The Manga Man Premiere – Winksite teams up with Sci-Fi Author Alexander Besher In Meta-Multimedia First

QR Code T-shirt platform to feature physical hyperlink to Besher’s new novel published direct to mobile “Manga Man,” original music soundtrack, book trailer, short film, .mp4 anthology of Japanese avant-garde Butoh dance performances, plus audio book and graphic novel excerpts.

New York, NY, October 18, 2008 — Winksite, a leading mobile content management and social networking software company whose solutions connect publishers to their audiences and audience members to each other, announced plans to team up with novelist Alexander Besher, Philip K. Dick Award nominated author, to launch direct to mobile “The Manga Man,” the San Francisco-based journalist, author, and futurist’s first novel since his celebrated “Rim Trilogy” (“Rim,” “Mir,” and “Chi;” HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster). Debut date is October 31st at http://www.mangaman.mobi.

Besher’s tome is a 600-page alternative fantasy noir epic that’s set in the mid-21st century when the speed of media has overtaken the speed of light. The story features a half-digital, half-human “post-Zen” Butoh dancer-assassin whose mission is “to stop the warlords who plan to clone the universe.”

Dave Harper, Founder & CEO of Winksite, says “Working with Besher and his creative team is a natural fit for us. In the past, we’ve collaborated with a wide group of writers and progressive thinkers including Stanford law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig who inspired us to launch the Creative Commons Library, sci-fi author Cory Doctorow, horror meister David Wellington, and Internet ‘Smart Mobs’ guru Howard Rheingold. Besher’s futuristic vision strikes us as being not only timely but timeless.”

Besher’s multimedia ‘Manga Man’ is the first work of literature in history to appear on a QR/2D-coded T-shirt designed by the prize-winning Italian graphic novel artist Daniele Serra.

For his part, Besher is equally thrilled to be working with Winksite. “I’m convinced that the media platform of the future lies in mobile phone technology. It’s a market that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Just witness the advances represented by Apple’s iPhone and companies like Nokia which is bringing out its multimedia monster, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone. Not to mention the first handheld projectors that are due out this year, and the advent of A4-size screens. I can only say that we’ve truly entered the post-Gutenberg, post-McLuhan age. Our credo is ‘You are the Media.’”

“Dave Harper is that rare breed of visionary and entrepreneur,” Besher declares. “We chose to go with Winksite over other proprietary QR-code gatekeepers and mobile platform sites because Dave is open source and his hands-on passion for pushing the envelope on mobile content knocked me out. He’s been an invaluable partner in helping us bring our vision to life.”

“I also deeply relate to Winksite’s motto: ‘One World. No Borders. 3 Billion Connected People,’” Besher says. “That’s what all my novels have been about—erasing the interface between the human body and the outside world. I hope that everyone will wear my book. We can all meet on the dust jacket on the other side of the Milky Way.”

Advance praise for “The Manga Man”:

“A hidden SF master.”

Rudy Rucker, Philip K. Dick Award winning author of Postsingular, Spaceland, and The Ware Tetralogy (great-grandson of Hegel)

“Pure Superfuture cooked down in sf’s last mad scientist’s lab. Enough ideas for thirty other books blistered down into a sharp little drug that’ll reengineer the front of your head. You want a hit of this. Trust me.”

Warren Ellis, author of the Transmetropolitan and Global Frequency series of graphic novels

“Fascinating! Great!”

China Miéville, author of Iron Council and Perdido Street Station, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award

“This book would make Philip K. Dick delirious with joy. Nobody else in science fiction has ever pushed the envelope this hard—or with better success.”

Spider Robinson, best selling novelist and Robert A. Heinlein Estate-appointed completer of sequels to Heinlein’s novels.

THE MANGA MAN PREMIERE (INVITE TO AN EVENT)

Butoh Without Borders Multimedia party and launch for Alexander Besher’s QR Code sentient T-shirt novel THE MANGA MAN this Halloween. All proceeds to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Date: October 31, 2008
Time: 6 – 9pm
Location: UPDATED: Arte Movimiento SUB Mission, 2183 Mission at 18th Street, San Francisco

About Alexander Besher
Born in China, raised and educated in Japan, Alexander Besher is a San Francisco-based author, journalist and novelist. He is the author of “The Pacific Rim Almanac” (HarperCollins, ’91), and the “Rim” trilogy of futuristic thrillers including the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated “Rim” (HarperCollins ’94; HarperPrism, ’95); “Mir,” and “Chi” (Simon & Schuster, ’98 and ’99). He served as editor of the Chicago Review literary quarterly at the University of Chicago , was contributing editor to InfoWorld magazine, and wrote “Pacific Rim” (Chronicle Features), an internationally syndicated weekly column covering business, technological and social trends in the Asia-Pacific region. His forthcoming novel “The Manga Man” is the first title in his new “Dance of Darkness” trilogy of alternative noir fantasy novels. His novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and film-optioned. Recently, he has been writing screenplays and television scripts.

About Winksite
Winksite is a leading mobile content management and social networking software company whose solutions connect publishers to their audiences and audience members to each other. For more information visit winksite.com

Nokia Conversations Launches Mobile Version with Winksite

Nokia Conversations just launched their corporate social media site using Winksite for their mobile version. This first version of the mobile site has several channels automatically updating via feed syndication. Over the next several days we’re looking to activate several mobile-tuned community features such as forum, chat, and polls…

…and a very cool new feature at Winksite, (not yet publicly released) which will adapt select Nokia Conversations video content for display on their mobile site.

UPDATE
The video channels are now up and running on the Nokia Conversations mobile site. Please see the mobile site embed directly below.

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Stay in on the conversation…
(via Nokia Conversations)
There are many ways to keep up with what’s happening at Nokia Conversations. You can use your RSS reader to subscribe to all (or just some) of the posts we put up and even the comments other users respond with – check out the full list of RSS feeds after the jump. We also have mobile versions of our site through Winksite and Mippin.

Ashley Tisdale's On The Mobile Web – Or – How What I Do For A Living Finally Impressed My Gradeschooler

Thanks Ashley (& Warner). With the popularity of “High School Musical 1 & 2” and, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” in my household a Winksite for Ashley provided me with some extra respect at the dinner table this evening.

…and required that I post this “News” to my blog. 🙂

AshleyMusic.com: Ashley’s on the mobile web!

You can now keep in touch with Ashley and connect directly from your cell phone! Log on with your cell phone web browser to mobile.ashleymusic.com.

Get mobile updates from Ashley such as, diary entries, photos, news, and more! Also, you can chat with other fans and post on the message board. With this new mobile site, you can check in with Ashley no matter where you are!

Bookmark the URL into your phone and keep checking back! Log on to the mobile web at mobile.ashleymusic.com for more.

Related Post(s):
Warner Launches Mobile Portal For The Veronicas – Mash-Up Of Branded Content With Social Media

UPDATE: MobileBarCodeCamp Has Merged With MobileCamps – NY Event Set For Nov 10th

We have merged MobileBarCodeCamp with MobileCamps, since the overlap of both events are big enough to make it into one.

Everyone who has RSVP’d for the NYC event has been moved over to MobileCampNYC2.

The idea is to have a dedicated track for all things related to Barcodes, RFID and Physical Hyperlinking in general. For this track we will have 10 sessions dedicated to one room (although it is still possible to use free spots on the main grid later.) I will be curating this track so please send an email introducing yourself if you would like to hold a session to dharper {AT} wirelessink {DOT} com.

MobileCamps bring together mobile enthusiasts, explorers and professionals to share the current state and their visions for the future direction of mobility. MobileCamps hope to support the many voices helping to unlock the potential of a truly digital life. Topics may include – but are not limited to – mobile gaming, entrepreneurship, social mobility and presence, near field communication, physical hyperlinking, mobile storytelling, the importance of open standards, protocols, and platforms, linux based devices, and mobility on other continents. Nokia Nseries is sponsoring.

Upcoming MobileCamps:
Follow the links below for venue and RSVP information.

Please note that we are going to have a limit of 150 people to take part in this camp so RSVP while you can.

Mobile Bar Code Camp

qrcodeMobileBarCodeCamp is bringing together mobile enthusiasts, explorers, authors, designers, architects, producers and professionals in North America to share the current state and their visions for the future direction of mobile bar codes and other cellphone-readable physical hyperlinks. MobileBarCodeCamp hopes to support the many voices helping to unlock the potential of a “hyperlinked first life”. Topics may include – but are not limited to – mobile code formats, mobile code readers, mobile gaming, bar code art, entrepreneurship, social mobility and presence, near field communication, physical hyperlinking, the importance of open standards, protocols, and platforms, and mobile bar code usage on other continents.

We are extremely interested in having the various Bar Code Platform & Reader companies represented at this event.

MobileBarCodeCamp grows by word of mouth (and word of blog). Tell your friends and people that you think will enjoy sharing a day with likeminded.

Go to the BarCamp page for details and sign up.

For those who asked to be involved from a volunteer and sponsorship perspective – yes – we need your help.

Cheers,
David Harper
Founder, Winksite
Co-Founder, Mobile Monday NY

TechCoire: Mobile 3.0 – The next generation of mobile services.

Is there a sale on versions that I should know about?

Hey TechCoire, I’ll be away next week on vacation; please don’t push past, say, Mobile 5.0 while I’m away. OK? Thanks. 🙂

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TechCoire presents:

Mobile 3.0 – The next generation of mobile services

DATE/TIME: Thu, Aug 23, 6:00pm-8:30pm

LOCATION: Sacramento Marriott, 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA

COST: $40.

Mobile technology has come a long way from the days of being simple voice, SMS and even as an email device. The question is while most of the current services are maturing, what new services are likely to emerge and what business models will emerge to support that ecosystem of value added services. Join a panel of experts who will discuss:

What are today’s consumers demanding and tomorrow’s users going to demand?
What are the emerging applications that are already finding a niche?
Will Mobile TV/Video continue to be a niche-play or will it find mainstream?
What are the critical success factors for mobile applications?
Where is the money today? Where’s the spending tomorrow?

MORE INFO:
Website: http://www.techcoire.com

People First. Charlie Schick's Mobile Lifestyle Manifesto.

A few of us here in NY (Semapedia, area/code, Socialight, and Winksite) have been kicking around the idea of a Mobile Bill of Rights and planned on discussing it at MobileCampNYC on the 19th.

I’ve been trying to sort out my own thoughts as to where to begin…

…and then I saw Charlie Schick’s Mobile Lifestyle Manifesto.

I can’t speak for anyone else but I like the base Charlie has put together here.

Well done Charlie. Well done.

Mobile Lifestyle Manifesto

  • We are 3 billion strong, respect us – you serve us, you help us.
  • We are not consumers, but active participants in our lives.
  • We want to actively connect and communicate with others, not passively receive.
  • Content is not the end point, but also the start and the middle, too – a catalyst for conversation.
  • Don’t let technology interfere, we want to do things that just work, not fiddle, even if we know what we need to fiddle with.
  • Keep us happy, or we will look for happiness elsewhere.
  • My life is hyperconnected – a lot of stuff coming in and a lot going out. I have no problem with this, so don’t mess my flow, but be a part of it.
  • Keep everything I do smooth, easy, beautiful, and simple.
  • Show me the seams: Don’t obscure things either by making them too complex or too simple.
  • Help me when I’m mobile. Help me when I’m not. Give me the right metaphors for the right moments – don’t mix them up.