The Viridian Design Movement

Subject: Viridian Note 00348: Viridian Potpourri

Key concepts
ubicomp, physical computing, NASA, West Nile Virus, Pluto, Exxon tattoos, weblogging, etc etc
Attention Conservation Notice:
Pope-Emperor empties the vats. These data morsels bear almost no relation to one another. A great way to waste time websurfing, though. Heaven knows I did. etc etc


Pope-Emperor ranting about ubicomp at a Core77 event.

Core77 is getting very into "physical computing" lately.

Smart Environments - By Lisa Sundbeck

The Zoology of Physical Computing - by Joey Stein

Designing Systems for Human Interaction,
Not Human-Computer Interaction == by Camille Utterback

Swell Metropolis piece on office design.

Exxon inscribed into one's flesh. Nothing much compared to what their evil exhalations do to your lungs, though.

Forbes magazine goes nuts over ubicomp. Then again, Forbes is owned by Steve Forbes, who is bonkers.

All-Seeing Ubicomp Eye in the Sky Dept.:

NASA Researches Developing Tools To Help Track and Predict West Nile Virus

"NASA researchers are conducting Earth Science research that may one day allow public health officials to better track and predict the spread of West Nile Virus. NASA's goal is to provide people on the front lines of public health with innovative technologies." ((("So, the more global warming, the more tropical diseases I have to fight." "No no, doctor, you don't get it == we're NASA, we want to launch you some satellites.")))

Mosquito satellites! "The four species represented here have tested positive for West Nile Virus in each of the past four years. They are: Culex salinarius, Culex pipiens, Culex restuans, and Aedes vexans."

NASA to Develop Biohazard 'Smoke' Detector

"Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have demonstrated a prototype device that automatically and continuously monitors the air for the presence of bacterial spores. The result is a novel alarm capability reminiscent of smoke detectors." (((Imagine actually seeing the bacteria in your air. Or in your gut. Or on your skin.)))

(((Here's the gizmo in question. Needs massive redesign:)))

Pluto Is Undergoing Global Warming "Pluto is undergoing global warming, as evidenced by a three-fold increase in the planet's atmospheric pressure during the past 14 years. The warming trend may be a completely normal 'seasonality' (Pluto's year is 250 Earth years), but this is the first time we have had the technology to observe it."
While researching LEDs, lab guys in Berkeley accidentally invent a better solar cell.
Foggy San Francisco is now the world capital of solar power as an act of political resentment.

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