Tbh I still think the Max Headroom hijack is one of the most cyberpunk shit that happened irl. The fact that it was based off of Max Headroom of all characters does not help at all.
I’m just thankful that the incident managed to be recorded, preserved, and shared online. It’s a legitimate TV hijacking that remains unsolved to this day. The pop culture references make it terribly outdated, but it’s also somewhat nostalgic for the same reason. It’s cute how they used a piece of corrugated sheet metal to mimic the background from the show.
I had already added it to my “The Weird Part of Youtube” playlist, but here it is for those who’ve yet to see it:
Warchalking is the drawing of symbols in public places to advertise an open Wi-Finetwork. Inspired by hobo symbols, the warchalking marks were conceived by a group of friends in June 2002 and publicised by Matt Jones who designed the set of icons and produced a downloadable document containing them. Within days of Jones publishing a blog entry about warchalking, articles appeared in dozens of publications and stories appeared on several major television news programs around the world.
The word is formed by analogy to wardriving, the practice of driving around an area in a car to detect open Wi-Fi nodes. That term in turn is based on wardialing, the practice of dialing many phone numbers hoping to find a modem.
Having found a Wi-Fi node, the warchalker draws a special symbol on a nearby object, such as a wall, the pavement, or a lamp post. Those offering Wi-Fi service might also draw such a symbol to advertise the availability of their Wi-Fi location, whether commercial or personal.
Officially, the September rocket launch is supposed to improve America’s ability to send small satellites into orbit. But the launch will also have a second purpose: to help U.S. commandos hunt people down.
Keren Elazari on cyberpunk at re:publica 2013. Starts out cheesey, but gets interesting pretty soon after. Points to her for actually mentioning Bruce Bethke (in lieu of William Gibson) as the first proper cyberpunk author.