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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


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.


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


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.


A gem of creativity.

May the snow be with you.

The Innovation of Loneliness.

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


The Daily Word: Operation Counterfeit, The Obama Scheme

By Robert Maestas [ Wed Jul 15 2015 12:24 PM ]
The Daily Word

obama strikes again.

a dream that became reality, and spread through the stars.

steam bugs.

the future starts now.

i’ll have my history medium rare, please.

is the real you, uoy?

ec= happiness(squared)

fashion kills.

the heart is a beating drum.

the persistance of alice.

V.24 No.24 | 6/11/2015


The Daily Word in donuts, rabies and the Italian mob

By Constance Moss [ Fri Jun 5 2015 12:41 PM ]
The Daily Word

A Texas resident was the first person to have a partial skull and scalp transplant.

This man sang and played guitar during his brain surgery.

Happy Donut Day! Here are a few creative ways to show your love for donuts.

Smoking reefer could actually improve your mental health.

In local news, a Walmart shopper on Coors unknowingly gave a rabid bat-hitchhiker a lift on her motorized wheelchair.

A man broke into a home in Hobbs, baked himself a potato, and did some yard work.

A 91-year-old man backed into a garage door for kicks.

Technology is shortening your life.

Several dozen politicians and mobsters were arrested in Rome yesterday as the Mayor cracks down on organized crime.

Two years after he blew the whistle on the NSA, Edward Snowden is seeing the fruits of his efforts.

V.23 No.42 | 10/16/2014


The Daily Word in Banksy, Snowden and clowns with knives.

By Carl Petersen [ Mon Oct 13 2014 1:16 PM ]
The Daily Word

Does Yelp extort advertising from restaurants?

Ebola is the scariest outbreak of modern times.

Snowden’s thoughts on privacy in the digital age are worth pondering.

The driverless car is coming and you can’t stop it.

The vinyl re-release of the Ghostbusters soundtrack is marshmallow-scented.

Learn how to rob a bank from an expert.

“This is a little song I wrote about the time a female Eagles fan stole my prosthetic leg and the cops got it back for me.”

Someone drew a penis on a Banksy mural.

Bakersfield police are on the lookout for creepy clowns with knives.

Balloon Fiesta is over.

The site of a deadly Rail Runner crash was littered with uncollected body parts.

What’s happening in Albuquerque today?

Happy birthday, Marie Osmond.

V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014


The Daily Word in nude photos, Joan Rivers and dinosaur battles.

By Carl Petersen [ Mon Sep 1 2014 12:25 PM ]
The Daily Word

Hackers leak nude celebrity photos snatched from the cloud.

Doctors will wake Joan Rivers from her medically induced coma.

A radioactive boar is running loose in Germany. It has not yet grown to gigantic proportions.

Famous authors’ day jobs might surprise you.

Watch footage of Katy Perry as a teenager. A couple minutes will suffice.

The Portuguese man-of-war is beautiful, as these photos illustrate.

You’ll be able to use your iPhone 6 like a credit card.

APD arrested a shooting suspect last night.

Police are searching for a suspect in Saturday’s fatal shooting.

Happy birthday, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

V.23 No.35 | 8/28/2014


The Daily Word in earthquakes, butter knives and rattlesnakes

By Carl Petersen [ Tue Aug 26 2014 12:57 PM ]
The Daily Word

California’s latest earthquake spilled a lot of fancy wine.

Rest in peace, Richard Attenborough.

Fugitives should think twice about taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Suge Knight was shot at Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party. And then there was a video awards thing.

A new butter knife can spread hard butter.

Finally, there’s a USB cable that plugs in either way.

China is developing a super-sonic submarine.

New Mexico extends its luke-warm welcome to the uninvited Mojave rattler.

Two suspects were arrested in connection with shots fired at the Cottages.

An APD standoff at Bank of America near Nob Hill ended peacefully.

Happy birthday, Billy Ray Cyrus.

V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014
“Mad Scientist and Minion”
illustrations by Darla Hallmark

Arts Feature

Pros at a Con

Bubonicon 46 gets bigger, better and brainier

By Holly von Winckel
Filk your heart out at Bubonicon 46, Burque’s own sci-fi convention stuffed to the gills with authors, panels, costumes and more.
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