ifoAppleStore - News and information about Apple Computer’s retail stores lists all the new apple stores going in in Canada. There are two new ones going in in Toronto, one opening next month in the Ryerson area, between my office and the new business school building, in the good ol’ Eaton Centre. At present I have to walk past 3 stores that sell Apple products on my way to work. Life if tough.
FRIDAY MARCH 31st FROM 7-10PM
HEY APATHY! WEB LAUNCH
VISIT THE STUDIO FOR THE OFFICIAL WEB LAUNCH
FEATURING VIDEO, ANIMATIONS & NEW WORKS BY MIKE PARSONS
SATURDAY APRIL 1st & SUNDAY APRIL 2nd FROM 12-5PM
THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Studio is located at 75 Kensington Ave. (at the corner of Baldwin & Kensington)
Take the stairs to the 3rd floor, STUDIO #303.
Hope to see you there,
The symposium of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, May 26-28, 2006, in Sinaia, Romania: synopsis of a paper
PHENOMENA in the HOIA-BACIU WOOD
The Hoia-Baciu wood (HBW) , close to the city of Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania, Romania, is the site of some unconventional phenomena which have been recorded and researched for nearly 50 years. People of various ages and educational levels seem to create a modern variety of folklore on the basis of these unconventional occurances. The HBW has a tendency to become the Romanian version of the Bermuda triangle.( Read more... )
From news.com Comes a story about MySpace.
“A story out of Boulder, Colo., today might be of particular interest to those who meet people through social networking sites, or at least their parents in the case of young MySpace users…. Six men were arrested in connection with the rape and robbery of a woman who they had become acquainted with through MySpace, authorities told The Associated Press. The group met for a party that turned violent, with blood left in almost every room and some $40,000 in electronics, jewelry, clothing and other items taken, the story said.”
I find MySpace very interesting. It has almost no opportunities for content or any communication. It is I guess like walking past people in the shopping mall, or trying to meet people at a Rave. Too much noise and surface glitter to allow any sort of real communication. And when you have nothing to say, it is better to find a forum where this is impossible. Compare this to say LiveJournal where you are at least judged by what you write and say, who your social network is and what they say, as well as a pile of lesser accessed stats. I wonder if what makes MySpace so dangerous is the lack of depth possible, the ability of people to appear to communicate without doing more than shouting into someone’s ear about how cool one is.
Not that any place is free from the imposition of dangerous individuals, but when you have to spend a couple of months writing about yourself (and reading/commenting on other’s in a meaningful manner) to get any sort of cred (lj) or just start spamming people with infomericals about yoursef (myspace), I think that MySpace is just asking for trouble and LJ modeled on the notion of knowing, at least textually, who you’re talking to and what they’re saying.
Boing Boing: Canadian music industry pollsters slime Michael Geist, spin spin spin!: “A Canadian pollster has slimed a law prof who posted his own analysis of their results, and the prof has fought back with more analysis of their rebuttal, making them look like even bigger jerks.
Michael Geist is the copyfightin’ prof who posted an incendiary analysis of a poll conducted on behalf of the Canadian Record Industry Association. Michael found that a close examination of the poll revealed that downloaders buy more music than non-downloaders and many other points that invalidate the hysterical rhetoric of Big Music.”
TheStar.com - T.O. to become wireless hotspot
Toronto Hydro Corp. will announce Tuesday that it plans to turn Canada’s largest city into one giant wireless hotspot, directly challenging the country’s major mobile phone carriers for a chunk of the $8 billion a year wireless market.