December 1st, 2011 | daybook

November 30th, 2011 | daybook


BERG Cloud And The Little Printer

November 29th, 2011 | people I know, researchmaterial

Years ago, I blogged some notes by Matt Webb & Jack Schulze, back when they were Schulze & Webb, on the notion of a “social letterbox.”  Later, Schulze & Webb and Matt Jones fused into the creature known as BERG, and became a company that did all kinds of interesting stuff, including publishing SVK.

Hello Little Printer, available 2012 from BERG on Vimeo.

Hello Little Printer, available 2012 from BERG on Vimeo.

BERG Cloud, and The Little Printer. Or, as Jones put it to me last night, a node for the papernet

It ties together a bunch of ideas from the last few years: the social letterbox, BERG’s notion of the receipt as the “paper app", Tom Taylor’s microprinter

And in 2012 it’ll be a thing you can have in your house.  It comes with a cloud-based control system to allow you to precisely control what’s printed – therefore, what enters your home or office – and when.

Little Printer, a thing that makes the vague and numinous ideas of the papernet concrete, would appear to be just the start.  BERG Cloud, the thing that makes it go, is scaleable and adaptable:

Our technology means we can focus on great design for connected products, rather than programming chips to make them work. We have a list of products we’ll be making next, but if you have a need for anything from prototype Web-enabled clocks to smart infrastructure for a new city block, we’d love to hear from you.

And that is all kinds of interesting to me.

My friends amaze me.


November 28th, 2011 | daybook

Into the final week of writing GUN MACHINE.  Have been running around doing stuff.  Back soon.

Colleen Nika’s NIGHTVISION: (Super) Novecano

November 21st, 2011 | music

Colleen Nika says:

An update on Nightvision for the curious reader: I am about to announce a series of new editorials and guest mixes; (hint: Moon Wiring Club, Felix Kubin, and John Foxx fans take note). Plans for the Nightvision radio hour are also nearing completion; details on the main show have to remain a secret for now, but I can announce I’ll be doing some XFM cameos again soon, as well as something special on London Fields Radio in January.  The live project kicks off in March/April in NYC!

For  annoying, (but honest and unavoidable) reasons, I’ve been a bit delayed in rolling out the initiative. Basically, I’ve been traveling, drama-seeking, working my arse off at my daytime magazine job, and ‘dealing with a bunch of boring life-altering shit’ etc. But hold tight, because a lot is about to happen very quickly, starting this week.  And luckily, some worthwhile musical osmosis has transpired in the mean time; so many amazing new (and rediscovered) tunes have emerged on my radar, some of which you’ll hear below in a new mutant pop mix I just brewed up. It’s called (Super) Novecano, a nod to various November modes: nihilistic, volcanic, numb, the beautiful decay of a supernova. I stuck a photo of Vivien Leigh on the ‘cover’ because she’s the queen of extremes, and just about everything else.

Nightvision: (Super) Novecano by thisisnightvision

(Super) Novecano

This is a schizoid pop mix filled with twists and turns; it’s restless, distracted,  bipolar, blissful, bratty, leering, contemplative, tragic. A post-genre jumble of sounds with a few thematic tricks at play. There are moments of euphoria and lust and moments of no return.  Pop neurons crosswired with something scarier: manipulations from a mindset hellbent on Xenomania and Richard D. James creating a disjointed masterpiece together.

The tracklist, detailed on the Soundcloud page, is filled with a few exclusive and obscure songs, including unreleased gems from Grimes and Maria Minerva, some custom edits, and a deliciously rare (and amazing) Aphex Twin remake of Saint Etienne, as well as a reimagining of James Holden and Bodyrox as one warped entity. May I also recommend the incredible Irmin Schmidt (of Can) and Kumo number? It might be my favorite song of the year and it’s actually three years old.’