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28 Jul 2014

Words I dislike, #23 : 

Sophomore
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27 Jul 2014

Today's neologism: "Accelerationista". Who are they? What do they stand for?

I've also told the stories of accelerating change. Especially in the run up to Dec 2012. And I'm still fascinated by the implications of exponential growth with short doubling periods. But as I get older I wonder where the change is. In many respects 2014 doesn't feel that different from the 1974 of my youth. 2054 could easily be more like 2014 than different. But that presupposes continuing 3% growth in global GDP with sufficient available energy to fund that growth. And that's something I increasingly doubt is sustainable for another 40 years.

Found here.
http://www.electronicbeats.net/en/features/columns/pattern-recognition/pattern-recognition-vol-9-cold-forecast/

Incidentally, this is a most interesting essay. It touches on something I've been vaguely aware of. And that's a move in music towards a very cold, clean, antiseptic version of electronic maximalism. It's not just people like Rustie, Logos, Lone, Jam City. But also in erstwhile dirty dubstep producers like Shackleton of Skull Disco apparently recapitulating the kind of ultra clean synth programming of the German Kosmische Musik groups of the late 70s like Tangerine Dream - ‎Neu! - ‎Faust - ‎Amon Düül II.

How are we supposed to react emotionally to musics that make one think of climate change refugees breaking down CCTV secured border fences and then being bombed by drones. Are we closing in on a future where we are all Palestinians and this music is just reflecting that?  That's a pretty dark view. Previous music that provided a commentary on war tended to emphasise the dirt and messiness of warfare. This music is emphasising the cleanness of drone warfare waged from cubical farms in air-conditioned offices with water coolers, office hours, powerpoint and donuts.
 Pattern Recognition Vol. 9: Cold Forecast »
This month, Adam Harper—the premier writer on new, underground music—considers musical futurism and finds a paradox in its chilly anti-humanism.

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Why is the colour of the digital future predominantly blue?
http://goo.gl/GLmE9r

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26 Jul 2014

Stay Awake
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/24/alien-autopsy-william-barker.html

Schwa merch, original and recreated on etsy.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlaVoidDistribution
 Alien Autopsy: William Barker on Schwa, two decades later »
Twenty years ago, William Barker's Schwa artwork revealed a world of alien abductions, stick figure insanity, conspiratorial crazy, and a hyper-branded surveillance state. It's now more relevant than ever.

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Burn the witch! Burn him with fire!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28464009

Frankly unbelievable that there's a Conservative MP on the health and the science and technology parliamentary committees who thinks that Astrology should be incorporated into Medicine.

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25 Jul 2014

Apocaloptimism. Try to imagine a desirable future in 2114 (100 years) that you would want to live in. Because we need some more hopeful narratives to counter all the dystopianism.

https://medium.com/message/a-desirable-future-haiku-ff01d63c93c6

"Population 4 billion; 85% urban. Climate change adapted" Getting from here to there would be, ahem, interesting.

Quite a lot of Californians in there hoping for a future that's all "graphite and glitter" in some http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gernsback_Continuum

Of course the 100 year future will be messier than that and more like today than like Startrek. But what about the 1000 and 10,000 year futures? ;) Try and imagine an Earth economy in 10,000 years that can support 5B people. 100% recycling but no Helium. And of course the 10 year future in 2024 that you would want to live in.
 A Desirable-Future Haiku »
The coming hundred years, in one hundred words

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24 Jul 2014

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are universal characteristics of the human condition.

http://guerillascience.org/book/

Were it not for our supposedly ‘base’ impulses, we never would have achieved many ground-breaking scientific discoveries. Hedonism has been integral to intellectual progress.
 Sex Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll – Guerilla Science »
Guerilla Science create events and installations for festivals, museums, galleries, and other cultural clients. We are committed to connecting people with science in new ways, and producing live experiences that entertain, inspire, challenge and amaze.

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21 Jul 2014

Apparently the CMax II is for sale.
http://bikeweb.com/files/images/cmax%20leaves%203%20small.preview.jpg

Sale details here. http://bikeweb.com/node/2909
Bike details here: http://bikeweb.com/image/tid/114

T-Max III, Volvo seat, occasional 2 seater and large luggage area. Faster (maybe!), safer, warmer, more comfortable than a conventional T-Max.

Not sure I can afford it. It's likely to be priced to reflect the work rather than cheap because it's unusual.

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19 Jul 2014

“It was the year they tried to Immanentize The Eschaton.”
http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.co.uk/2007/01/immanentizing-eschaton.html
 Immanentizing the Eschaton »
“It was the year when they finally immanentized the Eschaton.” With those words Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea kicked off their brilliant parody of American conspiracy culture, the Illuminatus! trilogy. When I heard last...

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18 Jul 2014

I hate it when good services on the internet go dark and disappear.

There used to be a wonderful tool for exploring music space at http://audiomap.tuneglue.net/ It gathered data from last.fm and Discogs about related artists and presented it in a Java applet spider diagram.

Now it redirects to an EMI Hosting holding page and that sucks.

There's analternative one here http://www.liveplasma.com/ that's not bad but it's not the same.

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16 Jul 2014

Well, well. So the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless, unscientific bullshit. There's a surprise! I wonder how many other cod-psych tests are the same and have about as much 2014 relevance as astrology or palm reading.
http://www.vox.com/2014/7/15/5881947/myers-briggs-personality-test-meaningless
via http://boingboing.net/2014/07/16/myers-briggs-personality-test.html
 Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless »
It's no more scientifically valid than a BuzzFeed quiz.

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12 Jul 2014

John Doran (TheQuietus editor) playing DJ in an open air car park just off Old Street. Wed evening, 16 July. I think it's free but not sure.

http://thequietus.com/articles/15674-red-market-subject-wednesdays-dj-programme 

https://www.facebook.com/events/298139427021855/
http://www.subjectyourself.co.uk/
http://www.redgallerylondon.com/
 The Quietus | News | Red Market: S U B J E C T Wednesday »
The Quietus' John Doran and more announced to play open-air venue

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Utopia returns on UK Channel 4  on Monday and Tuesday (14/15 July) next week. Don't miss it.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/utopia
 Utopia - Channel 4 »
When a group of strangers find themselves in possession of the manuscript for a legendary graphic novel, their lives brutally implode as they are pursued by a shadowy and murderous organisation...

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08 Jul 2014

Ace (2014), Hardcover, 368 pages
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07 Jul 2014

Today's neologism is :-

Apocaloptimist

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/01/seven-good-reasons-to-be-an-apocaloptimist
 Seven good reasons to be an apocaloptimist »
Andrew Simms: The climate clock is still ticking – yet there are incredible opportunities to make things better

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03 Jul 2014

Is your favourite site blocked by your UK ISP?
https://www.blocked.org.uk/

There's at least two things going on here.

1) Sites blocked by "Adult Filters" that are defaulted on by the major ISPs but can be turned off. This might be an obvious porn site but could also be collateral damage. For instance These have included a website selling Porsches, a Jezebel article on post pregnancy care and the women's rights website SheRights.com

2) Sites blocked because somebody, somewhere disagrees with them. This is often because the site has something to do with sharing paid entertainment such as the Pirate Bay or New Album Releases. These are blocked regardless of whether you've disabled your "Adult Filter".

You can often get round these blocks via automated proxies like the one at https://immunicity.org/

Won't anyone think of the kittens? Thank goodness that Claire Perry and David Cameron are thinking of them for us. /s
 Are you being blocked? »
The government is promoting filters to prevent children and young people from seeing content that is supposed to be for over 18s. This includes pornography and sites that talk about alcohol, smoking, anorexia and hate speech.

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01 Jul 2014

So, farewell then, Orkut
http://en.blog.orkut.com/2014/06/tchau-orkut.html

10 Years ago, there was a rush to invite your friends and sign up to each new social network (remember Ryze, Tribe, Pownce, Jaiku, Plaxo, Plazes, Xing, among others? [1]). +Marc Canter invited me to Orkut and I joined just days after it launched. For a a few months I created and moderated 4 communities and put effort into them, before drifting away. Then Google took it over and later combined the logins. And in the process I lost my profile and somebody else hijacked my communities. It took ages to recombine my profiles but I never did manage to retrieve the groups. Like this one. https://www.orkut.com/Main#Community?cmm=292 It's still got my words and the image I added to it.

I know Orkut gets ignored in the USA and UK, but it's still huge in South America and especially Brasil. And note of course that it is still much richer in terms of functionality than G+, especially around the communities. 

So where will G+ be when it's 10 years old?

Meanwhile the mailing lists I started on Yahoogroups in the last millennium are still going strong. At least 15 years and counting.

[1] Also remember RDF. FOAF[2], Semantic Web, the RSS 1.0 wars.
[2] DnaCheckSum as a proof of ID is nearly here! http://xmlns.com/foaf/spec/#term_dnaChecksum
 Tchau Orkut - Orkut Blog »
The latest news from the orkut team

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23 Jun 2014

Series 2 of Orphan Black has been fairly irritating compared with Series 1.  But most irritating has been it's airing on BBC America in the USA 10 days before BBC3 in the UK. Which means spoiler headlines on several sites I read, at least once a week on what for me is next week's episode. If the BBC can do globally synced Dr Who, why not their other global properties? 

I see Utopia is coming back for a second series next month. Hooray! But will they have screwed it up because series one was perfect right up to the last 5 minutes. But then I've lost count of the number of TV dramas that had you entranced until the final wrap up which ended up being too obvious. eg, Shadowline. But not Fargo. That was just perfect!
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22 Jun 2014

So who was flying a big drone quadrocopter above Stonehenge in the hour before sunrise on the Solstice day? It had two green and two red lights on it to show orientation and seemed to be pretty fast and powerful. Was it:-
- An enthusiast
- A journalist from a TV or newspaper
- The Police playing with their latest crowd surveillance toy
- The (Salisbury Plain) military playing with their latest recon toy

And yes, Stonehenge was a laugh. Just a bit different from '74, '75, '76, '81 when I've been before. Although crowd control was pretty organised, it's a fairly acceptable compromise that keeps a lid on the mayhem with the actual presence from the authorities being hidden in the background and pretty low key. That was an exhausting 36 hours though!

There's a certain amount of conflict between the people who just want to have a party and those who want to use the spiritual baggage of the place to change their brain state through the power of dressing up, music and dance. I lean towards the first, mainly because I don't really understand the second and keep trying to rationalise it. Getting upset because there are too many people not showing proper respect does seems a little pointless though, on that night, in that place.
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19 Jun 2014

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the excluded middle.
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