My essay on Crapularity Aesthetics is out:https://t.co/skb9liC4nS— Florian Cramer (@florian_cramer) January 18, 2019
- Why “contemporary art” is not what its name literally means, how this reenacts the discourse of “Neue Musik”, and how everything is connected to wasteful accumulation.#contemporaryart #NeueMusik #blockchain
This week the Smithsonian Museum unveiled a portrait of Henrietta Lacks whose cells were taken from her body without her knowledge or consent and used to produce the world’s first immortal cell line. The cells continue to be used extensively for medical research and development. pic.twitter.com/olgOjO2iZD— Pulane Tshabalala Kingston (@PulaneKingston1) January 18, 2019
We’re looking for interesting writings, quotes or short excerpts about attunement. Is there anything you would suggest for the next Dust & Shadow reader? https://t.co/U602MJrTRM pic.twitter.com/0aMFwAW0fj— FoAM (@_foam) January 18, 2019
“It is with great sadness that V2_ has to announce the passing of Alex Adriaansens, long-time director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media. Alex died on 30 December 2018, after several years of struggling with cancer.
For over thirty-five years, Alex was active in the field of art and technology, as an initiator, an organiser, and as an advisor. His influence on many of us was enormous. He projected an amazing, passionate engagement with art and with the ways in which new technologies impact society. Perhaps even more importantly, he was one of the most gentle, friendly and optimistic people I can think of. This optimism, coupled with a clear vision and a strong sense of urgency for what needs to be done, fuelled his work and put the V2_Organisation, and many of the projects that Alex was involved in, among the most influential initiatives in new media art since the 1980s. Now he leaves behind his wife, Angelica, and will be missed immensely by many others, as a friend and colleague, mentor, and as one of the guiding spirits of a whole international scene.”
Michael Persinger, Scientist and Inventor of ‘The God Helmet’ Passes Away #occult #feedly
Over the past few years, an international team of climate scientists, economists and energy systems modellers have built a range of new “pathways” that examine how global society, demographics and economics might change over the next century. They are collectively known as the “Shared Socioeconomic Pathways” (SSPs). These SSPs are now being used as important inputs for the latest climate models, feeding into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sixth assessment report due to be published in 2020-21. They are also being used to explore how societal choices will affect greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, how the climate goals of the Paris Agreement could be met. The new SSPs offer five pathways that the world could take. Compared to previous scenarios, these offer a broader view of a “business as usual” world without future climate policy, with global warming in 2100 ranging from a low of 3.1C to a high of 5.1C above pre-industrial levels.
Currently located just north of Niland, the mud pot is moving toward Union Pacific Railroad tracks and giving engineers there a headache. A well dug to depressurize the source of the gas had no effect. Steel walls driven 80 feet into the ground were also nonchalantly circumvented; the mud pot simply ducked under them and continued its freakishly linear path of destruction. “No one has seen a moving mud pot before,” says David Lynch, a consulting physicist who has long studied the area’s geothermal features. Mud pots and mud volcanoes also generally don’t emit much water, but this one is extremely vigorous, producing somewhere around 40,000 gallons of water a day. Lynch and other experts have taken to calling it a “mud spring.”
Between December 30, 2016, and February 9, 2017, at least three C.I.A. officers working under diplomatic cover in Cuba had reported troubling sensations that seemed to leave serious injuries. When the agency sent reinforcements to Havana, at least two of them were afflicted as well. All the victims described being bombarded by waves of pressure in their heads. Unlike Lee, though, the C.I.A. officers said that they heard loud sounds, similar to cicadas, which seemed to follow them from one room to another. But when they opened an outside door the sounds abruptly stopped. Some of the victims said that it felt as if they were standing in an invisible beam of energy.
A New Life Awaits in the *checks notes* Underground Nutrient Shafts:
he aggregation of many independent estimates can outperform the most accurate individual judgment. This centenarian finding, popularly known as the wisdom of crowds, has been applied to problems ranging from the diagnosis of cancer to financial forecasting. It is widely believed that social influence undermines collective wisdom by reducing the diversity of opinions within the crowd. Here, we show that if a large crowd is structured in small independent groups, deliberation and social influence within groups improve the crowd’s collective accuracy. We asked a live crowd (N=5180) to respond to general-knowledge questions (e.g., what is the height of the Eiffel Tower?). Participants first answered individually, then deliberated and made consensus decisions in groups of five, and finally provided revised individual estimates. We found that averaging consensus decisions was substantially more accurate than aggregating the initial independent opinions. Remarkably, combining as few as four consensus choices outperformed the wisdom of thousands of individuals.
“I’ve been trying to figure out why the removal of the headphone port bugs me more than ot…
Most displays are looking to play things faster. We’ve got movies at 60 frames per second, and gaming displays that run at 144 fps. But what about moving in the other direction? [Bryan Boyer] wanted to try this out, so he built the VSMP, or Very Slow Movie Player. It’s a neat device that plays back a movie at about 24 fph (frames per hour) on an e-ink display to demonstrate something that [Bryan] calls Slow Seeing, which, he says “helps you see yourself against the smear of time.” A traditional epic-length movie is now going to run you greater than 8,000 hours of viewing.
One street is named after a type of traditional spiced cookie (Passage du Speculoos). Another is named after a cheese and endive dish—one of Belgium’s national dishes (Passage du Chicon). Another street, Ceci n’est pas une rue, bears the title “This is not a street”—a nod to one of Belgian artist René Magritte’s most famous surrealist paintings. Others are more romantic in nature, including the Chemin d’Un Monde Meilleur—path to a better world.
Temporary autonomous filter bubble.— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) January 18, 2019
Belated review of 2018, which came out a bit longer than expected. https://t.co/c5qDRVfavl— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) January 17, 2019
I still think a lot about this tweet: https://t.co/abLzF3ampH Given the news that immediate fossil-fuel phase-out would be necessary to stay under 1.5°C warming (obviously not happening), here’s what that futures cone actually looks like: pic.twitter.com/fEBVEY6Uzr— Sjef van Gaalen (@thesjef) January 17, 2019
“We cannot achieve what we cannot imagine.” Elise Boulding— Stuart Candy (@futuryst) January 16, 2019
Hayles: “Think of the Turing test as a magic trick” (1999, xiv). pic.twitter.com/W5TCu6GdSB— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) January 16, 2019
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At #saf19, filmmakers & researchers Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner introduce their long-term project Universal Syntax, which seeks to untangle the human tendency to read the natural world as a text. (📷 Production stills from the project’s first film, A Demonstration) pic.twitter.com/rJdkxLRme7— Sonic Acts (@SonicActs) January 16, 2019
The artists in Fabulous Monsters include Dinh Q. Le, Ang Song Ming, Zeng Fanzhi, Ronald Ventura, Jia Aili, Jason Wee, Hyun Soo Kim and many others. The show is at Level 4 of @ArtSciMuseum, 17 January - 2 February 2019.https://t.co/5LZD84gaXK pic.twitter.com/g5cCPiVSSt— honor harger (@honorharger) January 16, 2019
‘The Anti-Locust Research Centre (ALRC) was set up in London, United Kingdom, by the Colonial Office in 1945, with the aim of improving the worldwide forecasting and control of locusts.’ https://t.co/ooEsXyEkJW— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) January 16, 2019
“So, what is this idea(l) of proximity and “clean” sounds about? Isn’t a recording as much about the distance and its space as it is about the desired subject? Doesn’t a veiled mountain tell you as much about the mountain as seen in clear sunshine?” https://t.co/2qPkVJUcxI— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) January 16, 2019
New paper out based on a massive sample (n = 355,358) finds that screens explain less than 0.4% of depression AND shows why previous research is deeply flawed - unless you are willing to believe potatoes and eyeglasses are also destroying a generation (Thread 1/13) pic.twitter.com/AF3GP68b94— Patrick Markey (@patmarkey) January 14, 2019
hot take: “spark your joy” with the realization that objects do not exist, and neither do you.— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) January 14, 2019
Folks, what are the famous C20th novels/autobiogs about going for very long, continent-spanning walks?— Jay Owens (@hautepop) January 15, 2019
I am forgetting sonething obvious
‘How do you learn to ‘experience’ Bigfoot, to ‘see’ traces of Bigfoot, to accomplish the evidential practices of Bigfooting when scientific consensus maintains that none of these experiences and none of the material collected is evidence at all?’ https://t.co/rAVLMyYlVA 🔒— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) January 14, 2019
The current World Magnetic Model (released in 2015, meant to last until 2020) has slipped so far against reality that an early update is needed.— Greg Egan (@gregeganSF) January 13, 2019
Wikipedia describes the model as an order-12 spherical harmonic expansion of the magnetic potential, plus d/dt.https://t.co/QLhBnNiaOQ
Woman takes a picture of an automated sweeper cleaning a road at the Inner Mongolia Normal University in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China (Ding Genhou) pic.twitter.com/eMgKiO9PQF— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) January 13, 2019
The term “parking” needs to be reclaimed to mean “hanging out in a park” as opposed to “storing a few tons of metal for a while”.— Smári McCarthy (@smarimc) January 12, 2019
This is what happens when you try to print an essay from Kittler on the ontology of machines… pic.twitter.com/Hrgd7AWxGD— Adam Hulbert (@drhulbs) January 12, 2019
Breaking news: captured live on camera, the precise moment when Deep Dream A.I. becomes sentient… https://t.co/fk8M3JiRTz— Simon Sellars (@ballardian) January 12, 2019
Sketch for a new work - “Three Latent Body Problem” pic.twitter.com/rAf0HmHBQj— Mario Klingemann (@quasimondo) January 11, 2019
Speaking of which, has anyone looked in on the CDC lately? This is how future backstories begin. https://t.co/SNthZwA621— Scott Smith (@changeist) January 12, 2019
“like most technologies, machine learning is neutral” should be a sentence that, when uttered, disqualifies you from all technology work pending completion of a 4 year degree in a humanities field— mad scientist bruno latour 🏳️🌈🏴 (@no_reply) January 11, 2019
‘The Orkney electron gives me hope that the future can be otherwise, that there is another way of being and living that is not apocalyptic. The Orkney electron tells me the end is not nigh.’ https://t.co/AEcsHE1guq— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) January 11, 2019
To quote Alan Moore: “None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with YOU. You’re locked up in here with ME.” 🤣 https://t.co/8TCmKNJlkD— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 11, 2019
“With the rise of so-called new materialism, it is perhaps necessary to simultaneously call into being a new idealism, no longer Platonic, Cartesian, or Hegelian in its structure, that refuses to separate materiality from … ideality, resisting any reduction” -Elizabeth Grosz— Ryan Heuser (@quadrismegistus) January 11, 2019
my new rooftop, I’m crying pic.twitter.com/1gq5XxHJXB— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) January 11, 2019
St. Louis braces for a major snow storm and possible lizard attacks. pic.twitter.com/aZjjwsfa1I— Doug Vaughn (@DougVaughn_KMOV) January 11, 2019
In the immortal words (may he rest in peace) of Kurt Vonnegut: “God made mud. God got lonesome. So God said to some of the mud, ‘Sit up!’ 'See all I’ve made,’ said God, 'the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars.’ And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around…”— Trey Darley (@treyka) January 7, 2019
Unpopular opinion: Trying to “understand” art necessarily impoverishes it. Understanding is just modeling, i.e. simplifying something for the sake of tractability. When we simplify our perception of art in order to “understand” it, we lose a lot.— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) January 7, 2019
And the CHI anarchism paper IS. IN. AND. DONE.— Goth Merenghi (@farbandish) January 6, 2019
I don’t know if my favourite bit is the talmud quote, the conclusion, the acknowledgements, or the footnote putting the boot into anprims. All I know is writing with @joeybean and Meg was a dream and this paper is everything to me. pic.twitter.com/Yey7EkpCym
Slowly, slowly, oh mind— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) January 7, 2019
Slowly everything unfolds
The gardener might well flood the garden
But the fruit will only ripen in its season
People like this guy waving his gun at a driverless Waymo van in Arizona are attacking self-driving vehicles with rocks, knives, and *their own cars*, sending a message to tech companies like Waymo, which is owned by Alphabet (Google’s parent company). That message is, please go experiment with artificial intelligence in somebody else’s neighborhood.
In the video above, a pissed off guy in Chandler, Arizona waves his gun at a passing Waymo van.
He got in trouble for it, but man, I can empathize.
By the way, the image was captured by surveillance cameras on the Waymo van, provided to the police, and sort of proving the dude’s point.
There have been accidents in the area involving the autonomous vans.
The New York Times reports on the tire-slashing of a driverless vehicle that once happily roamed the streets of Chandler, which isn’t far from Phoenix. There have been 21 violent attacks on driverless cars there in the last few years.
Waymo started testing self-driving vehicles in Chandler in 2016.
Waymo did not ask the human residents if they were cool with it.
They’re not cool with it.
#books The Gateless Gate or The Gateless Barrier (Chin. Wu-wen kuan; Jap. Mumonkan). The author is Chinese Ch'an master Wu-men Hui-hai (無門慧開 Mumon Ekai, 1183-1260), via https://t.co/fcGNChUleD https://t.co/aQ2ElPQ1Tg— Oswald Berthold (@x7557x) January 6, 2019
Tomorrow composts today.— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) January 6, 2019
‘How do we know that only one geometry is relevant to the complex happenings of nature?— Peter Sjöstedt-H (@PeterSjostedtH) January 6, 2019
Perhaps a three-dimensional geometry is relevant to one sort of occurrences; and a fifteen-dimensional geometry is required for another sort.’
– A. N. #Whitehead
(MT, 1938 – image: Korolev) pic.twitter.com/7ecQrvnKS3
welcome to my new Netflix show it’s called CLUTTERING IS GOOD ACTUALLY IT IS LIKE A NEST MADE OF STUFF BUILT TO PROTECT YOU FROM FEELING FEELINGS— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) January 5, 2019
A fifth of Earth’s geologic history is missing. One theory: “colossal crustal consumption” by glacial erosion during ‘Snowball Earth’, a whole-planet ice age 700 million years ago.— Jay Owens (@hautepop) January 5, 2019
This is wild:https://t.co/6pQRJpBEBX
You know how the saying goes. If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck but is also a little like a beaver it’s probably a platypus.— Leslie J. Anderson (@inkhat) January 5, 2019
Now, somebody write the last line here.— Oswald Berthold (@x7557x) January 5, 2019
ꀬ→…..⋰≈ ⌂ ≈≈≈≈ ∆ ≈≈⋱…..→ pic.twitter.com/1VNADtpjhL— Paul Prudence (@MrPrudence) January 5, 2019
Langdon Clay, Cars—New York City, 1974-1976.
An Obsession with Rocks
Tomioka Tessai, Japanese, 1895
Handscroll; ink and color on silk
Poet Mi Fu (1051–1107) kneels reverently before a selection of artful stones.
““It is important that we recognise that screens are a modern way of being,” he said. “Reading we see as a hugely positive thing, but it is largely a sedentary thing. We have never done studies to look at the link between reading and adiposity [being overweight] but it is sedentary [lifestyle]. Five hundred years ago we thought it was bad for women’s brains to teach them to read. Reading and pamphlets have radicalised a lot more young people than screens have ever done. Yet we somehow worry about screens being different.””
2019: THEY PUT A GARDEN ON THE MOON 🌱🌘 https://t.co/V01HBoDGT9— m1k3y (@m1k3y) January 4, 2019
TL: Euclidean distance additively weighted; TR: Euclidean distance multiplicatively weighted; BL: Manhattan distance; BR: Chebyshev distance; pic.twitter.com/w4cMNGZFNU— Raven Kwok (@RavenKwok) January 4, 2019
A project I have coming up: UNDER FIVE TREES. Five site-specific installations and audio narratives at the Esplanade Park, Singapore. Commissioned by National Gallery. Working with MANY writers, musicians, artists, designers, performers. Launches 18 Jan. More details coming… pic.twitter.com/zSCj5mAReN— ben slater (@gonetopersia) January 3, 2019
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“There is something crazy about a culture in which the value of beauty becomes controversial. It is crazy not to celebrate whatever reconciles us to life. The craziness suggests either stubborn grievance … or benumbed insensibility. The two terms may be one. (Peter Schjeldahl)— Weird Studies (@weirdstudies) January 2, 2019
Trying something inspired by @jeremyzilar idea of unfollowing everybody and rebuilding deliberately.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) January 2, 2019
Mine is less extreme. I unfollowed almost all *except* current mutuals. So almost everybody in this ‘ground state’ is a mutual. Went from ~3k to ~770. Will build back slowly.
“the call is always a call to dis-order and this disorder or wild- ness shows up in many places: in jazz, in improvisation, in noise.” #undercommons— AG.Føɍɇvøɍ : ρѻﻉtﻉ§§ (@poemproducer) January 1, 2019
Omens for the year to come. https://t.co/63HZ52z8HP— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) December 31, 2018
“Most displays are looking to play things faster. We’ve got movies at 60 frames per second, and gaming displays that run at 144 fps. But what about moving in the other direction? [Bryan Boyer] wanted to try this out, so he built the VSMP, or Very Slow Movie Player. It’s a neat device that plays back a movie at about 24 fph (frames per hour) on an e-ink display to demonstrate something that [Bryan] calls Slow Seeing, which, he says “helps you see yourself against the smear of time.” A traditional epic-length movie is now going to run you greater than 8,000 hours of viewing.“
The belief that a great artist must also be a great (or at least acceptable) person is an infuriatingly stubborn fallacy. My go-to example is composer Richard Wagner, but MMA fighter Jon Jones works just as well. Yes, I know, this isn’t a fight-fan account, but hear me out.— Weird Studies (@weirdstudies) December 30, 2018
My kind of thinking “infects” healthy thinking like a parasite that won’t go away 😎— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) December 30, 2018
All 4 horsepeople troll rationality with a specific trolling aesthetic. Pararational trolling is being annoying in juvenile way. Meta is “owning” and post is “trivializing”. Infra is “confusing”
Love to all those pushing algorithmic patterns and DSP forward in 2018, let’s keep it alien and broken in 2019, embrace error, break down walls (and fences) to collaborate, disrespect definitions, find complexity in simplicity, make space for others, share freely, fun is serious— Algorave (@algorave) December 29, 2018
Science is just magic we understand.— Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) December 30, 2018
Aesthetics/trend predictions for 2019: Extinction (of course), Seagoth, EMF radiation bait, chunky spiritual tools, further mutations in ‘ugly’, nostalgia for old eco movements, hallucinatory butch un-realness.— /// DRIFT /// (@body_drift) December 29, 2018
Jewish culture taught me to love arguing.— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) December 29, 2018
Texan culture taught me that all arguments are pointless.
And Japanese culture taught me to appreciate pointlessness.
Your hopeful stories, music, movies, comics, whatever, will all be better, more powerful, and more precise for having considered the perspectives of those who (non-ironically) believe there is no way to incrementally reform fundamental problems in our culture from within.— austin walker (@austin_walker) December 29, 2018
This has been making the rounds for a few days, but I only read it now.— Dr. Genevieve Guenther (@DoctorVive) December 29, 2018
It’s insidious shit.
It uses the grief and horror we all feel about what’s already baked in to cast us as doomed, AS IF WE COULDN’T ACTUALLY JUST STOP FUCKING BURNING FOSSIL FUELS.