We've been tracking the life of Random Darknet Shopper for some time now. The product of wonderful art collective Mediengruppe Bitnik, the Shopper (a bot which trawls the deep web) had its collar felt by the fuzz owing to its purchase of MDMA.

So the main news this week is that all the political parties published their manifestos and Buzzfeed didn't, despite my having CONFIDENTLY predicted this for the past 3 years, turn each of them into a gif-filled explosion of cat-based humour called a 'Manifesticle'. THANKS FOR NOTHING, BUZZFEED. Way to make me look like a dick. On the offchance that any staffers there read this, though, there's still time to use this GEM.

Otherwise it's all been fairly bleak and miserable as is standard in the modern world - anyone notice that it's been over a year now since #bringbackourgirls singularly failed to bring back anyone's girls? Obviously though that sort of stuff pales into insignificance when compared to the amount of column inches it's necessary to spaff on the fact that there's a new film trailer out. Obviously. 

Well, sod it all to buggery. The sun is shining, it's Friday afternoon and I get to forget about all this internet crap for the next 36 hours or so. I LIVE FOR THESE 36 HOURS OF FREEDOM. So while I go off and gambol in the sunshine, webmongs, you 'amuse' yourselves with this lovingly prepared selection of links, all of whom want YOUR clicks - choose carefully, and remember that whatever you end up selecting will make little or no difference to the general course of your life, because we live in a largely deterministic universe in which free will and individual agency are largely mythical constructs. HAPPY WEEKENDS!

Since time began, our homes have been places of solace, of rest and recuperation, of a place to shut oneself away from the tribulations of the world. Always-on devices in our pockets make those definitions less cut and dried. Aiming to bring back true privacy in the home is RAM House, an architectural concept from Prokoss-Mobilrot and Space Caviar.

JUST LIKE JESUS I RISE FROM THE (ALMOST) DEAD (and, just like Jesus, only about a dozen or so people care when it actually happens)! That's RIGHT, Webmongs! There has been a stay of execution and Imperica is, for the moment, SAVED! Sincere thanks to all of you who bothered to say nice things and pledge cold, hard cash to keep this particular rickety ship afloat for a little while longer. You are all VERY KIND. 

Anyway, enough of the gratitude - as ever, I am expressing my near-boundless love for you all via the medium of about 150-odd links of varying quality, haphazardly 'curated' over the course of the next 6,000 words or so, Which, frankly, if you've ever experienced any of the other ways in which I occasionally express my love, you should be grateful for. 

Anyway, webmongs, let us roll back the stone and peer outside the cave once again, as with newly-refreshed limbs we prepare to leave the security of the tomb for the uncertainty of the potentially hostile territories beyond. Watch out for snakes and mountain lions (I confess that my knowledge of Judean fauna circa 33AD is pretty sketchy, so just go with me on this one) - THIS IS WEB CURIOS!

Technology’s promise of wonderful things in the future stretches from science fiction to science fact: self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart devices such as Google Glass, and the internet of things are designed to make our lives easier and more productive. Certainly inventions of the past century such as the washing machine and combustion engine have brought leisure time to the masses. But will this trend necessarily continue?

Manchester-based indie videogame developer Strangethink has a reputation for procedurally-generated work. Beautiful, psycedelic and rather calming, works such as Secret Habitat have developed something of a following. Now, through the power of Twitter, we're learning about Strangethink's next project. 

Transmedia. It's a term which has been around for several years now; we first reported on the concept back in January 2011. The BBC has brought it back into focus with The last hours of Laura K, a piece of digital immersion fiction from its Writersroom project. 

A new short film entitled Artistry/Technology has been launched, featuring a smorgasbord of well-known artists talking about the role of contemporary communications technology in their lives.

Warren Ellis probably doesn't need an introduction. However, for the purposes of tidy article formatting, here goes: award-winning graphic novel writer; author of bestsellers Gun Machine and Crooked Little Vein; writer of Red, which became a film in 2013; of Iron Man: Extremis, which became the film Iron Man 3; currently working with Jerry Bruckheimer on a graphic novel adaptation for Fox; and so on. This intro could end up being longer than the actual conversation, so let's get to it and start with the Internet of Things.

In a post-recession era where bankers are scorned and traditional capitalists humbled, it has been the start-uppers that are hailed as the new messiahs of the working world. At Google, Facebook and Spotify - and every ad agency, upmarket media company and well-funded digital content platform in between - organic furniture and distressed wood panels prevail; you can pogo your way past your children in the in-house day care; and a gluten-free almond croissant is never more than a wheatgrass shot away.

I’ve been involved in the arts for quite a few years, studied it, supported it, promoted it, even practiced it a bit back in the day. However much I loved the arts, the defining moment when I first purchased my major piece of work was still momentous. I had bought several smaller pieces in the past, usually based on intuition and an instant desire for the piece. But, this one was different: it was a large piece and a little bit out of my budget at the time, but I fell in love with it and I had to have it. Art is addictive, which is what eventually led me to open Leontia Gallery, selecting beautiful pieces and being surrounded by really powerful art, and I haven’t stopped collecting since.

The Design Museum in London's trendy London has announced its contenders for the 2015 Design of the Year award. There are 76 nominations split across six categories. You'll be familiar with many of them, but not all. This year's chair is Anish Kapoor, who will be steering his four colleagues to decide on the overall winner in June.

We list all of the nominations here; rather than give you long proclamations on each product, we have condensed our reviews into one sentence (OK, sometimes two). Right... ... here we go. 


News: Goods purchased by @bitnk's Random Darknet Shopper bot are released by the police http://t.co/jq5cfTTQrD
RT @tomfgoodwin: If you like my writing, you'd love @purplesime 's prescient work like this. Superb stuff. https://t.co/noc5o4IzGA
RT @substack: Wearable computers are not the future. Displays that work well in full sunlight with reasonable refresh rates are the future.