We Feel Fine

We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

The interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles’ properties – color, size, shape, opacity – indicate the nature of the feeling inside, and any particle can be clicked to reveal the full sentence or photograph it contains. The particles careen wildly around the screen until asked to self-organize along any number of axes, expressing various pictures of human emotion. We Feel Fine paints these pictures in six formal movements titled: Madness, Murmurs, Montage, Mobs, Metrics, and Mounds.

At its core, We Feel Fine is an artwork authored by everyone. It will grow and change as we grow and change, reflecting what’s on our blogs, what’s in our hearts, what’s in our minds. We hope it makes the world seem a little smaller, and we hope it helps people see beauty in the everyday ups and downs of life.

Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar
  May 2006

http://wefeelfine.org/

Today in class we had a viewing of TED presentation videos of current and possible upcoming technologies. I was overwhelmed with joy when I learned of “We Feel Fine.” Joy, and sadness… why haven’t I known of this site earlier. It’s extremely cool and super neat. You have to take a look at this site, if you haven’t. It’s sophisticated madness, and it has to be… it’s a reflection of us, how we feel. Human emotions are iradical and can be unconventional at times, this site makes it amusing… and you, like a spy. Awesome!

Passiot Pit Meets Qootles

So, I’m an avid doodler, and I’ve been using my iphone to express that. I came up with a comic series that I called “Qootle.” Here are some samples of my Qootle doodles. 😀

QOOTLE | Qoote doodles? 😛

Qootle’s currently has a FaceBook group that your welcome to join, you’ll be updated on new qootle creations! Join here.

While working on my flash homework one day, somebody had posted a Passion Pit song on FaceBook and I kind of got hooked on it and eventually built my homework upon that song. The homework was to build a music related site, atleast 3 pages and had to be imported from either illustrator or photoshop into the Adobe Flash program, I used illustrator than created a simple animation in flash to make it fun. I hope you like it! 😀

It’s Passion Pit Meets Qootle!

(click the image above to watch my animation and browse the flash site! ^_^*)

Music by: Passion Pit | The Reeling

http://www.passionpitmusic.com/

Hipstamatic (iPhone App)

I just got the Hipstamatic app for my iPhone, I’ve been hearing a lil buzz about it, and I’m such a freak about taking pictures that I had to give it a try, so far I think it’s cool and all as it has its novelty flare… and a bit pricey with the $1.99 price tag, it comes with a 3 lens and flash option available, you’ll later find there are several more lens and flash packs available if you were too spend a $1 more for each of them. 😛 I can say that if you love taking pictures and can’t afford an awesome Lomography camera, than of course, this app is definitely the way to go.

Just some FYI, this app is reproducing an effect of a pastime plastic camera that WAS called the “Hipstamatic.” It was built around the idea of making a highly fun and creative photographic experience for those on a tight budget. You might find it really interesting and I suggest you take a look at this site here: http://hipstamatic.com/

…there’s a bit of a tragic story behind :'(.  took a few photo with the app today that I’ll share with you. I’ve had photo manipulating apps in the past, but this one honestly feels more genuine and enjoyable… so maybe my 2 dollars wasn’t so much of a waste, but I sure as hell am not spending a dollar for each new upgrade. Seriously. I currently have over 2000 photos on my phone that I’m about to clear, it’s been real sluggish, that will give me room to go wild with this new app.

PS. Yes, I did take a picture of my feet reaching toward the light, something about hands reaching for light just seams a bit too mainstream for my taste lol, that, and I’m kinda weird… but hopefully in a good way. I hope you enjoy the photos and I’ve given you enough insight to where you’ll know if you want the app or not.

…and another thing I should say about the app is that you can’t import images in from your photo library, each picture has to be taken live while in the app. I don’t mind that, it just gives me more of a reason to think up cool ideas for a new photo to take. ^_^*

Not only Facebook, but there’s also an option to upload to Flikr, how cool is that!

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Music by:

TOWA TEI ft. Kylie Minogue

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Lyrics

Hello
My name is German Bold Italic
I am a type face
Which you have never heard before
Which you have never seen before
I can compliment you well
Especially in red
Extremely in green
Maybe in blue blue blue

CHORUS
You will like my sense of style
You will like my sense of style

I fit like a glove – ooh!

Gut ja!
Gut ja!