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Wisdom Well Program Aired on BBC Digital Planet

Jun 20th, 2007

Yesterday the program about the Wisdom Well I spoke of recently was aired on BBC Digital Planet. It features Ole and I talking about the setup, challenges and future potentials of the well. At first I was a little bit sceptical about how it would come out but I think the program was well edited and gave a good grasp of what the project is about.

Listen to the program here. Our part starts at about 15-20 minuttes into the program.

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Wisdom Well Program Aired on BBC Digital Planet

Jun 19th, 2007
Today the program about the Wisdom Well was aired on BBC Digital Planet.

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Zattoo and eMusic

Jun 16th, 2007

Here are a few link recommendations: eMusic and Zattoo.

eMusic is a subscription-based music service where you can download DRM-free mp3-tracks with lots of interesting artists from the smaller indie-labels. If you - like me - know a few bands out of the mainstream this is the service for you. I have already purchased albums with Blonde Redhead, Sufjan Stevens, Violent Femmes, The Mountain Goats, The Tindersticks and more. Lately Paul McCartney has been made available so maybe more larger artists will be added soon. I am currently subscribed to the "75-tracks-per-month" option which cost 20.99 £ per month.

Zattoo

Another link is for Zatto that I just discovered a few days ago. It seems really promising. It is a piece of free software enabling you to watch TV channels using P2P. There are clients for both Windows, Mac and Linux which is nice. It is always good with freedom of choice.

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Brian Wilson in Aalborg

Jun 16th, 2007

This evening I went to Aalborg to see Brian Wilson live in concert. Overall it was a very nice concert except for the weather. I was pouring down the entire concert. When concert finished the rain stopped. The concert got off to a bad start when Wilson stopped after a few songs to complain about people smoking. So the security people quickly put up signs with "No Smoking Allowed". The band seemed a bit insecure for the first tracks after the incident. Seemed like they were a little worried about what Brian would do. But as the concert progressed they backed Brian perfectly. It's was nice see the songs played with true enthusiasm.

The setlist contained a lot of the old 60's hits like "Surfin' USA", "Barbara Ann" and "I Get Around". But newer songs like "Add Some Music To Your Day", "Heroes and Villians" and "Marcella" was also included. The solo track "Love and Mercy" ended the set beautifully. A good mix that was well suited for the venue. The last few tracks featured Brian playing his "Smile" bass. It was nice to see him play with the band. Mostly his just sat on his stool singing and drinking tea. His singing was great though. Nice to hear he is still going strong.

Brian Wilson

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Back from ACE 2007

Jun 15th, 2007

This evening Kaj Grønbæk and I returned to Aarhus after having spent a few days at the ACE 2007 conference in Salzburg. All in all it has been a nice trip. Salzburg is a really beautiful city and it was hard not to notice Salzburg is the city Mozart comes from. There was Mozart pictures, chocolate and music playing out of windows and in airplanes. The weather was very good except from some rain wednesday evening.

Salzburg

The conference itself was well organized and presentations was done in the hall where Mozart performed his first opera. We were about 120 participants from all over the world. There was only one track at the conference which made it possible to listen to all speakers which was nice. Subjects were very varied e.g. "Mobile and Social Games", "Games in New Environments", "Tangible" and "Music". There was some interesting presentations but also some presentations that was hard to get excited about. I like it most when research has some meaningful real world applications. Some of the presentations was a little vague on that aspect.

Our presentation of the Wisdom Well went well and people seemed to like it. The main critique was (of course) the setup. Why do you have to dig a 3 meter deep hole into the ground? Sadly there are not obvious alternatives yet. Maybe new technology dealing with this will emerge in the future. At our presentation we showed a demo video. You can watch it here (wmv, 39.2 mb).

The conference hall

The social events was also well planned. Wednesday night we went on a beer tour to some local brewerys to drink some beers. We had a nice time taking to two guys from France and Austria respectively. Thursday we went a castle just outside of Salzburg that had some water games in the garden. Really fun and different entertainment. Basically the Baron who lived there had created all kinds of sprinkler systems built into statues and staircases which made it possible to surprise his guests when they least excepted it. Some scenes in the film "Sound of Music" was shot here. Guess I will have to watch it soon to see if I recognize something.

At the castle

But it is good to be home in Denmark again. I will be going to Aalborg tomorrow to hear Brian Wilson. Probably without Al Jardine it seems.

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Going to ACE 2007

Jun 11th, 2007
This week from tuesday to friday I will be attending the ACE2007 conference in Salzburg, Austria together with Kaj Grønbæk, presenting the Wisdom Well project.

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Presented the Wisdom Well at Møllevangsskolen

Jun 8th, 2007
Today I did a presentation of the Wisdom Wells at Møllevangsskolen in Aarhus to some guests from Germany, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

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Two Awards for Interactive Spaces

Jun 5th, 2007
Marianne Graves Petersen and Peter Krogh won awards for some of the project I have been involved in.

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Two Awards for Interactive Spaces

Jun 5th, 2007

In the last couple of weeks Interactive Spaces has won two awards. Both for projects I have been involved in.

Peter Krogh won the "Best Paper Presentation" at the Nordes Design Research Conference in Stockholm for an article about the Interactive Children's Library project. Click here to read more.

Marianne Graves Petersen won the "Peoples’ Choice Award" in the category "Work In Progress" at the CHI 2007 conference which is on the biggest HCI conferences in the world. She presented the "Squeeze" prototype also known as the "Sausage". The prototype has been developed as part of the Microsoft-funded project Everyday Special. I was part of building the prototype for the presentation which has been fun as it is a rather unconventional project. And I got to experiment with some of the new Flash API's like filters and transition effects. Click here to read more about the award (in danish).

Squeeze

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Interviewed for BBC Digital World

Jun 2nd, 2007
Ole Iversen and I was interviewed for the BBC Digital World radio program.

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