graphical Image of Low Earth Orbit orbital debris around the earth

Two Approaches to ‘Space Junk’: “Cultural Heritage of Space Exploration” & “Orbital Wake of the Anthropocene”

January 17, 2015 / 0 comments

NASA has an Orbital Debris Program Office dedicated to the question of space debris. The featured image for this post comes from this office, and is an image of debris in LEO. LEO “stands for low Earth orbit and is the region of space within 2,000 km of the Earth’s surface. It is the most…

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ProjectWestWind: Hacktivist Statement on Education

October 4, 2012 / 0 comments

Hacktivists Team Ghost Shell have accessed over fity university servers and released data on pastebin.com. The data release was not a pure invasion of privacy or act of data mining for identity theft, it was a political act, a cyber-equivalent of sabotage. The purpose? To get out a message about problems in education today. It’s also…

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Maps in iOS 6 vs. Android: Where IS the Washington Monument?

September 30, 2012 / 0 comments

On Apple tech blogs, tumblr, and now in a recent article in the New York times, iPhone users are bemoaning the failure of Apple’s new maps application that replaced Google Maps in the iOS 6 update (and also comes pre-installed on the new iPhone 5). I keep coming across a popular example of the new map…

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Untie Our Hands: An Alien Tort Claims Act Campaign

September 26, 2012 / 0 comments

A web site has appeared at untieourhands.com lobbying on behalf of Shell Oil Company in the Kiobel V. Royal Dutch Petrolium (Shell) case. The site uses the slogan “Untie Our Hands” as a rallying cry to free corporations from responsibility for the harm they cause overseas while they engage in resource extraction.

Images and Metaphors of Occupy: On the Year Anniversary

September 17, 2012 / 0 comments

Reading the online news today, I found mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) anniversary using images and metaphors to frame Occupy as unstable and barely intact. Media reporting alone might lead some readers to believe that Occupy has “returned” (from where? when did it leave?) resulting in “chaos” in the Financial District….

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Indonesian cyberactivists and Occupy Wall Street

September 15, 2012 / 0 comments

An article about my initial research on the Indonesian Occupy movement has been published in Critical Quarterly. The abstract (and article for those with access) is available here: Oman-Reagan, Michael P.  2012  Occupying cyberspace: Indonesian cyberactivists and Occupy Wall Street. Critical Quarterly, 54: 39–45. Please contact me if you are a colleague without access who would…

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Religion at Bantar Gebang

September 28, 2011 / 0 comments

2,000 families are estimated to live at Bantar Gebang, Indonesia’s largest trash dump. In this photo, women who live in this community are praying at the end of Ramadan. Photograph: Javaz Tizmaghz, the Guardian

In Search of a Free System: WikiLeaks & Tron

December 9, 2010 / 0 comments

In The Hacker Ethic, Pekka Himanen argues that the hacker community’s values are a “general social challenge” which include “the goal of getting everybody to participate in the network and to benefit from it, to feel responsible for longer term consequences of the network society, and to directly help those who have been left on…

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Aqua Buddha

November 18, 2010 / 0 comments

Rand Paul, Libertarian candidate for Kentucky’s seat in the US Senate and son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, is set to take office January 2011 to replace Jim Bunning. During the election campaign, an article in GQ magazine “revealed” that while an undergraduate at Baylor (the world’s largest Baptist university) he was a member of a…

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iPhone 4cf: Conflict Free iPhone

November 16, 2010 / 0 comments

In what I have reason to believe is a new campaign from the Yes Men, a web site has launched announcing a free trade-in program for the iPhone 4cf, a new “conflict free iPhone.”

Fierce OS

October 22, 2010 / 0 comments

The interpretation of symbolic structures is forced into an infinity of symbolic contextual meanings. M. M. Bakhtin Historically, Lions have been symbols of power from the Persian to the British Empires, from Hinduism (Narasimha) to Judaism, Islam and Christianity (see Kings, Judges, Proverbs, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel, Numbers, Revelations, etc. and of course The Lion, the Witch and…

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Google’s Autocomplete Algorithm

October 21, 2010 / 0 comments

A friend shared this series of Google autocomplete search results on a social network, it contains screen captures of Google’s autocomplete feature along with a venn diagram produced from the resulting terms: I was curious if I would get the same terms, so I tried it. As soon as I found that my results for…

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Mutiny and Modernism

October 20, 2010 / 0 comments

The morning watch was come; the vessel lay Her course, and gently made her liquid way; The cloven billow flashed from off her prow In furrows formed by that majestic plough; The waters with their world were all before; Behind, the South Sea’s many an islet shore. The quiet night, now dappling, ‘gan to wane,…

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Robot Acceptance

September 14, 2010 / 0 comments

A post in the NYT photo blog asks if Japanese acceptance of robotics has origins in Shinto belief. (via Elizabeth Housley)  Surprisingly they don’t mention Masahiro Mori. Will we see humanoid robots taking more active roles in hospitals, constructions sites and other work places outside Japan?  And will robots like the Paro therapy seal showing…

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Cyberactivism, iPhone 4 and The Courage to Be

August 25, 2010 / 0 comments

(Note: This post was originally published on an blog about Apple technology, based on a few requests I’m making it available here. -MOR) Apple has been hard at work the last few years building their reputation as a ‘socially responsible’ company.  Like other greenwashing corporations (Whole Foods for example), this reputation is 9/10ths marketing and…

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