FISTFUL OF LINKS  -  Tuesday May 18th, 2010
Sixpence an adventure and he’ll take you home again: some news.

Every week I wrap up the world on the web, this week it’s the web in the world that has got me in a tizzy.

Some ideas about surfingis a new zine by the young artist Joel Colover (available here as a pdf download) exploring the act of web-browsing as a type of Situationist derive – or passive drift. It is a nice return to the 90′s zine aesthetic, featuring bold text and xeroxed sketches.

“Tab based browsing is surfing different waves at the same time. All the time. On the Internet we surf the currents left by other users. Old lost content and new data supply us with the momentum we need… The Internet is not a world, it is a city the size of a universe. It can be split into different quarters, not just based on content, but also on presentation, design, architecture of the pages. This is what the invisible walls are made of.”


The Facebook/privacy debate continues. I can’t say I’m too happy about Google’s monopoly of the Web, especially when it turns out they were using Street View to capture information from people’s wireless networks. That said, they are still miles better than Facebook – the “obnoxious drunk girl at the party/Internet”. Related, the US still using a mercenary spy ring. Related, Cold War Paranoia. Maybe related, computers have replaced all your friends. The original lightweight portable telephone: $1499. (Wow, old technology is so attractively crap).

Left: Eventual Ghost. Net neutrality looks like its going to be a thing of the past real quick; Also things of the past: “Future Days” a book by Asimov describing turn of the twentieth century visions for the future. I actually own this book, it is a pleasure. Also books: OMA are exhibiting all of their books at the AA. Hear what the Sesquipedalist has to say about it. Also OMA: old Coney Island postcards.

Inevitable ending, when print meets the net: the 48hr magazine project. Same subject: the magazine of tomorrow (developed by Millennial Wunderkinds Berg London). If you don’t know Berg, like, really, do yourself a favour and check that shit pronto: touch, here and there, olinda, the schooloscope (to mention just a few of their amazing projects); The Internet approaches its address limit. I think we should start erasing the weak and old websites to make more space. Controversial. What Google fears most; the continuity of inter-connecting relationships; cloud computing goes mainstream (WATCH OUT FOR THIS ONE). Our one hope for the future of the web (not to be over-dramatic): the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative. This is the opposite of the Patriot Act of the Internet: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Does anyone else feel like the present stumbled into Blade Runner? On a lighter note, the real is now irrelevant: Banksy returns in digital form. A tip off for MP: Geocitiesizer, make any website look like it was designed by a 13yo in 1996.

Dross: I love unhappy hipsters; big babies at the Shanghai expo; Universal Corrective World Map; Britain is being run by a coalition, in case you didn’t hear. It’s like the Uk has got two gay dads – Conservative/Liberal Democrat agreement; some of the world’s oldest colour photos; 40 mind-blowing hubble pics; dope NASA images; oh, and I remember where all the fistfuls are to be found thanks to Instapaper.


A day at Walmart, via Club Construct.

Christianese via Sociological Images.

2 Responses to “FISTFUL OF LINKS”
  1. Stan says:

    hello…i suppose you are busy with end-of-semester rush? i had a look at bedford press list of publications. found it hard to decide what to buy. which of the 6 items are interesting from your point of view? stan

  2. Jack Self says:

    I am incredibly busy and stressed. Here are my thoughts: something you should try and get a copy of is the Bartlett Unit 15 work for 2009 (on Ballard, tutored by Nic Clear) – its a student publication and I got the last one from the AA, but I don't know if you have any contacts at the Bartlett, maybe if you contacted them…

    Otherwise, the only ones I think are must haves are the AA Words series (1-4 available in box set). Particularly the Kuma one, although the others are also enjoyable. They're bringing out a second series soon which will be great too – including Toyo Ito's writings on the digital tarzan, etc.

    I am currently writing about the DRL tenth anniversary book. I recommend it if you're into the architectural image and diagram, which you are.

    I haven't read "The World of Madelon Vriesendorp" but this could be pretty good too I think.

    I've just realised, I should probably have put this in an e-mail. D'oh. Well, 250 other people a day now know this too.