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Local advisor for South by Southwest Interactive
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Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Amazing news: Vermont's Jeffords might switch parties - whatta turnover! Democrats are bouncing off the walls, Republicans are wailing, weeping, tearing hair and gnashing teeth! National Review Online has the story...
Tuesday, May 22, 2001
(Apologies for the lack of juice this week... we're traveling!)
Sunday, May 20, 2001
Douglas Adams and the Black Dog. "Things have been good for a while now, but any time I get low, there seems to be an instant connection through to that period, and I suddenly get the feeling, oh God, life hasn't really changed at all . . . "
Thursday, May 17, 2001
CNN Discovers Monkey Man Mania
At Slashdot, a review of Jef Raskin's The Humane Interface. Says Raskin, "An interface is humane if it is responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties."
Wednesday, May 16, 2001
Monkey Man menaces New Delhi.
And he sings...
I'm a flea-bit peanut monkey
I've been bit and
Well, I'm just a monkey man
I was bitten by a boar
Well, I hope we're not too messianic
Well I am just a monkey man
REWIRED: are you a bobo?
Here's an interesting piece by John Barlow as part of a roundtable on copyright and the Internet, in Atlantic Unbound.
Michael Kinsley, in Slate, comments on "Information wants to be free." This is from an email I sent to the rewired email list:
He starts with a fallacious reading of Stewart Brand's original statement:
Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Speaking of surf music, here's The Mermen, a truly great surf-inspired jam band.
A bunch of MP3 files from The Fat Man, aka George Sanger, leading composer of computer audio and kickass gonzo surf music!
Monday, May 14, 2001
The Man Who Wasn't There, the Coen brothers' new film, reviewed at Ain't It Cool News. Via boingboing.net via Robot Wisdom.
Steve Kettman writes about Gunther van Hagens' exhibit of more than 200 dead bodies preserved by a system called plastination.
"Normally, you are only confronted with death when you lose a loved one, and it's a big shock," von Hagens said this week. "In this way you are not open-minded to thinking about death, you are just frightened. This exhibit gives people the possibility to approach death in a good mood, even a mood of festivity.
Saturday, May 12, 2001
The "Simputer" (simple computer) is a $200 pocket computer developed in India. It's an "appropriate technology" approach to high tech for developing nations.
Big Science is a moving target: Another day, another world. "A massive slab of rock near the Great Wall of China is actually a section of ocean floor dating back 2.5 billion years, scientists said on Thursday...." This discovery changes thinking about the beginning of plate tectonics by 500 million years.
Thursday, May 10, 2001
Weird Whirlpool off the San Diego coast. Dig the television news clip with local ufologist speculating an underwater craft of some kind as the cause. Whooooo.
We are the space robots. We are here to protect you from The Terrible Secret of Space!
Wednesday, May 09, 2001
Naked man attacks woman: This is completely weird. I'm speechless. (But I've got my pants on!)
Steven Johnson of Feed Magazine interviews OpenCola's Cory Doctorow in The Taste Test "That there are people out there who want to compose their own magazine, who want to gather their own information and make a lot of decisions about it -- it can't be denied. And those people in a network that's based on recommendations will end up with a great deal of influence because they'll be the source of all the new stuff."
Digital Promise Project :: www.digitalpromise.com "We recommend the creation of the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust (DO IT), a nonprofit, nongovernmental agency designed to meet the urgent need to transform learning in the 21st century." Do it!
Tuesday, May 08, 2001
Slashdot article about Internet Access Via Pneumatic Tubes. While working on ecommerce projects we used to joke that we could overcome the shipping problem by creating a network of pneumatic tubes... prescient, eh?
BBC Online explains why "Kilroy Was Here"
Tim O'Reilly says that Microsoft's Shared Source Program is a Validation of Open Source Disguised as an Attack: "...Microsoft's 'Shared Source Philosophy' is a clear vindication of open source as the best way to engage an inclusive developer community. They're lining up to "embrace and extend" the open source development model precisely because it has proven so compelling a threat to the monopoly they've enjoyed for so long."
Monday, May 07, 2001
Edmund Husserl had soul - honest! I used to drop acid and read Husserl, thinking I would expand my mind. At the very least, I expanded my confusion...!
transarchitectures by Marcos Novak. I used to see stuff like this on the backs of my eyelids... it's a bit of a relief to blame the Marcos and his textures in cyberspace....!
Works by Mr. Otis, founder of the Primitive-Moderne School.
Library of Congress Exhibition of photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944), who created full-color photographic documentation of the Russian Empire on the eve of WWI. He was an early developer of color photography. These amazing color photos were rendered from color-filtered black-and-white images.
Sunday, May 06, 2001
"Rocket Guy" Brian Walker has a pretty cool backyard project: a rocket he can ride into space. Bet the neighbors are gonna be pissed when he launches. But what the hell: this is an idea whose time has come!
Timothy McVeigh's letters explain why he bombed the Murrah Building. Sounds like he's some kind of military mutation.
Friday, May 04, 2001
Nexia manufactures recombinant proteins for medical and industrial applications, including BioSteel®, which is artificial spider silk.
If you thought you knew what stuff was for, you just might've been wrong. The Wacky Uses site tells you you can clean your toilet with Alka Seltzer, or prevent car battery corrosion with Chap Stick. This stuff should be in the Junior Woodchuck's Guide!!
What Happened to Evan Chan? You could ask Spielberg, or you could follow the clues...!
Thursday, May 03, 2001
The excellent, iconoclastic Baffler Magazine is struggling to recover from a devastating fire that destroyed the building where Baffler Central was housed. There's a call for donations to The Baffler Recovery Fund:
The Baffler Magazine
Wednesday, May 02, 2001
Community Connector, a rich community networking resource. (Thanks, Howard!)
From FAIR: Media Beat: Overdue - Media Scrutiny of the "White Bloc". Norman Solomon notes that almost all reporters show bias in support of free trade and globalism. "As police fired rubber bullets through tear gas in Quebec City, many reporters echoed the claim that "free trade" promotes democracy. Meanwhile, protesters struggled to shed light on a key fact: The proposed hemispheric trade pact would give large corporations even more power to override laws that have been enacted -- democratically -- to protect the environment, labor and human rights." Whatever you think about this issue, though, you'll get a good laugh from the paragraph at the end of Solomon's op-ed....
Matt Drudge is crowing about the settlement of the $30 mil lawsuit Sidney Blumenthal brought against him... with Blumenthal paying Drudge's attorney's fees. (If you wonder how much Blumenthal paid, check out Drudge's URL. Very clever, Matt. This conclusion is no surprised to author/attorney Mike Godwin, whose 1998 Salon feature Drudging admiration suggested that Blumenthal had no case.
Tuesday, May 01, 2001
A REPO MAN SPEAKS OUT. Alex Cox and Dick Rude interview Mark Lewis, a genuine repo man, as prep for the film.
transnationale.org. keeps track of large multinational corporations. Indispensable resource for activists in support of corporate responsibility.
A purloined video, shipped to the Democrats during the 2000 presidential campaign, shows George W. Bush losing his cool in debate prep. What's on the tape, and who ripped it to the Dems? Talk Magazine's web exclusive: The Tale of the Stolen Tape.
Interview with David Weinberger for SXSW Interactive Conference's Tech Report
Discussion with Bruce Sterling at The WELL, January 3 - 17, 2003.
Jon L. interview for South by Southwest Interactive conference's Tech Report.
Jon L. interviewed by Adam Powell (5/13/2002)
jonl interviewed by R. U. Sirius (A version of this interview appeared in The Austin Chronicle)
No Stone Untenured: May '98 Interview with Sandy Stone
Don't Believe the Hype (Austin Digerati Roundtable published January 28)
Why We Listen to What They Say: Interview with Doug Rushkoff
Information Junkie, an interview with Reva Basch (Researching Online for Dummies)
Wired to Virtual Reality: Interview with Howard Rheingold
Interview with Carla Sinclair, author of Signal to Noise
Making Movies on Cyber Location: an interview with director Doug Block (Austin Chronicle, February 1998)
Untangling the Web: interview with Gene Crick of MAIN and Sue Beckwith of Austin Freenet
Cyber Top Ten for 1997 (Austin Chronicle, December 1997)
ZapSpace, published as A Fistful of DOS in the Australian magazine 21C
Technopolitics, a 1997 essay on cyberactivism originally appearing in the Australian magazine 21C.Your 15 Minutes Are Up, Mr. Gates!
1998 Top Nine List from the Austin Chronicle!
The Opera Ain't Over 'til the Cyber Lady Sings: Honoria in Ciberspazio (Austin Chronicle, November 1997)
Shout Spamalam! The Austin Spam Suit
11.25.96 Freewheelin' in Austin
2.25.97 VR in 3Space: Brian Park