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Death of the Wallet? Although only obliquely related to everyday digital gestures, the possible arrival of NFC on a mass scale may … well, you should check out the podcast. [Here]

“Google already offers a way to pay for lunch or groceries using its “Google Wallet” on an Android phone–cell providers and banks aren’t far behind with payment systems of their own. Analyst Gilles Ubaghs talks about how coupons and convenience might persuade customers to make the switch.”

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Protest Against the Future. David Cronenberg, the Canadian maestro of technological body horror, is set to release a new movie based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same title. With an intriguing cast (Robert Pattison + Juliette Binoche), it’ll be interesting to see Cronenberg’s take on the fate of our networked digital future where ponzi-scheming bankers, boyish start-up billionaires rub shoulders with digital activists, protesters, ex-wives, & the momentum of capitalism.

Scripting Tomorrow’s Technologies. A little bit more about the film. Nicolas & Nancy have been developing a script for CURIOUS RITUALS. Unlike the book, which would be more of a catalogue of the results we found, the film would bring those gestures into their everyday context.

Nancy has a background in film-making, so it’s been fun to see how she & Nicolas work together to incorporates all the little gestures/rituals we’ve identified for the project into a narrative that is interesting, believable, yet also sets in the future.

They’ve gone through two drafts so far. I’ve only seen the amended second draft. But things look really promising & fun.

Crunch Time. Those of us who can make it have been meeting three times a week, instead of the usual two. The pattern would probably continue til the end of the project.

Officially we got three more weeks to finish the project. So everyone is working really hard on their particular piece of the project. Katie has been doing a really amazing job on laying out the text, doing the illustration & setting up a grid for the book. I’ve only seen rough drafts, but am really looking forward to the book when it reaches a more refined stage.

[Same with the film we are doing to showcase our observations from the project, more of which later.]

Other than doing the blog, I’ve been honing the introduction Nicolas wrote for the book, as well as various bits of text/description/glossary. Nicolas and I are also putting together a series of gestures for an architecture magazine RITUALS has been invited to participate. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.