This Christmas classic transcends its place as a relatively mediocre suburban survival story when it ventures into slapstick. The most captivating part is the planning, when Kevin’s precisely honed logistical senses meet with the power of plot to force the not yet notorious Wet Bandits through an (almost) perfect procession of pain.
Dune is not subtle in examination of the logistical constraints that bind the fate of the galaxy to the planet Arrakis, to the spice Melange that is found only there. In its narrative, the gears of civilization move only through the regular supply of this, the most precious and valuable commodity in the universe—the singular substance through which the navigation of space is possible.
On this very night, ten years ago, on this same stretch of road, in the dense fog, just like this, I saw the worse accident I ever seen. There was this sound, like a garbage truck dropped off the Empire State Building. And when they finally pulled the driver’s body from the twisted, burning, WRECK, it looked like… THIS!
This prototype from the creator of Papers, Please puts its player in the role of an insurance adjustor for the East India Company, tasking them with investigating the mysterious return of the lost ship “Obra Dinn.” A ghost story in classic Mac game style.
Comparison of telephone suppliers across a century, from Western Electric to Apple.
“Sampling Inspection” is a one act play about the (surprisingly dramatic) business of quality control. It was written by Bonnie Small, a statistical quality control consultant for Western Electric, and first presented in September of 1953 for the Allentown-Bethlehem Section of the American Society for Quality Control.
At Lines and Nodes, the day-long conference and weekend-long film series that began today at NYU, our discussion of the aesthetic dimensions of extraction and infrastructure began with Finn Brunton’s recognition of the “infrastructural tracking shot.” In the strange sort of material aesthetic Johnny Mnemonic (1995) deploys for its designs of the digital, Brunton finds an exemplar for exactly this kind of maneuver.
Despite its famous cover featuring the Battersea Power Station, the infrastructural analysis performed in Animals (1977) is more closely attuned to the structural emanations of the beasts themselves.