Kinectic Sculpture Racing, Bicycles for the Mind and Cryptologs

A kinetic sculpture race is an organized contest of human-powered amphibious all-terrain works of art. The original and longest race is held annually since 1969 in Humboldt County in far northern California. Participants compete for three days over 42 miles of land, water, sand, and mud. Other races are held annually in locations throughout the […]

Bubble Machines, a better Blog Engine, Abrash on VR/AR Challenges and Negative Feedback

A terrifying and infuriating piece from 2009 on Goldman Sachs and the Great American Bubble Machine. Morally, how can these people do this? You don’t get any prizes for being the richest person in the graveyard. Is the corporation a highly efficient guilt assuager? Steve Yegge complained way back in 2006 about how terrible Blogging software is. […]

James Bridle’s Drone Shadows, Particle Deceleration from Honor Harger and Natalie Jeremijenko’s Bird Perches

In March I attended FutureEverything 2013 in Manchester.  Honor Harger‘s talk was titled “Something Invisible in the Landscape is Just Landscape“. Honor showed James Bridle’s Drone Shadows, and talked about what happened when it was installed in different places across the world and how difficult it was to show in Australia. I really highlit something that I’d […]

Great SF

I’ve always loved Science Fiction. From the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, to my first reading of Neuromancer in 1997. What a summer that was, I’d finished my A-levels, was preparing to go to work for IBM, and also listened to OK Computer, which was released that year. Below are four Science Fiction novels that […]

The future is independent

When I attended the lovely Beyond Tellerrand 2012 conference, I was lucky enough to catch Andy Baio‘s keynote. He covered many things in his talk, but the one that really stuck was his demand that we all watch two documentaries immediately: Indie Game The Movie We Are Legion Indie Game The Movie tells the tail […]

The Abolition of Work – A Ludic Revolution?

“No one should ever work. Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you’d care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.” Bob Black writes in his seminal essay about what […]