Posts for 2002

Mood Music

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If you like to choose music to match your mood or perhaps pull you out of one, IBM has created an online tool that will be of interest. The tool called the Glass Engine allows users to surf a selection of Philip Glass works not only by standard categories like work title and year, but also by more subjective characteristics like joy, sorrow and density. If a selection is too soft, crank up the intensity. This is not an exercise in Artificial Intelligence: Glass\' longtime producer and sound designer, Kurt Munkacsi, has assigned values to the tracks. Some appear a bit conflicted, expressing high sorrow and joy simultaneously. -Brooke Singer

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Starting January 15...

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Following phone, email, and face to face debates over the last few months across Rhizome lists, Rhizome\'s Board of Directors, friends and staff, we have decided to make mandatory a contribution to Rhizome, with a minimum of $5 per year. If you missed these discussions, and want a description of how we spend money, or the current funding situation for American non-profits, email me, I\'m happy to color in the (sober) picture. I like to see this new requirement as rhizomatic (though admittedly unfamiliar in the email-list genre), in the sense that members, roots and nodes will directly support and nourish the larger organism. Additional details: we will still give away thank-you-gifts at certain levels... current members have until January 15 to make a contribution, and anyone who has given recently, their membership will be extended for one year from the date of that gift. Fridays will be free and open to all. Please make your contribution now!! -- Rachel Greene

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Plane Food

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Did you take a close look at what you are over the holidays? If you traveled on a plane, chances are you scarfed down some of the scrumptious meals catalogued on Dutch designer, Marco \'T Hart\'s site, Airlinemeals.net. Featuring thousands of pictures of airline food ranging from rolled pancakes on Aero Mexico to dim sum on China\'s DragonAir, the site encourages travelers to upload their own images and experiences of in-flight culinary fare. If that\'s not enough to wet your appetite, there\'s also a behind the scenes tour of flight food preparation, reviews of airport restaurants, vintage delicacies from the 70\'s and 80\'s, and an upcoming section of crew meals. My favorites include a picture of an empty tray on the UK\'s EasyJet which doesn\'t serve food and the \"egg boiled in soy sauce\" served aboard Xiamen Airlines. Yum! Flying never tasted so good. -Jonah Brucker-Cohen

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Un Net Art News

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Unmovie is described as

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Verio Sets Off Free Thought Alarm against The Thing

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Advocate of online art and culture since 1991, The Thing, may have it\'s pipeline terminated by provider Verio. This termination, scheduled for February, could affect hundreds of sites and users, many of them artists, activists or art-related businesses. Verio lawyers told Thing founder Wolfgang Staehle that their contract for service was unilaterally null and void because of \"violations\" -- likely the parody site http://dow-chemical.com by the Yes Men, and perhaps the persistently provocative campaigns of Rtmark or the Electronic Disturbance Theater (both hosted by The Thing). How to stand up for services geared towards artists and activists? Write to Verio and express your outrage, and make a contribution to The Thing. Staehle is looking for new pipelines as you read this. -- Rachel Greene

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Doth She Protesteth?

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I recently alerted a friend to a virtual sit-in, and he was very pleased at the increased amount of sitting such a demo would entail. If armchair anarchy appeals, but you need a portal to point you towards tactical media activities, Over My Dead Body offers more than a funky

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Beer Goggles in 3D?

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Having a particular propensity for reading weblinks either a little too literally, or incorrectly, and being a very English girl,

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How Do You Want To Go Today?

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Artist T. Whid recently declared Google\'s \'Live Query\' function, \'a net art masterpiece.\' Years earlier jodi.org listed their 10 favorite sites as search engine queries for terms like \"cccccccccc.\" From Christophe Bruno\'s GogolChat to Yoshi Sodeoka Prototype #38, search engines continue to be a source of net art experimentation. And recognized net artists aren\'t the only ones getting into the act. Some favorite search engine recontextualizations: googlism (http://www.googlism.com/), googlefight (http://www.googlefight.com/), googlewhack (http://www.googlewhack.com/), metaspy (http://www.metaspy.com/) and zeitgeist (http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/). - Curt Cloninger

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Rhizome's Web

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Who's offering high-quality hosting these days? And for only $65 per year? RHIZOME IS! For that annual fee, Rhizome members can put their sites on a Linux server, with 20MB disk storage space, 750MB data transfer per month, catch-all email forwarding, daily web traffic stats, 1 FTP account, and the capability to host your own domain name (or use http://rhizome.net/your_account_name). And there is more, the hosted can take comfort in knowing they're being active roots in the rhizome schema, helping the .ORG self-sustain.

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Let the Bidding Begin!

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As part of an annual fundraising campaign, San Francisco experimental venue New Langton Arts is selling parts of art web sites on Ebay. Why not entire projects? Richard Rinehart of New Langton explains the organization's intention 'to play' with the notion of collecting the intangible, and barely sell-able net.art. So, support new media art, and build an innovative collection with a discrete page, pixel, or 'virtual point' from works by Sonya Rapoport, Lisa Jevbratt and Richard Rinehart and Shawn Brixley, respectively. But hurry, the auction is only on through the 12th of December, and I already placed my bid on the page from Rapoport's 1998 gender-expose 'Arbor Erecta: A Botanical Concept for Masculinity.' -- Rachel Greene

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