Notes passes 50.000 votes

We have passed the 50.000 votes for the best electronic / dance record 2006.

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What is the best dance or electronic record of 2006

Last year we invited producers and dj’s to make a list of the best songs of 2005. This year we (inge+me) build this supercool voting machine (with snow in the background) and invited the producers and dj’s to make the – quite long – shortlist.

There are almost 80 records in stock. You will see random sets. It’s up to you to decide the best record of the pair. If you rollover you hear 30 seconds of music. After clicking you see a percentage. This is indicating how popular a record is.

I’m really excited about voting this way, everyone gets different pairs to choose what’s best, there are so many possible combinations and different people. I think this is the best way to make a list and selection of the best records of the year.

On you can get a code to embed this application on your own blog or site and a complete list of percentages per record.

Feedback or records we have missed are welcome.


Top electronic/dance tunes 2006

Remember 2005 in music? The overview for 2006 is coming and will involve you!

Stay tuned for a few more days…


What’s a blog without a cloud

During my thesis research (2005) I did some experiments with autogenerated tags and extracting tags from userinput. I think this will work just as well – or even better – than giving tags for each posting you do. now has a tagcloud autogenarated from the contents of the blog. A script reads the text and filters certain words.

The only thing missing is a library for conversion from hyponyms to hypernyms to narrow the set of tags (for example turn the tag red into the tag color). A system like this is used in Medialandschap to generalize the set of data.

So, this is what this blog is all about… a lot of Video, Google, websites and Flash ;)


54 Min. Video Dj Shadow In Tune And On Time

Click and enjoy Dj Shadow In Tune And On Time

Live performance, Google Video, duration 54:30

Copy this code: -6517555921174632079 into this player to play Google Video fullscreen. Or download for iPod or PSP (*.mp4).


Simplicity Is Highly Overrated

Don Norman (the writer of “the design of everyday things”, if you haven’t already you should read it) writes in a column on his website how simplicity is highly overrated. We might want simplicity badly, but it is not the decisionmaker when we go out to purchase something.

Options and control are the things we like to spend money on. Even the icon of technological simplicity, the iPod needs to extend its functionalities with every upgrade to stay attractive.


Is it friday?

Is it friday?


I was lookin’ back to see if you were lookin’ back at me To see me lookin’ back at you

The New York Times writes about websites that visit you to measure a visit to them.

Oops, Nielsen/NetRatings saw throug and five (out of the seven) million Web users of vanished.

A bit like the lyrics from the Massive Attack song Safe from Harm.
“I was lookin’ back to see if you were lookin’ back at me To see me lookin’ back at you”

Social Classification

Flickr interview is running an interview with the co-founders of Flickr, the godfather of web 2.0. I have never realized Yahoo bought it for approximately $30 million. Compared to MySpace and YouTube this is the social bargain of the century.

And how they started a trend for web 2.0 names? A domainname was taken.
… We tried to get “flicker” with an e, but the guy who had the Web domain wasn’t willing to give it up.

I really like the way Yahoo is slowly bringing design back into the web, for example the new Yahoo Witness, a usergenerated newswebsite with tips and lessons from Kevin Sites.

Oh, and what about the recently launched Yahoo Food.


Sci-fi sunday

A few months ago Pew Internet research released a report about the Future of the Internet (summary), (download 104 pages *.pdf).
Key findings are:

  1. A low-cost global network will be thriving and creating new opportunities in a ‘flattening‘ world.
  2. Humans will remain in charge of technology, even as more activity is automated and “smart agents” proliferate. However, a significant 42% of survey respondents were pessimistic about humans’ ability to control the technology in the future. This significant majority agreed that dangers and dependencies will grow beyond our ability to stay in charge of technology. This was one of the major surprises in the survey.
  3. Virtual reality will be compelling enough to enhance worker productivity and also spawn new addiction problems.
  4. Tech ‘refuseniks’ will emerge as a cultural group characterized by their choice to live off the network. Some will do this as a benign way to limit information overload, while others will commit acts of violence and terror against technology-inspired change.
  5. People will wittingly and unwittingly disclose more about themselves, gaining some benefits in the process even as they lose some privacy.
  6. English will be a universal language of global communications, but other languages will not be displaced. Indeed, many felt other languages such as Mandarin, would grow in prominence.

These findings read like a classic set of ingredients for a sci-fi thriller, complete with ‘refuseniks‘, addictives and friedmanians.