Category Archives: Old School Technology

Your Mother, The Washing Machine

Scientologists protest psychiatry

With Emily Velox
From F Newsmagazine, December 2011

We have to go in prepared. I don’t want to spend the next two years receiving home visits, getting pamphlets in the mail, or entertaining enterprising young missionaries who thought that today was the day to take out a fay, young Catholic man. How do we become people who seem like good candidates for Scientology?

The holidays are just around the corner and we’re musing about what religion means. Our conversation eventually comes around to Scientology. What is it all about? How do Scientologists celebrate the holiday season? Our curiosity overcame us.

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On Scientology for the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, Emily and I decided to learn a little but more about washing machines Scientology. Out exploits are published in full this month in F Newsmagazine. 

I’m waiting for it to be put up on the web and when it is, I’ll reprint it here.

Review | Architecture in Helsinki

Last evening, on a whim, I went to see Australian band Architecture in Helsinki at Metro here in Chicago. I wish Chicago was not last on their tour list before they return to Australia; their show at Metro was electric, and I’m sure the band, though tired, would love to carry that energy forward.

I am not a music writer, I am not even technically reviewing this show. But I was moved by Architecture’s upbeat bass tones, their play between male and female vocals, and of tragic ’80s pop aesthetic that laces their sound and performance.

News | Even babies can do it

The debate about what is inherent in human nature is neither new nor fresh, but always interesting.

For instance, an article published on Science Daily detailed an experiment wherein babies were asked to to choose their preference between two toys. Then when the infants were later asked to share one of the two toys with an unfamiliar intermediary, they demonstrated fairness and altruism by sharing their favourite toy.

So, what does this mean to you? Are humans naturally good-natures and caring, or is fairness a learned behaviour?

Frivolous Sunday | Just shut up and be happy

I’m writing an opus. Be happy.

Advertising | P & G reveals new Ivory soap campaign

Ivory Soap ad, 1898, Wikipedia

Proctor and Gamble, which owns the Ivory soap brand,  launched a new ad campaign for the product this month, according to an article in the New York Times. Continue reading

Frivolous Sunday | A History of the Internet

The Guardian published A History of the Internet (in 2009) to celebrate 40 years since the development of Arpanet, and frankly it’s pretty cool. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II was the first Head of State to send an email (1976) or that the first online “bulletin board” was developed during a particularly bad snow storm in Chicago (1978). Did Al Gore really “invent the internet?”  All this gets covered in a beautiful and simple to read interactive timeline. Continue reading

Frivolous Sunday | Should you be in Toronto next week…

Marshall McLuhan, By Yousef Karsh. From

The University of Toronto is hosting a conference this week: The McLuhan 100 · Then | Now | Next  from November 7 – 10. Sadly I’m not attending, but my heart is there.

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Review | New Art/Science Affinities

New Art/Science Affinities is available for purchase through print-on-demand service Lulu, or for free download via the Miller Gallery website

New Art/Science Affinities
Contributors: Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Thumb Projects
Published by: Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University + CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Available for purchase from or free download via the Miller Gallery website

The conversation between art, science and technology is one we take very serious here at the PLI, and partially out of necessity for a feeling of a lack of discourse, which is why we were so happy to receive New Art/Science Affinities in our inbox this week. Continue reading

Frivolous Sunday: In Defense of Tea – A Manifesto

I gave up drinking coffee years ago when I lived with a caffeine-addled boyfriend and our coffee-drinking hazes lead to increasingly loud arguments over petty issues. For me, those first few weeks without coffee were like quitting smoking – I suddenly realized that there was a lot more air to breathe now that my life was not overcrowded by coffee’s tanic, nauseating odour. Continue reading