Dan Paluska

piecing together a narrative for service employment… the anxious prop #3
October 5, 2010, 9:37 pm
Filed under: art, information, narrative, randomness, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

the artist as service employee page 1
service employee page 2
produced for and published in the 3rd issue of
http://www.theanxiousprop.org/. A fine artist cooperative publication and event from Berlin. Thanks to Luis for inviting and including me.

i backdated this post because the publication was a few months ago and i just got around to the post…

broadcaster project and brooklynmobile
September 1, 2010, 11:56 pm
Filed under: advertising, art, feedback, information, opensource, plebiandesign

some recent movies for brooklyn mobile.

rocketboom nyc

new people productions


and see these videos and videobooths from a school in germany.

a 14m compilation of Episode 4 of the brooklyners:

http://brooklynmobile.blip.tv has several longer compilations that make it easy to watch a bunch of videos in a row.

snips and layers
July 17, 2010, 4:30 am
Filed under: information, software | Tags: , , , , , ,

So much information, how can you get through it all?

Snips (26x)

Layers (26x)

And 3-5 friends hanging out and talking with each other.
Snips (42x)

Layers (42x)

Script files:
Install Sox, FFMPEG, imagemagick.
layer audio script
timelapse audio script
snips and layers video frames
chmod 755 *.sh

Other links to check for more info on scripts and other necessary installs:

Record Keeping, Restaurants, and ‘Roids

Banks keep records of every transaction.
Courtrooms keep records of every case.
Sports games are all recorded and statistics published.
News live from the street.
Libraries, academic lectures, music bootlegs and live recordings, etc.
The carvings on an old desk keep some record of those who worked in that spot.

record keepin doodle, click for source code

So now we also keep records through mobile phone transactions, credit cards, twitter, youtube, version control systems, github, server log files, browser histories, and so much more. Are most of our recent records written from private spaces or private devices?

Courtrooms, sports games, on location news, and rock concerts are notable for their group witness to recording. We can trust media more if we have been part of the audience in a similar situation before?
And how about in our day to day lives, do we trust someone from far away with a mobile phone more than someone close without one?
It’s especially interesting in a dense city how many people you walk by each day and don’t talk to. Do you generally need some sort of third party technical reference to trust them? In a village you know (and trust?) your neighbors but in a city, you need a third party institution to regulate trust?

Is there a small service enterprise like a restaurant, barber shop, or bodega, but instead of serving you food or giving you a haircut, it delivers/collects info from you? And this would build trust and collaboration from bottom up as opposed to coming from the top down like current government or corporate trust systems? By putting collected info into the public domain, you are creating a lake instead of a warehouse full of inventory? And this would be a symmetric shared resource, more liquid than exoskeletal?

How would public record keeping change the dynamic between large product driven companies and small service businesses? Could a public history file for a small farm (local food) or a tailor(custom clothes) or any small service professional counteract the advertising dollars (tv, movies, billboards) of large corporate chains with packaged products?

And what do steroids have to do with any of this? What incentives do you create when you start keeping records? If certain transactions are worth big gains (like home runs), then how far will people go to ‘cheat’ the system in order to get that particular spot?
So if you want to avoid steroids and other abuses, what properties do you want your record keeping system to have?

Experiments with timelapse and audio

timelapse audio

After spending all this time making timelapse movies, I had to make some timelapse audio. I wrote a simple script and here are a few samples of the output:

ELP live at the middle east. 60 minutes compressed to about 1 minutes:

A conversation with Bill and Jamie that went from 40 minutes to about 1.5 min.

A performance of Handel’s Messiah from the Brooklyn Pentacostal church (missing the famous ending). About 70 minutes down to 1.5 min.

How do they make you feel? They correctly convey the feelings of being there but don’t really reveal too many details? I will continue to experiment with versions of this. Play with timings, mixings, etc.

This was a shell script implemented with SoX, a free and open source audio toolkit. Download for free from http://sox.sourceforge.net. It requires a little bit of UNIX/LINUX know-how but is pretty straightforward. Check the attached SoX README file on installing the separate LIBMAD and LAME for dealing with mp3s.

Here is the script:

The script calls on another script you can get for free from the SoX page as well:crossfade_cat.sh. edit the $SOX line in this file to point to correct location. varies slightly on mac/linux distros.


also, superbowl 44 in 2minutes:

show me the money

$2.89 pizza for breakfast


imagine you’re in a room with 20 people. maybe it’s your workplace, maybe it’s your church group, maybe it’s a holiday dinner or a classroom.

picture the group of people in your head, do you know how much each person is worth? now imagine everyone pulling out a balance sheet from their bag and putting it on the wall, side by side with all the rest. you and the rest mull around the walls and discuss?
how do you react to finding out that so-and-so is much richer or poorer than you expected? how does money change your opinion of the people you meet, be they new connections or old friends?

do you know groups of people who do something like this? would this increase collaboration? or minimize the rat race? how often do you comb your hair or check your clothes in the mirror?

i’m thinking a lot about my own practices with money and how i present my financial information to myself. i definitely pay my share of late fees, atm withdrawals, data overages, etc because i don’t have a good feedback loop for my own behavior. once a month is too infrequent and i don’t even do that.

i tried a picture for every purchase but it was the wrong type of publishing to actually effect my behavior and too much camera work. so i didn’t make it that far.

lately i’m thinking about some type of fridge door/wall calendar/corkboard exercise to place the info more in my physical and visual space. maybe some sort of timelapse whiteboard of my financial state… more on that to come. low tech, hi visibility, small batch, and reward based are some goals for whatever this turns out to be.

in the meantime, the year end signals to collect financial information and pay your duties to our governing systems. you know what they say when you get to the border, “where are you papers?”

anyways, here’s a look at the current state of things.

i’ll update this post with spreadsheets, etc as i get around to organizing the accounts and tallying. flickr set will contain the sources…

do i play the lottery?
December 20, 2009, 6:35 pm
Filed under: randomness | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

is my plan for success based in a hit? or based in the increment?

question scalable rewards?

everybody is searching for scalable rewards. you know, the kind of reward that keeps on giving. the big one.
let me tell you something friend, if you invest in this thing here, you will be set for life. this is the deal of a lifetime. if you can find your way into this one situation, then you will be fine. how about that movie where the old timers get together for one last heist? the one that will allow them to never work again? did it go smoothly?

do you look at people who play the lottery or scratch-off tickets as being deficient in mathematical understanding? how about musicians who play gig after gig for next to nothing, hoping to one day get the record contract that will pay them big bucks? or the author who is starving until they get a book deal? or the post-doc trying to get the nature paper? or the artist who wants to get a piece into the collection at the MOMA? how about the guy who takes a lot of timelapse movies and posts them to youtube, what lotto is he hoping to win? or grant applications? what are the lotteries i’m planning to win? how can i replace those plans with something more incremental?

so… back to the question. are scalable rewards inherently unsustainable? they are fractal or chaotic or unpredictable. should we working to design any new system or community to be without scalable rewards? or at least we should minimize them? the less scalable the rewards, the more long term sustainable the system will be? more leverage is more scalable is less sustainable?
this is also related to the everyone-is-a-chef idea.

that said, it’s clear that in the near term, scalable rewards do exist and people will continue to hit is rich with them for a while, but maybe we should be working to highlight the slow paths… so if you think you’re placing too much emphasis on a lottery style payback, what is something small you can do to correct your path?

where are you going?