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Mar. 28th, 2006

10:24 pm - The next thing in custom car wheels

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If you haven't seen this, you should take a look. I'm not sure which emotion in me wins regarding these devices: horror, disconnection or plain interest. Every day I pay attention I see signs that Blade Runner, The Diamond Age and the general mileau of Johnny Mnemonic are coming closer to me, or maybe I'm coming closer to them. Advertising on every surface. General and palpable misery, leavened with some hope and a bunch of true weirdness. Extreme cultural dislocation.

So, what do you think of these gadgets? What would you do with them if you had them on your vehicle?

Cheers! generalist

PS: Of course I mean Johnny Mnemonic the short story, not the movie; and Blade Runner the movie, not the book.

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Date:March 29th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Cyberpunk has been here for a while, slowly radiating out from the supermetros into the rest of the industrialized world. Although the Nineties were generally surprisingly pleasant. And true weirdness does seem to be doing better than we'd hoped, and for that matter some things in the thirld world are sucking a lot less than we'd expected. So its not all doom and gloom.

Nanotube for your thoughts?
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Date:March 29th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
Isn't hubcap theft already enough of a problem? Maybe the folks who'd shell out for these will also have advanced weapons systems to protect the damned things (shades of Car Wars...)
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Date:March 29th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wireless modems on the rims. Hmmmm. Driving next to one of these cars and trying to hack the rims brings new meaning to the term Wardriving...

For "Advertising on every surface" see Minority Report. Except they used it to show off how the system can track you.
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Date:March 30th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)

Rollin' On Twenties

=v= Bicyclists have had this sort of thing for years (http://www.hokeyspokes.com/). And here I thought $30/spoke was expensive. Even if I had four wheels, that wouldn't add up to $12,500.

On the other hand, those 20-inch rims with spinners are something we stole from cars (http://www.deuce-usa.com/), so I guess it all evens out.
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