Archive for October, 2011

Hatsune Miku: What Next?

YouTube and other sharing website give examples of the massive users’ interactive collaboration. The Internet technology makes possible for numerous people to collaborate in creation via the web through “large-scale” information sharing of texts and multimedia contents such as YouTube, Wikipedia and Yahoo! AQ (Hamasaki, Takeda, Hope, & Nishimura, 2009). Therefore, the sharing production of the Internet leads to the term “creators’ community” which “means a tight group of nodes within social network of creators” (Hamasaki, Takeda, & Nishimura, 2008). In more advance content sharing, users have started to create their music using commercial singing synthesis systems and listeners are increasing especially with Continue reading

Two things interested me the most about this book…

First, the amazing ability to predict the “future” of the Internet.  Written in 1992, when I was still thinking of the Internet as a mere fax machine on steroids and wondering how many trenches were going to be dug for all of those Internet lines, Stephenson was predicting 3D virtual worlds. Thank heaven for people with imagination and intelligence, a wonderful partnership. If it were left up to people like me we would still be using outhouses and burning candles.

Second, we humans aren’t actually all that evolved, despite indoor plumbing and electricity. The future mystifies us, whether that future is man and machine racing to reach various monoliths or whether it is computers that can spread a physical ailment. Continue reading

The Internet Meme Phenomena

The book Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson (1992) brought to life the idea of internet meme causing viral reactions using the World Wide Web and eventually another platform.  Although we have not yet reached past the World Wide Web in 2011, the use of social networking with today’s children, adolescents and adults has caused a new phenomenon that was not present only five to ten years ago. Continue reading

The identity of an avatar

One of the striking aspects of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash to me was the inter-relationship of Hiro Protagonist with his avatar in the Metaverse.  When Neal Stephenson wrote Snow Crash in 1992, the concept of virtual realities, avatars and alternate identities were simply science fiction.  Concepts related to identity and even sentience of alternative beings was portrayed only in science fiction novels and in media shows such as Star Trek.  In The Next Generation’s episode of The Measure of a Man Data’s character was on trial Continue reading

Is a Real “Snow Crash” Possible?

I’m sure you’ve heard it before when you were growing up. “Don’t sit too close to the television!” That was a frequent quote from my parents back in the day, who were probably concerned that my eyes would be ruined or my brains would turn into mush. The funny part about this is I’m currently repeating that same quote to my 6-year old daughter on a regular basis! She doesn’t seem to believe my reasoning, just like I didn’t believe my parents. Well, who’s right in this case? Can media exposure of this intensity be physically harmful to our brains and bodies?

All right, I know what you’re thinking. What does this have to do with Snow Crash? Well, in Stephenson’s 1992 novel, a computer virus is spread around the world that has the power to not only damage computer systems and affect virtual avatars, but also cause physical harm to hackers who activate the virus by sending them into convulsions. Sounds pretty far-fetched, right?  Well, maybe Stephenson and our parents were on to something. Continue reading

Not sure if this is a conference everyone has heard of or not.  It is SUNY affliated but anyone can present. There’s a call for proposals open until Dec. 1st.

Here’s the suggested topic list, which almost reads like our list of assignments:


  • Information literacy
  • Visual literacy
  • Digital literacy
  • Media literacy
  • Cultural literacy
  • Critical literacy


  • Open Sources
  • Web 2.0
  • Social Networking (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Ning)
  • Mobile Technology (Mobile apps, texting)
  • Classroom Technologies (Smartboards)
  • Collaborative Technology (Wikis)
  • Multimedia (Podcasts, Vcasts)

One of the underlying themes in Neil Stephenson’s book Snow Crash is that of meme. Meme is a concept coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 that discusses the ability to manipulate and transmit message and meaning from host to host through the mind. According to Wikipedia… Continue reading

Red Light Winter-SL

In Gilgamesh, the powerful Enkidu was seduced by a harlot from the temple of love in Uruk. He was punished because of his sins and thus he lost his power. He escaped from his reality to live with his new friend Gilgamesh. The newfound friends gradually weaken and grow lazy living in the city, so Gilgamesh proposes a great adventure that entails building a great Continue reading

The Road from Mozart to Miku??

Just how did we get here?  How did we get from the point where a musician such as Mozart sat down at his harpsichord playing his original compositions to a few elite nobles with the economic wherewithal and the geographic luck to witness a genius at work to an Continue reading

The Hatsune Miku phenomenon

Crypton Future Media, the company that owns the rights to Hatsune Miku states that “Hatsune Miku is not merely music software anymore.  It’s turned into a source of inspiration to create its derivative works.”  When initially created, the software was a singing synthesizer application that was created utilizing a female persona.  The software name Hatsune Miku is a blending of three Japanese root words hatsu – meaning first, the sound ne, and miku meaning future; literally Continue reading