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Google Analytics has put together a series of videos demonstrating what poor Web design can do to an online commerce site—crap we'd never put up with in a brick-and-mortar store. There's unintuitive search and site design that prevents you from finding the item you're looking for—in this case, it's a grocery store that makes it impossible to find an everyday item as simple as milk. There's the obnoxious online checkout, where you're forced to log in, agree to terms and prove you're a real person before you get timed out, forcing you to start all over again. Then there's a misplaced dig at Amazon's highly successful, often copied suggestion of other items you might like. Produced by Google's in-house video agency Across the Pond, all the spots have the absurdity of a Monty Python skit. It seems weird for Google to be dissing online search and e-commerce, but here it serves the greater goal of telling people to learn more about their customers via Analytics.
A fan sent me a Philip K. Dickesque movie and asked if I could share it. I have embedded it here and put a link to it on the Multimedia page . The film is described by Ewan as “sort of a psychotic comedy about a man who seems to be trapped in a Philip K Dick novel.”
January 18, 2012 Filed under: News Nicolas writes in to ask: “Could you tell me the difference between “PUBLIC DOMAIN” and “LIKELY PUBLIC DOMAIN”? And do I have to request publishing rights to Philip K. Dick Trust?”
[ Video Link ]I'm reading a greatly enjoying Daniel H. Wilson's novel about a near-future robot uprising called Robopocalypse . The publisher is running a contest asking readers to contribute short videos to promote the book. They've winnowed down the entries to seven, and are going to give $750 to the creator of the most "liked" one. My favorite of the seven is the one shown above.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-59704" title="AAItablet" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2011/10/AAItablet.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="478" /> The AAI Corporation doesn’t know the name of the two-by-three-foot tablet its representatives are showing off. “You, uh, wanna talk about what we’re gonna call this?” Chris Ellsworth of AAI asks his colleague, Todd Alexander. Alexander shakes his head. He just thinks it’ll be the primary tool of battlefield commanders in the near future.
October 27, 2011, 3:45 PM — Ok, it's actually hard to stop Microsoft from sharing its vision of the future. To the point that it became anti-competitive about it, according to some among the judicial set. This morning it posted a bit of pro-technology schmaltz in the form of a six-minute video ( and a press release describing the video ) showing ) imagining what the PC will look like in five or 10 years and how widely computer technology will have spread. The video is the next-generation of a similar vid Microsoft put out in 2008, when laptops were so heavy you could barely carry them through the airport and Windows would crash all the time In Microsoft's vision of the future the PC won't look like anything, most of the time. The functions and intelligence of the PC will be built into eyeglasses, notepads, thin screens in taxis and flat surfaces where people gather will display their work, data or schedule updates.
I think part of the reason why future predictions of fashion often fail is because it's mostly a technological dead end. There really isn't a hell of a lot you can do with clothes that hasn't already been done. Synthetic fibers, done! Stain and tear resistance, done! Inexpensive manufacture and replacement, done! Basically it's a few layers of cloth over your tender person, not much to change there--at that point it becomes an issue of ease of maintenance.
This is quite weird and wonderful, chilling even - a surreal Stepford Wife sings “I Feel Fantastic”. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a highly accomplished Cypriot sculptor. Though skilled at imitating the human form, and well acquainted with it’s subtleties, he became disgusted by it when he witnessed the Propoetides prostituting themselves.
An Eye for Music: Broken Bells' "The Ghost Inside" + The Apex Theory's "Apossibly" Both of these music videos relate to Philip K. Dick.