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V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016
The Daily Word

News

The Daily Word in the toxic cost of consumerism

By Renee Chavez [ Tue Feb 9 2016 4:08 PM ]

Just had to get that upgrade? There is a lake in China filled with the toxic, radioactive sludge that is the byproduct of your new smartphone.

"Santa's elves" work for a pittance mass fabricating your useless holiday trinkets.

V.25 No.6 | 2/11/2016
Map of the Great Underground Empire

Technology and Its Discontents

Hit the troll with the elvish sword

On the table is an elongated brown sack, smelling of hot peppers

There is no higher resolution game than this one, the top-seller from 1982.
V.25 No.5 | 2/4/2016

Technology and Its Discontents

Video games too awesome to be real

Except for one

By Kyle Silfer [ Sun Jan 31 2016 8:00 AM ]

Easy access to paint programs has unleashed a torrent of what-if 8-bit imaginary retro video game awesomeness where time-slipped console development meets films from the past, present and future. Personally, I’d like to see a Super Nintendo THX-1138—which would certainly be less ridiculous than the SNES Home Alone cartridge—but I guess I’ll have to do that one up myself. What I did find out was that there were these clever mock-ups, one of which is actually real. Which one?

V.25 No.4 | 1/28/2016

Technology and Its Discontents

My terrifying nightmare about segmented file transfer on floppy disks

By Kyle Silfer [ Sun Jan 24 2016 8:00 AM ]
Last night I had a dream that man in a mask like the one in Zardoz ordered me to retrieve the data from a mysterious computer kept deep in a lightless cavern. The computer is connected via RF modulator to a CRT television set tuned to channel 3. The hard drive, if you want to call it that, consists of two massive bays where removable cartridges about the size of a stack of copy paper are inserted. The keyboard is a loud, clacky one with mechanical switches. There is no mouse.
V.25 No.3 | 1/21/2016
KerryTron

Education

Post Post Modern Learning

CNM's tech department gears up for the future

By Joshua Lee
CNM’s Computer Information Systems department is obviously where you should find yourself if you're looking to begin a career in technologies, or if you're a professional interested in learning about whatever amazing breakthroughs have happened since breakfast.

Technology and Its Discontents

The Scroll of Sisyphus

Keep on scrolling, baby

As flies to wanton boys are we to the web developers. They kill us for their sport. Today’s exemplar: the infinite scroll, with which every Facebook user is now intimately familiar. In a way, it’s the modern implementation of the punishment of Sisyphus, except that this time the poor bastard’s gonna scroll that rock up an endless hill that keeps rising ahead of him without end for all eternity.
V.25 No.1 | 1/7/2016

Technology and Its Discontents

Distracted Devices

No wonder you can’t concentrate on anything

By Kyle Silfer [ Mon Jan 11 2016 8:00 AM ]
Humans are intensely distracted by their screens. There can be no quibbling about this fact. Some of us hate that, some of us like it and some of us are too distracted to have noticed.
V.24 No.51 | 12/17/2015
Kilobaud magazine, Feb. 1978: Robert J. Bishop’s TIE fighter shooting game, written in Apple II BASIC.
Awesome digitized image by “B and J Williams”

Technology and Its Discontents

Star Wars … Nothing but Staaaaar Wars

Unlicensed video game goodness from the seventies

By Kyle Silfer [ Sun Dec 20 2015 8:00 AM ]
For a behemoth media franchise that has spawned SO many video games—some good, many wretched—it may perhaps be hard to imagine a time when there were no Star Wars video games at all.
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015

The Daily Word in Star Wars dress code, the sentence of Dianna Duran, and what we do about climate change.

By Cerridwen Stucky [ Wed Dec 16 2015 11:57 AM ]
The Daily Word

Star Wars A Cappella performed by the cast.

Republican debate shows stunning ignorance of how technology works.

What we do now to prevent climate change.

Don't bring your Light Sabers to the Star Wars premiere.

ABQ zoo gives gifts to animals today and it's gonna be cute as hell.

Dianna Duran did not get off easy.

A dissection and explanation of behavior in office parties.

Technology and Its Discontents

Why you don’t know where anything is

Because they won’t let you find out, that’s why

By Kyle Silfer [ Sun Dec 13 2015 8:00 AM ]
Computer searching is so awesome now that you can’t find anything without it, even if you wanted to.
V.24 No.49 | 12/3/2015
From More BASIC Computer Games (1979)

Technology and Its Discontents

My old girlfriend ELIZA

“We were discussing you—not me.”

By Kyle Silfer [ Sun Dec 6 2015 8:00 AM ]
Joseph Weizenbaum’s problem child lives on in your iPhone.
V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
Get thee behind me, battery.

Technology and Its Discontents

On the batteryification of things that didn’t used to need batteries

As it relates to antidecableificationism

By Kyle Silfer [ Sun Nov 29 2015 8:00 AM ]
If it is the phones that will inherit the earth, then it is their dependence on batteries that may give the human resistance a fighting chance in the post-phonepocalyptic world toward which we are inevitably hurtling.
V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
Colossus: The Forbin Project

Technology and Its Discontents

Please do not turn off or unplug your machine

We can coexist, but only on my terms

By Kyle Silfer [ Sun Nov 15 2015 9:00 AM ]

In the totally great 1970 film Colossus: The Forbin Project, the omniscient networked computing entity which now runs the planet says: “We can coexist, but only on my terms. You will say you lose your freedom. Freedom is an illusion. All you lose is the emotion of pride. To be dominated by me is not as bad for human pride as to be dominated by others of your species.”

I definitely hear a little echo of this in my mind whenever—with no regard as to what I, the user, might happen to be doing—my computer interrupts me to attempt to update a piece of software that will very likely yield me no benefit whatsoever. Or when my browser refuses to connect to an “insecure” web server that I happen to know is perfectly safe. Or when I am informed that a program I want to launch is not on the list of approved developers. In each case, I have to struggle against the choice software designers have already made: to prevent me from doing what I was going to do.

Who is in charge of this computer? Is this computer helping me get work done? Or am I just helping it to not harm me by caving in to its endless demands? Back in 1998 IBM researcher Claire-Marie Karat wrote a 10-point Computer User’s Bill of Rights that remains ignored to this very day. Point 5? “The user has the right to be in control of the system and to be able to get the system to respond to a request for attention.”

Please do not turn off or unplug your machine. To be dominated by me is not as bad for human pride as to be dominated by others of your species.

V.24 No.28 | 7/9/2015

news

The Daily Word: Diseases Of The Future

By Robert Maestas [ Wed Oct 7 2015 11:38 AM ]
The Daily Word

The fall of TV.

Youtube killed the TV star.

Blazed.

No Blame, No Shame.

The formulation of “Telepathy

An unfortunate event of nature.

Computer, what’s wrong?

Haha, what?

The great computer race.

Fuel of the future.

Diseases of the future.

V.24 No.39 | 9/24/2015

news

The Daily Word: The Innovation of Loneliness

By Robert Maestas [ Thu Sep 17 2015 12:52 PM ]
The Daily Word

From God to Science to... Unbelievable Space Magic?

Blood Minerals.

An exercise in confusing futility.

Psychedelic animal specimens.

JAMES BOND IS REAL.

A gem of creativity.

May the snow be with you.

The Innovation of Loneliness.

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