The Thrill Electric

May 31st, 2011 | people I know

Trailer for the “motion comic” project written by Leah Moore & John Reppion and designed by Emma Vieceli for Windflower Studio.  It arrives in October via Hat Trick and Channel 4.  Find out a bit more about this scientific romance from the age of Morse here.  And now watch this, even just for the moment when the big room seems to tip back into three dimensions and the flow of information, 19th Century style, starts to stream…


Oxi

May 31st, 2011 | researchmaterial

I was reading about this muck on DoseNation the other week, and now there’s a larger feature at the Guardian

Oxi is essentially cocaine and petrol.  That’s gasoline for our language-challenged cousins over the water.  Lots of things are being said about it right now: that it emerged in the 80s, that regular use of it gives you a life expectancy of about a year, that oxi users can be spotted by the fact that they’re apparently passing you on a tidal wave of their own diarrhoea.  But what struck me was this:

Despite growing concern, authorities admit the exact nature of oxi is a mystery. "Oxi’s existence has only come to our attention very recently," said Elenice Frez, the police chief in Assis Brasil, a tiny town on the border between Brazil and Peru that is a notorious route for traffickers. "It is a new thing and we don’t yet have all the technical details of what oxi really is and the damage it can cause to someone who becomes addicted and uses it constantly."

As in the fake Chinese revolution, we seem to be hitting interesting points of informational failure.


Bookmarks for 2011-05-31

May 31st, 2011 | brainjuice


May 31st, 2011 | Work

Thwipster appears to be selling the FELL: FERAL CITY book on the cheap for the next 13 hours or so (it’s 4pm UK time as  I write this.  There’s also a very brief interview with me there.


Red Phone Box

May 31st, 2011 | researchmaterial

This looks like an interesting way to do a collaborative fiction:

Red Phone Box (the English name for phone booth) is a collaborative writing project. The inaugural story, written by Salome Jones,  was published here on Saturday, 28 March, 2011. Each Saturday, another story will be published, written by a contributing author.

Each writer will read what’s come before and try to come up with something that adds to, builds on, builds up, or changes what has already happened…