Demonic Justin Bieber, Hackable Wardrobes And The iPhone As Prison

Rob Walker
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The iPhone as prison, from Go Outside magazine.

by Rob Walker

Looking for ways to kill time productively this Friday afternoon (and beyond)? Here’s my week-ending list of suggestions.

Hackable Wardrobes: The PBS online series OffBook has a useful and nicely done episode on wearable technology, touching on Google Glass, conductive yarns, body-monitoring devices, DIY wearables, light-up neckties and more, all in less than six minutes. Featuring supercool Becky Stern, among others. A great crash course in one of the most gloriously geeky trends going.

Snappy Images: In a series called “Time Travel,” photographer Flóra Borsi inserts herself into a variety of familiar 20th century scenes — from an Elvis concert to a Warhol party to Civil Rights action. Her amusing twist on this Zelig-esque conceit is that in every scene she’s taking pictures with her cell phone. After all, we are currently over-photographing scenes and landmarks in the present — if only we could over-photograph the iconic past! Via PetaPixel.

A Toast To Technology: An app called BeerMapper taps into data from to help you create “a heat map of your preferences over the ‘beer space.’” A data visualization project with a practical payoff: how refreshing. Via MetaFilter.

Demonizing Bieber:’s Eliot Van Buskirk, the all-out king of comprehensive music-app coverage, highlights a funny hack-day creation called “Brutalize Me.” Basically it converts standard vocal tracks into a super-demonic, screamo-metal style. The proof-of-concept clip brutalizes a snippet of a Justin Bieber song into pure demonic menace. The motive seems to be catharsis: “Do you hate Justin Bieber or pop music in general?” the creators write. “Here is your chance at revenge!”

Your Devices Are Your Prison: BuzzFeed has a few images of “stunning” magazine ads from Brazil that imagine grim and massive prisons based on the form of tech-shapes that are familiar to us all these days, such as the iPhone and a computer mouse. Make this your last stop before quitting time — if this doesn’t make you want to power down and spend a little time in the non-digital world, nothing will.


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