Saturday, March 28, 2009

Almost too beautiful for the coffee table

I just found this book and had to share it with you

I think it was Omni magazine introduced me to this guy when I was in high school. I recall writing a term paper on evolution vs. creationism. I managed to work in some citations to McKenna's idea of the 'Stoned Age' from "Food of the Gods"into my evolution argument. Yeah, I was that kind of student ;)

His daughter's photography is stunning.
His legacy was clearly a lot bigger than just his work.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Where we're headed. (or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the Matrix)

Well, this is what's become of dodgeball...the original group location awareness platform that Google acquired a while back.

According to Google, Latitude is a feature of Google Maps for mobile on these phones:

* Android-powered devices, such as the T-Mobile G1
* iPhone and iPod touch devices (coming soon)
* most color BlackBerry devices
* most Windows Mobile 5.0+ devices
* most Symbian S60 devices (Nokia smartphones)
* many Java-enabled (J2ME) mobile phones, such as Sony Ericsson devices (coming soon)

A summary of the post-modern set.

Hipster: The Dead End Of Civilization
(Cover story of Adbusters Issue #79.)

We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality.
We are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, but too afraid to become it ourselves. We are a defeated generation, resigned to the hypocrisy of those before us, who once sang songs of rebellion and now sell them back to us. We are the last generation, a culmination of all previous things, destroyed by the vapidity that surrounds us. The hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture so detached and disconnected that it has stopped giving birth to anything new.

Ouch. Harsh one, dude.