Yogi Proctor, Canon (2011) via Border Studies
- Leigh Alexander writes about Ian Bogost's Facebook satire Cow Clicker that unintentially gained an audience not in on the joke (It was supposed to be silly, insultingly simple, a vacuous waste of time, and a manipulative joke at the expense of its players-–in other words, everything Bogost thought that Facebook games like the Zynga-made hit). The article also discusses his series of "game poems" A Slow Year.
- What CNN thinks hacking looks like (Betabeat)
- The Movie Set That Ate Itself. Fascinating story of the ongoing (since 2006) filming of Dau in Ukraine, a massive built to scale undertaking even more absurd than Synecdoche, New York or Tom McCarthy's Remainder, with the "institute" taking strict measures to avoid an inauthenticity or anachronism. Guards even impose fines if you use words that are inauthetic to the time period ("Google" is now "Pravda," as in "Pravda it.") More on writer Michael Idov's Tumblr.
- The Paris Review considers the "high art fanzine" with one exceptional example. In 1997, Johanna Fateman was the twenty-two year old author of the fanzine Artaud-Mania. (the syphilitic and schizophrenic Artaud, an enfant terrible of French arts and letters, was an unlikely idol for the feminist punk scene that Fateman had been a part of and was reacting against—post–Riot Grrrl publications that rarely ventured beyond subjects like the DIY music scene, grassroots organizing, and personal politics. Her appreciation for Artaud came through artists and writers like Nancy Spero and Kathy Acker. Like them, she was inspired by his fierce articulation of what Spero once termed a “sense of victimhood”; Fateman put it more bluntly when she wrote approvingly that Artaud was a “crazy bitch with male authority.”)
- QR maleware (via Beyond the Beyond.)
- A murmuration of starlings on video
- Jussi Parikka's obituary for Friedrich Kittler, ("The amount of inspiring ideas he was able to pack even to a one sentence – where you were not always sure what it even meant, but you got the affective power of it. One of my favourites was the quote from Pynchon with which he started his Gramophone Film Typewriter: “Tap my head and mike my brain, Stick that needle in my vein”.")
- Kim Zetter is now working on a book on Stuxnet. See her award winning July Wired feature, How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History
- Audiopedia, a srvice ready to launch by the end of next year, will share nearly all of BBC's archive of speech radio programmes going back to the 1940s. (Telegraph)
- Off Book: Video Games featuring Leigh Alexander, Eric Zimmerman, Jesper Juul, and Syed Salahuddin (PBS Arts)
- Who Lived In a House Like This? A Brief Guide to Researching the History of Your NYC Home (NYPL via Alice Marwick)