William Gibson’s latest novel “↑Zero History“ is slated for publication on 07 September 2010. … Continue reading
↑MARSHALL, JONATHAN PAUL. 2007. Living on cybermind: Categories, communication, and control. New York: Peter Lang. Cybermind is an Internet mailing list, originally founded in 1994 to discuss the issues and problems of living online. It proved exceptionally fertile and is still going strong thirteen years later. This book is an ethnographic investigation which follows Cybermind members in their daily lives on the List, and explores the ways they look at the world, argue, relate online life to offline life, use gender, and build community. Perhaps the most comprehensive history of an Internet group ever published, it includes detailed … Continue reading
kevin kelly on technology Kelly’s speech at the TEDxAmsterdam in November 2009 finely illustrates how much one of the most prominent contemporary technology-intellectuals is influenced by two academic endeavours: anthropology and cybernetics. from 2R via email—tnx … Continue reading
impossibly hard variant of super mario world This is to humble every single speedrunner, trickjumper, DeFRaGger, or first-person-shooter virtuoso/elitist who ever dared to badmouth about 2D jump’n’run sidescrollers and the supposed lack of skill involved in playing them. The “kaizo” (“hack” or “mod”) of Super Mario World shown in the video was created by T. Takemoto. For the movie he made his friend R. Kiba play his creation. Obviously Kiba possesses god-like skill, but still Takemoto’s level’s are more than a challenge for him. The dramaturgy of the movie is only digestable for the real oldskool aficionados, I confess—but … Continue reading
Again those little mosaic-tiles keep falling in place—and the timing is perfect. Just some days ago ↑John Postill confirmed via email that a paper I proposed for the ↑11th biennial conference of the ↑European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) has been accepted for the media anthropology network’s workshop ↑The Rewards of Media. Just one day before gamescares published an ↑interview with Peter Papadopoulos, Remedy’s community manager. Pete is an old friend of mine from the glorious days of Max-Payne modding. Within the online-scene he is better known as ADM, short for “a doomed marine,” of course an allusion to the … Continue reading
Not just in terms of ↵machine chess, but in general: ↑Garry Kasparov‘s article “↑The Chess Master and the Computer“ in The New York Review of Books is the best text I’ve read so far this year. initially via BK @ FB—tnx … Continue reading
Walking the street, earbuds in, and listening to the music from the iPod is not an instance of escapism. Rather it means an augmentation. Mundane life now has a soundtrack.