Time for a 'lil #introduction. My name is Silvio, I'm Italian but I live in the Netherlands. In the past I researched artistic "post-digital" publishing, I wrote about the entrepreneurial ideology in relation to precarity, and did a lot of other stuff such as graphic design, web development, installations, net art, zines, weird tools, videoclips… I'm starting to suspect that consistency is not among my core skills
Right now I'm mostly busy documenting and understanding a sense of disillusionment that seems to permeate the design field.
Currently, I'm an assistant professor in design theory and criticism at the Center for Other Worlds in Lisbon (https://otherworlds.pt/) and I'm part of varia.zone, a lovely space dedicated to everyday technology.
While writing about the past and the present of computer usership, I amassed a mastodontic year-long thread. That was fun :) https://post.lurk.org/web/statuses/105695998969010498
The attached photo is by @joak
So, after one year of read-write time about computers I thought of having a Mastodon première of The User Condition, a looong text on computer agency and behavior. Here's the link, enjoy:
Of course I'm profoundly grateful for the help that I received from all of you people here (check acknowledgements at the bottom).
Needless to say, I welcome feedback, criticism, bug/misspells reports and whatever else comes to mind :)
SaaS (soul[nft] as a service):
"At yoursoulNFT, we help customers transfer their souls (or souls in their possession) into cryptotoken format so their soul can easily gift, sell, or transfer it digitally. "
Tonight at 19:00: the first of the conversation series 'On the Edge – Conversations on Sustainability in Art, Design and Media.' at Merz Akademie (DE) and online.
I will give a talk on edge computing and sustainable ICT, Laura Marks will discuss her research of the carbon footprint of streaming media and the Small File Festival.
Dec7: Sean Cubitt and Technopolice_fr
Dec14 Eric Golo Stone and @entreprecariat
Stuttgart and online, 19:00 CET
Reading, listening and demodulating a unusal publication called "LOW-TECH CHRONICLES" by Mark van den Heuvel! In the first part van den Heuvel "discusses the topic of the (disappearing) sound of computer activity". In the second part 18 contributers shared different memories, sound and images on that topic. The images are stored with SSTV(Slow-scan television) on the tape!
At the tape position A-08 you can find an image of the network switches in the Metalab's whateverlab(WEL) plus a sound recording of the buzzing network infrastructure!
After the lockdown you can find the publication in the Metalab library. @metalab
@entreprecariat I only scrolled through the first page which seems to be mostly a hair-splitting debate around Norman's tired schtick about doors (in American suburbia). The rest seems to be a lot of mentions of specific hand tools and simple kitchen implements along with some favorite nerdy software tools: ssh, bittorrent, filesystems, etc.
But your question is a good one. and these answers make me wonder more about the definition of "design" from the perspective of start-up nerds. How do other groups define the word "design"? Does it go beyond bourgeois popular ideas of taste?
But it also makes me wonder if "friction" is the one true antidote or even a helpful metaphor to oppose an interface culture of convenience, abstraction, learned ignorance, delegation etc.
"Mechanical #gears in jumping #insects"
"Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear #mechanism has been discovered in a common insect - the plant-hopper Issus - showing that evolution developed interlocking #cogs long before we did."
1. HN users are a special kind of people
2. There is hardly any language developed for the appreciation of friction, since all of the popular design literature is praising the opposite. Everybody reads Don Norman, hardly anybody reads Windows & MIrrors. This has gone so far that even command line users are praising for instance pipes as a "smooth" and "clean" design when in fact it is the exact opposite :D
A stunning sound/video/text piece by Elodie Mugrefya: Does it matter to see her face?
this thread on "the best-designed things you've ever used" is a reality shower. Many people mention Apple products. Many speaks of frictionless as the ultimate design quality. All of that makes me think that all the appreciation for friction is just academic/artistic romanticism…
Ask HN: What are the best-designed things you've ever used?
update: since a bug penalized me, I'M BACK IN THE GAME, semifinals on 9/12
🆕 Alice Cibernetica, narrazioni di Pino Blasone (Synergon, Bologna, 1992)
il primo romanzo #cyberpunk italiano!
qui delle recensioni https://www.oocities.org/soho/square/1364/intro.htm
e una versione html del libro https://grafton9.net/webarchive/alice-cibernetica/
update: i lost
tonight at 21:00 CET I'm gonna take part in this FPS / Battle Royale artist vs artist game and I'm genuinely excited >> https://greencube.gallery/
'In general, "automagical" implies things that actually do work ("PerfectMagic", "ItJustWorks", "SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology"). As opposed to "magical PixieDust" ("fairy-dust", "magical crypto-dust", "magical AI-dust", etc.), which implies things that merely appear to work when supported by a magician and lots of smoke and mirrors.'
From the first ContentCreationWiki, 2007 or earlier! https://web.archive.org/web/20080329060510/http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?AutoMagical
Spotted during a workshop on Wikipedia bots by @ccl
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