Category Archives: speculative_tech

Nothing new under the solarisation

This weekend we went to the Muybridge Exhibition at Tate Britain, now sadly closed. Eadward Muybridge is most well known for his pioneering work in Victorian stop-motion photography: think multiple miniatures of horses, naked runners and people boxing. But before … Continue reading

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People who agonized over these decisions also agonized over

While we’re on the subject of commerce, it’s worth revising a couple of my longstanding resolutions with regards to online purchases. If nothing else, exposing my hypocrisy at least makes me feel less like I’m being wilfully misleading and more … Continue reading

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A later "Tom and Jerry" when the two of them could talk

Momus has discussed the late-70s/early-80s life and times of Alberto Camerini in a recent post. It was in the context of a recent BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia, and he helpfully links to the first ten minutes of the documentary for … Continue reading

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If we're in the future now, where's my jetpack?

Since staying up for the first round of election results I haven’t really caught up on my sleep until today. I woke at one point last night feeling like I had been drugged, so deep had I been sleeping. Even … Continue reading

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We built this Sadville on rock and roll

Saturday saw me largely confined to the house with my bad back, which meant I missed a party in London and was feeling particularly fed up. I decided, rather impulsively, to drink something and wander round the internet. Only at … Continue reading

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I'd be crazy not to follow, follow where you lead

My In Rainbows discbox finally arrived on Friday, after much redirection over Christmas. It’s a work of art in itself, a book-in-box like the Folio Society produces, with two 45rpm, 12″ vinyls bookending a padded gatefold sleeve. Inside there’s two … Continue reading

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The value of made things

I’ve spent a couple of hours looking for a durable, high-capacity alternative for my iPod, and come to the conclusion that one simply doesn’t exist. A reasonably well constructed Flash-based mp3 player would suffice, were it not for the fact … Continue reading

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All the fun of the fear

It worries me that items from the Unnovations catalogue are being invented one by one. This week, Second Life implements version 0.1 of the

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Fortitude is the marshal of thought

This week I bought a copy of Fortean Times, after Infinitarian drew attention to it in a discussion about something else. I didn’t have very high expectations of the quality of reportage in it, to be honest: the pseudonymous television … Continue reading

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