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Blog Profile / Futurismic


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Filed Under:Genres / Sci Fi
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Archived Since:February 24, 2008

Blog Post Archive

QWOP, GIRP and the Construction of Video Game Realism

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

  1: A Problematic Concept Whenever mainstream news outlets mention video games I cringe. I cringe because every time traditional news outlets move beyond their traditional territory and reach out to an unfamiliar cultural milieu in an effort to appear plugged in, they invariably wind up making both themselves and that cultural milieu look awful. [...]Show More Summary

Personal Information, Part 2: episode 14

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Personal Information is a serial sci-fi webcomic from Sarah “Does Not Equal” Ennals. Wondering what’s going on? Try winding back and reading from the start… Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness! Share and Enjoy: Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

Technohaberdashery

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Now this is just wonderful, even if it’s as clear a response to the start of a long (but maybe not so slow) ramping down from the current consumer-driven innovation model of technology business: The notion of a “haberdashery for technology” came from traditional haberdasheries which are (or, more often than not, were) filled with [...]Show More Summary

Writing a Novel in One Week

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

How fast can you write well? Don’t mistake slowness for quality: what speedy writing lacks in deliberation, under the right circumstances and with enough writing practice behind it, it can more than make up for in involvement, awareness, and momentum. [image by Neal Fowler] James Maxey, author of numerous successful short stories and of the Dragon [...]Show More Summary

Personal Information, Part 2: episode 13

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Personal Information is a serial sci-fi webcomic from Sarah “Does Not Equal” Ennals. Wondering what’s going on? Try winding back and reading from the start… Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness! Share and Enjoy: Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

Trough of disillusionment? Sounds about right

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

The good folk at BERG have clipped out the master graphic from the Gartner Hype Cycle Report for 2011 (the full version of which I’m too tight to pay for, I’m afraid); see below. Rolling around like a marble in the trough of disillusionment are virtual worlds, ebook readers and QR codes, which is interesting; [...]Show More Summary

Internet Filter Bubbles

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

As anyone reading this knows by now, I like TED talks. One of my recent favorites, and one which I shared with friends and even showed to staff at work, is Eli Pariser’s brilliant talk about Internet filter bubbles. A few days ago at the World Science Fiction conference in Reno, I was on a [...] Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

Brenda Cooper’s Mayan December

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Hey, you know Brenda Cooper, who does the Today’s Tomorrows column here at Futurismic? Course you do, and there’s a new essay due later today. But while you’re waiting for that, go read her Big Idea piece at Scalzi’s Whatever about her new novel, Mayan December. Go on. Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets [...]Show More Summary

The evanescence of pseudonymous online identity

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Charlie Stross: Google are wrong about the root cause of online trolling and other forms of sociopathic behaviour. It’s nothing to do with anonymity. Rather, it’s to do with the evanescence of online identity. People who have long term online identities (regardless of whether they’re pseudonymous or not) tend to protect their reputations. Trolls, in [...]Show More Summary

Personal Information, Part 2: episode 12

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Personal Information is a serial sci-fi webcomic from Sarah “Does Not Equal” Ennals. Wondering what’s going on? Try winding back and reading from the start… Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness! Share and Enjoy: Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

Infamous 2: Mindless Fun and the Basis of Aesthetic Judgement

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

It rained on Saturday afternoon. It rained and it rained and it rained. It rained so much that I couldn’t go out, not even to the cinema, not even for a walk. I was trapped, so I decided to invest some serious time in a video game. I powered up the PS3, slid the armchair [...] Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

How long do we have?

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

How far are our necks from the afore-mentioned Grim Meathook Future? When will the magical thinking at the core of economics finally be revealed for the hand-waving bullshit it actually is? When is soon, probably. We could keep rolling sixes and spin it out another 22 years, but we’re getting to the point where relatively small [...]Show More Summary

The future of Futurismic

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

I’ve been thinking about the future. Time forms a frame for our narratives about ourselves, a scale for organising coherence out of a formless flow. Thinking in terms of months, years, decades is a convenience that I’ve come to suspect actually keeps us from understanding the true causality of things until we get a significant [...]Show More Summary

Personal Information, Part 2: episode 11

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Personal Information is a serial sci-fi webcomic from Sarah “Does Not Equal” Ennals. Wondering what’s going on? Try winding back and reading from the start… Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness! Share and Enjoy: Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

When You Hate Your Novel

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Writing a novel can be a little like a troubled romance, neh? Perhaps it started out with a flurry of excitement. Your idea swept you away and fascinated you–this was the one! This was the novel that was going to get finished or be your first sale or make a name for you. At the [...] Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

This is London

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Map of London colour-coded for social deprivation index; the darker the red, the poorer the area. Little volcano icons represent riot actions as of ~9pm GMT Tuesday 9th August 2011. Click through for full-size interactive/zoomable version. Of course, these riots are nothing to do with poverty or deprivation. After all, they could all have decent [...]Show More Summary

Aftermath

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

I’m not going to be writing here today, and maybe not tomorrow either. If you want to know what’s occupying my mind, look at the news coming out of the UK today. And bear in mind that just a week ago, a vast proportion of people in this country would have said that it would [...] Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

Makers and breakers

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Hmmm. Here’s a piece at Wired called “Big DIY: The Year the Maker Movement Broke”. Much as with the rockumentary whose title they’re alluding to, though, I suspect at least some folk are misinterpreting the use of the word “broke”. The Sonic Youth tour diary movie – featuring much footage of Kurt Cobain at the [...]Show More Summary

Personal Information, Part 2: episode 10

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

Personal Information is a serial sci-fi webcomic from Sarah “Does Not Equal” Ennals. Wondering what’s going on? Try winding back and reading from the start… Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness! Share and Enjoy: Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!

Martian water: back on again

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Futurismic

I’ve lost count of the number of times that the scientific consensus on whether or not there’s liquid-phase water on Mars has changed, and that’s just within the span of me blogging here at Futurismic (so, six years or thereabouts). But it looks like we just flipped back toward certainty, as images from NASA’s Mars [...]Show More Summary

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