Monthly Archives September 2008

Vic Chesnutt – “Glossolalia”

i am a stranger lurking alone in my own vicious wilderness while the meat in my chest squeezes and teases a hulking hunger groping in motion balance is but a shimmering notion and lurching compelled my soul in its special hell of wet mortal limits perpetually thirsting but i bask in a beautiful byproduct from […]

The Steel Remains (2008)

Richard Morgan’s latest is a fantasy novel – a dreadful thought for those actually in love with his blend of future noir, cyberpunk and thriller from practically all previous novels. Good news is – it’s all good here. The Steel Remains is very very brilliant, very very off-beat, and very very non-typical. In fact, it […]

Gamers Are Fitter (and Sadder) Than You Think

Interesting findings about MMORPG gamers – here.

Gaming good for you

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that game playing provides a “significant amount of social interaction and potential for civic engagement.” 97% of teens responding to the survey said they played games (75% played weekly or more often), and roughly two-thirds of teens use games as a social experience. The full report […]

You will not be saved

According to the mechanic, another new fight club rule is that fight club will always be free. It will never cost to get in. The mechanic yells out the driver’s window into the oncoming traffic and the night wind pouring down the side of the car: “We want you, not your money.”   The mechanic yells […]

Chrysalis (2007)

Stylowe połączenie policyjnego thrillera z science fiction, Chrysalis operuje bardziej na poziomie elementów niż całości. David Hoffman, paryski policjant, w otwierającej scenie filmu traci partnerkę (w sensie policyjnym)/żonę – zabójcą jest niejaki Nikolev, powiązywany z szeregiem zaginionych kobiet. Drugi główny wątek owinięty jest wokół znanej kardiolog, która próbując ratować życie ciężko rannej w wypadku córki, […]

DFW – more

True, Wallace was a head case, but in the sense that we’re all head cases: encased in our skulls, and sealed off from our fellow humans, we have worlds upon worlds of teeming, unruly sensations, emotions, attitudes, opinions and-that chillingly neutral word-information. “What goes on inside,” Wallace wrote in “Good Old Neon,” is just too […]

DFW dead

David Foster Wallace committed suicide last Friday, September 12th. Reports here, here, and here. If you have not, this may be a good time to read his Infinite Jest. A part of his 2005 Commencement Speech at Kenyon College seems very foreboding in the light of the above: Twenty years after my own graduation, I […]

MilitantEsthetics

Very leftist, very Situationist, very brilliant. Here. I particularly like Ben Watson’s “Music, Violence, Truth” written after 9/11.

William Vollmann – Riding Toward Everywhere

From Vollmann’s latest book on hobos, riding the rails and moving. Reminds me of bit of Lucius Shepard’s Two Trains Running from a few years ago, which I reviewed here. Whenever I injure or tire myself on the rails, I can rest, whether at home or in a flophouse. Although I won’t own a cell-phone […]

Secret Websites, Coded Messages: The New World of Immersive Games

The initial clue was so subtle that for nearly two days nobody noticed it. On February 10, 2007, the first night of Nine Inch Nails’ European tour, T-shirts went on sale at a 19th-century Lisbon concert hall with what looked to be a printing error: Random letters in the tour schedule on the back seemed […]

Cyberia po polsku!

Kultowa i niezwykle ważna dla rozwoju myślenia o nowych technologiach i spoleczeństwie książka Douglasa Rushkoffa nareszcie po polsku!!! Dostępna w cudownie szalonym wydawnictwie Okultura. And Douglas blogged about it, too!

Researchers Find Racial Bias In Virtual Worlds

schliz at Slashdot.org writes “Real-world behaviours and racial biases could carry forward into virtual worlds such as Second Life, social psychologists say. According to a study that was conducted in There.com, virtual world avatars respond to social cues in the same ways that people do in the real world. Users, who were unaware that they […]

Tom Waits – Black Wings

Take an eye for an eye Take a tooth for a tooth Just like they say in the Bible Never leave a trace or forget a face Of any man at the table Any man at the table When the moon is a cold chiseled dagger Sharp enough to draw blood from a stone He […]

Hurt – Johnny Cash’ killer version

I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that’s real The needle tears a hole The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away But I remember everything What have I become? My sweetest friend Everyone I know Goes away in the end You […]

Pynchon

Introduction to Chemical Physics: Designed for the Use of Academies, High Schools, and Colleges. Illus. with Numerous Engravings, and Containing Copious Lists of Experiments with Directions for Preparing Them By Thomas Ruggles Pynchon. Published by D. Van Nostrand, 1873

Charles Stross – Halting State

A brilliant novel by a brilliant writer. Unlike a number of his recent pre- and post-Singularity narratives (Singularity Sky, Iron Sunrise, Accelerando, Glasshouse) that Stross has been unleashing upon the now suspecting masses, in terms of its timelines Halting State is a much more humble affair. It is set in 2017, primarily in Edinburgh and […]

MMORPG Gamers and Social Media Junkies More Alike Than You’d Think

There are two major pursuits that lead people to plant their butts in front of computer screens and pound on keyboards for hours without pay. One group of people loves social media in all forms, shapes, and sizes: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, FriendFeed, blogging, etc. The other group loves to play around in massively multiplayer fantasy […]

Ouroburos

Kekule dreams the Great Serpent holding its own tail in its mouth, the dreaming Serpent which surrounds the World. But the meanness, the cynicism with which this dream is to be used. The Serpent that announces, ‘The World is a closed thing, cyclical, resonant, eternally-returning,’ is to be delivered into a system whose only aim […]

Make us a single

Before releasing their new album, Deerhoof (who, I must say, I have no clue what they sound like) has made available on their website files with sheet music for their new single “Fresh Born” – the viewers/musicians are supposed to download it, record the track and send it back to the band.

Panopticon

“He who is subjected to a field of visibility, and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constraints of power; he makes them play spontaneously upon himself; he inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles; he becomes the principle of his own subjection” (Michael Foucault, Discipline & Punish, 202).  […]

Dzieciństwo

“Od ponad dwustu lat żyjemy w nowoczesnym świecie, w którym coraz szybciej zmienia się coraz więcej. […] Uwarunkowana postępami nauki, techniki i wydajności pracy […] rośnie szybkość wprowadzania innowacji: to zaś znaczy, że coraz liczniejsze rzeczy coraz szybciej stają się przestarzałe. Dotyczy to również naszych doświadczeń. W świecie naszeog życia bowiem coraz rzadziej powracają te […]