Sanzhi UFO houses [1,024 × 879] -xpost from /r/curiousplaces and /r/architectureporn
AFTER EARTH Trailer #1 (starring Will Smith & Jaden Smith)
The Blood of Heroes (Salute of the Jugger) (1989)
“R.U. a Cyberpunk?” ‘Mondo 2000’ magazine, no. 10, 1993
☛ gwire’s photostream on Flickr: “R.U. a Cyberpunk” from Mondo 2000 magazine, no. 10, 1993, p. 30. Uploaded online on January 7, 2012.
Mondo 2000 was a cyberpunk magazine which published 17 issues between 1984 and 1998. It was first edited by R. U. Sirius (Ken Goffman) who was later joined by editors Queen Moo (Alison Bailey Kennedy) and St. Jude (Jude Milhon). The team was completed by collaboration of art director Bart Nagel.The above picture was created as a parody or a spoof. The man appearing in the photo is Mondo collaborator and writer Chris Hudak. The image somehow went viral in the past few weeks, appearing on Boing Boing (May 24), on BuzzFeed (around the same time) on Laughing Squid (May 29) and more recently on reddit (June 16). Bruce Sterling uploaded the same image to his Flickr account on May 21, 2012.
Former Mondo editor R.U. Sirius who now runs the website Acceler8or (among other things) noticed the trend and, on June 5, he offered some comments about the photograph:
When we called the first edition of MONDO 2000 the cyberpunk issue, I don’t think we really had a persona in mind (although Larry Welz did present Cherry Poptart’s friend Elle Dee as a cyberpunk in that issue). Rather, I think we saw it as a sort of memeplex that would be pretty well expressed not only by interviewing 4 SF writers who were identified with the C-Punk genre (and I don’t think they actually called themselves cyberpunks… maybe some of them were happy to call themselves cyberpunk writers… John Shirley, maybe?); by interviewing the guys behind Max Headroom, by hipping people to Processed World and the latest from the Subgenius; by having mysterious articles on wicked computer hacks by “Lady Ada Lovelace” and “Michael Synergy.”
But did we really know anybody who would stand up in leather pants and shout, “I am a cyberpunk?” I think maybe Synergy was the only one in our circle who embraced the identity. Outside of Synergy, I don’t remember any of the outlaw type hackers we had the occasion to interview or hang out with adopting the ID.
Later, Chris Hudak, the cool looking dude in the “R.U. A Cyberpunk” thing seemed to embrace it. And a little later, St. Jude, myself and Bart Nagel were hired to create Cyberpunk Handbook, which was a humor book about how other people could get a clue and become cyberpunks. Eric Hughes, sharing the cover with Tiffany Lee Brown, identified as a cypherpunk… but that was a semi-organized group with a definite goal to overthrow everything with encryption technology. (Acceler8or: “R.U. A Cyberpunk? Well, Punk? R.U.? (MONDO 2000 History Project Entry # 18)” by R.U. Sirius, June 5, 2012)
Speaking of the Cyberpunk Handbook: its cover shares the basic principle of the “R.U. a Cyberpunk” photograph. R.U. Sirius talked about the making of this book on Acceler8or: “The Glorious Cyberpunk Handbook Tour (Mondo 2000 History Project Entry #9)” (april 29, 2012)Kickstarter project “MONDO 2000: An Open Source History” successfully raised its funding goal:
MONDO 2000: An Open Source History is a web project and a book. All those who touched directly upon the history of the scene/magazine (including the earlier versions, High Frontiers and Reality Hackers) will be invited to write — or, in some cases, speak on video or audio — their stories and perceptions. Additionally, small groups of people will be encouraged to get together and record conversations. These will be posted on a private page available only to other participants. Participants will have the opportunity to insert comments into the text or add fresh entries.
At the end of the process, estimated to take approximately two years, a collaboratively-edited electronic document will be released on the web. A more closely-edited print book composed of selections from this process — edited by Ken Goffman aka R.U. Sirius (that’s me!) with Morgan Russell — will be published. Finally, the video footage might be rolled into a Mondo 2000 film documentary. (read more)
Finally, two more links for those interested in the history of Mondo 2000:
From SF Weekly back in 1995: “Mondo 1995: Up and Down With the Next Millennium’s First Magazine” by Jack Boulware:
“The term ‘cyberpunk’ has been used to describe music, lifestyles, and artistic sensibilities, but it really describes one narrow school of science-fiction writers,” Hudak says. “God, it was a good word … poetic, efficient, and romantic. Distance and passion. Machine and man. Technology and attitude. Cyberpunk. Great fuckin’ word. And what the hell; we stole it.”
After several takes a break is called and the crew sips brew and chatters. Slouched against the refrigerator, R.U. compliments Hudak’s performance and adds, “Boy, am I working hard!”
When did cyberpunk die? I ask.
“1993,” smirks somebody. “The release of the Billy Idol record.”
Waxy.org writer Andy Baio once worked with R.U. Sirius (back in 1999). Over a decade later, he interviewed him about the Kickstarter project and the history of Mondo 2000. An introduction to this interview can be found on Waxy.org: “An Open-Source History of Mondo 2000” (May 12, 2010). The full interview can be accessed on the Kickstarter blog: “Podcast: An Open-Source History of Mondo 2000” (also May 12, 2010).
• • •First spotted via Circuitos
Just the sheer amout of outfit changes in this movie is ridiculous.
Maximilian Gordon Vogt
Braver - Gear Head
A Slanted view (my fight with the USPTO for API rights)
This is reposted from my original article at yomyomf.com:
I play bass in what’s often known as the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. We perform at many of the largest Asian cultural festivals in North America. We’ve been featured in and on over 1,500 radio stations, websites, magazines, and tv shows talking about the Asian American experience. As I mention in my bio above, my band members and I often facilitate workshops on cultural diversity, racism, and stereotypes about Asian and Asian American culture. In fact, when you look up information on the band, it’s hard to find anything that doesn’t associate us with Asian American culture, which is why when the U.S Trademark and Patent Office said that our band was disparaging to persons of Asian descent, I was rather shocked.
Let me elaborate.
The name that I and my cohort of pan-Asian Americans chose for the band is The Slants. We deliberately chose this outdated, generational term to inject pride into Asian American culture. Because of the broad support that we’ve had from APA’s – not only from media and blogs, but lifelong activists who are aware of the sensitivities of the community at large, we never expected the USPTO to have an issue when we filed for a trademark on the band’s name.
The Trademark Office doesn’t allow terms that are deemed to be disparaging to be approved. In order for them to reject an application for a trademark on these grounds, they have to show that a substantial composite of the referenced group to be offended by the word.
When we responded to the Trademark Office with evidence of support from the community, we included dozens of examples of Asian Pacific American media supporting our band. Well known lifelong APA activists wrote letters of support for our use of the name. We also showed other examples of Asian Americans using the term “Slant” in a positive manner, such as major API Film Festival “Slant”and Chicago-based TV show “The Slant.”
So what kind of evidence did they bring to demonstrate the collected outrage of APA’s who are offended by our name?
First, they cited UrbanDictionary.com. Then, they found an anonymous post on a message board from someone who said they didn’t like our name. After that, they put in photographs of Miley Cyrus making a slant-eye gesture. They sent this to us along with a rejection letter that said the vast support we demonstrated from the APA community was “laudable” but not influential.
This is what angers me the most: the US Trademark Office decided that anonymous wiki sources mattered more than the voice of Asian Americans. Why does a government agency that has no connection with APA’s have the right to dictate what is appropriate for our community? Why don’t we have the right to decide for ourselves?
Our plight reminds me of another case. You might know of the NFL team, The Redskins. The litigation over their name has been going on since 1992 except in that case, the Trademark Office continues to defend their name despite formal objections, legal challenges, and law suits from Native Americans who find the term “Redskins” to be an offensive racial slur. Again, a government agency that has no connection with the referenced community is making decisions as to what is appropriate or offensive for them. In our case, they deny our trademark in the absence of any valid complaints from Asian Americans. With Native Americans, they continue to defend “Redskins” even in the face of formal objections.
The role of government shouldn’t include deciding what a group can define themselves as. That right should belong to the community itself. While I would love to win the trademark to protect my band’s name – and frankly, to end the process because it’s been a long and expensive one – this case is bigger than The Slants. This will help determine what other minority groups are going to do in the future.
So let me wrap up by saying to the Asian American community: Thank you for your support over the years. Our love for spreading API culture drives us to continue what we do. If you would be so kind to donate a few minutes of your time and join us in this fight, please contact me: email@example.com (or tumblr @aslantedview)
And To the Trademark Office: Thank you for being offended on my behalf. You might not know this, but API’s have been a part of U.S history since 1750, when Filipinos began settling here. We have helped built this country, from the railroads to shaping civil rights laws for all citizens. And believe it or not, we’re grown up enough now to decide what’s right for ourselves. The broad, unified support of the Asian American community should be enough to trump that of Urban Dictionary.com. Our voice matters, you should listen.
But then again, my view is a little “slanted”.