Articles Archive for October 2010

Essays, Reviews, Videos »

October 28th, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Essays, Reviews, Videos
The Essential Tension of Ideas

One of the key insights in Richard Florida’s latest book, The Great Reset (Harper, 2010) is that rapid transit increases the exchange of ideas and thereby spurs innovation. Where the car used to provide this mass connection, now it hinders it. Increasingly, our cognitive surplus is sitting traffic.
Ideas are networks, Steven Johnson argues in his new book, Where Good Ideas Come From (Riverhead, 2010). The book takes Florida’s tack, comparing cities to coral reefs in that their structure fosters innovation. Good ideas come from connected collectives, so connectivity is paramount.
Human …

Announcements, Videos »

October 26th, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Announcements, Videos
Gang of Four Kinect Commercial

I guess it’s logical that the older you get, the more the music you grew up listening to is likely to end up in the last place you’d expect. Gang of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It” in Microsoft’s official Xbox Kinect televison campaign. Good friend and ex-bass player Dave Allen seems summarily nonplussed. [runtime: 0:32]

Announcements »

October 24th, 2010 | No Comment | Category: Announcements
Sandy Carson: Paradise Has Relocated

Longtime BMX homie and amazing photographer Sandy Carson has a show on display here in Austin at Okay Mountain Gallery. The opening on October 23rd was a bicycle scene reunion. We all gawked at Sandy’s photos, and geeked out on bikes, parks, and trails. A good time was had by all.

Here’s what the Okay Mountain site says about the show:
“Paradise Has Relocated” attempts to capture the lifeless remains and emptiness of a once thriving and historic island devastated by Hurricane Ike in September …

Interviews, Videos »

October 08th, 2010 | 14 Comments | Category: Interviews, Videos
Douglas Rushkoff: The User’s Dilemma

For over two decades, Douglas Rushkoff has been dragging us all out near the horizon, trying to show us glimpses of our own future. Though he’s written books on everything from counterculture and video games to advertising and Judaism, he’s always maintained a media theorist’s bent: one part Marshall McLuhan, one part Neil Postman, and one part a mix of many significant others. Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age (OR Books, 2010) finds him back at the core of what he does. Simply put, this little …

Announcements »

October 05th, 2010 | No Comment | Category: Announcements
DJ Spooky Brings <i>Sound Unbound</i> to UT

My friend and colleague Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky will be speaking/remixing in the Texas Union Ballroom at The University of Texas in Austin next Tuesday, October 12th at 6pm.

Here’s the copy from the UT website:
Paul D. Miller/ DJ Spooky will explore the overall theme of sound in contemporary art, digital media, and composition. Miller reconstructs the history of sound and recorded media by several of the most well known artists of their field – ranging from Brian Eno, Steve Reich, Moby, Chuck D, and Pierre Boulez, to artists, …