esports conference

The fifth annual „↑International eSports Conference” is the most important conference for the eSport and gaming community worldwide. It consists of three main elements: Conference, Exhibition and Networking. Lectures, discussions and workshops will present the most important issues and innovative developements from the international electronic sports (esport) market. The focuses of the conference is to conceive eSport as a disciplinary sport; to give some new economic impetus to current developments; to view future technical standards and to promote dialogues and interactions among the participants from different countries. More than 250 participants and 30 Speakers from Germany and abroad will be … Continue reading

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nazgûl of armonk

I was startled to hear the thundering of hooves. Having lived near Armonk, NY all my life, I had never heard such a sound before.     “What is that horrible sound?”     “That is the sound of the Black Steeds riding west from Armonk.”     “The Black Steeds?”     “The ↑Nazgul. They once were men. Now they are neither dead nor alive.     They are IBM’s attorneys.” comment at slashdot … Continue reading

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laid back

Hardware is important for cybercultural lifestyles. Modifying, combining, arranging, and rearranging hardware even more so. The ↑coolest workspace contest at lifehacker is ample testimony of that. The above pictured prototype of an “evolutionary workstation” by ↑ErgoMotions is an attempt to cyberpunkify ergonomic solutions. But all of that is nothing against ↑Tim the Lion with his ↑DataHands—he has created the most laid back, cool, and ↑ergonomically correct computer workplace:  … Continue reading

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split and contoured

  There was a time when split keyboards were the metaphor for futuristic desktop computer hardware—at least for movies and television series, where they appeared. When I first saw a split keyboard I fell for it—↵because of ↵the æsthetics, ↵as always. Besides the looks there is a rationale behind exotic artefacts like the above pictured ↑L89P [↵Jake, I'd like to see a steampunk version of that beast] by ↑Maltron Keyboards, which is not only split, but heavily contoured as well. It has been ergonomically designed “to relieve the symptoms of RSI (↑Repetitive Strain Injury)”. Besides Maltron, to my knowledge only … Continue reading

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mobile phone as cultural artefact

↑Fabian Klenk has put his Magister Artium thesis online at ↑his site [scroll down for download link] and ↑at mana’o [1.38MB | .pdf].  KLENK, FABIAN. 2007. Ethnologie der modernen Technologien: Das Mobiltelefon als kulturelles Artefakt. Magister Artium thesis Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. … Continue reading

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