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Crowdsourcing is defined on Wikipedia as

a neologistic compound of “crowd” and “outsourcing” for the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor to a large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call.

Recently, I’ve been addicted to things that implement the use of crowdsourced material. It seems to work for just about anything. Though, I have to say that with anything that is crowdsourced, structure and continuity is seemingly thrown out the window.

Crowdsourse project come in two flavors which I’ll call inclusive and exclusive. I think between Web 1.0 and 2.0, the sort of secretive nature of the Internet leaned more to the exclusive side. “We Feel Fine” is a perfect example of a site that powerfully discovers peoples’ secrets without their absolute consent.

We Feel Fine takes sentences from blogs that include the words 'i feel' and silently tracks the blogosphere's collective mood.

But alternatively, I personally feel the tides changing. Thanks to social networking, everyone now wants to be in the know and thereby wants to play more active rolls. The old proverb

Too many cooks, ruins the soup

is a concept that has grown old and tired. Embracing the chaos of letting everyone participate results in strange, but also wonderful results. Take for example my favorite card game, 1000 Blank White Cards.

1000 Blank White Cards

1000 Blank White Cards: a card game where everyone is allowed to change the rules

The same concept applies to this whimsical online game called Playpen. It’s based on wiki technology, which I think is brilliant.

PlanPen is an open wiki point and click adventure game


Also see the Best Of PlayPen blog.

The project that really put me over the top to create my own crowdsource magic was Star Wars: Uncut!

Seeing so much energy spawnedg my own project, Endless Lair which is currently slowly taking submissions from UNCA Multimedia rockstars, and you! It’ll be worth making another blog post about when it’s more developed.

Last but not least, Apples Versus Oranges was the more successful of my two recent crowdsourced projects with the bold aim to determine the best thing in the world!

Apples Versus Oranges

Apples Versus Oranges continually asks you to duel everything against everything

I feel allured to projects like these as a great way to beat consumerism. If you don’t like it, you just fix it yourself. A system that constantly evolves, branches, and conforms to the ebbs and ways of the people who use it. Now go play!

As soon as I got to this point, I knew I would have to start thinking backwards. How on earth did I get here? I was laughing, and wondering how much time had passed. This man, Johan Nordberg, successes at something most internet artists miss.

From the decade of Web 1.0 yore that was the mid-90s, I’ll never forget this guy that was on the Ozone Asylum forum which, by the way, was THE hub for all the world-wide Photoshop and Javascript Gurus of the day. I’m not sure how I found out about that either, but I was there by a brute force series of clicks. Anyway, the guy’s name was “Nimraw” and he had the most bad ass signature that said

If you can’t impress, confuse.

That, coming from someone so skilled always ended with mind-blowing results. Johan Nordberg has the same effect. The guy is obviously a genius. Check out this application he made that reveals all the multitouch senses from a Macbook trackpad And then when you follow that link to his website… you get this. A banana.

Let Me Google That For You
This site is great. It’s for when people ask you dumb questions. Oh, you don’t know what the web address is? Well, let me google that for you…

Aardvark
Recently purchased by Google this week, Aardvark is a search engine that uses other people to answer your question.

  • Wray Bowling: How long does it usually take before someone answers a question?
  • (From Karen U./33/F/Lowell,MA, Re: **meta**) It depends on the question. If aardvark can find someone who can answer it, it could be right away, if it has a harder time, it could be hours.
  • Wray Bowling: Karen: what’s the average?
  • (From Karen) In this paper: http://vark.com/aardvarkFinalWWW2010.pdf they say the median answering time was 6 minutes and 37 seconds
  • Wray Bowling: Karen: we searched the same info on google and it took… 3 seconds lol but thank you
  • (From Karen) If you read the paper on aardvark you’ll see that they say google is faster for factual questions. Aardvark is designed for subjective questions that can be harder to find an answer to using traditional search.

So when I asked

  • Wray Bowling: Is it good to try and date someone with a completely different perspective on things, or is it better to find someone like-minded?

I got a lot of real heady answers. Try it!

Ok – Im hooked.

My friend Stephanie told me about this site the other night called chatroulette.com. What this website actually does is connect you to a network of people that you can chat with via webcam, audio, or text. Essentially, youre meeting random strangers from anywhere in the globe.

WARNING!

this site is not for the weak minded

Yess, by the very nature of this website you can be sure to expect a lot of penis and other material that will be offensive to your eyeballs.  If youre one likely to be scarred from this – i wouldnt recommend visiting it.

However, if you can handle it, what this site enables you to do is amazing.  You are seeing and talking with random people all around the globe.  You can bet on getting a lot of middle fingers among other things.  But every once in awhile you will get a fairly normal person that will talk to you.  Here are some of my encounters:

me and this guy were excited to see each other

...but we never really understood eachother

these brits decided they would make fun of me till i cried, then asked to see my boobs

my new internet crush named ashley, however i was freaked out by our normal conversation and disconnected

i thought this mate was rolling a doobie - but he informed me it was a spliff

i told this fellow that he was a very ugly man - he then got his friend to moon me

One of more my more funnier experiences was with a duke fan.  Our time was spent flicking each other off and showing off our gear.  Also, sometimes you get random video – for instance, I even connected to someone who was showing avatar.. i watched it for a bit.

I ended up talking to this random french girl for a bit nicknamed “pow”.  It was really interesting to be able to talk to people around the world openly about anything.  I had to explain to her what poop meant, and she explained to me what it was like trying to find jobs on that side of the world.

It just blows my mind that we are even able to do this.  To connect to random strangers and talk to them all around the world.  What people do or say really fascinate me as I get a small glimpse of who they are and what they are like.

I’ll take Wray’s challenge to actually start posting stuff

Here’s something I’ve been pushing at people since I found out about it: Jexus/WC OLO GARB’s youtube channel. He’s a guy presumably from Poland that does a lot of great video editing/creep aesthetic and ‘underground cult’-feeling stuff for his synthesizer demonstrations. There’s a lot of attention to detail, or lack thereof, to give the video quality a mixture of digital and analog lo-fi grit. So for me it’s like two things that I flip out about, and he’s got the aesthetic that I totally search for in sound design/visual design. I’ll start it off with a few that I think that are his best:

ROLAND JX-8P

AKAI AX80

TIRACON 6V

And here’s a ‘music video’ that I guess he made using some strange source videos:

“Krew [Blood]”

Three Frames .net is entertaining. It’s also makes me realize that normal screen captures from movies just don’t say anything. If a picture of a frame is worth a thousand words, three frames is worth a whole chapter.

Note: If you’re using Firefox, and you can’t stand the madness, the trusty Stop button kills animated gifs.

Not much of a game, Torrent Raiders is a sort of interactive Torrent downloader plus visuazliser that doubles as a social commentary on the culture of illegal downloading. This is internet art in its purest form.

colorflip

Highly recommended in FULLSCREEN mode (F11 on PC / Fn+F11 on Mac)

It’s official. Sending people links to videos through yooouuutuuube is infinitely more amusing than sending people links through the regular style youtube. Just remember that every sounding vowel gets three per, and you’ll be away in to blissfully griddy goodness.

yooouuutuuube

Have a sampler pack 1 2 3 4 5

Ego nd Id

Ego nd Id

Some Zany Internet Art!!

http://www.computersclub.org/

noby_art

Typically, five dollar games are pretty terrible. That’s about how much you pay at Goodwill for crap no one else wanted. Noby Noby Boy is a Playstation 3 title, and it’s just as strange as thrift store gold, and so much more. Look at this video, I mean, really…

As you might have guessed, it’s made by the Katamari Damacy guy. Though confusing, it’s nice to experience something truely unique once in a while. Consider this: one of the game’s features is if you accidentally tear yourself in half, you can eat your own butt to reattach it to the rest of your body when it tries to come out the other end; and then the trumpets play “ta-da!”

You can also eat the manual…

If you instead decide to read the manual, there’s lots of other things you can do. Mainly, your goal is to stretch yourself in to a long snake thing over and over and occasionally “report” to the sun that you did a good job. The sun tells your female counterpart she should grow too, except she’s wrapping herself around planets. That’s fairly hard to grasp in the first five minutes, but as you play it you find out that everyone playing – not just you – the whole internet-connected reporting noodle worm sock puppet collective – is adding up their stretch counts in to actual distance between all the planets in the solar system (and beyond?) So, really, everyone is sharing the same save file globally.

But really, you don’t have much to do in the game. You just stretch, jump, fly, eat, and poop.

This one’s a Cloninger find. ShiftSpace is a plugin for Firefox that allows its users to basically screw around with any web page. Other users running the plug-in, perticularly those who set it to “automatically load shifts”, will see those modifications. The plug-in allows a user the following features: Switching images form one web page ot another, placing custom html/css frame on top of the web page (absolute positioned), sticky notes (there’s a lot of those), and highlighting text.

shiftspace404

having some fun with Cloninger's front page. He likes big trucks, right?