Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Yahoo! Time Capsule: One World. Many Voices

You and what matters to you.

Like everything Yahoo! does, it’s about you – our amazing users. We think there’s no one better suited to teach future generations what the world was like in 2006. For 30 days, from October 10 until November 8, Yahoo! users worldwide can contribute photos, writings, videos, audio – even drawings – to this electronic anthropology project. This is the first time that digital data will be gathered and preserved for historical purposes.

In addition to submitting your own content, you can view, read, or hear the images, words, and sounds contributed by users from around the world.

You can also comment on the content you and others have submitted – and engage in a digital conversation that is just as revealing and important as any of the content you’ll witness.

And by November 8, you will have helped create a digital legacy of our times, a mosaic of revealing snapshots that will be sealed and entrusted to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings based in Washington D.C., officially taking its place in history.

Finally, to thank you for your contribution to the Time Capsule, you’ll be asked to help us select how Yahoo! will donate $100,000 to seven global charitable organizations.

Why will future generations chant your username?

What will you save and what will you share? Your self-portrait. That home video clip that always makes you smile – or cry. A Top 10 list of predictions for the future. Perhaps the single photograph you could never live without. A list of what makes you angry. A special letter to yourself or to your children – just in case. A special class project. A letter to your lost love or to your boss that you’ll never send. The URL of your favorite blog, web site, or podcast. Perhaps it will be something banal. Perhaps it will be something beautiful. This is your time capsule.

So let’s review. You’ll be part of history and witness what other are saying and saving. You’ll have your handiwork presented to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, projected on one of the most famous relics on the planet, AND then beamed along a path of laser light into space. This will definitely be something to email the grandkids about someday.

Jonathan Harris
Time Capsule Artist's Statement

A tradition as old as cave art, one of the most primal human traits is the need for self-expression. We make drawings and paintings, take photos, sing songs, write stories and poems, keep blogs, build and decorate houses, buy and wear clothing, write memoirs. We do these things to become individuals, to fight anonymity and the passage of time.

These days, life is lived in short bursts. We dart madly from the house to the car to the train to the office. We check email, voicemail, headlines, and stocks. We absorb web sites, TV, radio, music, movies and gossip, desperately try to keep up. We maintain this crazy pace, tumbling through our 80 years, obsessed with the present, rarely pausing to consider the full arc of life, much less the arc of many lives, lived across many generations. As we dash through our days, expressing ourselves in countless ways, leaving thick trails of footprints, we seldom stop and think about those footprints. We rarely consider the legacy we are leaving behind. But what if we did? What if we were each to choose a small handful of precious thoughts and artifacts to represent our life – a few words, a few pictures, perhaps a drawing or two – and were to put them away somewhere safe, as keepsakes for the future?

It is this ability to shape the way we will be remembered that makes time capsules so appealing. Time capsules have a storied past, stretching back to the first known literary work, The Epic of Gilgamesh, which opens with a hunt for a manuscript hidden in the walls of Uruk. The great pyramids of Egypt and Mexico are also time capsules of a sort, containing relics of ancient eras. The ruins at Pompeii, buried in ash for more than 1,600 years, formed an unintentional but impeccable time capsule depicting city life at the height of the Roman Empire. The modern time capsule was born amid preparations for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, when Westinghouse constructed an 800-pound metal ball, which it then filled with everyday items and buried underground. More recently, a satellite time capsule named KEO, to be sent into space for 50,000 years, has been proposed but not yet launched.

Building on this colorful heritage, the Yahoo! Time Capsule sets out to collect a portrait of the world – a single global image composed of millions of individual contributions. This time capsule is defined not by the few items a curator decides to include, but by the items submitted by every human on earth who wishes to participate. We hope to reach a truly global expression of life on earth – nuanced, diverse, beautiful and ugly, thrilling and terrifying, touching and rude, serious and absurd, frank, honest, human.

The Time Capsule itself is realized digitally so that the maximum number of people can have access. It is organized around ten themes, chosen to illuminate different corners of the human experience. The ten themes are: Love, Sorrow, Anger, Faith, Beauty, Fun, Past, Hope, Now, and You. Each theme harbors an open-ended question: What do you love? What makes you sad? What makes you angry? What do you believe in? What’s beautiful? What’s fun? What do you remember? What is your wish? Describe your world. Who are you? People respond to these questions in five simple ways – with words, pictures, videos, sounds, and drawings.

The aesthetic of the Time Capsule is that of a ball of thread, spinning like a globe, its shifting surface entirely composed of words and pictures submitted by people around the world. The thread ball concept relates to threads of memory and threads of time, where threads are taken to be any continuous and self-consistent narrative strand. When the Time Capsule opens, it displays the 100 most recent contributions, which form the spinning globe. The ten themes orbit the globe in a pinwheel pattern. At any moment, any individual tile can be clicked, causing the globe to fall away and the selected tile to expand, revealing detailed information about the tile and the person who created it. Using a search interface, viewers can specify the population they wish to see, exploring such demographics as “men in their 20s from New York City”, and “Iraqi women who submitted drawings in response to the question: What do you love?”. There are an infinite number of ways to slice the data, and each resulting slice then becomes its own thread, which can be browsed independently, tile by tile, like a filmstrip.

The contribution process is designed to be simple and universal, using minimal gestures to create words and drawings, and to upload files. Though translated into ten languages, there are very few textual instructions anywhere in the piece, so the experience is necessarily one of exploration and discovery. A clock counts down constantly in the bottom left corner, approaching the moment the Time Capsule will close.

The presiding message of the Time Capsule is: “One World. Many Voices.” The piece attempts simultaneously to express the differences between individuals, and to illustrate the shared ground between people of all ages, races, backgrounds and cultures.

- Jonathan Harris
New York City, September 27, 2006

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is an artist working primarily on the Internet. His work involves the exploration of humans through the artifacts they leave behind on the Web. He was awarded a 2004 Fabrica Fellowship ( ), and is the creator of such projects as We Feel Fine ( ), 10x10 ( ), WordCount ( ), Phylotaxis ( ), and ( ). In 2005 he created the Yahoo! Netrospective, a look back on the first ten years of the Internet. He studied Computer Science at Princeton University, where his thesis was a system that automatically gathers and clusters similar news articles from a large number of online sources. The winner of two 2005 Webby Awards, his work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, ID Magazine, and the State of Vermont, and has been featured by CNN, Reuters, BBC, The Guardian, USA Today, NPR and Wired. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as Design Director of Daylife ( ), a global news service. His website is

Contribution to yahoo time capsule

The photo here in my blog appears at the yahoo time capsule with the link below:

The entry was made to the category of faith withe the following text:

Every monring writing my journal is an expression of faith, a spiritual exercise to outpoor to the universe my thoughts and feelings. In return I am opening myself to cosmic wisdom. Live Life! Love Life! Om Shanti!

At least now, I have reason to enter new entry here after months of non-blogging.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Despedida Party for Jane and Bruce

My good friend Jane Austria and Bruce Young had left the country for Florida, USA. Jane will study masteral for the next two years, surely am going to miss her, but better that way so I won't expect and get frustrated not meeting her here in the country (hehehehe!).

Many friends came to bade farewell to the couple. Plenty of chit-chiryas were brought including a jug of lambanog which was dried few minutes it was served on the table with the chi-charon.

It was not very long the Iska got tipsy obviously red in her brown skin and drag me to discuss polyamory, hahahah!

We all related fond memories of jane (sorry bruce we don't know you that much), it was a celebration of tearful-laughters and said our good wishes to the couple.

To Jane and Bruce, tell we meet again. To Jane bring that Diploma for us to celebrate again.

Thanks to all who brought pika-pika and to Miok for the nice painting.

(Finally a new entry to my long lost un-updated blog... ugh.)

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Versatile Coconut: An Oil or A Vodka

So here is my take to this cultural blog exchange. This is cute, actually, and I like it. So what do I foresee in this - an opportunity to promote our local Philippine products that don't normally get's noticed to the international market.

Perhaps blogger could really tell the world that they make a difference and I hope this will make difference - this cultural exchange through blogs.

So what I am up to - I can exchange products from the versatile coconut, famously and alternatively known as the tree of life; with either, a virgin coconut oil or coco vodka.

Just check around the healtful benefits of virgin coconut oil, some would even claim that it can be used to cure AIDS, that is yet to be widely proven, but I was told by a balding friend that he's growing his denuded head-forest cover with the coco oil. There are lots of other health and beauty benefits of the oil - check and google the web.

As for the coco vodka locally known as lambanog - well there's an art of drinking the vodka especially in Tayabas, Quezon (South of Luzon)and it is such a very polite way to social drinking. Men and women alike love to drink this spirit and they said they never get hang-over no matter how much they drink.Read more article by searching the web - coco vodka or lambanog.

So what to exchange with:

my virgin coconut oil = your virgin olive oil

my coco vodka = any red or white wine

so let us begin the exchange!

gpx sources:

A Creative Blog for Cultural Exchange

What's it all about?

Welcome to Gimme Your Stuff, the cultural exchange blog where you can swap items of significance to your area with items from others around the world. A conduit for many an international cuisine to change hands. A place where you can trade a newspaper from South Africa, or a CD from Finland. A place where we take no responsibility for anything anyone else does. A place where we are Changing the world with other people’s stuff.

The Rules

You can post, search, and meet here, you discuss and organise somewhere else, and we take ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSIBILTY for broken agreements, international postage violations loss of privacy or anything else that may go on. We will not follow up any undelivered goods. Please check both countries' postage/quarantine laws before posting foods.

...just covering our arses.

A month in the Philippines

I missed the CO Multiversity R and R in Bataan, ughhh… anyway I will have my time in the beach, some time?

I made a visit to my folks in Ilocos and had a great time with my ’kins (8 nieces and nephews, I have 10 of them but Ryla was in Nueva Vizcaya, and Krishna was just days old). I had a tea party and story telling with them and took photos and video of their rowdiness and contagious playfulness.

After three days I came back to Manila to do my work with the STOP CHACHA. I agreed to work with Dinky until July 2006, while waiting for my assignment to get finalized with CO Multiversity.

I helped facilitate the travel of CO Multiversity contingents to the Gwangju International Peace Camp held last 15-19 May 2005. Haji Quiranto and Beth Gallardo made a presentation with Ayyi as an observer. Beth brought with her the Gwangju News magazine and the article I contributed was the cover since it has to do with May 18, an important date in Gwangju City, being the date of the Gwangju Democratic Uprising. Another article about the international internship program of The May 18 Memorial Foundation was also featured.

My brother Junjun left last 28 May 9 (from port of Cebu), back sailing the world seas. Zaldy, seaman also, will finish his contract by June and Vjoy will come back to the country from the US in August for vacation, by then I might be working in Mindanao. So, I might not have a chance to meeting both.

I’ve met several friends already. First day of work I Makati, I got an invite from Ros to watch her dance in the fashion of Dita Sandico-Ong. I took her fotos and video. We had lunch together and learned about her plan to travel to Germany. Her boyfriend, a Pinoy-German invited her to stay there.

I had a wonderful chat – face to face this time with Jane. Hahaha… she is still in her old form of being “pahid” (quirks). It was our same dialogue, of not being appreciative of the blessings and fortune that we continue to experience.

Work-wise, I had attended several community fora, met with the mob committee, the steering committee and the rest of the key figures on the STOP ChaCha campaign. Well, it is a privilege to be working with those who are involved in the Black and White Movement and the Black Friday Protest (no more Black Fridays, a case won already, since the Supreme Court had declared those repressive orders of GMA like EO 1017 are unconstitutional). Before I just used to read there blogs and re-blog them now am dealing with them on real-time.

There’s a post I made about the first mob I attended at the COMELEC at my other site: rebolusyon2006. I will be engaged in more on these kind of actions, so that blog would be more, perhaps, busier than this blog.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Farewell Dinner Video

Farewell Dinner Video
Video sent by peterahon
this video was taken by Rohgan's son named Nohgan. Rohgan gave us a farewell dinner at a Folk Village resto in Gwangju City. We introduced 518 new intern Nazik to his family.

Rohgan Family’s Farewell Dinner for Us

I met Rohgan and his family at the Tourist Information Center of Gwangju’s Downtown for their farewell dinner to us, Mus, Agnes and me. Mus got an emergency call from a fellow countryman who has a labor problem so he did not join us for dinner. Nazik our new intern was introduced to the family and liked so much the sweet and well behaved children of Rohgan – Suyon and Nohgan.

Joyce came last night from Suwon to say goodbye to us interns. She gave suggestions for our planned trip to Gyeongju. As always playing her role as our tour guide, she dutifully toured us before around in Seoul and introduced us to her officemates and stayed for overnight at their Suwon office.

Also, she helped Agnes plan out for her trip to Seoul before she goes back to Indonesia. Joyce slept over our place and we had brunch together. She was also at the Tourist Information Center with Mus whom she accompanied to buy some stuff downtown. So I hugged my teary eyed friend Joyce goodbye and prod her to come again to the Philippines.

Nohgan did not recognize me with my short hair. He asked his mom , “ Is he Pete Ajoshi?”

Rohgan brought us to Folk Village Restaurant and had a daegi kalbi, grilled pork, I feasted on the mushroom and the doenjang paste with green chili. Nadira wrote down the name of the dishes for her to remember them. She crossed her eyes in wonder that it was just the appetizer we had since she’s already full.

For the main and last menu we had green iced noodles – Chorella and another variety which is spicy and sweet. We arrived at the restaurant around 5:30 pm. An hour of dining, families start pouring in, some with their small babies with them. When we left the place, the waiting line is up to the door’s entrance. I got two handkerchiefs for a send-off gift that was chosen by Nohgan, I was told by his dad. True to tradition, the “second session” invitation was not missed out in our dinner date. Rohgan invited us to their house for a tea this time not to a Hof or Soju Bar since the lady companions are not alcohol drinkers.

On the street Nazik saw vendor and got curious what they were selling. She bought the dried fish (____) that was heated on the fire. The lady vendor came after us since we were short of 1,000 won of what we got. The children liked it but Nazik not so fond of sweet food just tasted it. (I learned though that she liked kim the dried seaweed so much and so I gave her some from the pack we had opened when we had the brunch).

Rohgan brought two round tables. One table contained a plate of strawberries and fresh tomatoes, the other table contained the tea set. We had exchange on Korean education and culture. Rohgan said he does not want to pressure his children on their education like other parents do. We also traced on the globe the country where Nazik came from which is Kyrgyz Republic. Nazik told us how Korean men - and women – are called in her country. Suyon was not on her entertaining mood so she did not perform to us her song and dance repertoire. Rohgan drove us back home.