Deus Ex

“I wanted to tell a story with the players, just the way Bruce Sterling had told a story with me and with my friends.”

Warren Spector and some friends started a game of D&D in 1978, Bruce Sterling was their DM, and that was the starting point — for Deus Ex & also his “entire career” (as he says) has been about to recreate the feeling he had when playing that first game of D&D, his “life mission”.

Warren Spector’s Deux Ex Postmortem at GDC

(There are great parts in this talk, and after only 1 hour of it, i know i could have listened to Warren Spector for 4 more hours.)


Something about the mood/music of this episode… And Kyoto?

(FR/EN subtitles as usual)

s4e11: We need to talk about algorithms by danhon

– how far off are we from the algorithmic equivalent of “This area contains naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm”? A sort of “This product contains algorithms that are known to affect your ability to make conscious decisions of your own volition”?

2017Jan/Feb links

Hashimoto Okiie’s Views of Ancient Castles and Gardens / 1 (Art/woodcut)

The Mechanical-Architectural World of Stijn Jonckheere. (Experimental architecture)

Slicing open trees, searching for evidence of sunspots.

The colors of Japanese internement (photos, The New Yorker)

Dangerous Days – On The Edge Of Blade Runner (2007) / BBC, documentary, 1h40, aka “Dangerous Days – Making Blade Runner”

The Rise and Fall of ‘Boring Dystopia’ (Mark Fisher / Motherboard)

The Valley and the Predator. (Rhizome / by Ingrid Burrington)
With each passing hype cycle, the “silicon” history of Silicon Valley—and the military and government funding behind it—fades, replaced by blithe libertarian faith in free markets and proprietary math.

Bruce Sterling: What’s happening is far more dystopian than most of the stuff I’d put in a sci-fi book.” / Bruce Sterling’s Flickr album “Hello Robot” exhibition.

As if we didn’t know already, but:
What I Learned After Banning Screens From My Home for a Month

Jodi Dean – The Limits of the Web in an Age of Communicative Capitalism (video / talk)

“The internet is writing fanfiction about us” (James Bridle – Metaphors Considered Harmful / video / talk)

Mark Fisher & Robin Mackay- Pomophobia (ccru / haven’t read this yet.)

Burial ITW by Mark Fisher, unedited transcript (The Wire)

“Imaginary Landscapes” documentary on Brian Eno, 1989

experimental music notation resources

A Life in Waves explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani. (documentary / vod)

Exploring the Arctic’s Global Seed Vault (Motherboard / video, “The vault is protecting the world’s agricultural genetic diversity and protecting our future food supply in case of catastrophe.”) (short films/documentaries)

Tiny Computer (Sort of  a Pico8 “clone”…? Virtual console/computer.)

Übersicht Widgets (HTML5 widgets for macOS)

(some) links ~2016nov/dec

Programmer, artist, and maker-of-wonderful-esoterica Andi McClure shares insights on games, woodland creatures, and collaborating with Corrypt developer Michael Brough.

  •  Airchat (github)

    AirChat is a zero-dependency* P2P CLI chat tool that (ab)uses the AirDrop interface to allow chatting across WiFi networks (or no WiFi network).


    “Matrix is an open standard for decentralised communication, providing simple HTTP APIs and open source reference implementations for securely distributing and persisting JSON over an open federation of servers.”

“The Unix-Haters Handbook is a semi-humorous edited compilation of messages to the Unix-Haters mailing list. The book was edited by Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise and Steven Strassmann and published in 1994.” (wikipedia.)


// This was a(nother) huge waste of time, better automate it next time, or never do it again.


Some links #2

Trailer of a new movie by Dave McKean, soon available on DVD. MirrorMask wasn’t perfect, but given Dave McKean graphics abilities I’m really looking forward to this one.

The photography of Chris Marker:


Photos of ANTI BODY by Gazelle Twin.

The mistery of the creepiest television hack.  #MaxHeadroom

data rustlers, reptilian brains, & other visionaries, on Neuromancer, 1992

Octopus City Blues, the authentic Octopus City simulation has now a demo.

JPOP and (fluo’ed) Tetsuo aesthetics (music video/clip)

Aeryx Project trailer, Unity3D and Oculus Rift /www

Gravesend is a suburb east of London, hosting on its own eastern edge something of a secondary suburb: a mysterious town on the edge of town that turns out not to be a town at all. #BLDBLG

William Gibson has no idea how the future will see us. Maybe now’s the time to pre-order The Peripheral?

Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible / Looking forward to see Citizenfour.

A new generation of invisible tracker has replaced the traditional internet cookie

Alien: Isolation has the best woman protagonist since … ‘Alien’

How video games fund arms manufacters

Setting up a Raspberry Pi to run bots and Twitter bots in Python