The chapter from Hand Made: Portraits of emergent new community culture (Tessy Britton) on the Epicenter is now available for free download!
Also available are chapters on PieLab (by Megan Deal) and BikeLab (Ryan LeCluyse), our Greensboro, Alabama, allies, along with nine other chapters. The rest will be released in the coming days. And of course, you can buy the hard copy here.
Dwayne McDuffie died on Monday at the age of 49 due to complications from surgery. Among this prolific badass’s creds were jobs at both DC and Marvel, most famously for writing and producing the Justice League Unlimited animated series.
[…he] should be remembered for sending a scathing letter to his employer, Marvel, in 1989, in which McDuffie points out that 25% of all black superheroes in the Marvel Universe had “skateboard-based super powers”. He proposed a series called “Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers” staring four nondescript black guys on skateboards and their two fully-fleshed-out white friend characters who solve their problems and calm them down. Any time you see a black Marvel character who doesn’t have ridiculous, skateboard-based super powers, you can thank Dwayne McDuffie.
When it comes to the news of the day, newspapers, websites, bloggers, cable networks and aggregators all trip over themselves to be the fastest and the first. The competition has always existed, but technology has ramped up the rivalries.
At this increasingly accelerated pace, is it inevitable that noteworthy events — and the news they engender — will rush lickety-split into each other? What happens when things just cannot occur any faster? What if the rapidity of the newscycle outpaces the news itself and we wind up in some form of warp speed — living life in a wormholish, time-wrinkled world?
Last BB commenter contribution from the Anon VS Westboro piece. Jetfx mentioned the importance of viewing Cathy Levine’s counterpoint to Jo Freeman’s “The Tyranny of Structurelessness,” as “it should be noted that Jo Freeman was writing from the perspective of an authoritarian communist, so non-authoritarian means of organization were inherently bad in her eyes.”
To that end, here’s the first graf:
"An article entitled ‘The Tyranny of Structurelessness’ which has received wide attention around the women’s movement, (in MS, Second Wave etc) assails the trend towards ‘leaderless’, ‘structureless’ groups, as the main - if not sole - organisational form of the movement, as a dead-end. While written and received in good faith, as an aid to the movement, the article is destructive in its distortion and maligning of a valid, conscious strategy for building a revolutionary movement. It is high time that we recognise the direction these tendencies are pointing in, as a real political alternative to hierarchical organisation, rather than trying to nip it in the bud."
Almost everything you read on the web that purports to represent Anonymous is fake, lies, and/or trolling. All these ‘discussions’ and ‘opinions’ on the actions of others are meaningless. There’s only one thing that matters here: somebody proposes an action, andeach person individually decides on their own whether or not this is a good idea. All the people who decide it is a good idea, do it. All those who decide it isn’t, do not. This is the purest form of democracy (and also the purest form of anarchy, since they are the same thing).
This is not a real group in the sense people tend to mean. Take that guy earlier saying “They are totally trolls” - he doesn’t get it. He thinks this is a group of people whose actions reflect on each other. The correct statement here is: the set of people who decide to troll are trolls. Which is not a very surprising thing to say.
The only thing that every “member” has in common is that they are human. The only group that is reflected by their actions is humanity. There is no “them” here. “Anonymous” is us.
“Reading the blizzard of Anonymous notes on the topic of Westboro [Baptist Church], one can see the hivemind in action. It’s chaotic, often at odds with itself, and open to simple infiltration (several pieces suggested that Westboro may have written the initial “Anonymous” press release just to ignite a war). Leadership is exerted through numbers more than through hierarchy.”—
Nate Anderson @ Ars Technica | “Empty suit: the chaotic way Anonymous makes decisions”
And there you have it. Via BB, whose link to this article owns the objectively better headline of “How Anonymous decides: inside the lulz-sausage factory.”
Aggrieved optical illusion creators don’t have anything like the political and legislative clout of other potential 3D printing complexifiers. Imagine what happens when some magistrate in Alabama decides that Thingiverse is liable for hosting 3D models of sex toys (illegal in AL) and issues a bench warrant for Bre Pettis’s arrest. Or when someone from Shapeways shows up at CES in Vegas, only to discover that the state Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a warrant on the basis of a bong design available at Shapeways, violating the state’s strict anti-drug-paraphenalia laws. Or someone from i.materialise gets an EU extradition request from Germany because someone’s printed a detailed, historically accurate toy soldier with a swastika armband, violating Germany’s strict laws against Nazi paraphernalia.
And just wait until someone creates a printer that can reproduce patented pharmaceutical compounds or Monsanto’s patented life-forms! Now there are a couple of villains with a lot of resources to throw at making the whole Internet’s life miserable in order to squeeze an extra 0.05% into the quarter’s bottom line.
If this seems a bit too in media res, don’t worry about the geometry or history of it, just know that some dude innovated using technology and his mind, told people about it, they figured out the trick on their own, and then he abused copyright law for a weekend. It’s all cool now… for now.
“Adolph Coors III, who was allergic to beer, was the heir to the Coors beer empire—being allergic to beer is bad fortune for many, but it is Sod’s Law that someone allergic to beer would inherit a beer empire (and, due to a botched kidnapping attempt, die because of the empire’s wealth, thus being killed by beer, if only indirectly).”—
An example of Sod’s Law in action as a juxtaposition to Murphy’s Law, which Wikipedia—because it’s my friend and doesn’t find Louie CK too terribly depressing either—thinks is pretty upbeat.
Also, if that’s not hot dog awesome enough for you, check out this wikipedia sentence about Finagle’s Law:
“In a way, it seems slightly odd to explore “the role of women in post-punk” because I don’t want to ghettoise or marginalise it–women were so central that there is none of the feeling of searching for exceptions to the rule here: many of the artists featured are Big Names, who’d make any top-40 list of Most Important Post-Punk Bands. However, singling women out only illustrates their centrality: you could play these mixes for a post-punk neophyte, and they would come away with a good sense of the breadth and depth of the fertile era/ethos; but they might not even notice, if you didn’t point it out, that the mix focuses on women.”—
#12 • 9:12 AM, Feb 22 • Reply Anon
- lost the hearing in his left ear
- experienced a constant unpleasant noise in that ear
- left half of his face paralyzed
- significantly more fatigued with mental work
- occasional absence seizures and later tonic-clonic seizures
I realize he didn’t die but still this is more than “few negative health drawbacks”
#13 • 9:13 AM, Feb 22 • Reply AirPillo
The scariest part of that whole story to me is that the beam gained 1000 gray worth of radiation before leaving his skull.
The act of colliding with all those body tissues raised the radiation of the beam by 50%. Not surprising, maybe… high energy collisions release energy… but unsettling that it was collisions with a living human releasing that radiation.
#14 • 9:22 AM, Feb 22 • Reply soongtype
“The side of his face that was burned by the beam’s exit has not visibly aged in the years since the accident.”
No photos? Seriously?
#15 • 9:24 AM, Feb 22 • Reply Prufrock451
You think that’s bad? My friends and I started a business back in the 80s that depended on unlicensed particle accelerators. You should see what happens when you cross the streams on those things.
“At any given moment, our most complicated machine will be taken as a model of human intelligence, and whatever media kids favor will be identified as the cause of our stupidity. When there were automatic looms, the mind was like an automatic loom; and, since young people in the loom period liked novels, it was the cheap novel that was degrading our minds. When there were telephone exchanges, the mind was like a telephone exchange, and, in the same period, since the nickelodeon reigned, moving pictures were making us dumb. When mainframe computers arrived and television was what kids liked, the mind was like a mainframe and television was the engine of our idiocy. Some machine is always showing us Mind; some entertainment derived from the machine is always showing us Non-Mind.”—Adam Gopnik, “How the Internet Gets Inside Us” (via marathonpacks)