Earth-Size Alien Planet at Alpha Centauri in Science Fiction.

This week the discovery of the closest earth-like exoplanet ever seen was announced. The star system closest to our own sun hosts a planet with roughly Earth’s mass and may harbor other alien worlds as well, a new study reports. Astronomers detected the alien planet around the sunlike star Alpha Centauri B, which is part […]

The Fiction to Reality Timeline.

Via: Hashem AL-ghaili

Third International Conference on Virtual Worlds

The Third International Conference on Virtual Worlds (VW’2012) will be held from July 3 to 5, 2012 in Paris. A Virtual World can be defined as a computer-simulated environment with its own physical and biological laws, populated by dynamic interacting entities such as artificial creatures and human avatars. Whereas Virtual Reality largely focuses on the […]


The eighth edition of the GOGBOT Festival takes place from the 8th to 11th of September 2011 in the centre of Enschede. This annual festival for music, art and technology is organised by Planetart. The program looks very interesting with again a lot of transhumanistic influences, although maybe not as much as last year, when […]


I had to wait some time before I got my invitation; but now I’m on Google+. I’m not sure yet if it will be an improvement over Facebook, but some people claim it will change the Web as we know it. They’re definitely right: the Web is changing constantly. From what I’ve seen I can […]

Geek Stuff

This is a kind of “What’s in my Bag?”- post. Tonight I’ve quickmarked some of my gadgets for the Tales of Things-project. My E-Reader (I wrote about that on my RL-Blog in Dutch), my LiveScribe-smartpen, my Samson Go-Mic, my external HDD and my HTC Desire. After labeling them I uploaded the tales to the Tales […]

World Stock Exchange

Another day in the paradise of  Second Life and there was a message about the World Stock Exchange.  Well one of the things I want to find out in Second Life is how economics could work in a world without government, so I teleported to the ATM, to create an account. Unfortunately I had misunderstood […]

More Snowcrash in the Metaverse.

Yes, I am reading “Snowcrash” again and it appeared to me that it is not a luxury: I can recall almost nothing of the book. It is great to see that the Black Sun community is preparing a Snowcrash RPG and some of the members are writing objects, like the “Safe” I bought earlier this […]

Neil Stephenson lives in Second Life.

Just a short visit to the Black Sun Tower. I got this wonderful Black Sun T-shirt. Usually not much interested in clothes, I feel proud of my T-shirt, so I decided to wear it and to visit The Black Sun. Who else would I meet there? Of course, IntLibb, who was also wearing his T-shirt. And […]

Virtual Parks

VR Parks is a European network of consultants, architects and developers in the Virtual Reality world of Second Life. It is a project by Bruno Cerboni and Giulio Prisco, founded in 2006. VR Parks is responsible for Uvvy Island and the popular Dublin, but now also for a sim of Rome. At 18 september Bruno […]

  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.