August 28th, 2009 | researchmaterial
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).
And here’s one for you: Diesel Sweeties are doing a back-to-school t-shirt sale: several shirts available cheap, including the classic:
Here’s a pretty picture from Matt Brooker:
So, anyway, I’m home now, and filling myself with coffee so I can spend a few hours clearing email and emptying a bit of FeedDemon.
“Everything Everywhere: A proposal for an Augmented Reality Network system based on existing protocols and infrastructure.” Because the one thing AR doesn’t need is a browser war.
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: