September 09, 2003
And You Don't Need a Cell Phone To Know What Time It Is

I recently installed the Weather Channel's resource-sucking applet that puts the local temperature on my taskbar, right next to the time. It's a strange thing to keep staring at, because of course, it has no correspondence to the temperature immediately surrounding my computer, e.g., my apartment. I remember my old Apple Powerbook, and it would show the temperature, in the very same part of the screen, but that was the temperature of the inside of the computer. This might be considered to be progress.

Inside, outside, and you don't need the Weather Channel to know which way the wind blows. It's just that the thing of my computer telling me the temperature of the one place I ain't at reminds me of something I've been thinking about, now that Street Art is the new Pop Art, with commensurate heroes and mythologies. I've been trying to figure out, what it is that makes street art street art -- as opposed to public art -- and I think maybe it's as simple as this:

Let's just say it's art that's done on things, and that these things are owned by one person, but seen by everyone. Is it that simple? Is it too simple?

Posted by kevin slavin at September 09, 2003 12:09 AM

neck face

Posted by: dbrown on September 9, 2003 07:31 AM

it's no resource chompin' weatherchannel task tray whositwahtsit, but for all you os x users who are feeling pangs of jealousy, weatherpop is your man. (complete with "Stress-relieving, 'go outside' inducing features!")

Posted by: noah on September 9, 2003 09:25 AM

Or, more generally, for OS X heds, the Konfabulator does weather plus an insane amount of other little applet thingies living on your desktop.

Posted by: tmonkey on September 9, 2003 11:13 AM
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