Really clever, guys. Really, really clever.
I can’t tell you the number of times that faculty (or my mother) have told me that they just don’t understand computers in the way that I do because they didn’t have them around for their entire lives. I certainly understand the sentiment, but it really falls apart on closer inspection. The first computer that I used (an Apple IIe) bears very little resemblance to the iPad mini I use to browse the web for videos like this one. Those that are considered “digital natives” are forced to adapt just as much as those born before computers existed. And they also need training and support on tools that they are unfamiliar with, just like anyone else. So you can imagine my moment of “right on-ness” with this latest Idea Channel transmission. What do you think?
“I think it’s possible to feel angry with the curator for not selecting a particularly excellent example of your oeuvre.” [...] The game asks the question of how value is determined: not so much by the creator as by how the artwork is received by a community’s power brokers and the world at large.
Art Game by Pippin Barr aims to recreate the soul-crushing and challenging experience of creating visual work for the New York art scene. I think it also speaks to the creator in all of us who has to interface with those that commission our efforts.
I’m glad creator Mike Ando was so patient with his dream of building the linking book from Myst. As an ardent fan of the game and its sequels, I was beyond excited to see this story pop up on Wired – and the teenager in me flipped his shit while watching the video. I’ll take one!
“They were a bit puzzled how the image was going to be done. But once they start seeing the resulting image, most of them start to see the deep impact of such a session. There’s a very deep longing in their sentiments. You can sense that they miss each other very much, and yet it’s something we have to accept in the current fast-paced society.”
Artist John Clang explains his new exhibition Being Together with The Atlantic.
It’s been a busy week here (and it’s only Wednesday) and I’ve been meaning to post the following for several days. So without further adieu:
The first episode of Brian Singer’s new web series H+. You’d better believe I’ll be watching the rest of these tonight.
With the advent of the smartphone, many Americans have grown used to the idea of having a computer on their person at all times. Wearable technologies like Google’s Project Glass are narrowing the boundary between us and our devices even further by attaching a computer to a person’s face and integrating the software directly into a user’s field of vision.
From “Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers“. While not necessarily a new concept, it’s a new take on the subject that looks really well done.
Just as when we were on the cusp of cyberpunk and didn’t know it, I’m hoping now for another new breed of writers, people who can craft drive-by speculations that leave us gasping with surprise.
My love of all things 80s and 90s artsy/techie of course has bred in me a fascination with the ethos of the cyberpunk. It doesn’t help that I’m also a Stephenson junkie and a Gibson supporter… Paolo Bacigalupi’s “How Cyberpunk Saved Sci-Fi” was a delightful find in the latest issue of Wired magazine. (And it’s available to read for free online now, too.)
Perhaps not too surprising since the staff at Wired’s always been on the cyberpunk bandwagon, though. Probably actually helping turn its tenets into our reality.
Kate received this missive in her inbox this morning. Looking quite a bit like normal spam, we were both delighted to discover the truly bizarre (and wonderful to me, a conspiracy nut) message contained within. Published here for both its sheer weirdness and near-artistry, I give you :
Fwd: 我是不是應該告訴你,請你的小孩小心看政治人物、新聞,因為我們的世界正在進行恐怖和變態的,沉默大屠殺胡錦濤、江澤民、中國人殺人魔不得好死，永世不得超生中國人是畜牲冷血雜種胡錦濤、江澤民的父母胡增珏、李文瑞、江世俊、吳月卿也是禽獸、雜種「太極端變態、禽獸」「使用遠距可以讀心的侵腦武力」大屠殺豬狗生畜牲養中國The purpose of this email is to make certain accusations against the Chinese government and my cry for help. Thank you for your time and your help will be highly appreciated.政府記者都倒了小心中國讀心暴行，不要因為不知道很簡單就被中國給陷害，現在我們看到的新聞都只能算是偏頗的假象，中國箝制世界的大黑手，中國利用遠距可以讀心侵腦武力大規模侵略世界各地濫虐、濫傷、濫俘虜、濫殺，使用極端囂張、殘暴、下賤手段對自由世界可能數億手無寸鐵平民施工封口、剝奪睡眠工作愛情..、性騷擾和摧殘凌遲、沉默「解放」和恐怖主義、顛覆、在自由世界養妖魔鬼怪新紅衛兵(政客、記者..)、在自由世界大屠殺…。中國也使用我們政客、記者的投降、睜眼說瞎話散佈絕望和恐慌記者幫畜牲中國封成神可以嗎大陸的屖利哥有多少台灣記者注意(鼓譟吶喊)但是大陸獠牙下的一羣小人物台灣的政府和媒體誰理小心中國恐怖地控制你情緒、思想、行為、觀念、人格、智能、感覺不要因為不知道很簡單就被中國給傷害、陷害小心東亞禽獸中國中國的解放軍沒有人性、無恥、沒是非不要被騙極端變態、禽獸使用遠距可以讀心的侵腦武器大屠殺鱉三法西斯中國我的部落格網址http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/shun-chuan yahoo bloghttp://blog.nownews.com/abn2739 nownews bloghttp://blog.udn.com/abn2739 udn / blogThese Chinese who are bloodier, dirtier, more depraved than the Japanese military during the rape of Nanking in World War II have stepped over their countless innocent victims. Don’to be fooled because China is extremely low class: they are not human. Using technology China has infiltrated all places in this world utilizing inhumane methods to terrorize innocent laborers and establishing a stable of their demons (politicians, reporters) who slaughter throughout the free world.Are you aware that the news you are watching is interlaced with Communist China’s propaganda,asCommunist China maps a realm of news with innocent lives?Communist China is scheming a millennial terrorist activity by manipulating people’s behaviorsthrough “electromagnetic waves” to contain criticism and harm innocent human lives.1. The anomaly in community traffic of cars and motorcycles and drag racing,and reckless honking bycars and motorcycles is exceeding an unprecedented level.2. Communist China has the technology to scan the human brain waves through military satellite andto discern and decipher their thoughts,scheming to instill individual interference focusing oneach individual in need using the satellite electromagnetic waves.3. Deploying electromagnetic waves is poised to project onto the human brain with certainsounds for the perception of grossly traumatizing or startling pain,or deploying the broadcastof noise via electromagnetic waves in sleeping humans with edited clips of films or throughvoice or image signals onto our brains or besiege our sensory functions with fabricatedaudible and sensory illusions.4. It manipulates one’s moods,such as smiling,nervousness,disgust,panic,anger,sorrow,desires,appetite,and so forth.5. It interferes the human brain’s thinking capability,memory or linguistic capability,to name afew,causing spasms of muscles and fingers in the left and right hands,stinging achesthroughout the body,coughing,yawning,trembling,involuntary blinking of the eye,runnynose and so forth.6. Electromagnetic waves are deployed to hinder the motoring functions of the body and neck,disrupt the heartbeat or respiration,manipulate dizziness,deprive one’s sleep,spasm,salivagland,dental neural pain,etc.7. Watch out that Communist China is infiltrating the news media by deploying electromagneticwaves to besiege the broadcast media,map out viral disillusion or erroneous perception,andinvestigate threats of brainwashing in viral spreading.8. It further moved to deploy various symptoms in what one sees of media icons,gesture terms,adding a skewed interpretation to one’s cognitive awareness,misleading an individual tohallucinate or suffer,such as the North Korean’s rigid smile,which is a tactic CommunistChina often deploys to counter the people.(9. By observing the resolution accuracy of Communist China’s sound and image (scenario)interference projected onto the human’s brain,this can only be achieved with a certain levelof frequencies at the source of interference,hence there is no doubt that it has to be theelectromagnetic wave. Yet questions remain as to what range of frequencies the source ofinterference deploys,or what kind of electromagnetic waves insulation chamber would sufficeto provide an insulation yield? Communist China might deploy specific metal alloys as small scalemolecular antennas, which are attached to the human brain in large number,creatingelectromagnetic waves when the human brain is in function,where the current created byCommunist China’s electromagnetic interference would poise to amplify in a staggeringnumber of multiplication,which Communist China can detect at all times to discern andmuscles would excel the generation of electrode,which in turn create a correspondingelectromagnetic wave within.10. Some of Communist China’s intimidation experiences in 2002:6.9 “Hey,are you tired of living?”6.14 “We had concocted the bombing incident at the U.S. embassy in Pakistan”“Jiang Zhemin ordered us to kill you,but without creating scenes”6.16 “The Pakistanicivilian troops confessed that they had schemed the bombing of the U.S. embassy inPakistan,which we had manipulated them to confess,so what are you going to do about it?”6.19 “Hey,why don’t you just go ahead and commit suicide”"We are going to schememurder using the public bus”6.20 “Commit suicide by burning charcoal,get it?”6.25 “JiangZhemin just does not like you,go hit your head against the wall”.11. I reckon that there are victims abound out in the street,no less alarming than wars,and thosenot in the know or did not understand that Communist China’s simple electromagnetic designcould easily turn people against each other,create moving incidents,little lese to say misleadthe youth to broach down the wrong path,suicidal prompting,design and fabrication of a hostof society news (which Communication China refers to as movie making),as Communist China has had adecade long of the technology,and has long abused its technological advantages to scheme up designof abusing human lives by arranging fabricated news to poison and infiltrate the freeworld,manipulate and misguide the contents of the media,and deploy brainwashing and maliciousspread of viruses,done with insinuation and riddles.The fact that Communist China’s slaughteringthe innocent had been the result of a high level of calculation,and a high level of rationalization,where the threats are in existence,and cannot be ignored of their detrimental severity.12. Communist China often coerce people to watch news compiled by the reporter Lu Yuling of the cablenews in order for them to be saved,but few are aware that Communist China had merely deploy thereporter to entrap many people. I do envision that those that turn to committing crime as framedby Communist China,the extra sufferings by the ordinary people,and the deaths of many innocentlives will not go unnoticed as hindered by a condoning attitude.13. Nazi Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin, Chinese Liberation Army, security police and armed police have committed suppression and massacre on their own civilians. Hu, Jiang and the other atrocious butchers owe these innocent civilians! More horrible and serious is that they are using mysterious killing technologies to cause harms to human brains around the world, making advantage of numerous international politicians and journalists to help them commit atrocities and beautify their actions, aiming to overturn and suppress those innocent people and cover up their terrorist acts and win fame by cheating the world. Securing in the knowledge that they have strong backing, these arrogant and shameless butchers have committed tortures and mass killing cruelly to those innocent ones around the world. Unfortunately, neither these politicians and nor journalists knowing what is what would dare to express their conscience.
14. The inhumane acts and atrocities committed by Nazi China are far more vicious than that of Nanjing massacre in China during WWII committed by Japanese army, as Chinese government is using mysterious technologies to commit massacres to masses of bare-handed civilians around the world as well as launch violence and terrorist activities to suppress these completely unarmed people’s freedom of speech. These demons, like Hu, Jinag and Chinese Liberation Army, despise the chastity, dignity and precious life of those innocent ones and suppress the emotions of their beloved. Meanwhile, relying on the condition that most of people in the world will not be able to witness their vicious acts of violence and behaviors they have committed unscrupulously and shamelessly, these Chinese Liberation Army enjoys using cruel ways to torture, massacre and trample on these innocent people, physically and mentally, in one free world. The arrogant Hu, Jiang and those jackals nurtured under such ferocious power treat themselves as the symbol of benevolence and hero, as they fail to learn their gutless and vicious acts to trample on those innocent people. If these demons, butchers and dregs of human, such as Hu, Jiang and Chinese Liberation Army who have become frenzied and conscienceless appeared in the site of Nanjing massacre in WWII, they definitely would be the leading roles to act atrocities!
15. We don’t want to see masses of innocent people to fall victim to the hell on earth built by red China where they will be susceptible to tortures and massacres for thousands of years.
16. Despite being even unable to fend for themselves in face of the high-tech detriments and attacks from China, we can not tolerate the fact that these politicians and journalists will become the accomplices to help China commit its terrorist acts and suppression on these innocent people in the current era or an unknown future.
17. In view of the notorious, vicious and sinister Hu, Jiang, Chinese Liberation Army with blood-stained hands, we just cast doubt over whether these greats of knowing what is what who have negotiated with these demons will show their conscience to save these innocent civilians or will act just for the sake of their profits, or are under the control of China. In this current drowned world, how will these innocent lives be treated in face of the atrocious acts committed by these diabolical figures, or when these innocent people will witness the practice of democracy in China? Will these phenomena turn out to be the joint efforts and endeavors achieved by China and those powerful figures in the world? Are we really dedicated to overturning such adversity? Our goal is to eliminate the vicious power one day with our strenuous efforts, and we absolutely will achieve it! )Chen,Shun-Chuan 2002.10.13* Republic of China (Taiwan)About Me:
I (and many of my relatives and acquaintances) are currently under siege by China through the use of unknown technology infiltrating our brains. Extremely underhanded and inhumane methods have been maliciously exterminating me 24 hours a day for the past 9 years by the increasingly violent and depraved Nazi China(China is not democratic as stated by the kiss ass Ma Ying-Jeou). My allegations against China are that through Google search related information can be found for my blog, but on ning my account is partially blocked by the administrator and I do not know when I will be banned from NING. I pray that the world and future generations can understand the neverending violence and genocide carried out by China.
Chen,Shun-Chuan ( 陳順銓 )Republic of China (Taiwan)
七.使用電磁波擾亂頭腦的思想力、理解力、記憶力或語言能力,甚而控制使手指頭抽動,身體上有點刺覺 、耳朵發癢、顫抖、眼皮抖動…..,進而對於這些或所能利用的各種症候或所見所聽,如媒體、圖案、所 說的話….對事物的認知加與另一種的解釋,使其產生錯亂或磨難….
八.影響左右情緒,如微笑、緊張、厭惡、氣忿、傷心、平靜…影響左右情慾、食慾。九.使用電磁波在人睡夢中,播放特製的影片訊號。於日常生活中傳遞聲音訊息、影像概念…..似幻聽、似 幻覺、或迷失。十.心理戰術,利用人性弱點,使人們互相失去信任…等。十一.這個社區有可能被用做實驗的對象….有的可能極輕微或短暫但可能有較嚴重者,希望多幫忙,居安要 思危,多關懷別人,也要多加留心自己的安全。十二.無故發現自己好像被人監視、下藥,檢視上面的幾項,..有發現台灣民視記者言論也搞是非不分失衡傾中嗎,觀察 一下自己的情況,要小心媒體、新聞的中國特殊入侵、假像,求援時可能需小心一下醫生….
十三.如有發現自己有腦被干擾的情形,如果嚴重活不下去,勇氣是抗衡他們能力的指標,..需要勇敢對抗他們 。可以跟我一樣拼一次,不要怕中國不准腦筋碰觸到他們的紅線警告,用腦筋想。怎麼自救或也要求 救,按壓打腳掌可以減輕痛苦…十四.多對外求援,愈多人的努力,對可能為受害者的多說明為電磁波的原因,愈多人明膫對你我的處境將更 有利。
二十三.醜態百出雙手染滿別人鮮血無恥的胡錦濤.江澤民.中國解放軍狠毒陰險極奸極惡喪心病狂喪盡天良,我們不知道那些心知肚明跟他們倡和的大人物,是為了救百姓還是為了自己,受納粹中國操控而沉淪的世界是怎麼對待那些正在這科技刀口下生命垂危無辜的人們,還是不可知的哪一世紀禽獸中國民主了,這些都變成是禽獸中國和我們世界擁有權有勢的人共同的功勞?我們真的有做什麼嗎?我們不要中國撒旦和幫助中國撒旦的邪惡勢力有一天大家一定會成功!二十四.98年被中共恐嚇經驗,1.16「陳雅琳覺得這次欸(ㄟˋ)才搞到10萬倍個太小意思」1.17「欸的始作俑者是三立新聞媒體欸」1.20「盧宥伶最擅長的是恐嚇」 6.29「全台灣就你一個不怕他們害他們記者越來越不像恐怖組織」7.6「你最大的功勞就是打草驚蛇警察最大的功勞就是把賣國賊記者化妝成媽祖」7.11「林益如說她要全部的記者英雄和政治人物英雄都不要理你的求救剛好而已」7.11「我們要讓你嘗盡被記者出賣的快感」7.11「大道奈緒要你不要講記者對你精神虐待不然她們和馬英九會要你家破人亡」7.15「人家在百貨公司打球百貨公司處理就可以TVBS鄭凱云要把這個拿來炒作威懾平民不然你怎麼樣」7.17「劉麗惠說她是因為知道你被大陸精神虐待最嚴重所以才連播彰化新聞數年」8.20「中國屠殺台灣人和捐錢給88災民tvbs選擇只大量強調中國多好心不然你怎麼樣白癡」8.22「你那麼挑剔tvbs那麼tvbs偷偷把災民(88水災)分成支持馬英九和討厭馬英九的可以吧」9.20「李豔秋說民進黨沒出息知道了嗎」9.27「馬英九把熱比婭當恐怖份子中國當英雄不可以嗎」11.14「李豔秋說她陳進興的錢都敢賺了你不要太囂張(*中國指台灣記者或統派連比陳進興殘忍的中國的錢他們都敢賺了..) 」二十五.中國沒有馬英九講的拍馬屁變民主,被醜陋政府、電視媒體(例如tvbs)睜眼說瞎話、漠視的豬狗生畜牲養中國大暴行,物以類聚不要被有心人士騙了中國正極端下賤在屠殺殘害別人他們不是人,我們不要醜陋記者政客吹捧的只見胡錦濤江澤民.中國和賣國賊笑卻沒有任何人可以替被屠殺殘害平民講真話的中國的時代 ) 附注 : 這個科技是電磁波是我猜的, 陳順銓 中華民國 101.04.02*
My friend Owen tipped me off to this awesome Science Friday piece on inventive Romanian high schooler, Raul and his successful orbital launch/retrieval of a Lego space shuttle. The clip features not only the ascent of the shuttle but also some wonderful lines from Raul, notably his admission that his space endeavors, private funding, etc have nothing to do with his formal education so much as his own curiosity and usage of the internet.
Also, aren’t we all still waiting for our own eccentric billionaire to invest in our dreams of space travel?