‘Smart Cities’ & Architectural Character

Smart city discourse is increasingly prevalent and increasingly influential, thus, a interrogation into the design philosophy undergirding the concept (and its spin-offs) can prove instructive. IOT For All defines smart cities (also referred to as intelligent cities or digital cities) as "hubs that route IoT-produced data through public-private partnerships to solve real problems." Put another way, a smart/intelligent/digital city is… Continue reading ‘Smart Cities’ & Architectural Character

Machine Metropolis: The Artwork of Edmond Van Dooren

Few artists of the 20th Century so brilliant captured verticality, speed, scale, industrial intensity and mechanical majesty as well as the innovative Belgian artist and gallery organizer, Edmond van Dooren (1896-1965). Dooren's works began in-line with German Expressionism but changed as he absorbed the techniques of Cubism and Futurism (Dooren's friend, Jozef Peeters, met F.… Continue reading Machine Metropolis: The Artwork of Edmond Van Dooren

Metal Wakes

Indeterminable rumblings from the center of the sphere shook the watcher from his reverie. The thief, time, was there overthrown and the weight of his waste disclosed, along with the true visage of the world. Searing rays slithered from Ra's incessant maw, gnawing the surface of a galaxial tomb; bleaching bone and peeling skin. Bacterial-skittering… Continue reading Metal Wakes

Sound Poetry: F.T. Marinetti’s Dune, parole in libertà (1914)

The recording below, Tri-C Community College radio recording, consists of a fantastic collection of sound poetry. 'Sound poetry' broadly defined, is poetry which is typically characterized by wild and often non-standard linguistic exclamations, intended to invoke a thematic mood or feeling. As with noise-music, contemporary sound poetry can be traced to the Italian Futurists. Most… Continue reading Sound Poetry: F.T. Marinetti’s Dune, parole in libertà (1914)

The Singularity Survival Guide, by Peter Clarke, Now Available in Paperback & Kindle

Peter Clarke's latest novella, The Singularity Survival Guide, is now available in paperback from Logos Literature. The book has received a warm reception thus far; author, entrepreneur and political activist, Zoltan Istvan said of the work, "The technological singularity has officially been treated to a full-scale parody, and it's even more comical and irreverent than… Continue reading The Singularity Survival Guide, by Peter Clarke, Now Available in Paperback & Kindle

The Silence & The Howl | Part 16

§.16 The moon ghosted above the ancient coal breaker. Odd figures walked the streets, surreptitiously passing small plastic bags to each other just beyond the illumination of the streetlamps and the lights of Andy's house. Bluebird did not call before she arrived. She parked her car in the front of the drive and clattered down… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 16

The Silence & The Howl | Part 15

§.15 Harmon drew the device's teeth against the wood grain. The sound of the chainsaw split the tranquility of the placid Sunday afternoon and sent the sparrows spinning from their thorny thrones. The smell of the wood, the metal, the machine's furious humming engulfing the grotesque chittering of the wide outer bright. He stood over… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 15

The Silence & The Howl | Part 13

§.13 Harmon looked down at the crisp, off-white business card as he switched off the engine of his hatchback in the abandoned grocery store parking lot. He read the name delicately laser etched upon it: Lynder B. Partridge. Below the name was a phone number, address and the word 'Designer.' He removed his phone from… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 13

Triadic Neurolink: 3 Patient Brain-to-Brain Thought-Sharing Study A Success

Researchers from Cornell University have created a "non-invasive, direct brain-to-brain interface for collaborative problem solving." The technology is presently dubbed BrainNet and has been utilized to allow two participants (senders) of a tetris-type game to transmit information pertinent to the game to a third, linked-participant (the receiver) in collectively maneuvering within the parameters of the game (rotation… Continue reading Triadic Neurolink: 3 Patient Brain-to-Brain Thought-Sharing Study A Success