"If you've been looking for a Lancer Evolution in the United States and you've been unable to locate one, that could change soon, thanks to Gran Turismo.
Reuters reports that the game has piqued consumer interest certain Japanese car models, but because of safety and emmissions standards in the USA, some models have never been seen outside of their home country. However, bolstered by the marketing power of Gran Turismo, the demand for these cars is rising, and car manufacturers have sat up and taken notice.
Mitsubishi Motors, manufacturer of the Lancer Evolution, said that in response to the new demand for the Evo, the car will appear in American showrooms in 2003. Nissan Motor will bring the Skyline GT-R model to the USA and Europe as well, although it hasn't set a date yet.
Takashi Kiuchi of Mitsubishi told Reuters, "there's no doubt that Gran Turismo played a huge role in our decision to launch the Lancer Evolution in the United States. The car wouldn't have attracted as much attention as it has in the United States without the game."
"What does the collective voice of the internet sound like? Countless others are with you when you browse the web, some reading the same words at the same time, and yet you have no way of sensing their presence. Listening Post gives voice to this vast, silent world, transforming collective online activity and communication into a multi-layered sound installation. This uniquely designed space monitors thousands of online exchanges in real time, revealing the patterns and rhythms of people communicating with each other."
"The visible and audible text in this installation is live, collected in real-time from tens of thousands of chat rooms, forums, newsgroups, bulletin boards, and other public online communication channels. Statistical analysis organizes the messages into topic clusters based on their content, tracking the ebb and flow of communication on the Web. A tonal soundscape underlies the spoken text, its pitches and timbres responding to changes in the flow and content of the messages."
"Abstract. The design and use of information technology is increasingly
embedded in the workings of institutions: the institutional order of the user
community's collective life and the market order of the computer industry.
As innovations in the basic technology greatly expand the space of potential
designs, the design process must increasingly engage with this institutional
context. This article is a meditation on the meanings of design and community
in this new environment."
This is geeky, even for me. The TV trailer for "Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers" has been doing my head in for a few weeks now, due to the soundtrack's surging orchestral riff being insanely familiar. I began to assume that this was due to my memory of the music to LOTR1 being unlocked a year later ... seemed unlikely - the soundtrack to the first film had the standard unremarkable 'Hollywood' schlock-but-professional-schlock sheen - even if it was by Howard "I Score Everything" Shore.
Don't recall that happening before ... almost as if LOTR2 is trying to trying to subtly inherit some dark brand values from the flawed-but-often-brilliant "Requiem", further suggesting it might shape up to be the "Empire Strikes Back" of the franchise. Are they being that clever? Or just lazy?
I'm deeply shamed that Matt beat me to it, seeing as that Calvino quote adorns the front of the building I work in. Broadcasting House is being pulled apart around me for the foreseeable future, until a gleaming new building - the world's largest live broadcast centre no less (what about non-broadcast media? ahem ...) - arises from the rubble a few years hence. And as my colleagues spotted before I did, some genius contractor has ensured that this quote from Invisible Cities is holding fort out front:
"Work stops at sunset.
Darkness falls over the building site.
The sky is filled with stars.
'There is the blueprint' they say."
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
I'd intended to write something a couple of months ago, when the work first started on the front of BH, and the main entrance was blocked off. It made such a difference to my working day, to walk through the 1920s deco splendour of that front reception, under sculptures by Eric Gill and latin inscriptions about 'nation talking unto nation' etc. etc. One could stride through the entrance (blithely ignoring the way the rest of the building has been mistreated over the years) chest proudly thrust forward, ready to thread connections between the stars ...
Now I have to skulk in a side-entrance and scurry upstairs, shoulders hunched, brow pre-furrowed - no Gill, no latin. Thanks to the person who saw that Calvino was an adequate substitute.