Thomas Conner here — recovering music critic, UCSD Ph.D. student in communication, Taoist, teaist.

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Olivetti typewriters


Olivetti typewriters

(via holespoles)

Spotted at #SDCC: #Hatsune Miku in the palm of your hand!

I’ve mused before rather generally about how the technology for hologram simulations and, hopefully one day, holograms themselves will deliver these presentations into the palm of our hands. It’s happening already.

Hako Vision Hatsune Miku, available Aug. 11 (just 500 yen/$5 US), is a small box with a clear plate on one side. (It even sells with a piece of gum attached!) Open the box, set the stage (pieces included), and use your smartphone to scan a barcode on the box. Your phone then begins playing a video. Lay your phone screen down on the top of the box, and the video will appear semi-holographically within the clear plate on the side. It’s a mini-Pepper’s ghost!

The first Miku editions come with two songs each: “Tell Your World” and “Nijigen Dream Fever,” and “World Is Mine” and “Story Rider.” One announcement of the product reports: “A portion of the Hako Vision stage data will be given out for free as part of the user-participation projects and general users will be able to contribute their own original Hatsune Miku videos.”

Watch a set-up and presentation video here of a previous fireworks-related version

Preorder on Amazon Japan in Japan, or here internationally.

And they said View-Masters were obsolete…

(Top photo by Emily York)

A supercut of how hacking looked to 1980s moviemakers … remember when entering a computer system was all virtual tunnels and dazzling light shows? Can we actually institute that, please?


IBM Magnetic Tape Reels by SCVHA on Flickr.

When you could *hear* data working …

(via klappersacks)


In Vegas this weekend, encountered my first virtual blackjack dealer.

Of note: these tables were almost always empty compared to the regular video screens and human dealers.

This is the first thing I’ve seen that makes me actually *want* a wearable/#GoogleGlass — Thermal Touch turns the world into a touchscreen.

Check out more info here.

studybreak: Exam week playlists

Dance Party!: To remind you that you have a body

Inspiration: To remind you that, yes, we can do this

Nightynight: To remind you to sleep, child

Research inspiration

"Digging"by Seamus Heaney

Between my finger and my thumb   
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.

Under my window, a clean rasping sound   
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:   
My father, digging. I look down

Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds   
Bends low, comes up twenty years away   
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills   
Where he was digging.

The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft   
Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep
To scatter new potatoes that we picked,
Loving their cool hardness in our hands.

By God, the old man could handle a spade.   
Just like his old man.

My grandfather cut more turf in a day
Than any other man on Toner’s bog.
Once I carried him milk in a bottle
Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up
To drink it, then fell to right away
Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods
Over his shoulder, going down and down
For the good turf. Digging.

The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head.
But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.


Some Apple prototypes of the ’80s (via the verge)

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