"So why are all of these strange references on the Nostromo’s emergency destruct keyboard? Well, according to the Alien…

alien, typography, occult, blavatsky, agaric fly, pranic lift 777, keyboard, interface, UX, UI, HCI

“So why are all of these strange references on the Nostromo’s emergency destruct keyboard? Well, according to the Alien Explorations blog, designer Simon Deering needed some complex-sounding labels for the keyboard at short notice. He was reading The Secret Doctrine by Helena Blavatsky, a Russian philosopher and occultist, at the time of filming. Blavatsky’s book attempts to explain the origin and evolution of the universe in terms derived from the Hindu concept of cyclical development. Deering found his inspiration in its pages, and the Nostromo’s odd keyboard was born.”

Once the program started in earnest, Soviet flight doctors winnowed down a pool of hundreds of applicants from the broadcaster’s…

“Once the program started in earnest, Soviet flight doctors winnowed down a pool of hundreds of applicants from the broadcaster’s employees to two final candidates: Kikuchi Ryoko, a 26 year-old camerawoman whose hobbies included mountain climbing, cycling, and skiing, and Akiyama, a 48 year-old senior editor whose hobbies appeared limited to chronic overtime and a four-pack-a-day cigarette habit. Given the era, the final decision shouldn’t come as any surprise. Akiyama was an ideal “every man” in a society where middle-aged men essentially called all the shots. Thus it was that a chain-smoking, over-the-hill salaryman came to carry the entirety of TBS’ multimillion dollar investment on his shoulders.”

» Japan’s Forgotten First Astronaut:: Néojaponisme » Blog Archive (viaiamdanw)

qaul.net – قول

activism, OSS, art, network, hacktivism, security, decentralised, decentre

qaul.net implements a redundant, open communication principle, in which wireless-enabled computers and mobile devices can directly form a spontaneous network. Text messaging, file sharing and voice calls are possible independent of internet and cellular networks. Qaul.net can spread like a virus, and an Open Source Community can modify it freely. In a time of communication blackouts in places like Egypt, Burma, and Tibet, and given the large power outages often caused by natural disasters, qaul.net has taken on the challenge of critically examining existing communication pathways while simultaneously exploring new horizons.

http://www.qaul.net/text_en.html

Christian Schad, Schadograph, 1919 Although cameraless photography had been used since the birth of the medium, it was largely…

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Christian Schad,Schadograph, 1919

Although cameraless photography had been used since the birth of the medium, it was largely abandoned until the early 20th century, when it was re-invigorated by such figures as Christian Schad, László Moholy-Nagy, and Man Ray. This renewed interest is most often attributed to Man Ray in 1922, but the artist Christian Schad had been using the photogram process for his Dada-inspired work since 1919.

Schad was known primarily as a painter and proponent of Neue Sachlichkeit prior to his brief involvement in Zurich Dada in the late 1910s. In true Dada fashion, he took the photogram out of the realm of traditional art subjects by placing such detritus as scraps of paper and fabric onto light-sensitive paper, resulting in his so-called Schadographs. The name Schadograph was coined by Dada leader Tristan Tzara, as a play on both the artist’s name and ‘the shadowlike character of the pictures’ (Experimental Vision, p. 9).

photo and note from Sotheby’s
Catalogue : 175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation (Sotheby’s, 11-12 Dec. 2014)

When we do think about technology’s moral implications, we tend to think about what we do with a given technology. We might call…

When we do think about technology’s moral implications, we tend to think about what we do with a given technology. We might call this the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” approach to the ethics of technology. What matters most about a technology on this view is the use to which it is put. This is, of course, a valid consideration. A hammer may indeed be used to either build a house or bash someones head in. On this view, technology is morally neutral and the only morally relevant question is this: What will I do with this tool?

But is this really the only morally relevant question one could ask? For instance, pursuing the example of the hammer, might I not also ask how having the hammer in hand encourages me to perceive the world around me? Or, what feelings having a hammer in hand arouses?

Do Artifacts Have Ethics? | The Frailest Thing (viadesignedconflictterritories)

Appropriately enough, a small lunar soil sample made the trip back into orbit aboard Orion along with a part from an Apollo…

space, fetishism

“Appropriately enough, a small lunar soil sample made the trip back into orbit aboard Orion along with a part from an Apollo lunar suit and a variety of other mementos, including a “Star Trek” Captain Kirk action figure and an assortment of flags, medallions, patches and pins, according to collectSPACE.”

Orion capsule completes epic space journey | Spaceflight Now (viaiamdanw)

Ghosts used to be either the likeness of the dead or wraiths of the living. But here in the Zone categories have been blurred…

ghosts, the zone, light, darkness, uncertainty, memory, pynchon, hauntology

“Ghosts used to be either the likeness of the dead or wraiths of the living. But here in the Zone categories have been blurred badly. The status of the name you miss, love, and search for now has grown ambiguous and remote, but this is even more than the bureaucracy of mass absence- some still live, some have died, but many, many have forgotten which they are. Their likenesses will not serve. Down here are only wrappings left in the light, in the dark: images of the Uncertainty…”

Thomas Pynchon,Gravity’s Rainbow

Anarchist Themes in the Work of Elinor Ostrom

commons, economics, common pool resourses, Ostrom, decentralisation, anarchism

The Governance of Common Pool Resources. Ostrom begins by noting the problem of natural resource depletion—what she calls “common pool resources”—and then goes on to survey three largely complementary (“closely related concepts”) major theories that attempt to explain “the many problems that individuals face when attempting to achieve collective benefits”: Hardin’s “tragedy of the commons,” the prisoner’s dilemma, and Olson’s “logic of collective action.”

http://c4ss.org/content/23644

Wine and insect pairing guide

wine, insects, food, food pairing, wine paring, taste, flavour, UN, locusts, scorpion, crickets, ant

BBQ Locusts: To offset the punchy flavors of barbecue, one of the more popular ways to prepare locusts, you need a wine with a hint of sweetness, say experts at Laithwaite’s. A light bubbly pink like the Hacienda de Lluna Moscatel would work well, they suggest.
Asian Forest Scorpion: To offset the strong, bitter flavor of this venomous critter, in Asia scorpions are often prepared with a sweet chili sauce. Try a rosé that’s bold enough to cut through sweet and sour flavors, like a Paris Street Rose, made with Pinot Noir.
Crickets: One of the most common flavorings for crickets is a simple garlic and salt rub. A Spanish Albarino is the perfect match, experts say, as the full-bodied white brings out the nuttiness of crickets while its terroir, the seaside of Galicia, is also evocative of the salty sea air.

http://www.wort.lu/en/panorama/add-buzz-to-your-dinner-party-british-wine-experts-create-wine-and-insect-pairing-guide-5481b81b0c88b46a8ce444e9

Typhoon Hagupit, seen here by moonlight on the early morning of the 5th, is approaching the Philippines. It’s about 550 km (350…

Typhoon Hagupit, seen here by moonlight on the early morning of the 5th, is approaching the Philippines. It’s about 550 km (350 mi) across, nearing the central Philippines to the west, where it’s forecast to make landfall on Saturday. Many of the areas in its path are still recovering from the record-breaking Supertyphoon Haiyan, more than a year ago.

Experts say that while it’s not as intense as Haiyan, Hagupit (known locally as Typhoon Ruby) is likely to cross the Philippine islands unusually slowly. That will mean powerful winds will last longer and more rain will fall. Some mountainous areas may receive as much as 50 cm (20 inches) of rain over 2–3 days. After the worst is past, supplies may be slow to reach hard-hit areas, because travel will be difficult for longer than usual. The coast guard has already suspended sea traffic, and predicts storm surges of up to 4 m (13 ft) in some areas. Half a million people have evacuated as of late on the 4th, with more expected as it’s made mandatory in some landslide-prone areas.

This image is from the VIIRS sensor on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)’s Suomi-NPP satellite. Its “day-night band” is sensitive enough to work even during the night half of its orbit. The city lights of Manila (population 25 million) are faintly visible on the coastline in the west of this view, where the land appears dark against the moonlit water. Near the eye of the typhoon is a bright stripe, which shows a lightning strike at exactly the instant the sensor swept over that point. (via http://instagram.com/p/wPbR5jTed5/)

In an uncomfortable echo of the reeducation campaigns of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping has…

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In an uncomfortable echo of the reeducation campaigns of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that artists, filmmakers, and TV staff will be sent to live and work in rural villages so that they will “form a correct view of art and create more masterpieces,” China’s official news agency, Xinhua, announced.

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BRIGHTON, UK — Attempting an interview with Chicks on Speed is a logistical challenge,  as members of the art and music…

BRIGHTON, UK — Attempting an interview with Chicks on Speed is a logistical challenge,  as members of the art and music collective are dispersed around the world. So at time of asking these questions Alex Murray-Leslie was in Florence, Italy, and Melissa Logan was in Talinn, Estonia. The two founder members make it a condition that any interested journalists speak to both or none at all. Since other Chicks were said to be in Istanbul, Paris and a treehouse in a Redwood Forest, this writer was fortunate to keep things simple with just two long distance calls.

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Slow Action is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film which exists somewhere between documentary, ethnographic study and…

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Slow Action is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film which exists somewhere between documentary, ethnographic study and fiction. Slow Action applies the idea of island biogeography - the study of how species and eco-systems evolve differently when isolated and surrounded by unsuitable habitat - to a conception of the Earth in a few hundred years; the sea level rising to absurd heights, creating hyperbolic utopias that appear as possible future mini-societies.

Slow Action is filmed at different sites across the globe: Lanzarote - a beautiful strange island known for its beach resorts yet one of the driest places on the planet, full of dead volcanoes and strange architecture; Gunkanjima - an island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, a deserted city built on a rock, once home to thousands of families mining its rich coal reserves; Tuvalu - one of the smallest countries in the world, with tiny strips of land barely above sea level in the middle of the Pacific; and Somerset - an as yet to be discovered island and its various clades.

Slow Action, Ben Rivers’ first exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film that brings together a series of four 16mm works which exist somewhere between documentary, ethnographic study and fiction.

Continuing his exploration of curious and extraordinary environments, Slow Action applies the idea of island biogeography - the study of how species and eco-systems evolve differently when isolated and surrounded by unsuitable habitat - to a conception of the Earth in a few hundred years; the sea level rising to absurd heights, creating hyperbolic utopias that appear as possible future mini-societies.

Slow Action is filmed at different sites across the globe: Lanzarote - a beautiful strange island known for its beach resorts yet one of the driest places on the planet, full of dead volcanoes and strange architecture; Gunkanjima - an island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, a deserted city built on a rock, once home to thousands of families mining its rich coal reserves; Tuvalu - one of the smallest countries in the world, with tiny strips of land barely above sea level in the middle of the Pacific; and Somerset - an as yet to be discovered island and its various clades.

This series of constructed realities explores the environments of self-contained lands and the search for information to enable the reconstruction of soon to be lost worlds.

The film’s soundtrack - narratives by writer Mark von Schlegell - detail each of the four islands’ evolutions according to their geographical, geological, climatic and botanical conditions.

Slow Action, inspired by novels such as Samuel Butler’s Erewhon, Bacon’s The New Atlantis, Herbert Read’s The Green Child and Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, embodies the spirit of exploration, experiment and active research that has come to characterise Rivers’ practice.

The transorbital (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘transorbital’, its definition is “Crossing through (If you are unfamiliar…

“The transorbital (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘transorbital’, its definition is “Crossing through (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘through’, its definition is “In one side and out (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘out’, its definition is “In a direction away (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘away’, its definition is “From a particular thing (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘thing’, its definition is “An entity, an idea, or a quality perceived, known, or thought (If you are unfamiliar with the word ‘thought’, its definition is “Past tense and past participle of think.”) to have its own existence.”) […]”

Definition Book, Sam Coppini (2014)

Made as part ofNaNoGenMo 2014.

It starts as a simple 8-word sentence, but the program randomly chooses words to define for the reader, and keeps defining words until the book is at least 50,000 words long.

(viap-dpa)

Last week, an official report from the parliamentary intelligence and security committee handed over responsibility for the UK’s…

“Last week, an official report from the parliamentary intelligence and security committee handed over responsibility for the UK’s fight against terrorism, or at least part of it, to Facebook’s algorithms – the automated scripts that (among other things) look at your posts and your networks to suggest content you will like, people you might know and things you might buy.”

‘You’re the bomb!’ Are you at risk from the anti-terrorism algorithms? - James Ball for The Guardian  (viaalgopop)

My favourite thing to ferment, which has gone through five different versions since summer 2012. This is the best so far. I…

joshpollen:

My favourite thing to ferment, which has gone through five different versions since summer 2012. This is the best so far. I shredded turnips, mixed them with 1.5% salt, left them to macerate for an hour, then added 150g live yoghurt whey and 80g raw turnip juice. They have been in since 16th March, and are getting better and better. Spicy and savoury and electric with lactic acid.

Owning is the New Sharing

economics, property, sharing, owning, ownership, rent, sharing economy, p2p

The notion that sharing would do away with the need for owning has been one of the mantras of sharing economy promoters. We could share cars, houses, and labor, trusting in the platforms to provide. But it’s becoming clear that ownership matters as much as ever. Whoever owns the platforms that help us share decides who accumulates wealth from them, and how. Rather than giving up on ownership, people are looking for a different way of practicing it.

http://www.shareable.net/blog/owning-is-the-new-sharing

The Dark Extropian Report: PANSPERMIA SPECIAL EDITION

fuckyeahdarkextropian:

Welcome to a Special Edition of The Dark Extropian Report. It’s been a bumper few weeks, months and years even in the world of astrobiology, and in particular in the area related to the theory of Panspermia – the idea that life came riding in on an asteroid or comet to our planet. This is one of the very core ideas of Dark Extropianism; that we are inextricably bound to the cosmos, on a grand scale that at the very least is inter-planetary. That our fate lies there as much as our origins do. That we are more than just star dust, but part of a living system that spans billions of years, who’s distance is measured by the speed of light. That ecology is something that spans the galaxy. That we are not meant to stay here, that our destiny lies amongst the stars.

The Dark Extropian Report: PANSPERMIA SPECIAL EDITION