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Interests: Ideas, Film, Graphic Design, Dreaming, Photography, Social Software, Islam, Emerging Technologies, Batman, Writing, Architecture, Geopolitics, Star Wars, Oakleys, Good Deeds.
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Thanks for reminding me I still had it!
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2011 on Metro Maps of the World at Imran Ali
Of course not… and not what I was implying! But I'm also pretty optimistic about humanity… you have to be, otherwise we all might as well give up now :)
LOL, it's ironic that Curtis' essays on how we're manipulated are punctuated by musical cues that signal part of his thesis :) I like the idea of benevolent "Machines Of Loving Grace" - but that's perhaps because I'm Muslim and like the notion of a something more moral than humanity…
Hey Tom, I do love the ambition of his work, but in light of "Loving Grace", I'm starting to be a more critical of his ideas - like his recent analysis of Syria and the Baath party - I guess I should've less acceptinfg of his earlier work anyway :)
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2011 on Countering The Machines Of Loving Grace at Imran Ali
Ahh yes - the addictive perils of Jpop. Once you've tasted Pizzicato, you'll be sampling Fantastic Plastic Machine, Cornelius & the Sushi 3003 compilations, a slippery slope to meta-kitsch pop :$ Like Scorsese, Curtis has great taste in music and can make mundane music into sublime juxtaposition. I just wish that flair was coupled with a hypothesis that made sense. Cutting and pasting archive material is easy - you can't leap around history and fact the same way… there's lots to criticise in the area he's attacking, lots of interesting things to unpack, but I don't think he got near any of them.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2011 on Countering The Machines Of Loving Grace at Imran Ali
It's a shame, such a gifted filmmaker coupled with some real and interesting observations from writers such as the above could have made for a thrilling discussion. Sadly, I learned more about Curtis' eclectic tastes rather than any deeper understanding of how machine culture has affected humanity. The hypothesis was sound, but the trajectory of ideas was incoherent.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2011 on Countering The Machines Of Loving Grace at Imran Ali
It's more about the underlying metaphor, not necessarily the tech or icon. I guess freezing something on a timeline is appropriate… That also gives rise to some interesting questions on whether the same metaphors are useful for moving around that timeline.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2011 on Save To... the Cloud? at Imran Ali
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Mar 15, 2010
Oh you know Meg! I had dinner with Meg and her colleague Sarah Hartley when they were in Leeds interviewing candidates for the Guardian Beatblogger project :)
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2010 on Archive a go-go at Moolies
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Thanks Mike, I'm generally optimistic about a culture of self-organisation taking root, though I'm not so sure that it leads to 'cathedrals of self' I like the idea of a "Office of Good" or "Ministry of the Future" to help citizens imagine what their city or community could be :) What say we just go ahead and create our own visions for government and community...why are we waiting for a heroic council to deliver it?
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2010 on Ideas for Cities at Imran Ali