AFK

Heading off to the wonderful east coast of Canada for holidays with my family. Should have some internet connection along the way – but will be AFK most of the month of July.

Enjoy the sun!

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Internet Radio : Day of Silence

From WOXY.com – if their trials and tribulations have not been enough with funding and support – the next axe may be the final one, all across the board of internet radio stations.

The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!).To protest these rates and encourage you to take action and contact your Congressional representatives, WOXY.com is taking part in the Day of Silence by silencing both our main channel and WOXY Vintage for today. Don’t fret, the rock returns at Midnight EDT this evening.Please call your Congressional Representatives today to ensure the future of Internet radio. Click this link for instructions how. For more background and information, check out KurtHanson.com and SaveNetRadio.org.
 

CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON NOW TO ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 2060 THE INTERNET RADIO EQUALITY ACT, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES JAY INSLEE (D-WA) AND DONALD MANZULLO (R-IL)Toll-free Capitol Hill switchboard numbers:
1 (800) 828 – 0498 . 1 (800) 459 – 1887 . 1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281 . 1 (866) 338 – 1015 . 1 (877) 851 – 6437

Unwanted Nostalgia – more Facebook rambling

As I sit here on yet another night, contemplating Facebook suicide, I am struck with strong feelings of unwanted nostalgia. So much of my Facebook experience has been about ghosts from my life (lives) past resurfacing; from early childhood friends to old party friends and extended family I haven’t spoken to in at least 10 years. I find myself wanting to look up people I have – up to this point – had no interest in ever contacting again; and I must admit – I am not happy with this feeling at all.

As I prepare to click the “deactivate account” button, deleting personal information, likes and dislikes, quotes and notes – I struggle with the desire to broaden this false sense of a personal network contrasted with the desire to walk away from it all – if only for the reason of a lack of ability to define its purpose in my life. For all of my personal disdain of it, I cannot seem to hit the button. Is it the fear of missing out on something? The fear of being ‘network-less’? Is my Facebook profile nothing more than a hyper-personalized version of my blog – where my friends can see who each other are (if they even care)?

For all of the talk (academic and otherwise) surrounding the importance and/or (ir)relevance of social networking sites like FaceBook, all I can think of is that it is really a space of absolute (impersonal) voyeurism in a most acceptable (although not perfect) form. A space created by the subject, yearning for people to look in on their little slice of constructed selves. A space where you can ‘bump’ into (while searching for) old acquaintances and new colleagues without the pretense of a reunion or conference. A purely narcissistic space where I believe (wish?) people care what Kelly is doing 3 times a day.

Finally Found a Home (PhD!)

I am very happy to say that I have just received an email informing me that I have been accepted to Universite de Montreal’s newly minted PhD  en “études cinématographiques“. I will be working with Dr. Bernard Perron as my primary advisor. Working with Dr. Perron, I will be able to continue on a Game Studies trajectory, and remain in a close and productive academic community that I have been a part of for the last few years. I barely have the words at the moment to describe how happy I am.

Convocation 2007

This morning was my MA Convocation ceremony from Concordia University (Montreal, QC)  – although about 3 hours long (4 if you count having to be there an hour early), the ceremony was nice, and the air was not too hot. My mother travelled from Nova Scotia to be here for it, and woke me up with a great graduation card. In the front it looks like this:

404635.jpgThe eyes are actual googly eyes stuck onto the card! …. And inside it says: Congratulations, Brainiac!

You can find the card here, along with other great cards and gifts.

Summer is Here : Sporadic Posting

Monday is my convocation ceremony, and to celebrate, my mother is coming to visit for a week. It will be the first time in 8 years that she has been to visit. We are excited for her to see our new condo, spend some leisurely summer afternoons on any number of Montreal’s great sidewalk terraces, take in the first night of the International fireworks competition, and of course, make a day out of visiting Ikea, since there are none east of Montreal.

After my mother’s visit, I have a week left in the city, which will mostly be spent getting ready to leave the city for the summer for the east coast (mostly New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) the summer sun and sandy beaches will do us all some good. Although I will have some internet connection, I imagine posting will become sporadic over the next 7 weeks.

Of course I will still keep reading, working and trying to write. I’ve decided to help me along, I will be moving my “currently reading” list to actual pages so that I can keep notes. What I hope – some day – is that others will add comments to the reading notes – perhaps to spur on a different train of thought I would may have otherwise come to on my own. But if not, at least it will be a good, digital space to save my reading notes.

Summer Project

I was very happy when a yellow package arrived in my mailbox this morning containing the book Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture by Alexander R. Galloway that I will be reviewing for the Research Center for Cyberculture Studies. I am quite excited, as this is my first formal book review for an item within my ‘field’.  I am hoping to be able to be true to the text, in what one of my former MA professors called an “imminent reading”; a write-up that is on the text, about the text, and from the text. In a post-modern world full of opinions and directions, sometimes, it is alot harder than it sounds!