Apparently some of you have a Google Alert for the term “Ong’s Hat” and therefore have seen the recent addition to IMDB. Specifically this listing (you’ll need IMDB Pro to see complete information). I had planned on doing a full interview with the two people responsible for this new venture when they return from shooting in Europe and I still plan on doing that. So, you’ll have to wait for that post for more info, but in the meantime, I’ll fill you in on a few “who and what” details.
“Might we contrive one of those opportune falsehoods … so as by one noble lie to persuade if possible the rulers themselves, but failing that the rest of the city.”
- Plato in The Republic
“If you read it, you will be infected. If you are infected you will be InFicted. If you are InFicted, you will get UnFucted. “
- Joseph Matheny
Those who entered the digital world in the late 80’s and early 90’s were introduced to a nearly unfathomable host of possibilities for media and creativity. DVD’s offered the potential for integrative experiences that tracked user preferences and allowed for multiple story formats which changed with each viewing based on previous use, virtual reality models held the possibility for turning these experiences fully immersive, cell phones and wireless technology promised an unthought of openness to it all, and the internet allowed everyone to dream of a fully connected, creative global conversation that synchronized each aspect into a beautifully coordinated whole. Looking back on those dreams in light of growing concerns over surveillance, advertising, neuromarketing and the like one might wonder what happened to turn the dream into a lousy cold war sitcom.
The response of Joseph Matheny to Legend-Tripping Online suggests the success of Kinsella’s read on the Incunabula Papers. On his Web site, Matheny wrote that Kinsella “did an excellent job and only missed the mark with two or three of his conclusions,” which Matheny said he would clear up by writing a complementary account.
Here’s some free versions of Ong’s Hat for Kindle and as an ePub (for iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, Adobe Dimensions, et al). I’ll be putting these up on the newly redesigned incunabula.org (see design here) in 2012. Thought you might want to grab one now as my holiday present to you. Thanks to Matt for doing the great work to get these done. If you would like your Kindle edition (free or otherwise) of Ong’s Hat signed it is now on Kindlegraph.
If you don’t know about “Mirror” I highly recommend it as a magazine of “High Weirdness”. I read every issue, cover to cover when it arrives in my mailbox. It is a print only publication and handily comes with a with standard three hole punch so you can collect them all.
I have decided to close down NewEII.com. I will be moving on and forming a new group with physical meetings in the California wilderness. I will be calling this group Ma-Gur (from the Sumerian) and will announce it’s schedule, locations and website in 2012. It will be an integration of ideas and techniques I learned from people like Hyatt, Wilson, Channon and many others. I’ll be extending and adapting those ideas to fit the current gestalt. If you’re interested in finding out more about Magur, email me at jmatheny AT ma-gur.net
I’m cited as an “expert” in this article by my old friend David Jay Brown. It’s about Bitcoin and Silk Road.
Read it here: The Silk Road website uses an anonymous browser, untraceable currency, shifting servers and an encrypted Web address to allow for a thriving illegal drug trade on the Internet.
To learn more about Silk Road, and about the Bitcoin economy that fuels it, I interviewed transmedia writer/artist Joseph Matheny, who is an expert on computer encryption and the underground Internet economy. According to Matheny, ordering from Silk Road is generally safe, if you know what you’re doing and take the proper precautions.
by Douglas Rushkoff (Author, Narrator), Antero Ali (Author, Narrator), Tiffany Brown (Author, Narrator), David Brown (Author), Zac Odin (Author), Joseph Matheny (Author, Narrator), Alan Meridian (Narrator)
Fear and Loathing, Hukilau and all other public projects are on hold for me for a while. I will be back with more shows and more public work with Hukilau (more on that later) but for now I am working on some stealth projects which will eventually tie into my public projects. Meanwhile, be well and try to go out side once in a while. Going outside and texting on your phone doesn’t count. ;-)
To clarify: No, I am not quitting or shutting down Alterati and/or Hukilau. I am merely taking a break to do some other projects that will eventually tie back into both Hukilau and Alterati. Everyone else at both organizations will continue to contribute to their respective projects. Thanks.
Wow, has it been a long and winding road. Hard to believe it’s been 6 years already since I was asked by Dr. Grey to join in his efforts to make Greylodge a cutting edge source for “unobtainium” on the Internet.
Since that time, we have achieved a lot and hosted a lot of traffic and downloads. I dare say we even helped to pioneer the concept of providing curated hard to find art as a public service. Read the rest over on Greylodge