‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘I’ve never seen her before.’
She was now standing beside him with her arms wrapped around his body and he knew that she was squeezing as hard as she could even though he could not feel it. ‘She looks like she’s sleeping,’ she said, her innocent blue eyes drinking in every detail of the mysterious girl in front of them.
‘No,’ the man said, shaking his head. ‘She’s had her heart stolen. Look, I’ll show you.’
He then took out a pair of scissors and cut a section of the girl’s dress. He pulled down the flap to reveal a heart-shaped hole near her left breast.
The cavity was completely empty; inside was darkness blacker than even the deepest depths of the forest.
‘Golly, Ace, who would do such an awful thing?’ the girl asked, her eyes wide with fright. He pulled the flap back up.
Q. Nowadays most photographers seem to regard photography as the best way of recording a ‘real present’ – of course, this is part of the history of the photography. Do you think we need photographs to give us real information about our present today?
In becoming inutile – no longer content-driven – photography became self-reflexive, much as painting did from the time of Manet. Photographs no longer provoke a meditation upon external phenomena, but on the conditions of their own existence. Photography became Modernist at precisely the moment when Modernism faltered, and became commodified at the moment when the intellectual prestige of the commodity is at its lowest ebb. Poor photography. On the other hand, given the recent applications of technology photographs are now quite acceptable objects for the market.
Discover Magazine has a fantastic article arguing the seemingly unpopular point that the internet is making us smarter.
Results like these, Clark argues, reveal a mind that is constantly seeking to extend itself, to grab on to new tools it has never experienced before and merge with them. Some people may be horrified by how passionately people are taking to their laptops and GPS trackers. But to Clark it would be surprising if we didn’t. We are, in Clark’s words, “natural-born cyborgs.”
Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11. According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people’s dreams while they sleep.
“These results are a breakthrough in terms of understanding brain activity,” says Dr. Cheng. “In as little as 10 years, advances in this field of research may make it possible to read a person’s thoughts with some degree of accuracy.”
Pink Tentacle has more, or you can go directly to the results of the experiment published in the December issue of the science journal Neuron. Unfortunately to read the article online costs $35, so maybe try your local University.
The fact that he was seen as an unusual leader gave the new mayor the opportunity to try extraordinary things, such as hiring 420 mimes to control traffic in Bogotá’s chaotic and dangerous streets. He launched a “Night for Women” and asked the city’s men to stay home in the evening and care for the children; 700,000 women went out on the first of three nights that Mockus dedicated to them.
… However, Mr McConnell claimed to have only noticed two forms of opposition during his campaign so far. “First, we get people who say they just want to forget George Bush’s presidency,” he said. “Second, we hear from those who say that sewage plants perform a valuable public service and, as such, it does not make sense to name one after George Bush.”
Tata aims to produce for the bottom of the pyramid consumers, and all those sales will mean Tata becomes a global car kingpin. And global auto kingpins buy upscale brands to complete their offerings. This happens all the time in consumer goods industries, and it will happen here. It’s just that this time, it won’t be American companies in the lead, because car manufacturing tends to be driven by rising economic pillars, not mature ones.
There’s a great little article over at Photobooth on Bill Henson. Although it was hard for me to read as all I could think of was how I didn’t buy his book Mnemosyne for $80 when I had the chance. Now you can’t get it for less than $600.