With the ever more pervasive location tracking of cars, through our mobile phones and devices, and our use of public transport, all sorts of interesting applications suddenly become possible. One of them is havewemetbefore.com. Enter the name (or even better, upload a picture) of someone you just met, and it will find all past moments that you and your new acquaintance were actually at the same location. A great way to find out how many times you and your new lover (for example) didn’t spot each other at a party, or simply passed each other on the street…
A privacy friendly (mmm…) version asks permission from the other part first, of course…
P.S.: The Dutch version could be called “kenikunietergensvan.nl”.
P.P.S.: The domain is for sale.
Visiting the Bienale in Venice made me feel very happy (I love Venice) and very sad (seeing only ‘old’ art from the big names). Walking around in the Punta della Dogana museum, re-architected by Tadao Ando in such an obviously unobvious (over designed) way that the whole building got on my nerves in fact, it felt like walking around in a temple, or rather a prison, meant to keep the people out, meant to take away the art from the people.
And then it occurred to me that, given the mainstream stuff that was shown in there (Koons, Richter, etc), this was not such a bad idea really. What about setting up a foundation, aimed at collecting all major artworks in the world. It would announce the opening of a new museum, meant to make Guggenheim, MOMA and all that look like pilferers (it would be located in Dubai, of course). Grand opening: April 1, 2014. RSVP. Everybody shows up. And then: a black box (or maybe golden..). No doors. No windows. All art inside. Safe. Forever.
The museum would be called “A Space For New Art”. Because that is what it would provide: space for new art. Because it would take all the old art from the face of the earth, creating a void that can be filled with new ideas by new artists. At last.
GSM has been broken up to the point that a phone call or an SMS can be intercepted using an ordinary phone and a PC. The impact of this attack is still somewhat limited, because to eavesdrop, you need to be close to the target mobile phone. However, with a bit of ‘crowdsourcing’ we can overcome this ‘limitation’.