“You are not who you think you are. This is just a temporary package that you’ve put together on this planet and it’s not to be taken seriously. You’re supposed to have fun with it. [Laughs] Now, that knowledge threatens a lot of people who are so invested in their identity as a Christian or a Jew or as a black or as white or male, female, this, that—all those things that we label ourselves, that we define ourselves by. Drag is the antithesis of that. It says you are spirit, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Don’t take the human experience too seriously. Some people are threatened by that, so it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous because if people accepted that message or really took it in, they would have to deconstruct who they are and a lot of people don’t have the processing tools to do that. A lot of people don’t have the guts to do that.”—
The Pirate Bay has today added a new torrent category: physibles. Physibles are 3D printer plans for duplicating physical objects. This is a fascinating insight and early glimpse into the post-scarcity economy. This is a landmark event marking the transition of post-scarcity from the online world leaking into the physical world.
The RepRap is open source hardware in action. You download the plans for this 3D printer, build it and then are able to print 3D objects including itself. By printing the new components, RepRaps reproduce. One RepRap creates a number of RepRaps, with those children being able to produce more RepRap grandchildren. As more RepRaps are printed, small changes by the people building them creep in. Some of these changes will be beneficial, and lead to a more efficient and better RepRap. RepRaps evolve. The modifications appear online, and other RepRap developers decide to incorporate these new components or modifications in their own designs. This is the open source method at work. Whereas competing 3D printers have release schedules of months or years, the RepRap has new versions in weeks.
The power of consumer level 3D printers, is going to be a revolution as powerful and impactful as the general purpose computer. All these cheap items that are manufactured cheap in China, shipped overseas, wrapped in wasteful packaging then sold in physical stores at huge markup will be produced in people’s homes on personal printers. If you need a cheap item then simply download the plans and print it. Maybe new categories of items will arise for which there is not the sufficient market incentive for those items to exist today. A new revolution is coming, but we stand ankle deep ready to wade deeper.
“Swearing is a really important part of one’s life. It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing and without enjoying swearing. There used to be mad silly prissy people who used to say swearing was the sign of a poor vocabulary, which is such utter nonsense. The people I know who swear the most tend to have the widest vocabularies, and the kind of person who says swearing is a sign of a poor vocabulary usually have a pretty poor vocabulary themselves. The sort of twee person who thinks swearing is in any way a sign of a lack of education or of a lack of verbal interest is just a fucking lunatic.”—Stephen Fry (via meggannn)
I was away playing at Hexenfest this weekend (more on that later), so I didn’t have time to record my regular show. However! I do have a wonderful interview with Mariko (aka Sarah M. Newman), a former member of Unto Ashes, and a current member of QNTAL, Estampie, and VocaMe, recorded at FaerieCon East, to share with you. Enjoy, and see you next week!
“The cover, looking back at it, there’s a little bit of a cheesiness to it, but I think that was just the idealistic view we had at that point. We’re in this together and we’re gonna build a life out of this somehow — even if it’s only four or five years long [laughs] — we’re gonna go for it.”—
I gab with rock legend Alice Cooper tonight (March 8) about my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge (out in paperback March 13; order info here). Nights With Alice Cooper starts at 7 p.m. local time in most markets (here’s a list of stations that broadcast the show; you can also listen online).
As a teenager I slid from being into Grunge into full on Goth. I never got into the Riot Grrl music as I was already rocking out with the sensitive feminist boys. Suddenly goth came into my life via a mixtape and holy shit The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” video. Seeing female fronted goth bands of the 90s bringing the drama and the rock, was awesome.
I saw the Razor Skyline (who were from Seattle, now San Francisco) perform at the net.goth convention “Convergence 3” in San Francisco in 1997. This song is appropriate for International Women’s Day and a love note to my 1990s goth rock ladies.