“Van Tol and about 200 other tasters were guinea pigs for a group of Dutch scientists doing groundbreaking research into insects replacing animal meat as a healthier, more environmentally friendly source of protein. “There will come a day when a Big Mac costs 120 euros ($163) and a Bug Mac 12 euros, when more people will eat insects than other meat,” head researcher Arnold van Huis told a disbelieving audience at Wageningen University in the central Netherlands. “The best way to start is to try it once,” the entomologist insisted.”—'Bug Mac' and lovely 'grub': food of the future
“Earnestness is one of the defining attributes of “digimodernist” culture identified by the theorist Alan Kirby—other hallmarks are “onwardness” and “endlessness.” On Altered Zones and its constellation of blogs, the flow is relentless: What matters is always the next new name, the latest micro-genre, another MP3 or MediaFire. Artist careers likewise are a continuous drip-drip-drip of releases, a dozen or more per year—there’s no reason to edit or hold back, every reason to keep one’s name out there. Stimuli streams in, largely via the Web; creativity streams out, largely via the Web. Today’s musician is a pure screen, a switching center for all the networks of influence. (That’s me echo-jamming Eighties Baudrillard, by the way).”—
“In general, I have found that people use jargon to either obfuscate the truth or make perfectly simple things seem terribly serious and important. Regimes like jargon. But if we’re aware of our language and why it is in a constant state of flux, it is harder for the dictators to insist that their words belong to some long-established immutable truth.”—The Age of Uncertainty: English as a Foreign Language
“The Doors themselves were children of the military-industrial complex. Jim Morrison’s father was Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison, commander of the United Stated Navy’s 7th Fleet during the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident that initiated the American military involvement in Vietnam. Guitarist Robby Krieger’s father was a senior executive in the shadowy RAND Corporation, a quasi-private entity that conducts research on behalf of the U.S. military, and is notorious for its use of game theory to produce the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction.”—…and what will be left of them?: Shaman’s Blues
The year is 2010. America has been at war for the first decade of the 21st century and is recovering from the largest recession since the Great Depression. Air travel security uses full-body X-rays to detect weapons and bombs. The president, who is African-American, uses a wireless phone, which he keeps in his pocket, to communicate with his aides and cabinet members from anywhere in the world. This smart phone, called a “Blackberry,” allows him to access the world wide web at high speed, take pictures, and send emails.
It’s just after Christmas. The average family’s wish-list includes smart phones like the president’s “Blackberry” as well as other items like touch-screen tablet computers, robotic vacuums, and 3-D televisions. Video games can be controlled with nothing but gestures, voice commands and body movement. In the news, a rogue Australian cyberterrorist is wanted by world’s largest governments and corporations for leaking secret information over the world wide web; spaceflight has been privatized by two major companies, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX; and Time Magazine’s person of the year (and subject of an Oscar-worthy feature film) created a network, “Facebook,” which allows everyone (500 million people) to share their lives online.
“The idea that what we make has to appeal to everyone is not only naive, it’s an insult to the messages at hand. I think its okay to produce works that are not about exposure and not about visibility but that are about precision, and appealing to people who have a very specific experience. I’d like to provide content to people who are trying to mediate their own relationship to dominant society rather than to actually provide content for dominant culture.”—Terre Thaemlitz: Deconstructing Gender Politics In Dance Music : The Record : NPR
“But developments in the Brazilian Amazon could be one small cause for optimism. Satellite images from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research show that the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian rain forest slowed by nearly half in 2010 and was 85 percent lower than in 2004. This means that Brazil has met its commitment to reduce deforestation by 80 percent a decade ahead of schedule. A bit of perspective is needed. This year Brazil still burned down a Luxembourg-sized swath of a forest that provides 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. But as Nature’s website pointed out in September, in terms of reduced carbon output, Brazil’s deforestation drop is roughly equivalent to the amount of carbon the United States plans to save by 2020.”—The Stories You Missed in 2010 - By Joshua E. Keating | Foreign Policy
“It’s been a recurring theme this week, but the Pro users of yesteryear’s products, the people with the biggest investment in old technologies, are not the people who should be calling the shots in the design of their successors. These are the people who complain that an iPad can’t have third party software installed from anywhere but the App Store, ignoring the massive convenience and security gains the policy affords average users. These are the people who are still using slotted screwdrivers and Edison light fixtures and manual transmission cars.”—Crotchety Old Power Users - Release Candidate One