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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After Dark: Where have the screensavers gone?

September 23, 2012 / 0 comments

I got my first personal computer in 1994. I had just started as a freshman at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon (Steve Jobs’ alma mater) and the school was an all Mac campus as part of the Apple Consortium. My roommate and everyone else I knew in our dorm had purchased new Macs to start our tenure…

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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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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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Institute for the Study of Religion in Virtual Worlds

January 28, 2010 / 0 comments

While exploring in Second Life, I came across the ISRVW apparently set up by Dr. John Traphagan.  You can visit the ISRVW here.  It’s set up as a meeting space, no resources and not very large, but interesting that it exists.  Also explored the LDS welcome center for a while, interesting to note that all…

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Vincent Callebaut Architectures

August 21, 2009 / 0 comments

Vincent Callebaut Architectures is designing entirely new spiritual spaces. Many of his recent designs are buildings that function as eco-technology. They integrate with the multiple environments that overlap in our cities: human, mechanical and Gaian.

Psychiana

August 21, 2009 / 0 comments

Mitch Horowitz writes about Psychiana, a “mail order” New Thought religion created by Frank B. Robinson in 1928. Robinson ran the religion from his office in Moscow, Idaho. “Robinson was probably the first religious figure of the twentieth century to fully grasp the power of advertising and mail-order marketing. But he was more than just…

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OGMA

May 31, 2009 / 0 comments

OGMA releases his his first album. His ecstatic music can be heard on myspace.

Vatican iPhone App

May 19, 2009 / 0 comments

“Titled “The Pope Meets You on Facebook,” the new Pope2You application lets people send and receive “virtual postcards” of Pope Benedict along with inspiring text culled from the pope’s various speeches and messages.” Via Cult of Mac, via Catholic News.

SETI at TED

March 16, 2009 / 0 comments

NYU and the Military Dictatorship in Burma?

February 20, 2009 / 0 comments

Using a tactic that was also used by the military dictatorship in Burma, New York University has cut off internet access to students who are occupying the school. This is another example of corporate powers disabling network access to prevent social justice. Hopefully, some students in the occupation have access to the network via 3G…

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HTTP Error 403 – Forbidden

February 14, 2009 / 0 comments

Are there thoughts that are not permitted by the software of the brain? Human rights depend on Animal rights. We can never have liberation of humankind without the same for all of animalkind. So long as we enslave, we will never be free. If your browser isn’t functioning well, get an upgrade. New Version Culture.

Film – Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within

January 30, 2009 / 0 comments

Playing tonight, here: The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St., New York, NY (Doors 7p, screening 8p sharp, $10)

Samadhi

January 17, 2009 / 0 comments

The Temple of Awakening Divinity. There’s something to this, my friend and I in elementary school used to say while high-fiving: “we’re the TOADS, totally outrageously awesome dudes!” Little did I know we were right, but it actually stood for Temple Of Awakening Divinity Supplicants. Learn about the Temple of Awakening Divinity on The Entheogenic…

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Floating Data Centers

September 8, 2008 / 0 comments

This feels at first, in a speculative fiction sort-of-way, like one more step toward turning the planet into a large neural network… Building floating synapses for the network mind, out in the sea. “In general, computing centers are located on a ship or ships, which are then anchored in a water body from which energy…

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