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16 January 2013

(Mis)communication in the digital age

This past autumn I went to Asia for the first time in over a decade. I saw the region with adult eyes. I Skyped a fair bit. I got gently lost. Words failed.

In the wake of the trip, I’ve occasionally found myself having strange dreams which seem to tie in. I dreamed of setting myself on fire in old age — to protest against something rather than accept death. Or perhaps he was embracing death? Or perhaps it’s just the ultimate example of a moment when you can smell your own human smell…

Life is lived on many layers now. Sights, thoughts. We’re no longer guided by smells. For any of us engaged in social media, computing, media creation, the Arts, et cetera there is a curtain of data floats which over reality. A scrim. This idea is rendered fictionally by The Matrix and made tangible by Google Glass. Some of us will login and, at first at least, many many more will choose not to.

Here is a whimsical selection of pictures about all that.

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7 November 2011

Brassland’s Song-A-Day Giveaway

Above a video whose inspiration lay, in part, in Marxist economic theory. Which is not to say the thing which it advertises is either Marxist or economical.

Starting last week on November 1st, my label Brassland has been giving away a song-a-day as part of a month long celebration of our 10th anniversary. You can participate by either liking the label on Facebook or Tweeting about it from our site. To those of you who do not partake of social media, our apologies and sympathies — and I assure you we’re putting our thinking caps on to figure out how to get you some of this music.

Anyway, a lot of people have been talking about this effort including Pitchfork and Spin and last but note least Sequenza 21.

Yay internet!

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27 October 2009

Complexity, defined & by design

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Computers are complex & growing fast. Moore’s law recognized that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit was doubling approximately every two years. Our lives are equally complex and growing more so. (Or moreso.) But for us, this experience outpaces the ability of our language & our brains to keep up with it all. Our brain has a limited ability to grow.

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal there was a lovely account of complexity in business. The different types seem applicable to the real life conundrum I’ve just outlined. It will take some time to map concordances between the article’s varieties of complexity in business & the types of complexity found in our lives. In the interest of time-saving, let’s crowdsource this problem. Any ideas people?

All text from the article; all pictures from Barcelona & Berlin

(Note: Any concordance between pictures and texts are partially coincidental.)
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