#Europe agenda: “French sci-fi team called on to predict future threats

French sci-fi team called on to predict future threats BBC News | Europe | World Edition The “red team” will be employed to imagine future military threats – and how how to prevent them. Who wants to share government content? In recent European elections, not many people Nieman Journalism Lab by Laura Hazard Owen / The growing stream … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Selfie Diplomacy”..” a report on the first Decentralized Web Summit…

Selfie Diplomacy- Analysis of MFA Profile Pictures on Twitter Exploring Digital Diplomacy by Ilan Manor Last week, as news of Brexit broke, foreign ministries throughout the world took to social media to comment on the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The German foreign ministry responded in two ways. First, it published a series of tweets … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Big Data techniques may be killing thousands of innocents…

NSA and GCHQ’s crappy Big Data techniques may be killing thousands of innocents  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Researchers have taken a second look at the NSA SKYNET leaks, as well as theGCHQ data-mining problem book first published on Boing Boing, and concluded that the spy agencies have made elementary errors in their machine-learning techniques, which … Read more

Literati roundup: “IFLA Publishes a Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment…

IFLA Publishes a Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment At its 14 August 2015 meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, the IFLA Governing Board endorsed an IFLA Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment. The FAIFE Committee oversaw preparation of the Statement and benefitted from consultation with IFLA units and various Internet civil liberties advocacy … Read more

Literati roundup: A Wired discussion on Dystopian Sci-Fi……..

Stop Writing Dystopian Sci-Fi—It’s Making Us All Fear Technology  Wired Top Stories No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever  Wired Top Stories Dystopian fiction is a warning, and if it makes people pay attention, then good— 15 Sci-Fi Books That Predicted the Future Mashable! by Andrea Romano Sci-fi writers are really … Read more

Literati roundup: A reading list on the sharing economy… 77,000 more Images to Getty Open Content Archive…

A reading list on the sharing economy open Democracy News Analysis – by Adam Parsons Want more details on the sharing economy and where it might be heading in the future? Check out this comprehensive list of resources, complete with web links. Agyeman, Julian, Duncan McLaren and Adrianne Schaefer-Borrego, Sharing Cities, Friends of the Earth … Read more

“U.S. Universities Ranked by BitTorrent Usage… An Interview with Prof. Anthony D. Smith.. A literati roundup…

College Pirates? U.S. Universities Ranked by BitTorrent Usage BitTorrent has plenty of legitimate uses but much of the traffic that passes through can be linked to copyright infringement. This is true on all regular Internet providers but also on university networks. Unlike consumer ISPs, however, educational institutions are required by law to prevent copyright infringement … Read more

Two SF losses recently… RIP, Richard Matheson & Parke Godwin

RIP, Richard Matheson, 1926-2013 I’m sorry to have to report that Richard Matheson, author of such horror and science fiction classics as I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come, has died at the age of 87. According to his daughter, he died at home, peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. Our condolences to his friends … Read more

Homo academicus: Cypherpunks… Walter Kaufman lectures on Nietzsche…Top US Universities…The solitary academic…”Guy Kawasaki’s 10 Social Media Tips for Authors

Cypherpunks: a conversation that both articulates and challenges the case for Internet freedom by Cory Doctorow Download Walter Kaufmann?s Lectures on Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre & Modern Thought (1960) from Open Culture by Dan Colman Walter Kaufmann spent 33 years (1947-1980) teaching philosophy at Princeton. And more than anyone else, Kaufmann introduced Nietzsche?s philosophy to the … Read more

An academicus roundup. A Brief Survey of Victorian Science Fiction, William Gibson on Internet Bohemias, Orhan Pamuk on fiction..

A Brief Survey of Victorian Science Fiction from Wondermark by David Malki ! At Chicon the other week, I moderated a panel on Victorian and Edwardian science fiction. I?ve read some of the classics ? Verne and Wells and so on ? but I was excited to moderate this panel because it meant I could … Read more

A video: “Precision” Science fiction movie produced in 48 hours


Dervish House: A Sci-Fi novel that takes place in Istanbul

here is the Amazon link. I haven’t read it yet but I am looking forward to reading it… Ian McDonald’s DERVISH HOUSE, superb novel of the mystical nano future of Istanbul from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow I’ve just finished Ian McDonald’s new novel, The Dervish House. I know what to expect from Ian McDonald: … Read more

Deserved buzz for Flashforward

Just finished watching the first 10 episodes of Flashforward. A Serial that got quite a buzz around me. Most of the people got an interest in it because of its relatedness (thru producers and casting) to the TV Series Lost. Well, Lost remains to be one of my all time TV series favorite. Flashforward remains … Read more

Avatar, the movie

last updated: 06 March 2010 On a stormy Sunday night, I rushed back to Mecidiyeköy to meet with Özgür and watch Avatar. The film started at 21 and at 20 I was still Bahçelievler and my car’s alarm system was suddenly broke. I and dad disabled the alarm system so I could drive and be … Read more

More advice from Savage Minds to grad school applicants…

(More) advice on graduate school applications

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Rex

Deadlines for graduate school applications are coming up again. Last year I wrote some quick pointers on applying to graduate school but since then I?ve developed my boiler-plate for our school even more as additional requests for information have entered my mailbox. So here is the latest iteration of my advices for applying to graduate school. Although it is written for where I teach, most of what I say is applicable to anywhere. Good luck!

Not Just Drones: Militants Can Snoop on Most U.S. Warplanes

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


Yesterday, news broke that insurgents used a $25 application available online to hack into US military drone video feeds, and view, copy, and potentially distribute their contents. Hmmmm… Unauthorized copying of audio and video material? Some on Twitter have suggested that we might just send the MPAA or RIAA after them — then, for sure we’ll at last find Bin Laden. But Wired Danger Room’s Noah Shachtman says,

Herbert Brandl at Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman

Herbert Brandl at Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman

from Contemporary Art Daily by Forrest

Artist: Herbert Brandl

Venue: Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck

Exhibition Title: Spektrolith

Date: November 14, 2009 ? January 29, 2010

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