Fictional Religions

November 23, 2009 / 0 comments

Markus Davidsen at Aarhus University is writing a fascinating dissertation on “Fictional Religions: The Morphology and Reception of Invented Religions embedded in Works of Fiction.” He describes his project as: “about two types of religions, fictional religions and fiction based religions. By ‘fictional religions’ I understand religions, spiritualities and magic systems which are embedded in…

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Peer-to-Peer Blessing

August 27, 2009 / 0 comments

The web site myblessingcircle.com is launching as a self-described “Peer-to-Peer Anonymous Blessing Community.” “Blessing-receivers are invited to upload a photograph or symbolic image and/or short bio of themselves, specify a particular spiritual/religious tradition they turn to for support, as well as request blessings focused on a particular theme or issue. Blessing-givers can review pending requests,…

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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.

“Uncanny Valley vs The Digital Übermensch”

February 2, 2009 / 0 comments

A post on _Augmentology 1[L]0[L]1_ titled “_Emily is Not Real_: Uncanny Valley vs The Digital Übermensch” refers to my paper “Mapping the Temples of Cyborgism” and uses the graphic I created to illustrate an expansion of Mori’s map of the uncanny valley. The post is a RICH mine of links – so check it out….

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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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obohsan.com

July 14, 2008 / 0 comments

The NYT writes about the decline of buddhism in Japan. Within the article is an aside about buddhist priests for hire via the internet: It was partly to dispel this bad image that Kazuma Hayashi, 41, a Buddhist priest without a temple of his own, said he founded a company, Obohsan.com (obohsan means priest), three…

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Cyberactivism in South Korea

June 10, 2008 / 0 comments

From the New York Times article: Thousands of South Korean students, mainly networking through the Internet, immediately took to the streets, followed by a broader uproar. The uprisings and protest in South Korea are a great example of the power Cyberactivism to affect and infect people (who may or may not have access to technology)…

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MOMA exhibit web interface

May 10, 2008 / 0 comments

This is one of the most responsive, interactive and informational web interfaces I’ve encountered: http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2008/elasticmind/

cyberenviro.org

April 14, 2008 / 0 comments

Take a look at Gregory Donovan’s brilliant research blog – he’s re-launched. What a code master!

The Glue Society

January 27, 2008 / 0 comments

Biblical events as if seen on Google earth. God’s Eye View (Ark)

Network Surveillance Voyuerism

November 12, 2007 / 0 comments

Devices are always watching us – and feeding data into the network. This OS X screensaver by Michael Zoellner searches for CCTV feeds and displays them. Very eerie.

Tech Activist Listserves

September 17, 2007 / 0 comments

riseup.net has a great collection of tech activism listserves. Highlights include: nomesh-tech New Orleans Mesh Networking – Technical Support & Discussion farma Renewable energy sources campaign for the Zapatista communities leftistpython Leftist and combative object oriented programming fpl-fbv Forum on the Patenting of Life – Forum sur le brevetage du vivant vgranjeros List for the…

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Bureau of Prisons Clearly Hasn’t Read a Bible

September 10, 2007 / 0 comments

The New York Times reports that prison libraries are being purged of religious books and other materials. The Bureau of Prisons is banning material that might “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize.” Of course this is absurd and I can’t even begin to imagine who is deciding what would “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize”…

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Cyberenvironmental Activism: A digital revolution.

August 30, 2007 / 0 comments

In his research blog, Gregory Donovan constructs a definition of his neologism “cyberenvironmentalism.” Donovan writes that “cyberenvironmentalism aims to develop ecologically informed environmental practice for the information age through interdisciplinary examination of cyborg ecology.” He further defines his new field as follows: “Pragmatic in its approach, constructive forms of relationship between cyborg and cyberenvironment are…

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