Eight Random Gary Facts – Game?

 Posted by on December 9, 2007 at 10:12 am  personal, viral, Web 2.0  1 Response »
Dec 092007

I have been tagged by Bettina (double tagged in fact inworld SL and out in web 2.0 – thanks Bett!) So I am compelled on fear of being ‘something/shamed’ to post eight random factoids about me. Well that is easy – he ponders. Wonders doing the sums how many blog posts will there be as 8*8*8 (8 factorial?) and so on spreads like a pyramid scheme, factoid virus around the web. Anyway lets get it out of the way…thinks…not that easy…ok will start at the bottom first with the next 8 victims!

These are the 8 tagged to do likewise below:
Tony Walsh
Peter Giles
Imogen Heap
Jackie Turnure
Dan Taylor
Keren Flavell
Frank Boyd
Laurel Papworth

1- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2 – People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
3 – At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4 – Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Now to my random things…

1 Have been a vegetarian since age of 12.
So thats like 10 years ago 😉 Well I eat fish so one of those fish eating slightly hypocritical veges…

2 Am a multi-instrumentalist.
Yay! This gives me the opportunity to show off, or it shows others what a show off I am ?!. So here is a list of my instruments I can play well (eg: impro and/or read and/or pro-record with) – Harps (3 at the moment!), saxophones, clarinet, guitars (elec through to classical), voice/singing, piano/keyboards, flute, cello, bass, various (loads of) world instruments including komuz, tar, saz, digeridoo, and all that music tech stuff. As a performer – tons of stuff including supporting many of the famous manchester bands in the 80s, through to taking leads in operas and as Music Producer tutor (such as at the BRIT School) starting folk like Imogen Heap off! Back to multi-instrumentalist this image shows how sad this can get – here is one wall of my house 😉

Gary Instruments 1

3 I ran away from home at 5am when I was 3 years old! Yes it was in all the papers, discovered later in the evening wandering around a busy shopping centre in Gloucester UK (where I was born – awww), more than 6 miles from the house!

4 Fav spaces, I Love desert/canyon-type environs – especially California, New Mex, Utah and Arizona. So Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Monument Valley, Canyonlands, Bryce, Taos surrounds etc etc: Still fav area on the planet is Yosemite – but often found wandering these areas when I am in them, at sunrise and sunset, wondering why I am wandering 😉

5 Collect old analog photographic stuff – but it will all have to go soon ;-( So large format cameras (yes 7*5 inches and above) through to micro spy cams etc:. Still have a great medium format enlarger and all the poison’ess chemicals – but sadly digital has now fully taken over…well not sadly, it is sooo much more dynamic and fun!

6 Long distance cyclist – used to be silly distances, and still am when I can. Regularly used to do 120-150 miles in one go! Often did cycle camping tours which turned into 700-800 mile trips, Across Uzbekistan, Bilbao to Barcelona, Prague to Budapest, New York to DC and back, San Fran to Diego via Lone Pine! Venice to Zurich, Firenze to Rome and of various long loops including Marrakech/Atlas mountains and Swiss/Italian alps – phew tired just thinking about it again!

7 Set silly goals then try to achieve them. Such as roller-blading in the Registan in Samarkand or recording the Morroccon Oboe, in costume up in the Atlas mountains!

8 Fav project I conceived and produced still has to be the BBC Musical Nomad, still live. 40 days across the ‘stans (Uzbek, Krygyz, Kazakh) – meeting musicians, shaman and great people then sending daily video, audio, images and great stories live onto the web, world service radio and doing a TV/radio capture (just 4 of us) – still have memory of setting up a satellite one dark evening on a mountainside in Kazakstan, with a generator whiring in the distance, horsemen coming in an out of the trees, to upload our daily experience and then logging onto the BBC site and hearing the national anthem in memory of Princess Diana killed a few moments earlier…

Sep 302005

Joshua Isolated ©Gary Hayes 2005I have spent over 10 years of my life developing interactive services that hopefully empower and enrich people’s lives – most of this time at the BBC. Looking back as one does, before taking the next step, it is clear where much of the success was – personally revealing and relevant services. I will discuss that in more depth in future posts. Before that something to whet your appetite. This blog up to now (October will be different so stay tuned!) has been about the importance of agent choice and the techniques to find a range of content that is personally relevant – ai versions of the self trawling through a universe of choice to get stuff that works for you.

The other side of personalize media I intend and will be exploring from now on, in interspersed but detailed posts, is of course be the media instance itself – media that becomes personally tailored. What I mean by that for example is that a film or TV show, modifies itself to you as a viewer. This could be an alternative edit or a different route through the story dependent on your profile or it could be the choice of soundtrack or at a more basic level, the non-violent version. This is a very simple example of a single entity tailored to your liking, set automatically or activated on a case-by-case basis, but most importantly being seamless – you do not have to intervene, it flows. Of course this is not going to work for a shared experience – theatre or shared living room but more on that in future babble.

More complex personalized media experiences start to take into account time and place. For example – you prefer certain types of content on the move so all your MP3’s collected by various agents end up automatically on the portable player – again with you opt in and then without your intervention. Another simple temporal example may be that you only consume news at 8am and 6pm so the ‘news systems’ you have adopted only collects the latest news for you just prior to those times – of course this will be personalized news! For some reason Sport news has never worked for me and that is the first I tend to turn off. But I digress. The complexity and usefulness are inextricably linked – there is a threshold of personalized/tailored media where it goes from a nice to have to being indispensable – because when we also layer on the ‘personalized’ cross media element things get very interesting.

Here is a typical scenario I just dreamt up – oxymoron I know. Anyway you really like ‘road movies’. You know those long dreamy, rock music driven things with strange warped characters driving endlessly across Arizona and Nevada. OK so you want a personalized all platform, encompassing experience of said ‘road movie’. Your profile is set, the system knows your life routines and when and where you want things to happen and off it goes. Luckily this is in the near future and a service provider has made the necessary arrangements for this to happen. So you order the cross-platform package from work – NOT the interactive one I will get to that in the next post or two – you are informed a few minutes later that the package has been delivered and the scene is set. You get home the movie is waiting on your media center. You watch half of it and go to bed. The rest of the movie and other items are already automatically captured to your mobile devices in the background. In the morning on the train you decide not to watch the rest but listen to some of the tracks off the film which area ready to go on your iPot. Arriving at work you log into your home portal site – and there ready to go are latest extras about the film. You watch a little of the making of and take part in a discussion about it and are fascinated by what people are saying about the final scenes of the movie. Later on the way home you actually read the end of the script that is already on your mobile phone, and finally watch the rest of the film at home on the big screen.

Right. Not really rocket science, and full of film spoilers but you get the principle. In essence we have here platform and location aware media, tagged and packaged by cross-platform providers – albeit the same story elements, but a start at least. We are seeing very crude versions of this already – crude because it is disconnected and the viewer has to intervene and effectively act as aggregator, collecting the various components, not user friendly at all. A recent post Seek and Find Art talks about ‘assemblers’ being more proactive by engaging themselves in the aggregation process – I think both can coexist, depending on ones state of passivity or non-passivity at that moment.

What is the next level? Well if you recall one of my previous posts about the MyMediaGeneration we suddenly move into packages of personalized, parallel process aware cross-platform media. Wow! That’s a mouthful. Basically experiences that are tailored to your parallel processing liking and then we have another layer, interactive, ooohhh – but in true cliff-hanger style they will be the next few posts, so stay tuned…

Posted by Gary Hayes ©2005