Category Archives: the pleasures of technology

Now we go faster

Since Friday the universe has been a faster place. I think the sand particles in my egg timer went faster at breakfast this weekend. If Einstein was wrong we can have Gene Roddenberry’s warp speed engines. We don’t have to … Continue reading

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Changing trains

This weekend I spent many hours looking out of train windows as I shuttled between Kings Cross and Newcastle on Tyne. In between reading A S Byatt’s Ragnarok on my Kindle and doing email I watched thunder clouds chase us … Continue reading

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From the comfort of the Mother Ship

I have had my first experience of holiday cruising. From the comfort of the Mother Ship this cyborg gazed at glaciers and ice fields, disembarking at times to wander villages and bleak research stations; returning at the end of the … Continue reading

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Festival technology

It’s summer and festival time. My nose is peeling from sunburn, and my garage floor is covered with camping stuff in the process of being cleaned and made ready for the next trip. At least once each summer I join … Continue reading

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I’ve been IMAXed

I’ve been a fan of 3D movies since the release of Beowulf in 2007. In a 3D cinema I become a happy member of the Society of the Spectacle. I have enjoyed really rubbish movies – which I won’t name … Continue reading

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Empathy computing

One of the notable things about the recent assassination of Osama bin Laden was that President Obama, we are told, watched the event live via a webcam attached to one of the soldiers carrying out the mission. My immediate thought … Continue reading

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Where’s the Big Think Festival?

No one buys a house anymore – at least not in the developed world – because it has electricity, or flush toilets. And I don’t believe students register for particular higher education institutions anymore because they have websites and other … Continue reading

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The technologies of the end of the body

Embodiment continues to be something occupying me right now; this time the end of embodiment and the technologies of dealing with the ‘emptied’ body. I lay in bed last weekend reading a fascinating review by Steven Shapin: ‘After we die: … Continue reading

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Lots of online busyness

Against a background of family chaos I’ve been really busy- and most of the products I’ve been working on – with colleagues – are now online. First a belated link to an interactive website for International Women’s day. The Real … Continue reading

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Still a Fan

I am still enjoying my Kindle – I have not had a bit of technology that has given me so much satisfaction for a long time. I have a vision of living without a clutter of magazines and journals – because … Continue reading

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