My Professor showed this video to us in one of my Graphic Design Classes last week. I found myself getting emotional as I watched. It was like my entire childhood experience was being told back to me. The pills, the problems with teachers, all came flooding back in a mess of emotion…and finally someone out here in the world had said what I had needed to hear…it wasn’t wrong it was just different.
I had once been told I was never going to succeed in life because I wasn’t good at math…by my math teacher….to my face…at age 8…infront of everyone in my class. An unfortunately impressionable age in my life. I had believed it almost all of my educational career since then. Art was my favorite class. I could see it and understand it, and most of the time it didn’t make sense. It didn’t have to. When I got to high school and went into geometry, math finally had made sense because I could see it and apply it to art.
Education is hit or miss with some kids. Instead of education killing creativity, I think we need to make it work better for everyone. I applaud this man. I applaud him for finally coming out and saying what needs to be said. Education cannot take the cookie cutter approach. Not every kid is a cookie. Some are muffins, some are pastries, and some are altogether something else (and I’m suddenly getting hungry). Education doesn’t have to kill creativity. It just has to become relevant to that child’s particular creative niche.
I set down the book staring up at my ceiling. How did he do it? How could something so abstract and seemingly impossible be the very thing so many wish they could do. It was power at your fingertips. It was mountains of binary and beautiful landscapes of data. The matrix. The system. The thing that could both make and break powers. It was power.
Reading Neuromancer by William Gibson opens your eyes to a world no one sees. The mind being able to bend and break everything all at once. When we think of the internet we are aware of only one thing: it has almost no law. But then again we live in a “meat world” as the character of Case put it in Neuromancer. A hacker with his mind set on living life in the matrix. Real life isn’t living. It’s failed too much. The matrix…it’s everything. It’s his freedom for the life he runs from with drugs and cyberspace. Not that he’s tried to make much of a life for himself in the first palce.
I’m amazed by the amount of emotion behind the computer screen of hackers. Recently I found myself in search of the Hackers Manifesto. There are many of them. One of the ones I find insightful to the mind and lives of hackers is one found in Phrack magazine. The article empowers the downtrodden of society to fight back against the oppression they’ve felt in the “meat world” they’ve come to know as the only destiny. Only option. Poetry in binary. A drug addict of data. What is even more interesting? Most of it talks about teachers, public school, and an education system that failed them. I can certainly resonate with that. I’ve felt the same on many occasions. Though, to play devils advocate for a moment, how much can personal choice be anyone else’s responsibility?
Another article I found called Hackers Ethics. Interesting perspective.
Another 2 hour conversation had been disconnected. I stared at my computer screen, eyes bloodshot, ear tired of listening. My suite mates playing season after season of television shows. I closed my eyes and hoped that the world would just quiet for a min. Then the power went out.
There is an unusual amount of dependency on electronics for entertainment. I am one of the many who use it more than just a hand full of times a week for entertaining purposes, but every so often I find myself in need to some hardcore quiet time. Power outages are one way of doing it, but there is always another way to get away from all things electronic. My ideal plan: West Virginia Quiet Zone.
The zone was established in 1958 and consists of 13, ooo square miles of beautiful isolation. No wifi. No cellphones. No radio waves. If you want complete isolation? This is as isolated as it gets outside of prison. And for many trying to run from technology it’s a highly sought place for the housing market.
For more information about this unique zone click here.
Information was recently released describing a new “Test City” . Pretty cool right? Twenty square miles of purely new technology, in the middle of nowhere New Mexico, and not a single person around. It is being built by a private company in Washington D.C and is estimated to cost about $200 million dollars. It’s purpose?:
“[It] will allow private companies, not for profits, educational institutions and government agencies to test in a unique facility with real world infrastructure, allowing them to better understand the cost and potential limitations of new technologies prior to introduction,” says company CEO.
An explanation that leaves quite a few questions unanswered. Where is it being built? In an unnamed location in the New Mexico desert. What will it look like? Twenty square miles of shinny, new, unpopulated ghost town. “A city in a petri dish.” Who is going to have access to these testing facilities and under what conditions? No idea.
The greater question is what will this new test city open a way for? New technologies of course, but how many other companies might begin doing the same? To what consequences? BLDGBLOG (see link below) says some interesting things on this very question. How would other ‘test cities’ for other companies look? Would they have to follow existing laws of commerce? Who is going to regulate what happens there and under what conditions? What changes might have to be made to laws if this begins to become a trend for companies? All questions that still need answers.
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I find it interesting that we live in a time where the world no longer needs to be ruled by nerds. What I mean by that is, everyone (with the exception of certain age brackets) has a good handle on how to use technology. It used to be that computers, game consoles, etc. were all very specialized fields. Only those who knew how to program them could use them. Though it seems today, just about everyone can go online and find thousands of resources on how to retake the once specialized technological field for the common user.
I recently discovered an interesting article that was more than informative when it comes to different “uses” for the gaming console (including vintage tech). To everything there is a loop hole these days. The common gamer can find free gaming in any number of places. If you’re interested in finding out the top ten DIY projects to improve your personal gaming experience, your tech savvy, and even make awesome though questionable first impressions click here.
****I do not advise hacking gaming systems. What you do with this information is your choice and therefore I cannot be held responsible for any activity that may cause damage to property or violations of any contracts.
Okay, so the cybergoth in me wishes that there was a rave somewhere in my near vicinity that would take this video into design consideration. This was just too mother boardin’ cool not to show you…and all for a foreign yogurt commercial. Get your black lights ready….
I’d rather be there in person and appreciate the process much more deeply. But I suppose that’s one’s opinion. I can be thankful for YouTube a bit more now if I wasn’t already.