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noun    burn rate (plural burn rates)

 
Definition:
 
rate that cash is used up: the rate at which a company uses up its cash

http://www.ballardian.com/unblinking-clinical-from-ballard-to-cyberpunk

“Without J.G. Ballard, none of this would exist. We’re weak on SF history, but we think it fair to say that Ballard was among the first world-class writers (perhaps along with the Soviets) to realize that SF was no longer merely a pulp genre, but had become the only possible vehicle for a mythos of the modern world, that it had replaced the psychological novel as the central artwork of our culture.”

J.G. Ballard, wrote the book Empire of the Sun, which was made into a film by Steven Spielberg.  The book is based on actual events in Ballard’s life.   He spent part of his childhood in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in China. 

His fiction deals with technology and its visceral effects on the human subject.  

Anonymous, Semiotext(e) SF.

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http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2009/01/29/the-gadget-tribes-of.html

Hilarious thesis which posits you can tell what kind of “tech tribe” a person belongs to by the gadgets they use.

Categories include:  “Blogger,  Art Kid,  Kawaii”.  

blogger

I new there was a reason I wanted a netbook …..

ifan1

On the other hand,  maybe my iPhone IS my netbook …. haha

kawaii

I know a couple of people with pink or white VAIOs  …..

http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/sijpkes/arch374/winter2001/b_crilly.html

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Mister X, is a comic book from the 1980s.  It was published by Vortex, a canadian company.  The character was somewhat based on Le Corbusier, he is the designer of a city mean to be a utopia, but which has failed.  The name of the city is amazingly RADIANT CITY.    The artwork is related to WATCHMEN.

“There are only two industries that refer to their customers as ‘users’.”
(Edward Tufte)

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(arty photograph) – the hypodermic looks somewhat like a technical pen ….