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Kick-Ass Hologram Plays Sold Out Live Concert

I just saw this clip from a live concert that recently took place.  The lead singer is a 15' tall hologram named Hatsune Miku.  I gotta tell ya - this is badass!  I can totally see enjoying a show like this.

World is Mine Live in HD

...and there was even a duet or two!

Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder Live in HD

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Call for Abstracts: Sex Tech 2011

Sex::tech 2011

San Francisco, CA - April 1-2, 2011

Conference Goal: To bring health and technology professionals together with youth, parents and community leaders to advance sexual health for youth and young adults.

There are four Tracks for abstract submission:

Field Reports

New or continued work in the area of sexual health and new media, with lessons learned in the field, interactive examples, and any promising results.

Successes

Research data and analysis about effective programs in preventing HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancies, or unhealthy relationships among youth or young adults.

Tech

Learnings and how-to sessions for professionals around a particular form of technology, such as social networking, geo-location tools, mobile apps, etc. Submitters should showcase their expertise through examples of successful technology applications in the sexual health field.

I’m A…XYZ professional.

Submissions should be descriptions of your job or profession, along with examples of how you interact with professional in other fields, cross-discipline, and with youth, and why your role is key to program success. (Examples: Epidemiologist, Usability tester, Social marketing guru, etc.)

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Call for Papers - Feminism & HCI: Interacting with Computers

Feminism & HCI: A Special Issue of Interacting with Computers

Editors

Shaowen Bardzell (Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing)

Elizabeth F. Churchill (Yahoo! Research)

Portrayals of feminism, in politics, the media, and even in HCI conferences, suggest that this household word is not always well understood.  Academically, feminism is a subdomain of critical theory that examines “the ways in which literature (and other cultural productions) reinforces or undermines the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women.” (Tyson, 2006).  As a subdomain of critical theory, feminism integrates a collection of theories, analytical and interpretative methodologies, ethical values, and political positions, which have evolved over the past two centuries.

As HCI continues to expand beyond the preoccupations with how efficiently a system performs and is increasingly concerned with culture, society, and the experiential qualities of computing, the discipline stands to benefit from feminism.  Feminist theories and concepts have much to offer HCI due to a commitment to: studying arenas of interaction such as the home; reflective considerations of dominant and alternative epistemologies; understanding the constitution of gender and the self in everyday life; investigating the indirect effects of design; considering emotional landscapes including pleasure, desire, attraction, sentiment, anger, fear and resistance; studying the adoption and adaptation of technologies in leisure activities such as crafts; and addressing broader issues such as embodiment, memory, performance, and the effects of surveillance and gaze.

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