1945-1998

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear). Isao Hashimoto himself on his ‘1945-1998’: This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is … Continue reading

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cyberanthropology

My new book ‘↑Cyberanthropology‘ has been published. You absolutely are invited to order it online ↑via amazon [I have absolutely nothing against you clicking the like-button there] or ↑via Peter Hammer Verlag. Offline every decent bookshop can get it for you, too. As the book is in German, here is my description of its contents in German: In “Cyberanthropology” geht es um moderne Technik und den Menschen, um Computer und Internet, um Computerspiele, aber auch um GPS, Automobile, Roboter …     Was vor nicht allzu langer Zeit Science Fiction war, ist Lebenswirklichkeit geworden. Die vielfältigen Erscheinungsformen digitaler Elektronik und … Continue reading

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free game

Like movies or novels, computer games are media. In accordance to the intentions of its authors, designers, and developers, a computer game mediates experiences to the players. The malleability and potential of the medium allows the mediation of a vast range of experiences. In the case of Max Payne [Remedy 2001] it is the experience of living through a crime story, rather than the experience of some kind of contest. Besides being a medium, a computer game first of all is a piece of software, a complex piece of program code […] While I was writing these sentences—their German equivalents, … Continue reading

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sterling before and after westphalia

  ↑Bruce Sterling currently is jotting down ↑notes for a projected science fiction novel—maybe we again can, ↵like ↵before, witness a novel by a cyberpunk legend grow online. As a first Sterling published a list of political entities, plus according structuring principles and asked his readers: “Lemme know if you can think of more of these. Especially something that could plausibly replace the ↑Westphalian system, somewhere in the 21st century, without anybody much noticing.” Meanwhile he has recieved some ↑reader comments on ‘after westphalia’—now I have to make a new t-shirt for my “↑Second Life“ (SL) avatar, reading: “↑John Romero … Continue reading

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stigma computer game

In my view the witchcraze against computer games and their “lethal potential” yet again is an instance of ↵virtualism, but rationality and competence indeed rise their ugly heads against it. [This entry is mainly for the German speaking readers—I beg your pardon.] The above YouTube video by Matthias Dittmayer has been uploaded two weeks ago and meanwhile has been viewed close to 230,000 times. It uncloaks a whole series of fatal errors and simply wrong facts in several television programs of the German national television channels. The central issue of those programs? “Killer games”. Long before preparing and uploading his … Continue reading

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ban on killergames in germany

The so-called big coalition between Germany’s major parties, the ↑SPD and the ↑CDU/↑CSU has published its freshly minted ↑coalition agreement [in German | .pdf | 619KB]. ↑2R ↑points us to the agreement’s line 5147 [in the vicinity of which the upcoming German government’s goals and strategies for protecting the youth are outlined] where we can read one of the goals set: “Verbot von “Killerspielen”” [ban on “killergames”]. The term is no more specified in the whole paper, but I fear the worst: No more chess! … Continue reading

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spooknik

On 4 October 1957 ↑Stephen King was at the cinema. Together with the other ten-year-olds clustered around him he watched the morning performance of ↑Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Just as the flying saucers started their attack on Washington D.C. the movie was interrupted and the houselights went on. Pale and nervous the manager entered the auditorium. “‘I want to tell you’, he said in that trembly voice, ‘that the Russians have put a space satellite into orbit around the earth. They call it … Spootnik.’” (↵King 1993[1981]:21) For the assembled post-war kids a world crashed. The world of US-American … Continue reading

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keylogger hoax

Tricksterish hoaxing definitely is an integral part of online-culture. At c0x2.de an unidentified individual posing as an electrical engineer and US-citizen ↑reports that he found a keylogging-device similar to the ↑KeyGhost brand inside his Dell-laptop—inserted right between keyboard and ethernet board. The individual wants to have contacted the police, which in turn forwarded him/her to the Department of Homeland Security. He/she wrote to the latter and got the reply: “We have reviewed your Freedom of Information Act request, and have found that the requested records are exempt from being disclosed under FOIA. […]“ Meanwhile I am socialized enough in here … Continue reading

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