Howard Rheingold’s Sketches From a 1994 HotWired Meeting



Howard Rheingold has been uploading scans of some wonderful sketches he made in his notebook from a HotWired (Wired Magazine’s original web presence) meeting that took place on May 18th, 1994. What an amazing piece of internet history.

On a related note, here’s Jeff Veen’s write-up on the history of HotWired interfaces.

photo & illustrations by Howard Rheingold

Orangina Naturally Juicy Commercial

“Naturally Juicy” is a totally bizarre and overtly sexual commercial spot for Orangina that includes, among other things, an anthropomorphic octopus giving a lap dance.

It’s like a travel promotion for a Furry fantasy getaway.

Orangina Naturally Juicy

Thanks to Danger Ranger for the reminder!

illustration via Orangina

Terminus by Trevor Cawood & Spy Films

“Terminus” is a fantastic short film by Trevor Cawood and Spy Films that features one very persistent concrete stalker, along with great visual effects in a 1970’s setting.

After inadvertently offending a strange entity that accosts him on his way to work, a 1970s businessman quickly finds himself in the midst if a bizarre predicament. What follows is a rapid descent into madness, a journey both eerie and darkly humorous. The exact nature of the businessman’s tormentor is purposefully ambiguous, lending itself to a variety of interpretations.

via I Am Bored

Crate Digger Death-Match, Making An Album In 12 Hours Using $12

The Crate Digger Death-Match

The Crate Digger Death-Match ’08 challenges 12 musicians to create an entire album in 12 hours using only $12 worth of music and materials. CDD takes place this Saturday, January 5th from 8am to 8pm and is being organized by Doctor Popular, TradeMark G and Z. Here’s more info, including the competition rules and judging.

The Crate Digger Death-match is an audio experiment wherein 12 different musicians attempt to create an entire album in under 12 hours using only $12 worth of cds, records, vhs tapes, or children’s toys as their instruments.

They are still looking for a few more competitors, prize sponsors and they could also use some tech help with a good system for the online judging.

Danger Ranger’s Annual Post-Yule Pyre Christmas Tree Beach Burn

Post Yule Pyre

Christmas is over, so you know what that means. It’s time to grab a dead Christmas tree and join the Friends of the Rootless Forest for Danger Ranger’s Annual Post-Yule Pyre this Saturday, January 5th. Here are my photos from last year.

An annual San Francisco tradition occurs at this time of the year, when the last stand of sidewalk fir trees is logged by the Friends of the Rootless Forest and then piled up on the beach for some very rapid composting. Saturday, January 5th, meet at the Carousel Diner, 2750 Sloat Blvd at 7:00 PM. Look for the giant Doghead in the middle of the street. We’ll hang out for half an hour and then head west, using caution, stealth and tom-foolery to avoid the white tiger that prowls the Great Highway. Bring a christmas tree and libations. No glass containers on the beach, you assume the risk, no one is in charge, your mileage may very. And for those who are infused with gift-giving guilt and holiday cheer, carbon credits can be purchased to offset the footprint of our dedication to christmas consumption.

photo by Scott Beale