but still kinda interesting…