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Choose Boring Technology
"The new thing won’t be better, you just aren’t aware of all of the ways it will be terrible yet."

I am at the point in my career where I nod along at _all_ of this, often with real experience. It maps neatly to my current experience of moving lots of things to simpler technologies (text files, flat HTML, and glue-of-your-choice).
technology  talk  programming  engineering  architecture  infrastructure  wisdom 
july 2019 by infovore
Internet machine – Timo Arnall
"In this film I wanted to look beyond the childish myth of ‘the cloud’, to investigate what the infrastructures of the internet actually look like. It felt important to be able to see and hear the energy that goes into powering these machines, and the associated systems for securing, cooling and maintaining them." Looks beautiful: Timo's customary look in enveloping, three-screen 4K. Gosh. Also: the uses of stills-as-film is really interesting to me at the moment.
internet  infrastructure  environment  photography  film 
may 2014 by infovore
Pan » Blog Archive » Who Cares About TV Bins?
"We need to be armed not only with outrage at the intrusion but with the opinion that every financially motivated imposition is a missed opportunity to enhance the city we live in. Services on our streets are always in change, post boxes and pay phones are becoming antiquated, but there is a real and exciting potential for these spaces to become something else, something human, something exciting and most importantly, something for us." Cracking post from Ben about Renew's bins, some of what we learned in Hello Lamppost, and how people do - and could - engage with the cities they live in.
renew  hellolamppost  cities  infrastructure  smartcity  interaction  experience  panstudio  benbarker 
august 2013 by infovore
Infrastructure for Startups
Excellent slides from Paul with some super-solid points, and a few tools I'd not encountered (Papertrail, notably).
infrastructure  development  software  business 
june 2012 by infovore
LA's Worst Transit Decision
"...another Monorail Society Exclusive!" The decision, you might have guessed, is turning down a monorail. Does sound great, though, and easy material for writing alternate-pasts.
losangeles  monorail  transport  infrastructure 
may 2011 by infovore
Suicidator City Generator: a procedural city creation script for Blender
"Suicidator City Generator (SCG) is a Python script for Blender... With it, you can automatically create entire, three-dimensional modern cities in a matter of seconds by adjusting various parameters, such as city size and complexity, rather than creating each building, each street, and each texture manually." Lovely; the preview video should give you a good idea of its capabilities.
urban  city  infrastructure  blender  3d  graphics  python  plugin 
june 2010 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: Berthier's Door
Back in 2006, early on a Saturday morning, artist Julien Berthier installed a new door in the city of Paris—but it was a fake door, leading nowhere, on an otherwise empty wall in the 3rd arrondissement... Unbelievably, Berthier adds, "Almost 4 years later, the address still exists. Regularly graffitied it is even cleaned by the city service.”
cities  architecture  infrastructure  deception 
may 2010 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: NYNEX, Embedded Angel of New York City
"...halfway through the film, the Ghostbusters realize that NYNEX isn't a phone system at all: it's the embedded nervous system of an angel – a fallen angel – and all those phone calls and dial-up modems in college dorm rooms and public pay phones are actually connected into the fiber-optic anatomy of a vast, ethereal organism that preceded the architectural build-up of Manhattan. Manhattan came afterwards, that is: NYNEX was here first." There is no way this wouldn't be awesome. And: a great write-up from Geoff.
bldgblog  ghostbusters  architecture  tubes  infrastructure  city  newyork  telephones  networks 
june 2009 by infovore
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: a little bit of future goes a long way
"Cracking the bus network is really the key to most cities, and we’re nearly at the point of directed bus serendipity. In London, at least."
londonbus  london  buses  transport  infrastructure  internet  serendipity  future 
may 2009 by infovore
The Demon-Haunted World
"...or the past and future of practical city magic". Jones drops the presentation bomb and it's really very very good; it doesn't feel "weird" as he suggests at all; instead, it's all one great big joined-up mishmash of coherent thought and a dash of wonder.
ubicomp  infrastructure  cities  everyware  mattjones  presentation  urban  psychogeography  webstock 
february 2009 by infovore
Solid Snake Must Be Somewhere in This Warehouse « Hardcasual
"Solid Snake, the special operations agent who frequently amuses himself by hiding in cardboard boxes, has been taped up and shipped to a warehouse in Oslo, Norway. Details are scarce at this point, but it appears Mr. Snake, famous for single-handedly dismantling Outer Heaven and destroying countless Metal Gears, made an error while shipping classified documents overseas and was picked up by a Fedex truck. The rescue operation has proved fruitless as of the time of this writing."
humour  hardcasual  packaging  infrastructure  metalgearsolid 
february 2009 by infovore
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect: Contactless Confusion
"...as the cards become more prevalent, and the features of one card start to trump another people end up carrying multiple cards with overlapping functions. The only way for the user to know which card to use? Gosh - to remove the card from the wallet. Convenience indeed."
interaction  design  ubicomp  infrastructure  rfid 
january 2009 by infovore
The Bourne Infrastructure « Magical Nihilism
"Bourne wraps cities, autobahns, ferries and train terminuses around him as the ultimate body-armour, in ways that Old Etonians could never even dream of." More on this topic from Jones; still think there's something we're not quite hitting yet, but it's all good stuff.
motion  cities  architecture  bond  mattjones  infrastructure  jasonbourne  espionage 
december 2008 by infovore
Public objects « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"...most public objects - and certainly all municipal objects - should offer APIs. Furthermore, specifically with regard to public infrastructures like transit systems, I believe that this should be a matter of explicit government policy. What’s a public object? A sidewalk. A building facade. A parking meter. Any discrete object in the common spatial domain, intended for the use and enjoyment of the general public. Any artifact located in or bounding upon public rights-of-way. Any discrete object which is de facto shared by and accessible to the public, regardless of its ownership or original intention. How’s that for starters?"
public  objects  everyware  api  infrastructure  ubicomp 
december 2008 by infovore
Who Stole My Volcano? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dematerialisation of Supervillain Architecture. « Magical Nihilism
"[The modern supervillain's] hidden fortress is in the network, represented only by a briefcase, or perhaps even just a mobile phone.... for a “4th generation warfare” supervillain there aren’t even objects for the production designer to create and imbue with personality. The effects and the consequences can be illustrated by the storytelling, but the network and the intent can’t be foreshadowed by environments and objects in the impressionist way that Adam employed to support character and storytelling." The network as fortress and ideology all at once.
design  architecture  comics  culture  kenadam  mattfraction  gobag  network  infrastructure  mobility 
november 2008 by infovore
Twitter Blog: It's Not Rocket Science, But It's Our Work
I am amazed that anyone would have the patience to respond to Mike Arrington's general arsery, but it seem the Twitter team do. They are better men and women than I.
twitter  architecture  infrastructure  scaling  development  software 
june 2008 by infovore
Perl on Rails - Why the BBC Fails at the Internet | I Am Seb
"Yes, that’s right, Siemens forks Perl to remove features that their engineers don’t like." More on the craziness that is the BBC web infrastructure. It's shocking, really.
bbc  infrastructure  siemens  crazy  corporate  business  enterprise 
december 2007 by infovore
BlogFish: Webistrano - Capistrano deployment the easy way
Webistrano is a Web UI for managing Capistrano deployments. It lets you manage projects and their stages like test, production, and staging with different settings. Those stages can then be deployed with Capistrano through Webistrano.
capistrano  rails  deployment  rubyonrails  hosting  infrastructure 
september 2007 by infovore
Time to stop obsessing about the infrastructure
The network is not about the applications. The network is about the glue. (I will be repeating this mantra in future).
glue  network  systems  infrastructure 
march 2006 by infovore

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