Someone posted this on Whitechapel earlier. I have no idea where it’s from, other than that it’s obviously supposed to be a capture from a Facebook page. Whoever "Shawna Van Ness" is, she/he is a genius.
Bank Holiday weekend here in the old country, which means I’ll be out Sunday and Monday, being Outside and Doing Things. Horrible. Apparently someone might let me do a bit of archery at some point. I haven’t drawn a longbow in a couple of years, so this could be funny.
Today I am trying to finish writing FREAKANGELS book 3. So here’s something to consider, while I’m at it, via Grinding:
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BosNewsLife)- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims around the world to mobilize their troops alongside Iran against Israel and the United States to prepare for the coming of the “Mahdi” seen as “the savior of Islam“.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged all Islamic countries to unite in anticipation of Mahdd al-Montazar, Arabic for the “awaited one”, according to statements obtained by BosNewsLife Friday, August 28.
What do you do with that? Are BosNewsLife a gang of fiction-writing nutters like that supposed rogue journo who was writing all that mad shit at Mainichi WaiWai way back when? Has Khamenei really declared the imminence of Judgement Day? I have my doubts on all counts, but it’s an amusing little piece if you can get past the shitting fear.
Nokia Money – I’m trying to decide if this is interesting or not. On the one hand, Nokia seem to be trying to place themselves not as a bank, so much as an alternative to banking. On the other hand, I’ve been hearing about how we’re all going to buy shit with our magic mobile phones for fifteen years now, and my magic mobile phone can’t sustain a signal in the middle of the fucking Cotswolds.
Simply point your phone at real life objects and quickly find relevant content and services. With automated object recognition technology, utilizing an innovative visual interface Nokia Point & Find’s unique strength is its automatic object recognition, the service also recognizes bar codes, integrates GPS
…if your Nokia phone’s GPS has ever bloody worked. Or, being kind… if it’s ever taken less than fifteen minutes to tell you where you are. I love Nokia phones, I’ve used Nokia phones for ten years, but Nokia do seem to have reached a point where the idea is much more interesting to them than it actually working. Which I realise means I won’t be getting free Nokia phones any more. It was very kind of them to gift me phones and tablets, and I owe them a lot, but the horrible truth is that they’re getting less functional all the time.
Jan Chipchase and his team have been on a research tour in Asia, and making some fascinating posts along the way. I’d catch the last three weeks’ worth if I were you, but you can start with today’s:
A young Urumqi girl checks out a poster of rioters caught after the riot between the Uighur and Han Chinese population where 146+ people died… In such a highly charged environment they’ll likely be receiving a death sentence…
Facing down what’s supposed to be the first full day back at work. But I’m still on Normal Human Time from my holiday week, which means I’m waking before noon and sleeping before 2pm. Hence, I’m a bit dislocated, and I suspect the only serious work I’ll get done before dinner will involve reading, dredging up and dealing with the last of the inbox, and a bit of online stuff.
Jim Rossignol, fine human being and author of the excellent THIS GAMING LIFE, has a guest post on BLDGBLOG today. It has the brilliant title of "Procedural Destruction and the Algorithmic Fiction of the City," which ties back to the THRILLING WONDER STORIES gig we both participated in at the Architecture Association a few months back:
Antonov had noticed a few fundamental details about how the mid-nineteenth century neo-classical core of Paris had been constructed: big street-level floors, smaller attic spaces, complex chimney stacks. By increasing the emphasis on the lower floors, and stretching them out-and by emphasizing the height and complexity of the chimneys-Antonov was able to create a thematically consistent science fiction Paris…
Home from the wilds of England, and five days of doing things like standing in the middle of stone circles, drinking new and interesting whiskies, and peering very closely at Breughel the Younger paintings. Also, thinking a lot. And generally being Not Online, which is sometimes good for the processes.
I came home to a couple of wonderful surprises. Two packets of freshly-roasted organic coffee beans from the brilliant husband of brilliant novelist Cherie Priest, and an advance copy of a new compilation CD from Hyperdub, label of Kode9, home to Burial and Zomby among many others (and I’m listening to it right now, and I have to say Darkstar’s "Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer" is a bit of a revelation).
The recording moves steadily from feedback-laden irritants through soft elementary minimalism to its true sweet spot, a rough-hewn, moody shoegazer pop, thick with distorted chamber arrangements and haunting vocals.
New series of brilliant photographs by Dave Walsh, like this one:
Project Cybersyn — isn’t that just a wonderful name? — has been doing the rounds of the urban-design blogs while I’ve been gone, it seems. I tripped over it first at Eating Bark, who I guess tripped over it at the end of this piece from Adam Greenfield (with handy links at the bottom there), which cites this piece by Varnelis, but this is what you want:
In 1970, Dr. Salvador Allende was elected President of Chile… Allende was attracted to scientific methods and when Flores proposed a technocratic means of controlling the industry, he agreed, hiring on his recommendation British management guru/scientist/visionary Stafford Beer to create Project Cybersyn, a system with which to monitor the output of factories, the flow of materials, rates of absenteeism, and other indicators on a daily basis…
Look at the CYBERSYN CONTROL ROOM:
That right that? That’s my new office.
And, finally, Sara Gries has been making stuff again:
Garth’s birthday wishes to the venerable British comics institution that made us what we are, at Bleeding Cool:
Thank you for two Tyrannosaurs fighting to the death on the rim of a volcano; Bofors gunners shooting it out with UFOs; Old One Eye’s last and greatest kill; the only Bear on the CIA death list; “Quack-quack, Volg!”; the truly unstoppable Artie Gruber; Dan Dare at the battle of Jupiter; Conclusion: MACH One terminated. Now closing down transmission; the Space Fort’s final battle with the Starslayer Empire; I came into the apartment blasting. I’ve been at this game for forty years and there’s one thing I’ve learned- never give a robot an even break…
….you’re watching a film one night down at the cinema when you realize that there is no light coming through from the projector room behind you – because you are actually looking at bacteria, changing their colors, like living pixels, as they display the film for all to see.
Or: that’s not an iPod screen you’re watching, it’s a petri dish hooked up to YouTube.
Something I need to finish reading, as it seems related to the linkposts about Buddhism in Sri Lanka: Robert Kaplan on "Buddha’s Savage Peace":
President Rajapaksa came to Kandy a few days later, on May 23, to receive the blessings of the chief Buddhist monks at the Temple of the Tooth for winning the war. He expressed no apologies or remorse for the victims of the war, and he promised the monks, “Our motherland will never be divided [again].” He told them that there were only two types of Sri Lankans, those who love the motherland and those who don’t. Because he conceives of the motherland as primarily Buddhist, his words carried too little magnanimity.
Apparently Russian authorities were warned in 1998 that the place was falling apart. It’s going to take two to four years to effect repairs, presuming the money can be found. Terrible quote:
Regional emergency official Dmitry Kudryavtsev told The Associated Press that nine workers remained missing after the latest bodies were found Saturday. "I am almost sure that the remaining missing will be found," he said
Authorities in West Africa have in the recent past fought running battles with cult members. On August 6, cult members shot and killed a policeman in Nigeria who was considered a threat to the cult’s activities in Adigbe area.
In the same country, 13 students were killed in clashes between cults calling themselves the Black Axe and the Black Eye, all said to be practising black magic. Some of their activities include killing, rape, extortion and theft.
Nigeria Police also clashed with the Boko Haram cult, killing 700 people and arresting hundreds of members of the group.
“We are investigating a cult which makes them [followers] take human blood periodically. It is a devil cult,” Binoga says of the Kampala cult.
“It is an open secret everyone is talking about it, they say if you don’t take blood, the wealth will go,” Binoga says.
According to James Ongom, an investigating officer, 40 children have lost their lives to ritual killings this year alone. Out of these cases, 15 have so far been investigated, but no one has been convicted.
And, tying bottom to top, Bruce Sterling’s fairly giddy and joyful talk to Layar about augmented reality and basically how not to get fucked up by what is coming next:
There is much to do and to see in the next several days, so broadcasts will be few and far between. I probably won’t be on Twitter that much either. I have an animation project, a screenplay, a treatment and a few books to puzzle out.
People have been sending me this all week. Now I have to post it just to stop people sending it to me. There is apparently a thing on the webs called Fandom Secrets. And this week the following image was found on it.
Thank you, Fandom Secrets person, for making me laugh, and for making all my friends retch.
WARREN ELLIS is a graphic novelist, author and columnist. His new novel, GUN MACHINE, available now from Mulholland Books, is being developed for television by Chernin Entertainment and FOX. His first non-fiction book, from FSG, is due in 2014. RED 2, the sequel to the Bruce Willis-Helen Mirren film RED based on his book of the same name, will be released in August 2013.