Posts tagged 2014

A huge tent was put up over the former site of an insecticide factory in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, to contain a peculiar…

Hangzhou, pollution, tent, inflatable, smell, 2014, China Daily

A huge tent was put up over the former site of an insecticide factory in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, to contain a peculiar smell emanating from polluted soil. The tent in downtown Hangzhou covers about 20,000 square meters and is 36 meters high. It was built on top of where Hangzhou Qingfeng Agricultural Chemical once stood. It was relocated in 2009, but the more than 50-year-old company left many contaminants buried in the ground.

Following an investigation and risk assessment, treatment of the polluted soil was initiated in September. However, in the process of the treatment, a peculiar smell was released, seriously affecting nearby residents.

A woman surnamed Shao, who lives two bus stops away from the site, said she can still smell a pungent odor.

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“Karl Broman is here putting forward a very interesting problem. Interesting, not only because it involves socks, but because…

statistics, tiny data, socks, prediction, Karl Broman, Rasmus Bååth, 2014

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)

02014 (365) in overview

photography, first person, review, 2014, 365

On the surface, the 365 photgraphs that accumulated daily during last year exhibit a sense of repetition, familiarity, continuity (cf. 02011, 02012 and 02013). As in the previous years, blur (49), light (82), leaves (40), texture (38), shadows (34) and reflections (33) are all present. Many were greyscale (170).

Below the surface there has been a change of pace as the daily practice grows more habitual. The contradictions of the digital present, the inevitable everything of ubiquitous imagery and the more hesitant, folded, reticulated images on expired film, exposure, finding light and shadow, composition, the present moment. The sympathetic magic that every photograph, no matter how disposable holds over time.

02014 (365) in overview

How 2014 played havoc with geopolitical predictions

2014, year in review, politics, geopolitics, prediction, predictability, surprise, qz, quartz

It was not the individual events that made 2014 so topsy-turvy: after all, what could top the 1991 Soviet collapse for sheer disruption of the status quo? The year instead was remarkable for the number of big, consequential and utterly unforeseen events—Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the rise of ISIL, the diplomatic breakthrough between the US and Cuba, the emergence of US shale oil and the collapse of oil prices, not to mention a clutch of other economic, business and market events. All in all, it has been evident for months that 2014 was a staggering maelstrom of surprises.–2014-played-havoc-with-geopolitical-predictions-including-ours/

Is Photography Over?

Trevor Paglen, photography, perception, image culture, seeing, 2014

Photography has become so fundamental to the way we see that “photography” and “seeing” are becoming more and more synonymous. The ubiquity of photography is, perhaps ironically, a challenge to curators, practitioners, and critics. Why look at any particular image, when they are literally everywhere? Perhaps “photography” has become so all-pervasive that it no longer makes sense to think about it as a discreet practice or field of inquiry. In other words, perhaps “photography,” as a meaningful cultural trope, is over.

Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: State of the World 2014

2014, WELL, Bruce Sterling, Jon Lebkowsky, state of the word

Well, it’s 2014, and I thank goodness the WELL is still here. I’ve never been so happy to have an Internet account that doesn’t belong to some ultra-rich creep. It’ll be hard, this year, not to dwell obsessively on the capering specters of the NSA, Snowden, Wikileaks, Bitcoin… 2013 turned out to be the year when the Digital Revolution trended Stalinist. Old-school Digital Bolsheviks scattered hapless in every direction, as Big Data Killer Bot Commissars scoured the darkening landscape, and Trotsky went to ground in Ecuador. An extraordinary atmosphere of sullen, baffled evil, as the year opens. I don’t know what to compare 2014 to – except for many other glum post-revolutionary situations, when the zealots succeeded in toppling the status quo, then failed to install a just and decent form of civil order. The world in 2014 is like a globalized Twitter Egypt.