Manfred von Koreander - 2019
“Imaginative fiction trains people to be aware that there other ways to do things, other ways to be; that there is not just one civilization, and it is good, and it is the way we have to be.”
Excerpt from this New York Times story:
Japan, a nation grimly accustomed to natural disasters, has invested many billions of dollars in a world-class infrastructure meant to soften nature’s wrath. But with the flooding in areas across central and northern Japan in recent days, the country has been forced to examine more deeply the assumptions that undergird its flood control system.
That is raising a difficult question, for Japan and for the world: Can even the costliest systems be future-proofed in an age of storms made more powerful by climate change?
Yasuo Nihei, a professor of river engineering at the Tokyo University of Science, said that in places around Japan, “we’re observing rain of a strength that we have never experienced. When we look at the costs, I think it’s clear that flood control programs need to be accelerated.”
Even so, he said, “realistically, there will be rains you can’t defend against.”
That has not always been the view of the Japanese government. For centuries, it has seen disaster management as a problem to be solved by engineering.
After a devastating typhoon killed more than 1,200 people in the late 1950s, Japan embarked on a series of public works projects aimed at taming its many rivers. Levees and dams sprung up on nearly every river, and civil engineers sheathed long stretches of riverbeds in concrete.
While the projects have saved countless lives, they are insufficient to meet the challenge of increasingly extreme weather patterns, said Shiro Maeno, a professor of hydraulic engineering at Okayama University.
“In the current state, it wouldn’t be strange for a flood to happen anytime, anywhere,” Mr. Maeno said. “Things we never could have considered have started happening in the last few years.”
Speaking of DB Cooper, my favorite crime history trivia is that in the 70s so many planes were hijacked that the FBI considered building a fake Cuba off the coast of Florida so pilots could fly hijackers there to be arrested.— Drac 🦇 Bloodryk (@BudrykZack) October 15, 2019
Estrid Lutz at Jelato Love
Excerpt from this New York Times story:
PAKAN RABAA, Indonesia — This village in West Sumatra, a lush province of volcanoes and hilly rain forests, had a problem with illegal loggers.
They were stealing valuable hardwood with impunity. At first, a group of local people put a fence across the main road leading into the forest, but it was flimsy and proved no match for the interlopers.
So, residents asked a local environmental group for camera traps or some other equipment that might help. In July, they got more than they expected: A treetop surveillance system that uses recycled cellphones and artificial intelligence software to listen for rogue loggers and catch them in the act.
“A lot of people are now afraid to take things from the forest,” Elvita Surianti, who lives in Pakan Rabaa, said days after a conservation technologist from San Francisco installed a dozen listening units by hoisting himself nearly 200 feet into the treetops. “It’s like the police are watching from above.”
The project, experts said in interviews, illustrates both the promise and perils of using artificial intelligence in the complex fight against deforestation.
“We know where the big illegal logging is happening. We can see that from satellite imagery,” said Erik Meijaard, an adjunct professor of biology at the University of Queensland in Australia and an expert on forest and wildlife management in Indonesia. “It’s in the next steps — following up, apprehending people, building a case in court and so on — where things generally go wrong.”
The outcome matters for global warming. Tropical deforestation is a major driver of climate change, accounting for about 8 percent of global emissions globally, according to the World Resources Institute, and forest-based climate mitigation accounts for a quarter of planned emissions reductions through 2030 by countries that signed the Paris climate accord, the 2015 agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
REMINDER THAT YOU CAN JUST KINDA PUT SHERLOCK HOLMES IN THINGS. he’s public domain so you can just kinda use him wherever. i made him break up with a wizard— Heather ⬢ Flowers (@HTHRFLWRS) October 12, 2019
who are the kind of people who snorkle the internet— Gretchen McCulloch (@GretchenAMcC) October 13, 2019
or what about spelunking the internet
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My expert analysis, as a historian, is that things are going to get worse before they get even more worse.— Adam Rothman (@arothmanhistory) October 10, 2019
New post: after 13 years as a fellow with @longnow and over a decade of teaching futures, I’m currently running a class at @cmudesign on long-term thinking. Here’s the syllabus.https://t.co/rWUUfsfChu #longtermthinking #longshorts pic.twitter.com/QP5nKyQlks— Stuart Candy (@futuryst) October 10, 2019
My sense is that changing liability dynamics due to climate change breaks the business model of PG&E. There’s some apparent jank, in terms of safety spend vs. dividends paid to investors, but I don’t see how this infrastructure requirement still works as a private concern.— Dan Kaminsky (@dakami) October 10, 2019
The outcomes of natural selection consist entirely of unintended consequences.— Stewart Brand (@stewartbrand) October 9, 2019
Unusual: manuscript with square-bracket glossing that is rather late (15th century) and contains an unusual text/genre for this particular page design (classical, Seneca) (Aix-en-Provence, BM, 1524) pic.twitter.com/yOltjb0MDv— Erik Kwakkel (@erik_kwakkel) October 9, 2019
Try to be more like a 91-year-old getting arrested for protesting against climate change rather than a middle-aged wanker sitting on Twitter endlessly calling a 16-year-old girl a freak for not wanting the planet to fucking burn pic.twitter.com/K0adGoIWqh— James Felton (@JimMFelton) October 9, 2019
First class: get a ‘smart’ object that is broken. You have technical support to open it but you need to find out what’s wrong on your own. Mechanical, electronics, software. You have to do the research on your own or ask ‘Masters’ for guidance.— Alexandra D-S (@iotwatch) October 9, 2019
everyone is excited about the new microsoft flight simulator using real-world bing data but *i* am excited about the possibilities of a real-world, planet-scale katamari simulator— untitled dan game (@hondanhon) October 8, 2019
Who says Singapore history is boring? pic.twitter.com/ixGMnMcNfO— Dhevarajan Devadas (@historyogi) October 8, 2019
IMG_0176.jpg by _foam (via https://flic.kr/p/2gadMKx )
Ghosteen.https://t.co/Vu21pP1XKD— honor harger (@honorharger) October 6, 2019
Received the most beautifully-wrapped package in the post today, filled with precious words and images. The pages shimmer. @_foam @deziluzija @the_eco_thought https://t.co/TvfEbMjsQ2 pic.twitter.com/xrCLOmh4W6— Lisa Hoffman (@LisaHof57603613) October 5, 2019
“A similar approach is required for the analysis of experiential games such as Dear Esther or Proteus. The challenges such games offer are so minimal that successful progression is almost automatic. However, the vacuity of their moment-to-moment play is overshadowed by a compensatory complexity in the interpretive play spaces that they construct. Indeed, the very absence of immediate challenge is an important constraint in the construction of these higher-level play spaces.”
— Upton, Brian. The Aesthetic of Play. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015.
When is the last time you listened to the #desert? 🌵🌵 Currently housed in Hayden Library, the Acoustic Ecology Salon… where smells, images, text & audio all come together for an immersive desert listening experience. https://t.co/CfAvWK5TX7 @ihr_asu @asuEnglish pic.twitter.com/kIrygNZLhn— ASU Library (@ASULibraries) October 3, 2019
“Dust and Shadow,” a collaboration between @ASU faculty and @_foam founders @deziluzija and @zzkt, seeks to reimagine our relationship with the desert via sensory experiences. Visit the Acoustic Ecology Salon at Hayden Library.@ihr_asu @ASUgreen @SynthesisASU @ASULibraries— ASU Now (@asunews) October 4, 2019
Simple class excercise — create an instruction for a drawing, pass it to a neighbor, who makes the drawing from the instructions, who passes it to a neighbor who interprets the instructions who passes it to a neighbor to make a new drawing from the new instructions pic.twitter.com/VlFTCFLOEH— zach lieberman (@zachlieberman) October 3, 2019
“Rewilding AI” My talk on 14 October: The future is more ecological than digital. Therefore AI can: reconnect man and nature; be an infra for ecosystem repair; make AgTech serve agroecology; enable farmer-city, & social-ecological, governance. https://t.co/TPzxoNQNuF pic.twitter.com/knCAbWAIfK— john thackara 约翰·萨卡拉. (@johnthackara) October 4, 2019
To those who question my so called “opinions”, I would once again want to refer to page 108, chapter 2 in the SR1,5 IPCC report released last year.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 2, 2019
There you’ll find our rapidly declining CO2 budgets. This is not opinions or politics. It’s the current best available science. ->
A defining American trait, and the neatest bit of elite inception in history.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) September 29, 2019
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” ― Ronald Wright
“Ballooning spiders operate within this planetary electric field. When their silk leaves their bodies, it typically picks up a negative charge. This repels the similar negative charges on the surfaces on which the spiders sit, creating enough force to lift them into the air. “— honor harger (@honorharger) September 29, 2019
In A Flash All The Trains Arrive At Once— Keiji Haino (@HardyGuideyMan) September 27, 2019
“A distillation of atmospheres, questions and conversations from FoAM’s intermittent journeys into dust and shadow…”https://t.co/etT5uEGHa7— FoAM (@_foam) September 25, 2019
a lawyer holds up the founding texts of international law, a span of four centuries. “these,” he says, “these are books of the holocene.”— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) September 25, 2019
Desert Humanities: Attunement to the Desert— Sam Mickey (@doctormickey) September 24, 2019
Wonderful work by @deziluzija and @zzkt from @_foam and an acoustic ecology talk by @the_eco_thought , “Self-Explanatory Planetary Information”https://t.co/l1ORk5Gv3D
@manimalicious introduces panel w/ @the_eco_thought Adam Nocek & Maja Kuzmanovic & Nik Gaffney of FoAM for Desert Humanities “Creating Interdisciplinary Collaboration” event @ihr_asu pic.twitter.com/rjBwJZFrRp— Devoney Looser (@devoneylooser) September 23, 2019
Wondrous cinematic experience. Thank you so much for that.— Lisa Hoffman (@LisaHof57603613) September 24, 2019
Google Alerts has been broken for a long time, but every now and then it still emails me:— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) September 23, 2019
1) Pirated copies of one of my books, or
2) Someone saying something nasty about me on Mastodon, or
3) A munge of a scrape of something repurposed on a Chinese e-commerce scam site
FoAM vinyl, by @zzkt & @deziluzija— Amber Griffiths (@AmberFirefly) September 23, 2019
‘Each record is packaged with dust, sand and detritus collected from the Sonoran, Mojave and Great Basin deserts which can be used for further physical manipulation and divergence from the recorded sound matter.’https://t.co/RpzjBwRwiK https://t.co/BT8lxHDRW5
“Our gradual attunement to the desert expanse, its climate, rhythms and scales. Layered time. Material wonder. Being part of the world without romanticising wilderness or drawing hard distinctions between the desert and the cities within it…” https://t.co/707RRkHzKR https://t.co/xaGDcF9OFg— FoAM (@_foam) September 23, 2019
An Alienist is a person who fights economic cultural totalitarianism with unconventional weapons, using unconventional methods. The Alienist must be a good tactician, to compensate for the fact that the forces ranged in defence of economic cultural totalitarianism are vastly asymmetrical in nature. The Alienist’s weapons may appear inferior to the enemy’s, but from the semantic point of view the Alienist has an undeniable superiority.
IMHO it’s cheap to invoke parallel worlds just to avoid a piddling little yes-and-no time travel paradox. It’s like using an H-bomb to light a joint. There’s always gonna be a tricky way out of any seeming paradox, if you think hard enough.— Rudy Rucker (@rudytheelder) September 22, 2019
“It’s as if all birds are canaries, and the entire world their coal mine.” https://t.co/pBCNr6EuAI— Ed Yong (@edyong209) September 19, 2019
Pilot project in Stockholm - photo radar cameras measure speed of passing cars. Those above the speed limit receive a fine. Those below are entered into a lottery for a chance to win a portion of the fines from speeders (up to $3000). Average speeds fell from 32km/h to 25 km/h. pic.twitter.com/F3WSTlVVlW— Brent Bellamy (@brent_bellamy) September 19, 2019
my top 5 research methods:— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) September 19, 2019
- make a mixtape
- talk to the bots
- bust a deadline because of a noise gig
- take very long screenshots of apps
- say yes to everything
Ahead of the *.wav, farmers manual und glitches, bleeps und sich wiederholende Schallwellen fließen aus den Yamaha-Türmen. Keine Stimmen. Kühl. Kein Gefühl. Okaygut, le chien qui mange la rue, sowas hat auch Gefühl. https://t.co/SKiicBd04V— Farmers Manual (@farmersmanual_) September 19, 2019
The @meaningness model of how meaning fell apart (choiceless –> systematic –> countercultural –> subcultural –> atomized) and how it can be reconstructed (fluidity) rhymes well with my monotemporality –> atemporality –> multitemporality model https://t.co/fPzYVeV36K— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) September 16, 2019
Score for ‘Wave-decay’ pic.twitter.com/sOkCj9JhMa— Paul Prudence (@MrPrudence) September 15, 2019
Earlier this summer I began noting the troublesome spike in atmospheric methane readings from Barrow AK. Someone commented they were likely in error. Nope. These record high readings over 2000 ppb are real and part of a record spike up in Arctic methane levels this year. pic.twitter.com/7fqw0U7Ft1— Randall Gates (@rgatess) September 14, 2019
“Karl Broman is here putting forward a very interesting problem. Interesting, not only because it involves socks, but because it involves what I would like to call Tiny Data™. The problem is this: Given the Tiny dataset of eleven unique socks, how many socks does Karl Broman have in his laundry in total?“
(via Rasmus Bååth)
‘Austerity is the idea that the global financial crash of 2008 was caused by there being too many libraries in Wolverhampton.’— Jonathan Coe (@jonathancoe) September 13, 2019
Alexei Sayle on R4 last night.
STRANGE THINGS / nobody is perfect
STRANGE THINGS / nobody is perfect
“My message to you is this: pretend that you have free will. It’s essential that you behave as if your decisions matter, even though you know that they don’t. The reality isn’t important: what’s important is your belief, and believing the lie is the only way to avoid a waking coma. Civilization now depends on self-deception. Perhaps it always has.”
Last playtest / rehearsal with live sound and visuals is DONE. Next stop Ruhrtrienniale in Bochum, where we get to do this with a crowd of 75 trainees 😬: https://t.co/R5XjswNFML https://t.co/7hNJPx2SZT— Sjef van Gaalen (@thesjef) September 12, 2019
v93r, longterm farmersmanual lurker, has been at the radios again. And the recording got automagically edited by autoedit.https://t.co/IIX6JDu1SJ— Farmers Manual (@farmersmanual_) September 11, 2019
Last tweaks on the new Pattern Matrix prototype for @DeutschesMuseum and @ercpenelope. It’s a tangible programming interface meaning you can programme stuff by moving blocks of wood around rather than coding on a screen. This one is made from felt and conductive thread. pic.twitter.com/7BlebJJWej— Amber Griffiths (@AmberFirefly) September 11, 2019
the fuckin MONGOLS man pic.twitter.com/VoqErIKuLI— Medieval Indonesia (@siwaratrikalpa) September 9, 2019
Excerpt from this article from The Guardian:
The climate crisis demands an urgent, realistic and sustained response from governments around the world: such a response will inevitably require sacrifices from all of us. And there lies the rub for our systems of representative democracy.
How can politicians facing short-term constraints (particularly the need to be re-elected every few years) be expected to take the necessary decisions that require long-term and, probably, quite painful change on the part of the citizens who get to vote for them?
This is where a citizens’ assembly could help, as the experience in Ireland shows. The country’s ban on abortion was an intractable problem that generation after generation of political leaders had failed to resolve. In 2016, under intense domestic and international pressure, the Irish government established a citizens’ assembly and tasked it with coming up with recommendations. It met over the course of five long weekends spread across five months. The 99 citizen members heard from expert witnesses, advocates and women who had been affected by Ireland’s abortion ban. In carefully facilitated roundtable discussions the members deliberated on the subject, producing a series of recommendations that were then sent back to parliament. A special all-party committee of parliament spent a number of months debating the recommendations. The result of this was the decision to have a referendum, which passed by a two-thirds majority in the summer of 2018.
In Britain, the Extinction Rebellion group believes that a citizens’ assemblycould play a similarly important role in addressing the climate emergency. At the heart of a citizens’ assembly is random selection: in much the same way as for jury duty, regular citizens are selected at random. They have not run for office; they are not there to represent special interests. The citizen members are there to represent themselves, and thereby the greater population, of which they are a representative sample.
This is bringing “disorganised society” into the room – giving regular citizens a voice in helping to drive debates on important public policy. These citizens, in turn, are put in the special position of informing and educating the political classes – helping our political leaders to work through the complexities of a difficult issue; informing them of aspects they might not have considered before; giving them a sense of where citizens might be prepared to go; even providing some degree of political cover.
If I’m honest, the Extremely Large Eels hypothesis is doing little to assuage my fear of lake cryptids.— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) September 5, 2019
every utterance of a Brand is a tiny mental DDoS attack on humanity— spiderfood (@ckhonson) September 4, 2019
every time you hear one your brain has to pause and go “warning, group of people trying to distort my perception to siphon my life-money” before carrying on
Introducing Universal Adversarial Triggers— Eric Wallace (@Eric_Wallace_) September 3, 2019
Phrases that cause a specific model prediction when concatenated to 𝘢𝘯𝘺 input.
- GPT-2 turns racist
- SQuAD models predict “to kill american people” for 72% of “why” questions
- Classifier acc 90%->1%https://t.co/LOpnBeERQ9 pic.twitter.com/a7yLZeXLdX
A comprehensive “tour d’horizon of contemporary Speculative Design practice” by @julianisland Including bits from a forthcoming interview with FoAM’s @deziluzija and @zzkt for @speculativeedu https://t.co/PfZvrZKjzP— FoAM (@_foam) September 4, 2019
Sigh. LAM came first. then Drexicya in the Bass section of Record Time in the early to mid 90s. then Elecktroids, The Other People Place, Transllusion and so on. those records exposed me to another dimension. Grateful for James Stinson & all of his contributions. 🖤 #DrexciyaDay— Mike Servito (@mikeservito) September 3, 2019
Vintage Diving Suits (1914, 1925, 1931) pic.twitter.com/Eh5uidmfAb— 41 Strange (@41Strange) September 3, 2019
Perspective pic.twitter.com/W5CJzlwoKv— samim (@samim) September 3, 2019
Yes, yes, surveillance, vampire squid, evil credit, etc etc, I know, I know, but from a product design point of view, it’s really really good.— Ben Hammersley (@benhammersley) September 3, 2019
I’m on a quest for Hawaiian snails named after Christian missionaries and their descendants. There are just so many! Amongst the Achatinella, my current list includes A. baldwinii, A. stewartii, A. cookei, A. juddii, A. dolei… Please feel free to share other examples. pic.twitter.com/0titj560Oz— Thom van Dooren (@thomvandooren) September 3, 2019
“You divide, I choose” remains the single most basic principle of voluntary social organization. It really should be an entire academic subdiscipline by itself, like prisoner’s dilemma— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) September 2, 2019
NO TIME TO EXPLAIN GRAB A CACTUS
In the late 1960s and early 70s, American photographer Arthur Tress asked children to describe their nightmares, immortalizing them in staged photographs pic.twitter.com/2UvrnwHHXt— 41 Strange (@41Strange) September 1, 2019
the collapse is here, it’s just not evenly distributed— Tim Maughan (@timmaughan) September 1, 2019
Tldr: don’t debate, don’t seek common ground. Just try to keep the game going as long as possible exploring common NEW ground.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) August 31, 2019