Archive for March, 2010
Anish Kapoor in his Frank Stella wrecked spaceship phase--this will loom over London during the Olympics. It's a much crazier design than this YouTube capture conveys. (hat tip Paddy Johnson)
Update: Here's the Guardian's "artist conception of the artist's conception":
The Guardian says people will be able to "climb" this 30-story structure--not clear if that means like monkeys or if stairs will be provided. For someone who thinks the Klein bottle is an inelegant solution to manifold space this adds about ten more levels of preposterous clutter. It's not bad as an illustration for a dystopian science fiction novel but unfortunately the thing will be built. Not sure if the gray hamburger at the top is a rotating restaurant.
There's also something Steve Ditko about this--the dymaxion loops resemble Spider-Man's webbing in the old comic book illustrations.
"Great Cthulhu's Tower in London inspired dread in the populace, yet crowds were drawn to it like moths to a black flame. Milling about in postures of supplication and ecstasy, the people served as its food--occasionally a giant tentacle would lash out, pulling a citizen into its nether reaches, a place of palpitation and screams."
from Rising Tensions
Am all for cracking dominance, Facebook's or otherwise. It is mindboggling that 400 million people needed a new version of AOL to enjoy the web. From that article, this sounds so weak:
You can pretty much find anyone with a few seconds' diligent googling. Why is being in instant, annoyingly close "poke" range of everyone you ever knew from the date of your birth to the present so important to people? I don't get it. (Obviously I am not on Facebook.)
Just found this in my inbox, sent by a friend who knows how much Apple is treasured around here (sarcasm):
First of all, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the unpleasant upgrade experience with FileApp (v. 1.5)
So please allow us to apologize for our relative lack of reactivity in communicating on this issue, we were a little bit confused.
We understood some users had upgraded before they had a chance to read our warning, unfortunately.
Lesson learned, and we wish to inform you on what is going on, and what is coming up.
Now comes the good news:
After discussions with Apple they have become aware of the enormous amount of dissatisfaction expressed by our users.
Therefore Apple has agreed to let us submit an update that will re-enable USB connectivity to all users that have installed a previous version of either FileAid or FileApp.
If you wish to enjoy USB file transfer again you should make sure you have any previous version installed and ran at least once.
All versions will qualify for the upgrade - if you deleted it, just install the current version (1.5) and launch it right now! Then you should upgrade to FileApp v. 1.6 when it is released on the AppStore and USB file transfer support will be available to you again. Futur upgrades should carry on USB support as well.
This feature is only available to you as former FileAid user.
Please note: The release and applicable schedule are subject to Apple App Store approval process, please be patient!
Vic & The DigiDNA Team
Such nervousness in the presence of absolute power was not seen again until this comment in response to a Paddy Johnson hat tip.
from lalblog.tumblr and others
"Pretty Killbots II" [6.7 MB .mp3]
A second version of a tune posted at the end of last summer, with a couple of new themes added that fade up about halfway through.
Killbots were the stars of the '80s slasher classic Chopping Mall. Teens stay overnight in a discount furniture store after the shopping center closes, have sex in the showroom beds, and get punished by the mall's new foolproof security system, consisting of impenetrable outer doors and roving, adolescent-slaughtering robots. This is everything you could want in a movie and even includes Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov at the beginning explaining the security features to the mall "suits."
Update: Here are three well-chosen frames from the movie.
"Demomix 1-2" [3.8 MB .mp3]
Tune by Travis Hallenbeck (numbers 1 and 2 in this demo that I made into a stereo, somewhat more loudly-mastered file)
This reminds me of CiM, a musician more active about 10 years ago than recently, whose signature is very sweet pad sounds over nervous staccato beats.
Speaking of pic-see, thanks to Camille for remembering my Nasty Nets post about the "porn pic-see." (I'd forgotten it.) By way of follow-up, never saw that use of my open directories again (knock woodgrain).