origami space shuttle

  ‘Tis just as if I had known it, when, during chrimbo, I occupied myself with ↵creating complex airplanes out of square sheets of paper by folding only. Now geeks from Tokyo University teamed up with geeks from the ↑Japan Origami Airplane Association, and are planning to have an origami airplane, resembling the space shuttle in shape, launched from the International Space Station (ISS), have it enter the Earth’s atmosphere and then make a glide down to the surface. An 8 cm long prototype, wingspan 5 cm, chemically treated, making it “hard as glass,” of the origami shuttle already ↑underwent … Continue reading

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vectors

visions of dream machines    This is the “Vector W2” prototype of my teenage days in full flight. From certain angles it looks way more interesting than its contemporary successor, the “WX8”—both cars were briefly mentioned in ↵reventón, there also is a picture of the latter. Back in the 1980s the “W2” caused quite some talk, because it not only featured stunning looks—which made it appear in TV commercials and at least one movie—, but also was conceptualized as a ↑supercar, and beyond that thrived for the throne of the ↑fastest production car on the globe—a top speed of 320 … Continue reading

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hexagonal futurism

From November 1964 to the end of 1965 the trinity Gian Paolo Dallara (*1939), Gian Paolo Stanzini, and Bob Wallace in their spare time built the chassis of a new car by which they wanted to convince the old man, ↑Ferrucio Lamborghini (1916-1993) himself, to finally enter the racing circus. Ferrucio was delighted by the chassis and allowed the three to show it off at the 1965 motor show in Turin, Italy. Nevertheless he was reluctant to make a racing car out of it, but instead wanted to use it as the basis for a production car. For creating the … Continue reading

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reventón

    This by far is the most aggressive looking piece of automobile I ever saw. Definitely not ↵steampunk, but a cyberpunk-worthy folly—a car with a basic price tag reading one million Euros, without tax still, and I do not want to know, how much of fuel it digests while covering 100 kilometres—in twenty minutes that is. But let us not discuss this issues now—there is nothing to discuss at all in this respect, in my opinion, because it is obvious that this beast called the Lamborghini “Reventón” simply is an insanity of which only 20 pieces will be manufactured. … Continue reading

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welcome back to bright falls

cyberian nomadism confirmed    Once a real member of a real online community, always a member. ADM, whom I know since ye olde days of Max-Payne glory, yesterday evening sent me an e-mail, notifying me of the resurrected ↑BrightFalls.net—plus dipping my nose into the fact, that the Alan-Wake related links in the sidebar of my blog are outdated.  The relaunch of ADM’s site is a perfect up-to-date example of what, among other things, I am always bragging about in the academical realm:  “My” community is the central slice of the online-fanhood gathered around the games “Max Payne” (Remedy Entertainment 2001), … Continue reading

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Favorite nemo’s gear

steampunk informed appropriation of mythical worlds and hardware ↑Captain Nemo‘s submarine “Nautilus” on the surface, getting entered by “cannibals”. The picture is for those, maybe a bit more traditionally oriented anthropologists, who dare to doubt that this vessel has anything to do with anthropology. It was clear as a scuttle—sometime around Christmas they would re-air “↑20,000 leagues under the sea,” the 1954 Disney rendition for the silver screen of ↑Jules Verne‘s ↑1870 novel. They always do, and so they did this time. Just having read ↑H. G. Wells‘ brilliant scientific romance “The first men in the moon” (1901), rewatching “Leagues” … Continue reading

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steampunk credo

  Rich “↑Datamancer“ Nagy specializes in “prestidigital datamancery & paraphernalic technofetishism (now with 20% more superfluous pleonasm!!).” In strictly out-of-character words: he makes customized steampunk-themed computer hardware to order. Here is a long quote, illustrating the ↑rationale behind his occupation:  Due to both the lack of creativity in most of the technically inclined and refinements in plastic forming and mass production, the home computer was denied what I feel to be the proudest time in the life of any technological device. It was robbed of the fleeting, wonderful period right after invention, where it is celebrated and honored by the … Continue reading

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effect

  Great and strange ideas transcending experience often have less effect upon men and women than smaller, more tangible considerations. (Wells 1995 [1897]: 44)  ‘But did you—are you sure? Suppose a mirror for instance—hallucinations are so easily produced. I don’t know if you have ever seen a really good conjuror—’ (Wells 1995 [1897]: 48)  WELLS, HERBERT GEORGE. 1995 [1897]. The invisible man. London: Everyman. … Continue reading

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maxmod: an ethnography of cyberculture

Finally the definitive abstract of my project—out of which I now have to write a book as quickly as possible—exists. Here are the English and German versions of the abstract:  Abstract The project is based upon longlasting and sustainable anthropological fieldwork, which essentially happens within conceptual spaces of interaction spanned by the infrastructure of the Internet. Central concepts of the methodological access are thick participation (Spittler) and multisited ethnography (Marcus). For being able to grasp the sociocultural phenomena empirically observable online, genuine anthropological research methods are evaluated and then transposed to the new fields. Building upon this, and upon the … Continue reading

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pondering wiki reciprocity

  “Wikipedia is like ↑bittorrent, if people are interested in a specific article, it get[s] better.” (↑comment by soobrosa to ↑Academia and Wikipedia by Danah Boyd) This is not brandnew, I know, but in the face of my pressingly upcoming ↵teaching project, I just unearthed this from my HDD filing cabinets—and those, too: ↑Situating Wikipedia by Danah Boyd, ↑Who’s afraid of Wikipedia? by Clay Shirky, ↑Wikipedia by Clay Shirky, ↑K5 Article on Wikipedia Anti-elitism by Clay Shirky, and ↑Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism by Larry Sanger. Connected to the issue, but with a twist, are ↵defrag wikipedia, ↵trail of … Continue reading

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