The Crescent City, Augmented?
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?
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?
- 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?
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?