Grinding Hard to Produce 16-21 Blog Entries Are You?

Here’s some raw material, mined from cyberspace by your peers. If you see any of your own breadcrumbs in this list of links, consider yourself honored!

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Flash trading:


TED Talk:











iPhone addiction



Tron Commercial hidden in vague cultural criticism:


Minimalist future as now:


Posted by Bill Barry – 11/09/2009

The problem with sentimentality manifested in a collection of physical things is at least two-fold:

– It is a largely manufactured, rather than humanly innate, desire. The more vehemently we cling to this confusion, the more stuff we are likely to buy and accumulate.

– In as much as sentimentality itself is natural, we have always found a way to express it. For most of human history, that way has been through a rich oral tradition and meaningful ceremony. As we lose touch with that history, we also lose a significant part of what makes us human.

A future in which physical excess has been re-considered and largely eliminated, both for sustainable and aesthetic reasons, does not have to be one without sentiment, as long as we can re-discover the art of tradition and culture building which now lies supplanted by consumerism and neurotic hording.

Posted by Another Deb – 11/09/2009

I worked for a few months at a cleanroom facility that made microchips and discovered what sensory deprivation was like. There were only pieces of machinery, no paper was allowed other then tiny notebooks made of special lintless paper. We had yellow overlead lighting for the photomasking process, no natural light. We were all garbed in the head-to toe white bunny suits including face masks and hoods. We could barely tell one shapeless form from another except by our voices. Even then, we were not supposed to talk much because the moisture particles might be sprayed through the mask.

In that emptiness I composed the most lovely poems, got great ideas for writing, saw the images of potential paintings in the reflections of the silicon wafers and overall had some kind of Homer Simpson trippy brain journey during every shift. Even so, I would not want to live there!

Stanford prison experiment (in response to “We Live In Public”)


computers will save us from ourselves:

but first, practice who you are:






Boys Beware – FRACTAL

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Summary Work From 5/6 Class


1) What do I care about?

2) Do I want social change?

3) How can I start or prevent it?

4) Are these people smarter than me?

5) How are these people different from me?

6) …

7) …


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Here we go.

A few semesters ago I told the history of Anonymous and I asked that class to pay very close attention to how it evolves as time goes on. This is part of that evolution.

Today the US Federal Government took down “Megauploads” a filesharing site that many of you are familiar with.

Here’s the story.

Later, Anonymous attacked several websites, including those of the FBI, the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group and the Motion Picture Association of America. By “attack” we’re talking about preventing anyone from accessing those websites. There have also been alleged database breaches.

Here’s a 100% mainstream “documentary” about Anonymous from CNN.

I expect you all to come to our next meeting fully prepared to discuss these developments. Do not stop at the one video I posted above. Go down the rabbit hole and educate yourself. Your “test” will be your ability to have a sustained and effective conversation next week.

Good luck.

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And Here It is!

It was a pleasure serving you this semester!

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We, Robot

For your repeated perusal.

Some questions to consider:

1) What are some connections between Kunta Kinte (Roots) and Will Smith’s character in “I, Robot?”

2) What are some connections between the Real Doll, the “Ghost In The Shell 2” robots, and Christina Aguilera?

3) Why didn’t I include Janelle Monáe in this sequence?

4) Why did I include the “white slavery” movie footage?

5) What are some connections between the auctioneer’s speech and the data visualizations sampled from “Ghost In The Shell 2?”

6) If “we” indeed are the robots, using male psychosexuality as a symptom/feature, on what grounds can a human being then reclaim or reinvent her or his humanity?

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