New Orleans through Google Glass

From Mardi Gras and Comic Con VooDoo Fest and beyond New Orleans is an amazing city. Help one Glass Explorer show it to you through the eyes of a native!
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George Williams
Video / Web
New Orleans
United States
1 Team Member

The Crescent City, Augmented?

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Hi! I'm Loki.

You might know my work from the Webby Award winning KatrinaMedia.org, the multiple ENnie Award winning Planewalker.com, or New Orleans own HumidCity.com. 

Last Thursday, I received incredible news — I’ve been selected as a Google Glass Explorer.

This means that I am one of the 8,000 people across the U.S. who will get to test-drive Google Glass - the experimental, wearable computer - before the final version hits the market. It is my intention to give the world a window into a geek's life in New Orleans. From late night music shows and Mardi Gras parades to Pathfinder Society Games and cosplay this is one of the richest tapestries a media creator could ask for. 

The Narratives of New Orleans?

NOLA Comic ConFrench Quarter Fest 2012

When they think of New Orleans many people seem to think of Carnival on Bourbon Street where nubile young women leave nothing to the imagination.  Many others cannot escape the images of bodies floating in the water after the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina. Those two perceptions are the merest glimpse of this bizarre and fascinating place. 

Food, history, crushing poverty, the weight of tradition - these are all amazing things. Things I hope to share with you by taking Glass on a quest in which we will truly introduce the jewel of the South to you.

Without having actual device parameters to work with my plans for Glass revolve around the following tenative projects:

  • I will be reaching out to the Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology to brainstorm innovative ways to use this device for the collection and curation of personal narratives. Here in New Orleans I will apply myself to interviewing the custodians of our culture - Mardi Gras Indians, musicians, artists, authors, club owners and more. 
  • Within the RPG community I intend to experiment with both runnning and broadcasting games in a variety of systems over glass. I will be reaching out to people I know at Gamerati and GenCon asking them to help me develop unique gaming oriented uses of this unique interface.
  • In my capaity as an educator and new media instructor I look forward to investigating how Glass can be applied in learning. As a pilot idea I have enlisted a local coffee shop and we will teach a class on how to make decorative designs in your cappuccino foam. I will be enlisting the aid of craftsman and educators from a variety of backgrounds in order to brainstorm this path. 

As you can see, my approach will be to explore the potential in collaboration with experts in a variety of fields. I believe that adopting a collaborative approach like this has potential to generate a greater variety of ideas and creative uses for Glass. 

What Do We Need & What Do You Get?

This is a fantastic opportunity and I can think of no city more rich in culture, music, tragedy, and romance in which to put Glass through its paces. Unfortunately I've suffered a few unexpected expenses in recent months that put it just out of reach. It's not in the budget, not without your help that is.  
 
In order to participate I'm required to purchase the physical unit and fly to NY for fitting and training. This fundraiser is to help me sponsor those costs:
  • Google Glasses will cost me $1500 Dollars + Tax (est $105)
  • Travel costs to NY are between $500-$800
  • IndieGoGo's fees  Approximately $175 (determined by level of fulfillment)

No amount is too small or too large. Any surplus raised will be split evenly and donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the New Orleans Musican's Clinic. This will also be the fate of the funds if I do not raise enough funds to participate in the Glass program.

As to the trip, I have already arranged to stay with friends in NYC up so the only travel expense you would be helping with is airfare/trainfare. I won't be buying expensive Manhattan cappuchinos with your generous donation. 

From a private cooking lesson over hangouts to a full tour of the Crescent City I'm trying to offer creative and entertaining ways to say thank you for the support. If you can think of a good perk please suggest it! 

Who is this Loki guy? Wasn't he the villain in The Avengers or something? Why should I trust him? 

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I'm George "Loki" Williams, pro blogger, rpg designer, and native creole cook. I have a love for the odd, the amusing and the tasty. I also have a proven track record with online projects.

Loki was a nickname I was given in my days at the House of Blues that just stuck. It was originally because of my awful puns. 

I'm not a supervillain, although I do lead a bit of a double life. 

By Day I am the owner of SocialGumbo, LLC, an online consultancy specializing in Web content, community management and social media. I've worked for clients including the Open Society Institute, The National Association of Broadcasters, The VCU Brand Center, Humane Exposures Publishing, and Kaiser Permanente amoong others. I'm one of the organizers of the Rising Tide Conference in New Orleans, and my work has been seen or written about in The New York Times, The BBC, Air America, and NOLA.com, among others.

By Night I'm one of the managers of Planewalker.com, the Official Planescape Website, and have been since 2004. During that time we've won two Silver ENnie Awards ('05 and '07). I am also the Founder of the largest Pathfinder RPG Community on Google+. I've produced Pathfinder based work for Open Design, Adamant Entertainment, Savage Mojo, Jon Brazer Entertainment, and Heroic Joourney Publishing.

Other Ways You Can Help

Times are tight and I'm sure that there are some of you who would like to help out but lack the disposable income. I completely understand (after all, I'm doing this). What you could do that would really help is give me a bit of signal amplification. Share it on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, two tin cans and a string or even smoke signals. Every little bit helps and every little bit is appreciated!

IndiGoGo has thoughtfully provided some easy sharing buttons at the top of this page. You wouldn't want their efforts to go to waste, would you? 

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Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    You've Got Mail!

    I will write you a personalized thank you card and mail it from here in New Orleans.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $10USD
    The Shout Out

    Your name and link will added to my primary website on a page listing supporters of the project.

    9 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25USD
    The Visual Shout Out

    I will create a personalized video thanking you for making this possible and supporting new media in New Orleans. I will confer with you ahead of time about options for where in NOLA you want it to be taken to make sure you get the best shot!

    14 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50USD
    Playing Games!

    Are you a fellow inmate of the game industry? Not video games, tabletop games. I'll use Glass to transmit an entire 2 - 4 hour session with one of your games. RPG, card game, dice game, etc. As long as it is legal. If I don't already have the game you'll need to provide a copy.

    1 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD
    Culinary Hangout

    I'll give you a one on one cajun cooking lesson. See the entire process from my perspective and learn a new dish in the process.

    8 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $75USD
    Social Media Consultation

    I'll provide a one hour consultation via Skype, FaceTime, G+ Hangout, or OoVoo. Subject matter can range from beginner level basics on the platform of your choice to more advanced topics such as best practices for business,etc.

    0 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $100USD
    Custom Design

    I will create Pathfinder based material customized for your campaign world and a theme you dictate. Usually this will consist of one race, one feat, one spell, one magic item. I can also do psionic versions of these compatible with Psionics Unleashed (Dreamscarred Press). Once you have received the final version they will, with your approval, be posted on my main gaming website along with a thank you and a link to your campaign, game blog, etc.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $250USD
    Cocktails!

    If you make it down to New Orleans, or if we otherwise find ourselves in the same city at the same time, I'll meet up with you for a cocktail and let you check out Glass up close for one hour. If you can't make it down I will bring you on a bar hopping tour via Hangout.

    2 out of 8 claimed
  • $400USD
    Be the Cohost!

    Either in person or via Hangouts come cohost an interview with me. I'll supply a list of upcoming subjects and you get choose which one.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Let Loki Be Your Guide!

    I will take you on a tour of the city from a native's perspective. Using Hangouts or in person we can walk the streets of the city from the oak trees of Audubon Park to the festive french quarter. Decades of working in or with the clubs and restaurants in town has left me with an encyclopedic knowledge of the scene.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
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