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The Intertwined Histories of Artificial Life and Civil Rights

By Martine Rothblatt, posted on June 13, 2011

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All modern tales of robots, automatons and other would-be humans trace a lineage to Mary Shelley’s 1817 masterpiece Frankenstein:  The Modern Prometheus. This is a story of a tinkerer (named Victor Frankenstein) stitching together dead body parts, and then enlivening the assembly with galvanic charge (resulting in “the monster” pop culture mistakenly calls Frankenstein).  It […]

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Your Weekend Acceler8or Tune: Refrigerator Heaven, Alice Cooper 1970

posted on June 11, 2011

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I’m freezing I’m freezing I’m icicle blue so low low cool Cyber neurotic technicians imbue so low low cool I’ve been admitted to refrigerator heaven until they discover a cure for cancer I’m low Refrigerator heaven so low refrigerator heaven I’m ice packed I’m hand stashed I’m waiting for you I’m older and younger preserved […]

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The Death of Music

By James L. Kent, posted on June 9, 2011

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We are at a sad time in human history. We have lost one of our most vital forms of expression, music, and we are only now coming to grips with the realization. It is hard to tell exactly when music breathed its last gasp, but most experts pinpoint the time of death within the past […]

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Should Mutants Work Within the System? A Mutant Review of X-Men: First Class

By Rachel Haywire, posted on

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X-Men: First Class is primarily an exploration of mutant politics. There’s no right or wrong, because each mutant character has a detailed history that explains their views on mutant issues. The film gives a central place to the real life mutant youth ideal of “finding the others.” Many of the mutants in the film resemble […]

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How The Pandrogyne Confounds Hir DNA: Interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (2003)

By R.U. Sirius, posted on June 8, 2011

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“People will say, “I feel like a woman trapped in a man’s body’… And I say, ‘I feel like I’m trapped in a body.’ ” While he’s best known as the musician who helped start both the industrial music and the acid house music subcultures, Genesis P-Orridge is foremost a hero of the post-punk counterculture, […]

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All Watched Over By Machines & Ayn Rand’s Face

By Malcolm McCluhan, posted on June 6, 2011

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The opening episode of All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace — the BBC documentary that’s been generating big buzz since its debut on BBC 2 in late March — is a wildly enjoyable and coruscating, but nevertheless flawed dissection of the connections between Randian Actualism, the rise of technoculture, and the accelerating boom/bust […]

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Because the present is too much stress; because the past is too much pain… it’s pedal to the metal until we get somewhere else.

By R.U. Sirius, posted on June 2, 2011

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We have been metamorphosed from a mad body dancing madly on a hillside into a pair of eyes staring in the dark. -Jim Morrison. Back in the early days of the automobile (that revolutionary “Personal Transporter” that changed everything), it often took a bit of time for the thing to really get going. You’d hear […]

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