Sunday, May 31, 2009

Robot or Cyborg

Our latest contribution to the world of the 'be prepared, it just may happen' is How to Avoid Being Shot by a Robot. It is full of what look like quite believable tips but what does a Kill Switch look like? Will it be labelled?
The other question I had was will this work on cyborgs too? I took that question off to the good people currently studying T209: People and Interactions with the UK Open University, Those chaps (and chapettes) are researching the technological and social issues with regard to cyborg technologies. (Well, somebody has to, lol.) This isn't the straightforward question it appears to be. Apparently we first have to define cyborg and this involves contemplation such as this.
Dalek: Robot or cyborg?
Terminator: Robot or cyborg?
Inspector Gadget: Robot or cyborg?
And so on... including; C3-PO, Metal Mickey, Borg, RoboCop.
Do you know, after all this I forgot the original question that I put to them, but maybe that was the intention. Ok, I'll leave them watching the Terminator movies and get back to vacuuming the wikiHowl penthouse. Try the article, it's great!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Randomly wikiHowl

It has been a while since we had a chat about wikiHowl's iGoogle gadget. We revamped it back in December and the all new random selection of cute pictures, funny mouseover caption and article snippet is proving more popular than ever. It is currently being fed by the details from 170 of our finest articles and that number grows every week.
Our faithful followers in the USA, Australia, UK and Canada are being joined now by friends from such super places as the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Sweden and Barbados. What great taste you all have!
This raises a question though, how are our non-English speakers coping? Our visitor analytics suggest that in the last month, Estonian, Chinese (Taiwan), Romanian and Polish were the most common non-English languages being used in our visitors browsers. If we were to create a second iGoogle gadget which language would YOU like to see it in? What about Dutch? The most popular in the last year. Go on, make a suggestion, it could happen.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

wikiHowl in Second Life

Well, what can we say, Second Life. The virtual world for virtually all tastes. We (well, I... KiS is kept far too busy here doing coloring-in and stuff) have been roaming the continents making friends and generally forgetting to mention wikiHowl while sky diving from 4 kilometres up (it's quite a rush). Not to worry, it's all about the experience, and when you have your give something back to the community brainwave you find you have contacts all over who can help out. We were thinking about creating something nice that we could share out along with the bicycles (don't ask, well do, it's a good story). What we came up with is an exclusive range of wikiHowl T-shirts. Modelled here by yours truly. Yes, we know pink is for girls, but there were none around when I took the photographs (honest). Mind you, I think I carry it off ok.
We were put in touch with what must be the most patient fashion designer in Second Life, Becky Arado. Just how many changes can be asked for with four lines of text? Dozens, trust me. It is likely that the air in Becky's workshop was as blue as the shirt. So in return (and it's very small recompense) we offered to highlight her good works in the First Life.
Becky has been designing in Second Life for about a year, starting with Sky Boxes (imagine manouvering large floating structures while hovering and flying about yourself, pretty cool), and eventually finding her niche in fashion and unique/weird household items. We're waiting to see the results from designing clothes with unique textures too, glass clothes can you imagine that!
Becky's shop, Becky's Hideaway, has been open for about a month and is located at the picturesque Isla del Amor run by Kara Dae and Hooyah Voom (do IM these friendly people for a chat).
Shop stocked items tend to be newbie friendly and are priced around the 50L$ mark. Do drop Becky Arado an IM when in-world, and hey with very little arm twisting at all she has agreed that if you mention wikiHowl she'll talk discounts with you.
One more thing though, how do YOU get your exclusive wikiHowl T-shirt? Just IM UKDave Dodonpa, and it's all yours. Ah, you're likely to get a bicycle too, just humor him and take it.)
Pictures from the interview, Becky is the pretty one.


wikiHowl interviewing Becky Arado

Nice work if you can get it.

Becky Arado

Becky's Hideaway

Shop with a view.