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March 12, 2016 AUTHOR: zachary CATEGORIES: Reading List Tags:

The Future is Now

Hey gang, check out this beautiful book + Kickstarter. We have nothing to do with this project, but we think it’s awesome. So go support their Kickstarter and dig this super cool book trailer.

March 4, 2015 AUTHOR: zachary CATEGORIES: Reading List Tags: , ,

Robotic Spider Dress

Cool looking wearable tech.

From The Designer:

“3-D printed sensor based animatronic/mechatronic dress enabled by the Intel Edison acts as the interface between the body and the external world using technology and the garment as a medium of interaction. Testing-phase. The design will be showcased during CES alongside the Synapse dress for Intel, January 6-9th in Las Vegas, soon more…”

This one in via KillScreen:

“Generally seen on the bodies of tall sinewy models, Anouk’s work sits at the intersection of fashion and wearables. It bumps shoulders with plenty of other disciplines as well—in particular, videogames. Once you put clothing with feedback sensors on your body, something as simple as wearing a flannel shirt becomes an exercise in onboard interface. More specifically, her creations “use a lot of animalistic features that people can relate to.”

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March 3, 2015 AUTHOR: zachary CATEGORIES: Journal, Reading List Tags: , ,

Checkpoint – a documentary film

I saw this documentary when I was on the Jury for the Newport Film Festival. I tried to persuade my fellow jurors to give it the best documentary award, they didn’t go for it.  But, regardless of your feelings on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, I think it is an incredible document of the challenges of segregation, the frustration of military rules and orders and the  insanity of the whims of power.

You can read more about it on wikipedia.

 Checkpoint (original title: Machssomim) is a 2003 documentary film by Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir, showing the everyday interaction between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians at several of the regions Israel Defence Forces checkpoints. The film won five awards at various film festivals, including Best International Documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, best feature-length documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the Golden Gate Award for Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Although the film was generally well received, it was also controversial and reactions from audience members and critics were sometimes very angry.[1][2]

November 12, 2013 AUTHOR: zachary CATEGORIES: Reading List, Real World, Stuff We Love Tags: ,


Check out this awesome project that Sutu spearheaded.

NEOMAD : WE MADE THIS COMIC from Yijala Yala Project on Vimeo.

NEOMAD is a fictional fantasy based on real characters, places and stories that connect the people to their country. It is an interactive comic made for iPad.

With over 60 full-colour pages, interactivity, animation, music, sound effects, voice overs and extras such as live-action films, NEOMAD is a ground breaking epic sci-fi adventure. Episode 1: Space Junk begins with 14 Love Punks crammed on a hoverquad speeding through a digitised desert. When a rocket booster crashes into their community branded with a mysterious petroglyph, its discovery leads the Love Punks on an epic journey across the cosmos, complete with spy bots, pranks and magic crystals. In Episode 2 the Love Punks spend time with the Murujuga Rangers out on country and we meet the gravity defying Satellite Sisters. Here’s two of the Satellite Sisters explaining their involvement in the process of making NEOMAD:

NEOMAD aims to bring attention to the rich Indigenous cultural resources of the Pilbara in Western Australia, equally as rich as the vast mineral resources of the area. As part of the Yijala Yala Project, a group of 30 young people from the Ieramugadu (Roebourne) in the Pilbara have been collaborating with Sutu, creator of the multi-award winning NAWLZ interactive comic series. This has seen them applying a complex colouring system to more than 200 scenes for 3 months to create NEOMAD. Over the past year these young people have been developing their digital media skills by using Photoshop and graphic tablets donated by Wacom, creating animations for an online game featuring the Love Punks, a group of tech-savvy adventurers intent on bringing positive change.

November 2, 2013 AUTHOR: zachary CATEGORIES: Reading List, Real World, Stuff We Love Tags: , , ,

National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo, if you haven’t heard of it check it out here:  The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 1 month. I’m taking the challenge.  I’m writing a noir story in the world of the Gatecrashers.  It’s going to be about stealing next generation wetwork. You can track my progress over here Zach Mortensen @ NaNoWriMo.  That title is a serious working title – cut me some slack.

As well, I’ll be tweeting progress over @thegatecrashers 

I’m also going to try to shoot a photo a day of me when I start writing. I’ll make a collage and post them here.



Background Image

This background image is concept art for District 99, aka Rivertown. The artwork was done by Sutu, who created the award-winning web series NAWLZ.


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