Step 2: Theory

While many may consider this project rather ridiculous, the project is based upon an underlying design theory of embedding physical/natural systems into digital works.

In this world there are organisms and areas. Over billions of years complex, powerful systems evolved which enable the organisms to stake a claim upon a physical area in many different ways. All of these varying methods featured specific affordances and constraints which lead to powerful proliferation of information through the totality of an environment. A dog urinating on a tree, for instance, leaves not only the information that a specific animal had been to a place, but also data concerning the creatures physiology, stature, frequency of visits, and mood.

As humans developed language, we began to leave this rich system designed by our animal brethren and our other senses dulled. With advances in intra-human communication such as printing or rapid electronic communication came further separation from the rest of the physical world.

One of the latest manifestations of this digitally mediated human solipsism is Foursquare. In Foursquare, similacra of real-world locations are digitally overlain in which humans can easily communicate to each other if they (supposedly) visisted a particular place, and which person (supposedly) holds domination over this place by visisting it the most frequently.

Mark Your Territory is a new system that lets individuals check-in to foursquare by physically urinating at the actual location.
MYT maintains the abilities of Foursquare while drawing humans back into the physical world. It is not a shunning of digital technology, but instead serves as a patch, tying together the tear between the worlds of the physical and (Humans-only) digital.

By imposiving several carefully crafted constrains upon one's digital check-in, the new physical-check-in is imbued with several features drawn from real-world marking. Such features include:

Check-In Gradient
-How "there" were you?

Unbiased Profiles
-A description of yourself that you cannot cheat

Cross-Species Communication
-Squirrels knows nothing of your Foursquare status but can tell where you peed

True Ephemera
-Maintenance of a physical reputation is demanding (and rewarding)

Indirect Environmental Restructuring
-Explicit marks fade, but one's impact on a physical environment is permanent.

NOTE: Some of my oppenents maydeclare this project as "sexist design" and that females can't/won't use this system. I think this proves otherwise.

Females can also use the device in a squatting manner, with the aid of a peripheral such as the go-girl (www.go-girl.com), or by studying the standing techniques discussed in "A Woman's Guide on How to Pee Standing Up" .
LOL! This is a riot to me. If you could make them reusable/automatically resettable, you could teach your dog to pee in certain spots and give him his own FaceBook account.
Why is this a good idea?
however, peeing in public is against the law and will get you a lifetime shame of being a sex offender, cheers
This is a joke, right? Or are there no adults left?
No joke. But it's one of many reasons why I moved to BFE, and took up banging my head against a tree as a hobby.
Magnificent project! A fine, fluid synthesis of byte, bit and bile. I plan to piddle with this soon. You're a wiz!
I've had a lot of piss-pun comments, but you win the prize!
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Cool! I had never seen this product! I'll make sure to include it!
First I have to say I love this! Second, have you been able to &quot;check in&quot; this way and not be hassled by &quot;the man&quot;?
If you just go an do your duty and don't make a commotion or anything, most people surprisingly just ignore you
&quot; <em>In the future, the seeds will be genetically engineered to include a genetic watermark containing your personal data, and when people have portable gene scanners this will function much like QR codes do today.</em>&quot;<br> <br> Wow, &quot;666&quot; is finally here.<br> <br> I think this project would be better with spit; i.e., saliva, for the following reasons:<br> <p style="margin-left: 40.0px;"> 1. No gender issue.<br> <br> 2. No law enforcement issues, meaning more opportunities for dispersal and marking. Of course, in the west cities may still have obscure laws about expectorating in public.<br> <br> 3. Saliva contains DNA, the ultimate personal mark.<br> <br> 4. Don't need the seeds.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> There are some engineering challenges to spit, but I think some clever work would solve them.</p>
Neat ideas, i'll keep them in mind for version 2.0
I saw this and thought of a silent bed wetting alarm.
Great ! <br>Many questions remain unanswered though : <br>1) what about the analog marking of one's territory ? Isn't it the same as the physical one ?&hellip;<br>2) if human specie has severed its link with other species and the physical world, as for marking our territory you must admit this was done a long long time before the digital world came to life : hence my question about the analog world which seems tho have been a halfway house between animal (physical) and digital world.<br>3) Therefore : if you want to make real progress towards reuniting humans with the physical why don't you enhance a more direct way : that is going on all fours and actually smell at street corners and McDonalds. You would get rid of all this digital paraphernalia and leave the analog world altogether to a heaven of simplicity than no human being has ever dreamed of before.<br>4) The main benefit of this would be to see all the McDonalds disappearing from the earth &hellip;&nbsp;thus leaving a better world for future generations.<br>5) However my whole argument (and conversely your project) would be totally useless if we asked the only relevant quesiton about all this : WHY SHOULD ANYONE MARK HIS TERRITORY AROUND A McDONALD ???<br>Greetings and :D :D
Wow, the technological age has really left me in the dust! LOL Cute!
this is both hilarious and awesome.
I prefer to loudly sing and squawk an extemporaneous song in order to lay claim to my McDonald's. Could that be incorporated? :)
Pure genius! (They say it's a fine line)<br> How about using the cardboard egg tray/ box cup's with seeds in the bottom for using feces as a growth medium, as it too is also an effective way of marking territory. The QR coded card can be placed over the top to help prevent attracting too many insects.
Um, would the heat press not denature the seeds and stop them from growing. I think if you can avoid heat would be better!
boy that's a good point! I got some to grow a little bit, but maybe not as well as they would if i didn't cook them first! Thanks for the advice!