Modernity tried to whitewash our tribal selves, to erase the vestiges of the savannah in our genome. But like graffiti in a city, our inner caveman is irrepressible. The ancient hominid self springs up unpredictably and in unexpected places. The tribe underlies the most fundamental parts of our identities, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to pin down. How far have we moved from our small bands of foragers? Digital technologies like social networking sites and cell phones return us to an age of tribal-style social immersion.
These peculiar illustrations are part of a sixteen-page pamphlet produced to put inside the postage-paid, business-reply envelopes that come with junk mail offers. Every envelope collected is stuffed with the pamphlet and mailed back to its original company: A manual to get a life. Source: centennialsociety.com | via boingboing.net |…
The exercise of the future? Paleolithic fitness! From hanging from a tree branch like Tarzan, throwing and catching cobblestones to barefoot climbing, working out like our ancestors is the latest American trend. The new/old caveman fitness craze is quickly surpassing other exercise programs in popularity.…
Avatars, almost every internet user has at least one of them running around somewhere on the web. We control then in numerous games and forums, but do they also control us? Researchers at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at the Stanford university have researched the effects of the appearance of…
If you’ve ever wanted to know just exactly how much DNA you share with your ridiculously tall brother or doppelganger best friend, you’ll soon be able to find out. 23andMe, a personal genomics startup in Mountain View, California, is about to unveil a new social-networking service that allows customers to…
These printed pots were inspired by Southwest Native American pottery and were printed using powdered slip and binder in a three-dimensional printer. Mixing ancient traditions with emerging technologies. Don’t you just love it when oldnature & nextnature copulate? Pure futuristic-nostalgia! Related: Reflections in the Cave, Join the Neolithic revolution, Desktop…
In modern life, we reenact instictual behaviors through our toys and technology
The Playboy Interview
In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto — and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse articles in small-circulation quarterlies. But then came two remarkable books — The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and Understanding Media (1964) — and the graying professor from Canada’s western hinterlands soon found himself characterized by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the hottest academic property around.”…Read more
'The instant nature of electric-information movement is decentralizing, rather than enlarging, the family of man into a new state of multitudinous tribal existences'
Archaeologist Finds Ruins of ‘Friendster’
Researchers conducting the Friendster excavation say the site has been deserted since the year 2005 A.D.
Wifi Dowsing Rod
Today’s technology advances so rapidly that people are often unable to update their media schemas in time and as a result are left cluelessly in awe of it all. Mike Thompson’s Wifi dowsing rod aims to work against this: By basing the design for a wireless internet detector on ancient technology, the user should immediately feel at home with the device.…Read more
To Milk the Cows, Click here
In millions of offices and homes around the world, people are hard at work planting crops, feeding cattle and tilling their land. Welcome to Farmville, the digital rural world where the sun always shines, where beans take two days to grow, where pink cows produce strawberry milk, where farming is leisure.…Read more
How to Grow your Own Toaster
Now here is an experiment any one can do at home: Look around in your house and try to find a consumer product of which you know where it was made and by whom. Got any? Indeed, this can be quite a difficult task nowadays.…Read more