Cybernetics in the 3rd Millennium (C3M) --- Volume 6 Number 4, Sep. 2007
Alan B. Scrivener --- www.well.com/~abs --- mailto:email@example.com
The Street and the Square
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Two Views of the ACM SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference and Exhibition
Gentle readers, this time I am going to repurpose (regift?) an
article I wrote recently. I was offered a media pass to the
ACM SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference and Exhibition if I wrote an article
about it for the San Diego local chapter's web site. They
asked for a thousand words and I gave them 7,449 (you know me).
It's currently the first article listed on the publications page.
( san-diego.siggraph.org/publications.html )
A also am happy to report that I have read William Gibson's
new novel, "Spook Country" (August 7, 2007).
( www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0399154302/hip-20 )
One of it's plot "McGufffins" is a group of artists producing
( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locative_art )
in this case Virtual Reality (VR) installations keyed to
locations in L.A. where celebrities have died, where the
wearer of eyephones sees the celebrity's body superposed
on the real location where they died (such superposition
is sometimes called "augmented reality").
( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality )
As I read Gibson's description of the body of River Phoenix
superimposed on the sidewalk on Sunset Blvd. where he died,
I thought that this was the kind of thing I would expect to
find in the SIGGRAPH Art Show.
On an unrelated note, apropos of last time's issue, further
insights into the "speed seduction" community can be gleaned
from watching the VH-1 cable TV reality show "The Pickup
( vh1.com )
( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pick-up_Artist_%28TV_series%29 )
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