April 30th, 2013 | music
Clatter off to sleep.
April 30th, 2013 | thinking
Kieron Gillen unwittingly provides the slogan for the Tumblr years. (via)
It’s not a bad one, as accidental slogans go. (Though I am still sad that “It’s all about control, Luigi” never caught on. It could have been the new “son i am disappoint.”) Though it’s interesting to me that Tumblr’s own gif tumblr hasn’t been active in months. The Storyboard team there got fired recently, replaced by an algorithmic solution to surfacing content that was rolled back the same day because it didn’t work. Amusingly, it turned out today that the statement about the Storyboard group firing was actually written by one of them.
It’s a very Tumblr thing. Kieron’s tumbling through the servers now, alive and looping as pure Tumblarity. Tumblr loves nothing more than a GIF.
I don’t have much of a presence on Tumblr, but I like it there. I loved the early tumblelogs that Tumblr moved so quickly to emulate, and what they’ve made out of that cheeky sticky-fingeredness is quite remarkable. Especially given that they seem to have no visible business model beyond convincing investors to give them money. Which, I guess, is also impressive: until such time as they have to monetise and their actions in that regard impinge on the tastes of a user base sometimes as touchy and rabid as the old LiveJournal crowd.
I’d like to think that Tumblr will solve their obvious problems before they crash down like asteroids. I’d also like to think that most users have copies of their most-loved Tumblr posts. The year of All I Want To Be Is A GIF would be a very sad thing to look back on, if it turned out you’ve died when the servers were switched off.
April 29th, 2013 | brainjuice
April 28th, 2013 | brainjuice
April 28th, 2013 | researchmaterial
SUB-MACHINE GUN is the simplest thing in the world. A collection of screenshots of bad films with bad subtitles.
There’s something about the way interesting comics work, in them: the juxtaposition of image and text in discordant, dissociative ways. Also they just make me smile. But I love the strangeness of these little captures, and they way they make me think for a moment. Also, it turns out your robot will live.
April 28th, 2013 | music
I like a pop song every now and then. If I’m deciphering the tags right, then Sam Hamilton is calling this “fucked modern pop music.”
April 27th, 2013 | brainjuice
April 27th, 2013 | paper and process
This is a Maxpedition Mini EDC Pocket Organiser. It fits neatly in my coat pocket. I’ve always been one of those people who just stuffs their coat pockets with the stuff they might need thirty seconds before I head out of the door. This means, in practise, that I either overstuff said pockets or that I can’t find one thing I need to stick in there. Obviously, the older and more senile I get, the more this will become one of those idiot problems that wastes more time and mental energy than it should. I’m going to need that mental energy for things like remembering where I live. Also, if I’m just shooting into London for something, I like to avoid carrying a bag if I can. Not least because a bag tempts me to carry more stuff than I need, “just in case.”
(I like Maxpedition bags. I also have the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack Shoulder Bag for overnight travel and, for travelling more than one night, the slightly absurdly named Maxpedition Aggressor Attache Tactical Briefcase. They’re strong, clever and compact bags that take a beating.)
So I have this. I don’t like the colour, but it was the only one in stock that week. Doesn’t matter. It’s not like anyone will see it, because it lives in my coat. For scale, the black Field Notes notebook on the far right is five inches tall. That’s a Pilot Frixion pen next to it: they’re erasable pens, and are nice to write with.
The shiny thing reflecting my iPhone 4S (which is always at hand) is an Anker Astro2 battery pack, which will charge the phone and everything else in the pack. At left of that is my Sony mp3 player, which has been running strong since, what, 2009? I choose mp3 players very carefully. It’s the NWZX-1060, 32GB. Monster Turbine earbuds.
The thing with the white blob above the mp3 player is, if you’re my daughter, my “douchebag ear-thing,” otherwise known as a Bose bluetooth earpiece. Which mostly gets used to listen to spoken-word podcasts while I’m on the move, and to allow me to take long phone calls from my agents while drinking and smoking heavily. Not that they cause me to drink and smoke heavily. Often. (They are the only people who ever phone me.)
Never, ever, ever be without a notebook and something to write with. Phones are great for lots of things, but nothing beats paper and pen for complex thoughts, notes and sketches. I wrote an entire issue of PLANETARY in a notebook on a long three-leg train journey once. The phone is for everything else, and the mp3 player is for when everything else needs to go away.
Faintly ridiculous, all lined up like this, isn’t it? There’s a tiny little penknife that also goes in there, but it’s, um, currently missing. (See?) Thing is, the business of writing doesn’t stop just because I’m travelling. So this simple little bag stays in my coat. For me, this is actually streamlined.
April 26th, 2013 | brainjuice
April 26th, 2013 | mobilesignals
“Our” being me and the esteemed Mr Cully Hamner. You can find the original graphic novel in the usual places.
April 26th, 2013 | researchmaterial
Provided the embed works, this is a talk Bruce just gave in Berlin. Bruce’s talks are always good. He references Anab Jain’s talk, but I don’t think that’s up yet. Anab’s bit at Improving Reality last year was massive. People like Anab and Bruce do some of the best science-fictional thinking around, up on their feet at places like this.
April 26th, 2013 | mobilesignals
April 25th, 2013 | brainjuice