April 6, 2011 § 4 Comments
Everybody, from thinkers and writers to newspapers and blogs, is talking about the future of writing in cyberspace. We have seen various examples of hypertext fiction and everybody, not just cultural studies and visual culture students, came across with terms such as hypertextuality, multivocality, non-linearity and understood their multiple meanings.
But what about the physicality of writing? The act of writing? Things have changed: we used to hold a a pen or a pencil, then type on a typewriter and, then, on the keyboard of a computer, and, most recently, we started interacting with a touch screen. Have all these changes altered our perception of writing? And more significantly our way of thinking? Is writing always intermediated by the medium?
Typewriter aficionados claim that writing on a typewriter gives you time to think and concentrate, since you cannot check at the same time your email or Twitter account. On the other hand, one could easily say that a touch screen brings us back to a more tactile experience of writing. And I keep wondering if new gadgets, such as this typewriter stand for the iPad, keep appearing as a sign of nostalgia for the past or as functional tools of the future.
These are just thoughts. I have no answer or any insight. We will have to wait and see, I suppose.
April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Our latest background for April (which some of you might have seen a bit earlier, oops) comes from Pattern Cooler. It is an amazing web service that allows you to edit online and download hundreds of seamless background patters for your desktop, twitter account, blog or mobile device. You can download the ready-made backgrounds as they are, or edit their colors and pattern size. It has a huge selection, but we particularly liked the minimal, japanese and geometrical series.
For April we decided to go retro. Find our background here.
March 30, 2011 § 1 Comment
Disclaimer: I am annoyed by anything that becomes hugely popular and Angry Birds is no exception. However this video is good.
A mash-up of Angry Birds and the Three Little Pigs, it is the digital natives’ guide to the uprising in Maghreb, in escalating levels from Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, to Egypt and to the last level in Libya. With guest starring roles by the Twitter and the American Eagle Angry Birds.