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How American Politics Went Insane
I t’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than…
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3 days ago
Human scale technology — Medium
Human scale technology This is an approximate transcript of a talk I gave at Eyeo Festival on June 8, 2016. I’ll link to the video when it’s available. It’s an…
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8 days ago
Beyond the Pale: The Earliest Agrarian States and “their Barbarians.” James C. Scott
Professor James C. Scott Date: 12 May 2016Time: 5:30 PM Finishes: 12 May 2016Time: 7:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: BGLT Type of Event: Lecture How did so…
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8 days ago
Backlash Blues
Backlash Blues John Lahr Buy What Happened, Miss Simone? A Biography by Alan Light Canongate, 309 pp, £20.00, March, ISBN 978 1 78211 871 8 In June 1954, the…
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10 days ago
Godmother of Soul
Badu calls herself “super mutable,” and, as a musician, she sometimes seems to be aging in reverse. Credit Photograph by Amanda Demme for The New Yorker When…
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13 days ago
[Easy Chair] | The Habits of Highly Cynical People, by Rebecca Solnit | Harper's Magazine
O n April 24, 1916 — Easter Monday — Irish republicans in Dublin and a handful of other places staged an armed rebellion against British occupation. At the…
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14 days ago
Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; “To destroy this invisible government”
“To radically shift regime behavior we must think clearly and boldly for if we have learned anything, it is that regimes do not want to be changed. We must…
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17 days ago
inkle blog - Verne and Victorian Futurism
May, 08, 2014 This guest post is by Meg Jayanth, author of the script for 80 Days . Verne was one of the pioneers of science-fiction: his novels mixed wild…
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19 days ago
Games That Affected Me Like A Disaster
This is the text from my talk at the wonderful Now Play This festival last year, where I was in august company with Em Short & Merrit Kopas speaking on the…
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19 days ago
I am a Really Useful Engine • Speaker • Public Address
A couple of weekends ago, we were getting ready to go try out the new section of Te Araroa tramping track between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay . Very nice views,…
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4 weeks ago
There in the Thicket: An Interview with Jason Pine — Cultural Anthropology
The May 2016 issue of Cultural Anthropology included the research article “ Last Chance Incorporated ,” by Jason Pine, who is an assistant professor at Purchase…
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4 weeks ago
Berlin Biennale | All Problems Can Be Illuminated; Not All Problems Can Be Solved
We can all tell this story: The rails of human advancement stretching from the Enlightenment to a Bitcoin start-up; innovation measured by increased reach,…
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4 weeks ago
my first commencement speech
Readers, there’s a brand new site coming soon: a 3-part site, with lots of overdue documentation of new work, my lab, teaching, writing. The featured image is…
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5 weeks ago
This Is How ISIS Uses The Internet
SAN FRANCISCO — Abu Majad figured that when ISIS came for him, it would be with a knife on a dark street, or a bomb planted on his car. The 34-year-old had been…
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5 weeks ago
Failed States: A Tactical Design Workshop | superflux
In early May, Jon and I were invited by the HEAD MEDIA DESIGN faculty in Geneva to lead a week long design futurescaping workshop for the first-year students on…
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5 weeks ago
Legible Policy
Shifting the Balance: Design for Equitable Cities By ANAB JAIN, VYTAUTAS JANKAUSKAS AND JON ARDERN SUPERFLUX Modern statecraft is largely a project of internal…
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5 weeks ago
The Collapse of Dilma Rousseff, the Richard Nixon of Brazil - The New Yorker
Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, and her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. A scandal engulfing Rousseff’s Presidency has put the future of…
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6 weeks ago
Lionhead: The inside story
In October 2008, Microsoft released Lionhead's Fable 2 to critical and commercial acclaim. At a launch party an emotional Peter Molyneux held aloft glowing…
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6 weeks ago
New York: The Prophet
Ruth Orkin Jane Jacobs with her son Ned in front of a Greenwich Village building, designated for demolition by the City Planning Commission, 1961; photograph by…
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6 weeks ago
Collaboration and Tribalism in Science
D id you know that most animal species have roughly the same number of heartbeats over the course of their lives? Short-lived creatures’ hearts beat faster,…
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7 weeks ago
The Forgotten Spaceships of the Po Valley — Failed Architecture
Driving a Lancia, living in a ‘Renzo Piano’. The broken dreams of northern Italy’s suburbia. Legnano, January 2016: Villa Clerici, an elaborate architectural…
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7 weeks ago
Why Activists Today Should Still Care About the 40-Year-Old Church Committee Report
Less talked about today are programs like the military’s surveillance of domestic protest groups, maintaining files on at least 100,000 Americans ranging from…
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7 weeks ago
U.S.-Mexico Teamwork Where the Rio Grande Is but a Ribbon
Destroying the Devil’s Cornfield on the Rio Grande Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Tex. — There are places in the desert canyons of…
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7 weeks ago
What the City of the Future Looks Like If We Don’t Change Course — Failed Architecture
It’s early morning. You are in your fancy apartment in a high-rise in some non-descript inner city area. When you enter the study, your Quantified Self Tracking…
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8 weeks ago
guyana trip report (tecznotes)
Guyana is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. It’s not a big country, but it’s two-thirds rain forest and contains the…
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8 weeks ago
WdW Review
Meditation Room, United Nations, New York Prayer room, Athens International Airport, Greece (all prayer room photos by James Bridle) Prayer room, Athens…
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8 weeks ago
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