Blogging from CHI 2006

I'll be spending the week in Montreal attending the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. I'll be posting highlights of relavant talks (or lack thereof) when I get the chance.

Rooster Teeth Productions' showcase at the San Francisco Film

The San Francisco International Film Festival has announced that the collected video game-filmed machinima works of Rooster Teeth Productions, including the Halo engine-made "Red vs. Blue: Blood Gulch Chronicles" and the Sims 2-adapted "Strangerhood" series, will be screened, along with outtakes and previews of upcoming works, on April 23rd, 25th, and May 5th (via Gamasutra).

More information can be found here

Singularity Summit at Stanford!

The Symbolic Systems Program is pleased to host the Singularity Summit at Stanford University, a rare gathering of thinkers to explore the rising impact of science and technology on society.

The summit has been organized to further the understanding of a controversial idea " the singularity scenario. The Singularity Summit will take place on May 13, between 09:00 am till 5 pm, at thhe Stanford Memorial Auditiorium.

Julian Dibbel at Stanford

Julian Dibbell, tha author of the seminal My Tiny Life, will give a talk at Stanford University on Monday March 20, 2006 titled "Play Money: Field Notes from a Make-Believe Economy".

"Play Money: Field Notes from a Make-Believe Economy" will take place Monday on March 20, 2006 between 12:30-1:30 at the Stanford Law School, Room 280B - Open to All - Lunch Served.

Ill Clan in The Movies

The new spotlight item at the Machinima Archive surprised me when I first saw an e-mail from Frank Dellario about it: The venerable Ill Clan, or at least part of it, working in Lionhead's The Movies to make "Loving You (and Drinking Beer)". Not in Quake 4, or Torque, but in The Movies. Well, it just goes to show that you can teach an old machinima clan new tricks.

Georgia Tech Machinima Group

Michael Nitsche and the Georgia Tech Machinima Group have launched a new site. The Group is "dedicated to the exploration and development of the full potential of machinima in both the technical and artistic arenas."

Henry Lowood's Lecture

Henry Lowood will give a talk on March 9, 2006 at 04:15 PM at Stanford University titled "Community Players: Gameplay as Public Performance and Cultural Artifact" as a part of the ongoing SSP Forum.

SSP Forum: Henry Lowood
Mar 9, 2006 at 04:15 PM
Event Location: 380-380C

Event Description: "Community Players: Gameplay as Public Performance and Cultural Artifact"

Speaker: Henry Lowood Science, Technology, and Society Program Stanford University

Tony Tulathimutte's lecture

Tony Tulathimutte will give a talk on March 2, 2006 at 04:15 PM at Stanford University titled "Menu-Based Video Games: Principles of Design and Interaction" as a part of the ongoing SSP Forum.

SSP Forum: Tony Tulathimutte
Date: Mar 2, 2006 at 04:15 PM
Event Location: 380-380C

Event Description: "Menu-Based Video Games: Principles of Design and Interaction"

Speaker: Tony Tulathimutte, M.S. candidate, Symbolic Systems Program

Conference: New Media, Technology and Humanities

The University of California, Irvine is organizing a great conference titled "New Media, Technology and Humanities." (February 17-18, 2006).

The focus is on three main themes: Media Archaeology, Digital Humanities, and Gaming. The speaker list is impressive. Among the others are Lev Manovich, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Mark Hansen, John Seely Brown, Tara McPherson, and Stanford Humanities Lab's Jeffrey Schnapp and Henry Lowood.

Henry Jenkins @ Stanford

Henry Jenkins will give a lecture on Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 4:00 p.m. at the Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center. Henry Jenkins is the Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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