A vocabulary of discovery

Was there ever a field of study like elec­tric­i­ty, that came into being so sud­den­ly as to require an entire vocab­u­lary to be invent­ed at once, and so cre­at­ing it from the names of its dis­cov­er­ers? The most recog­nis­able names include André-Marie Ampère, Michael Fara­day, Lui­gi Gal­vani, Hein­rich Rudolf Hertz, James Prescott Joule, Georg Simon Ohm, […]

Warren Ellis on the future as weather

To be absolute­ly clear upfront, I didn’t write the fol­low­ing post. War­ren Ellis did. It’s a text com­pan­ion piece to the How The Light Gets In fes­ti­val, and was sent in the lat­est edi­tion of his newslet­ter, Orbital Oper­a­tions. I found it to be such a qui­et­ly won­der­ful and impres­sive piece that I decid­ed to reprint it here, with­out his […]

The internet vernacular

I’m fas­ci­nat­ed by this micro-trend of video that repli­cates the expe­ri­ence of using mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion soft­ware, espe­cial­ly mes­sag­ing and social media. For exam­ple, this music video by the Japan­ese artist, Aimy­ong, which takes place almost exclu­sive­ly in Line mes­sen­ger: And the video for the song Run and Run by the Japan­ese girl band, lyri­cal school, […]