second life: first encounter

The graphics are insultory to ↵my hardware. But that I knew beforehand. In fact, honestly, I always wanted to stay away from “↑Second Life“ as clean as possible. Of course it has to do with ↵my project as a whole, and I won’t be able to completely steer clear of it, and I will be forced to drop some words about it. But it’s too far away from my focus, and really a thing in itself which deserves full attention when you decide to take it up as an issue. But then a friend of mine, an anthropologist who now … Continue reading

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system assembly

  All ↵the parts I had ordered ↵finally arrived, and one week ago, on Monday, 05 March 2007, at 13:00h I unpacked the boxes.    First things first. The case I leave aside and carefully unwrap the mainboard, an Asus M2R32-MVP. The included documentation is excellent, reading it gives me a lot of confidence. Next I open the box of the CPU, an AMD Athlon X2 5200+. I bought the boxed edition, meaning a matching cooler and fan is included. The “documentation” boils down to instructions how to insert the CPU into the socket on the mainboard, and how to … Continue reading

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bureaucracy

  Die Bürokratie ist der nicht greifbare Feind des gesunden Menschenverstandes und der Gerechtigkeit, sie fördert Trägheit und Willkür, und oft haben wir das Gefühl, machtlos zu sein gegen kleinkarierte Beamte, die sich gegen alle Vernunft und manchmal mit tragischen Folgen an ihre Vorschriften klammern. Der Prozess ist ein beeindruckender Roman, weil er uns schonungslos vor Augen führt, dass die Bürokratie die Wegbereiterin eines Totalitarismus ist, in dem der Einzelne der geballten Macht der Funktionäre wehrlos ausgeliefert ist. Was diesen Roman für den aufmerksamen Leser von heute so bedrückend macht, ist die Erkenntnis, dass die Bürokratie als solche alle totalitären … Continue reading

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cyberpunked balkans

  What’s that with the Balkans? ↑Bruce Sterling not only now lives in Belgrade, but tells us in his recent ↑Washington Post article “↑My dot-green future is finally arriving“ about himself “standing among a crowd of radical Serbs in front of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade last week,” when it dawned on him, that things are perfectly going his way as a futurist: “It’s 2007, and the old world has backfired so comprehensively that a new era is truly at hand. I actually knew this would happen. I guess, for a prophet, this is what victory feels like!” And ↑John … Continue reading

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comments offline

Once again I was forced to take the comments function offline. My countermeasures against spamming were still working and indeed prevented ‘sensible’ spam—spam that actually does advertise something or builds up a web of hyperlinks. Sometimes the filter overdid it and prevented real comments from being posted. That never was the filter’s fault, but mine, as I do the calibration. Anyway, during the last weeks again spam hit my blog, spam of strange proveniences. Some species seem to be mere tests, others I just can’t make neither heads nor tails of. For sure somewhere on the Internet information about this … Continue reading

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pulp surrealism

Pulp Surrealism is about the secret life of mass culture, specifically its surrealistic undercurrents. It establishes a low-brow, anti-establishment genealogy of the Parisian dada and surrealist movements in the popular realms of crime fiction and sensationalist journalism. Mass culture was not generally inspirational to the surrealists; the vast amount of it was rejected by them as commercialized and mind-numbing. As Aragon stated in Traité du style, “not any old smut is the equivalent of surrealist poetry.” However, the surrealists were connoisseurs of mass culture and they found great sympathies between subterranean impulses in mass culture and their own intellectual and … Continue reading

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discoveries

Humankind made two fundamental discoveries which made the invention and development of the computer possible. Firstly the discovery that the empirically graspable world, at least partially, can be described by mathematical models. Secondly the discovery that calculations necessary for prophecies—for the anticipation of events to happen in the future—need not be done by human beings, but can be delegated to machines. Both discoveries have been ↵made in ancient times. … Continue reading

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