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Issue #3 of OBSOLETE! Magazine

Issue #3 of OBSOLETE! Magazine

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The third issue of our quarterly newsprint tabloid is now available online. If you would like a real, pulpy, smudgey newsprint copy mailed to your door, order one at: http://obsoletemag.blogspot.com/ It's the real thing.

This issue explores the idea of "Feral Technology" - it features a lot of great art and writing, and features an exclusive interview with Cory Doctorow.
The third issue of our quarterly newsprint tabloid is now available online. If you would like a real, pulpy, smudgey newsprint copy mailed to your door, order one at: http://obsoletemag.blogspot.com/ It's the real thing.

This issue explores the idea of "Feral Technology" - it features a lot of great art and writing, and features an exclusive interview with Cory Doctorow.

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Technology Gone
WildFeral
Technology.
In this issue:
Exclusive Interview:
 
Cory Doctorow
Post Human Technology:
KaltekHoodoo:
Open Source Religion
How To Use $180 And SocialMedia To Travel The Coun-try For A Year
New Work By:
Alissa Bader,Tim Beckett, Amy & Shane Bugbee,Ray Cathode, MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick, Wister D. Lamb III,Sean Madden, W. Joe Hoppe, Qojakcover art by Stephen Sweny
Issue # 3
In 1942, Isaac Asimov authored the
“Three Laws of Robotics”
 
 A robot may not injure a human being or,through inaction, allow a human being tocome to harm. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders
 would conict with the First Law.
 A robot must protect its own existence as
long as such protection does not conict with the First or Second Law.
1.2.3.
“Renegade unmanned drone wandered skiesnear nation’s capital”
read the August 26th,2010 headline on Yahoo News. The story explained,
“The drone, a Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Navy FireScout, is supposed to have a failsafe system thatdirects it to land safely if it loses its communication
link with the controller on the ground. That obviously 
didn’t happen on the drone’s Aug. 2 ight, and itmade a beeline from Naval Air Station Patuxent River
in southern Maryland, where it was being tested,
toward Washington. It was roughly 40 miles from thecapital before the Navy regained control.” Where didthe drone “think” it was going? What was it “plan
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ning” to do?More and more, humanity’s technological offspring iscoming of age and being given its independence. How 
-ever, our sentient electronic progeny is growing up
to look more like Skynet than Robby the Robot. GPS,facial recognition software and CCTV coordinate and
catalog our moves through the physical hive, whilethe World Wide Web and social networking create the
hive mind. Robots manufacture our goods and runour warehouses. The latest new car models feature
automatic parallel parking and braking, and next
 years models will feature automatic lane changing.So far, our articial intelligence has not chosen to un
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leash the “Terminator” scenario like Skynet. StevenLevy, in the Dec. 2010 issue of Wired wrote, “In itsearlier days, articial intelligence was weighted withcontroversy and grave doubt, as humanists fearedthe ramications of thinking machines. Now themachines are embedded in our lives, and those fearsseem irrelevant.”
Technology appears to still be reliant on humans,
particularly to supply its voracious need for energy.If humans suddenly disappeared, technology couldnot run for long on autopilot without humans to feedit electrons. Recent images of Chernobyl show us a 1980’s Soviet city in the Ukraine, abandoned after
nuclear power plant disaster. The buildings are si-lent, the machinery quietly rusting and returning tothe earth, the streets occupied only by reindeer and
fox. But imagine a modern computerized city, aban
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doned by humans because of a disaster, it’s power-grid humming along, it’s CCTV cameras cataloging the movements of the animals that now inhabit it.How would those animals use the heat and light? What sort of evolution would take place?For now, it is up to humans to unleash the potential
in technology. In many cases, doing so in ways not
intended by “Authorities” appears to be humanities best hope for the advancement of civilization. It isnot the authorized use of technology that moving usforward, but rather its abuse.The actions of Wikileaks and the hacker collective Anonymous provide reasons for hope. Wikileaks hasdone more to shine light on the real workings of the
power elite than any news outlet since Watergate. When the world’s oligarchs set out to silence Wikile-aks, Anonymous set about attacking the nervous
system of their money machine. Meanwhile, colum
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nist Dan Savage is re-loading his 2004 Google-basedattack against Rick Santorum, the radical anti-gay rights Republican presidential hopeful. Thanks toSavage’s creative use search-engine technology, thetop Google search result for “Santorum” is now “ 1.The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is some
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times the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick San
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torum” (go ahead and google it for yourself! Remem
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 ber, by doing so, you help solidify the ranking of thatdenition.) While more and more people are satisedto fall into the societal hypnosis and cultural Stock
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holm syndrome of mass media and consumer culture,these digital revolutionaries are ghting a very real war on the battleeld of the “New Reality”.
In the developing world, mobile technology is becom-
ing the dominant agent of change. Villagers acrossthe globe are using mobile phones to transform their
economic and political lives. Without grid power,
creative uses of scavenged power supplies provide battery charging. Cheap solar cells, peddle-powered
generators and home-built wind turbines are all being 
used to supply “juice”.
Much credit has recently been given to social net-
 working tools like Facebook and Twitter for the pro-
democracy protests in the Middle East, but it is the
creative use of those tools that has made those ac
-tions possible. Anonymous was preparing to reverse-
engineer the revolution to use fax technology. If that
didn’t work, it would have been Xerox copiers or ditto
machines, or...?In this issue of OBSOLETE! we explore the relation
-ships between humans, their technology and “The
 Wild”. We wonder what happens to technology whenit becomes cast-off, or when it is repurposed. What
happens in that territory when good economic timesswell and push technology into the wilderness and
 what is left behind when that tide recedes?Feral Technology. Technology that has escaped from
domestication and adapted to the wild. Technology 
that has found a new use for itself. Technology that
has escaped extinction by lurking around the indus-
trial wasteland at the edge of town.
 
 Alissa Bader 
has dedicated herself to spending a lifetime hanging out with those people her mother once warned her about. Alissa also purchased
her rst package of bacon, ever, last May. She lives and works in Denver,
Colorado.
Tim Beckett
grew up in western Canada, primarily Uranium City,Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta. He ed to Montreal at age 19 andhas lived in London and New York ever since. He has been employed as atree-planter, TV researcher, housepainter, web developer and pretty muchanything else he can get. He is working on a novel ‘Uranium City Return’about going back to his now nearly empty hometown. He is currently managing editor of Sensitive Skin Magazine, and can be reached at www.tim-beckett.com
 Amy Bugbee
was born in a part of Chicagoland that was built by AlCapone. Calumet City was the original Sin City before Vegas came along.She was raised by a reman and a librarian, so she is morbid and well read.For nearly 15 years she has been married to the biggest trouble maker inthe underground, Shane Bugbee, and the two of them have been wreaking havoc ever since. She is a writer, photographer, and baker who lives on theWashington Coast with her husband, dog, and turtle.
Shane Bugbee:
“I’ve done a lot over many years and have survived.Recently I was told that I’m intense and a loose cannon. Quite often folks areafraid of me, and for good reason. Presently wrapping up a book and lmthat combines the year my wife and I spent on the road with the head trip
that is being run out of a small minnesota town for siding with school shoot-
ers and being friends with anton lavey. Our upcoming book will be in storesthis November... it is called,
Politics,Art,Religion,Revolution: the suffering 
and celebration of life in America.
http://www.ayaeratthewheel.commy personal website is: shanebugbee.com
Ray Cathode
is an artist/illustrator living on the rocky coast of thegreat state of Maine (U.S.A.). He studied under Karl Ferdinand Braun, thenlater on at the Academy of Carlo Pittore. His earlier output of art was very academian; then after a tragic accident severely damaged his drawing hand,his art took on a darker quality that is cruder in execution, yet richer inmeaning. He is currently hidden deep beneath the snow, in his undergroundstudio, churning out strange images with his mighty vorpal pen.
MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick 
was born in the Bronx in 1967.She holds a B.A. in English from Manhattan College. Published in: MakeRoom for Dada, Mount Vernon Inquirer, Mount Vernon Today, WestchesterTimes Tribune, Mount Vernon Independent, Contemporary Literary Horizon,
 Contributors 
and MoonLit. Anthologized in: “Blood Beats in Four Square Miles.” Read
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ings at: The Back Fence, ABC NoRio, Centerfold Coffeehouse, AC-BAW ArtsCenter, Mount Vernon Public Library, Lola’s Teahouse, and Blue Door Gal
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lery. She lives with her husband and three boys in Mount Vernon, NY.
 W. Joe Hoppe
grew up the rust belt city of Jackson, Michigan buthas lived in Austin, TX for the last twenty years with artist Polly Monearand their son Max. He has published one book-length collection of poetry,_Galvanized_ (www.daltonpublishing.com). Along with teaching English andCreative Writing at Austin Community College, he enjoys writing and wrench
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ing on old Mopars. W. Joe’s 1971 Dodge Truck runs on sweet lady propane--hopefully you’ll read all about that in a future issue of OBSOLETE!
 Wister D Lamb III
is a (photoshop) stooge for the media priests. Living in North Houston, TX, Working in high fashion and low advertising in NY for19 years, he has recently escaped into the realm of achieving feral otherness with his personal friends prole pics on FaceBook. His piece is from a seriesof about 200 people he actually knows personally. The ongoing feud with hisown personal demons has accrued into other psych-oriented works viewableat GenericPlacebo.com.
Sean Madden
darkly surrealistic paintings and drawings have beenexhibited and published throughout the US, Canada, Australia and theUK. His work is reminiscent of the underground comics scene he wasinuenced by as a juvenile delinquent on the streets of Buffalo, New Yorkin the 60’s and 70’s. For years he provided pen and ink illustrations forhorror and sci- publishers. Currently, he provides illustrations for theVancouver- based urban clothing company Die Constant (www.dieconstant.com), and exhibits with a growing list of galleries and private collectors. Hehas recently published a partly autobiographical compilation of his pen andink works entitled “Beyond the Sun: The Insane Pen and Ink Art of SeanMadden.” A free 30-page sample of the book (PDF) can be seen at his websiteat: www.clownvomit.org/bts.html. Sean can be reached at his website: www.clownvomit.org 
“Darius “Qojak” Carr 
is an artist living in Tama, Iowa. Darius writes,makes art, tattoos and takes photographs when he is not trying to make aliving working at the casino on the Meskwaki settlement. Check him out at: www.qojak.com
Stephen Sweny 
is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and Pratt In
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stitute and a veteran illustrator. Steve’s work has been featured in The New York Times, National Lampoon, Forbes, GQ and many other publications. Heis represented by Donna Rosen artists.
The OBSOLETE! Team is:
Rich Dana: Editor, Publisher, Anarch-Syndicalist Scout MasterBlair Gauntt: Art Director, Illustrator, Resident Charlie Callas ScholarEric Houts: Contributing Editor, Punctuation Czar, Indispensable Niggler
Contact:
OBSOLETE!, PO Box 72, Victor, IA, 52347 - obmag@feral-tech.com
 
 by Amy Bugbeephotos: ayearatthewheel.com
My husband Shane and I set out
on a yearlong road trip with $180in our pockets. We had no savingsaccount, no credit cards, no back
up. Our only safety net was the In
-ternet. With our dog and turtle in
the back seat of our Chevy Blazer, we left with a few blankets, a bag of baking gear, a suitcase full of 
clothes. Most importantly, one lap-
top computer, an HD Video cam
-era and a donated digital audiorecorder. The recorder was givento us by a supporter we met at a 
podcasting meeting we found on
Meetup.com, so we were already putting social media to the test.
 A journey like this is not for every 
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one, but for the adventurous few 
 who dare, it is possible to survive
for a full year on the road using 
nothing but technology-- and a 
little elbow grease. Our plan wasto use the Internet to nd work,
shelter and conversation. In addi-tion, we planned to give people anoutlet to speak their minds in short videos we
 were posting on our website, therefore bringing 
more voices to the Internet, and promote any  businesses willing to help us out.
The rst rule of the road was craigslist.com. Thisis where we found the most work and the mostsupport. Second was our “friends” on Myspace,Facebook and Twitter. I even used Ebay to auc
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tion my cookie baking service around Christmas
and had a great time whipping up cookies all
afternoon for a nice lady in the Chicago suburbs. We posted a donation button and offered “Buy  A Day” or “Buy A Sticker” on the car. A surpris
-
ing amount of people donated and one sweet galeven sent Cheyenne some dog bones off of ouramazon.com wish list.
 We also contacted other bloggers, vloggers, and various internet personalities that might be willing to barter some promotion. This garnered
mixed results. Some were helpful and some
 were not-- and don’t even get me started on the
supposed “Podfather” Adam Curry! We really  wanted to use couchsurng.com. Unfortunately,
two people with a dog and a turtle was a bit
more than most folks wanted on their sofa. It would probably work much better for
a single traveler than our hoard.
 We contacted a variety of businessesand offered to promote their gear if 
they would send us samples. To thisend we acquired shoes, clothing,
 baking mixes and even a waterproof laptop case from Otterbox.com.
 Along the road otherneeds popped up, likecar repairs, dog sit-
ting and food. Typi
-cally with a quick
 web search and few 
emails everything 
 was taken care of. Inexchange for their
services we made video commercialsand posted them
online. Once when we
 were nearly starving 
in St. Louis, we called
a local BBQ stand
and asked to come in and lman episode of our internet TV show. The owner pumped us fullof delicious meat and side dishesand then sent us off with a caseof BBQ sauce and probably half a pig. We felt a little guilty about
the royal treatment we’d re-ceived, but in the end the man was thrilled with the businessour online video brought him, and he still emails
us to this day!To work our way across the USA we used the“Gigs” section of Craigslist. That’s where peoplepost for temporary odd jobs such as raking leaves or help moving and many of the people we worked for were supportive of our projectand offered us food, shelter, gas, and even dog 
-
gie vitamins. In the course of our trip I worked
cleaning houses, mowing lawns and even spent
a day at a gun show. Shane xed plumbing in
Knoxville, and we both workedas ranch hands in New Mexico
and bottled rum in New Or
-
leans. The other Craigslist
section we used with great
success was “Barter”. There weposted “Will Trade Wife” or “WillTrade Husband”. These werefor non-sexual trades of labor,cookie baking and x it help.Most people found these postsamusing and it lessened the fearof allowing strangers in one’shome. Perhaps our most impor
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tant Craigslist barter of all wasin Portland, Oregon when wetraded our Chevy Blazer for anold RV, in which I am currently 
 writing this article.
For places to stay, we usually posted in the “Community”Section under “Local News”,“General” or “Politics”. Sinceour road trip was following theelection year, we would ask if 
How To Use $180 And Social MediaTo Travel The Country For A Year
anyone out there had an interest
in being a part of an internet TV 
show about the election. We alsostayed with many online pals.
It was exciting to meet many of our “friends” in person for therst time and many of the people
 we met hooked us up with their
friends all across the country.On the days we had no money and
no place to go, technology helped
us in another way. We would nd
a Kinko’s that was open 24 hoursand take turns working and nap-ping in the truck. Kinko’s is a gi-ant corporation built on computer
technology. It is a great hub for
small business owners to appearmore legit via telecommunica-
tions, teleconferencing and digital
copying and they seemed ratherused to weirdoes milling about at
all hours of the night. We couldsit there for hours editing on ourlaptop or surng the web for our
next stop.Technology is an ever-evolving matter, so one must also be will-ing to adapt to the changes. Much
of what we began the year with changed drasti
-
cally over the months. Our website upgradedthree times, changing to Word Press templatesthat adapted to the crossover from more blogs
to vlogs. The way in which we uploaded our vid-eos changed too. We began the year using lulu.tv, who was paying us a small amount per month
to post videos. After a few months they droppedout due to funding issues and we began manu
-ally posting on several websites, including Blip,
Revver, and YouTube. About halfway through
our trip we discovered Tube Mogul, which auto-matically placed our videos on every website wechose with just one click.
During the year we also brought technology toother people. We set up an old chum in Chicago
 with streaming radio, convinced a gal in Missis-
sippi to do a regular blog and got tons of friends
to join various social and video networking sites.The rum distillery we worked at, bottling the
 best Cajun Spice Rum in the world, is now doing their own internet TV show. Even some of thesubjects from our videos hooked up togetherfrom across town and across the country.In the end, we made it the entire year by utiliz
-ing technology and the Internet. We lived below 
the poverty line for certain, but the dog andturtle didn’t seem to notice and Shane actually put on a few pounds from all the great meals we shared with ne people. It brought us all a lot closer together, and we have a world of new friends from sea to shining sea, most of whom
 we manage to keep up with through email andsocial networks. It just goes to prove that thereis nothing more broadening than travel andnothing so grand as technology.
Now it’s your turn to get going!
Photos:
 
Top: Sofabed in Lubbok TX.Left: Shane, Amy and Cheyenne outside the “New” RV.Right: Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.Bottom: Revolutionary John Sinclair in New Orleans.

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