Articles Archive for March 2010

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March 27th, 2010 | One Comment | Category: Reviews
Bringing the Attack to Your Network: Hacking 2.0

Hacking, as the term is generally (mis)understood, gets a bad rap. The longstanding attempts at distinguishing between hacking and cracking have yielded little results. If you self-identify as a hacker, most will still assume you illicitly break into computer systems to steal secret information or vast sums of money.
In Hacking (Polity, 2008), Tim Jordan puts great effort into developing a solid, working definition of the term. Not only is Jordan concerned with differentiating hacking from cracking, but also in not watering down the concept (as he claims McKenzie Wark, Pekka …

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March 26th, 2010 | Comments Off on Follow for Now available at the UT Library | Category: Announcements
<i>Follow for Now</i> available at the UT Library

For my fellow University of Texas at Austin students who have yet to get a copy, Follow for Now is now available in the library. Check it out.

Essays »

March 25th, 2010 | 13 Comments | Category: Essays
How To Do Stuff and Be Happy

For my recent guest lecture at UIC, I was tasked with three things. Mike Schandorf asked me to do a little motivating, do a little background, and answer some questions. For the first, I went back through some of the posts here, some things I used to handout at the end of the semester in my classes, and a few key essays by people who have motivated me. This is still rather diffuse, but since these are all just recommendations (i.e., you should only use what works for you and …

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March 21st, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Essays
How Gene Simmons Made Me a Music Geek

Gene Simmons must be one of the most polarizing personalities on the planet. He co-founded one of the most controversial bands of the 70s, has allegedly had his way with thousands of women, has run magazines, written books, hosted talk and reality shows,* and has revolutionized merchandising. I’ve always had a soft spot for The God of Thunder, but I’m not surprised when I find someone who hates him.
The first record I ever bought with my own money was Gene Simmons’ KISS solo record. In 1978, the four masked …

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March 20th, 2010 | Comments Off on Tim’s Top Ten-est Rap Records | Category: Marginalia
Tim’s Top Ten-est Rap Records

My friend and fellow Hip-hop nerd Tim Baker (a.k.a. Alaska of the legendary Hangar 18) has busy been compiling the Top Ten-est Rap records ever over at Philaflava’s Steady Bloggin’. I don’t agree with all of them (agreeing wholesale would be more of a problem, wouldn’t it?), but we’re in accord for a lot of it.
They’re a good read regardless, and here’s Number 3:

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March 20th, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Reviews
Context-Removal Machine: SXSW 2010

Having never been and having skipped the bedlam of SXSW last year (the first since I moved to Austin), I decided I’d jump in with both feet this year. I registered for the Interactive side and just hoped my music friends could take care of me on the Music side. Nine days straight of exhausting good times: I was not disappointed.
At early registration on Thursday, I finally met Bruce Sterling IRL. More on him in a minute. On day two, I had a brief but great chat with Doug Rushkoff …