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Post-its on a wall and some masking tape become an impromptu conference schedule.

Joey starts with some announcements on the hacked together audio system and practices his best traci lords impression for deep audio sounds.

"Should I Code, or Should I Sleep?" played by Joey deVilla, conducted by Band Leaders Jay Goldman & David Crow

Pete Forde goes Polaroid @ DemoCamp 18

Anjali, Kristin, Bryce, David, and Jon Lax

Proyecto 365


"Su naturaleza, como un tornado, tan hermoso y peligroso a su vez."

"His nature, like a twister, so beautiful and dangerous to themselves."


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talking about Ambient Intimacy

[6/1/2007 4:27:09 PM] michele perras says: ooh!

[6/1/2007 4:27:17 PM] Thomas Purves says: exactly

[6/1/2007 4:27:34 PM] michele perras says: swarm it baby!

[6/1/2007 4:27:36 PM] Thomas Purves says: leisa

[6/1/2007 4:27:40 PM] Thomas Purves says: Reichelt

[6/1/2007 4:30:30 PM] Thomas Purves says:

[6/1/2007 4:32:05 PM] Thomas Purves says: Ambient intimacy is about being able to keep in touch with people with a level of regualrity and intimacy that you wouldn't usually have access t, because time and space conspire to make it impossible

[6/1/2007 4:32:27 PM] Thomas Purves says: (someone also mentioned Continuous Partial Friendship)

[6/1/2007 4:33:05 PM] Thomas Purves says: or 'hyper-connectivity'

[6/1/2007 4:36:13 PM] Thomas Purves says: this relates to my own theory of all media: that media is just any tool that helps us leverage our own identity (the sum of our current context and the trajectory of all our past contexts - what i call autobiographical locality) across the limitation of space and time. because we can't physically be everywhere at the same time and we can't live forever and even if we were, we wouldn't be able to say everything at the same time, or even know what to say if we could

[6/1/2007 4:36:17 PM] Thomas Purves says: so we invented media

[6/1/2007 4:39:29 PM] Thomas Purves says: study of ambient intimacy goes back to studies of how japanese kids use txt messaging

[6/1/2007 4:40:28 PM] Joey deVilla says: "TENTACLE PR0N @ MY PLACE @NITE KTHX BYE"

[6/1/2007 4:41:37 PM] Thomas Purves says: people have many contacts on facebook, but many of these are "archival" friends and only a subset you communicate with all the time

[6/1/2007 4:42:44 PM] Thomas Purves says: the reason we have brains is just to keep track of our fellow primates

[6/1/2007 4:42:47 PM] Thomas Purves says: (dunbar)

[6/1/2007 4:43:11 PM] Joey deVilla says: It could also be to get meat

[6/1/2007 4:43:20 PM] Joey deVilla says: It doesn't take much brains to sneak up on a carrot

[6/1/2007 4:43:49 PM] Thomas Purves says: originally picking fleas was the way to bond socially (the original facebook poke) but was... inefficient

[6/1/2007 4:45:00 PM] Thomas Purves says: lots of talk of Dunbar's nuber of 150

[6/1/2007 4:45:23 PM] Thomas Purves says: but facebook <23 yr olds i know have 300 friends

[6/1/2007 4:48:09 PM] Thomas Purves says: is the new village green

[6/1/2007 4:48:47 PM] Mark Kuznicki is appreciating the Reboot live-swarming

[6/1/2007 4:49:16 PM] Thomas Purves says: digital social spaces are a way to pass people on the way to the budcher at pick up context about your neighboors as you pass by

[6/1/2007 4:50:20 PM] michele perras says: enhancing the connections between digital and physical spaces

[6/1/2007 4:50:43 PM] michele perras says: like one paint colour on a social palette

[6/1/2007 4:50:48 PM] Thomas Purves says: in neighboorhoods where every one knows you, your neighboors know something is up if you don't pass by one day like you usually do [like when somebody stops posting for a bit you know something is up]

[6/1/2007 4:51:08 PM] Thomas Purves says: great tshirt. just says "wearing my twitter shirt"

[6/1/2007 4:51:22 PM] Thomas Purves says: people concerned that "they look good online"

[6/1/2007 4:52:01 PM] Thomas Purves says: people leave runing all day to try and give the "righ" "fashionable" impression of what they listen to

[6/1/2007 4:53:04 PM] Joey deVilla says: So there's a "for show" playlist and a "real" playlist

[6/1/2007 4:53:38 PM] Joey deVilla says: Show playlist: Decemberists, Arcade Fire. Real playlist: ABBA.

[6/1/2007 4:53:45 PM] michele perras says: lol

[6/1/2007 4:53:58 PM] Thomas Purves says: m: i mean the casual contextual perspective you get from fb or twitter is replacing or retrieving the archetype of the purely implicit interactions you have from passing the same people everyday in your neighbourhood

[6/1/2007 4:55:08 PM] Thomas Purves says: you can read a lot about the social evenvirontment and whats going on jus by sitting the hallway and seeing how ppl are dressed today and how they are interacting. fb is like that digitally

[6/1/2007 4:55:40 PM] michele perras says: yes - exactly. those implicit interactions that you would normally get in your physical neighbourhood are translated into your digital behaviours, with varying degrees of success though.

[6/1/2007 4:55:48 PM] Thomas Purves says: "it's not about being poked and prodded, it's about exposing more surface area for others to connect with" johnnie moore

[6/1/2007 4:56:21 PM] Thomas Purves says: yes exactly

[6/1/2007 4:56:34 PM] Mark Kuznicki says: i've got plenty of surface area

[6/1/2007 4:56:57 PM] michele perras says: expanding the available real estate, and the building materials

[6/1/2007 4:57:01 PM] michele perras says: rawr

[6/1/2007 4:57:02 PM] Thomas Purves says: dog : i had my own blog for a while, but i decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking.

[6/1/2007 4:57:29 PM] michele perras has to run to beal. keep swarming tom!

[6/1/2007 4:57:37 PM] Thomas Purves says: rawr. lumber surfaces

[6/1/2007 4:57:44 PM] Mark Kuznicki says: lol

[6/1/2007 5:00:39 PM] Thomas Purves says: key is parse-ability of a i

[6/1/2007 5:00:42 PM] Thomas Purves says: depends on people

[6/1/2007 5:01:07 PM] Mark Kuznicki says: A.I. = Ambient Intimacy

[6/1/2007 5:01:12 PM] Thomas Purves says: the idea of recieving communication that is not always deserving full attention is distasteful for some ppl

[6/1/2007 5:01:13 PM] Thomas Purves says: ues

[6/1/2007 5:01:16 PM] Thomas Purves says: yes

[6/1/2007 5:01:45 PM] Thomas Purves says: Leisa quite likes it (stowe does too)

[6/1/2007 5:01:54 PM] Mark Kuznicki says: evolving towards C.I. = Collective Intelligence ??

[6/1/2007 5:02:32 PM] Thomas Purves says: C I = euphamism?

[6/1/2007 5:02:41 PM] Thomas Purves says: there's another debate :)

[6/1/2007 5:03:36 PM] Mark Kuznicki is heading to the office, back soon

[6/1/2007 5:03:41 PM] Mark Kuznicki says: keep it swarming

[6/1/2007 5:04:34 PM] Thomas Purves says: she is wrapped up

[6/1/2007 5:04:42 PM] Thomas Purves says: CI is next heh

. . . on the subway? Lori Kufner of at the Toronto Transit Camp, held on Sunday, February 4 at the Gladstone Hotel.

live casting to the TorCamp chat swarm:


[6/1/2007 5:37:11 PM] Thomas Purves says: good our products gossip with one another

[6/1/2007 5:38:03 PM] Thomas Purves says: on the tube bored i could read the gossip and tacit knowledge of my appliances

[6/1/2007 5:38:24 PM] Thomas Purves says: what if our products learned from their elders and betters

[6/1/2007 5:38:55 PM] Thomas Purves says: what if you brough new products home and they defaulted to deferign to the older products in your house to know how to behave in this environment

[6/1/2007 5:39:24 PM] Thomas Purves says: cultural transmission is very important thing

[6/1/2007 5:40:08 PM] Thomas Purves says: [me: humans would be a pretty lame product if not for cultural transmission we receive after being 'delivered']

[6/1/2007 5:41:47 PM] Thomas Purves says: i wonder if we would be happier with products if we knew it had goals. l

[6/1/2007 5:42:49 PM] Thomas Purves says: there's watches that aspire to greater things

[6/1/2007 5:43:10 PM] Thomas Purves says: high level motivations are important for mental modeling of responses

[6/1/2007 5:43:22 PM] Thomas Purves says: so products should display their ambitions

[6/1/2007 5:44:53 PM] Thomas Purves says: most sports are about tidying up, putting stuff back where it's supposed to be

[6/1/2007 5:44:57 PM] Thomas Purves says: put the ball in the hole

[6/1/2007 5:45:12 PM] Thomas Purves says: tennis is a sport about disagreeing over who touched the ball last

[6/1/2007 5:46:39 PM] Thomas Purves says: so make cleaning a game

[6/1/2007 5:47:41 PM] Thomas Purves says: making vacuum game that you spread little balls on your floor pick up the yellow ones but avoid the red ones. unless you get a blue one then you have 15sec to get as many red ones as possible! call in VacMan i'd buy that

[6/1/2007 5:48:14 PM] Thomas Purves says: [gorgeous hand sketched slides]


Matt Webb:

Shulze: (design)

Torcamp is experimenting collectively with new channels of real-time (chat) collaboration while simultaneously trying to conduct business and plan future events and advocacy with city politics etc. Here I am in 3 skype conversations, 2 gtalk, a few msn, gmail and a campfire conversation with 40 people. *the exact same 40 people*. So far this experiment is somewhere a brilliant insight into the new collaboration -- or a complete disaster. staying tuned.

February meeting of UXIrregulars.

Happy faces

cool web app for making your own Web Comics . Jesse Brown is host for the great CBC Radio show "Search Engine"

The Opening Circle is surrounded by laptop bearing Campers.

Possible BarCampToronto Logo contributed by Mark Stephenson at Axionic

MC David. DemoCamp was held at the "MaRS" centre in downtown Toronto.

Thomas Madsen-Mygdal & Henriette

(Thomas of Europe's Reboot fame)


David Crow and Kristin

(David of Canda's Torcamp/Barcamp fame)


comeon I am I the first to point this out?


strange coincidental forces.

©2007 Alex Felipe

All Rights Reserved.




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Taken at Transit Camp, where over 100 Torontonians gathered to discuss what they would do to improve the way the TTC (our transit system) market's itself. If you don't have an opinion of what's wrong with the TTC then ya probably ain't from here. Just check out their website for one example [].


It was held in what seemed like an unheated room in the Gladstone Hotel on Queen St W on what was probably the coldest day of the winter so far. Many participants, including the soundman looking curiously at some guy with a camera, kept bundled up.


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"An ad-hoc gathering at the Gladstone Hotel of designers, transit geeks, bloggers, visual artists, tech geeks and cultural creators passionate about transit in Toronto and the TTC. It is a platform for Toronto's talented design community and enthusiastic transit users and fans to demonstrate their creativity and contribute to a better way for Toronto's transit system. The content and ideas generated in this open unconference will be delivered to the TTC for their consideration in their work.

Date: Sunday, February 4th

Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm

Location: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Attendance: Maximum attendance -100

Cost: FREE for participants!"


* above from the website:


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I thought of cropping out the door to the left and the white string above him, but decided that I liked the balance other elements provide.


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This image was taken with a Nikon D70 (a loaner). My 20D is a mess after shooting for 6 hours during a cold night in and out of a van (shooting a story on the street help outreach vans that feed and cloth homeless). It turns on, but I can't change the ISO, Metering, or activate the display--so can't access the menu.


Needless to say, I am not pleased.

Possible BarCampToronto Logo contributed by Mark Stephenson at Axionic

Controversy! Boobs, Boredom, and Boorish Behavior Bring Boos on BemoCamp (I mean DemoCamp)

Dave Gray (XPLANE) talks about some of the great visual thinkers in history and shows examples of their thinking in a slide titled "Visual Thinking Leads to Discovery". Who are some of those depicted? Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Richard Feynman & Stephen Hawking.

Sacha is really immersed in this discussion - she's making hand gestures and everything!

Possible BarCampToronto Logo contributed by Mark Stephenson at Axionic

- Taken at 10:26 PM on May 13, 2006; cameraphone upload by ShoZu

David, Jay & some "witty banter"

Peter Childs (gray shirt)

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