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Neal Stephenson signs on as Magic Leap’s Chief Futurist

January 22, 2015 / 0 comments

Neal Stephenson has signed on as Magic Leap’s Chief Futurist. He describes why in a post on their blog. In this excerpt he describes the technology in a way that sounds like there is no device worn by the user suggesting it may be something quite different from the HoloLens: “In a teeming, overcrowded hardware…

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November 11, 2010 / 0 comments

Some data to share from the site statistics over the last month. Usually, an English language website will have the US, UK and Canada as the top three countries of origin for visits. For some reason, Kenya is currently number two for this site between the US and UK. The visitors are mostly from Nairobi…

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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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Peer-to-Peer Blessing

August 27, 2009 / 0 comments

The web site 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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MOMA exhibit web interface

May 10, 2008 / 0 comments

This is one of the most responsive, interactive and informational web interfaces I’ve encountered:

Papal Pupa

April 16, 2008 / 0 comments

The pope’s vehicle is much stranger than I remember. He really looks like an artifact in a display case at a museum. An interesting blend of security and visibility.

Notes: The visual idea and the sacred self.

December 15, 2007 / 0 comments

Great way to phrase this, could be done without calling cuneiform chicken scratch, but… “The chicken scratch of Sumerian bureaucrats had blossomed into an oracular delivery mechanism for the Word of God, one powerful enough to trigger the speck of essence within — and to prove that humble infotech may, in time, boot up the…

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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.

The Temple of Apple

October 26, 2007 / 0 comments

ZDnet posts an article called “Mac OS X Leopard installation as a spiritual practice“. I’m engaging in that practice right now – preparing my various Macs for the upgrade, the archive and install and the clean install. But it’s more than the installation that is spiritual. To retrieve the software, I walked through the rain…

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Tech Activist Listserves

September 17, 2007 / 0 comments 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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Extended Nervous System 1.0

August 3, 2007 / 0 comments

Reading William Gibson’s blog and thinking about his discussion of ATMs as part of his extended nervous system, I decided to start mapping mine. I began with the interface I spend most of the day with, my Mac – then to the WiFi router, then the cable modem, then the cloud, then the servers and…

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Robot Crime Scene

July 29, 2007 / 0 comments

And how does Honda’s reaction to this fall make you feel? One youtube commenter said the reaction made him feel like Asimo had “been murdered.”


July 29, 2007 / 0 comments

Asimo continues to be a great example of the uncanny valley, how does watching this video make you feel?

Data Storage

July 28, 2007 / 0 comments

How much storage do you have on you right now?


May 22, 2007 / 0 comments

When the tech and the environment are no longer disambiguated. This is an ultimate boundary crossing for RelTech. Ubiquitous computing (or “ubicomp”) is a post-desktop model of human-computer interaction in which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities. As opposed to the desktop paradigm, in which a single user consciously engages…

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