Sunday, December 03, 2017 | RECENT NOTES

25 years of texting :)

The first text message was sent on Dec. 3, 1992, by British engineer Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone, who was attending his company’s holiday party in Newbury, England.


The Trail

Yesterday I read an article about Peter Molyneux, the designer of Fable, Populous, and Black & White. He talked about a mobile game he released in late 2016 called The Trail. I downloaded it and played it happily for the next hour and a half. I have now reached a tricky point. I have arrived at the first river but without enough funds to cross. One of my helpers lent me the money, but I suspect that this may prove to have consequences in the long term.

I do not know whether I should start the whole game again, knowing now what I did not know then, in order to arrive at the ferry better equipped, or whether I should plough on in the hope that I will have the opportunity to make up for early mistakes later on.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | THE TIME OF DAY


Friday, June 23, 2006 | ESSAYS

Issues around the idea of symbolic forms

Lev Manovich argues that the database is replacing central perspective as the dominant symbolic form by which we make sense of our world. In this he follows the work of Ernst Cassirer, whose Philosophy of Symbolic Forms defines the task of humankind as seeking “the categories of the consciousness of objects in the theoretical, intellectual sphere” and suggests that this “starts from the assumption that such categories must be at work wherever a cosmos, a characteristic and typical world view, takes form out of the chaos of impressions.”.

This essay is simply me thinking aloud about some of the issues and questions that this raises.