Real cyberpunk—what those movies bastardized—dropped like a neutron bomb on science fiction in the early 80s, thanks largely to the work of William Gibson, whose early novels traced a sex-filled, noirish path through a world of increasingly unclear humanity. Murky and neon-lit, they explored transhumanist ideas that have grown more relevant by the year; they asked where the conception of self begins long before we decided that it began on Facebook, and they questioned our reliance on machines long before iPhones attached them to our hands. Cyberpunk updated science-fiction to better match an increasingly digital culture, transforming the robots-and-warring-planets stories of the 50s and 60s into a world of megacorporations and icy inhumanity. It’s a genre of people at the margins, of cyborgs and drug addicts making their way through the red-light district.

ideas for band names:

  • Rise Against (The Evil Capitalist Society We Live In)
  • The World Hates Black People & They Are Constantly Afraid To Die
  • Panic! At The Everywhere
  • The Pains Of Seeing #PantsUPDontLOOT Get Funded On Kickstart
  • Everything Everything (Is Awful I Wish I Was Dead)
  • The 1975 Mustache Look Needs To Die
  • R.E.M. (Repudiate Evil Megacorporations)

~~November 22, 2014~~ 

As I stated this morning, I’m not a gamer, nor do I follow any of them. I must confess that I have no clue about the games that are mentioned below. I do follow Lindsey Stirling … I believe she has great talent, chemistry and artistic presence.

While preparing this morning’s “To Start The Day” post, I found this video in which Lindsey performs the theme from another video game: “Assassin’s Creed” Theme. 

The Assassin’s Creed games primarily revolves around the rivalry between two ancient secret societies: the Assassins and the Knights Templar, and their indirect relation to an ancient species pre-dating humanity, whose society, along with much of Earth’s biosphere, was destroyed by a massive solar storm.

The games’ real-world chronological setting begins in the year 2012, and features Desmond Miles, a bartender who is a descendant of several lines of prominent Assassins; though raised as an Assassin, he left his nomadic family to seek out a more common lifestyle. He is initially kidnapped by the megacorporation Abstergo Industries, the modern-day face of the Knights Templar, who are aware of Desmond’s ancestral lineage.

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~~Assassin’s Creed III~~

~~Published on Nov 5, 2012~~

Desmond is forced to use the “Animus“, a device that allows him to experience his “ancestral memories”. Abstergo is seeking to discover the location of several artifacts, or the “Pieces of Eden”, that hold great power, to control mankind and alter its fate, bringing humanity into one single unified group. Desmond also encounters a small team of modern-day Assassins; agreeing to work with them, Desmond uses their version of the Animus (the Animus 2.0) to continue to experience the memories of his ancestors to discover the locations of additional Pieces of Eden so they can be recovered before Abstergo can do so.

While experiencing these memories, some of their abilities are genetically leaked into Desmond, known as the Bleeding Effect, giving him some of the Assassin skills of his predecessors at the cost of living with multiple sets of memories and personalities in his mind.

#AtTheEndOfTheDay #AssassinsCreedIII #Theme #Lindsey Stirling #VideoGames #Gamers #AssassinsAndKnightsTemplar #AncientSpecies #PredatingHumanity #DesmondMiles #Animus #Megacorporation #AbstergoIndustries #AncestralLineage #AncestralMemories

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #hrexachwordpress

We ALL are ONE!!

At the end of the day …. “Assassin’s Creed”: Lindsey Stirling!! ~~November 22, 2014~~  As I stated this morning, I’m not a gamer, nor do I follow any of them.

Accepting that MSN has had its day? Or looking for a new source of market data… I find it a bit odd that there are limits on how much media you can own but not how much medium you can own. Or, perhaps even more disconcertingly, how much media and medium you can own. After all, if News Crop wants to sell you your opinions then having access to your opinions makes for better sales…

anonymous asked:

Ok, so, all those times you've ever read about dystopian cyberpunk futures over the past, what, 33 years since True Names was published, did you just dismiss it as "lol science fiction," or something, because it sounds like you're seeing the NameTag app as unexpected, and not as an inevitable and easily predicted application of long-known technology for which any sensible person would have been sanitizing their online tracks in preparation for all along.

Firstly, most such SF that I have read focuses either on the impact of governments with this technology or megacorporations with this technology. In no case that I remember was there someone clueless enough to think that “we should put unsecured non-verified databases that are already notorious for their errors up for public viewing.”

…Secondly, why on earth do you think I never put my face on this blog? Look around you. Most of my friends have posted selfies. I haven’t. My FB profile picture is a low res black and white of which my face takes up less than 10% of the available space. If you search my full name and exclude the other results (which is fairly trivial if you know my full name) you find a carefully sanitized and selected trail emphasizing a number of high-status hobbies and interests, from my old chess competition results to my answers on StackExchange websites.

Thirdly, I was expecting this in 20 years, not -2.

I am proud to announce that I am now part of the MASRANI GLOBAL family! I have been officially aquired by the totally-not-shady megacorporation, and will henceforth only create content that is in line with company values, and promotes MASRANI GLOBAL and its subsidiaries.

Oh, and they’ve given me a lifetime VIP pass to enjoy JURASSIC WORLD whenever I want. Also, brachiosaurus rides.

Festival of the Future City: Madrid's public transport, brought to you by megacorporations


Image: Anton Ivanov,

 Madrid Metro is taking public transit advertising to unprecedented levels. Until the end of October, users of Madrid Metro’s map app will find their plan peppered with the logo of a supermarket chain. Thanks to a deal with French retail giant Carrefour, logos of the megachain will appear wherever there’s one near a Metro station. The idea is to channel passengers in need of groceries straight off of trains and into nearby markets.

The network is already among the world’s most advertising-saturated. Last summer, the station beneath Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s Times Square, was rechristened Vodafone Sol in a deal with the mobile-phone company of the same name.

Madrid Metro’s gradual conversion into a promotional megamall irks some: it erodes the sense that public areas of the city are indeed genuinely public. Still, in an indebted city, the lack of ticket-price increases this year has helped smooth tempers about sponsorship deals. Last year, the network made €11.4 million from advertising, a figure set to rise with the new app deal. If this money offsets fare raises (this isn’t guaranteed, of course), then ubiquitous brand logos might be a price worth paying.

Further details HERE.

Festival of the Future City takes place 18-20 November 2015 as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. The festival is supported by Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Future Cities Catapult, University of the West of England, and Business West. The festival is also part of Bristol Festival of Ideas, run in partnership with the Observer and University of Bristol. Further details will be released in spring 2015.