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Moogfest is looking for your multimedia guru design extraordinaire

You know you only clicked on this to find out what the heck a Moogfest is, right?

moogOver the last 50 years Moog Music has created technology that has given artists the ability to create and express themselves in new and limitless ways. Moogfest honors this spirit of innovation, embodied ion their founder Bob Moog through a five-day festival that highlights the intersection of art, music, performance and technology.

As part of the festivities, Moogfest and The Media Arts Project (MAP) are issuing an invitation to artists, musicians, designers, architects, engineers, innovators, scientists, and students to submit proposals for juried selection to contribute to Moogfest 2014. Between 5 and 10 submissions will be selected to be installed within the festival boundaries.
Design teams are asked to propose a freestanding, rapidly deployable temporary pavilion, structure or installation that embodies the interdisciplinary philosophy and innovation that Moog exemplifies. Designs should enhance the experience of the user by engaging multimedia and multi-sensory experiences of sound, structure, materiality, light and form. The objective is for each entry to emphasize the intersection of art and technology.
Participation is open to any individual or team who will be 18 years of age by the time registration closes on December 29th, 2013. Submissions will be accepted in digital format only. More information on proposal requirements, format and parameters, as well as the official application forms can be found at www.moogfest.com/map.
A jury comprised of MAP board members, Ursula Gullow and Brandon Pass, and Moogfest will review each submission.  Criteria to be considered includes:
  • Feasibility and structural integrity for public use
  • Appropriateness to legacy and mission of Moog Music and The Media Arts Project
  • Innovation and interdisciplinary approach to making
  • Rapidly deployable (must be constructed in less than 24 hours)
If selected, participants will install their pieces as a part of Moogfest and will receive an award of $1000. Special consideration will be given to North Carolina residents.
Stay updated on Moogfest through www.moogfest.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogfest.

Oh the days of digital demand are among us

It’s not just with cable tv or online streaming either, although maybe that is what most people fuss about in their status updates. These days prices for pretty much every form of media and every digital product available is under scrutiny and therefore prices are incredibly competitive; just hear What Rob has to say.

You can’t go to one website or flip through three channels without being faced with at least a banner ad or Cute NET10 commercial promising how their phone service or long distance plan and data package is the best, right?

Well, I know I’ve written about it before, so what makes my posts any different? It’s because I’ve done research and reading and scrutinized even what a Real NET10 customer might have to say. I checked them out on Twitter, you should, too @Net10_Wireless.

Brian and I are getting ready to go on a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico and I had to add a feature to my cell phone plan to make sure I would be able to call home without it costing an arm and a leg. And it turns out that I’ll be paying over $100 just to turn on these features for a week and then have them turned back off when I get back in the US. It’s absurd.

I’m constantly regretting having the cell plan I have because the data plan is so expensive and yet it’s really nothing special. It’s not worth it and the more I think about it, the more I’m sure I wouldn’t miss it if I went with NET10. Unlimited Minutes, Text and Web for $50.00/month come on, that would put money back in my pocket every month for other far more important things!

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Facebook’s virtual money, Camera record 1080p video

The rumors were true. Canon has crammed the $1500 50D’s sensor and 5D-Mark-II-like 1080p video capture into an $899 entry-level Rebel. We ran it through its paces for a few hours, and it’s awesome.

So what we have here is almost the exact sensor from the 50D-a 15.1 megapixel CMOS with sensitivities up to ISO 12,800 at its top-end H2 boost setting. And almost the exact same HD capture from the 5D Mark II-the only change is that 1080p video is captured at 20fps, down from the 5D Mark II’s 30fps.

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On Tuesday night, a Los Angeles Times blog post pointed to an soundbite that Facebook “gaming guru” Gareth Davis produced at the GamesBeat conference in San Francisco: that the company is “looking at” offering a virtual currency to developers. The virtual goods industry, the article notes, is a $1.5 billion behemoth.

This would mean that games and other apps with a presence on Facebook could use a universal “Facebook currency” that would not only be interoperable between apps, it could also line Facebook’s pockets with some extra cash. But Davis’ language (“looking at”) is about as ambiguous as it gets, so my advice to potentially-excited developers would be “don’t hold your breath.”

Late last year, Facebook switched the payment system for Facebook Gifts from U.S. dollars to “credits,” making it easier for the site to charge more or less than its previous standard $1 for the virtual items.

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If you’re planning on any outdoor parties, like camping out or just hanging around a bonfire, it’s always nice to bring some music with you. This BoomCooler is easy to wheel around no matter where you go, although you might want to keep a tarp or something around to protect it just in case it rains. It has a built-in CD player or you can hook up your iPod to the cooler. They actually recommend for better sound using something plugged into the aux input or USB input as opposed to using the CD player.

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata’s GDC keynote today has revealed that the Wii will not be on the receiving end of a new hard drive, but will instead support the SDHC memory card format. Owners of the Wii will be able to do so using the Wii Menu 4.0 by downloading content straight onto the SDHC card from the Wii Shop Channel, where up to 240 SD channels are supported. With the SDHC standard to hit 32GB in the near future anyways, it makes perfect sense to use this relatively diminutive card instead of a portable hard drive.

And a new Zelda in the works?

Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata took the keynote stage at GDC this morning to encourage the developer community, talk about the DSi handheld and unveil some new titles for the Wii and DS platforms including a new Zelda game called Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (working title).