- 20/7/12 Balloon Mapping, Guimarães
Mapping the European Capital of Culture 2012 with helium balloons.
- 13/7/12 Start-ups and Slash Fiction
Talk from NEXT Berlin 2012, on ways of making meaning and fiction online.
- 11/7/12 Every Book I’ve Ever Made
My talk from the Do Lectures, Spring 2012.
- 10/7/12 A Ship Aground
Observations from a Room for London.
- 2/7/12 The overlapping consensus
Rawls, Jurgenson, Prickett, Krieder, duality.
- 1/6/12 Recent work: GPS, Kindle and GIFs
Articles for ICON and Domus, and a GIF for the Photographer's Gallery.
- 31/5/12 Mapping Workshop, Guimarães
Open mapping the European City of Culture
- 23/5/12 Opinions are non-contemporary
I want to hear about it like I want to hear about your dreams.
- 16/5/12 The dreadful luminosity of everything
- 11/4/12 We Found Love In A Coded Space
Talk from Lift 2012, about the New Aesthetic, concerning literature, sexuality, and collaborating with the network.
- 4/4/12 n/a (Pope Communique #1)
Network Realism -> New Aesthetic -> ?
- 2/4/12 Writing in Newspapers and Magazines
Recent work for the Observer, WIRED and ICON.
- 27/3/12 read/write
Attempting (and failing) to differentiate between things.
- 15/3/12 #sxaesthetic
The New Aesthetic goes to SXSW.
- 27/2/12 CERN
In which I am EXCITED about SCIENCE.
- 22/2/12 Kaleidoscopic Permutations
Agency, history, software, politics.
- 9/2/12 A Ship Adrift
A thing made out of ships, weather and the internet.
- 16/1/12 2012: Let’s Go
Janus-like glancing forwards and back.
- 15/12/11 Hard Times: For Our Times
50 Pirate Works for Charles Dickens.
- 5/12/11 The New Aesthetic: Waving at the Machines
Firing a laser through a cloud of ideas.
- 28/11/11 On Now and Next
A glanceable for radio.
- 1/11/11 Everything is the same only different
A talk from Books in Browsers on augmentation over enhancement.
- 5/10/11 The New Value of Text
There is an increasingly pervasive notion that other forms of media are additive to literature, that they somehow improve it. Because, you know, books are just telling stories, right?
- 19/9/11 Publishing Next: India
A brief report on ebooks and the future of publishing in the subcontinent.
- 13/9/11 Secret Servers
The architecture, aesthetics and perception of datacenters.
- 8/9/11 The System of the World: Rorschmap Redux
On the insistence of the network.
- 30/8/11 Won’t somebody think of the children?
On Laptops & Looms, and generations.
- 24/8/11 Readmill Beta Invites
The social reading service evolves.
- 29/7/11 Rorschmap
Here be strange shapes and shadows on the land.
- 19/7/11 Items received by post
A number of book-shaped things I have recently received.
- 24/6/11 Where the F**k Was I? (A Book)
I made another book; an atlas written by robots.
- 13/6/11 Robot Flâneur
On seeing the city through other eyes.
- 1/6/11 Open Bookmarks II
What is social reading?
- 24/5/11 Regarding the library with envious eyes
On the machines that read the books.
- 18/4/11 Dear Publishing
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- 12/4/11 The Silence Before, The Context Now
On online communication, its past and its weight.
- 7/4/11 London Book Fair 2011
A debate and a panel, on Monday 11th.
- 27/3/11 The Author of Everything
A story about digitisation.
- 26/3/11 #wikileakspaper
On printing things out.
- 24/3/11 The House of Wisdom
On the transmission of the classics, then and now.
- 24/3/11 An Elixir of Reminding
Borges and Sharing; Instagram and Death.
- 23/3/11 Stop Lying About What You Do
Pretending will not save us.
- 21/3/11 Starpunk
Hollowing out spaces of possibility.
- 20/3/11 Hauntological Futures
On the attempts to rehabilitate nostalgia.
- 14/3/11 HG Wells on Newspapers
Writing about technologies.
- 17/2/11 Publishing Experiences
Excerpted from my talk from Tools Of Change, on why publishers should reconsider what they do.
- 7/2/11 Profanity in Art Criticism
Waxing lyrical about Caravaggio in Milan.
- 25/1/11 Really Interesting
On joining the Really Interesting Group.
- 19/1/11 Oblique Reading: a Tutorial
Strategies for exploring books.
- 19/1/11 Interview at The Age of Glass
On Italy, ebooks and Open Bookmarks
- 4/1/11 Electronic idiocy: VAT and ebooks (and art and libraries)
- 31/12/10 2010: The Booktwo/STML Yearnotes
- 9/12/10 The City and the Sea
Art, design and inspiration.
- 7/12/10 The beauty of engineers: Google Books.app
- 3/12/10 Selfish vs Social: Open Bookmarks and Casual Strategies
- 3/12/10 Samuel Pepys and the POD Diary
Phil Gyford, who amongst many other things curates the excellent and veritable http://www.pepysdiary.com/, is rightfully annoyed at HarperCollins for pulling a bait-and-switch with their print-on-demand reissues: The new volume, again on the right, is much whiter. It’s only when you compare standard books with really white paper that you realise they’re usually a bit yellow, slightly textured. You might think that having whiter, smoother paper is an improvement. It’s cleaner, brighter, more contrasty, but… it feels cheap. The paper is smooth and crisp, like the kind of paper you buy in reams to feed through your temperamental inkjet printer. ... Read the rest of this post →
- 30/11/10 Romance has lived too long upon this river: A London Companion
I’ve been playing with glanceables and synecdoches for a while now, until I came up with something that had to be got out of my head, and into the world. So here it is: Romance has lived too long upon this river; a single-serving web page that tells you how high the tide is at London Bridge: explicitly close up, but also, roughly, at a glance. (It works very well on the iPad (although better if it were wrapped in an app), OK on the iPhone, and it works particularly well on big screens, particularly if you use a ... Read the rest of this post →
- 25/11/10 Two Things (Gibson TTS and Fictional Memory Palaces)
BBC7 is currently doing Gibson’s Pattern Recognition as this week’s Sci-Fi serial. If you’re in the UK you can listen via iPlayer. It’s being read by Lorelei King, “one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today.” She’s good at voices but (and, Lorelei, this is no criticism if you’re idly googling yourself) her standard one has a strange, disembodied quality, which makes it sound like Text-to-Speech. As David pointed out, it feels like there should be a choice for voices for a text like this, and there’s some assemblage possible via ... Read the rest of this post →
- 19/11/10 The Kindle as Tiny Pony: eBooks in India
There it is, just sitting on a shelf, in a little electronics store in the corner of Khan Market, in New Delhi. Like it’s a totally normal thing. An ebook reader. In a shop. In India. It’s only a little over four years since I wrote Birth pangs of a new literature. Publishing then didn’t believe in eBooks (or a number of other things mentioned therein, like Amazon becoming a publisher, but there you go.) Four years. And there’s an ereader in a shop in a market in New Delhi. … Which is not to make any sort ... Read the rest of this post →
- 15/11/10 Other possible futures: India and its young people
Back from India. It was amazing, as ever. Couple of things to talk about. First: If we’ve ever talked about India and books, you’ll know I’m slightly obsessed with One Night @ The Call Center by Chetan Bhagat. I first read it and wrote about it when I was in India last year, and it’s stayed in my head ever since. One Night @ The Call Center is about a bunch of young, over-educated kids working in a call center in Gurgaon (which is, trying desperately not to deviate, the new Chiba). Over the course of a single night, they ... Read the rest of this post →
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