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Social Roulette

Social Roulette has a 1 in 6 chance of deleting your Facebook account.

Everyone thinks about deleting their account at some point, it’s a completely normal reaction to the overwhelming nature of digital culture. Is it time to consider a new development in your life? Are you looking for the opportunity to start fresh? Or are you just seeking cheap thrills at the expense of your social network? Maybe it’s time for you to play Social Roulette.

Social Roulette is a collaboration between Kyle McDonald, Jonas Lund and Jonas Jongejan. The source code is available on GitHub.

Posted on May 11, 2013


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Notice a mistake in a presentation? Make a comment card: grab the nearest heavy card stock (maybe a flyer), and cut out a stencil of the comment you’d like to make, and put your mobile phone’s flashlight behind it.

At a conference full of guys this week, I noticed one of the presentations only used male figures for their “participating networked people” icons. So I cut out a female figure with a sharp key, and added the flashlight.



Special thanks to Julian Oliver and Gabriel Shalom for help with documentation and some social engineering.

Posted on February 16, 2013


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This morning, a minor epidemic broke out across social networking sites: people were liking, reposting and retweeting an image showing that today was the date that Doc and Marty traveled into the future in the first Back to the Future movie.

Unfortunately this was a doctored image, a complete hoax. If you need to double check on the real time and date the DeLorean travels into the future, see

This speed project is a collaboration with Seb Lee-Delisle.

Posted on June 27, 2012


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People Staring at Computers” is a photographic intervention.

I wrote a simple application that took one picture every minute. If it found a face, it uploaded the photo to my server. I installed the app around NYC over three days, collecting more than a thousand photos.

Before sharing the photos online, I decided to exhibit them in the same places they were originally captured. So I wrote another app that could be remotely triggered after being installed on all the computers in one location. When the app starts up, it takes a picture and slowly fades in that photo. A moment later, it starts cycling through older photos.

Most people instinctively quit the app less than 10 seconds after recognizing their own face, so the exhibition was relegated to the unused machines.

(Images replaced by Evan on July 15, 2011)

Posted on July 5, 2011


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