LOVE: Hackers


My favourite movie, if I had to pick one. Iain Softley's Hackers from 1995 with Angelina Jolie, Laurence Mason, Matthew Lillard and Jonny Lee Miller.


Feast your scifi loving eyes on this jaw-dropping short by Kaleb Lechowski, a 22-year-old German student attending the Mediadesign Hochschule school in Berlin. Yeah, he's already heading to Hollywood. Synopsis: "A member of an alien race is being interrogated and tortured by a machine." Sound is by Hartmut Zeller and voice acting, by Dave Masterson. (more at


BOOKMARKS FOR 2013-01-29

  • Scientists Teach Bacteria To Eat Electricity: Researchers at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, have coaxed a species of bacteria into trading their usual diet of partially-oxidized iron for a small current of electricity--a trick that may eventually make the microorganisms useful producers of biofuels.
  • BETTER THAN THE BORG: THE NEUROTECH ERA: Long the stuff of science fiction, technology that can directly tap into, augment, and connect human brains is becoming science fact. And that means big changes for all of us. Consider what we’ve already done – getting data in and out of the human brain.
  • Popper's three worlds: Popper's three worlds is a way of looking at reality, described by the Austrian philosopher Karl Popper in a lecture in 1978. The concept involves three interacting worlds, called World 1, World 2 and World 3.
    : The first part of this paper is an attempt to offer an overview of Popper's World 3 in the light of philospher Rick Roderick's concerns about the growing excess of information in our times (be they modern or post-modern).

  • Data Storage in DNA Becomes a Reality: Scientists announced yesterday that they successfully converted 739 kilobytes of hard drive data in genetic code and then retrieved the content with 100 percent accuracy.
  • Astronauts needed for one way trip to Mars: Mars One, a nonprofit organisation based in the Netherlands, intends to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023. They need astronauts.

RESEARCH: A Retrospective Editing of Consciousness

A new study has found that conscious experience can be altered retrospectively, so that experience of visual information can be changed almost half a second later by manipulating where our attention is drawn. (more at mindhacks)

MAGAZINE: Matrix Revelations Issue 4


Fourth issue Alfa Matrix magazine featuring interviews with Helalyn Flowers, RECOIL, GLIS, Dunkelwerk, Lovelorn Dolls, Ayria, Junksista, Aesthetische, Implant, Cynical Existence, Freakangel, Technoir, Daniel B. Prothèse, Kant Kino, Krystal System, Mentallo & The Fixer, I:scintilla, Mari Chrome, Diskonnekted, Siva Six, Metroland.

Machete Girl issue 8 is ALMOST out, the new issue of The Dose mag will be launched in May, Auxiliary's pumping hard the new issues and now Alfa Matrix spits out a new mag issue? This promises to be an interesting few months ahead. No rivalry on the table, so feel free to come forward and download this warbaby - the Mentallo interview is PURE ROCK! (read on issuu)

VIDEO: Amon Tobin - Isam live in Graz (2012)

"When you do things in a different way, it makes you have to think differently about the way you present it. So 'ISAM Live' ended up as a mixture of cinema, live performance and projection art." — watch 30 minutes of Amon Tobin's 'Isam' live show from Graz, Austria, available in 1080p full HD video.

This just gets posted here because Tobin's running a level-up on Isam, one show only in London, here's where you can buy tix, March 8th, 2013, Hammersmith Apollo.

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VIDEO: X-Qlusive Wildstylez

On January 19th 2013, you've showed your love for the music and represented the wilder stylez at the Heineken Music Hall. A historical night filled with magical and epic moments you'll never forget!

Wildstylez and Niels Geusebroek got rewarded with a golden record for their track 'Year of Summer', we've celebrated the very last performance of Wildstylez and Headhunterz as Project One and many more.

It's time to relive those moments because this is the official aftermovie of X-Qlusive Wildstylez.


MUSIC: Grimes live on KEXP 2012

I usually find my great music through two or three loops - someone recommends me something or I go fishing for a genre, look at recent sub-subgenres, cross-reference it with the Similar Artists feature of, look for what else people listen to have in their playlists who listen to that band I just picked and I tend to pick the most obscure ones. This is how I found Claire Boucher, the girl born out of Tumblr, DIY, analog synths, Skinny Puppy, stencils and goth kawaii. Sometimes I'm in love when I'm listening to Grimes, not always and for never too long. But those microseconds are growing longer. And ballistic-electro-ambient-witchpunk-fuck-you has never been this elegant in its statement of Tumblr riot grrls. Start researching Grimes. She has Process.


MUSIC: Xilent - Boss Wave (8-bit dubstep)

Kristofer has now stepped up to CGI for his latest wubwub video extravaganza, for upcoming dubstep producer Xilent’s Boss Wave. In fact, with the help of CG animation experts Erik Buchholtz and Mikael Pettersén, he’s created a high octane action thriller combining live action and slick CG – and taken that trademark Ström taste for blood and gore to a new level. (more at




Right before finishing the Damage Report came Skyrim and finishing up the manuscript on time just got a lot harder. Now we have Elder Scrolls Online coming sometime this year and all my projects look prematurely violated. Here's the beta signup link.

HARDSTYLE: Official Q-dance 2012 Year Movie

The year 2012 has been a fierce one! We've shared beautiful and magical moments with you. To relive all those moments to the fullest, gather your party friends and pour yourselves a drink. Because this is the Q-dance 2012 Year Movie!


PATH OF EXILE: new rival up against Diablo III and Torchlight II?

Path of Exile's open beta starts January 23rd! You can download the free to play game here:


TED VIDEO: Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too

We have personal computing, why not personal biotech? That's the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIYbio.


LINKBOX 2013 Week 3


GAMA-GO Skull Ice Cube, definitely loving its sharp geometries, Tumblr- and hipster-compatible, wonder when the ice skull shooter nerf gun comes with it. (via

  • When the Internet Is Your Hometown: For post-Internet people, the digital natives, the Internet has the potential to become a hometown that you can never leave.
  • Pacer - Sound Making Suit: The “pacer“ suit receives electro impulses which appear when the muscles are activated, (movement), amplifies them and turns them into sound with the help of the sensors attached to the muscles. it is possible to produce harmonious rhythm and melody by dancing i.e. moving certain muscles (activating the sensors).
  • Dead Girls #5: Like A Bad Girl Should: What’s five-feet-four-inches tall, has a bottle-blonde mane, luminous green eyes, and a body that – if superficially that of a human girl’s – has been infected, and robotically enhanced, by a nano-tech virus, so that its humanity is compromised by the superhuman?
  • Elder Scrolls Bundle - Oblivion GOTY, Morrowind GOTY, Skyrim, Hearthfire and Dawnguard

  • A rather graphic look at the smog in Beijing, China.

  • MUSIC: Aaron Potter of Empty launches EP for new project `SLEEPLESS`

    Sleepless began in late 2011 as an experimental sound outlet for Australian producer Aaron Potter. Combining layered electronics fused with raw human emotion, the music can be described as a hybrid of Electro-Industrial with elements of IDM and Drum and Bass.


    Australian electro-industrial could never go wrong (Angelspit, New Project, Tankt, The Crystalline Effect, just to name a few projects of ROCK) - this time it's Aaron Potter to show some light in the darkness with his new EP Decision. (If you don't know who he is, I'll tell you. He's the guy who put cyberpunk back on the maps with Empty and his track Centre is just MAD MASSIVE INSANE FUN.)


    New Ghost in the Shell anime ARISE in 2013



  • Info comes from the February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine
  • Arise comes out in 2013
  • Chief director will be Kazuchika Kise (involved as animation director with the Blood anime series, the Neon Genesis Evangelion movies, and more) (read more at siliconera)
  • Supervisor and lead writer will be Tow Ubukata
  • Kenji Kamiyama will not be involved with the project
  • ARISE composer will be Cornelius
  • this is the ARISE sitewith the official Twitter channel and the official Facebook page
  • a "Ghost in the Shell Arise Production Presentation" will be streamed live worldwide on February 12 at 9:00 p.m. in Japan (7:00 a.m. EST) on Niconico, Bandai Channel, and YouTube. The event itself will be held at the nicofarre event hall in Tokyo. (read up on more events at
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    WALLPAPER: The Lord Inquisitor / Burn Heretics


    Burn Heretics Wallpaper Pack for the Lord Inquisitor unofficial WH40K movie (thx Ripla!)

    MUSIC VIDEO: Angelspit - Defibrillator

    Directed by The Liar & Angelspit
    Footage Provided by
    Luke Haughwout @Regen Magazine (Allentown, PA)
    Tommy Wilde @The Rave (Milwaukee, WI)
    Aaron Saye (Denver, CA)
    Katherine Vega @Kataklizmic Design (Tucson AZ, Phoenix AZ)
    Graphics by
    Chris McCard (Noblerot)
    Walt Watts (Creative Distortion)
    Bunny Design by Jessii Addiction
    Japanese translation by Briony Mamo
    Shot live during the ALL THE RAGE North America Tour, 2011.

    BOOKMARKS FOR January 15th, 2013

    Sabled Sun - Signals, is a series of space ambient works that portrays signals that the protagonist from the albums 2145 and 2146 finds on his journey to find out what happened to humanity after waking up from hibernation deep sleep to an empty world void of human life. (find more stuff at


    • LAMINA NIXIE CLOCK: Fully handcrafted clock with old stock of Russian Nixie vacuum tubes. The clock is made from stained american walnut and natural maple wood in glossy lacquered finish. The high polished brass gears and disks are custom cut pieces. (more on etsy)
    • Ambivalent Sexism Inventory: The statements on this page concern women, men, and their relationships in contemporary society.
    • GoFlow: a DIY tDCS brain-boosting kit: Basically, you can buy tDCS machines today, but they’re not cheap (on the order of hundreds or thousands of dollars). GoFlow wants to create a kit with all of the necessary parts for $99, with a simple, solderless schematic that anyone can put together. You can’t buy GoFlow yet, but you ask to be notified when it is.
    • Maura magazine 01: How can we make sure that writers are given resources to dive into stories that might not be obvious after a cursory Google search?
    • IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept Microsoft Research project designed to push the boundary of living room immersive entertainment by blending our virtual and physical worlds with projected visualizations. The effects in the video are rendered in real time and are captured live -- not special effects added in post processing. IllumiRoom project was designed by: Brett Jones, Hrvoje Benko, Eyal Ofek and Andy Wilson. (more at


    I will post now something in its metaphorically cogdis entirety, the Incomplete Manifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau. It is his stuff but it hits me at the right time and in the right mental pressure points, so I feel I have to reflect this further. Have as much of a happy breakdown and chain of realizations as I've had with this. Good luck. (found on kafka dreams and brucemaudesign)

    Allow events to change you.
    You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

    Forget about good.
    Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.

    Process is more important than outcome.
    When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.

    Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child).
    Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

    Go deep.
    The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

    Capture accidents.
    The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.

    A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.

    Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

    Begin anywhere.
    John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

    Everyone is a leader.
    Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.

    Harvest ideas.
    Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.

    Keep moving.
    The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.

    Slow down.
    Desynchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.

    Don’t be cool.
    Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.

    Ask stupid questions.
    Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.

    The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

    Intentionally left blank. Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas of others.

    Stay up late.
    Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you’re separated from the rest of the world.

    Work the metaphor.
    Every object has the capacity to stand for something other than what is apparent. Work on what it stands for.

    Be careful to take risks.
    Time is genetic. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. The work you produce today will create your future.

    Repeat yourself.
    If you like it, do it again. If you don’t like it, do it again.

    Make your own tools.
    Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even simple tools that are your own can yield entirely new avenues of exploration. Remember, tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference.

    Stand on someone’s shoulders.
    You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better.

    Avoid software.
    The problem with software is that everyone has it.

    Don’t clean your desk.
    You might find something in the morning that you can’t see tonight.

    Don’t enter awards competitions.
    Just don’t. It’s not good for you.

    Read only left-hand pages.
    Marshall McLuhan did this. By decreasing the amount of information, we leave room for what he called our "noodle."

    Make new words.
    Expand the lexicon. The new conditions demand a new way of thinking. The thinking demands new forms of expression. The expression generates new conditions.

    Think with your mind.
    Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.

    Organization = Liberty.
    Real innovation in design, or any other field, happens in context. That context is usually some form of cooperatively managed enterprise. Frank Gehry, for instance, is only able to realize Bilbao because his studio can deliver it on budget. The myth of a split between "creatives" and "suits" is what Leonard Cohen calls a ‘charming artifact of the past.’

    Don’t borrow money.
    Once again, Frank Gehry’s advice. By maintaining financial control, we maintain creative control. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s surprising how hard it is to maintain this discipline, and how many have failed.

    Listen carefully.
    Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same.

    Take field trips.
    The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic–simulated environment.

    Make mistakes faster.
    This isn’t my idea — I borrowed it. I think it belongs to Andy Grove.

    Don’t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You’ll never get all the way, and the separation might be truly remarkable. We have only to look to Richard Hamilton and his version of Marcel Duchamp’s large glass to see how rich, discredited, and underused imitation is as a technique.

    When you forget the words, do what Ella did: make up something else … but not words.

    Break it, stretch it, bend it, crush it, crack it, fold it.

    Explore the other edge.
    Great liberty exists when we avoid trying to run with the technological pack. We can’t find the leading edge because it’s trampled underfoot. Try using old-tech equipment made obsolete by an economic cycle but still rich with potential.

    Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms.
    Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces — what Dr. Seuss calls "the waiting place." Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference — the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals — but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.

    Avoid fields.
    Jump fences. Disciplinary boundaries and regulatory regimes are attempts to control the wilding of creative life. They are often understandable efforts to order what are manifold, complex, evolutionary processes. Our job is to jump the fences and cross the fields.

    People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I’ve become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves.

    Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty. History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a previous moment or event. That’s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.

    Power to the people.
    Play can only happen when people feel they have control over their lives. We can’t be free agents if we’re not free.