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Friday Midday (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-July-2010  12:10:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have some steampunk artwork, or something big and geekily cool like a tesla coil or similar, and would like to get involved with the UnderTheBlueMoon festival, drop me a note!

This is basically a big ad but it's also very interesting - recently a money tree appeared in Sydney. We secretly filmed people as they passed by a tree covered in $5 notes and asked a psychologist and financial decision-making expert to monitor and analyse responses.

YouTube have an interesting project, Life in a Day. Life in a Day is a historic global experiment to create a user-generated feature film, shot in a single day, by you. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of your life on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by kevin Macdonald.

Rupert Murdoch's idea of charging for internet news is being proven or disproven by some sites. Except for the Wall Street Journal, few offline publications have been successful in getting readers to pay for content online. Earlier this year, the New York Observer reported that three months after Newsday put up a paywall, only 35 people had subscribed to its $5-a-week site.

A few PR people will be getting rapped on the knuckles, with Sony using a Canon DSLR for the press photos of their new camera, and BP seemingly amateurishly photoshopping photos of their command centre, thanks Paul.

InsideHW compared two powerline networking kits. Another solution which shatters this prejudice, to a greater or lesser extent of success, is networking using the already existing electrical installations. This time around, we’ve taken up DHP-307AV, D-Link’s Powerline AV Network Starter Kit, as well as Devolo’s dLan 200 AVplus Starter Kit, for testing purposes.

Paul spotted this HIPerSpace Wall. In particular the HIPerSpace wall at UCSD's CalIT2 center is a giga-pixel display that combines 70 high-resolution monitors to produce one of the world's largest displays (and a really cool place to watch the Simpsons!).

The Internet Filtering Poll we linked recently has closed, and the ABC have their thoughts on the results, and the filter itself. This morning, an online poll closed with 98% of 38,000 respondents saying they would not vote for a political party that supported the internet filter. While the ALP is unlikely to be worried by a few tens of thousands of votes, the poll is significant in that it was promoted by an unprecedented alliance of almost every major technology publication and community in the country including the Sydney Morning Herald, News.com.au, PC Authority, Australian Personal Computer, PC User, PC World, Good Gear Guide, ITnews, ITWire, Delimiter, Atomic, Gizmodo, Life Hacker and the large OCAU online community. Discussion continues here.

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