MachineMachine /stream en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Let’s ditch the dangerous idea that life is a story | Aeon Essays]]>

‘Each of us constructs and lives a “narrative”,’ wrote the British neurologist Oliver Sacks, ‘this narrative is us’. Likewise the American cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner: ‘Self is a perpetually rewritten story.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:44:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo]]>

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngeloCast: GCORRTags: GCORR, General Commission on Religion a and Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:33:15 -0700
<![CDATA[The Future is Fungal – Mask Magazine]]>

The future as shown to us by science fictions is almost always shiny. Whether in aspirational daydreams or depictions of dystopia, the vision continues to be one of gleaming metal, stark white interiors, and of course many more robots.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:50:20 -0700
<![CDATA[#FortuneCookie #NoPressure]]> ]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:28:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics | WIRED]]>

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics.

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:35:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Dialectic of Dark Enlightenments: The Alt-Right’s Place in the Culture Industry - Los Angeles Review of Books]]>

IN Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right (Zero Books, 2017), Angela Nagle does two remarkable things.

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:35:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Sun Ra's Full Lecture & Reading List From His 1971 UC Berkeley Course, "The Black Man in the Cosmos" | Open Culture]]>

A pioneer of “Afrofuturism,” bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school biology teacher’s big band.

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:35:29 -0700
<![CDATA[The Future]]>

This short is a comically cynical vision of a future where the water is gone, all that’s left is dust and desperation. The Future is currently being screened at festivals locally and internationally. Written, Directed & Animated by Greg Sharp Music & Sound Design & Voices by Skillbard - Produced by Nina Knežević For more info reach out to trubaanimation.comCast: Truba AnimationTags: greg sharp, animation. the future, environmental, eco, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, festival, nina knezevic, nina, truba, truba animation and cup of water

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 06:09:11 -0700
<![CDATA[protect your buried treasure from the world's most popular zebra]]> ]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:19:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Houshi (english)]]>

Houshi Ryokan was founded around 1,300 years ago and it has always been managed by the same family since then. 
It is the oldest still running family business in the world. This ryokan (a traditional japanese style hotel) was built over a natural hot spring in Awazu in central Japan in the year 718. Until 2011, it held the record for being the oldest hotel in the world. 
 Houshi Ryokan has been visited by the Japanese Imperial Family and countless great artists over the centuries. Its buildings were destroyed by natural disasters many times, but the family has always rebuilt. The garden as well as some parts of the hotel are over 400 years old. Houshi (法師) means buddhist priest. It is the name of the family as well as of the hotel. (It's great if you want to share the video, but DON'T publish any still images or screenshots from it without my permission!) (c) Fritz Schumann 2014 music by Mario Kaoru Mevy Houshi Soundtrack available here: Fritz Schumann and Mario Kaoru MevyTags: hotel, japan, old, history, houshi, ryokan, onsen, water and family

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:13:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Make America Octavia Butler Again <a href="" rel="external"></a>]]> ]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:44:57 -0700 <![CDATA[OiI]]> ]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:07:08 -0700 <![CDATA[#LifeGoals]]> ]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:26:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests | Science | AAAS]]>

There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous—and, according to a U.S. court, illegal—online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. (See Science’s investigation last year of who is downloading papers from Sci-Hub.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:42 -0700
<![CDATA[How to face the ecocide (Down the Dark Mountain) — High Country News]]>

In the winter of 2013, I drove up California’s Central Valley to Stockton, to interview Cambodian parents who’d lost children in one of the nation’s many mass school shootings.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:41 -0700
<![CDATA[ABOLISH BORDERS as Revolutionary Futurity | Art Practical]]>

To witness revolutionary futurity—the belief that social transformation is possible, and begins with a transcendence of the self—in a public space that fosters genuine politics, drive up San Francisco’s 24th Street from Potrero Avenue toward Bryant Street, and you will be presented with a vi

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian]]>

Would you advise someone to flap towels in a burning house? To bring a flyswatter to a gunfight? Yet the counsel we hear on climate change could scarcely be more out of sync with the nature of the crisis.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Exit and the Extensions of Man | transmediale]]>

What does a real man do when things get tough at home? Runs out to buy cigarettes. Or so goes the male fantasy, as Sarah Sharma argued in her 2017 keynote lecture for the annual Marshall McLuhan salon, a collaboration between transmediale and the Embassy of Canada.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA - The New York Times]]>

It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who was trying to learn whether horses in motion ever become truly airborne. More than a century later, that clip has rejoined the cutting edge.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Writing and Digital Media «]]>

{I was invited to teach a seminar at City College’s MFA program in Digital & Interdisciplinary Art Practice. This is the syllabus for the course I came up with.

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:24:15 -0700