To a degree. This is what I endeavor to do in High Weirdness, where I try and both exploit the ambiguity of the term (as genre, popular adjective for odd experiences, literary term, analog of “uncanny”, etc) and attach it to a space between matter and aesthetics.— Erik Davis (@erik_davis) June 8, 2018
Artwork by Japanese illustrator Takato Yamamoto pic.twitter.com/AoIxf1V4zl— 41 Strange (@41Strange) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain on humanity:— Wilkine Brutus (@wilkinebrutus) June 8, 2018
“Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.” RIP pic.twitter.com/0CWxbTcF8V
Our #driversofchange posters are on display at a special @ClimateMusic concert in San Francisco. The music tracks land-use, population growth and fossil fuel use to bring #climatechange to a new audience. Get your tickets here: https://t.co/SVkpS6dTEj @djspooky @EndOvershoot pic.twitter.com/1AjjjsX1pk— Arup Foresight (@arupforesight) June 8, 2018
Shenzhen transformed from a wilderness into the world’s most cyberpunk city in about 30 years pic.twitter.com/Q5pnYOcxCJ— Cyberpunk Watch (@CyberpunkWatch) June 5, 2018
I don’t know a lot about Bourdain but I know this: He got television about human geography to rate well. He got more Americans thinking about the rest of the world as people, instead of as foreigners, than any other artist or entertainer I can think of. Shit.— Charlie Loyd, apparently, (@vruba) June 8, 2018
Federico Campagna (@FedCampagna)’s TECHNIC AND MAGIC will change the way you think about reality in strange and mysterious ways. Philosophy for the present, bringing together numerous strands of fascinating thinking: https://t.co/HPvZpVQzpH— James Bridle (@jamesbridle) June 8, 2018
Daniel Trilling (@trillingual)’s LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE is the best book yet written about borders and migration in Europe. Based on years of research and personal relationships, this is proper journalism and proper storytelling. Essential reading: https://t.co/CJafxLFygC— James Bridle (@jamesbridle) June 8, 2018
Realised I mostly tweet about visual art and tech rants, so with my own book coming out in a couple of weeks I thought I should redress the balance in favour of BOOKS, the best media. Here are some of the more recently published things I’ve read recently, and you should too:— James Bridle (@jamesbridle) June 8, 2018
‘The “Crack Manifesto” marked the beginning of the “Crack group,” a collective of five Mexican writers dedicated to breaking with Magical Realism in favor of a return to the complexity of plot & style found in Borges and Cortázar.’ Crack! https://t.co/QRYCHeDd35 @Dalkey_Archive— Julian Hanna (@julianisland) June 7, 2018
Actually now I’ve given it some thought, clearly the most efficient undersea data storage approach would be to put LEDs on the outside so octopuses can see what’s going on inside. Then your data structures will become cephalopod dialects and live for generations.— Richard Sandford (@_riwsa) June 7, 2018
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a mix of some of my favorite female noise artists for @nnwradio— Porya Hatami (@poryahatami) June 6, 2018
including @electric_indigo, @poemproducer, @theotherldr, @marieelerose. @France_Jobin, Pharmakon, Jane Winderen, Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire https://t.co/h4v42Ki2hT
it’s seems that the hateforker of @torproject and @zcashco (rotor and zencash) @movrcx stole an APC from the army then went on a drug fueled 2 hour joyride round Virginia. The future is weird. (Cc: @chelseakomlo @isislovecruft )— Philip (@_miw) June 6, 2018
Random philosophical thought experiment: would running a real-world Searle’s Chinese Room experiment make one guilty of crimes against humanity, viz. torture? After all, there’s a human in solitary confinement inside it, who is forbidden from communicating their own thoughts …— Charlie Stross (@cstross) June 6, 2018
Need a hashtag for philosophical thought experiments that would leave one open to criminal charges if one actually ran them for real (imagine deliberately testing the Trolley Problem, for example).— Charlie Stross (@cstross) June 6, 2018
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The best version of this image I’ve seen so far
happy pride month y’all now get out there be gay and do some crimes
why does florida have a zombie alert system
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’[Mongolia’s] monasteries are increasingly run by millennial monks, the first generation to come of age after decad…
“Walmart, not the Soviet Union, is the largest planned economy ever attempted” - from the fascinating new book by…
thread on companion species.
A groundbreaking study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is the first to map a pathway to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels without relying on negative emissions technologies that suck carbon dioxide from the the atmosphere, an IIASA press release reported.
Instead, the study published Monday in Nature Energy found that the more ambitious Paris agreement target can be reached through innovations in the energy efficiency of daily activities. Changes to heating, cooling, transport, appliances and technological devices could both limit climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals to improve quality of life in the global South, the study found.
“Our analysis shows how a range of new social, behavioral and technological innovations, combined with strong policy support for energy efficiency and low-carbon development can help reverse the historical trajectory of ever-rising energy demand,” IIASA acting program director and lead study author Arnulf Grubler said in the press release.
The report focused on innovations that were currently available and calculated what would happen if they were applied at scale. It found that doing so could reduce the energy required for transportation, heating and cooling and meeting the physical needs of the world’s population by two to four times.
The paper further explained that the success of its scenario relied on the willingness of populations, governments and businesses to make the changes it advocates.
Markers on that roadmap included ride-sharing fleets of electric vehicles that could reduce transport energy demand by 60 percent by 2050. Increased energy standards for new buildings and renovations for old ones could reduce energy demand from heating and cooling by 75 percent by 2050. The report further found that changing individual habits on a global scale could make a huge difference. The expanded use of smartphones to do the work of what would have previously been several devices, accompanied by a shift in the younger generation from owning material goods to accessing services as needed could limit the growth in global energy demand to 15 percent by 2050. And following a healthy diet that replaced red meat calories with something else could lower agriculture energy demand and lead to increased forest cover the combined size of Bangladesh and Italy by 2050.
The report concluded that reducing overall global energy demand 40 percent by 2050, combined with projectedrenewable energy growth, would succeed in limiting warming 1.5 degrees without the need for negative emissions.
https://t.co/8vMnkGFW9Q— PLⒶNΣT_☻f_Puppets (@audio_pervert) June 5, 2018
“A potent question at such intersecting points of interest being asked, "Are we at the doors of post-cyberfeminism? ” Matthias Gross, author of Ignorance and Surprise, if concepts like Antifa, Bitcoin and Blockchain have any relationship with..“
The UNC on the Law of the Sea states: Artificial islands & other structures do not possess the status of islands. They have no territorial sea of their own & their presence doesn’t affect the delimitation of territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf.— Rosa M☵☲nkmɐn (@_menkman) June 5, 2018
An African Grey parrot has learnt how to use Alexa/Google Home to get its wishes (despite its owners’ best efforts) The best part is that its name is PETRA! (which will be hilarious to @PETRASiot researchers) > https://t.co/lc2r5D0Vr0— electronic max (@emax) June 5, 2018
There is a whole critical literature on the concept of trauma that is unknown to most in mental health who assume it is a self-evident and unassailable category. For example, Didier Fassin and Richard Rechtman’s “The Empire of Trauma” is a masterpiece on exactly this. https://t.co/dANFnyzdKi— Vaughan Bell (@vaughanbell) June 5, 2018
It’s the last day of @JamesPDuffy’s secondment with @_foam. James has been modifying the #sonickayak system to automatically map underwater noise and temperature, and to be a bit more waterproof.— FoAM (@_foam) June 5, 2018
Here’s his blog post on what he’s been up to -> https://t.co/4QNfBGTAQ5 pic.twitter.com/T6IwhXjpjO
’[Mongolia’s] monasteries are increasingly run by millennial monks, the first generation to come of age after decades of religious repression under the Soviet system wiped out almost all Buddhist clergy.’ https://t.co/YYz2xpjYm1 (Thomas Peter) pic.twitter.com/7KeohdJs9m— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) June 5, 2018
What are some stochastic procedural generation techniques in the realm of fabrication? Examples: tie-dye, western raku pottery.— Lea (@doridoidea) June 5, 2018
thread on companion species. https://t.co/rXFyLp68ga— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) June 5, 2018
Japanese ramen adverts are now a bit…intense.
Increasingly I hear from people who won’t do something that functions well in their own context because it “won’t scale globally.” The abstract notion of unbound scalability has become a cognitive virus for intellectuals. It will leave them hungry. https://t.co/mi9WgpBUJn— Ariel Greenwood (@greenwoodae) June 3, 2018
Japanese ramen adverts are now a bit…intense. pic.twitter.com/yCiKfqmdrG— Ollie Barder (@Cacophanus) June 3, 2018
RT @EmptyCobwebs: You are what you eat. “McConnell trained flatworms and then fed the bodies of trained worms to untrained worms. Th…
It’s illegal for Uber & Lyft to pickup at SFO’s arrivals level, so they pickup at departures. This has made congestion so bad, there’s now a sign encouraging drop-offs to go to arrivals. So now departures go to arrivals & arrivals go to departures because tech fixes everything.— Brian Janosch (@BJanosch) June 3, 2018
The intelligence of plants is not merely a shadow of human knowing, and their behavior is not a rudimentary form of human conduct. After all, unlike animal and humans, for whom behavior is most often associated with physical movement, plants behave by changing their states, both morphologically and physiologically. An honest approach to the capacities of plants thus requires a simultaneous acknowledgement of the similarities and differences between them and other living beings. In scientific circles, there is certainly no consensus on the implications of new research data drawn from the behavior of plant cells, tissues, and communities. On the one hand, the opponents of the Copernican Revolution in botany claim that the data do nothing but exemplify what has been known all along about plant plasticity and adaptability. This is the position expressed in the open letter to the journal Trends in Plant Science, signed in 2007 by 36 plant scientists who deemed the extrapolations of plant neurobiology “questionable.” On the other hand, we have the investigations of kin recognition in plants by Richard Karban and Kaori Shiojiri; of plant intelligence by Anthony Trewavas; of plant bioacoustics by Stefano Mancuso and Monica Gagliano; of the sensitivity of root apices as brain-like “command centers” by František Baluška and Dieter Volkmann; of plant learning and communication by Ariel Novoplansky; and of plant senses by Daniel Chamowitz, among many others. Their peer-reviewed research findings no longer fit within the scientific framework where plants are studied as objects, rather than living organisms. Leaving aside the provocative analogies they suggest between plants and animals, doesn’t the drastic change in approach (from plants as objects to plants as subjects) amount to a veritable Copernican Revolution, or Kuhnian paradigm shift, in botany?
Art Movements via @hyperallergic
@Noahpinion @StevenCHunt “The Kyushu Seidokai has expanded into Tokyo, setting up several front companies, and join…
There is a n Emma Goldman quote for everything.— Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) June 1, 2018
“The Kyushu Seidokai has expanded into Tokyo, setting up several front companies, and joined forces with Tadamasa Goto, a former Yamaguchi-gumi boss turned Buddhist priest, who has now re-emerged as a powerful player in Japan’s underworld.”— Gabriel (@Gabriel050111) June 1, 2018
Is that a manga pitch ?
Responsibly Engineer an Upgrade Path for the Planet— Sjef van Gaalen (@thesjef) June 1, 2018
Patch the Planet— Sjef van Gaalen (@thesjef) June 1, 2018
Interestingly the plants in this pic are technically also introduced invasive species, brought to the UK along with wheat farming. (Admittedly a *very* long time ago.)— James Wong (@Botanygeek) June 1, 2018
The difference between a weed and a wildflower is kinda subjective, you see.
Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet. The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife. The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other recent research shows 86% of all land mammals are now livestock or humans. The scientists also found that even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing.
Both HP Lovecraft and Jack Kirby told stories about the universe being beyond human comprehension, it’s just that Lovecraft found that terrifying while Kirby found it rad— Ben Rowe (@CineastBenRowe) May 30, 2018
Nepalese ritual mask formed from a large single Lingzhi fungus (ganoderma lucidum), 19th century pic.twitter.com/atF6NEhJyw— Loki (@LowQuay) May 31, 2018
back from greenland…
“I don’t believe architecture has to speak too much. It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind.”
— Tadao Ando
An art installation that doesn’t even know it’s an art installation #glitchsafari
Creepy is subjective. Speculation can be productive. Context matters. https://t.co/3QSnrmWJRC— Scott Smith (@changeist) May 31, 2018
What I just said in an interview:
“I’m not a methodical literary cook who uses character, genre and plot like ingredients and spices to make a meal, I’m an irresponsible mad scientist gardener who plants things intuitively and is delighted when they grow out of control.”— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi)May 31, 2018
RT @DBarriosONeill: Earth’s biomass: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🔬🔬🔬🔬🔬🔬🔬…
@nikeshshukla Ben Goldacre used to put it in the t&cs of public speaking that he’d get his train ticket refunded in…
I am always surprised by how much data goes unused in conservation and the extents we go to to make sure no one els…
In a sense, one can think of Animism as a *holistic framework* which elegantly encompasses ecology, culture, art, p…
A new study strongly suggests that at least some memories are stored in genetic code, and that genetic code can act like memory soup. Suck it out of one animal and stick the code in a second animal, and that second animal can remember things that only the first animal knew.
Kansuke Yamamoto, Isamu Noguchi’s railings, Hiroshima, 1954.
Barcarès, Pyrénée orientale ©yama-bato
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Shiny inflatable cube as de-escalation strategy “A protester throws it on to the police line, the police bounce it…
Vivid blue water fills an open-pit mine near the town of Battle Mountain in Lander County, Nevada. Founded in 1861, Lander County made its way onto the map as copper and gold mining boomed there throughout the late 19th century. Today, fewer than 6,000 people live in the 5,500-square-mile county.
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Random acts - an unnatural history of the world
made by weirdcore and Jack Chapman
music by Russell Haswell
presented by Eric Wareheim
I’ve spoken loudly about how Bitcoin mining is mostly spare Chinese hydro, so I feel obligated to show what’s happe…
‘Such sites, Geissler believes, embody “past futures” – the rose-tinted visions of the future that everyone at the…
In case anyone is wondering, you would have to move towards the access point at roughly 621.5 kilometers per second…
Theory: if the humanities had had a stronger hand in shaping the Internet we either would not have an Internet or a…
Bailey asked Lacy to describe in 15secs the diff between composition & improv “In 15 seconds the difference between…
It is happening…again. Alleged ‘sonic weapon’ symptoms reported by U.S. embassy staff in Cuba now being reporte…
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