Wikipedia - Stock keeping unit
"For a product, these attributes could include manufacturer, description, material, size, color, packaging, and warranty terms."
Wikipedia  trade  number  ID  attribute  product  manufacturer  size  color  packaging  material  description 
8 days ago
The Rise of the Rural Creative Class
"In a 2007 study, Wojan and his collaborators identified 100 or so rural creative havens, such as Woodstock, New York, and the area around Telluride and Silverton, Colorado. These rural creative centers tend to be in relatively close proximity to and have good connections to major metro areas; are home to a major university or college; or have considerable natural amenities which draw people to them."
RichardFlorida  rural  urban  innovation  city  country 
25 days ago
The Great Chinese Art Heist
"In 2013, for instance, two of the famed zodiac heads, the rabbit and the rat, from the estate of the French designer Yves Saint Laurent, were handed over after a planned auction was scuttled. Officials in China told Christie's, the auction house, that if the heads were ever sold off, there would be “serious effects” on the firm's business. (Not long after the heads were returned, Christie's became the first international fine-art auction house to receive a license to operate independently in China.)"
GQ  China  art  Beijing  OldSummerPalace  garden  zodiac  head  LiuYiqian  HuangNubo  YvesSaintLaurent 
26 days ago
Coffee and qahwa: How a drink for Arab mystics went global
"The religious scholars eventually came to a sensible consensus that coffee was, in principle, permissible."

"the original coffee port of Mocha"
coffee  Superbrown  qahwa  Yemen  Sufi  mystic  Syria  JohnMcHugo 
28 days ago
Wikipedia - Planet Nine
"In their original article, Batygin and Brown simply referred to the object as 'perturber', and only in later press releases did they use 'Planet Nine'."
space  Wikipedia  planet  Sun  KonstantinBatygin  MichaelE.Brown 
4 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Tuple
"The term originated as an abstraction of the sequence: single, double, triple, quadruple, quintuple, sextuple, septuple, octuple, ..., n‑tuple, ..., where the prefixes are taken from the Latin names of the numerals."
Wikipedia  tuple  math  list 
4 weeks ago
Beverly Buchanan—Ruins and Rituals
"'Here I am; I’m still here!'"

"As a child, Beverly Buchanan collected stones, finding them rich in intrigue and meaning. Later she began to call the small rocks she found her art. Gathering them from one site and placing them elsewhere, these stone piles served a “functional” purpose. In her own words, “If I see some rubble, my thought is, ‘Let’s see, now where in Georgia could that go?’ I immediately claim it. Psychologically it’s mine.” Buchanan never stopped collecting, claiming, and relocating stones, instead she carried them into her continued practice of marking sites and spaces.

Beverly Buchanan (American, 1940–2015). Untitled (Three-Part ‘‘Frustula’’ Sculpture on Floorboards with Sunlight), 1978. Chromogenic print. Private collection"
BrooklynMuseum  BeverlyBuchanan  artist  brick  rock 
5 weeks ago
Hong Kong's 'McRefugees' On The Rise Amid Summer Heat
"'McRefugees' or 'McSleepers'"

"'25 percent of Hong Kong's homeless population are McRefugees — people who call fast-food outlets home'"
NPR  HongKong  McDonald's  heat  a/c  sleep  money 
5 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Natural wine
"uses the waxing and waning of the moon and the position of the planets and constellations to determine when to sow and harvest"
Wikipedia  drink  wine  natural  raw 
5 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Carhartt
"The brand released a T-shirt with the now-iconic photo of their storefront mid-looting."
clothes  Wikipedia  Carhartt  workwear  1889  Michigan 
6 weeks ago
Discogs - Dieter Feichtner
"just 1:1 recordings with fixed settings"

"Dieter Feichtner 1943-1999
a poet of sound

It was in the hot summer of 1982 when I once again invited Dieter Feichtner to my house in Waldviertel to make recordings for a planned solo album. At that time he still had his caravan, which we parked in a meadow between a shed and an old, dilapidated skittle alley. (Consequently, he also began hearing nightly skittle matches from days long past). Dieter's instruments were set up in my studio room - in such a way that he couldn't see the rotating tape recording reels from his place at the keyboards. Such things always irritated him very much. It was an experiment and an adventure in every respect. Our general agreement was: no other musicians, no listeners, no usual studio work, just direct, blunt recordings.

At the beginning, everything went very sluggishly. Dieter doubted that he could get away from his stylistic imitations and would fall back into "playing ditties," as he put it. He searched for a wholly different approach. After days of torture and excessive evasion, I made the suggestion to forego any echo and other external effects and to look the pure, unflattering sounds of his electronic instrumentarium straight in the eye. The success was stunning: the first recording, later called "Fliegenpilz I" (a truly furious piece of music that continued to unfold out of nothing), set a development into motion that was to go on for over two decades and which immediately went beyond the scope of a simple recording. From then on, Dieter regarded it as his "opus," as his musical legacy that he bequeathed unto me right from the start.

Such recording sessions then took place at irregular intervals, however, always in the summer months: in 1982 in Irnfritz, in 1986 at my temporary domicile, the old school in Allentsgschwendt, and later at my estate in Rastenberg in 1988, 1989, 1993 and 1997. Dieter was given his own room. If it was warm enough, it was usually the Tatersall (a small, half-open hall that was earlier used for horses), in which he set up his whole electronic instrumentarium. Here he could play uninterruptedly at any time of the day or night and shout it out to the world. That was very important, because sealed off rooms, which are otherwise common in recording studios, were never his cup of tea and fixed working times went totally against the grain of his intuitive being.
In hindsight, it is amazing that such a thing was even possible.

In an urban setting we would have been bombarded with complaints, because Dieter liked to get the most out of his equipment and the whole valley echoed from it - often at midnight or at four in the morning.
The main output of his equipment was directly connected to the recording machine in my studio room, meaning Dieter was online 24 hours a day. My task was merely to start the recording, sometimes in the middle of the night, and to occasionally change the reels.
Once the volume setting was found, it remained unchanged the whole time, so that the whole dynamic range of his playing, from the intimate revocation to the full orchestral impact, was retained in the original recordings. We listened to these recordings from time to time and then decided very quickly what should be kept and what could be immediately erased.

I am still glad today that I could initially convince Dieter to forego any of the blessings of modern studio methods: no subsequent effects, no sound cosmetics, no overdubs and mixing - just 1:1 recordings with fixed settings. If we had approached the matter in a more sound engineering sense, we would now have a collection of more or less impressive, nostalgic sound documents.
Therefore, we have the authentic music that we can listen to through the speakers exactly as Dieter himself played them through the speakers at the moment of their conception!

In 1989, together with Dieter, I released a number of the recordings he had made up to then under the title EUPHORISMEN, in the form of a 2-CD subscription.
A breakthrough, in a trivial sense, it wasn't. Nevertheless, we could recover our costs and win over a new group of music lovers who were instantly convinced about the uniqueness of this music. Some in the large circle of Dieter's friends and acquaintances, however, behaved reserved to hostile. That wasn't the same Dieter they knew and honored, loved and also hated. Some of them didn't like these recordings, Dieter's other side. (Less sensitive people expressed it blatantly). Dieter himself commented on these circumstances, which couldn't have escaped him, if at all, in a very dry and unemotional way, devoid of resentments. The undertaking 'life's work' continued onwards without inconsequence and without any false considerations.

Today it is different: a young generation of sensually and stylistically open music lovers is currently rediscovering Dieter Feichtner. Dieter's admirable human aspects, like his feared uninhibited vitality, are today revealed through the titanic quality of his music, not the other way around. Some like to hear the countless anecdotes, even the terrible ones, but it is the music that stands in the foreground.

An important lesson was learned through the experience that such a musical giant could be denied media exposure for decades. It shames the crooked world view of artistic values that are at the mercy of the media, and rather warns us to seek the valuable things in life on our own, unperturbed by pushed trends and phony culture.

August 2005
Günther Rabl
(translated by Brian Dorsey)"
music  Discogs  DieterFeichtner  synth  1982  1993  Austria 
6 weeks ago
Frontline - The Putin Files
Julia Ioffe's autoplayed after NewsHour yesterday
Frontline  PBS  Russia  Putin  SovietUnion  TV  news 
6 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Predatory open-access publishing
reading about Thomas Royen

"SCIgen, a computer program that randomly generates academic computer science papers using context-free grammar, has generated papers that have been accepted by a number of predatory journals as well as predatory conferences."
Wikipedia  publishing  JeffreyBeall  peer  review 
6 weeks ago
Talking Trends With Mister Mort, NYC’s Resident Menswear Grump
"I love yellow mustard cause it’s classic yellow, I hate dijon and poupon. Not that I eat hot dogs on the street, but even hot dog carts on the street, even though they have the yellow squiggly over the hot dog, the mustard’s golden, it’s deli mustard, it’s not yellow—the color is disappearing. People who know me know that I just switched from French’s to Heinz, ’cause Heinz has a new recipe for their yellow and it’s good."
NYC  GQ  fashion  menswear  SamuelHine  MordechaiRubinstein  Instagram  Twitter  mustard  BrooksBrothers 
7 weeks ago
Wikipedia - In Search of the Most Amazing Thing
just seeing screenshots of this made me think... what?

"The game begins on a mysterious planet, Porquatz, with the androgynous player, Terry Bailey, exploring his/her subterranean home city by elevator. Terry's mysterious uncle, Smoke Bailey, has recently arrived in a strange craft known as the B-Liner, a hybridized all-terrain vehicle and hot-air balloon. Finding Smoke napping in his room, and waking him from his reverie with repeated shouts, Terry is tasked by Smoke to embark in the B-Liner on a quest for a lost artifact known only as 'The Most Amazing Thing'.

Navigating the world outside the city, known as the Mire, is a considerable challenge. Driving the B-Liner over the tar-like surface is easy, but leaves you open to being chased and temporarily paralyzed by Mire Crabs. To avoid these, the B-Liner can use its balloon to float above the Mire in unpowered flight, but this requires the player to carefully trim the B-Liner's altitude to take advantage of different wind currents prevailing at different altitudes, as well as monitoring fuel supply and navigating by dead reckoning.

To investigate notable objects in the Mire, the player can perform EVA using a personal jetpack. Encounters range from the benign Popberry trees, which provide food for the player, to the deadly Mire crabs, to the quizzical merchant aliens who provide Terry with vital clues and supplies for the quest. To trade with these aliens, the player must create Musix, a simple line-drawing translated by the game into a melody, which is then evaluated by the aliens according to their aesthetics, which vary according to the tribe they belong to. Due to their intrinsic shyness, the aliens communicate with the player entirely in a form of semaphore code, utilizing the only visible part of their anatomy: twin antennae, protruding coyly over the edge of the aliens' 'desks'."
TomSnyder  AppleII  Wikipedia  game  novel  Atari  C64  music  alien 
7 weeks ago
Conducting Clinical Research Using Crowdsourced Convenience Samples
"It has attracted enough users to create a market that is sufficiently liquid to quickly fulfill the intermittent needs of individual researchers."
psychology  MTurk  Amazon  crowdsource  diversity  data  JesseChandler  DanielleShapiro  Internet  research 
7 weeks ago
Wikipedia - Hoodoo (folk magic)
"African American Hoodoo (also known as "conjure", "rootworking", "root doctoring", or "working the root")."
root  Wikipedia  Hoodoo  magic  folk  WestAfrica  Congo  Benin  Togo  Nigeria  Gullah  cosmology 
10 weeks ago
In the Plex
<u>In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives</u>, Steven Levy

“a vast room, with cubicles”

“During a bus ride to the Great Wall of China, one of the APMs charted the grou...
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11 weeks ago
penny log (change log)
2018/06/11 old penny in front of Grand Central Post Office

2018/06/09 saw penny in Lincoln Market after checkout but had bags, traffic; saw penny outside Prospect Park stop, but blocked by lingerin...
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june 2018
Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together
I do this too

“We had to endure this under the Trump administration,” Young said. “I’m looking at my director, and saying, ‘Are you guys serious?’ We’re making more than $60,000 a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this. It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans.”

"Both said they were forced to sign resignation letters without being given any explanation for why they were being dismissed."
DonaldTrump  paper  president  archive  tape  Politico 
june 2018
Mario Paint
Mario Paint

90 degree rotation options for stampsOn the title screen, click on the "N" in "MARIO PAINT" and the credits will start rolling. When "PROGRAMMER: NORIAKI TERAMOTO" (the second credit) a...
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june 2018
Cost of Simplicity
"monetized content blends in with non-monetized content"
TatumDooley  photography 
june 2018
Google and HTTP
"Finally, what is the value in being safe?
Twitter and Facebook are like AOL in the old pre-web days. They are run by companies who are committed to provide a safe experience. They make tradeoffs for that. Limited linking. No styles. Character limits. Blocking, muting, reporting, norms. Etc etc. Think of them as Disney-like experiences.
The web is not safe. That is correct. We don't want every place to be safe. So people can be wild and experiment and try out new ideas. It's why the web has been the proving ground for so much incredible stuff over its history.
Lots of things aren't safe. Crossing the street. Bike riding in Manhattan. Falling in love. We do them anyway. You can't be safe all the time. Life itself isn't safe.
If Google succeeds in making the web controlled and bland, we'll just have to reinvent the web outside of Google's sphere. Let's save some time, and create the new web out of the web itself."
Google  HTTP  HTTPS 
may 2018
Beaker Browser
from Laurel's presentation
Beaker  p2p  dat  browser  website 
may 2018
"a 4kb framework for creating sturdy frontend applications"

from realstevehere: "Beaker/p2p + choo for building webapps"
Choo  html  js 
may 2018
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