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In the future, we'll just scan each other's QR and move along [Apr. 24th, 2012|09:47 am]
terribleturnip
Like ants, we'll just walk up to each other, touch our QR antennae, know everything there is to know about each other and dispense with getting to know you conversation. I'm feeling dystopian today. Although the hermit in me is already seeing a bright side.

A company is making art tiles that have a QR (quick response code, that square bar code thingy that isn't bars anymore because it's sort of three dimensional so it can hold a lot more numbers, which we've turned to because we were running out of bar code numbers, but at the rate we're using QR codes...)code embedded so that you can scan it with your smartphone to see the quotation, I, the homeowner have chosen to embed. You’re in my expletive house. Why don’t I just talk to you? Or put the quote right THERE on the wall if I feel the need for you to see it. It makes me want to put QR codes all OVER my house, so that anytime any of my guests actually pull out a phone to “interact”, I can punch them. Hard. And then not invite them back. (yes, I have some “friends” that I could punch and I’d still probably have to disinvite them. Welcome to my world.)

Okay, fine. I probably wouldn’t punch them. I’d just have the QR code read “You couldn’t resist, could you? Pavlov would be proud. Stop looking for meaning in a damn QR code and go do something meaningful for your community.”

Ye gods, now I want to have dozens of these made and put them everywhere, embedding all sorts of scolding admonishments about how people SHOULD be spending their time. “Call your mother more often.” “Go to a rest home and brush someone’s hair/hold their hand, because you rarely get enough non-care-related touching when you’re old.” “Your local animal shelter can use your old towels and blankets.”

Give me enough time and I will find a way to find good use in anything I find contemptuous. It’s very annoying to me.

http://www.springwise.com/style_design/qr-codes-embedded-art-ceramic-tiles/
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[User Picture]From: dreamtigress
2012-04-24 02:03 pm (UTC)
"Ye gods, now I want to have dozens of these made and put them everywhere, embedding all sorts of scolding admonishments about how people SHOULD be spending their time."

I love this. We should do this.

"Put down your phone and interact with the world with your senses."
"Say something nice to a stranger"
"Talk to your kids instead of texting them."
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2012-04-24 02:19 pm (UTC)
Someone spraypainted graffiti on our street, but we all agreed we'd let the graffiti stay, as it said "Read more Kierkegaard" and we thought that wasn't a bad thought. Why I love my neighborhood.
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[User Picture]From: quislet
2012-04-27 05:53 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of a college buddy of mine (from the same very conservative Christian college) who was working for a gaming company (he's now the creative director of Adler Planetarium). He was designing a sort of runic emblem for a D&D supplement called "Archmagic," and all around the emblem, in Tolkien Elvish Sperethiel, he wrote things like "Go to church every Sunday," "Tithe 10%." It brought him joy to know that gamers would go digging to translate the runes and get a Sunday School message.
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