Hands up if you think the 10,000 Year Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Markers Project (“THIS IS NOT A PLACE OF HONOR”) also works as a universal New Yorker cartoon caption in this year 2019.— dan hon is back (@hondanhon) July 23, 2019
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wdyt of this business card pic.twitter.com/LpEqzLiQoe— yan (@bcrypt) July 22, 2019
Tobias Hägg - 2019
Thrainn Kolbeinsson - 2019
Ok is the first glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.
Ágúst 2019, 415ppm CO2
Okjökull, or Ok Glacier, was the subject of a 2018 documentary called Not Ok, made by Rice anthropologists Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer. Narrated by former Reykjavík mayor and comedian Jón Gnarr, Not Ok tells how in 2014, Ok became the first glacier in Iceland to melt and thereby “lose its title” as a glacier. Scientists credit Ok’s melting to global warming. According to the filmmakers, scientists fear that all of Iceland’s 400-plus glaciers will be gone by 2200.
“By marking Ok’s passing, we hope to draw attention to what is being lost as Earth’s glaciers expire,” Cymene remarked in the press release. “These bodies of ice are the largest freshwater reserves on the planet and frozen within them are histories of the atmosphere. They are also often important cultural forms that are full of significance.” The monument is said to be the first of its kind in the world.
In one year, a single acre of black soldier fly larvae can transform any kind of organic waste (Cafeteria refuse, manure, even toxic algae) into more protein than 3,000 acres of cattle or 130 acres of soybeans!!! pic.twitter.com/Yfid9rsRdg— Daniel Keller 🕳 (@DnlKlr) July 21, 2019
i absolutely love when brutalist buildings are surrounded by and covered in a bunch of greenery. the juxtaposition……
doesn’t get better than this
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—MARK FISHER,from ‘The Weird and the Eerie’.
Wastewater is pumped away from the Bełchatów Power Station in Gmina Kleszczów, Poland. Located near the city of Łódź in central Poland, Bełchatów is the world’s largest lignite-fired power station and its second largest fossil-fuel power station. In 2007, the World Wide Fund for Nature ranked it as Europe’s highest absolute carbon dioxide emitter, with 30.1 million tonnes of emissions per year.
Source imagery: Jan Laskowski
How do we live in the 21st century? Simple. Embrace two paradoxes:— Karl Schroeder (@KarlSchroeder) July 21, 2019
The first, our political principle, is: Zero tolerance for intolerance.
Our design principle, going forward: All our crises are globally local.
A new report from the Institute For the Future on “state-sponsored trolling” documents the rise and rise of government-backed troll armies who terrorize journalists and opposition figures with seemingly endless waves of individuals who bombard their targets with vile vitriol, from racial slurs to rape threats.
The report traces the origin of the phenomenon to a series of high-profile social media opposition bids that challenged the world’s most restrictive regimes, from Gezi Park in Turkey to the Arab Spring.
After the initial rebellions were put down, authoritarians studied and adapted the tactics that made them so effective, taking a leaf out of US intelligence agencies’ playbook by buying or developing tools that would allow paid trolls to impersonate enormous crowds of cheering, loyal cyber-warriors.
After being blindsided by social media, the authoritarians found it easy to master it: think of Cambodia, where a bid to challenge the might of the ruling party begat a Facebook-first strategy to suppress dissent, in which government authorities arrest and torture anyone who challenges them using their real name, and then gets Facebook to disconnect anyone who uses a pseudonym to avoid retaliation.
The rise of authoritarian troll armies has been documented before. Google’s Jigsaw division produced a detailed report on the phenomenon, but decided not to publish it. Bloomberg, who have produced an excellent investigative supplement to the IFTF report that draws on a leaked copy of the Google research, implies that something nefarious happened to convince Google to suppress its research.
The IFTF and Bloomberg reports arrive just as Twitter has announced the deletion of 70,000,000 accounts alleged to be linked to authoritarian information control, and just as Facebook announced that it would delete “misinformation that incites violence.”
Implicated in the Bloomberg article and IFTF report are the campaigns of India’s Narendra Modi, Malta’s Labour Party, Argentine president Mauricio Macri, Austria’s Heinz-Christian Strache, Azerbaijan’s ruling families, Bahrain’s ruling elite, China’s Communist Party, the Ethiopian government, the outgoing Mexican president Peña Nieto, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Russia and Putin, the Saudi royals, Turkey’s Erdogan, the People’s Army of Vietnam, South Korea’s internal spy agency, former Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, and the Venezuelan state.
The campaigns have striking similarities, suggesting that they may have a common contractor or state-sponsored supplier, and/or that they are closely observing one another and learning from each other.
6 stages of recovery— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) July 20, 2019
1. Chill, eat, sleep
2. Basic triage ordering to get to minimum functional potential
3. Escapist leisure to more orderly places (TV/fiction)
4. Advanced order restoration, short of OCD
5. Energy reboot with exercise
6. Low-stakes creative work-play (poiesis)
Looking back, landing on the moon wasn’t just our job, it was a historic opportunity to prove to the world America’s can-do spirit. I’m proud to serve the country that gave me this historic opportunity. Today belongs to you. We must hold the memory of #Apollo11 close. #Apollo50th— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) July 20, 2019
I believe it was Arthur C. Marx who said that any sufficiently globalized corporation is indistinguishable from empire.— Annalee Newitz (@Annaleen) July 20, 2019
I’ve updated my cryptocurrency paper trained word2vec model. Web interface now has a concept explorer in addition to the analogy interface.— Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) July 20, 2019
(new model is also slightly better trained)https://t.co/ottqm3NwfS pic.twitter.com/GlMLDRuIYp
Unfollowed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.— frozen reeds (@frozenreeds) July 19, 2019
Doing the much sparser chamfer pass, direction 1 of 3 pic.twitter.com/WUUlntv3Tn— Frederik Vanhoutte (@wblut) July 19, 2019
Asking the right question is hard. Coming up with wrong answers is easy.— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) July 19, 2019
Hanlon’s razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.— dan hon is back (@hondanhon) July 19, 2019
Hon’s razor: Never attribute to bureaucratic incompetence that which is adequately explained by executive-driven institutional lack of competency and unwillingness for systemic reform.
The opening page of Iannis Xenakis’s ‘Metastaseis’! pic.twitter.com/o6iJtU0Qt8— Musical Notation is Beautiful (@NotationIsGreat) July 19, 2019
vast blue skies, horizon like a sharp straight line cut across and everything else far away, below the fold.— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) July 19, 2019
incredible to see an OG computational artist remaking past work with new tools. get on lia’s patreon! https://t.co/USnLqCfDs2— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) July 18, 2019
Excerpt from this article from The Toronto Star:
For the past nine weeks, the Star’s Undeniable project has brought readers to the frontlines of climate change in Canada. In every region chronicled in the 16-part series, climate change is already affecting people, infrastructure, wildlife and the natural environment. The effects of a warmer climate are, and will continue to be, felt in every facet of Canadian society, from farms, fisheries, schools and hospitals, to municipal, provincial and federal governments, local businesses and the largest corporations.
Canada is getting hotter. Between 1948 and 2016, Canada’s annual average temperature over land increased by 1.7 degrees, about double the global warming rate.
Cities and towns aren’t ready. Across Canada, municipalities are struggling to deal with aging infrastructure built for a different time as temperatures rise and precipitation becomes more intense.
Bad news for the Arctic. Northern Canada is warming faster than the rest of the country. The annual mean temperature in Canada’s north increased by 2.3 degrees between 1948 and 2016, about three times the global rate. This warming trend will continue, even if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, with average winter temperatures rising by as much as 4 degrees in the Arctic by 2050.
The way we farm and fish is changing.Climate change is presenting both challenges and opportunities to those who make their living from the land and sea.
Land is disappearing into the sea. While erosion is a natural process, rising ocean temperatures can contribute to increased storminess, resulting in larger and more powerful waves that eat into coastlines.
Indigenous peoples of Canada are being hit hard. Climate change is profoundly affecting Canada’s Indigenous peoples, whose cultures and livelihoods are closely linked to the land, water, snow and ice.
Wildfire seasons are becoming longer and the flames are getting bigger. While no individual event can be fully linked to climate change, wildfires have increased in frequency, intensity, size and duration as the climate has warmed.
Floods will get bigger and more frequent. Climate models are predicting that floods across the country will get larger, more frequent and more destructive.
It’s going to rain a lot more. Climate models predict that precipitation will increase, on average, across Canada. In many areas, precipitation has already increased, with a shift towards more rainfall and less snowfall. Atmospheric rivers, which can dumpintense rainfall in short periods of time, are expected to get a lot bigger, and make landfall on the west coast more often.
Balancing business interests with climate change mitigation will be a challenge. There is an irony of climate change in that while it brings with it a host of negative consequences, it could also present great economic opportunities.
Christian Theile - 2019
Cornwall Council declared #ClimateEmergency in Jan. & plans a 20,000 acre “Forest For Cornwall”. Good for wildlife, people & climate. I esp. like that it’s distributed planting: new trees “on our streets, in our hedgerows, new woodlands & forested areas”.https://t.co/eksJHPHH5I— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) July 19, 2019
Been experimenting with steganographic approaches to image making lately. What are we permitted to See, Know / and what can we conceal in plain sight? pic.twitter.com/2oftvE23LD— sougwen 愫君 (@sougwen) July 18, 2019
Geometric work from Yuri Averin (Yourun) from Siberia with a few friends. [6 new photos]
I am so thankful and excited to win the incredible #CollideInternational award and residency and cant wait for my time at #Cern, its more than a dream come true.— Rosa M☵☲nkmɐn (@_menkman) July 18, 2019
Besides that, it means so much to me and my research to obtain acknowledgement for my research from this institution. pic.twitter.com/6eJJ0tLZn0
philosophers don’t agree on most things, but they did converge (mostly) on something crucial: what types of argumentation structure are valid— Jasmine Wang (@j_asminewang) July 16, 2019
Wonderful tour of @SciGalleryLon by the brilliant @_johnoshea.— honor harger (@honorharger) July 16, 2019
Their Dark Matter exhibition is fascinating and beautifully presented.
A topic dear to my heart, intelligently handled. pic.twitter.com/pSDXSBtP7J
“Nearly every book has the same architecture—cover, spine, pages—but you open them onto worlds & gifts far beyond what paper & ink are. Some books are wings. Some are horses that run away with you. Some books are puzzles, mazes, tangles, jungles…”— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) July 16, 2019
Our tapes might not be as conventionally ‘blue’ as they have been in the past, but I for one am loving our new aesthetic.
Pictured: Ratkiller, Abysmal Growls of Despair, The Blue Tapes House Band
Recommended for fans of ambient, drone, noise, doom and abstract electronic mindfuckery.
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The Turing Police, but they don’t go after AI that cross “the Turing line” and become sentient, they go after inappropriate usages of Turing complete languages in domains where doing so is fundamentally insecure— dan hon is back (@hondanhon) July 15, 2019
Last but not least, the major enemy, the strategic adversary is fascism. And not only historical fascism, the fascism of Hitler and Mussolini - which was able to mobilize and use the desire of the masses so effectively - but also the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.
Foucault, preface to Anti-Oedipus
Grasberg mine, located in the Papua Province of Indonesia, is the largest gold mine and second largest copper mine in the world. It consists of a mile-wide open pit mine, an underground mine, and four concentrators. In 2016, the mine’s 19,500 employees produced 1.063 billion pounds (482 million kg) of copper and more than one million ounces (28 million grams) of gold.
Source imagery: Maxar Technologies
This is because I made a VERY funny joke about a chameleon seven years ago. pic.twitter.com/cN2L1kBILH— Tobias Revell (@tobias_revell) July 13, 2019
Reservoirs topped with ‘shade balls’ are my new obsession -their geometrical configuration is always shifting like the sentient ocean in Solaris. ‘How do you expect to communicate with the ocean, when you can’t even understand one another?’ pic.twitter.com/9waFNCwuIR— Matthew Turner (@MjTurner_) July 13, 2019
Never complain about your enemies. You can insult them, anger them, expose them, but never whine about them.— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) July 13, 2019
Push them to complain about you.
Mini-documentatry from @FIBERFestival’s Coded Matter(s): Terra Fiction last year— Your roots are in the infinite (@thejaymo) July 13, 2019
Features me talking about #solarpunk .
Also the voices of fellow excellent speakers @goldipipschmidt , @Catamaroon , Ivan Henriques, @mihatursic + Nik & Maja from @_foam https://t.co/RYjy1KokKu
My best aphorism is also my worst nightmare: Civilization is the process of turning the incomprehensible into the arbitrary.— Venkatesh “Tactical in LA” Rao (@vgr) July 12, 2019
Ever since I thought that thought I’ve been trying to unthink it. It is not a comforting thought. Turns history into a horror movie.
I’d like to file a feature request on the English language. For the sake of source code aesthetics one of the word pairs transmit/receive, send/receive, or read/write should be updated such that each word has the same number of letters. Prio 4.— Luke Gorrie (@lukego) July 12, 2019
Coded Matter(s): Terra Fiction | Stage II of Worldbuilding
FIBER and Brakke Grond present: Coded Matter(s): Terra Fiction. September 27, 2018, Amsterdam.
• Pippa Goldschmidt
• E.J. Swift
• Jay Springett
• Ivan Henriques
• Miha Turšič
• Maja Kuzmanovic& Nik Gaffney (FoAM)
• Films: Margaux Hendriksen, Matthew C. Wilson
The idea of terraformation was once the domain of writers and artists. We’re entering a new space race to colonise and terraform the universe. Silicon Valley companies like SpaceX, Google and Planetary Resources are in the front seat. As we edge closer towards inevitable environmental collapse these big tech companies are scrambling to colonise new habitable worlds on distant planets. By shooting a cherry-red Tesla car into space, they shape the future narrative of man in space. But what are we leaving behind on Earth? If today’s technological leaps aren’t improving our natural environments than what legacy will we inherit in worlds abroad?
Videography& Edit: Tanja Busking
Curation: Jarl Schulp and Fabian van Sluijs
Opera singers dubbed with dial up modems are gonna be big this summer pic.twitter.com/1SDwO3w6e8— Olaf Falafel (@OFalafel) July 11, 2019
Agricultural development is seen on the plain of Fucino in Italy. The area is known for the quality of the vegetables that are grown here — in particular the potatoes, carrots, and radishes. What is now an entire plain filled with farms was once Fucine Lake, the third largest lake in Italy. The lake was drained in 1877 to make farming possible here and now accounts for roughly 25% of the agricultural production in the region.
Source imagery: Maxar Technologies
Eye Yamatsuka 山塚 アイ/ Boredoms
Nicole Prause is a sex researcher who wanted to design a gender-neutral orgasm-measuring tool that would fit in the anus and detect and measure pelvic contractions but all the buttplugs she tried to modify (“We ordered like 20 of these butt plugs off Amazon, and it messed up my recommendation engine for all time”) were designed to be pistoned in and out, and thus had a taper that made it prone to popping out at the moment of orgasm.
Prause tweeted about her troubles and forged a partnership with a German cosplayer who had extensive 3D printing experience; they designed a research-optimized butt-plug they call the “anal pneumatic base for psychophysiology research” and released it as an open source hardware design that you can download from Thingiverse and 3D print at home or work.
Classic contributions includingKingsley the Partick Thistle mascot;‘yer maw’ jokes; ‘yer da sells Avon’ jokes; anything Lewis Capaldi tweets, and “maw bought aldi shower gel that smells like fairy liquid so I’ve been cutting about all day smelling like a fucking plate” (@adamfraser14, August 2015).
For many people both outside Scotland and within, Twitter has provided a brand new view into the Scots language and its varieties in all their sweary, hysterical, sometimes incomprehensible glory. Has the platform spearheaded a resurgence amongst its young users or is this something more profound altogether?
The Scots language has been spoken in Scotland for centuries and still exists across the country today. It’s comprised of numerous different dialects – which can differ from each other quite dramatically – and is one of three official languages in Scotland, alongside English and Gaelic. In 2001 it was officially recognised under theEuropean Charter for Minority Languages.
“Scots was the national language of a country that doesn’t exist anymore,” explains writer and presenter Alistair Heather, who writes a Scots column in Scotland’s The National newspaper. “As Scotland was amalgamated into Great Britain, Scots fell away from being a national language because it didn’t have a nation anymore.
I can always free up some time in my schedule to feature light beings—beings of light.
Imperfect but useful therapies have been the rule, even as we refine our understanding of diseases. In spite of criticism, antidepressants are still the best available treatment for depression https://t.co/TkvqyEcvVg pic.twitter.com/W7xYuxPDlW— Aeon (@aeonmag) July 11, 2019
…&& more early computer art from the 80’s in the excellent reference: Computer-Grafik Galerie - Herbert W Franke  #RogerVilder #ChihayaShimomura #ErnstSchott #AldoGiorgini pic.twitter.com/vwJrJ4EUg0— Paul Prudence (@MrPrudence) July 11, 2019
Slightly annoying that ‘tristinction’ is not a word (it should be, considering 'distinction’ comes from Ancient Greek δίς [dís, “twice”]). 'Threefold distinction’ is a poor alternative.— Dr Peter Sjöstedt-H (@PeterSjostedtH) July 11, 2019
“2020 Visions” are just google calendar entries now.— Sjef van Gaalen (@thesjef) July 11, 2019
Our essay “Making Things Physical”, co-authored by @_foam / Maja Kuzmanovic @deziluzija, Nik Gaffney @zzkt & Time’s Up has been published in the Special Edition of the Journal of Futures Studies, edited by @futuryst & Cher Potter https://t.co/51azwgxgVx pic.twitter.com/sFy1l3J0nP— Times Up (@TimesUp_Linz) July 11, 2019
Not sure if this will go anywhere, but at least this model-in-training gets the semantic maps wrong in an interesting way. pic.twitter.com/Cf24YPEihh— Mario Klingemann (@quasimondo) July 10, 2019
I’m on a mission today to reconnect / follow up on leads / collaborate - apologies if you’re waiting for a response (it’ll come/ nudge me), and secondly, if you want to reach out to work together, now’s the time (my PhD is over! Disclaimer: cant promise anything, but will reply)— M Plummer Fernandez (@M_PF) July 9, 2019
Virgil Finlay (1914-1971), “Worlds of IF”, May 1963
Vladimir Jankélévitch. Wrote a wonderful book on Bergson that influenced the latter’s own thought, and he’s one of the rare philosophers to take music seriously.— Petite Dad (@rfriaz) July 8, 2019
10,000 BC paragraph 48a
Then there was the system of the strata. On the intensive continuum, the strata fashion forms and form matters into substances. In combined emissions, they make the distinction between expressions and contents, units of expression and units of content, for example, signs and particles. In conjunctions, they separate flows, assigning them relative movements and diverse territorialities, relative deterritorializations and complementary reterritorializations. Thus the strata set up everywhere double articulations animated by movements: forms and substances of content and forms and substances of expression constituting segmentary multiplicities with relations that are determinable in every case. Such are the strata. Each stratum is a double articulation of content and expression, both of which are really distinct and in a state of reciprocal presupposition.
The second volume of our long-awaited Journal of Futures special double issue is finally out! Eighteen more articles, interviews and essays on #DesignAndFutures from around the world: https://t.co/QNylruFKD3 pic.twitter.com/aqsfy4mMVo— Stuart Candy (@futuryst) July 8, 2019
in a complex social system, there can be a conspiracy without conspirators— 🅐🅩🅛 (@aaronzlewis) July 7, 2019
the emergent behavior of a system sometimes looks like a highly coordinated conspiracy, even if no one is actually pulling strings at the top
we don’t have good language to talk about this phenomenon
The fantasy landscapes of Paris-based artist, Jung-Yeon Min.
All radicals should be encouraged to form institutions. Much moral high-ground posturing and insufferable certitude are rooted in not yet having reproduced pre-ideological institutional pathologies that are the root cause of most things they critique on ideological grounds.— Venkatesh “Tactical in LA” Rao (@vgr) July 7, 2019
Two types of problems.— Venkatesh “Tactical in LA” Rao (@vgr) July 7, 2019
A: Those that are hard because nobody knows how to actually solve them yet
B: Those that are hard because those who know how to solve them don’t care enough to do so, and those who care enough don’t know how to solve them
B takes starter luck to crack
The Facsimile Machine, rejected by multiple publishers in the mid 1960s , before its author finally abandoned the ms, was a shockingly prescient but fundamentally undramatic anticipation of fax technology.— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) July 7, 2019
TLDR:— Annie Minoff (@annieminoff) July 6, 2019
- Particle accelerators can be really useful tools for solving art mysteries.
- If you are the Louvre, you can apparently afford to have one in your basement. 14/
In MobilBye: Attacking ADAS with Camera Spoofing, a group of Ben Gurion security researchers describe how they were able to defeat a Renault Captur’s “Level 0” autopilot (Level 0 systems advise human drivers but do not directly operate cars) by following them with drones that projected images of fake roadsigns for a 100ms instant – too short for human perception, but long enough for the autopilot’s sensors.
Such an attack would leave no physical evidence behind and could be used to trick cars into making maneuvers that compromised the safety or integrity of their passengers and other users of the road – from unexpected swerves to sudden speed-changes to detours into unsafe territory.
As Geoff Manaugh writes on BLDGBLOG, “They are like flickering ghosts only cars can perceive, navigational dazzle imperceptible to humans.”
The “imperceptible to humans” part is the most interesting thing about this: we tend to think of electronic sensors’ ability to exceed human sensory capacity as a feature: but when you’re relying on a “human in the loop” to sanity-check an algorithm’s interpretations of the human-legible world, attackers’ ability to show the computer things that the human can’t see is a really interesting and gnarly problem.
Looking out the window of Apollo 11, July 1969.