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Washington – Hollywood actor Ben Affleck has been banned from a Las Vegas casino after being caught counting cards, news reports said Saturday. The star of the forthcoming Batman movie was banned for life from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock casino after gambling at the casino’s high-rollers’ blackjack table, a source close to Affleck… » read more

EU imposes arms embargo on Syria30 April 2011 – 8:43amThe European Union has imposed an arms embargo on Syria and will consider further sanctions against the regime in the coming days, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Saturday, RIA Novo…

thesocialcomputer.eu

I stumbled upon this site which is the project site of a group who are attempting to realise The Social Computer. I’m in the processing of contacting the right people in and around the project. http://thesocialcomputer.eu “The social computer is a future computational system that harnesses the innate problem solving, action and information gathering powers… » read more

Meanwhile In Greece…

A lot has been going on during my relative inactiveness from the blog. Here’s a short compilation of what I find important and worth mentioning for future reference: 1. The country’s plan for a nationwide FTTH project continues to develop in fast pace …

“We are building society in a box simulations with art, music and other exciting but concrete ways of getting people active.” “I think entrepreneurs of today are challenged by bridging the evolution out of industrial thinking. No more copy and paste, assembly lines and repetitive tasks.” You can download the full pdf using this link… » read more

Quick update

Just a quick update after a long period of inactivity (on the blog, not in general!). We are now developing the Sandbox Festival. An annual, travelling, city-level prototype Civil Sandbox event. First prototype pencilled in for 2010 in Groningen, in north Holland. 1 We have a physical space where we are building a community to build… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/-WN4hnEuzsc” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] There are many projects we can bring together to create a Sandbox Festival, for example “A Symphony for All” that struck me as precisely the kind of project I would like to bring into the events. I feel that Merlijn’s work represents perfectly the notions that I am trying… » read more

Playful experiments

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf” width=”320″ height=”346″ fvars=”m=881568;type=video” wmode=”transparent” /] I think a good event reminds people that there are new possibilities out there. It is warm and friendly and gives people a nice backdrop to meet new people and explore common interests or discover new ones. It is open to new ways of thinking and gives room… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain.  “A building, that is reprogrammable, that has custom functions that are decided upon by the citizens, that incorporates the newest experimental social technologies to explore the fringes of our imaginations into where civilisation should be going. Then, imagine one in every city. Imagine that each one has a… » read more

Aspects of Google are pretty popular in Germany; the latest comScore data indicates, for example, that it’s cornered 79.8 percent of the country’s search market.  Google Street View is being looked at in a different light, however, and may hit a show-stopping barrier in the town of Molfsee. Reinhold Harwart, the leader of the Christian… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/YYREeoGCmGQ” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2001 we were mostly busy with opening people up to new kinds of art form and expression. It is true, however, that most of our research is useful for other industries as it represents creativity towards approaching change. You could say that designing society is also an art… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/af3Nu0d1M2Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This was the project that initially sparked the idea of a building with a very special function.  This festival is the basic format I will use for the Sandbox festival which is a city wide experimental Civil Sandbox within an event. For me, this is the best way to… » read more

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