"For the "Highway" some Philip Glass inspired music might be good,
full of movement, but subtle enough not to drown out everything else."
Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh on this day in 1847. Bell is
with inventing the telephone - he also dabbled
with giant kites, flying machines and hydrofoils.
A commonly used
unit of sound, the decibel, is named after Bell." (heritage.scotsman.com,
first telephone call in the United Kingdom was made on this day
in 1878 by Queen Victoria,
and it was a Scotsman to thank for
the breakthrough. Alexander Graham Bell was demonstrating his
new invention to the Queen, and it has now gone on to forever
change the world. heritage.scotsman.com"
1st is a day of firsts. On this day in 1880, the first telephone
box was installed (in New Haven, Connecticut);
...and in 1946,
the first television licenses were issued in the U.K. at £2."
Jan. 25, 1915, the inventor of the telephone,
Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone
service.... Perfect Test of Transcontinental Line Made by Inventors
of Bell and Watson. 4,750-MILE RECORD SET.
President Wilson, Mayor
Mitchel, and Other Noted Men Participate in Celebration."
this day [18 Dec] in 1856 Joseph John Thomson was born in Manchester,
England, of Scots parents.
Thomson was an eminent physicist who
discovered electrons and sub-atomic particles. He also invented
mass spectrometer and did a great deal of work on cathode
ray tubes. Thomson was awarded the Nobel
prize for physics in 1906 and was knighted two years later. He followed in the footsteps of another
great Scot, James Clerk Maxwell." (Scotsman.com
update, 18 December 2006)
14 March 1952, the first television programme
was broadcast in Scotland. The programme
featured the Royal
Scottish Country Dance Society performing the Duke of Edinburgh Reel." heritage.scotsman.com
Archive - Birth of TV / Crystal Palace / TV Anniversary /
Facts & Figures
& White - Colour
journey began in 1976 when two college dropouts - Jobs, a marketing
whiz, and his friend Steve Wozniak,
an engineering genius - filed
partnership papers on April Fools' Day, their eyes set on building
and selling personal computers.
Another friend, Ron Wayne, opted
out of the risky venture within two weeks. Their first product
was a build-it-yourself computer kit.
A year later, in 1977, the
Apple II microcomputer was born. It was not the first personal
computer but it was the most successful
- a hit not just among
engineers, but home users, too. Many credit the Apple II as the
genesis of the personal computer revolution." Apple
"In a study by Zaheer
Hussain and Mark D. Griffiths, it was found that just over one
in five gamers (21%)
said they preferred socializing online to
offline. Significantly more male gamers than female gamers
that they found it easier to converse online than offline. It
was also found that 57% of gamers
had created a character of the
opposite gender, and it is suggested that the online female persona
has a number of positive social attributes." (wikipedia,
2.0" = audience, feed, column, community, content, create,
home page, link,
email,money, online, post, rss,
share, syndicate, tag, users
of companies that are infusing once-static Web pages with the
power, speed, and features
of sophisticated desktop applications.
And by combining these online applications with the new
wireless and broadband communications ability of the Web, they are redefining
the Internet itself...
people can do much more than store documents
online. They can also collaborate, often in new
and unique ways. Groups can work together on a document, making changes that appear
and doing so without the need to reload the Web page...[Newsvine.com]
users to create their own home pages and columns and comment
on every story.
Top stories are selected according to user patterns,
not by editors. Users even
get to keep 90% of the ad revenue that
their home pages generate....
is shifting toward the individual, operating at the edge of the
network and away from the giant
companies at the center of the
network," says Michael Arrington, chairman of edgeio.com and
the founder of techcrunch.com, a popular blog that tracks Web 2.0 companies...
content and brand emerges at the end of the cycle and it's created
by the users," Young says"
Warner Cable added 880,000 voice subscribers in 2005,
for a total of 1.1m in 2005" news.zdnet.com,
16/3/06 (Time Warner is a trademark of...)
Skype...PC-to-PC calling service ...(Skype
is a registered trademark of Skype Ltd, 2006)
Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy
We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy,
Stefana Broadbent'sresearchshows how communication tech
is capable of cultivating deeper relationships,
bringing love across barriers like distance & workplace rules
This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet
from backwater to ubiquity
and reveals that it is sputtering precisely
because of its runaway success.
With the unwitting help of its users,
the generative Internet is on a path
to a lockdown,
ending its cycle
of innovation and facilitating unsettling new kinds of control.
The Machine Stops
In 1909 E.M. Forster foretold of a time when we would all communicate via a
"machine", and of a time when the surface of the Earth would be inhospitable.
"a world in which most of the human population has lost the ability to live
on the surface of the Earth...
Communication is made via a kind of instant
messaging/video conferencing machine
called the speaking apparatus,
with which people conduct their only activity, the sharing of ideas and
knowledge ...and the resultant unwelcome personal interaction..."
Timeless; a documentary by KS12 that focuses on questions about
identity, experience, time and place in a post-digital era.