The blog of James Bridle: literature, technology and the network, since 2006.

    Recent Blog Posts:

  • Start-ups and Slash Fiction
    Talk from NEXT Berlin 2012, on ways of making meaning and fiction online.
  • Every Book I’ve Ever Made
    My talk from the Do Lectures, Spring 2012.
  • A Ship Aground
    Observations from a Room for London.
  • The overlapping consensus
    Rawls, Jurgenson, Prickett, Krieder, duality.
  • Recent work: GPS, Kindle and GIFs
    Articles for ICON and Domus, and a GIF for the Photographer's Gallery.
  • Mapping Workshop, Guimarães
    Open mapping the European City of Culture
  • Opinions are non-contemporary
    I want to hear about it like I want to hear about your dreams.
  • The dreadful luminosity of everything
    On light.
  • We Found Love In A Coded Space
    Talk from Lift 2012, about the New Aesthetic, concerning literature, sexuality, and collaborating with the network.
  • n/a (Pope Communique #1)
    Network Realism -> New Aesthetic -> ?
  • Writing in Newspapers and Magazines
    Recent work for the Observer, WIRED and ICON.
  • read/write
    Attempting (and failing) to differentiate between things.
  • #sxaesthetic
    The New Aesthetic goes to SXSW.
  • CERN
    In which I am EXCITED about SCIENCE.
  • Kaleidoscopic Permutations
    Agency, history, software, politics.
  • A Ship Adrift
    A thing made out of ships, weather and the internet.
  • 2012: Let’s Go
    Janus-like glancing forwards and back.
  • Hard Times: For Our Times
    50 Pirate Works for Charles Dickens.
  • The New Aesthetic: Waving at the Machines
    Firing a laser through a cloud of ideas.
  • On Now and Next
    A glanceable for radio.
  • Everything is the same only different
    A talk from Books in Browsers on augmentation over enhancement.
  • 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?
  • Publishing Next: India
    A brief report on ebooks and the future of publishing in the subcontinent.
  • Secret Servers
    The architecture, aesthetics and perception of datacenters.
  • The System of the World: Rorschmap Redux
    On the insistence of the network.
  • Won’t somebody think of the children?
    On Laptops & Looms, and generations.
  • Readmill Beta Invites
    The social reading service evolves.
  • Rorschmap
    Here be strange shapes and shadows on the land.
  • Items received by post
    A number of book-shaped things I have recently received.
  • Where the F**k Was I? (A Book)
    I made another book; an atlas written by robots.
  • Robot Flâneur
    On seeing the city through other eyes.
  • Open Bookmarks II
    What is social reading?
  • Regarding the library with envious eyes
    On the machines that read the books.
  • Dear Publishing
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  • The Silence Before, The Context Now
    On online communication, its past and its weight.
  • London Book Fair 2011
    A debate and a panel, on Monday 11th.
  • The Author of Everything
    A story about digitisation.
  • #wikileakspaper
    On printing things out.
  • The House of Wisdom
    On the transmission of the classics, then and now.
  • An Elixir of Reminding
    Borges and Sharing; Instagram and Death.
  • Stop Lying About What You Do
    Pretending will not save us.
  • Starpunk
    Hollowing out spaces of possibility.
  • Hauntological Futures
    On the attempts to rehabilitate nostalgia.
  • HG Wells on Newspapers
    Writing about technologies.
  • Publishing Experiences
    Excerpted from my talk from Tools Of Change, on why publishers should reconsider what they do.
  • Profanity in Art Criticism
    Waxing lyrical about Caravaggio in Milan.
  • Really Interesting
    On joining the Really Interesting Group.
  • Oblique Reading: a Tutorial
    Strategies for exploring books.
  • Interview at The Age of Glass
    On Italy, ebooks and Open Bookmarks
  • Electronic idiocy: VAT and ebooks (and art and libraries)
  • 2010: The Booktwo/STML Yearnotes
  • The City and the Sea
    Art, design and inspiration.
  • The beauty of engineers: Google
  • Selfish vs Social: Open Bookmarks and Casual Strategies
  • Samuel Pepys and the POD Diary
    Phil Gyford, who amongst many other things curates the excellent and veritable, 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 →
  • 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 →
  • 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 →
  • 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 →
  • 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 →
  • Open Bookmarks: The Beginning
    I’ve just launched a blog and a wiki over at Open Bookmarks – if you missed the original post about the project, it’s here. The blog’s for keeping up to date with the project: subscribe to the RSS to keep up-to-date. The wiki is where the discussion will happen. At the moment, it’s read-only, but it will be opened up to registered users at the end of November. In the mean time, it contains some short pieces of introduction: Project aims Project terminology Basic use cases First challenges Partners Please have a read if you’re interested in contributing to ... Read the rest of this post →

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