Links For February 20, 2015

olia lialina: The Only Thing We Know About Cyberspace Is That Its 640x480

In my HIGHLY ILLUSTRATED talk I’d like to introduce to the audience pearls of the early web culture, going much deeper than usual Under Construction signs and animated GIFs nostalgia. Will show what did it mean to make a web page technically, philosophically and ideologically. Will also talk about our unique technical setting for emulating the pages and what digital preservation really means. And last but not least will talk about newer cases of deleted social networks and social services.

Short Games for Lonely People

  1. Get a rock from the bottom of the ocean.
  2. Repeat step 1 a hundred thousand times.
  3. Collect your rocks in the city square for all to see, touch, and hear.
  4. Assemble the rocks to form the shape of a wave.
  5. Carry it with you wherever you go.
  6. Score yourself based on the amount of hearts your wave manages to break (against).

The Last Player in The Game Wins

Charles Darrow was, perhaps, the last person to create the game Monopoly as we know it, but the game had been invented by a woman named Lizzie Magie in the early 1900s. Magie was a writer, an inventor, and an outspoken feminist, and she invented something she called “The Landlord’s Game” and patented it in 1904. Her version included both a “monopolist” set of rules and an “anti-monopolist” set of rules, and it became kind of fashionable with certain prominent public figures like Upton Sinclair.

A Mild Curiosity in a Junkyard – The last, or first, or only post of TARDIS Eruditorum.

Out of this cast, however, the show draws its title from Susan’s mysterious old grandfather, a Doctor, who declines to ever give his real name, thus adding to his mysterious and gruff mystique. On November 23rd, 1963, one day after the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy, the first episode goes out. The episode is titled “An Unearthly Child,” and the title of the series is Doctor Who.

Buy a Skyway

When work began on the 5th Street LRT line in 2002, the University of Minnesota bought the skyway to nowhere for $1. Plans to repurpose the elegant network of zigzagging steel tubes and trusses never materialized, and in 2006, CityDeskStudio bought it for $5,000 at a blind auction and wheeled it to a weed-strewn field near the U’s Twin Cities campus. And it has sat there ever since.

We Met On The N

Forty-thousand daily riders. But it only takes two.