new language annotation software

regarding a new release of ELAN, language annotation software from The Language Archive (TLA) sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (to which i have absolutely NO affliliation):


by Han Sloetjes

Recently, we have released ELAN 4.7.1. It introduces some important changes to the EAF format (now version 2.8). The XML structure of controlled vocabularies is changed such that it breaks backward compatibility! Connected to these changes are new features such as multilingual controlled vocabularies and the fact that annotations now store a reference to the CV entry they are based on. Language assignment is now possible for controlled vocabularies but will be extended to the display of Metadata, Data Categories and tiers in future releases.

There is an option in the Preferences to always store in the previous version of EAF, version 2.7, for backward compatibility with previous ELAN releases. But using both ELAN 4.7.x and 4.6.2 or lower on the same files should be done with care.

Other new features are a media player based on VLC for Linux, an option for adding dependent tiers in multiple files, n-gram analysis for corpora and volume sliders for all linked audio tracks for convenient switching between the audio sources.

and a link to the download site here


Beta App Cosmos


Generated via Flame, a nifty time-waster and iamge generator driven by Flash. Found at Smashing Magazine, Bizarre Websites On Which You Can Kill Time With Style.

There’s no DESIGN link category here until now, so Smashing Magazine inaugurates it. Smashing Magazine is a terrific, really second-to-none web design resource. Among numerous strengths, there are three I find especially useful. First is its collection of external resources; second is its concentration on CSS and HTML5 and WordPress; third is the wealth of design tips and tutorials available in Smashing Magazine’s very deep archive.

Speaking of wasting time, sometimes it is useful to waste time contemplating potential time-wasters. I know of no better web site for this than The Museum of Modern Betas.

The MoMB is a site dedicated to collecting webbased applications on a beta trip. The MoMB recently turned five, currently about 9000 sites are listed.

…major, major sink. MomB tagcloud.

just a blurb about ‘typekit’

knew that font suitcases (what we used to call imported font types on the mac in OS7) were starting to be web-friendly, but hadn’t known where to find any info on them at all – like how to get hold of any, how to use, what was avaliable and so on.

thanks to a recent re-indulgence in twitter and following some links there, found what looks like a good site (‘typekit’) for providing a service to those who want to use different or new font typefaces on their web-pages. they have a free trial it seems, and then a reasonably-priced yearly subscription. hmm, if you like the fonts i spose you won’t want to unsubscribe and will need to keep up the payments annually or lose your neato typefaces… seeing as a year goes by fairly quickly these days it seems to me. the site itself has a number of internal links to various informative blurbs of their own, assuring us potential consumers that the upload will be robust, and offering other incentives to try. you can browse the collections or search via different foundries or developers or styles.
i mean, even if i never sign up for a free trial, i do not mind checking out what is available.

they make it sound very easy to incorporate these typefaces into your web-pages, and so of course, this draws the likes of me in.. but as usual, i wonder whether i’ll find the time to experiment enough to find it useful. what i need is a big stick and a juicy carrot to get anything done i’m afraid.

…one juicy carrot i got recently was an educational adobe package (has to be some compensation for being in the education game), ‘adobe creative suite 5 design premium; student and teacher edition’, and so i will have to start playing with that soon enough, since it is there. on my desk.
but what i need is a purpose.
someone will have to depend on me to come up with some goods. a website, a something… for me to grasp the designing and climbing the hill of ignorance nettle. i mean, it’s years since i wrangled dreamweaver, so i’m expecting some sort of spaceship to navigate with the current version.

theorising web dynamics

one of the lectures i’ve been watching recently on the video lectures site (see blogroll for link to their homepage) features a young eastern european guy who’s been working in conceptualising the dynamics of the web, the evolution of networks/ links, and how ideas or topics spread through networks.
it’s one of several on the topic of social media and theorising or graphically representing social networks, sentiment analysis, and so on. they are not as professional as those on TED, featuring presentations from conferences all over the world, and so to some extent you need to check out the ratings given by other viewers to determine whether the lecture is going to be rivetting or not…
a good resource anyway.

collaboration redux

so, in the absence of any intervening comments, as usual, i am powering ahead 🙂
i’m posting this as a new post, instead of a comment, as it features old material relevant to the present project.

actually i went on a search for mike’s posting of the role and function matrix.
because one of the perspectives for entering the realm of affordances for users, is to look at what type of user (aka wordpress ‘role’) allows and constrains what blog activities, or, in other words, what acts are afforded these users.

it seems mike was a little ahead of us. no matter. i’m still catching up.
anyway, i think that the following post and its comments are certainly grist for this particular mill, and quite eminently quotable in parts. note mike’s disappointment with some of the affordances of the blue…thing…
the collaborative environment

the pew internet site

i’m reading through the online phd i’d earlier recommended in here, and i was drawn to check up on some of its references – mainly because they cited URLS i could easily jump to. one of the referenced sites looks like a promising resource for general figures on internet use and attitudes in the USA – as well as a whole lot of other guff on topics i am not drawn to.
anyway, see the links page to pew-mediated studies on web 2.0 for example.

Web Art Toy: Dreamlines

Dreamlines, a web art generator by Leonardo Solaas.

Leonardo Solaas is a programmer. His focus point is on using Java as a platform, the web browser as an interface, and, data processing routines as, in effect, painter’s brushes. However my weak attempt at description defers to the artist’s own words,

“The thing is, now I spend most of my day in front of my loyal laptop, working as freelance developer & interface designer for the most interesting clients I manage to find, and going about my own experiments and ideas when I can get to that.

This site intends to be a hub for several kinds of traces left behind by my so-called ‘artistic’ practice, plus related pursuits. I’m not sure what all this ‘new media art’ thing is all about, but for me is a convenient playground where I can mash up all sorts of interests with relative freedom.”

This excerpt, from his short first person bio is tagged accordingly:

autnomous agents-blog-castellano-data visualization-design-digital image-drupal-experiment-flash-generative-hand -made-internet-me on myself-multiplicity-particle system-physical-processing-social-teaching-text-theory-workshop>

(Inspires me to think about what tags I’d apply to me.) Anyway…these tags cover a lot of ground.

Being fascinated with how computing power and user interaction can be used to create stuff, I fell right into Leonardo’s Dreamlines.

Like it is with other generators, the role I play is that of an Initiator. And, as it also is with the best of those generators, the Initiator also has to be a ‘chef of time;’ (inasmuch as I’ve learned to be patient and wait for resonant results.) What initiator/time chef waits for are rewarding moments in the stream of serendipitous visual mixing. The process is for me akin to music-making, yet the process isn’t anywhere as demanding.

I’ve noted over at Explorations blog,
Mechanical Kitsch, or New Frontier? further brief reflections about several of the issues raised by the ‘generator medium.’

Here’s several captures from mixes I initiated.

Title: Semiotics

Title: Found It

Then, it occurred to me I could try an experiment. My hypothesis was simple: if I captured the visual mix as it unfolded, how well might it coincide with some of my music? The main thing though was that I wasn’t going do anything but slap the two pieces together, so the experiment was seeking to hit rather than miss. This is different than editing music to expressly fit the visual.

I’ve posted the result over at noguts noglory studios. 21 minutes of abstract flow. (You can always turn down the audio!)


When I transferred the result using iMovie to a DVD and played it on the big HD screen, I was amazed at how good it looked.

There’s a sort of “future creativity” lurking in the seams of generativity, person-code, shallow manipulation, and, the immensity of the raw data archive.

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