The Null Device


Today I went down to the AppleCentre in Elizabethstrasse and picked up the order that came in for me. Consequently, I'm a few grand poorer, but now the proud owner of a Titanium PowerBook G4. (It's not one of the new models, but it runs MacOS 9 as well as OS X, which means that I don't have to junk all my VST plugins.) The machine has been named "avalyn", and will in due time replace my old beige toaster (a souped-up G3/233G4/400).

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An outfit in New York are organising spontaneous flash crowds by email and mobile phone, as a performance art event of sorts. This works by large numbers of participants meeting around a preordained location at a specified time, hanging around for 10 minutes and then disappearing, whilst bystanders try to figure out what happened. Except that last time, one do-gooder dobbed them in to the police, who decided to intervene (you never know, this sort of thing could be cover for a terrorist atrocity or a jewel heist or something). (via bOING bOING)

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