06/02/11

In order to really understand The Future, i think it’s important to look at History. By History I mean that word you click on at the top of your web browser that reveals everything you clicked on recently. History has meant all different things throughout time, and now it can mean this. I’m always curious about people’s web histories, it’s a little like looking at a list of the last 20 things they thought about. Sometimes you can see how one thought/website led to another, and sometimes it makes no sense at all. Frequently it’s humilating, and a little endearing, like watching an animal bump around the forest. Often I click on Clear History as if this will also clear my conscience. If you are the kind of person who uses the word “herstory” in daily conversation, instead of history, then you probably think of it as your web herstory.
Over the next few months I will be inviting friends of the movie to share their History with us. I can’t promise they won’t click up a brand new, non-embarassing History, but if they don’t, please reward them for their bravery by sending in your own honest History. Below is Hamish Linklater’s History, followed by one of mine.

Hamish Linklater’s History, April 22, 2011:

Miranda July’s History, Saturday May 21:

The Awl: I was hoping there will be something as good at the Eileen Myles piece they ran a few months ago.
The Vulture: because I needed a picture of my own movie poster for my blog and it’s just easiest to pull it off this website.

I Ask Of You:
On a Mac using Safari click on History, click on the day you want to share and take a screen shot (hold down these buttons all at the same time: command/shift/4 and then select what you want to take a picture of). On a PC press “print screen” and then crop the image. Upload the image using the uploader below. Send it to us along with the date and a 1-2 sentence explanation of what was going on in real life that made you click on these things.

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  1. Sophie Mayer says:

    Screen shot 2011-06-03 at 00.27.24

    Yesterday’s history: responding to emails and facebook messages after being off the internet all day — trying to link people by linking to pages that mean things in the real world: books, tea, places, solutions.

  2. gitgo says:

    my history, right now. 3rd june 2011 2am ish.
    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y26/datakidd/?action=view&current=Screenshot2011-06-03at13756AM.png


    well… I was making a mixtape and uploading to soundcloud.
    I designed a cover so i needed a picture of a heart.
    The mix is called “return to sender”.
    She left and hasn`t looked back.
    Im trying to “create” her out of my life.
    I used 3 of your soundbites in the mix, i hope you dont mind.
    I find i can relate to your outlook on love and relationships.
    You inspire….
    To hold on more than to let go, but, baby steps… right?
    Thankyou
    If you are upset by my copyright infringement please ask me to remove the mix from soundcloud and i shall. apologies.
    Cant wait to see your new feature.. heres to “the future”
    gitgo

  3. dave texas says:

    http://s1124.photobucket.com/albums/l568/Dave_Cosejo/

    June 3, 2011

    I had just returned from seeing Woody Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris and per usual I caught up with my Google Reader feed, opened a link to hear a sample from Nick Zammuto’s (The Books) upcoming band, and say happy bee day to my cousin Casey via Facebook.

  4. Sam Clements says:

    Liked the idea of this so much I’ve done two entries!
    http://bit.ly/ijQpck

    Today I read The Future blog and showed it to some colleagues. Then had lots of design to do on a Facebook page for a new cinema that we’re opening in London. I got a bit stuck so had to find a tutorial video on Youtube!

    http://bit.ly/iVolTP

    I started off by watching The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trailer that EVERYONE on the internet has been talking about. Looks pretty good. Also looked at a site called ‘Wonga’ but can’t even remember what that is!

  5. This morning’s history, just a meta-history of getting images to work on theFuturetheFuture.com site for this post, and some early morning browsing art related events in Los Angeles!

  6. Tim H. says:

    Monday May 30: must have been hungry-

    I have a fear of condiments, a name for the fear would make me feel a lot more justified.

    A friend on facebook kept saying “baloney” which confused me greatly, so I tried to sing the Oscar Mayer song, because I knew it spelled the word out, but I couldn’t remember the song…

  7. Lysanne says:

    Some day in early january of 2011.
    So I guess i really did goog Taylor Swift and John Mayer that day.

  8. Traveling makes me feel like another, better version of me. I’m planning two really opposite trips: one to the Amazon Jungle and the other is to Norway. And hopefully both will come true.

  9. Sam Clements says:

    Liked the idea of this so much I’ve done two entries!

    Today I read The Future blog and showed it to some colleagues. Then had lots of design to do on a Facebook page for a new cinema that we’re opening in London. I got a bit stuck so had to find a tutorial video on Youtube!

    I started off by watching The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trailer that EVERYONE on the internet has been talking about. Looks pretty good. Also looked at a site called ‘Wonga’ but can’t even remember what that is!?

  10. Mr. Jenkins says:

    I was listening to electronic music and trying to share some new bands with my friends online. I was also listening to The Specials and researching “Mod subculture” on wikipedia when I found out that I’d forgotten my friend’s birthday! (More here: readandblew.blogspot.com)

  11. dave texas says:

    June 3, 2011
    I had just returned from seeing Woody Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris, and per usual I caught up with my Google Reader feed, listened to a new song from Nick Zammuto’s (The Books) upcoming band, and say happy bee day! to my cousin Casey via Facebook.

  12. June 05, 2011

    Just returned home from Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” A film I’d been wanting to see for years, and would have seen a day earlier had I not been at my sister’s funeral the day before. Looking through the history I found myself catching up with blogs I read from the past week, and immersing myself in film criticism and music. Two things on the internet that I tend to delve into in times of pain and something that’s been a comfort and a distraction during the past week.

  13. Nina Meineche says:

    wanted to see a nuclear explosion and hiroshima and nagasaki (the names) made me think about Haruki Murakami who is this great Japanese author…………….. and then I wanted to buy new earrings. life is great.
    oh, and a lot of it is in danish. cause I’m danish. which is ok.

  14. Jack Lopez says:

    on Skype with a friend, showing her Nicki Minaj, she said her boyfriend looked like Rick Ross, I said she looked like someone form Celebrity Apprentice (after some searching it was Nene), Facebook showed me friends pictures at Moist in one a girl was giving my friend the evil eye which sent me on a search for the evil eye pendant I wore as a kid, looked up the school I was teaching in the next day and finally looked up some trans FTM videos on YouTube.

  15. This is my history from last Friday. My doctor sent me to a mental hospital for a few days so that I could have some time alone, cutting pictures from magazines because he recognised my life was getting out of control. I guess I wanted to change a lot about myself, and also research people who would give me an unreasonable sense of power and general kick-ass.

  16. anak says:

    Looking at my History from this morning I can clearly see I have entered a state of panic.
    Started by watching The Best News Bloopers on YouTube, that made me laugh hysterically and made me haphazardly proceed to shoot at every unfulfilled desire to feel good and loved.
    So i wrote leaving messages on facebook, “Hi joanna! let me know if you are coming to london, i want to see you before i leave for good” meaning [please dont stop loving me for where i am going i have no friends]. Then checked emails amongst them the swing dancing list, [if i dance and have a great time, my life will be remembered as a happy one]. Then i checked Linkedin because i do not have enough social networks sites in my life. [and wanted to feel loved from a professional point of view too]. But what was I doing? i was starting to fee subtly desperate, so i wanted someone who knew what he was doing to tell me what i should do, a master’s voice, so i went to Jodorosky’s twitter and read all his tweets [Please dad tell me what to do , im lost, i cant do anything without you]. Then i compared myself some more so i checked people’s pictures on facebook, and consecuently felt uglier and less successfull. Then i got myself together and checked an arts site, “No Spanish artists selected for the Lyon Biennal” [see! i am not going to make it as an artist, ever, look there are signs everywhere “no spanish artists” ]
    I need therapy, i thought, i know someone who can help, Laura Gutman, she does skype therapies for 50 euros, but i i dont know what to ask! ..I can do this on my own, through my creativity, yes! yes! i am going to have a look at Miranda July’s site who i hate for being so good and i wished i had her ideas, but i also love because i obviously know what shes talking about… and in the end well, i did get my therapy. thank you.

  17. hurricaneofhampsters says:

    6/24/2011

    I was feeling too thoughtful and bored so I watched people on rollercoasters, but then I saw the video of the guy getting thrown out and I thought I should do something in life so I started looking up raves.

  18. Lee says:

    A few days ago, I bought a green shirt with the image of a strange fleeing rectangular creature on it. I liked the idea of wearing a shirt with a strange fleeing rectangular creature on it, but the SFRC looked annoyingly familiar and I could not figure out where I’d seen it before. My mother thinks it’s Gumby, but I know it’s not Gumby. Anyway, the Google searches toward the beginning of my history-snapshot are results of my too-familiar-creature-induced frustration. Here’s a picture of the creature, also.

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