I want to live in an internet where .io isn’t controlled by colonial theft of funds but by Jupiter’s moon— Kei (@keikreutler) January 14, 2020
Stormy activity at Mars’ icy north pole by europeanspaceagency (via https://flic.kr/p/2ienfKE )
Mars’ north pole in context by europeanspaceagency (via https://flic.kr/p/2ieqAA4 )
Plurals explored:— Charlie Stross (@cstross) January 13, 2020
1. The regular first person plural: “we”
2. The monarch’s first person singular: “we”
3. The Borg’s first person plural-is-singular: “we”
4. The football fan’s third person plural possessive (their team): “we”
I really don’t understand this language.
So basically, if you’re interested, episode one was Ecology without Nature, episode two was Hyperobjects, and episode three (this Thursday at 11:30 on BBC Radio 4) is Dark Ecology. https://t.co/YRXwZy1Wb9— Tim Morton (@the_eco_thought) January 13, 2020
Biosphere: Substrata. Coil: Music to Play in the dark. Jana Winderen: Spring bloom in the marginal Ice Zone. Tanya Tagaq: Submerged. Dead can Dance: De profundis. Phurpa: The Sound of Dakini Laughter. Goran Bregović: Underground (Moonlight, The belly button of the world), etc.— Maja Kuzmanovic (@deziluzija) January 12, 2020
I’m surprised that this post doesn’t contain a link to turn off all of these settings (maybe another version of this post does, who knows)
Go to https://myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols and this will take you to a page which states what information Google is currently tracking. Each section has a blue slider next to it. Click it and it will come up with a confirmation box, scroll through it and select “pause” and you should be good to go.
I remember how weirded out I was when I used my gmail to buy a plane ticket, and right away the info appeared in my phone calendar, about day, time of flight etc. To some it might even seem convenient, but it’s creepy. It scanned through my personal mail and acquired confidential info about my private life. It’s not normal. I’ve had all my ‘info storing’ options in the Google setting turned off for a while now, and I still don’t feel safe, knowing it’s up to them to do that.
Don’t forget to also turn of the add personalization!!
Sleepy/Acc— Qdn🩸ktsqfr (@qdnoktsqfr) January 12, 2020
It seems that @SiemensDE have the power to stop, delay or at least interrupt the building of the huge Adani coal mine in Australia. On Monday they will announce their decision. Please help pushing them to make the only right decision. #StopAdani— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 11, 2020
This is turning into the “how do I do X in windows/just use linux!” of fowl-based tick management questions.— Pinboard (@Pinboard) January 11, 2020
“As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good—I use it because I have to, but I don’t put any trust in it. We never understand each other.”
“It’s slippery in here”
This Overview shows the coal terminal at the Port of Qinhuangdao - the largest coal shipping facility in China. From here, approximately 210 million metric tons of coal are primarily transported to coal-burning power plants in the major cities in southern China each year. This figure is believed to account for approximately half of the country’s annual consumption.
See more here: https://bit.ly/2QG9MZU
Source imagery: Maxar Technologies
This week, the Communications Workers of America – one of the largest industrial unions in the country – launched the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE), which seeks to unionize people working for game and tech companies.
The CWA forged an alliance with the grassroots labor group Game Workers Unite (a similar deal was struck in Toronto between the CWA and the local GWU chapter). Two fulltime CWA staffers are charged with assisting tech and game company union organizers. The CWA staffers will assist shop organizers with legal and institutional advice.
Window with a series of slide sized photos on transparent sheet
Z\w\a\r\t magazine nr. 23 – Secret Bunker issue
Exhibition\soundinstallation with video\slideshow
Soundperformance Les Horribles Travailleurs
Part of the groupexhibition on the secret bunker at Omstand - presenation space for contemporary art in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
4 jan t\m 23 feb 2020
‘ondersteund met een bijdrage van het Mondriaan Fonds’
“Mono-ha (もの派) is the name given to an art movement led by Japanese and Korean artists of 20th-century. The Mono-ha artists explored the encounter between natural and industrial materials, such as stone, steel plates, glass, light bulbs, cotton, sponge, paper, wood, wire, rope, leather, oil, and water, arranging them in mostly unaltered, ephemeral states. The works focus as much on the interdependency of these various elements and the surrounding space as on the materials themselves.”
I worked on a Haunted Mansion-related project where we regularly re-calibrated echo cancellation by having every ghost talk for 10 seconds, simultaneously. Ghostly cacophony to exorcise the echo demons. https://t.co/tVRGIJYgNJ— John Wiseman (@lemonodor) January 9, 2020
There are some questions in science that can only be answered by strapping a pair of 3D glasses to an unsuspecting cuttlefish and setting it loose in an underwater movie theatre.
“There are some questions in science that can only be answered by strapping a pair of 3D glasses to an unsuspecting cuttlefish and setting it loose in an underwater movie theatre.”— Jay Owens (@hautepop) January 8, 2020
By @iansample (via @elle_hunt) https://t.co/LIydRu1jjH
.@slatestarcodex asked me & @theshawwn if GPT-2 could play chess: “…sure why not”— 𝔊𝔴𝔢𝔯𝔫 (@gwern) January 7, 2020
- Music preference learning
- TWDNEv3: StyleGAN2 portraits (@skyli0n)
- T5 finetuning code (@NaxAlpha)
- Ao3-pretrained AI Dungeon 2… https://t.co/lZXjW5dXko
Where to invest:— Michael Batnick (@michaelbatnick) January 7, 2020
$1- Scratch-off ticket
$100- Good meal
$1,000- Weed Stocks
$100,000- Banana on wall
$10,000,000- Hedge funds
$100,000,000- NYC Penthouse
$1,000,000,000- Sports team
One Iranian attending Soleimani’s funeral ruthlessly mocked western media coverage of the events— Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13) January 7, 2020
“Why did you come here today?”
“We’re not here, we’ve been photoshopped…
This crowd is made up of ten cops, six revolutionary guardsmen, & two guys they bribed with juice packs” pic.twitter.com/eudg9UOHNU
Short story in the form of an acknowledgements page with track changes turned on— Danielle Evans (@daniellevalore) January 7, 2020
Spooky dev environment hack: add— Ryan Freebern (@rfreebern) January 7, 2020
to /etc/hosts and then all your dev servers can be accessed at http://👻
Hello police cops? I’d like to report a murder. pic.twitter.com/JMnSLrL5G5— Steve Smith (@stevesmithffx) January 7, 2020
“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.”
— Philip K. Dick
I didn’t get through much fiction last year, but from what I did finish three I loved were Infinite Detail by @timmaughan Cygnet by @season_butler and Deaf Republic by @ilya_poet . Hard recommend for all three.— duncan speakman (@_dspk) January 7, 2020
“Minds are basically computers” is wrong if you think of computers as abstract turing machines but spot on if you think of computers as a horrible assemblage of kludges bridging incompatible legacy code which only work because critical bugs are masking other critical bugs.— David R. MacIver (@DRMacIver) January 7, 2020
‘How come we conned ourselves into thinking that being ecological means we can’t have any fun anymore?’— tomjennings (@tomjennings) January 7, 2020
Or rather didn’t con ourselves but were ourselves conned - indeed, still being conned - by vested interests.
Nevertheless, this is great and timely! https://t.co/Zxg7g935Im
After 3 years, 83,000 words and 400 footnotes, I’ve finally finished my new book, THE GOOD ANCESTOR: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World. Look out for it on May 21. Here’s a miniaturized sneak preview… #goodancestor pic.twitter.com/Mo5JDrY05L— Roman Krznaric (@romankrznaric) January 7, 2020
“Music is never tragic, music is joy. But there are times it necessarily gives us a taste for death; not so much happiness as dying happy, being extinguished. […] Peace and exasperation. Music has a thirst for destruction…” (Deleuze & Guattari ATP, 299).— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) January 6, 2020
CRISTINA GARCÍA RODERO (1949)
“El Zangarron" Wine Sanzoles, 1980
Gelatin silver print
“I’ve always wanted to make a light that looks like the light you see in your dream. Because the way that light infuses the dream, the way the atmosphere is colored, the way light rains off people with auras and things like that … We don’t normally see light like that. But we all know it. So this is not unfamiliar territory—or not unfamiliar light. I like to have this kind of light that reminds us of this other place we know.”
— James Turrell
“We must smear the historical moment and become exemplars of the humanity of the end time.”
“During the Vietnam War, every respectable artist in this country was against the war. It was like a laser beam. We were all aimed in the same direction. The power of this weapon turns out to be that of a custard pie dropped from a stepladder six feet high.”
–Kurt Vonnegut. in“Aggressively Unconventional: An Interview with Kurt Vonnegut”
How not to photograph an eclipse. Ming Thien (2019)
Chih Hung Kuo(Taiwanese, b. 1982)
A Mountain 23, 2015
Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm
Concluding the post-solstice fallow fortnight with Volume 8 of the Korean series Ars Vitae on #Rest. It’s an honor to have a revised Thriving in Uncertainty by @_foam included in such a thoughtful and beautifully crafted book. https://t.co/tQ0iG2OJZY pic.twitter.com/QaS3zGhMSo— Maja Kuzmanovic (@deziluzija) January 5, 2020
Born in 1920: Isaac Asimov, Sun Myung Moon, DeForest Kelley, Federico Fellini, Tony Randall, James Doohan, Toshiro Mifune, Ravi Shankar, Peggy Lee, Che Guevara, Yul Brynner, Charles Bukowski, Ray Bradbury, June Foray, Mickey Rooney, Walter Matthau, Timothy Leary, Dave Brubeck— Jef Poskanzer (@jef_poskanzer) January 4, 2020
(via Matt Stark)
Fossil fuel related idioms: “full steam ahead”, “cooking on gas”, “gaslighting”, to “blow off steam” or to feel like you’ve “run out of gas”. Can anyone think of any more?— Alice Bell (@alicebell) January 3, 2020
Meanwhile: “Jakarta floods: cloud seeding planes will try to break up heavy rain” https://t.co/zXjzmRh7mP— Scott Smith (@changeist) January 3, 2020
This one goes out to everyone who didn’t understand that Cayce Pollard isn’t actually cool she’s complicit as fuck https://t.co/X5hOG8E9ds— Ingrid Burrington (@lifewinning) January 2, 2020
NO “TELEPHONES”. TALK TO EACH OTHER. FACE TO FACE ONLY. WRITE A LETTER. SEND A TELEGRAM TO YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 1860. LIVE.
NO ‘WRITING’… TALK TO EACH OTHER. THROW A ROCK AT YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 10,000 BCE. LIVE.
URGGA. ROU GRAAURH. RUH.
<SMACKS HANDS ON WALL WITH PAINT.>
NO ‘HIGHER BRAIN FUNCTIONS’ …USE YOUR REPTILIAN BRAIN
EAT YOUR MOM’S CORPSE SHE DIED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SUSTENANCE
PRETEND YOU HAVE JUST AROSE FROM THE SEA
NO “MULTICELLULAR TRAITS”….. USE YOUR SYMBIOTIC MITOCHONDRIA
REPRODUCE ASEXUALLY, YOU’RE YOUR OWN PARENT
PRETEND IT’S 2BYA
NO “LIFE.” USE FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL FORCES TO FORM SPHERICAL OBJECTS REVOLVING AROUND ONE ANOTHER IN SPACE.
FUSE HYDROGEN INTO HELIUM USING GRAVITATIONAL PRESSURE TO PRODUCE HEAT AND LIGHT.
PRETEND IT’S 4.5BYA.
STABILIZE INTO EQUILIBRIA
NO “MATTER”. EXIST IN THE VOID WITHOUT PURPOSE OR MEANING.
THERE IS NO “YOU”, ONLY THE VAST CONCEPT OF NOTHING.
TIME DOES NOT EXIST.
OR NOT TO BE
THAT IS THE QUESTION
“We need some true wild cards, artists, people who never went to university and fought their way out of an appalling hell hole, weirdos from William Gibson novels like that girl hired by Bigend as a brand ‘diviner’ who feels sick at the sight of Hilfiger” https://t.co/7LcYDDdaSl— Scott Smith (@changeist) January 2, 2020
We at least needed a session on the role of trolling in public diplomacy.— Timothy E Kaldas (@tekaldas) January 1, 2020
Time dilation/contraction perceptions are at least 2d, where first dimension is event stream and second dimension is information abstraction level. So you can dilate at one level, contract at another. This idea is ubiquitous in folk wisdom but surprisingly missing in the research— Venkatesh *atchoo* Rao (@vgr) December 31, 2019
“Hyperobjects (…) are “hyper” in relation to some other entity, whether they are directly manufactured by humans or not.”
— Morton, Timothy. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
Reminder, again, that the “Y2K wasn’t that bad” campaign is a deliberate effort by climate deniers to attempt to diminish expertise and the ability for collective action to avoid catastrophe.— Anthony B, oh god we’re all going to die (@swearyanthony) December 30, 2019
“In ‘third nature’, listening is a matter of a more hybrid act of focusing in which the borders between human and environment, human and machine are more fluid. This means that a profound listening experience of environmental sound has to be more than a meter attentive form of listening. The ear is helped, guided or manipulated into a specific direction by technological means. In order to successfully steer a technologically supported and enhanced focus, however, a very conscious choice has to be made beforehand on what to listen for, even if the final result is not entirely predictable. In a way, this also happens with laptop music, when the musician, in the words of Cascone, creates a ‘density of information, multiple channels all turned on at once, whole listeners position themselves in this field’; the artist creates a kind of ‘scene’ for the listener to dwell in.”
— Bosma, Josephine. Nettitudes: Let’s Talk Net Art. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2011.
A year in review, some reflections from FoAM’s rear-view mirror. Weaving robots, bat detectors, jungles and deserts, islands and swamps, plants, robots, food, music, and above all, lots of lovely people! Thank you all for being part of our journeys. ✨💫💥 https://t.co/ovh2Qz7yKq— FoAM (@_foam) December 30, 2019
If you haven’t read this paper, you should. It shows how a key technology (solar panels) develops first through R&D and later through scaling effects.— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) December 30, 2019
It implies that the way to foster a new technology is first to subsidize R&D, then later to subsidize deployment. https://t.co/jcuZQ071TS
The French have système D(émerder), lit. ‘unshiting system’.— Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) December 29, 2019
Cubans have 'resolver’ (to 'resolve’ any difficulty).
Spaniards have 'apañarse’.
All cultures where the constant unfucking of things is routine.
The problem with the idea of a “Purpose-driven life” is that 99% of life is Purpose-resistant.— Venkatesh *atchoo* Rao (@vgr) December 29, 2019
My new rule is I will 100% debate climate deniers on the air if I can bring ten thousand other scientists, the Argo ocean observing system, at least one satellite, and the reanimated corpses of the 19th century physicists who figured all this out— Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel) December 27, 2019
1. I worked with Anna Zaitsev (Berkely postdoc) to study YouTube recommendation radicalization. We painstakingly collected and grouped channels (768) and recommendations (23M) and found that the algo has a deradicalizing influence.— Mark Ledwich (@mark_ledwich) December 28, 2019
The Betelgeuse dimming totally feels the act one background detail that will end up dominating act three of 2020.— Fred Scharmen (@sevensixfive) December 26, 2019
Even worse, petroleum is not vegan! Those are like zooplankton, man. https://t.co/Oamo4JxOrg— Pinboard (@Pinboard) December 25, 2019
I went to Hamleys recently and the shelf with Frida Kahlo and Hillary Clinton Barbies shocked me so much! And people buy ‘em.— Anna Gát ✨ (@TheAnnaGat) December 25, 2019
Where is the Emma Goldman Barbie?
Admire people with anaerobic courage, the kind that can drive for long periods without hope while souring the soul— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) December 25, 2019
OOOOO : Out Of Office Oriented Ontology— Fred Scharmen (@sevensixfive) December 24, 2019
my top years for 2019 were 1969 and 1972— Paul Prudence (@MrPrudence) December 24, 2019
Object-Oriented Ontology was philosophy’s Out Of Office e-mail reply— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) December 24, 2019
042519 GW690 Fuji NPL 160 ex2007 5c (1 of 1) by patrickjoust (via https://flic.kr/p/2i4moWv )
Polaroidmanipulation by Photographies sténopés, argentiques, numériques (via https://flic.kr/p/2i4ogpb )
Dragon serpent by Peter de Graaff (via https://flic.kr/p/2i4udij )
First art on the Moon: the “Fallen Astronaut” figurine. The sculpture, by Belgian artist Paul van Hoeydonck, was placed on the moon by the crew of the Apollo 15 in 1971 to commemorate astronauts and cosmonauts who had died prior to their mission.
Another one made it home… pic.twitter.com/lF7gkK8vvn— ☒ (@jsaurelius) December 23, 2019
Writing a piece on containment structures. This is the Runit/Cactus Dome (also known as The Tomb) on Enewetak Atoll. It contains radioactive debris from US nuclear detonations throughout the 1940s and ‘50s https://t.co/n6kZ09CPxW pic.twitter.com/BgIoAOPaPV— Darran Anderson (@Oniropolis) December 22, 2019
Chinese artist, Yang Yongliang.
Shannon Taggart has dedicated almost twenty years of her life to researching and documenting the séances and modern practices of Spiritualism.— Olga Yatskevich (@photoliax) December 18, 2019
Her extensive research and photographs were recently published in a photobook entitled “Séance”.
👻 https://t.co/zt2oMTQ9GF pic.twitter.com/JdvE2RCC2u
Opabinia is one of the most bizarre creatures ever to have lived. It had 5 eyes, 30 legs, 30 flippers, a nose like an elephant’s trunk, and a lobster-like claw! pic.twitter.com/IUJKGe1kkj— Extinct Animals 🦖🦕 (@Extinct_AnimaIs) December 20, 2019
The Dutch Supreme Court confirms that the State has a positive obligation to reduce GHG emissions in order to protect our right to life. Thank you @urgenda! #ClimateEmergency pic.twitter.com/bTYrOx4Xo2— Jasper Teulings (@Patagorda) December 20, 2019
I think the Great Weirding has finally hit the tech stack. Everything I’m seeing happening to the consumer web experience seems in some way a response to the huge stress test the web 2.0 tech stack endured in 2015-18 due to major pattern failures— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) December 19, 2019
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