I’m not sure why I get so diverted by this knitted stuff… but I think it’s possibly to do with it being
a) quite subversive
b) not as bloke-oriented as most geek stuff is, which gives a fresh angle to the imagination
c) playful – which generally means ideas can be a lot more left-field than normal geekery
And if there’s one thing I like more than anything else, it’s left-fieldness.
So anyway, knitted cameras:
I’m also experimenting with a format for including the entire (known) history of a meme – it’s memeology (as opposed to geneology). It’s a recursive bit of HTML that looks something like:
<div class="memeology" title="Stuffed Digital Camera"> <div class="via" rel="date:2008-02-22,author:Jenny Ryan"> <a href="http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/02/stuffed_digital_camera.html"> <span class="source">Craft magazine</span> <span class="title">Stuffed Digital Camera</span> </a> <!-- from --> <div class="via" rel="date:2008-02-21,author:Neta Amir"> <a href="http://bobilina.blogspot.com/2008/02/story-of-socks-camera.html#links"> <span class="source">Doll's Stories</span> <span class="title">Story of a socks camera</span> <!-- any more froms go here --> </a> </div> </div> </div>
and so winds up looking (with a bit of styling) something like:
It has the links to each person/site that found it… if there’s a merging of memes, then it can have more than one parent. There’s embedded metadata about the author / date etc.
I’ll need to contact some of my microformat people to see if I’m on the right track etc. Still, there it is.
Ok… a little bit more blokey – a lego knitting machine
It’s got quite a long memeology that one. I think I’ll need to make a generator for these things so they can all go on one line. Having a massive bunch of HTML in the middle of your copy makes it hard to find things / edit etc.
Ok – back to art, back to reality: Kitbashers
Hmm… maybe these memeology things are a bit obtrusive… it might be better to make a show/hide thing with jQuery.
Anyway, if there’s anyone out there who suffers from a sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation, this could be the solution – knitted electromagnetic sheilds for the kitchen.
And finally, something that is off-the-dial cool…
… a lampshade the knits itself. When you switch it on, it knits a new row every 20 minutes… so gets longer and longer. It’s by Nadine Sterk, and is called the Sleeping Beauty Lamp. Genius etc.