TRAILER: The Prototype

Nothing to do with the game. Nothing too interesting after Robocop and Universal Soldier, either. (Still, it'd be great to see the flaws and finesses of a man-machine interface.)

JAPAN: Ghost in the Shell goes live with Daedalus network surveillance system

Ghost in the Shell hit the screens 17 years ago and apart from showing much of the Mirrorshades tropes in a hip Japanese anime, it didn't have much of a novelty crash. Thermoptic camouflage, artificial limbs, neural interface links, network surveillance - we all had that from Bethke to Gibson, Shirley and Maddox. What was new, though - thanks much to the GitS manga, especially its second etape, Man-Machine Interface, hitting the gaijin crowd in 2003 - was the oceanic representation of the matrix and how it relates to a living, organic biomass of data.

Until I finish the post that I've been planning for some time about how the representation of the matrix evolved, here's the latest software the Japanese security industry threw at us: Daedalus (Direct Alert Environment for Darknet and Livenet Unified Security). Check out what Diginfo has to say on Daedalus/Nicter and if you're interested in the progress, check out how Nicter looked like back in 2010.

Daedalus renders attacks on networks visible in real time. The sphere in the center represents the Internet, and the circles moving around it represent networks under observation. The state of an attack is shown using 3D graphics, and can be viewed from any perspective. (more at

TRAILER: total recall (official trailer)

Remake or not, this babe is still a stunner. At least for those 150 seconds. (Thumbs up for Columbia: they won't touch the storyline one single bit so all we have to not worry about is the action sequences and the gritty future visuals. Which we have aplenty. (thx Riplakoidase for sending this my way!)

DATA VISUALIZATION: Pizza delivery goes TRON

How do you turn your pizza delivery bike into a TRON light cycle? Simple: slap a GPS tracker on the back, run your delivery routes, then add the light ribbons in later. Do that with enough bicycles, and you get the beautiful view of nighttime delivery routes featured here. (more at

BOOKMARKS for 2012-06-27

  • Google Scientists find Evidence of Machine Learning: A neural network created by connecting 16,000 computer processors appears to support biologists' theories on how the human brain identifies objects. Hint: It's all about the cats.
  • Russia wants its own DARPA: RIA Novosti reports on Putin’s plan for the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry, a Russian equivalent to DARPA.
  • How to Give People the Feeling of Deja Vu: You've probably experienced the sensation of déjà vu — that eerie sense that you get when you know you have seen or done something before, even if you couldn't have. It's the closest we can come to experiencing a real-life time loop.

DAILYKAWAII: steampunk kato ebay auction

Check out Kato's eBay auctions. Image was Hiroshima-strength when we saw it first, still is. (more here)


The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge -- a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival. (This came in from a variety of sources, first transmission by Riplakoidase and if you're interested - the opening music is La Roux's In For the Kill (Skream remix), unfortunately turning completely into dubstep and not d'n'b AS. IT. SHOULD.)

planetdamagedotcom: five years of glittery hydra timezero ROCK

And so it begins.

(First post of, 2007 Jun 19)

Budapest DEATH HEAT melt my bike mid-route and force-choked my brainmeat, so it's a considerably harder task to write anything about how PDcom grew to be five years old. It did! (Realized this two days later, though. Sentient hypertextual sigil child is understandably frustrated now.)

Stats and posts after the break.
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BOOKMARKS for 2012-06-20

WTF: Creepy Alien test footage with Bolaj Badejo

You may remember that the titular xenomorph in Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien was sometimes depicted by a man in a suit. Here's test footage of 6'10" Nigerian actor Bolaji Badejo practicing his extraterrestrial motions. Even with a mock-up of the xenomorph's head alone — and Badejo running around in his underwear — these reels remain unsettling. (via io9)

MUSIC VIDEO: In Strict Confidence - Morpheus (Hecq remix)

Remember Hungarian pop culture oddities like BugZ and 14sec? Director and subculture freak Tamas Mesmer has just released his new music video for the Hecq remix of In Strict Confidence's Morpheus and he's got Angelspit's Violence MV coming up soon (go check out his MV for Angelspit's Toxic Girl if you want some new-world-wtf cyberpunk, the uncensored edition!)


Gestalt terrorism - my week in one image.

Week 24! Completely unexpected death prognosis combined with low-grade Mattel psychology! Putting my head around glitch electronica and weird glitchery VST plugins to rehash old electro tracks! Finding Budapest's most scovillery food outside the Indian HELL CURRY culinary jurisdiction! Random book signings! Tune in next week for more half-sensical summaries! And now, off to the Xiu Xiu Larsen gig!


ono sendai: a prototype

  • Flip up and pull apart monitor from flexible LED technology
  • Touch sensitive keyboard areas, with nanotechnology. Buttons rise from the surface to provide haptic feedback
  • Custom key arrangement for maximum ergonomics
  • Flip case at front hides jack-in plugs and earpiece on retractable cords
  • Handle on rear for easy mobility
  • Fully integrated wireless cyberspace fusion, access, and processing

phatandy's take on Neuromancer's Ono Sendai cyberspace deck via ripperdoc

miértkonzisztencia, skin hunger

akkor és ott lehet hogy jó ötlet volt
felvenni a Bobby Quine exoszemélyiséget
de így most már
felköpni mélyről a tusoló csempéjére
aztán majd lefolyhat a bringatúra maradékával
piócaviselkedésű persze, néha fekete, néha pantone-kaméleon
de lyukakon mászik be, bár személyiség még sose húgycsőkatéterezett meg
és ennek őszintén örülök

TEASER: Azarkant

This is the first official teaser of my upcoming short film Azarkant. It will be a sci-fi Full CG animated film, which tells of the adventures in deep space.
In the future, a team of astronauts are sent on a ten year journey to a distant planet to find new life. On their way, they encounter a large, abandoned spaceship that is drifting in the orbit of a mysterious planet. They board the ship with anticipation of the great discoveries to uncover inside. However, they do not know what terrible secret this spacecraft keeps -- a nightmarish threat which is far bigger and scarier than anything they could have imagined.
(This trailer comes from PD reader Jeremy Stanz - thx! - who said "Plays kinda like a baby Prometheus." and it does!, more here)

BANDCAMP: lhasa mencur - consensual hallucination

Debut solo venture from London based sound artist Lhasa Mencur - an exploration of luscious textures, razor sharp melodies and meticulously crafted glitches and beats the EP aims to take the listener into an uncertain future with its subtly underpinned cyberpunk inspired narrative and vivid ambient spaces. Also featuring as the official OST for upcoming game Dirac.

Lhasa just tagged this as cyberpunk on SoundCloud and BandCamp and that's just spot-on - his debut EP running along with Cybo and earlier Hecq and hitting the moods with many of the artists we came to love for their paragliding above neon Moscow (that would be Tympanik and Hymen). Grab his 3-track glitch-ambient EP Consensual Hallucination off BandCamp - that also serves as a soundtrack for a soon-to-be-released multiplayer game called Dirac (trailers #1 & #2). And this just got released on my birthday. Which makes it even a more pressing matter for you to download it in no time.

the sunday witch house lunchbox (ooooo, crim3s, gl▲ss †33†h)

Coming from the obscure cabinet of weird little treasures of lovely long-time reader of ROCK, surrealcatharsis.

KICKSTARTER: support the California Deathrock Book!

Kickstarter crowdfunding just succeeded for a book of deathrock subculture photography by Amelia G and Forrest Black. Best known for their work with Blue Blood, the photography of Amelia G and Forrest Black has also been published by Rolling Stone, Playboy, Tattoo Savage, Picture, MTV, Orkus, New Grave, Permission, Alternative Press, Meltdown, Ghastly, Sonic Seducer, and many others.

For more than a decade, Amelia G and Forrest Black's personal work has been documenting various subcultures. Amelia G says the West Coast deathrock scene has been one of their favorite subcultures to shoot. Publishing a fifteen year retrospective of deathrock imagery would definitely be a labor of love, so the subculture documentarians appealed to their friends and
readers to back a Kickstarter project to put the book out.
(kickstarter link - donations accepted from 5USD)