Letter to Someone who Believes They Aren't Interesting Enough to Surveil

Monday 2014-07-21 09:03 -07:00

from the dept dept.

We see you.
We see you.

You still think like a human. ‘to stand out’ is a verb that makes sense only in reference to the human ability to sort through stuff. Computers don’t have the same limits, so everything stands – stands out, stands in, whatever. You have in communication with me, and that is enough to be of interest. I’m a non-American and I work in security.

Remember, computers are machines to find boring things interesting, so it’s easy to be of interest. Surveillance is now so cheap, it’s the opposite that takes effort, like deleting email from gmail.

To help you reset your intuitions, consider: 80% of domestic U.S. calls are now recorded and accessible to law enforcement, should you ever become important enough. International calls must be assumed to be 100% recorded. FB with politically engaged non-Americans, such as myself, is recorded. It’s all recorded.


From Darkness to Darkness

Saturday 2014-06-14 17:00 -07:00

from the art dept.

From darkness to darkness (Zigest.com)
From darkness to darkness
Liz Mars

Thrilled to be featured this week in Zigest:

I wanted to capture how meaning is found, and lost, and found again, and how in the same way that we created urban wilderness, we have created systems of meaning that elude us — a semantic wilderness. The QR code bitfield against which you can see Orion is actually the canonical Lorem Ipsum – aesthetically mangled of course – but the point is you’d never know it. It’s even represented internally to the computer as a font, but again, not for a language you speak. You can only read the words on this piece that were written in fountain pen on paper, and then scanned in. The real text is not for you. You would need to be a machine to experience this work in full.


Thursday 2014-06-12 17:00 -07:00

from the status-update dept.

Here’s a roundup of things I’ve done over the past six weeks:

  1. Got back into music. I’ve been working on two songs – my first two songs – for about a year now. They’re doing okay, and I’m going to have something good to put on SoundCloud soon.
  2. Switched hands. I’ve always been left-handed, but I began doing calligraphy with my right hand as a joke. Guess what? It’s much better than my left-handed handwriting. O_o. More on this unique experience to follow.
  3. Bought paints, began painting and drawing. (Not again, began period.) More fallout from switching hands.
  4. Regular yoga and meditation – well, not as regular as I’d like, but better than before, better than nothing.
  5. Cooking. My partner and I have been upping our culinary game lately, and the flavours are amazing. I love the technical side of cooking. It’s just another art form.

With all this awesome, blog posts have sort of trailed off. However, I’ve got a lot of ad hoc public content on my Facebook page that I vow to import here as soon as I have the time to write an RSS feed scraper for the handrolled blogging engine I use. (This is less work than it sounds, but at the moment this is a statically generated site, so there are some wrinkles to accommodate.) I intend to keep this blog going; I promise. There may be more breathers for creative work, however. :D