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I am pleased to announced the winner of my F.A.T Nika Award 2013:  Computer Rooms by Goto80.!

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COMPUTER ROOMS  is a beautiful little book that focus on the context in which computer culture happens rather than in their machines:

“This is what computer culture really looks like. A collection of photos that show the messy reality behind the shiny online facade. Where we make our living and spend our free time. And try to be creative. Or even maybe worse.

Very few people get to see these spaces. It’s not the kind of place we take photos of, or show to visitors. Maybe we don’t even see it ourselves. It’s a sort of secluded area hidden in plain sight, full of secrets, now on this display in this book.

This kind of places lead to political actions, fantastic music, art, new friends, inventions, love and so much more. This is IRL!”

/Goto80, Bräkne-Hoby, April 2013.

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Goto80 (born Anders Carlsson, 1981) is a Swedish music artist and researcher. He has been described as one of the key players between glitch and chipmusic, as well as an active demoscener. At the turn of the millennium he was one of the first to bring chipmusic to a wider audience, and was also an early adoptor of live Game Boy music.[2] He has an extensive back catalogue of free music – often open source – with a wide span of musical influences.[3] He currently focuses on research and art, and maintains a number of blogs and labels such as Chipflip and the text-mode tumblr.  (source: Wikipedia)

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About F.A.T Nika:
The F.A.T Nika is the Fake Gucci  of the fame economy.  It is a freestyle replica of Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica. A 3D modelled object statuette, copied from Wikipedia images of the Greek Nike of Samothrace and Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica. The prestigious new media award knock-off can be easily reproduced infinite times -digitally or physically- and use it to recognize any creative expression you or your group of friends value, in any way, at any time, for any reason.

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The proliferation of the F.A.T NIKA started in 2012 but this fake gold version is the first copy awarded by myself.  Alas, the F.A.T NIKA must be reproduced, distributed and awarded as you please. Download and just copy it!

 

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Google Driverless Car Punks NYC on Vimeo and YouTube.


"The Internet is the largest experiment
 involving anarchy in history"
 ~Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

 

"I'll be the sun shining on you.
 Hey Cinderella, step into your shoe.
 I'll be your non-stop lover, get it while you can,
 your non-stop miracle, I'm your man.
 Get outta my dreams --
 Get into my car..."
 ~ Sergey "Ocean" Brin

 

“In the beginning there was the word, and the word was… super hard to find. So, Google said, “let there be light… and a network of query-processing distributed supercomputers, and googlebots, and page rank and context-aware adverts, and knowledge graph, and a mobile OS, and maps, and a satellite, and Now, and dark fiber, and Glass…”, and on the seventh day, the people said, “OK Google! Enough already. Give it a rest!” But, by then it was too late and Google, had decided to re-design our basic, public infrastructure: the roads. “Hey Google, shouldn’t the people have a say in how we use the public goods?” “Quit acting like a little bitch,” thought Google, as it auto-piloted Eric and Sergey to their shareholder meeting in a white, lexus SUV to report their quarterly earnings.”

For FAT GOLD we decided that we needed to have a Google car on display. However, since the last time we made one, Google’s vehicular technology has improved quite a bit. It was immediately apparent that making another Streetview car was simply not going to cut it. We needed to evolve with the controversy technology.

We conferred with the FAT Lab R&D department and they succeeded in making some vinyl decals, and a plastic bucket that spins around. We feel that we have really outdone ourselves on this one. Our car is virtually indistinguishable from most other self-driving cars on the road.

If you want to make your own self-driving car, follow these easy instructions to 3D print your own LieDar. Beyond that, all you need is some PVC, a few vinyl decals and a beat-up, rental Fiat. There really is not much to it.

Posted on May 13, 2013

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Social Roulette

Social Roulette has a 1 in 6 chance of deleting your Facebook account.

Everyone thinks about deleting their account at some point, it’s a completely normal reaction to the overwhelming nature of digital culture. Is it time to consider a new development in your life? Are you looking for the opportunity to start fresh? Or are you just seeking cheap thrills at the expense of your social network? Maybe it’s time for you to play Social Roulette.

Social Roulette is a collaboration between Kyle McDonald, Jonas Lund and Jonas Jongejan. The source code is available on GitHub.


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