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  Diary:  Ignoring for Jesus  
 
 
Posted 2004-06-05 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Downtown Toronto was invaded by combat-pant-wearing Jesus-enthusiasts today. They walked briskly down the east side of Yonge St., uttering praise for their lord, honking air-horns, and waving red flags. At least one homeless person was passed by this conga-line of holiness, and do you think I saw any of the zealots stopping to give a brother a helping hand? Nope. Not one alm for the poor. Classy!
 
     
 
   
 
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  There Throws in the Towel  
 
 
Posted 2004-05-23 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Terra Nova tips us off to the decline of the multiplayer virtual universe There. Has There's contract with the US Army proven more lucrative than consumer ventures? Seems so.

According to Michael Wilson, VP of Community at There, Inc.: "We will no longer be making regular updates to the software, and we will not be fixing bugs...We will no longer be sponsoring the Mentor or Event Host Credit (EHC) programs, nor will we be paying Refer a Friend bonuses." [source]

Obviously any company that merely maintains the status quo of their online world rather than nurturing it is snubbing subscribers. Understandably, the natives are restless.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Digital Discussions in T-Dot  
 
 
Posted 2004-04-22 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Venerable digi-fu master Bill Buxton gives a talk today on the UofT campus. The lecture is described in Buxton's own words as "What I have learned about software product design in 8 1/2 years of working with some of the best industrial designers and film makers in the world." Sounds like a no-miss event. If you can't be there in person, there's a webcast here. Buxton's sermon will be given between 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. EST in Room BA1200 [1st floor], Bahen Centre for Information Technology, University of Toronto, 40 St. George St.

Tomorrow there will be a brown-bag lunch lecture by McLuhanite Twyla Gibson on "Plato's Medium and Message: The Philosophical Roots of Culture & Technology and the Toronto School of Communication." Make sure you bring a well-laden brown bag--if the lecture's proportionately as long as the title, it's gonna be a long haul.
Deets: Friday April 23 at 12:00 noon the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, 6th Floor, Room 122.

[headsup:what is the message?]
 
     
 
   
 
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  ABBA Cadaver  
 
 
Posted 2003-05-23 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I saw Mama Mia! (the musical) last night. I'm not a big fan of musicals, I'm more of a music fan, but there were crazy cheap tickets available due to the whole Toronto SARS thing, and I was all like "I will gladly risk SARS to see an ABBA musical."

So, what's an ABBA musical like? Imagine being duct-taped to a huge magenta fun-fur pillow by Disney theme-park workers and then force-fed a huge wheel of Gouda, coated in melted Brie smothered in shaved Asiago and liberally sprinkled with grated Parmigiano. By the third mouthful you'd be begging for it all to stop. Unless you like that sort of thing. Which most people in the theatre appeared to. Kinky bastards.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Subtle Technologies 2003 (Toronto)  
 
 
Posted 2003-05-21 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Toronto's 6th annual Subtle Technologies festival explores the relationships between art, science and technology. The festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through the weekend.

"On Thursday night, May 22nd, Subtle Technologies opens with a panel discussion at DECONism Gallery, featuring Steve Mann, Derrick de Kerckhove, Arthur Kroker, and Simon Penny. Following the panel, SubtleTechnologies will host an opening reception for Simon Penny's interactive installation, Bedlam."

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  Hubbub:  Avant Variety Show (Toronto)  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-22 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The Power Plant gallery presents "Hubbub," an art and ideas show at the Rivoli hosted by Terence Dick. Next Tuesday, guests include "multidisciplinary artists Fastw�rms discussing witches, magic and art; paranormal researcher Patrick Cross with a slide show of his ghost photography; and filmmaker Robert Kennedy screening footage of an actual UFO sighting as we consider the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Samuel Andreyev provides musical accompaniment on the theremin and mysterious art collective Forcefield supplies videos."

Hubbub
Free Admission
Tuesday, April 22, 8:30 pm (Doors open at 8:00 pm)
@ The Rivoli 334 Queen St. West, Toronto
(416) 973-4949 for info.
 
     
 
   
 
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  The Most Haunted Corner in Toronto  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-07 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Who knew the most haunted corner in the city would be visible from my window? The spooky structure is currently part of an upcoming condo development, and looks like it will be demolished soon. Poor ghosts. [link:heckubus]
 
     
 
   
 
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  SARS Smacks Toronto  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-27 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
If you didn't know already, Toronto's been hit hard by the pneumonia-like SARS. The Earthfiles summarizes the situation. SARS has reportedly infected about 1300 people worldwide at the time of this writing and caused about 30 deaths.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Matt Jones On The “Warchalking” Phenomenon  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-14 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Toronto's pricey Digifest is underway, drawing affluent digerati downtown like so many hackers to a honeypot.

On Friday, March 28, 6:00 pm at the Design Exchange (234 Bay Street, Toronto,) Matt Jones will be speaking about "warchalking."

What is warchalking?
"Dozens of companies in urban centres all around the world are leaving their networks unprotected, enabling anyone with a wireless card in their laptop or PDA to connect to these networks. Warchalking is the practice of marking a series of symbols on sidewalks and walls to indicate these wireless networks. Aware of these symbols and their locations, computer users translate the symbols and are able to connect wirelessly and 'freely' to someone else's internet access."

Tickets to hear warchalking inventor Jones elaborate on and moralize this issue are $35, and can be purchased online or by phone: 416-216-2150
 
     
 
   
 
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  1000 Is a Lot of Strangers  
 
 
Posted 2003-02-05 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
One Toronto stranger illustrated daily. It's enough to make your head spin.
 
     
 
   
 
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Dinozoiks wrote:
Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


yes, many of the free little games are crappy. but as an artist who has recently published free content on the itunes app store,…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


@GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


...you get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
in Electric Sheep Builds Its Own Flock


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