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
“What is it that you contain? The dead. Time. Light patterns of millennia opening in your gut. Every minute, in each of you, a few million potassium atoms succumb to radioactive decay. The energy that powers these tiny atomic events has been locked inside potassium atoms ever since a star-sized bomb exploded nothing into being. Potassium, like uranium and radium, is a long-lived radioactive nuclear waste of the supernova bang that accounts for you. Your first parent was a star.”
— Jeanette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
Endland is a collection of cut-up dystopian fables set in a fractured half-hallucinated version of England. The Autumn launch is getting closer. “And the Gods looked down on Endland (sic) and tbh they were pretty unhappy how it all turned out”. https://t.co/UFuem0nY6C— Tim Etchells (@Tim_Etchells) August 29, 2019
JMW Turner, ‘The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons’ (c.1834) pic.twitter.com/6JnuaQAiXP— Jeremy Millar (@jeremy_millar_1) August 28, 2019
Excerpt from this InsideClimate News story:
The number began drawing attention in 2018, when the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report describing what it would take to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a goal of the Paris climate agreement. The report explained that countries would have to cut their anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, such as from power plants and vehicles, to net zero by around 2050. To reach that goal, it said, CO2 emissions would have to start dropping “well before 2030” and be on a path to fall by about 45 percent by around 2030 (12 years away at that time).
Mid-century is actually the more significant target date in the report, but acting now is crucial to being able to meet that goal, said Duke University climate researcher Drew Shindell, a lead author on the mitigation chapter of the IPCC report.
“We need to get the world on a path to net zero CO2 emissions by mid-century,” Shindell said. “That’s a huge transformation, so that if we don’t make a good start on it during the 2020s, we won’t be able to get there at a reasonable cost.”
Basics physics and climate science allow scientists to calculate how much CO2 it takes to raise the global temperature—and how much CO2 can still be emitted before global warming exceeds 1.5°C (2.7°F) compared to pre-industrial times.
Scientists worked backward from that basic knowledge to come up with timelines for what would have to happen to stay under 1.5°C warming, said Scott Denning, who studies the warming atmosphere at Colorado State University.
“They figured out how much extra heat we can stand. They calculated how much CO2 would produce that much heat, then how much total fuel would produce that much CO2. Then they considered ‘glide paths’ for getting emissions to zero before we burn too much carbon to avoid catastrophe,” he said.
“All this work gets summarized as ‘in order to avoid really bad outcomes, we have to be on a realistic glide path toward a carbon-free global economy by 2030.’ And that gets translated to something like 'emissions have to fall by half in a decade,’ and that gets oversimplified to '12 years left.’
An annoying thing about picking words to use for things is that major uses that came before are often inconsistent. For example, the word “atemporality” means interesting but slightly different things in the ways @bruces @GreatDismal mean it, versus the way Ursula Le Guin used it— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) August 27, 2019
Vintage - Technics 1980.
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Vintage reel to reel tape recorders - Victor [JVC] 1973/74.
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We’ve never had a cultural model for an apocalypse that lasts for a century or two. We don’t even know how to make a movie or a pop song about such a slow catastrophe.— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) August 25, 2019
Jose Mostajo - 2019
Chile / Patagonia_
Zero carbon commuting on the Nudibranch! pic.twitter.com/CRDIpeAkeo— Amber Griffiths (@AmberFirefly) August 22, 2019
The test pressing of Dust & Shadow, FoAM’s first vinyl has arrived! Stay tuned… the release is planned on the 23rd of September. pic.twitter.com/iqjuUix22Z— FoAM (@_foam) August 22, 2019
Really pleased to publish ‘Para-Photo-Mancy’ and an accompanying essay in the latest issue of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. The issue addresses ‘Interface’ as an agentially charged field. https://t.co/0KGV8aderF pic.twitter.com/k9RKuegQDK— Sam Nightingale (@Night_Sam) August 22, 2019
I saw a claim that the Amazon Rainforest provides 20% of the world’s oxygen, so I went to go see if that was correct. My initial query came back flooded w/20% off deals on Amazon, and boy if that ain’t the most perfect, sad crystallization of this cursed moment in human history.— Jake Buehler (@buehlersciwri) August 21, 2019
— Your roots are in the infinite (@thejaymo)August 20, 2019
One of the major contributors to greenhouse gases is the methane that cows belch up as they break down cellulose, but five years ago, research from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found that adding small amounts of a pink seaweed called Asparagopsis to cows’ diets eliminated the gut microbes responsible for methane production and “completely knocks out” cows’ methane emissions.
Asparagopsis grows on the coast of Australia, and cows actually seek it out and eat it without encouragement. Replacing 2% of cows’ feed with Asparagopsis is sufficient to end their methane production.
Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are trying to ramp up Asparagopsis production to scale to meet a potential global market for it.
Still the simple best explanation of what machine learning is compared to classical programming. pic.twitter.com/grHOIxoW3y— Thibaut (@Kpaxs) August 18, 2019
“Abandoned mines are a large scale opportunity to decarbonise heat.” https://t.co/HhdQ1IIV6R— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) August 18, 2019
“I don’t have a train of thought. I have a trolley problem.”— dan hon is back (@hondanhon) August 17, 2019
If Your Mouth Was Turned Off Just For A Moment We Might All Become Weightless And This Endless Book Could Finally Be Closed— Keiji Haino (@HardyGuideyMan) August 16, 2019
“Nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005—with the last five years ranking as the five hottest. Last month was also the 43rd consecutive July and 415th consecutive month with above-average global temperatures.”
I am so proud of being a real person who enjoys his work in the wonderfully humane Amazon fulfillment centers. I am happy I love box I get so many pee breaks I am so full of organs.— Joaquin - Amazon FC Ambassador 📦 (@joabaldwin) August 15, 2019
Volcano Huts / 2019 - Instagram
Experimental Methods for Engineers(1966)
“how do you write a eulogy for a glacier?” striking, closes with a figure of time that I hadn’t come across before.https://t.co/NmqJqhmkw2— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) August 14, 2019
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This girl tweeted from her smart fridge after her mom took her phone. I am overcome. https://t.co/dlOOytujN2— Tracie Hunte (@TracieHunte) August 13, 2019
Release trailer for Eliza, a neat-looking visual novel about an AI counselling programme. https://t.co/kikqlCfkKb— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) August 13, 2019
I’m loving these unhinged acceleration assemblage compasses so so hard. This one is great.— Your roots are in the infinite (@thejaymo) August 13, 2019
Pls send me them if you come across them. https://t.co/A0yNEfQ7hG
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Excerpt from this story from CNBC:
Investors are turning to a new breed of high-tech start-ups that can measure the risk climate change poses to real estate — from an hour to decades into the future.
And these firms count major corporations and cities as clients. One of them is Jupiter.
“We’re essentially physically modeling what’s happening with the atmosphere and the water or the fire at a very specific level of detail, and typically at the asset level, which is now only possible because computers have gotten so powerful and relatively inexpensive,” said Rich Sorkin, CEO of Jupiter.
Launched barely three years ago, the Silicon Valley-based company already has over $40 million in investor capital from firms including Energize Ventures, Ignition Partners and Data Collective. It also receives funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA for work in cloud computing and satellite observations.
The company’s primary goal is to incorporate climate impact data on flood, fire, heat, drought, cold, wind and hail events into risk modeling for real estate assets. Its clients include the coastal cities of New York and Miami.
“We’re seeing a dramatic expansion in large corporations coming to us, unsolicited, and saying, ‘We need to understand the risk to this office complex or the risk to this hotel, or the risk to this power plant, or refinery, or neighborhood where we have hundreds of millions of dollars of mortgages out,’” Sorkin said.
“Markets are just waking up to the need to do this kind of risk assessment,” said Frank Freitas, chief development officer at Four Twenty Seven. “For real estate, what people want to know in addition to the scores and relative exposure, is what is the world going to look like at this location in 10 years, 20 years, 30 years. Am I going to have five more days of flooding or 10 more days of high heat? What are the physical, observable outcomes?”
Ooh, just found these wonderful diagrams of internal time/alphabet/number structures of people with time-space / sequential synaesthesia in an *1893* issue Popular Science … they’re like concrete poems! 😍😍I see time/letter/numbers like this, do you? (https://t.co/CzTkAuOLDP) pic.twitter.com/m1l4eSB7dh— Stefanie Posavec (@stefpos) August 9, 2019
Whenever I am working on policy decisions I think of this image… 🚴♂️ pic.twitter.com/GE3yyDmjs0— Councillor Peter Fortune (@PeterTFortune) August 7, 2019
obscure socks … pic.twitter.com/k03Cg7MPiC— martin howse (@micro_research) August 9, 2019
Question: Is the most effective thing that can happen to decelerate climate change and species extinction, a very severe and prolonged global economic crisis? If we take that to be true, current leaders globally are doing an excellent job crashing the system quickly. #degrowth— samim (@samim) August 9, 2019
Next time you make a mistake in lab, just remember: at least you didn’t spill Tardigrades on the moon.— Susanna L Harris (@SusannaLHarris) August 7, 2019
I have a list of Really Expensive Things That Have Their Own Twitter Accounts - do you have any suggestions?— dan hon is back (@hondanhon) August 7, 2019
Note: I haven’t included airports for some reason, but have included bridges, canals, wind farms, ships, aircraft, space probes etchttps://t.co/Zo4xJDwmkg
Very pleased and thoroughly intimidated to be one of the 2019 recipients of the @artfund’s New Collecting Awards to build the @V_and_A’s digital design collection. Among excellent folk, congrats to my fellow awardees! https://t.co/SlXByPTosp— Natalie D Kane (@nd_kane) August 7, 2019
74 years ago today, the United States detonated an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. There are some pictures of this event from the air, and a few from the ground, and many of the aftermath. But this is the one I find most affecting. pic.twitter.com/xPD7DPpkkL— Alex Wellerstein (@wellerstein) August 6, 2019
He’s engraved in stone in the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC – back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it. For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories. For younger folks, it’s a bit of trivia that is an intrinsic part of American history and legend.
Anyone born between 1913 to about 1950, is very familiar with Kilroy. No one knew why he was so well known….but everybody seemed to get into it. It was thefad of its time!
At the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC
So who was Kilroy?
In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, “Speak to America,” sponsored a nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy….now a larger-than-life legend of just-ended World War II….offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article.
Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts, had credible and verifiable evidence of his identity.
“Kilroy” was a 46-year old shipyard worker during World War II (1941-1945) who worked as a quality assurance checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts (a major shipbuilder for the United States Navy for a century until the 1980s).
His job was to go around and check on the number of rivetscompleted. (Rivets held ships together before the advent of modern welding techniques.) Riveters were on piece work wages….so they got paid by the rivet. He would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk (similar to crayon), so the rivets wouldn’t be counted more than once.
A warship hull with rivets
When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would surreptitiously erase the mark. Later, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters!
One day Kilroy’s boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about unusually high wages being “earned” by riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized what had been going on.
The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn’t lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his check mark on each job he inspected, but added ” KILROY WAS HERE!“ in king-sized letters next to the check….and eventually added the sketch of the guy with the long nose peering over the fence….and that became part of the Kilroy message.
Kilroy’s original shipyard inspection “trademark” during World War II
Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks.
Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With World War II on in full swing, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn’t time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy’s inspection “trademark” was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced.
His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over the European and the Pacific war zones.
Before war’s end, “Kilroy” had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Berlin and Tokyo.
To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that someone named Kilroy had “been there first.” As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.
As the World War II wore on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI’s there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!
Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always “already been” wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable. (It is said to now be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon by the American astronauts who walked there between 1969 and 1972.
In 1945, as World War II was ending, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Allied leaders Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill at the Potsdam Conference. It’s firstoccupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), “Who is Kilroy?”
To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car….which he attached to the Kilroy home and used to provide living quarters for six of the family’s nine children….thereby solving what had become an acute housing crisis for the Kilroys.
The new addition to the Kilroy family home.
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And the tradition continues into the 21st century…
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A personal note….
My Dad’s trademark signature on cards, letters and notes to my sisters and I for the first 50 or so years of our lives (until we lost him to cancer) was to add the image of “Kilroy” at the end. We kids never ceased to get a thrill out of this….even as we evolved into adulthood.
To this day, the “Kilroy” image brings back a vivid image of my awesome Dad into my head….and my heart!
Dad: this one’s for you!
Somebody put Kilroys all over the welding lab at my school!
The original meme
Здесь был Килрой — рисунок-граффити, пользовавшийся огромной популярностью в англоязычных странах Запада в период с начала 1940-х по конец 1950-х годов. Чаще всего его связывают с деятельностью инспектора бостонской верфи Джеймса Килроя, который якобы ставил на проверенных им кораблях такую надпись.
Ongoing attempt at producing GAN imagery without using the generator;— Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) August 5, 2019
Usually when people make art using GANs they throw out the discriminator after training- i really wanted to throw out the generator instead and see what the discriminator knows about the structure of the body. pic.twitter.com/ALViKWJCxG