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robertogreco : watchmen   6 - Who Watches the Watchman?
"How do you make sure that the night watchman patrolling your factory floor or museum galleries...actually makes his rounds? How do you know he’s inspecting every hallway, floor & stairwell? How do you know he is not just spending every night sleeping at his desk? If you’re a technology designer, you might suggest using surveillance cameras or even GPS to track his location each night, right? But let’s make this interesting...go...back...[to]1900. What could you possibly do in 1900 to be absolutely sure a night watchman was making his full patrol? An elegant solution, designed and patented in 1901 by the German engineer A.A. Newman, is called the “watchclock”. It’s an ingenious mechanical device, slung over the shoulder like a canteen and powered by a simple wind-up spring mechanism. It precisely tracks and records a night watchman’s position in both space and time for the duration of every evening. It also generates a detailed, permanent & verifiable record of each night’s patrol."
watchmen  security  interface  history  technology  time  space  gps  surveillance  behavior  control  gadgets  location-based  chistopherfahey 
may 2009 by robertogreco
An interview with "Watchmen" creator Alan Moore | Salon Books
"None of my education really comes from school. ... I found that once I'd been expelled from school, I was compelled to educate myself and I found this a very entertaining and easy process. ... All too often education actually acts as a form of aversion therapy, that what we're really teaching our children is to associate learning with work and to associate work with drudgery so that the remainder of their lives they will possibly never go near a book because they associate books with learning, learning with work and work with drudgery. Whereas after a hard day's toil, instead of relaxing with a book they'll be much more likely to sit down in front of an undemanding soap opera because this is obviously teaching them nothing, so it is not learning, so it is not work, it is not drudgery, so it must be pleasure. And I think that that is the kind of circuitry that we tend to have imprinted on us because of the education process."
alanmoore  watchmen  comics  reading  learning  education  deschooling  unschooling  autodidacts  self-directedlearning  consilience 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Wired: Q&A: John Hodgman on Perfecting the Illusion of Expertise [Borges, writing, film, geekdom, comics...]
"[Chose Spanish as second language for his degree in literature at Yale]...primarily to read Latin American literature. And then that quickly became a focus on Argentine literature. And that quickly became a maniacal focus on Borges only. Who himself had to learn Spanish in order to become literate...He never read or wrote in Spanish when he was growing up, or at least if you are to believe his fable of his own life that he told. Spanish was considered to be — that was a house language that you would speak, you know, among your family. But the written languages were English or German. Wired: Oh, so he was — so Borges thought he was writing in the, in the — what do you call it? Hodgman: The vernacular." ... Borges discussion continues a bit further, but that is only part of the interview.
borges  johnhodgman  literature  language  spanish  humor  writing  comics  geek  watchmen  darkknightreturns  books  film 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Q&A: 'Watchmen' creator Alan Moore | Alan Moore | Comic-Con Q&A | Books | Entertainment Weekly | 1
"Terry [Gilliam, who aborted his attempted adaptation of the book] eventually came to agree with me. There are things that we did with Watchmen that could only work in a comic, and were indeed designed to show off things that other media can't."
comics  alanmoore  watchmen  interviews  film  adaptation  books  via:rodcorp  thewire  davidsimon 
july 2008 by robertogreco

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