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Virtual OR in SL

On: July 19th, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Number of Comments » 0

In my first-year writing seminar “Self & Cyborg in Japanese Animation” we have quite a few philosophical discussions about virtuality, simulation, fake memories, and the like. Most of it functions on a theoretical level, as philosophical puzzles to think with, to pose liminal scenarios, to defamiliarize common knowledge. Given that it tends to be theoretical […]

My Dell Mini Obsession Enlarges

On: July 11th, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Number of Comments » 0

I didn’t intend to bid for a Dell Mini 10v that was souped up with a 320GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, WiFi-N, and OSX 10.5.7 preinstalled and all the necessary tweaks to the 10v already done to make it work all right with OSX, but, well, I felt sorry for the guy who posted it […]

Google Voice = Google Goodness

On: July 11th, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Number of Comments » 0

“Welcome to Google Voice! Google Voice gives you a single phone number that rings all your phones, saves your voicemailonline, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Other cool features include the ability to listen in on messages while they are beingleft and the ability to make low cost international calls. To start enjoying Google Voice, […]

My “piece of junk”

On: May 22nd, 2009 at 12:37 am | Number of Comments » 0

There has been a good deal of press lately on the issue of netbooks and why Apple hasn’t come out with one. Steve Jobs said it was because Apple didn’t know how to make a $500 computer that “wasn’t a piece of junk.” I guess it depends on the definition of “junk.” And that depends […]

Cellphone fiction

On: May 14th, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Maybe — but probably not, at least not in the U.S. — there is a literary role for Twitter. That’s the premise behind an interesting Salon report on the latest cellphone-based fad in Japan (of course, Japan): keitai shôsetsu, or “cellphone fiction.” In short, it’s short short fiction, maybe 500 words or less, that was […]

MacMini 9 in Mine

On: May 7th, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Number of Comments » 0

For some reason I got it into my head a few days ago that it would be a kind of cool project to buy a Dell Mini 9 on eBay and follow the now well-publicized hack to install OSX on it. So, I fished around eBay looking for the cheapest base model I could find […]

I’m a Twit

On: May 2nd, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Number of Comments » 0

A few days ago I got an unsolicited invitation for my brother Jeff to join Twitter. I cringed because I think Twitter is silly. I don’t quite understand the fascination (or desire) to keep track of people 24/7 via 140 character msgs. Rather than simply cringing, I should have deleted the email immediately, but I […]

Flock of Browsers

On: December 1st, 2008 at 12:40 am | Number of Comments » 1

Gentle Goyareaders may noticed the “Blogged with the Flock Browser” at the bottom of my last post. Well, I decided to give Flock a spin a few weeks ago after Version 2.0 was announced. Until then I had completely ignored it — who needs another crummy browser junking up their hard drive? Also, I wasn’t […]