Sacred Spaces, Profane (Wired) Places
by Emmanuel Quartey Image: From the exhibition, Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings. Early morning ramblings, y’all. Matilde Cassani recently had an exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture called Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings, and it got me thinking about the definition of sacred space today. For her project, Cassani compiled an archive of sacred places in...
Tiny, Smart Machines and Their Big, Clumsy Owners
I lost my iPhone a few weeks ago. It was a first generation, so its passing was no great tragedy. But for various reasons, I have not yet replaced it with a new one or reclaimed my old number. In the meantime, I’m using a pay-as-you-go plan from Virgin Mobile on a brand of flip phone (I know; I didn’t know they still existed either) I’ve never heard of. Needless to say, it...
Siri: A Love Story
Apple’s flashy voice-activation feature for the iPhone 4S, Siri, has consumers drooling. Her savvy tone and sharp intellect have made consumer jaws drop and knees quiver with desire. Now that most of us have flirted with Siri, it’s time to think about whether or not this relationship will last. For as long as technology has existed, the relationship between man and machine has been...
Five Lesser-Known iPhone iOS5 Features You Should...
Apple’s latest mobile operating system has been revolutionary on the technological landscape. Wireless syncing, local integration of Twitter and iCloud were all headliners at the October 12th release. We threw together a handful of concealed uses that we’ve found to make our lives a little more efficient and a lot less boring. 1. Thank You For Flying With Us We’ve all had...
Wifi Hotspot Locations in New York →
by Emmanuel New York’s OpenData project is pretty amazing - the quantity of data stored in the database is staggering. Here is a map of wi-fi location, generated using the WiFi Hotspots Location dataset. Want to get in touch with Wires Crossed? Shoot us a message @wires_crossed or firstname.lastname@example.org! More posts by Emmanuel.
Why the QR code is failing →
by Emmanuel I want to like QR codes. I really do. But the fact is that most people don’t know how they work, and I’m yet to see a truly compelling implementation of the technology. Sean Cummings explains why QR codes are failing to catch on. Not everyone is giving up on QR codes, though. Illustrator Gregory Wehmeyer encourages us to ask “What if the QR code is the focus?”...