Essential readings for angels:
Timothy Leary, 1997. Design for dying. With R.U. Sirius. Harper Collins: New York.
Thomas Mann, 1912/1992. Der Tod in Venedig. Fischer: Frankfurt.
Vladimir Jankélévitch, 1977. La mort. Flammarion: Paris.
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, 1991. The bardo guidebook. Rupa: New Delhi.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, 1992. The heart treasure of the enlightened ones. Shambhala: Boston.
Jean-Françcois Revel et Matthieu Ricard, 1997. Le moine et le philosophe. Nil: Paris.
Mitch Albom, 1997. Tuesdays with Morrie: an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson. Doubleday: New York.
Marie LECHNER, Libération
written by a 93 years old blogger
memorial of carl sagan in Second lifehttp://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2007/01/billions_and_bi.html
convention for the protection of virtual architecturehttp://virtualarchitecturalheritage.blogspot.com
via agent STAMBERGER
Microsoft research on delivering mails in the far, far futurehttp://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/300636_msftimmortal22.html
MISSION ETERNITY DOCUMENTATION (PDF / ZIP / 48 BM):files/documents/2008_beijing/missioneternity_204_ecal.pdf.zip
download and confirm that you can open the file...
lest you be squashed as it falls
For legacy reasons, an implementation using the 1900 date base system shall treat 1900 as though it was a leap year. [Note: That is, serial value 59 corresponds to February 28, and serial value 61 corresponds to March 1, the next day, allowing the (nonexistent) date February 29 to have the serial value 60. end note] A consequence of this is that for dates between January 1 and February 28, WEEKDAY shall return a value for the day immediately prior to the correct day, so that the (nonexistent) date February 29 has a day-of-the-week that immediately follows that of February 28, and immediately precedes that of March 1.
aahh, microsoft bashing.... how we will miss it once it's gone.
For the launch of the iconomix magazine, agents ZAI and HAEFLIGER visited Paris for 24 hours and received a local update on art and economix! Art-process
with Eric Mézan publishes iconomix and runs a series of art programs, repeatedly involving etoy. Their party at the Hotel Amour at 9ème was a pleasurable opportunity to approach this not-so-distant art market.
Rose Marie Barrientos, art historian and author of an introduction
to etoy in French, hosted and introduced etoy to Yann Toma
and his work, currently exhibited at Galerie Patricia Dorfmann
Yann runs Ouest-Lumière
, an excavated utility turned art company, that outsources the production of epic imagery to India. Clients cast their themes and have artists in India paint the customized Epopée.
Marie Lechner of Libération - at Café de l'Industrie, rue Saint-Sabin/Bastille.
Haefliger, Rose Marie Barrientos, Zai, Sara Stenczer
We are pleased to announce that MISSION ETERNITY
is passing all core tests, and can therefore now be considered to be in a functional prototype state. It is currently undergoing an extensive testing and refinement phase inside etoy, followed by the development of a minimal GUI, at which point a beta-quality end user release for Mac OS X and open-source unices will be prepared.
Expected duration until alpha-release: 2-4 weeks.
Expected duration until beta-release: 1-2 months.
just got the information from R.U. Sirius. Robert Anton Wilson, one of the big heroes, "
Defies Medical Experts and leaves his body @4:50 AM on binary date 01/11. All Hail Eris!"
HERE IS MY OWN RAW
STORY: on xmas 2001, at a party in his house, joi ito
gave me Robert Anton Wilson's "COSMIC TRIGGER". i was in the worst shape ever and he helped me to discover a new dimension of reality without selling me some silly washing powder, truth or another religion. joi was the only guy i trusted when it came to the problem i had ... everybody else i knew was not experienced with being involved in crazy mind games and being exposed in public in the way i was at this moment. for me it is still magic that i got this book from joi at this point in my life.
BACKGROUND: for an art show
with etoy i had the chance to esape to japan for 3 months. i was completly wrecked and tried to ignore the release of harper collins' "leaving reality behind" book that hurt me more than anything else before. the book about "my life", etoy and TOYWAR was written by a former friend of mine, regula bochsler. i considered her one of the 12 most important people in my life and blindly trusted her. for me to read the final draft of the script was a new dimension of human distraction! after working for a year with etoy (incl. full access to our archive, work and friends) the authors probably got under commercial pressure and started to mix and twist facts to get the plot they needed. among lots of dirty little stories the book limited female TOYWAR-HEROES like our CTO etoy.MONOROM or the transsexual performer COCO to my groupies and described my partners as naive acolytes but instead totally over pomoted the old etoy.BOY-GROUP that was history long before TOYWAR even started. COCO's tragic suicide was just another hype for the story and on top of all this i was called "heinrich", a fucked up devil who picked linz - the cultural capital of adolf hitler - to launch his international career as a greedy artist. the last draft (i never read the final book) compared me with eToys CEO Toby Lenk and at the end of the story declared both players, (etoy and eToys Inc.) dead to round off the perfect dot-com drama. but - worst of all - my former friend regula started to heat up fights among old and new etoy.AGENTS by forwarding slanderous private email messages that a former etoy.AGENT recovered from an internal backup. and a hacked email-server revealed facts of how regula was manipulated. a climate of paranoia, manipulation and madness took over. there was no chance to call for facts or fairness in this context: "LEAVING REALITY BEHIND" - the slogan etoy created years earlier - turned into a media nightmare that ended badly for everybody: the book that we all worked for became the subject of a court case (it got corrected a bit ... but still sucked so etoy could not promote it). the result was an emotional and financial disaster (the book did not sell at all). at the same time my former etoy partner and arch enemy hans bernhard spent 3 months in a psychiatric hospital after he slit his own scalp to write "etoy" with blood on the wall of his hotel room in south africa. he was convinced that someone planted a bomb in his head ... IT WAS THE PERFECTLY DESIGNED HORROR TRIP. i lost trust in everything for a while and felt 100% incapable to explain anybody why this was so painfull and not just another great milestone in the life of a media hacker. reality as i knew it fell apart in tokyo.
it was the perfect moment for a RAW-DATA
update of my operating system!
today - after light years of travelling (with what was left of the dot-com speed) and lots of debugging, it all looks like a few surreal moves in a very complicated and crazy role play.
--> WOW! i'm still in the game and operational. even better: thanks to the upgrade i consider myself on a higher level and i'm glad that amazing guys like joi and wilson were around to coach me just when i needed them most.
i just ask myself: how do they do this? ... detecting wasted and confused artists with such precision? is there maybe a secret plan or a higher intelligence leading them? ... hmmmm then hans probably really has a bomb in his head as he said. fuuuuuuck!!!! what a game ;-)
from our dear friends over at reddit:
Linden Lab To Open Source Second Life Software
it may be just the viewer, but it's a start....
Villö Huszai adds a smart reply
to a recent newspaper article by Gampps (referenced, all in German) on the novelty of the Internet as a medium for art. If you want to see pictures only, you will see pictures only, wherever you look. But artistic innovation often appears as a participative process, a process that can be greatly enhanced by information technologies. As these technologies keep changing our working and leisure lives, art reflects the changes and has to take certain steps beyond, hence producing, as ever, the dilemma of contemporary art - new but hard to recognize. Actually: the newer the harder to recognize at all! While all innovators (in technology, business, or academia) have to walk this fine line, art innovators have a certain right to rely on interpretation - the businesses making the art markets.
etoy's consistent use of the hologram
to certify etoy.WORK is a logical consequence of the participative process underlying innovation at etoy. If etoy produces a picture it can never be only the picture: in fact our "pictures" only document what WE do. And the artist signing it is the community of agents who contribute to the artistic endeavor. etoy uses technology to authenticate art produced in an ongoing participative process.