MonthAugust 2003

I’m Not Dead Yet!

I actually wanted to say a few things before being booted off, then again I guess I haven’t been booted off because I’m writing this stuff. Think of me as the houseguest who just doesn’t have the sense to leave…

Earlier, I mentioned other blogs that were in Technoccult’s karass. But I forgot the fifth Beatle: Warren Ellis’ “Die Puny Humans“. What’s really thrilling about reading Warren’s blog is that it answers quite vividly “Where do you crazy writers get your ideas from?” Today, for example, he’s praising Hunter Thompson, who I’ve always thought Spider Jerusalem was based on. I’ve also been reading every thrilling issue of Global Frequency and it’s clear that the phonecam photos and videos are not accidents. He’s also been putting in a lot of the weird science stuff. My favorite was a recent episode which featured this machine:

Also check out his online fiction novel. Some of the best online prose that I’ve ever read. Here’s a snippet:

I necked a dexidrene and watched the morning fester.

Jarrow wanted me to come into his office to talk the job over. Having to talk to Jarrow in person is almost the worst part, as he has possibly the most punchable face I’ve ever seen.

It was getting hot outside. I dug out an old pair of combat pants I picked up from one of the US Army clearance sales, years and years ago. White and black and grey, urban camouflage, baggy and lightweight – probably what the well-dressed soldier was wearing when shooting city-gooks a decade back. Black and silver streetsocks, with the rubberised soles. A sleeveless black t-shirt I got given last year by a nullpunkt band from Hamburg called Biss. The only shades I could find were some crappy plastic CamoCam things I got on the way out of Narita Airport, first time I was in Japan. They have little cameras in the back of the headstrap that pick up what’s behind you and stream it on the shades lenses, so it looks like you have two big round holes in your head. But it was these or a sunlight headache, and I was in shitty enough condition as it was.

I hope you’re all too busy enjoying the weekend to read this…

But for those of you who aren’t, or for when you get back:

BASILISK | AN ONLINE JOURNAL OF FILM, ARCHITECTURE, PHILOSOPHY, LITERATURE, MUSIC, AND PERCEPTION
I’m surprised I’ve never seen this before. Basilisk doesn’t show up in a search of Technoccult, so I’m hoping this is new to a lot of you, as well. The front page seems to be broken, so after a quick ‘view source’, here are the links to Issue One, Issue Two, and Issue Three, which they say is almost done. Having quickly looked over what they have so far, I’m certainly looking forward to reading through their site.

The fantastic and surreal paintings of Peter Gric
This is a site I like to visit and I thought I’d share it with you. In the Other Projects section (it’s inside a flash movie, or I’d post a direct link), Gric was commissioned to paint three large machines that are used in textile mills. They came out looking like eerie pieces of alien technology. I’d love to have been able to customize some of the machinery I used to work on.

SIMIAN is the interactive Flash narrative of designer, Ross Mawdsley. Parts 2 through 6 are online and available for download as well. Loosely inspired by The Planet of the Apes, the site requires a bit of patience on the part of the user, as some exploration and experimentation may be involved in navigating between sections. It’s a nice place to spend an hour on a rainy day.

I’d like to thank Klint again for asking me to fill in while he was away at Burning Man. I hope you’ve all found something interesting within these posts. I’m going away to visit relatives out of state over the weekend, so this is probably it for me here unless my wife lets me bring my laptop along ;)

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend, everyone.

A visit to the Destiny Matrix

On Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at 12:44 PM, eric wrote:

Jack,

“there is some impressive “crackpottery” here. Amazing – and it’s all woven together: ufos, illuminatti, scalar weapons, psi weapons, antigravity, commies, yoga, pyramids, Mars, Germans under the ice.
This is prime material for my crackpot update list.”

Eric

Indeed, but one must look at it from several POV. It has immense propaganda importance in the meme war on the Web. Many of the cargo cult crackpot physics ideas you see were believed and are believed by Joe Firmage for example and Joe is only the top of the iceberg of agents of influence. As another example, the whole neocon cabal in DC today is motivated by similar crackpot ideas from Leo Strauss and Trotsky and others. There is not a 100% overlap of course. The issue is that of elite cadres of extremist Bohemian revolutionary intellectuals with a secret doctrine of hidden wisdom seeking power and getting it!

posted by jack  # 1:58 PM

They’re talking about Stephen Greer’s Disclosure Project, by the way.

Just remember that if you’ve never read anything Dr. Sarfatti has had to say before, you’d better prepare your mind for a new scale of physical scientific values.

cleverness is never as entertaining as blatant stupidity, failure and public humiliation

I think I’m going to take that bit of advice from Banksy and run with it.

Many thanks go to Klint for the honor of watching Technoccult while he’s away.

Please welcome our new guest blogger, Sauceruney

Philip’s done a great job, but it’s time for a new voice. In a few minutes, I’m leaving for Burning Man and Sauceruney will take over. Ya’ll be nice to him.

And by the way…

I’m now officially living in Seattle, on Capitol Hill. As always, anyone in the area should drop me an e-mail and we’ll meet. Tomorrow I’m leaving for Burning Man. I’ve got so much to do to get ready still…

If I can talk anyone into letting me use their computer, I’ll be checking e-mail off and on during the week. But I doubt I’ll be blogging at all.

Poverty-Chic: Diesel’s New Line

Interesting article on AlterNet:

Earlier this summer, as I read news reports of deadly crossings along the U.S.-Mexican border, I caught a preview for the new fall line from Diesel, the Italian clothing company, on display at one of its New York flagship stores. Mannequins dressed in gray-blue and green uniform-like garments stood with shovels and pickaxes at their sides and stacks of burlap sacks at their feet. Spelled out in the lower left-hand corner of the window was the line’s title: “Trabajadores,” Spanish for “workers.”

Via Disinfo.

Adam Greenfield on the Nokia 3650

Nurri just got a Nokia 3650 (the cell phone I’m thinking of buying):

But most notably for me as a UI kinda guy is that idiosyncratic, circular keypad layout. In one way, I suppose, it represents good practice: an accomodation to the way people actually use mobile-device keypads, allowing them to swing that good ol’ opposable thumb around something close to its full range of motion. The tradeoff involved is that it violates forty-odd years of interface convention, and renders useless or even counterproductive the muscle memory users have built up around the usual format.

All the UI designers we’ve shown the phone to wrinkle their noses, but – importantly – so far Nurri, the actual user, likes it. I’ll post updates as she acquires a richer use history and we can make some better-informed comments on the interface.

High burnout dims Indian call centers

“Over half of all call center staff in India burn out and end up quitting due to tough working conditions, according to a study done by market research firm NFO.”

(via Robot Wisdom.

I find this very interesting. I thought part of why companies went overseas with call centers was because workers there were more loyal. I wonder what the burnout rate for American call center workers is? How will this study affect company practice? Will they improve conditions, or move elsewhere?

Tampa Bay launches organization to promote creativity

Creative Tampa Bay is an organization that is trying to apply Richard Florida’s principles from Rise of the Creative Class to Tampa Bay. (Via Pure Content).

Here’s a similar project, from a previous post: Cincinnati Tomorrow.

On a related note, I just noticed the Washington State Arts Commission’s summer newsletter, which I edited, is available online. It’s about cultural tourism in Washington.

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