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I arrange things into artworks, including paint, wood, plastic, raspberry pi, people, words, dialogues, arduino, sensors, web tech, light and code.

I use words other people have written to help guide these projects, so I read as often as I can. Most of what I read is literature (fiction) or nonfiction on philosophy, art theory, ethics and technology.

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Fionnáin's books

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reviewed The Real World of Technology by Ursula M. Franklin (CBC Massey lecture series)

Ursula M. Franklin: The Real World of Technology (Paperback, 1999, Anansi) 4 stars

In this expanded edition of her bestselling 1989 CBC Massey Lectures, renowned scientist and humanitarian …

Technology History in the Present

4 stars

This series of lectures originally published in 1990, with a follow-on in this edition in 1999, provides a fascinating perspective of the world before and after the public roll-out of the world wide web. Franklin considers contemporary technology from a historical perspective, understanding that the current trends are just part of a larger narrative. As a result, some of the lectures were quite prophetic in predicting the actions of technology companies in the 21st Century. The writing is easy as it was originally delivered as spoken lecture, and the content, although not unique, is very well structured.

Brian Massumi: What animals teach us about politics (2014, Duke University Press Books) 4 stars

Thinking through animal play

4 stars

Brian Massumi presents a theory on how play works as language and as a substitute for violent action in animal and human actions. It's a fun treatise, well presented in a longer first section before three other supplements that look at praxis of the ideas presented. The first of these is a pure joy to read.

This book is very dense philosophy, and at times it feels preposterously filled with jargon even if Massumi felt that language was necessary for accuracy. Yet it is also full of wonderful moments and deep thoughts that challenge human exceptionalism and create ways to consider other-than-human engagement from a nonhuman frame. It draws heavily from Deleuze and Guattari and often the writing feels like their more playful style, pushing the boundaries of what language can do. This is best illustrated in the supplementary chapter 'To Write Like a Rat Flicks Its Tail', which thinks …