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Send me to Mars with party supplies before next august 5th

No guys you don’t understand.

The soil testing equipment on Curiosity makes a buzzing noise and the pitch of the noise changes depending on what part of an experiment Curiosity is performing, this is the way Curiosity sings to itself.

So some of the finest minds currently alive decided to take incredibly expensive important scientific equipment and mess with it until they worked out how to move in just the right way to sing Happy Birthday, then someone made a cake on Curiosity’s birthday and took it into Mission control so that a room full of brilliant scientists and engineers could throw a birthday party for a non-autonomous robot 225 million kilometres away and listen to it sing the first ever song sung on Mars*, which was Happy Birthday.

This isn’t a sad story, this a happy story about the ridiculousness of humans and the way we love things. We built a little robot and called it Curiosity and flung it into the star to go and explore places we can’t get to because it’s name is in our nature and then just because we could, we taught it how to sing.

That’s not sad, that’s awesome.

*this is different from the first song ever played on mars (Reach For The Stars by Will.I.Am) which happened the year before, singing is different from playing

“Augs Lives Matter”: Black Lives Matter co-opted for a scifi game, but creators claim coincidence


When you’ve been caught appropriating that hottest of cakes—the name of a contemporary political movement—one has two fair options: either (1) take your work seriously and make a case why it’s clever/smart/funny/interesting, or (2) apologize and fuck off. But Andre Vu, the “global executive brand director” of forthcoming sci-fi videogame Deus Ex:Mankind Divided, thinks he has a third way out: to claim it’s a coincidence.

Mexican indigenous groups form co-op phone company to serve 356 municipalities


Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias A.C. – a nonprofit telcoms company operated by and for indigenous groups in Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Veracruz – has received a license to operate cellular services in at least 356 municipalities. It’s the first time the Mexican telcoms regulator has given a operations license to an indigenous social group.

TIC is the sequel to a network created by Rhizomatica, who installed internet-based telephony in remote communities serviced only by expensive payphones, lowering the cost of calls by as much as 98%. TIC is a co-op venture with Rhizomatica, and the communities it will serve with high-speed wireless telephony and internet connectivity are both underserved and overbilled by Mexico’s for-profit telcoms companies.

PUBLISHED ONLINE NOW!!! Barnett, Blas, Cárdenas, Gaboury, Johnson, and Rhee in the 2016 Debates in the Digital Humanities!!!!


Barnett, Fiona, Zach Blas, micha cárdeas, Jacob Gaboury, Jessica Marie Johnson, and Margaret Rhee. “QueerOS: A User’s Manual.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, edited by Matt K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. University of Minnesota, 2016.


via University of Minnesota Press:

“If the publication of Debates in the Digital Humanities in 2012 marked the “digital humanities moment,” this book—the first in a series of annual volumes—will chart the possibilities and tensions of the field as it grows.

“Pairing full-length scholarly essays with shorter pieces drawn from scholarly blogs and conference presentations, as well as commissioned interviews and position statements, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 reveals a dynamic view of a field in negotiation with its identity, methods, and reach.”

I have an essay co-authored with Fiona Barnett, Zach Blas, micha cárdenas, Jacob Gaboury, and Margaret Rhee. Title, “Queer OS: A User’s Manual,” this collaborative reformulation of an operating system uses Kara Keeling’s 2014 essay, “QueerOS” as a point of departure. What would happen, Keeling asked in that essay, if queer functioned as an operating system?

We responded:

In the spirit of a queer commons and as queer/trans scholars and artists of color invested in the digital humanities, we take up Keeling’s challenge. However, our OS doesn’t come in the form of GNU/Linux’s man pages with detailed descriptions of switches, pipes, and flags. Instead, we have borrowed the language of popular software to present an accessible introduction, a User’s Manual to a new operating system, with each component given a poetic and theoretical description of its features and limitations.1 To construct this OS, we have drawn from the work of an array of scholars, activists, and artists from across cultural studies, ethnic studies, media studies, and the digital humanities. We invoke thinkers and cultural workers such as Jasbir Puar, Lauren Berlant, Octavia Butler, Moya Bailey, Viviane Namaste, Martin Manalansan, José Esteban Muñoz, Juana Maria Rodriguez, Alexis Lothian, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Hortense Spillers, among others. We likewise look to the transgressive, theoretical, political, and aesthetic practices made possible through the activism of groups such as Queer Nation and ACT UP, and we see a kinship in the work of black feminist and radical womyn of color digital media-makers, and in the agitation of queer and transgender activists of color organizing in grassroots movements such as #blacklivesmatter. These figures have challenged us to invoke a notion of queerness that is socially constructed, promiscuous, political, and discomfiting. They are the ghosts in our machine.

It was such a pleasure to work with these amazing creative and creating minds! And it is an honor to have this theorization in a text alongside work by Alex Gil, Miriam Posner, Kim Gallon, Bethany Nowviskie, the #TransformDH squad (Moya Bailey, Anne Cong-Huyen, Alexis Lothian, and Amanda Phillips), Liz Losh, Jacqueline Wernimont, Mark Marino, and more. Many thanks to the editors Matt Gold and Lauren Klein for their hard work!!

The link below is to our section, but the entire edition is available online. Go, go, go!!! Check it out!!

Read it here: QueerOS: A User’s Manual | Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016

Filed under: #DH Research, Blog, Social Justice, Updates Tagged: #queeros, black code studies, digital, digital africana, digital humanities, tumblr, updates

via Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog

Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection #3yrsago


Ethan Zuckerman – founder of Geekcorps and Global Voices – is an activist who puts his money where his mouth is. For decades, he’s undertaken heroic efforts to foster a global dialog using the Internet, taking practical steps to network netheads from all over the world, giving them the power to work together. He is one of the best-informed commentators on the extent to which the Internet has changed the lives of people in every corner of the globe, and he’s also a person with a mission to help people better their lives through technology.

His new book, Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, is a wonderful, hopeful, and sobering look at the state of the global net. Zuckerman takes us on an evidence-heavy, cautiously optimistic tour of the way that activists have used – or failed to use – networks to advance the cause of freedom and economic development.

Zuckerman doesn’t claim that the Internet can solve all our problems, but he also sets out a set of problems where the net has an important role to play. By analyzing the successes and (especially) the failures to foster a planetwide dialog, Zuckerman signposts important examples we can learn from, and also juicy problem-spaces where we can direct our energies.

This decade has seen the rise of a profitable line of cynical, self-styled “cyber-realists” who claim that the Internet is an overblown fad that does more harm than good (or even deny that the Internet exists at all). Zuckerman’s cautious optimism, derived from decades of hard, personal work on the front lines, is more rebuttal than they deserve. Zuckerman shows “cyber-realism” up for what it is – cyber-nihilism, hyperbolic posturing that offers no remedy and no action, just a kind of hopeless denial of the possibility of using technology for good.

By contrast, Zuckerman tells us exactly when and where the Internet has helped, and shows us how we can work together to make it do better. It’s a hopeful and useful book, sober but uplifting.

Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection