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This is the research diary of researcher Lisbeth Klastrup, since february 2001 sharing her thoughts on life, universe, persistent online worlds, games, interactive stories and internet oddities with you on the www.

I am currently on leave from the IT University of Copenhagen, and from aug. 2006 - aug. 2007 working as Associate Research Professor at the Center for Design Research Copenhagen, an independant center situated at the School of Architecture. During this year, I will be working on a book about the development of aesthetics, design and interaction on the WWW, together with colleague Ida Engholm.

My blog often reflects how busy I am in general, so posting may be pretty irregular, as well as my potential response to comments. But I read them!

My list of publications.
My official homepage at ITU.

Contact:
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28.2.04
A beautiful interactive selfportrait at Alleph.net


Reblogging by quiz
The blogger Troubled Diva asks the readers to answer 120 questions about the blog/blogger's life correctly and he will start blogging again. The answers should be found in the blog archives. Quote: "Troubled Diva loves interactivity with its readership."


26.2.04
Game center in the media
These days, the game center with which I'm affiliated, is getting lot of media attention, not the least because wellknown game scholars like Jesper Juul, Espen Aarseth and Gonzalo Frasca are also affiliated with it. And there's quite a few other brilliant people involved too!! You can find links to the most recent articles about the game center in the media section on the center's website (I should know since I'm supposed to be the formal editor of the site ;)).

It's cool to be part of a success and I thoroughly enjoy it at the moment. Though I'm not sure that I personally primarily want to continue to study games/gameworlds in the future, but that's another story to which I will return in some near future.


On the bench again
This week I gave up. I got on the phone and called my doctor and asked for a referral to a physioterapist. And then I made an appointment with the man who did a good job in helping me cure the worst effects of RSI last year this time. This year, instead of feeling pain in my arms and shoulders, I suffer from a jabbing (?), uneasy pain which starts in the lower back and works its way all down to my right foot. Some refer to this as sciatia (ischias). It hurts when I sit, when I get up from a chair or a bed, when I bike or bend my back. And worst of all, it hurts every time I turn in bed at night, so I constantly wake up, which leaves me rather unrested in the mornings :(.

In my case, according to the physioterapist, the pains are an effect of an irritiated disc in my spine. At the moment, there is not much to do but eat painkillers (!), lay flat on my stomach a couple a times a day and sit erect. I really hope that all good things come to those who wait...and that he (the physioguy) can do something more (anything, whatever) next time we meet.

PS! I've hardly had any problems with arms, shoulder and back after I got a flexible desk at work which allows me to shift between standing and sitting down when I work. Highly recommendable.


Cleaning day...
It just takes a little bit of code and then you're rid of MSN Messenger (another one of those programs which keep popping up in the systems tray).

And I've found a "recipe" which seems as it could help me remove Webhancer (evil spyware program) once and for all.


25.2.04
Free music, new bands
can be found at Soundvenue.com along with info about bands playing in Copenhagen.


23.2.04
Cyberzel's mind is also a gameblog of sorts. A student? At least she plays a lot, it seems! And she has a neat list of almost all the game and game related blogs as far as I can see/know.


So what is this persona - scenario stuff all about?
Via Alan Cooper's website: Personas: Setting the Stage for Building Usable Information Sites
Rashmi Sinha: Personas for Information-rich domains (how to produce the right personas, more links).
Personas: Practice and Theory by Pruitt and Grudin
Christina Wodtke's weblog: Elegant Hack
Some personas (examples)
Five Reasons for Scenario-Based Design by John Caroll

In Danish:
Scenarier som udviklingsværktøj af Lene Nielsen
Fortællinger på nettet -fra cyberspace til fortællingens rum af Lisa Gjedde


Grundlæggende webdesign: At skrive til nettet
(Writing on the net - message for Danish students).
Jeg gav en gæsteforelæsning på kurset Grundlæggende Webdesign i torsdags.
Her er mine slides [1,6 MB) + samt en lille liste over den litteratur, jeg nævnte.

Litteratur om tekster på netttet:
"Skriv godt.dk – Sådan skriver du gode tekster til Internettet": Jensen, Leméé mfl
"Professionel Webkommunikation": McGovern og Norton
"Web Word Wizardry" - Rachel Mcalpine
"A pragmatics of Links": Susana Tosca
"Et godt sprog": Christian Koch


Design & Interactivity - children & learning
Danish notes from a conference on Design and interactivity, focusing on children and learning. Interesting notes, however, and examples from Alex Mayhew, lead designer of Ceremony of Innoncence.


22.2.04
Krøniken revealed...
For Danish readers:
Below a rip of the ATS ("At tænke sig", roughly translates to "Just Imagine!") section of Politiken today. It's a "recap" of last sunday's episode of the drama series "Krøniken" (which more than 2 million of the 5.3 million Danes in the country watch). It's on the frontpage of the online version of the paper, so unfortunately you can't permalink to it. I'll leave it her for a day or two, because it is a hoot for those who follow the series, blatantly disclosing all the plot inconsistencies and the rather repetitive use of certain Danish actors... :)

KRØNOLOGISK
Sidste søndag i ’Krøniken’ –et ATS-resumé

- Erik hænger med røven i vandskorpen og synes, at Ida skal gøre det samme. Derfor smider han hende i vaskebaljen, så hun bliver våd i bukserne, men denne gang bliver hun ikke gravid af det. Til gengæld bliver hun sur, hvilket straks får Erik til at købe en Opel Olympia på afbetaling. Det bliver Ida endnu mere sur over. »Jeg vil aldrig køre i den bil«, siger hun til Erik, hvorefter de sammen kører på skovtur i Opelen.

- På radiofabrikken har Waage Sandø ansat sin logebrors søn, Skadepoulsen Jr., som rationaliserings- ekspert. Han opfinder straks en ny dippedutkasse og sætter et stempel-ur op i samlehallen, så de ansatte kan se, hvad klokken er slået. Ved et middagsselskab hjemme hos familien Sandø præsenteres Søs for Skadepoulsen Jr., som hun nægter at have noget som helst at gøre med. Kort efter slår hun ham ned med en tennisketsjer, og få minutter senere er hun pludselig forlovet med ham.

- Krummes far, som ellers ikke vil have Land & Folk inden for dørene, vil nu pludselig gerne dele morgenavis med sin kommunistiske nabo, Karen. Han bruger alle kneb for at kapre hende og går endda så vidt som til at tage en skjorte uden på undertrøjen.

- Palle er flyttet på pensionat sammen med Henning Moritzen og Hal-Finn fra ’Italiensk for begyndere’, som i mellemtiden er blevet journalist. Hal-Finn har damer på værelset, og dét ophidser Henning Moritzen i en sådan grad, at han tilkalder sin kone fra ’Festen’, Birthe Neumann, der nu kalder sig fru Jürgensen. Også Palle har en dame på værelset.

- Da Birthe Neumann en aften vil besøge Palle på værelset, kommer hun til at sætte sig på damens bh, hvilket hun (altså Birthe Neumann, ikke damen) bliver temmelig brystholden over. Hun smider Palle ud af værelset, men fortryder nogle sekunder senere, fordi hun er bange for, hvordan det skal gå pensionatet, hvis det ikke længere har nogen seere.

- Waage Sandøs kone kører Søs op til børnehjemmet, hvor hendes og Peter Gantzlers barn bor. Søs vil først ikke se barnet, men da et symfoniorkester pludselig begynder at spille, vil hun gerne alligevel.




20.2.04
Is warblogging worth paying for?
Back to Iraq 3.0 ia a weblog written by an american journalist who gets (are trying to get more) money from his readers so he can go back and blog on site again. He has already had one visit to Iraq paid by readers. If you donate, he promises you that you "get subscribed to a "premium" mailing list (which will never be shared with anyone) and you will receive the reports early as well as extra reports and pictures that don't make it to the web site."
I guess central questions here are: will I pay to get "independant" news from just one source with "bonus" info, or pay my tv subscription money to get news from several sources (Danish, Norwegian and Swedish broadcast corporations)? Or am I willing to pay for both distribution channels?

The link courtesy of Kaye Trammel who is planning to write a thesis on celebrity blogs.


19.2.04
Lots of mental input
at the moment. Today I attended a very interested "masterclass" with Martin Engebretsen, Norwegian researcher in online journalism and the use of hypertext; he gave a presentation with interesting perspectives on the genre and illustrative models, I want to use in my own teaching. Also, he has some useful prototypes of different ways of presenting news online on his website. As part of his lecture he also presented an almost exemplary website when it comes to multimedial presentation of a subject - and it's in Danish, even: Tegnerne bag Ruden (note how the short soundbites of the artists talking about their passion is combined with a small slideshow of them at work, shown in the box above).

Tomorrow Mary Flanagan is visiting ITU - she is giving a lecture on Game Design: Values in Design Research. I have met her at several conferences but never had the possibility to really discuss her work with her. So looking forward to a stimulating day, getting to know more about women/games/net-art/and probably a lot of other stuff.


A top 10 list of game theorists with strange names
can be found at Lars Konzack's blog Ludologica where he has compiled this amusing list. Not only do you have to play a lot of games and read a lot of literature to become a contemporary game theorist (or a "L" person), you also need to be really good at spelling ;).


17.2.04
Communications of ACM issue on virtual - real
There might be some articles worth checking out in this issue of CACM - July 2002: how the virtual inspires the real (Communications of the ACM).


The Klastrup's Cataclysms Blog Birthday Interview
An interview celebrating the third birthday of this blog. My alter ego asks Lisbeth 5 questions about her blog and her perception of the genre. See the full interview here.


16.2.04
my boyfriend came back from the war - a netart piece I've been referred to several times in the last month.

More interesting links on Mary Flanagan's Webproduction course site (scroll!!)


15.2.04
Have a blast with your own face
Digimask is a compagny which has developed a piece of software which allows you to put your own head on a 3D character. They have recently signed a deal with Sony/PS2. So in future games the bad guys can really blow off your head!(via Politiken)


Living in a media Age
Heard on the bus a few weeks ago:
- Daughter (around 10 years old): Mum, what will the world be like in a 100 years?
- Mother: It won't look that different from now - but when you think back on today, you will think of things as looking old-fashioned and quaint just like they do in Krøniken [popular Danish tv series about life in the 1950's]
....disappointed silence...
- Mother:...but hopefully we will have solved some of the major problems of our time by then...
- Daughter: like the Bird Flu?

Seen in Politiken today:
- My story can't be made into a film. The end is simply too happy.
[former borderline psychotic]


14.2.04
More on Orkut
The guy who programmed/conceived Orkut goes by the name Orkut Buyokkokten. It sounds strangely similar to Boykot den! in Danish ("boycot it!" in English). Nevertheless, the system/network set-up makes Orkut work better than Friendster, imho - I'm actually starting to get new "friends" of sorts through it (perhaps because a lot more people seem to be using this software). So I am in fact not boycotting it - right I find myself visiting frequently these, to check, for instance, whether I have new fans ;)...

Danish background article about the phenomena:Google-ingeniør skaber vennetjeneste


From Symantec Corp. (Norton Antivirus). For those of you who have been wondering how email scanning actually works.


13.2.04
Just one of these days
All I wanted to do was make sure I could use the grammar and spelling tool on Danish texts in Word. Honestly. But to make that work, I ended up installing a new version of Office and a complete version of The Office Proofing Tools. The new version of Office made my Outlook Express program crash completely (couldn't send mails), so I've ended up transferring all my mails to Outlook (since at the moment I have approx 1800 mails in both my inboxes , it takes some time...) - and have spent the last few hours persuading Outlook to switch between two different from-senders when I send my mails (much needed because ITU doesn't accept outgoing mail from my private address and my connection at home doesnt accept outgoing itu mail etc ad infinitum - why should things be simple?? )and doing other weird config stuff which makes Outlook more intuitively funcitional for me.

Did you know that Office 2003 comes with its very own spyware: "The customer experience improvement program" which launches itself as soon as you turn on an Office program. And of course you can disable it, unless you go into the registry. Problem is the registry key which you should set to turn it off, doesn't exit. So another piece of spyware is having fun on my laptop now. [update: an answer from Microsoft in a thread about CEIP, telling the _right_ address of the registry key and providing info of alternative way to remove it + info about what it does]

I just love electronic wordprocessing and communication. It has made my life so much easier ;).


12.2.04
Looking for books?
An alternative to Amazon: Pickabook Books


Countdown for anthology release can begin!!
Gyldendal, the publishing house, who is printing the anthology on Digital Aesthetics & Design, which I have co-edited with Ida Engholm, has notified us that the releasedate has been set to April 15th!....Phew. However, still have to do the very last round of proofs, but then it's done!


11.2.04
The answer to it all?
New Media Studies at Minnesota Uni has done research into digital storytelling and come up with The Five Elements of Digital Storytelling


Blog-related symposia?
International Symposium on Online Journalism. Takes place in Austin, Texas, in April 2004.


Blending the genres - fantasy/horror/crime movie
I (re)watched Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures last night. It is a strange but very convincing film about two teenage girls which end up murdering the one girl's mother. Both girls perform excellently. From my first viewing several years ago, I mostly remember a very intense and hectic Juliet Hulme, played by Kate Winslet. This time I was drawn to the constant oscillation between real life and fantasy scenery, very well made, and the convincing and playful/horrid rendering of the girls' shared fictional universe, populated with clay figures in the likeness of Mario Lanza, Orson Welles, James Mason etc. The universe is both stickily romantic and dark and scary at the same time. The film marks an interesting middle position between Jackson's earlier films which are really gross and disgusting (have you seen Meet the Feebles which imdb introduces with the tagline Hell has no fury like a hipo with a machine gun?) at the same time as you can see how Jackson could go on to make three films about Tolkien's Middleearth, this very elaborate fictional universe.

Aside, I was somewhat amazed when I discovered that it was Winslet herself singing in a short scene where she performs part of an aria from La Boheme (one of those scenes which again blurs reality and fantasy) - she has actually got a beautiful voice.

The film is based on a real murder case. And the library of Christchurch in New Zealand where it all took place has uploaded the text from all the original press clippings about it. And there is a picture of the girls too. Parker - Hulme Murder Case.


Tillykke med fødselsdagen!! [Happy Birthday]
Today it is my brother's 50th birthday. Rumour has it that he is very busy today, so probably he won't see this, but anyway: Tillykke, Jens.


10.2.04
pensum.dk. Online bazaar in Danish, for buying and selling used books from the curricula.


tv2 is standing right outside my door now and filming as I write this - it is a pretty surreal experience suddenly having a camera shoved right under your nose. Just a few minutes ago I was upstairs in the computer cafe of the students, walking around and asking students I didnt know weird question to make it look like I was a busy researcher/teacher at work. Nothing is what it seems to be, right?

You're always afraid that something you've said was just too much or that you fell prey to giving the easy and not the proper explanation of things. I don't know if you should actually do this - but you have to try and then see if it works or not, right? He is still messing around with the camera, filming my hands writing, it seems like this has gone on for ages by now. ITU offices definitely have not been made for camera crews, just to hold small researchers and their books.

Now he has fallen in love with my alien plush toy... and he is done!


9.2.04
Academic Papers on blogs
Quite a few from the recent Internet Research Conference (Toronto, October 2003)
Thomas Burg: MonsterMedia - Monster disguised as New Media (weblogs)
Clancy Ratliff: Sites of Resistance: Weblogs and Creative Commons Licenses
David Park: Bloggers and Warbloggers as Public Intellectuals: Charting the Authoritative Space of the Weblog
Gary Thompson: Visual factors in constructing authenticity in weblogs
Taso Lagos: Parallel Society: Weblogs, Micromedia, and the Fragmentation of the Public Sphere
[access to these papers requires that you are a registrered member of A.o.I.R., go to www.aoir.org/members and log in, find the papers in the menu under archives Internet 4.0]

Another article by Gary Thomson: Weblogs, warblogs, the public sphere, and bubbles

The writer behind Sum of My Parts (Swedish blogger/student doing research on linguistiscs in blogs) has published a few pieces, including:
The Function of Language to Facilitate and Maintain Social Networks in Research Weblogs

Jill and Torill's 'classic' article:
Blogging Thoughts

And Ulla of >U>Post has completed and handed in her master's thesis on blogs. Congratulations, Ulla! Skriften paa Bloggen (The Writing on the Blog - In Danish).

Much quoted:
Joichi Ito: Emergent Democracy

Plus of course, all the papers/or presentations from Blogtalk 1.0

Update 22.3.04. Also check out this little collection of weblog research and Thomas Burg's Weblog Paper wiki, where these articles should be listed soon..., currently there are several German language papers there.


Talking head about blogs
Tomorrow morning I'm being interviewed briefly for Danish TV2. They are going to use the interview in a feature about weblogs, to be broadcast as part of new programme on the station, beginning in March.

So checking some stats:
Perseus project (websurvey) claims 4.12 mill blogs have been created all in all via major bloghosts. Active blogs around 1.4 mill. Number of blogs all in all estimated to reach 10 mill in 2004. According to this link summarising the findings.

Spontek.dk has started a new list of Danish Weblogs which seems to be updated pretty regularly. Currently listing 342 Denmark based weblogs. And Armarium is still active too (but last updates are from November).


8.2.04
Interactive gospel?
I swear, I was just looking for a way to export pictures from word when Google presented me with this link:The Church at Gun Hill - Open Doors. Click on the doors, enter the rooms and read a lot of quotes from the bible....At least this church has really taken the concept of interaction seriously!


Danish Winter Blues?
These days, I'm working my way through an edition of short stories and novellas by mid-20th century writer and poet, Frank Jæger, in order not to forget how to use the Danish language (he's an elegant master of it). I suddenly remembered then, that Frank Jæger also wrote the very poignant and beautiful lyrics for a song about February in this cold country. I'm posting it here courtesy of my colleagues from the south, who very understandibly are having a hard time surviving the long, dark Danish winter.

Liden sol i disse uger,
februar har gjort os mindre,
sne, som tynger, is som knuger
vi kan ingenting forhindre.

Vi kan heller ikke bede
om at måtte blive større,
stær og mus og vinterhvede
må på vore vegne spørre.

Men måske april vil hente
Vore hjertebål tilbage
Sammen vil vi tålsomt vente
Liden sol i disse dage.


(UK translation)


Quirkyalone
Quirkyalone - a community site for rebelious singles - are you one of them? If you are, you might want to host an IQD (Internation Quirkyalone Day) gathering on February 14th.


Equal rights in the Danish public sector?
Ligestilling i Danmark is a site where you can get an overview and compare (regional) differences in the positions of men and women in the administrative districts ("amter") and municipalities (kommuner) in Denmark. Furthermore you can see which of these districts are moving forward initiatives towards securing equal rights for men and women in the job market.

Here is for instance a page comparing the overall number of female and male managers in the municipalities. 86% of people with top manager positions are (still) male.


6.2.04
Support for Danish Netaddicts
According to Danish free journal Urban, from March the "Center for Ludomani" will host a netaddict support group which will be meeting every second tuesday in Copenhagen. The center estimates that since 1998 approx. 300 people, mostly males below 40, have contacted the center in order to get help with their netaddiction . As an example of addicts, the article mentions people who "use up to 100 hours a week on online role-playing games". EverQuest?

Pleast notice that the group opens on March 8th, the International Women's Day....


The future consumer wants universes
Henrik Dahl, wellknown Danish sociologist and consumer researcher, gave a talk at ITU this afternoon on what the consumer of the future will look like.

A major point in his talk was that in lieu of the lack of "tradition, ritual and national state" (the demise of which is a result of the networked society cf. Castells), people are now looking for identity as the primary 'feature' of consumer products. Modern day people are "glass people" - fragile and sensitive and searching for a meaning with life and an interesting identity profile. "Patina" (as that gained from experience) is no longer hot, rather a constant smooth appearance (brought about by mobility and change of workplace etc) is in.

What creates identity is not the functionality, nor the status of the objects but the identity they may provide you with. The identity creating factors today are "language, religion and consolation (comfort shopping)" - and here is the interesting point for me: "language" for him included "universes" and in general the "discourses" surrounding - in this case - consumer products. This supports my thesis: that the next big thing in production of interactive entertainment and brand products online will not be not be interactive narrative, but convincing and complete universes around which a shared discourse can be established. This is not just "virtual communities", but also universes that make sense for just one person. I think this is also indirectly why online gameworlds are all the buzz. This perspective can be twisted, both for research and commercial perspectives. I think it will be one of my major focus points in the year to come.

Here is a link to a power-presentation by Dahl on the future of the library with some of the same points.


House of the Lazy Students
Of course, cheating comes at a price....CheatHouse.com
[was searching for a litt reference and Google came up with this link]


Newish Interactive Fiction
If you take a look at the XYZZY Award Nominees, it seems that interactive fiction was indeed alive and kicking in 2003


5.2.04
Gollum is my Orkut Friend!
*update: as often before I'm doing the rounds a bit late. Visit Apophenia to see a rant about Orkut and lot of links to other writings on it*

A week or two ago I signed up for another piece of social software, Orkut. com. By now most of the "usual suspects" (lovely suspects, but more or less usual), in my social circle of colleagues who blog or research games or do internet research have signed up. I haven't given it much thought, but I like this software better than Friendster, even if Orkut comes with a somewhat unsettling rating of friends with most friends...it encourages a kind of "levelling behaviour" which has little to do with actual social networking. It is also interesting to note that the people with highest friend ranking quite often seem to be A-list Bloggers (such as Joi Ito or Justin Hall) - their social network already well in place long before joining this network.

Anyway, just like in Friendster, people have now started to invent fictional personalities. So I asked "Gollum" to be my friend a few days ago. Now he has even written me a testimonial! And he is highest in ranking on the friends list. In Friendster, a friend invented a profile called ph.d. dissertation, he/she got some very interesting testimonials as well - and it served well as an outlet of anxieties and jokes about this "object".

SInce the friends in the network is so far people, I socialise with in other ways as well (for instance through blogging or e-mail or even IRL), I think it is much more fun "socialising" around these fictional characters, playing with the fact that you can make up such characters anonymously, and develop a certain kind of shared 'nerdiness' around them. Perhaps it is exactly possibilities like this embedded in the software, that is part of what makes a online social network interesting - at least I can't really imagine this kind of play with characters taking place in similar networks offline. Perhaps sharing an interest in a fictional profile can be a more alternative way to actually meet NEW people in the network.

Hmmh, actually this play with invented profiles is much like the play with characters (the puns and play with known names or personalities) you see in shared online worlds. Not in the way that you use them to "play with identity", but more that you use them to as a way of reaching out to others, using an 'exploit' in the system to do it. Need to think more about all this, but need to go now...


4.2.04
Danish Graduate seminar on Research on Online Communities
Internet researcher Nancy Baym is visiting Denmark this spring and in connection with her visit, the University of Copenhagen has organised a seminar/Ph.D.workshop on Challenges for research about online communities. The seminar takes place at Roskilde University Center on 25-26 May 2004. T.L. Taylor (ITU) and Gitte Stald (University of Copenhagen) will be speaking at the seminar too.

Nancy Baym has done some interesting work, including a book based on her research of a newsgroup which discussed soaps. She is also the current president of the Association of Internet Researchers .


3.2.04
Naming
Apparently, it has been accepted that an American computer 'nerd' can call his son 2.0. That is, there is now a boy in the US with the name Jon Blake Cusack 2.0. (Via Politiken). I wonder if it is possible to get "betaversion" as a middlename?


2.2.04
SPY ATTACK!
Apart from slowly returning to work (such as grading), I've spent part of this weekend trying to "debug" my Internet Explorer Browser who has recently started to act very weirdly. For instance, I would suddenly be redirected to a website called perfectnav.com every time I was supposed to get a 404. And I started to get strange pop-up windows as an effect of trying, as a test, to install the new version of Kazaa - and they didn't go away even after uninstalling the program (believe me, stay away from Kazaa or one of its clone programs since the free version comes with pop-ups and weird cookies from Gator and Cydoor which you can't get rid of even if you disarm and uncheck them from the beginning.)

So I finally installed Ad-aware again. Following, Ad-aware detected more than 450 mysterious cookies, registry entries and files in my system - it left me with an icky feeling similar to what you would probably be feeling if you had let a host of aliens visit your private apartment while you were at work, because you forgot to remove the "ALL ALIENS WELCOME" sign on your unlocked frontdoor.... Well, after having checked than none of them were actually important or innnocent files (none of them were), I asked Ad-aware to quarantine and delete all these files. Which Ad-aware did. And then my computer crashed completely when I tried to restart...As in COMPLETELY.

More research - i.e. rebooting in safe mode and restoring all the deleted files and then getting rid of them in small clusters - revealed that the source of all evil appears to be a spyware program called Webhancer. This source (read it and be shocked) and this source confirms that it appears to be one of the most evil spyware programs around. Honestly, it's worse than a worm or virus...or, rather, it IS strongly viral. It installs itself secretly on your computer, and combines with the system's winsocket - which means that it "monitors" all outgoing and incoming traffic to your computer (the data "packets"). If you try to remove it via Ad-aware, you crash your entire internet connection because it has become intertwined with the socket. In my case this means that my network connection and Norton Anti-virus won't open when I start the computer. And then everything is stalled.

The official Webhancer compagny's "solution" to this malfunction is that you consciously install the program - which they refer to as a "Customer Companion" (*shivers*) - "correctly", and then remove it via the add/remove program function in the control panel. Yeah, right - would I put my hand on a burning hot stove? A hardcore alternative is apparently to reinstall all your systemfiles :( or seperately reinstall the Winsocket again which I don't think you're able to do in Windows XP (because everything is connected to everything else. ARGH! (if I'm wrong please correct me...)

Currently I'm stuck with Webhancer, since I need the internet to figure out how to get rid of it. *desperate shrug*. So there are probably x compagnies out there who know exactly how many seconds I spent blogging this evening.

Meanwhile I'll go cry myself to sleep while mentally chatising my persona for ever subscribing to a Microsoft browser....


1.2.04
A new peer?
What's this? Suddenly I came across an "add" for a lecture series "Vinkler på Viden" (Perspectives on Knowledge) organised by "Danmarks Humanistiske Forskningscenter". What's really interesting is that one of the lectures is titled "The literature of the Future? Novels, short stories and short prose on the internet" - presented by Gitte Mose whose name I've never come across before. It's great to see that somebody is actually researching this subject - and it will be interesting to find out who she is. Precious few people I know of have been interested in this subject in Danish Research Circles.

Btw, the lectures take place Thursdays in the Royal Library's "Black Diamond" building.


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Conferences
ACE 2007
Mobile Media 2007
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Perth DAC 2007
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Towards a Poetics of Virtual Worlds


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Misc
I also used to host & work in a world called StoryMOO.