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America 3000 Trailer
"It is 900 years after the Great Nuke and the roles of women have changed dramatically, much to the displeasure of men and mutants."
"Night Flight" by GlobalMantra
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Day 2 - IN "the diary of a digital immigrant"
Day 2 went much better. We arrived and Kathryn at the cafe had also compared notes with her 10 year old son at home, and gave us a quick run down of what he had said. She explained the training island and showed us some of the controls, to make a party a guild, how to make your character sit down etc. See the Player Guide. We were able to quickly get the remaining unregistered player registered by making a temporary e-mail address at yahoo.com.
On the way down in the van I sort of managed to explain my idea of getting us all together in the game, since I was only using my screen for video capture.The thinking behind this was economy of video size; even though all the computer have the software installed, 1 hour of recording makes a file about 6 gigs in size, so the logistics of acquiring and transporting 42 gigs of video in each session was prohibitive. So I made the decision to use just mu PC for video capture...However the interesting thing from today was that the kids were much faster than me in doing the first 8 levels!
They all managed to get through the first 8 levels and be teleported into the main game much quicker than I did. The "digital natives" just learned the game and played the game at a pace I couldn't match! I had the idea of being a kind of Vygotskian mediated instructor, although as it turned out, the kids did most of the instructing! Consequently the first hour of my desktop real time video capture was just my character running around trying to score enough points by killing the lionesque creatures in the training land and collecting money. The others were all off in the main game having fabulous adventures and teaching each other how to play. I knew my only chance was to concentrate and try and get to level 8 as quickly as possible.We had to go half an hour over time for me to eventually be teleported into the main game where to my astonishment the other had all gathered at one point waiting for me, biding their time by collectively teaming up and taking on a series of more powerful opponents. They had mastered a strategy in my absence - that was that you could beat a bigger more powerful opponent by force of numbers.I was astounded.
Scott, the leader from the 1st session had formed a "party" and the final few minutes of the session I managed to find them on my map, move rapidly to find them, join the 'party', which I had to be invited to do by the founding member - and we were able to actually get some video footage from my screen cam of the whole group gathered together on top of a hill. We experimented with some commands like emotions etc and managed to all sit down! We were one, a group - finally united.
There was no objection to my character "Kandorf" being part of the group and I was accepted as an equal. In the van on the way back to school we excitedly discussed the possibility of doing some "quests" together. We parted ways in a very excited mood, as I rushed off to my next meeting. I am excited about the next session, becoming united with the group was a huge achievement. I can't wait to play again - am I "addicted"?
How Creativity is being strangled by the Law - Lawrence Lessig
This is Lawrence Lessig's TED presentation, On "How creativity is being strangled by the law." Lawrence Lessig is Professor of Law at Stanford law school and founder of the Creative Commons Movement. See Lessig.org
Information revolution - Automaton Overture by GlobalMantra
This music is a piece from the multimedia show "Automaton". I composed the music, for which I won the Chapman Tripp Sound Designer of the Year Award. I made this video for fun, I hope you like it.
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Gavin's Remix on Remix!
This is my version of what Larry Lessig had to say about copyright and the internet, as well ideas about Remix Culture and the theories of Eisenstein. Acknowledgements to Mike Jones, Don Tapscott, Lev Manovich & Larry Lessig.
Shift Happens - Gavin's Remix
This video is actually my remix video made from a slideshow on slideshare.net originally created by Karl Fisch, acknowledgement goes to "Elephant (Dub Mix)" brilliant music by Spiral System from Zen Connection 4, see http://www.zenconnection.com.au/ Since he showed this presentation to a group of students in 2006, this has been viewed in various forms by over 5 million people.
Ray Kurzweil on "I've got a Secret" 1963
Ray Kurzweil appeared on this TV show as a very young man in 1963. His secret was that the piano piece he played had been composed by his computer. Even in 1963, he was 30 years ahead of his time! He went on to invent the first digital synthesizer with Stevie Wonder in the early 1980's.