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Apr 04

Computers dethrone humans in European stock trading. It feels like a CERN control room.

Computers dethrone humans in European stock trading. It feels like a CERN control room.

Strange Horizons Articles: Science Fiction Without the Future, by Judith Berman

“If our generation can be defined artistically in a single way it is that of the collector-archivist. We are naturally disposed towards nostalgia, and deep freeze cultural informatics is our greatest cybernetic feat. To understand the euphoria and confusion of my generation is to loop the part of Bill & Ted’s in which Beethoven rips a decisively Steve Vaiesque guitar solo on a synthesizer, and thus we intrinsically understand the nature of the eternal rip.” — Daniel Lopatin

William Gibson on "Atemporality"

Apr 03

'We took this with Russia's new 3D surveillance camera. Pussy Riot's Yekaterina was happy to pose' by Broomberg and Chanarin

'We took this with Russia's new 3D surveillance camera. Pussy Riot's Yekaterina was happy to pose' by Broomberg and Chanarin

Mar 31

A Little-Known Story about a Movement, a Magazine, and the Computer’s Arrival in Art: New Tendencies and Bit International, 1961-1973

A Little-Known Story about a Movement, a Magazine, and the Computer’s Arrival in Art: New Tendencies and Bit International, 1961-1973

Dexter Sinister:

Watch Wysocan 0.5HzTime is like that - both point AND duration. This is how it can bend and warp. A week, a second, a season: all are specific and discrete, but none are the same. The present can be cut to any number of lengths, from a single vibration of a cesium atom to the display cycle of a digital watch.
Discover the Dexter Sinister Watch Wysocan 0.5 Hz. This reverse-engineered Casio digital timepiece has a tiny computer inside, which has been reprogrammed to slowly render the current time from left to right across its liquid crystal display, completing 1 cycle every 2 seconds. Reading this watch requires more attention than usual.The seven segments of each digit are lit one by one across its display, and this speed may be adjusted until you and your watch are in tune. Watch Wysocan 0.5 Hz was adjusted by Dexter Sinister and produced by Halmos, New York (US).

Dexter Sinister:

Watch Wysocan 0.5Hz
Time is like that - both point AND duration. This is how it can bend and warp. A week, a second, a season: all are specific and discrete, but none are the same. The present can be cut to any number of lengths, from a single vibration of a cesium atom to the display cycle of a digital watch.

Discover the Dexter Sinister Watch Wysocan 0.5 Hz. This reverse-engineered Casio digital timepiece has a tiny computer inside, which has been reprogrammed to slowly render the current time from left to right across its liquid crystal display, completing 1 cycle every 2 seconds. Reading this watch requires more attention than usual.

The seven segments of each digit are lit one by one across its display, and this speed may be adjusted until you and your watch are in tune. Watch Wysocan 0.5 Hz was adjusted by Dexter Sinister and produced by Halmos, New York (US).

Radical Software -

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Pretotyping is the art and science of faking it before making it -