Station Ident: Long Weekend

August 29th, 2009 | brainjuice, photography

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:

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This is Warren Ellis dot com.


Nokia Madhi Riot

August 28th, 2009 | researchmaterial

Some ledes, you just don’t know what to do with. Like this one from BosNewsLife, harvested by ReligionNewsBlog:

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.

It’s like… Nokia Point And Go is a terrific idea…

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:

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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…


Normal Human Time

August 28th, 2009 | people I know, researchmaterial

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…

OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator "Brain Mouse" – now under USD $100.

Congrats to John Rogers on LEVERAGE being picked up for a third (and longer!) season.

Via (and with notation by) John Robb: ten rules for information warfare.


FREAKANGELS 0066

August 28th, 2009 | Work

It’s Friday, it’s just gone noon here in God’s own country, it’s FREAKANGELS 0066, free to air just like all the others.  We’re closing in on the end of book three here…