Recently, I’ve been remembering the RENDERSAUR. The RENDERSAUR was an online art project I maintained seriously from 1997 to 2000, less-seriously from 2001 to 2002 and then trailing off completely around 2003 to 2004. RENDERSAUR was hosted by my friend and oscillated from RENDERSAUR.CX to RENDERSAUR.ORG. The Internet Archive: Wayback machine does a good job of capturing the essence of the later RENDERSAUR.ORG period of the project.
The concept for RENDERSAUR at the time was about establishing a network rendering service for 3D modelling and animation, more specifically a network rendering service for the 3D animation I was producing. The idea being my computer would then be free for me to continue to model and animate instead of waiting for computer to finish rendering. The original network rendering service concept was eschewed for a solitary preoccupation with modelling and animating art I like to call organic three dimensional visualisation. The principal output from this preoccupation was a strange 30 second animation called INside the inSIDE (EPIDERMIS EDIT).
What can you learn from blog spam? You can learn that one famous sunglass manufacturer is alive and well and hasn’t been relegated to a sticker on the rear window of an Australian teenager’s car in 80s. You can also learn about two new golf clubs that are now available, a Japanese golfer and their preferred golf club manufacturer.
I don’t normally get the chance to read blog spam. It’s normally automatically placed directly into my blog’s spam queue ready to be trashed. This time they (the person or people who wrote the script or bot that was able to bypass my spam protection) must have done something different for the spam to be identified as a legitimate comment on my blog. Well played gents.
Besides learning about what’s being shilled by some potentially harmful website, I thought it (and an intense survey of spam over a period of time) could possibly suggest what’s in fashion or the must-have item or what potentially could be the next-big-thing in fashion. Simply, does spam act as some sort of social, fashion, event or even a lifestyle barometer for online purchases?
Does spam direct online purchases or reflect purchases? If so, how is it measured and then how is that information fed back into the spam generating machine and identified as a success? Is spam targeted and strategic? If so, how?
Someone’s business must be going okay financially for the spam racket to continue, even if it’s for a limited time. How do they do it? I’m curious!
One of the items included in my list of ‘What’s next’ to be considered for development in future iterations of augmented contextual instruction is to depart from the use of proprietary augmented reality platforms and pursue the development of device and platform agnostic augmented contextual instruction and additional augmented reality experiences for display in web browsers built on on Web socketsWeb Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) and the Web Graphics Library (WebGL). The time for that departure is now. It’s now time for some self-directed post-scholarship activities.