Articles Archive for June 2010

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June 26th, 2010 | One Comment | Category: Marginalia
The Man Whose Head Expanded

Steve Aylett sent me this PSP-animated short by Yuko Kondo It’s based on the Aylett story “The Man Whose Head Expanded.” Check it out [runtime: 3:18]:

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June 24th, 2010 | Comments Off on Return to Oz: McGoo Interviews Bob Osborn | Category: Marginalia
Return to Oz: McGoo Interviews Bob Osborn

Bob Osborn, owner of Wizard Publications, which published iconic magazines BMX Action (née Bicycle Motocross Action), FREESTYLIN’, and briefly Homeboy, as well as the book The Complete Book of BMX (1984), is a the kind of person the world could do to have a few more of. His free spirit and eye for talent indirectly influenced the course of my life. By hiring younger, kindred spirits on little more than a hunch (e.g., Andy Jenkins, Spike Jonze, and Mark Lewman), he changed the face and voice of BMX bicycles, as …

Reading Lists, Reviews »

June 23rd, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Reading Lists, Reviews
Summer Reading List, 2010

It’s that time again… For those who don’t know, every year around this time,  I ask a bunch of my friends and colleagues what they’re reading and then I compile it and post it here. This year, new participants Nancy Baym, Ian Bogost, Andy Jenkins, Kenyatta Cheese, and Michael Schandorf, and join regular contributors Steven Shaviro, DJ Spooky, David Silver, Dave Allen, Patrick Barber, Ashley Crawford, Howard Bloom, Alex Burns, Peter Lunenfeld, Cynthia Connolly, and Erik Davis. Thanks to everyone who contributed and to those who didn’t but considered …

Reviews »

June 18th, 2010 | 7 Comments | Category: Reviews
The Question Concerning Gadgetry

Are computers and devices taking over our lives? Will our technology eventually out grow and enslave us? How would we know? Walk into a coffee shop in any major metropolitan area and you’re likely to see what looks like humans enslaves by machines. Hell, look at any crowded freeway and you’ll see the same thing. As Jaron Lanier puts it in You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Knopf, 2010), “The Rapture and the Singularity share one thing in common: they can never be verified by the living” (p. 26). …