Weekend 558.1

All these drove my interest in [computers] [technology] [futurism_].

(IOI-643118) WarGames
(IOI-645119) Tron (and later Tron: Legacy)
(IOI-675123) Atari <<< Rick Guidice and John Enright
(IOI-675129) Origin Systems (2400 AD)
(IOI-678999) Walt Disney World: Tomorrowland, EPCOT, and Monorail
(IOI-681999) Apple: IIe and Mac Classic
(IOI-721972) 1984
(IOI-774444) Robotech
(IOI-791211) Geocities
(IOI-811303) Steven Levy: Hackers and Insanely Great

Tri-Level Transit by George McGinnis (1974)
Slot Racers by John Enright

Weekend 486.2 (LETSGO)

(1) I’m replaying 2400 AD by Chuck “Chuckles” Bueche. I’m using a IIe emulator called AppleWin ( You can find the ROM Images on sites like ftp.apple.asimov.net.

(1a) Matt Chat 241: Chuck “Chuckles” Bueche on 2400 AD (YouTube)

Archived Content
(569A) Robots, robots, robots… (11.27.07)
(4E6B) That’s not Bender (11.29.07)
(6CA5) Robot Mugshot (12.30.07)

Weekend 291.0

(1) A Good Book Is a Good Friend (The Huffington Post)

(2) How Real is Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In (WSJ)

(2a) Tech Time Warp of the Week: In 1959, a Fitbit Weighed 2,000 Pounds (Wired)

(3) Learning to Love Life on the Downslope (WSJ)

I know there shall be enjoyments for me
Amid sorrows, cares and anxieties:
At times I again will be intoxicated by harmony,
Weep over my fantasy’s creation,
And perhaps on my sad sunset
Love will shine its farewell smile.

(4) Looking for a New Old House? (WSJ)

“Even with extra shipping costs, panelization saves time and money and is more precise than increasingly expensive on-site building, said Mr. Connor: ‘Traditional architecture is probably going to be saved by robotic carpentry.'”

(4a) Selling the Dwelling: The Books That Built America’s Houses, 1775-2000

(4b) stephanie robb architect

*Scan is from ROBO FORCE™, 1984

Weekend 236.0

(1) Klaus Biesenbach: The Museum of Modern Art curator, who’s cultivated his own celebrity status, on why art should be disruptive and deeply inspiring, and need not hang preciously on the walls. (WSJ Magazine)

“Museums used to be places where you couldn’t buy anything, so it’s important now that museums be participatory without being stores. The museum needs to be a sphere in society where you come, you have a break in your pace and hopefully you leave looking at yourself and the world in a new way. It should be a clear interruption in your regular consumer day.

But we live in a time when we nearly have too much information, and we don’t know what’s true or not. Online I have two different ages. There’s an overload of information, an overload of offers, an overload of destinations, galleries and products, so that all of a sudden the curator’s process of editing and selecting is in danger of being misused to curate everything—T-shirts and chairs.”

(2) Count von Faber-Castell: On the pencil’s history and myths, and his desire to make the perfect one (WSJ)

(3) The Commute of the Future: To Get Riders, Buses Try to Be More Like Trains; Skip Red Lights (WSJ)

(4) Famous Robots by Daniel Nyari

(5) Coffee Mavens’ Perfect Roast Starts at Home: Aficionados Cook the Beans Themselves in a Quest for the Ultimate Cup of Joe (WSJ)

(6) Guests Can Soon Interact with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in New Immersive Queue

(7) The Map as Art at the Kemper Museum

(8) Peer Power, from Potholes to Patents: Beyond big business and big government, decentralized groups are coming together to solve problems (WSJ)

(9) Redd State: Undebatable Glamour (WSJ)

Weekend 186.0

Playmobil Tulips IV(1) Morris Mini Cooper S (Flickr)

(2) The Terrifying Truth About New Technology: Do robots and Twitter make you nervous? Growing old is what you’re really afraid of

(3) Kumho Tires 2009 Commercial “Missing Something?”

(4) “…paving tarmac was never enough. There needed to be some kind of catalyst present, whether it’s the Warfare State, the Pentagon, the Internet’s trunk routes, or the guaranteed connections of a monster hub like O’Hare, which handled more people back in 1960 than Ellis Island did in its entire existence.” — John D. Kasarda / Greg Lindsay, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

(5) Tel Aviv, Azrieli center

(6) Beauty in a Dark Time by Michael Potemra

Weekend 145.0

(1) Train Etiquette – A grumpy 22 year old’s code of locomotive conduct.

Hi. I'm Norm

(2) A Modest Proposal for Improving a Dull Game (WSJ)

“Poor Ghana has been triumphed over by British, Portuguese, German, Dutch and Danish colonialists, the Kwame Nkrumah regime, a CIA-sponsored coup and at least four other coups just since the 1900s. But I guess this is a separate question from why people don’t use their hands in soccer.)”

(3) Obama is a Socialist (55%)

Weekend 143.1

(1) Robo-Bedding from the Land of Nod.

(2) Forget That Trip You Had Planned to the National Soccer Hall of Fame (WSJ)

(3) Alnaschar and the Oxen by Rudyard Kipling

There’s a valley, under oakwood, where a man may dream his dream,
In the milky breath of cattle laid at ease,
Till the moon o’ertops the alders, and her image chills the stream,
And the river-mist runs silver round their knees!
Now the footpaths fade and vanish; now the ferny clumps deceive;
Now the hedgerow-folk possess their fields anew;
Now the Herd is lost in darkness, and I bless them as I leave,
My Sussex Cattle feeding in the dew!

(4) “non-redundant events per unit [of] time” (WSJ)

(5) Art in the Airport [Austin-Bergstrom International Airport]

(6) Fight For Your Bike