by Ongs Hat on December 31, 2011

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Ursula Franklin: The Real World of Technology (1990/1999)

In this expanded edition of her 1989 CBC Massey Lectures, renowned scientist and humanitarian Ursula M. Franklin examines the social and political effects of technology. For her, technology is much more than machines, gadgets or electronic transmitters. It is a comprehensive system that includes methods, procedures, organization, “and most of all, a mindset”. She distinguishes [...]

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A Game as Literary Tutorial

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Dungeons & Dragons Has Influenced a Generation of Writers When he was an immigrant boy growing up in New Jersey, the writer Junot Díaz said he felt marginalized. But that feeling was dispelled somewhat in 1981 when he was in sixth grade. He and his buddies, adventuring pals with roots in distant realms — Egypt, […]

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M. T. Anderson: Strange Mr. Satie (2003)

Walking through the streets of Paris over a hundred years ago, Erik Satie could not have looked more normal in his black bowler hat and tie. But Mr. Satie was dreaming of music no one had heard before – music like ancient chants and modern circus tunes rolled into one. A friend of poets, puppeteers, [...]

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Peter Gay: Weimar Culture: The Outsider As Insider (1968/2001)

First published in 1968, Weimar Culture is one of the masterworks of Peter Gay’s career. A study of German culture between the two wars, the book brilliantly traces the rise of the artistic, literary, and musical culture that bloomed ever so briefly in the 1920s amid the chaos of Germany’s tenuous post-World War I democracy, [...]

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Lotte H. Eisner: The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt (1952/1969)

The expressionist era of German cinema began at the end of the First World War and ended shortly after the coming of sound. From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari onwards the principal films of this period were characterized by two influences: literary Expressionism, and the innovations of the theatre directors of this period, in particular [...]

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Trevor Pinch, Karin Bijsterveld (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies (2011)

Written by the leading scholars and researchers in the emerging field of sound studies, The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies offers new and fully engaging perspectives on the significance of sound in its material and cultural forms. The book considers sounds and music as experienced in such diverse settings as shop floors, laboratories, clinics, design [...]

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Alex Potts: Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History (1994)

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), one of the most important figures ever to have written about art, is considered by many to be the father of modern art history. This book is an intellectual biography of Winckelmann that discusses his magnum opus, History of the Art of Antiquity, in the context of his life and work [...]

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Michael Friedman, Alfred Nordmann (eds.): The Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science (2006)

The contributions of Kantian thought to modern mathematics, mathematical logic, and the foundations of mathematics are now widely acknowledged by scholars. As the essays in this volume show, the general development of modern scientific thought—including the physical sciences, the life sciences, and mathematics—can be viewed as an evolution from Kant through Poincaré to Einstein and [...]

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053: Harry Potter, Producers and Potato Salad

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Steve chats with multi-platform producer Behnam Karbassi (No Mimes Media) about Kickstarting potato salad, scaring Toronto with briefcases, waving wands like Harry Potter in Diagon Alley, and the 2014 Emmy nominations. He then shares his origin story and the secret sauce of his particular brand of multi-platform producing. As if that wasn’t enough, ARGNet’s Michael …

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James Nyce, Paul Kahn (eds.): From Memex to Hypertext: Vannevar Bush and the Mind’s Machine (1991)

Vannevar Bush, the engineer who designed the world’s most powerful analog computer, envisioned the development of a new kind of computing machine he called Memex. For many computer and information scientists, Bush’s Memex has been the prototype for a machine to help people think. This volume, which the editors have divided into sections on the [...]

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What do data brokers really know about us?

What types of information are companies gathering about you? How can they use this information, or even trade it? And what rights do consumers have to learn how they’re being tracked? Julia Angwin, senior reporter at ProPublica and the author of “Dragnet Nation” spoke with Hari Sreenivasan at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado […]

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Coincidence Control Network: File #069 – All Kinds of Sexy!

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WHAT IS THIS?? A CCN RELEASED IN A TIMELY FASHION? This week: We salute the changing of the guard at DisInfo, Bad vibes in Isla-Town, Vlad the Impaler found!, Washington hippy news, Ouija boards now on the NHS, Get that vag in shape!, Soooo Normcore, Spotty Mars logic, and get your folk on with shirley Collins. […]

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Kenneth Goldsmith in Conversation (2014)

What is uncreative writing? What can writing learn from visual art? How does one write through art and culture? What is language and how should one speak (of) it in this digital age? How have the current technological developments shaped the contemporary scene and sense of poetics, aesthetics, and poetry pedagogy? What is conceptual writing [...]

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Juan García Castillejo: Fast Telegraphy, the Trikeyboard and Electric Music (1944) [Spanish]

In this curious book, a Spanish priest proposes to combine the developments in telegraphy, teleprinter keyboards, typewriters and “electric music”. He describes how in the 1930s he built and perfected an ”electro-composition device”, equipped with lamps, transformers, capacitors, resistors, dozens of speakers and several engines. He intended to cause the perforations in the telegraphic tape [...]

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Julia Vaingurt: Wonderlands of the Avant-Garde: Technology and the Arts in Russia of the 1920s (2013)

In postrevolutionary Russia, as the Soviet government was initiating a program of rapid industrialization, avant-garde artists declared their intent to serve the nascent state and to transform life in accordance with their aesthetic designs. In spite of their professed utilitarianism, however, most avant-gardists created works that can hardly be regarded as practical instruments of societal [...]

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Sigmund Freud: His Life in Pictures and Words (1974/1985)

Photographs assembled from family collections, manuscripts, letters and published material, each captioned by a passage from Freud’s writing. Originally published as Sigmund Freud. Sein Leben in Bildern und Texten, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main, 1974. Edited by Ernst Freud, Lucie Freud and Ilse Grubrich-Simitis With a biographical sketch by K.R. Eissler Design by Willy Fleckhaus Translated [...]

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052: Bees, ARGFest and Sex Tapes

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Steve chats with Sean C Stacey and Jonathan Waite about the upcoming ARGFest in Portland Oregon, I Love Bees’ Tenth Anniversary, and wraps things up with a Cross-Media Moment from an upcoming summer comedy, Sex Tape. Stuff mentioned in this episode: ARGFest 2014 Extrasolar I Love Bees Jordan Weisman Elan Lee Sean Stewart Kristen Rutherford …

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See This Sound: Versprechungen von Bild und Ton / Promises in Sound and Vision (2010) [German/English]

As the status of sound in art and music evolves and redefines itself, so too does sound art find new ways of describing its history. See This Sound compiles a large number of artists, filmmakers, composers and performers, reaching back into the early twentieth century and into the present to survey overlaps between not only [...]

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Almanacco Letterario Bompiani: Elettronica e letteratura (1961) [Italian]

An early document from the field of humanities computing, today widely known as digital humanities. Elettronica e letteratura is the title of the thematic section of an annual literary almanac published by Valentino Bompiani since 1925. The section contains the historical excursions by Rinaldo De Benedetti, Michele Pacifico and Franco Lucentini, and the reports on [...]

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Stanislaus von Moos, Chris Smeenk (eds.): Avant Garde und Industrie (1983) [English/German]

Collected papers from a symposium held at the Department of Architecture at Delft University of Technology in May 1981. Contributions in English from Niels L. Prak, Leonard K. Eaton, Tim Benton, and Jan van Geest; in German from Franziska Bollerey, Hanne Bergius, Stanislaus von Moos, Andreas Haus, Flip Bool, Martin Steinmann, and Otakar Máčel. Publisher [...]

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BBC – Future – Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still

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One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140624-the-man-who-saw-time-freeze

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Kenneth Goldsmith: Seven American Deaths and Disasters (2013)

What are the words we use to describe something that we never thought we’d have to describe? In Seven American Deaths and Disasters, Kenneth Goldsmith transcribes historic radio and television reports of national tragedies as they unfurl, revealing an extraordinarily rich linguistic panorama of passionate description. Taking its title from the series of Andy Warhol [...]

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Les Immatériaux: Album et Inventaire, catalogue (1985) [French]

“Les Immatériaux was a landmark exhibition co-curated in 1985 for the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris by the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard and the design historian and theorist Thierry Chaput, attracting more than 200,000 visitors during the 15 weeks of its duration. The exhibition brought together a striking variety of objects, ranging from the latest industrial [...]

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ARGFest Hosts 10-Year Reunion for Bee Enthusiasts in Portland | ARGNet: Alternate Reality Gaming Network

Ten years ago, the website for Margaret’s House of Bees started acting strangely. Many of the site’s images were glitched beyond recognition, and nonsensical text covered up articles about the Napa Valley-based apiary. While many of the people who gathered to troubleshoot a bee enthusiast’s website refer to themselves as “Beekeepers”, a passion for the […]

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