Deskrama – more cool stuff from Siggraph

Deskrama is a low-cost interactive space browser for three dimensional architectural designs. You move the screen on top of a drawing and it shows the 3D rendered picture of the building.

No point in trying to explain this here. Just click play and the video will show you how it works. Credits to Mr. Takehiko Nagakura.

Link to video on Revver.

Deskrama – more cool stuff from Siggraph – a flash wizard’s frontend to YouTube

Paul Neave is a complete genius that have made amazing stuff like the wonderful flash based frontend for Google Maps and Windows Live Local.

He has also made a very nice frontend for YouTube, and Google Video. It’s called and it’s close to a service that you would want on your media center. Slightly better keyboard control and it would have been perfect.

As far as I understand the content is selected by Mr. Neave himself. It’s a very nice collection of good stuff from the three video sites mentioned. Including a video that I put out there a while ago…

Most media centers is capable of starting internet explorer in kiosk mode. Meaning full screen without any toolbars. Simply make a shortcut in your media center of choice that starts internet explorer at and you have yet another television channel to play around with. The command you need looks like this:

iexplore -k lets you play the videos in full screen as well. I wouldn’t recommend that if you have a big LCD. Image quality isn’t exactly what YouTube and the others are known for. And, had problems scaling correct on a 16/9 monitor:

Anyway, yet another interesting experiment from Mr. Neave. – a flash wizard’s frontend to YouTube by the numbers

Inspired by Brilliantdays I give you the eirikso traffic list. It shows the sites that have given me the largest amount of traffic over the last year. I have removed the search engines.

These are the 42 top sites that have directed traffic to in this period. Most hits from and so on…

Lots of very interesting sites here. Thanks to all the people in this list and to all the other ones that have linked to this site! My site gets 18% of the traffic from direct hits, 69% from referrers and 13% from searches.

And Oyvind, you know that number 42 is the best place to be…  :-)

And what are people searching for when they find my site? These are the top 20 searches:

  • WebShots
  • dvr-ms
  • media center software
  • quicktime without itunes
  • HTPC frontend
  • converting dvr-ms
  • HTPC software
  • converting dvr-ms files
  • mce software
  • free media center software
  • slimserver
  • program mce remote
  • htpc mediacenter software
  • apple media center
  • How to build a cabinet
  • htpc front end
  • media centre software
  • mce browser
  • play 3gp

And how many people visit this blog each month? So far in September 24,963 people have been here. And here are the total number of visitors for the last five months:

Aug – 31,648
Jul – 29,395
Jun – 46,967
May – 53,356
Apr – 40,226

…I lost a considerable amount of hits in this count the last time I was on the front page of digg (in July). My site went down and most of the traffic went to a mirrored page that didn’t include the counter. However, you can see the impact of digg in Alexa. Quite a bit of traffic and it would have been a lot more if my site had stayed up. Digg eventually had to remove the link from the front page.

And how much money do I make from the Google Ads on the site? According to the AdSense contract I am not allowed to tell you, but a quick estimate tells me that if I keep the growth I have now I can quit my day job in about 50 years. :-)

So why bother with the ads? I learn a lot, it pays for the hosting and and when adding up a couple of months of AdSense cash I can afford an occasional upgrade of my computers.

Last but not least, thanks to all my readers. To the people commenting and contacting me about stuff they find here. Keep it up.

I’ll keep on posting interesting, amazing, fun, boring, stupid, difficult and strange articles… A couple of them each week. Have fun and don’t forget all the cool stuff that’s already in here. by the numbers

A brand new video channel!


YouTube and the other video sites out there making it extremely easy for you, me and your grandfather to publish videos on the internet are all cool, but the video quality is absolutely crap. For many of the videos that doesn’t matter much. You still get the message.

But sometimes you want better quality. You want to download the clip and play it locally on your computer. And you want this process to be easy.

Meet the Democracy Player from the Participatory Culture Foundation. It is an open soucre player and subscription engine. You add the video feeds you want and the Democracy Player downloads and manages the files. Just keep the player running in the background and you have interesting content available at all times. The Democracy Player even comes with a built in bittorrent client so it can download files from sites that have decided to use that type of distribution.

The Democracy Player is free, multi platform and open source. Works on Windows, Mac and Linux.

I have been following this project for quite some time and have tried the different beta versions of the player that they have made available. Recently they released version 0.9 and this is the first version that I can recommend everybody to download and start using.

It is easy to understand, has a nice channel guide and plays most video codecs. The only problem is that you will be overwhelmed with the amount of content. Huge amounts of complete crap and some pretty high quality stuff. Play around with the channel guide and you will find something you like.

You find geek classics like Diggnation, Rocketboom and Tiki Bar. You find Olde English Sketch Comedy, French Maid TV and MariposaHD. The last one in a no-so-high-definition but iPod friendly version.

But what’s the brand new channel? Well, the good people at the Participatory Culture Foundation has made a video publishing tool as well. Something like what WordPress does for blog publishing and Gallery does for image publishing. It’s called Broadcast Machine and is incredibly easy to use.

So, of course I have to try this out and give you the video channel. This is an experiment. I have started out by giving you some of the videos you already have seen here at in crappy YouTube quality. Now in much better quality for you to download. It would be very nice if you install the democracy player and try it out.

I would like to know

  • If the files that I have published through bittorrent works? (Touch Screen and Magnetic Fluid Art Installation)
  • If the file that is widows media is possible to play in the Democracy Player on Macintosh and Linux? (Four Seasons in Norway)
  • If the MPEG4 codec that was used for the last three videos plays OK and is a good idea as the standard format?

I will keep experimenting with this based on feedback from my readers. I have a theory that the type of videos that I have been publishing on the site here through YouTube and GoogleVideo is nice as illustrations to my articles and not so interesting as a full download. Something tells me that the content you want in the Democracy Player should be more complete and tell a story alone?

The Democracy Player is indeed interesting for bloggers and private publishers, but could also be interesting for professional media corporations.

Throw some comments here or contact me.

A brand new video channel!

Presentations in October

Shouting to the worldI’m going to speak at several events during October. I will talk about the future of the broadcast industry and how democratization of technology, distribution and production is changing traditional media.

I will bring up issues like DRM, blogging, user generated content, the long tail and the actual reasons for new technology to fail or succeed.

As far as I know all these presentations will be done in the huge and well known language of Norwegian. In November I will be in Poland speaking for MediaGeniX in english, but I think your best bet if you want to catch up on these issues would be to follow

And, because I listen to what my very cool readers have to say you can even shape my presentations yourself by commenting here as I post on the issues mentioned.

This is some of my presentations for October:

And – yes, I still need to post the rest of the presentation in Bergen this spring…  :-)

Presentations in October

Morphovision – you don’t believe your eyes

More goodies from Siggraph 2006. Morphovision is a project by Toshio Iwai. The combination of a spinning model of a house and some special lights give an illusion that is a strange experience. Something that looks like a true 3D projected image in front of your eyes. And, well – it is. Because the spinning model is a true model. A house made of wood and plastic. Problem is that the light fools your eyes into seeing strange things happening to the house… You have to see it yourself with your own eyes to really get the strange image.

However, for the people that wasn’t able to visit Siggraph this year I have made this little video to give an impression.

Link to video

Morphovision – you don’t believe your eyes