animator vs. animation

  The legacy of ↑Xiao Xiao lives on—in Alan Becker’s ingenious ↑Animator vs. Animation “An animator faces his own animation in deadly combat. The battlefield? The Flash interface itself. A stick figure is created by an animator with the intent to torture. The stick figure drawn by the animator will be using everything he can find—the brush tool, the eraser tool—to get back at his tormentor. It’s resourcefulness versus power. Who will win? You can find out yourself. —This took three long months … I think it’s worth it.” I think so, too.  At least since the times of Tex … Continue reading

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tetracube in flatland

  I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space. —↑Edwin A. Abbott (1884:Section 1.) Victorian society seems to be a preferred metaphor and target for scientifically and technologically inclined writers who strive to express social and cultural critique. Meanwhile I have finished “The Diamond Age, or: The Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” (↵Stephenson 1996 [1995])—that second generation cyberpunk-tale wherein the Neo-Victorians feature so prominently. Both emotionally and intellectually I really enjoyed following artifex John Percival Hackworth through the post-nation-state-collapse, retro-tribalized, … Continue reading

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marenostrum

  In ↵her comment to my entry ↵cyberian churches, ↑orange asked, referring to the entry’s two pictures: “and what makes these “cyberpunk ambient”?” First of all, if a little introspection from my side is allowed, both pictures give me the cyberpunk creeps shivering up and down my spine. Those are my individual perceptions, now for the elaboration. KerLeone’s picture shows a gothic cathedral, somewhere in Spain, where air ducts were brutally led through the arched windows into the interior. It’s ↵Gilliam’s cyberpunk-metaphor for technology running rampant come alive. Without any respect for the ancient architecture the substantial pipes have been … Continue reading

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trademark drawbacks

  Today a friend of mine who is not so much into soccer, asked me why the commentators on television are always talking about the “FIFA WM 2006”, and went on asking, if there was another soccer world cup besides the FIFA one. My friend drew parallels to heavyweight boxing, the other sports monster spectacular, where there are different more or less global associations, each claiming to organize the world championships. WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO plus another dozen or so, among which only the WBU has some significance in the UK. The result of this rivalries is that there are … Continue reading

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dojo

  Excerpt from Neal Stephenson’s “Diamond Age” (1995), Dinosaur’s tale:  Next I found myself in the care of the mammals, who were almost all shrews. They led me up into the foothills, to the mouth of a great cave. “Your job,” said the King of the Shrews, “is to wait here for Dojo and then defeat him in single combat.” Then all the shrews went away and left me there alone.   I waited in front of that cave for three days and three nights, which gave me plenty of time to scope the place out. At first I was … Continue reading

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cyberpunk ambiente

  Yesterday night, while I was walking the forlorn streets, a lust for a substantial dinner struck me right out of nowhere. Accordingly I directed my steps towards a particular joint, ’cause I knew that they serve quite large steaks there—or so I thought. I entered the place, occupied a table, ordered a steak and a beer, one more beer later on, and felt myself to be perfectly at ease and somehow content. While digesting the first beer, simultaneously waiting for the slab of beef to arrive, I reflected on the real reason why I came to this very restaurant. … Continue reading

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insignia of bureaucracy

  Having rewatched ↑“Brazil” and talking about bureaucracy going rampant, this one’s well overdue. When years ago I for the first time read Neal Stephenson’s “Cryptonomicon” (↵Stephenson 1999)—in my opinion by far his best book—I especially was delighted by this passage:  Randy grew up in a college town in eastern Washington State, graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, and landed a Clerk Typist II job at the library there—specifically the Interlibrary Loan Department—where his job was to process incoming loan requests mailed in from smaller libraries all over the region and, conversely, to mail out requests to other … Continue reading

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superhero renaissance

  “There were no superheroes during the renaissance period. Why? Apparently there were no supervillains so they were not needed. That would explain the lack of superheroes in fine art. It’s time to fix that.”—see the results at Worth1000’s ↑Superhero ModRen 2 photoshop contest. They really ↵seem to come back these days …      From top down: “Heart of Clark” by dan5677 “Portrait of a Young Flash” by NomeDaBo “Batman and the Centaur” by ParasiteDemon  via entry at boingboing … Continue reading

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