[dispatch] 12012016.1052

December 01, 2016 at 10:52AM

[words] Crystal Stems


The doorbell floated A Long, Long Way by Royksopp through Jenny and Karl Mercer’s white-walled, spare three bedroom house at the end of Convent Road, adjacent to the Jericho Water Tower that filtered most of the water for Nassau County, Long Island, New York. Jenny, a quiet bubble of perfect brown bob, floral shirt and pressed jeans in her early twenties looked up from rearranging herbs on the mantle above her kitchen sink. The emerging suburban sun glinted through her 1.5 carat engagement ring and off her wedding band as she looked above a rosemary plant that her husband, Karl, surprised her with one day a couple months prior.

“It’s for chicken nugget night,” he joked.

The window went opaque and became a screen that showed their front door. A slender, well-heeled woman in her 30s looked up at the camera and smiled.

“Karl, she’s here!” Jenny called out as she rinsed her hands, placed them in the drying box adjacent to the sink and then made her way to the front door. Karl was waiting for her and they opened the door.

“Hi, I’m Crystal,” the visitor chimed.

“I’m Jenny and this is Karl. Thanks for coming. We’re so excited!”

Jenny and Karl led Crystal into the living room, where the couple dropped onto their sofa. Crystal sat opposite them, in a Herman Miller copy on the other side of an interactive glass coffee table.

“Oh, these window tables are wonderful,” Crystal commented. “This one’s pretty recent, yes?”

“One generation back,” Karl said. “A 1610-X4. It was the first year that InnerHome used the Gramma6000 chipset in their tables. The hologram display is amazing – and it even 3D prints. It’s crazy, actually. Growing up I never thought I’d see anything like it. My parents’ house had four wall vision, and I thought that was cool, but this stuff is something else.”

“Well, let’s go full res into the future, then,” Crystal said, touching a few buttons on a bangle around her left wrist. A hologram of the Mercers’ potential daughter at approximately age eight sprang to life in the middle of the coffee table and began to look around in silence.

“Oh, that’s Carey, yes,” Jenny cooed. “She’s just beautiful. And she has your eyes, Karl.”

Karl looked at Crystal. “Straight genetics are included in the standard tier, yes?”

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[dispatch] extra spicy 11302016.1522

November 30, 2016 at 03:22PM

[img] thankful reflection

thankful reflection
November 24, 2016 at 08:43PM
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[img] no leftovers were harmed in the making of this picture

no leftovers were harmed in the making of this picture
November 24, 2016 at 08:39PM
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[dispatch] wine 11232016.1746

November 23, 2016 at 05:46PM

[dispatch] truth 11222016.1235

November 22, 2016 at 12:35PM

[img] “but now you’re here / brighten my northern sky” – n. drake

“but now you’re here / brighten my northern sky” – n. drake
November 19, 2016 at 12:56PM
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[aired] a song for a coat

Charlotte & George, a new online children’s clothing store based in Paris, reached out to me a few weeks ago asking to use my track Since I Heard The Sun off Almost X (bandcamp | freemusicarchive) in a video they were making to showcase a new “magic raincoat” they now carry. Made by British designers Holly & Beau, the coats change color in the rain. Sarah, C&G’s owner, found my track via a Creative Commons search, asked permission for commercial use and made a lovely gesture asking whether I wanted compensation. So we agreed on a “song for a coat” exchange where I would receive the monster version of the magic coat, size 5-6, to give to my nephew Austin, whose birthday happened to be right around the corner. A couple weeks later, a wonderful air-mail stamped package arrived from Paris in time for Austin’s party. Rain was not falling on the day, but we tested the magic of the coat on Austin in my parents’ living room using a spray bottle, and he loved every second. Now, after wearing it a few times for real, he can’t wait for the next rain. Win-win.

In its highwire infancy, the Internet most promised direct connections among people outside traditional channels. For artists, this environment meant a new economy around creativity, in which they would be much more in control of how their work is used and ultimately valued. In this story, I wrote a song and then a few months later the stars aligned to give my nephew a coat. Sometimes, the future’s still here. All the luck and fortune to Charlotte & George. If you’re looking for a well curated collection of kids clothing, they are worth every click.

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[words] existential threats, or not

“an existential threat” ≠ “a threat to all existence”

The phrase “existential threat” implies a fear of Existentialism (the way “communist threat” implies a fear of Communism). So fear of Existentialism, in turn, connotes a fear of what Sartre termed the “doctrine of self-making” where human reality is an individual, lived experience. So fear not the existential. Or do – it’s up to you.

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[words] coggies

GenCare.23, BK-125

“Doc, it’s so weird – been a month and this mosquito bite hasn’t gone away.”

“It’s not a mosquito bite.”

“What do you mean? I saw the f|_|c|<er bite me.”

“It wasn’t a mosquito, Quinn. It was a GBI CogGuard Microdrone.”

“A coggie? But I’m not a redvector. I haven’t done a feelbad or said a makesad in months!”

“The CPD’s latest redword list only went grid around the time of your ‘bite.’ We’ll uplink the chip the drone left in you to the NYCPD and see what it picked up.”

“C’mon, forrealz?”

“Look, the coggie probably heard you say a homonym. I’ve seen a few cases of bites when coggies think ‘I’m snowed in’ means ‘I’m Snowden.’ A CPD interview clears that up pretty fast. Relax for now…”

[img] “pushbutton logic dehumanizing me…”

“pushbutton logic dehumanizing me…”
November 06, 2016 at 05:44PM
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[img] elite women | mile 6.1

elite women | mile 6.1
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[img] elite men | mile 6.1

elite men | mile 6.1
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[img] facing friday

facing friday
November 04, 2016 at 01:29PM
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[img] loyalist spin (for @catmthomas). go cubs.

loyalist spin (for @catmthomas). go cubs.
November 02, 2016 at 06:36PM
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[words] Telepath 2910.2096

DATE: 2910.2096
TIME: 0110

“We know you participated in the DDoS attack on Senator Quicknum.”

“No I didn’t.”

“But we traced it to your head.”

“I never thought that thought.”

“Yes you did. It passed through your head via Telepath into the global system. You just weren’t aware of the transmission at the time.”

“So I’m being detained for 3rd-party use of my subconscious that I couldn’t control?”

“No, you’re being detained for having an insecure and vulnerable subconscious. Weak-minded people are not allowed to think freely in Telepath.”

[img] I’m Nancy

I’m Nancy
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[img] claire

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[img] emilio

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