This is my favourite piece from Rod Gray’s latest exhibit, Tracking Station (on show at Level 2/39 Little Collins St until Nov 21). I stumbled upon Rod’s work when I was out for lunch at the Napier Hotel. More accurately, my wife did, and dragged myself and lizbt up to see his work. He is […]Read more "Desert Storm"
Warren Ellis said the following in his latest Bad Signal email: Sometimes I wonder why, in the age of ubiquitous webcams and dozens of services, I don’t get more videomail or audiomail. You’d think everyone would have a media-mail account — a separate Gmail account, or a Mailbucket account hooked up to an RSS reader. […]Read more "audio, picture and videomail"
Something Ariana said on the Whitechapel thread about Terraforming Mars has been bubbling away in the back of my head; namely that once we get there we need to breed like heck. Because it’s far cheaper to populate it by ‘ole fashioned reproduction, than to send ships back and forth. And to expand beyond anything […]Read more "Harems, Mormons and Mars"
So in the interests of the Long Term (the halving of my internet/phone bill), I’m in the middle of Hell right now. No freaking internet connection at home. Colour me Manfred-without-his-Spex (and if you miss that ref., you ain’t read Accelerando (correct that, stat!)) After two hours being off-line I’m already looking at my FuturePhone […]Read more "shopping in the dying days of the 20th C"
So there was this post on Futurismic a while ago. Largely talking about how new cognitive drugs might usher in a Second Enlightenment. They made this parallel: Coffee debuted in the late 17th century in Oxford, England — leading to rowdy coffee houses, jittery arguments and even an attempt by King Charles II to ban […]Read more "coffee house conferences of the future"
Attention Conservation Notice: rambling rant starting with thoughts on the new Terminator tv show, and drawing on posting on Grinding so far, and the world of Doktor Sleepless. The other night I watched the third ep of the new show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Three eps was enough for me to see that yes, […]Read more "No Fate But What We Make – lessons from the Terminator franchise"
from BBC NEWS A very real future for virtual worlds … “Virtual worlds are inherently comprehensible to us in a way that the web is not,” said Mr Rosedale. “They look like the world we already know and take advantage of our ability to remember and organise.” “Information is presented there in a way that […]Read more "A very real future for virtual worlds?!"