subcategory excerpts

Finally I introduced the subcategory ↵excerpts to the category ↵literature within this blog. That’s something I intended from the start on, but never did till now. Over time I realized that, maybe because of vanity, this blog more and more became a platform for publication, somehow I had started to write something like a private online magazine, and did no more see it as a work-in-progress information dumpster, no more as something containing raw material. The excerpts in this category may be boring for the occasional reader, but for me it’s the opportunity to have access to my material from … Continue reading

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cyberpunk review

  No, that’s neither ↵Teh_Masterer, nor ↵him—it’s a character out of ↑Mamoru Oshii’s 2001 movie Avalon. I took the screencap from ↑cyberpunkreview.com, a blog and “The most complete cyberpunk movie site on the net”. It’s nicely organised, decently looking, and the reviews are in-depth. Everyone with an inclination towards cyberpunk will find movies there s/he desperately wants to watch. And there’s more—beyond reviews—there. Cyberpunkreview.com goes directly into my blogroll. … Continue reading

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max payne modifications collection

All of the ‘classic’ anthropological fieldworkers collected the artefacts of the cultures they did research on. For a long time ‘material culture’ was a big issue in anthropology, but became less and less important through time. It indeed became some sort of ‘deprecated’ subdiscipline. Only during the last years ‘material culture’ was reborn in the wake of globalization and research on commodities and consumption. Game-modding communities actually produce a lot of artefacts, therefore they possess what anthropologists call ‘material culture’, although the artefacts are almost exclusively immaterial by nature (text, program-code, applications, 3D and 2D computer-graphics [still and animated, interactive … Continue reading

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Tim Berners-Lee’s blog!

“Now in 2005, we have blogs and wikis, and the fact that they are so popular makes me feel I wasn’t crazy to think people needed a creative space.” —Sir Timothy Berners-Lee Sir Timothy “Tim” John Berners-Lee, the legend who invented the World Wide Web, now has a weblog: ↑timbl’s blog. Till a second ago there only was one entry yet (↑So I have a blog, written one week ago), but—hold your breath—already 395 comments. This of course goes directly into my blogroll. via entry at boingboing … Continue reading

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max payne related machinima

As a result of my fighting hard against the virulent ↵wandering astray online—the getting lost in the cyber trenches—I finally started to fill up the ↵machinima-section of my collection of artefacts created by members of ‘my cyberian tribe’, the ↵MP-modding community. As everything around here inside my anthropologist’s hut online, the section still is very much ↵WIP, but I am dedicated to not let the work on it idle again. … Continue reading

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massive literature update

Pitfalls of virtual property (↵Bartle 2004) The power of gifts: organizing social relationships in open source communities (↵Bergquist & Ljungberg 2001) Anthropological perspectives on technology (↵Schiffer 2001) Technology as the anthropology of cultural practice (↵Aunger 2003) Ethnologie des joueurs d’échecs (↵Wendling 2002) Pushing the wood: Chess playing as an anthropological subject (↵Lavenda 2003) Nexus: Small worlds and the groundbreaking science of networks (↵Buchanan 2002) Six degrees: The science of a connected age (↵Watts 2003) A new science for a connected world (↵Valverde 2004) Self-organization and identification of web communities (↵Flake et al. 2002) A highly efficient waste of effort: Open … Continue reading

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filing up 2

Just for the record. Today I finally found time—still way too less—to delve into my fieldnotes-folders on the HDD. At least I managed to post eight fielddiary-entries from back in 2002 and 2003, when I struggled hard to create the basic shape of my project and did not yet have any strategy how to deal with the whole thing—and was all but sure that it ever would indeed become a project. I left the fielddiary-entries as they were—as far as this was possible. E.g. information which should remain private was taken out. The following entries were added to this blog, … Continue reading

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access

Today I augmented the very first chapter of maxmod’s projected chapters, which is called ↵access—straightforwardedly worded: I beefed it up without adding much content, well there’s some new text, and now I am pimping it shamelessly. It may not have been a great idea to conceptualise the chapters right out of the mælstrom of my consciousness at an early stage of the project. But hey, online everything is easily to be changed and changed again. Everything at my website and weblog is to be understood as work-in-progress. With the aptly named chapter ↵access I attempt to tell my first encounter … Continue reading

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