My favourite Pop song at the moment. Too many reasons to explain.
Via Kid Kid Shirt's fave YouTuber: iHasCupquake.
"Over the past 18 months, up to 20 young children in California have fallen ill with a polio-like disease. The major symptom is paralysis. This potential outbreak is concerning for several reasons: polio was eliminated in the United States years ago, and all of the children had been vaccinated against polio."
Been reading up a bit on, er, Heraldry recently - even bought a couple second-hand books - but hadn't countenanced the concept of 8-Bit Heraldry. Thinking it's a cool idea, and one that I'd like to see flower outside of gameplayin'...
"...radical semiurgy, the constantly accelerating proliferation of signs, produces simulations, etc..." He's talking about the explosion of mediaforms in the 80s, etc, I guess, but a heated hyperform of that now would probably be Web 2.0 - Tumblr / tumblelogs / cascade-like timelines / etc - to me, they feel like some accelerating Exchange of Signs where images and signs are presented to be evaluated / parsed in a series of rapid-fire and (mostly) subverbal discourses...
(The above book-grab via Steven Best and Douglas Kellner. The phrase "Radical Semiurgy" jumped out at me. It has a savage hunger about it; a propulsive impulse-like sense of The Surge (What Rudy Rucker would call The Gnarl). Below: Best, elsewhere, on Baudrillard, again, and Radical Semiurgy (Did Best invent the term - or is he just quoting?)...)
Love the first paragraph - it resonates v. deeply with me - but not convinced by Baudrillard's claim that we were already moving past the Society of the Spectacle in the 80s; to me The Spectacle feels as strong as ever now, though has mutated into new forms via social media...
Sad fanboy-jazzed that Mister Warren Ellis is writing a new series of Moon Knight for Marvel in *ahem* Weird Crime Mode.
Twas announced a little while back, but finally due to hit the shops any second now. The cover-teasers for each subsequent issue seem to get progressively stranger: J'approve!
A couple times recently he's used carpentry as a metaphor for writing - well, plot-construction, I guess; building story infrastructure - and I kinda like that too.
And, now, also: Trees.