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Archives September 2009 - Page 3 of 9 - h+ Media

YOU Are the Doll

Battlestar Galactica, with its dark meditations on prophecy, war and Cylon identity, is the shining recent example, but seemingly cornier fare can also provide candy-coated conundrums that bear rumination, and that almost sneak up on you with their significance.

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How Can You Be In Two Places At Once

Quantum Creatures... I want to believe! This New Scientist article starts off: "Quantum weirdness could soon invade the living world, if a scheme to give a flu virus a strange double life comes off." They are trying to get the virus to be in two places at once.

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Abandon Normal Devices! (Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture)

Pretty cool name for a festival, no? Well, it's happening in Liverpool, England from September 23 - 27. h+ friend and contributor Natasha Vita-More will be speaking on human enhancement. Filmmakers Ken Russell and Nicolas Roeg (one of my personal favorites) will also be interviewed (I suggest you hang out by the bar, if you want to meet them) and, for you tricksters, the Yes Men will be holding a workshop.

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The Pursuit of Crappiness

Did you enjoy reading your little transnerdulist magazine about pleasure, prancing and sustained orgasm? Now you expect a little humor, don’t you? Well, guess what? I’m not in the mood.

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Playing Games

Bionic Commando is surprising: it asks, “what could ’80s-era stupidity actually mean?” A reboot of a series launched in 1987, the new Bionic Commando retains the macho posturing and goofball premise of its forebears, but instead of merely riffing ironically on its retro weirdness, it tries to consider their implications. What would it mean to run around with a bionic hook-shot instead of an arm?

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Wake from Cryonics

The laws are complicated, and not stacked in your favor, but if done carefully it’s possible to leave a huge death benefit payoff from your life insurance policy to your cryonically-preserved self.

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Nanopeople

On a strange and inhospitable waterworld circling Tau Ceti, a spaceship crash-lands, wrecked beyond repair. Its crew, doomed to die within a month from their rapidly dwindling stores and the planet’s poisonous atmosphere, work feverishly to leave a legacy and in some sense complete their mission.

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Transhumanism at Play

Watch children, or adults, at play. And by “play” I mean the real thing — experimental, messy, reality-shifting and explorative, not the routinized pseudo-work we call “leisure” or “recreation.”

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The Genomic Bodhisattva

David Pearce wants to end your suffering. His manifesto “The Hedonistic Imperative” promises a future where humans live in high-functioning superhappy states devoid of pain and anxiety.

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