The Conversation Prism by Brian Solis and JESS3
The Conversation Prism is a visual map of the social media landscape
web  social  net  dataviz 
july 2013
Making Democracy Legible: A Defiant Typeface — The Gradient — Walker Art Center
Over the course of a year, I researched and created ZXX, a disruptive typeface which takes its name from the Library of Congress’ listing of three-letter codes denoting which language a book is written in. Code “ZXX” is used when there is: “No linguistic content; Not applicable.” The project started with a genuine question: How can we conceal our fundamental thoughts from artificial intelligences and those who deploy them? I decided to create a typeface that would be unreadable by text scanning software (whether used by a government agency or a lone hacker) — misdirecting information or sometimes not giving any at all. It can be applied to huge amounts of data, or to personal correspondence. I drew six different cuts (Sans, Bold, Camo, False, Noise and Xed) to generate endless permutations, each font designed to thwart machine intelligences in a different way. I offered the typeface as a free download in hopes that as many people as possible would use it.
art  design  fonts  type 
july 2013
Adam Ryder | Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey
"fabricated photos from a fictitious 1920s expedition to the Middle East"
odd  photography  art  hoax  fake 
june 2013
Raising Holy Sparks - You Are In The Mountains While I Am In Your Dreams on Vimeo
Raising Holy Sparks - You Are In The Mountains While I Am In Your Dreams Album - Four Sacred Mountains Video Directed by Ronan O' Toole Camera - Mick Carey Produced by No Longer Reel No Longer Reel
ifttt  vimeo  video 
june 2013
Say Hello to China's Brewing Financial Crisis | FP Passport
The problem is that very little is known about just how much debt Chinese banks have taken on amid that country's infrastructure-fueled growth. This has resulted in fears that a massive credit bubble may be about to pop. If that's true, the results could be catastrophic. 
money  pol 
june 2013
ThoughtMesh: Forging the Future
(old link) The Forging the Future Mesh is a collection of essays and resources related to variable media preservation. The Mesh is organized by Forging the Future, a consortium of museums and cultural heritage organizations dedicated to exploring, developing, and sharing new vocabularies and tools for cultural preservation.
future  writing 
june 2013
UbuWeb Sound - Otto Muehl
"Psycho Motorik & Ein Schrecklicher Gedanke, LPs (1971) "
music 
june 2013
Flood Stains (2010) on Vimeo
Flood Stains (2010) Flood Stains heralds another return of Lydia Lunch, the star of the No Wave movement in NYC that brought up Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe, Scott B. and Beth B., Richard Kern, Jean Michel Basquiat, Brian Eno and Sonic Youth, among others - as well as co-pioneering spoke word performance and film with Henry Rollins. The single-take film features Lunch as Saltmaster, who ritualistically opens Vivarium - an installation by architect-artist Juan Azulay at legendary SCI-Arc, in downtown Los Angeles - after robots, bacteria, algae and salt had been trapped and monitored for over three months. Lunch performs a mutated version of 'In Spite of God' to her original composition of her first 'bacterial opera'. Co-written by Lunch and Azulay. Original resampling, unreleased music by Lunch. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663140/ MTTR MGMT
ifttt  vimeo  video 
june 2013
UbuWeb Sound :: Michael Nyman
From 1968 to 1976, Michael Nyman worked as a music critic for various magazines (Studio International, Time Out, Tempo, The New Stateman or The Spectator). He studied 16th and 17th c. baroque music in the mid-1960s, composing only a handful of musical pieces prior to the present 'Decay Music' in 1976, the real starting point of his carreer as a composer. '1-100' is an auto-generative composition for piano that feeds itself along the way while remaining fairly minimal throughout. The kind of music that makes sense at low listening level - I would advise trying the experience at least once. After all, this is inspired by Erik Satie's musique d'ameublement (furniture music). 'Bell Set No.1' is a brilliant pseudo-gamelan composition with a slight touch of 'Pump and Circumstances'. The interprets are Nigel Shipway and Michael Nyman on metallophones, ie: bells, triangle, gongs, cymbals and tam-tam. 'Bell Set No.1' is a system piece based on the percussions' sharp attack and slow decay, alternatively enhancing each. It works perfectly as a sound installation devoid of progression or change, without beginning nor end. I think the piece bears some influences from Henry Wolff and Nancy Jennings' 1971 'Tibetan Bells', one of the earliest example of fusion between ethnic and meditative music. 'Bell Set' is a gorgeous piece of upper-class british gamelan played with tongues firmly in cheek as if composed for an imaginary tea ceremony at Windsor Castle. Note: as with the entire Obscure series, LP pressing quality is bad, probably made from recycled vinyl. It seems the Island Record A&R manager who commissioned it didn't believe in any commercial potential for the series.
music 
june 2013
Crystal Voyagers: A Journey Through The New Age: Part One on Vimeo
Crystal Voyagers: A Journey Through The New Age: Part One Watch the first instalment of Crystal Voyagers: A Journey Through The New Age. Charting the rise of the Age Of Aquarius and its effect upon music over the past two centuries, this three-part, illustrated lecture is adapted from a talk by Mark Pilkington, given at London's Cafe Oto in December 2012, as part of The Wire Salon series of talks and discussions events. Written and narrated by Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Press. Edited by The Wire's Nathan Budzinski. Special thanks to Resonance FM. http://thewire.co.uk http://strangeattractor.co.uk The Wire Magazine
ifttt  vimeo  video 
may 2013
Experimental ½ Hour - Episode XXXVII: Pulse Emitter, Keyon Gaskin, bobbevy on Vimeo
Experimental ½ Hour - Episode XXXVII: Pulse Emitter, Keyon Gaskin, bobbevy Experimental Half Hour Episode 37 Movement and Synthesis Special Filmed live at the Hollywood Theatre, Portland, Oregon November 8, 2012 Pulse Emitter http://synthnoise.com Keyon Gaskin Musical accompaniment by Honey Owens bobbevy This is how we Disappear Choreographed by Suniti Dernovsek http://bobbevy.com Produced by Eva Aguila & Brock Fansler Cameras Frances Fagan PCM Tech Joe Glode This episode was produced through the facilities of Portland Community Media - http://pcmtv.org Special thanks to our Kickstarter Supporters Kristan Kennedy, Rebecca Carlisle-Healy, Sue Lehenbauer Fansler, Mike, S Cano, Marlo De Lara, Bea Coulter, Jonathan Snipes, Nancy Wolfe, INDEX Festival, Victoria Shupe, Beverly Bryan, Mia Ferm, Julian, James Squeaky, Patricia Hall, Lucero Aguiñiga, Grace, Jason Traeger, Jae Choi, Simi Sohota, Rachel Tripp, Christopher Kirkley, Tomasz Werner, Bleakley McDowell, Jesse Sugarmann, Andrew Chadwick, Hayley, Elisa L., katlyn, ellen, Scott Kiernan, Adam Overton, Cary Clarke, Thom Linton, Andrew Michaan, Julia Perry, EMA, Paul Watson, Emily Pothast, Emi Otaki, Daniel Bryant, Dewey Mahood, Michael McGregor, JonnyX and the Groadies, Albert Ortega, Cathy, Kendra Hadlock, Maria Joan Dixon, Sandra Gibbons, sissy, caley feeney, America Valdes, Ashby Lee Collinson, Jeremy, Trundle Nemix, Molly Jenkins, Lars Larsen, Vivian Giourousis, Nicole, Christopher Cantino, Derek, margot padilla, Matthew Happen, Dustin Gatchell, Louise Magnusson, Matt Carlson, Dana Dart-McLean, Daryl Groetsch, Jackie Lopez, molly williams, honey owens, Julie Bach, Jän Strauss, Elizabeth Pusack, Nick Bindeman © 2013 Experimental Half Hour experimentalhalfhour.com Experimental Half-Hour
ifttt  vimeo  video 
may 2013
This Is What Happens When Publishers Invest In Long Stories ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community
"We decided to experiment with a new, super-long article format akin to "slow live blogging." When we looked at the traffic charts below, our jaws dropped. Here's what we learned about long form stories--and why quality, not velocity, is the future of online news."
journalism  writing  stats 
may 2013
10 ‘Snowfall’-like Projects That Break Out of Standard Article Templates - 10,000 Words
"“Snowfall” has become a verb in many newsrooms after The New York Times launched its beautiful multimedia project earlier this year. Though the format was touted as the future of online storytelling by some, The Times wasn’t the first to pull of this type of format. If you’re looking for inspiration to make snow fall in your own newsroom, here are a few other examples, not all of which come from newsrooms, as I think it would be irresponsible of us to confine ourselves to the sphere of news organizations when collecting inspiration for innovative storytelling formats."
news  design  journalism 
may 2013
How the New York Times can fight BuzzFeed & reinvent its future — Tech News and Analysis
"The NYT’s multimedia project Snow Fall was a huge success, attracting big audiences and lots of plaudits. But the paper can do even better — it can build a new business from this type of project, and change the definition of journalism in the new century."
news  writing  journalism 
may 2013
[1111.6131] The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth
"We also consider several other models that seek to explain the Fermi Paradox, most notably percolation theory and two societal-collapse theories. In the former case, we find that it imposes unnatural assumptions which likely render it unrealistic. In the latter case, we present a new theory of interstellar transportation bandwidth which calls into question the validity of societal-collapse theories."
space 
may 2013
How Inspire Magazine Motivates Acts of Terrorism | Analysis Intelligence
"The Boston bombing investigation continues to reveal new information on the two primary suspects, but quietly reported last Friday was the discovery of jihadi propaganda Inspire Magazine - produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - on a computer belonging to the elder Tsarnaev brother’s widow. The publication, particularly its first issue containing instructions for building a pressure cooker bomb, was spotlighted as a possible resource immediately after the bombings."
crime  pol  war  magazines 
may 2013
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: kindleframe
"One of the things I talked about at UX London (which I will write up soon) was a thing called Kindleframe. I realised that every morning I checked on a few apps that did a few things – the weather for the day, how the tubes were running, and my two calendars, work and home. Well, if I remembered I checked. And when I didn’t, I was always caught out by a tube line being out of action or that it would be raining heavily later."
dataviz 
may 2013
soundcloud.com
The Ghost of Mrs Payne (Field Recording 13.03.1975) The mayor has decided that it's time to hear more from Scarfolk's audio archive. This post refers to a previous one about the disappearance of primary school music teacher Mrs. Payne whose body was found encased inside an ancient standing stone (go here for more detail) Forensic examination of the stone revealed that it had originated more than 300 miles away and historians could not ascertain how prehistoric man had transported it to Scarfolk, much less how Mrs Payne had found her way into a 300 million year old rock. The police reported it as a chance accident. When the stone was broken into chunks and sold as 'Payne's Pain' souvenirs in the Scarfolk gift shop, purchasers began hearing ghostly music in their homes. Additionally, the music was heard at the stone circle where Mrs. Payne's body was found, as well as at the geological site of the stone's origin. The souvenirs were recalled and buried at the centre of the stone circle in Scarfolk fields, now the only location where the music can still be heard, but only on the anniversary of the death of Payne's husband who found himself unexpectedly dismembered during a pagan ritual competition for the under 10s. This is a field recording made from the stone circle. field, recording, scarfolk
music  ifttt  soundcloud 
may 2013
Listen to articles on the go - Audiofy.it
"Audiofy.it reads out articles of your choice whenever you have some time to kill."
apps  audiio 
may 2013
dOCUMENTA (13)’s 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts // Alejandro Jodorowsky
"The contents being a reproduction of a notebook that, despite the impeccably lettered cover, has nothing to do with the aborted Dune film project. Instead its pages are full of Jodorowsky’s obsession with the Tarot de Marseille. This obsession lasted decades and may offer you at least a partial answer to the question “what has he been doing for the last 30 years?”. In fact Jodorowsky maintained an interest in this centuries old Tarot deck, finally releasing an edition based on his research in 1998 with Philippe Camion."
writing  notebooks 
may 2013
With 4M users, Hipstamatic unveils Oggl, a standalone iOS social networking app for your best photos
"Available only for iPhones right now, Oggl offers two key features that separates itself from the other apps: capture and curation."
apps  photography  iphone 
may 2013
CULT OF THE SUN GOD on Vimeo
CULT OF THE SUN GOD music_ PATRICK SHIROISHI / BLACK SUN SUTRA (2013) (www.patrickshiroishi.bandcamp.com) visual_ ARIS KINDT FILMS (www.ariskindtfilms.com) Nancy J Kwon
ifttt  vimeo  video 
may 2013
Meet Cody Wilson, the anarchist behind the world's first 3-D printed gun
"Yes, it's undetectable, but more importantly it's unobservable by institutions and countries and sovereigns.... This might be a politically important object."
crime  war  fabbing  pol 
may 2013
Future Perfect » A Sense of Ownership
"Facial recognition will be a growing source of friction because the companies that are building businesses around connecting the physical you to some form of online identity will, over time connect people to the online you that makes them the most revenue, rather than the online you that makes the most sense to you. A lot of this will happen in the background, but there it will have sufficient visibility to be annoying e.g. a picture of your face as a search parameter triggering an advertisement for a particular kind of product."
tech  social  money  comms 
may 2013
America Elect — Minimally Minimal
"I am a Canadian that studied industrial design. It’s not surprising that I often got strange looks when I told people about my thesis project to redesign America’s voting system. The reason is simple though - I find America to be an amazing and fascinating nation and also like exploring the diverse applications of industrial design thinking. The 2012 election was the first time I experienced an American election first hand. I found it to be absolutely exciting and intriguing. I loved it." This is, as all his posts are, beautiful and interesting. It is also full-on Bigend-Draperism -- control through the emotional leverage of nostalgia. Quite brilliant.
design 
may 2013
Status Flight and the Gendering of Google Glass » Cyborgology
"I thought about titling this post, “Google Glass: The Beginning of White Flight from Smartphones,” but instead I’m going to propose a new term, status flight, to describe what happens when elites abandon a status symbol that’s lost its signifying power after becoming too quotidian and ubiquitous."
culture  social  phones  comms 
may 2013
The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology « NextNature.net
"Somewhere between a vat of expensive face cream and a baby Neanderthal lies a probable future for synthetic biology."
future 
may 2013
soundcloud.com
D Towards K toronto, field, recording, ambient
music  ifttt  soundcloud 
may 2013
Booke
"Booke is a smartphone companion, which will help you capture,
keep and share all the important moments of your 'real-book' reading experience."
apps  books 
may 2013
BLDGBLOG: Forest Tone
"Lorenzo Pellegrini, who "gardens" the Risoud Forest in Switzerland to assist the future resonant acoustics of the wood currently growing there. It's a violin garden for the 24th century."
eco  art 
may 2013
How cross-media storytelling is about to change the way that we consume and interact with content
"The way in which the public consumes media is changing though. Television shows are broadcast globally and social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook allow millions of fans to communicate and debate with one another in real-time. There’s a chance here to move away from a passive, never-changing form of content"
media 
april 2013
BBC News - Google searches predict market moves
"The volume of Google searches for finance-related terms may predict moves in markets, research suggests." You'd think that was an obvious signal
money 
april 2013
Researcher's Serial Port Scans Find More Than 100,000 Hackable Devices, Including Traffic Lights And Fuel Pumps - Forbes
"You probably remember serial ports as the ancient nine-pin plugs you once used to hook up your mouse or joystick to your computer in the pre-USB dark ages. But tracking down devices that still use serial port connections isn’t so hard, it seems. In fact, according to H.D. Moore, any hacker can find–and tamper with–more than 100,000 of them over the Internet, including critical systems ranging from traffic lights to fuel pumps to building heating and cooling systems to retail point-of-sale devices."
tech  security 
april 2013
Muzzle Flash — Hidden in Plain Sight — Medium
Jan Chipchase: "On Friday I was invited into Google Labs New York and given the opportunity to try out Glass. I declined to put on a pair. Here's why."
tech 
april 2013
cityofsound: Sketchbook: Colors magazine, Colors #86 "Making the News", and Colors News Machine
"The physical experience of the magazine—which we feel still has real value on paper—is also quite something. The issue has a magazine within the magazine, via little pockets of editorial tucked under full spreads, as well as windows cut into pages to indicate how news photographs are framed, and the 'Yellow Pages' newspaper tucked in the back." The overt separation of print and digital is something that came up in brief conversation with Dan Hill the other day. Hoping to drill further into it in the near future.
magazines 
april 2013
Pad & Quill’s Aria for iPad Mini is an exquisite case, worthy of display - The Next Web
I don't have an iPad Mini, and don't yet have a requirement for one, but I am nonetheless both impressed and amused by this case.
cases 
april 2013
DailyDot: The greatest movie that never was
"Imagine a documentary about events you've never heard of—that no one's ever heard of—but that are meticulously chronicled in online sources many people trust implicitly. Imagine the confusion. Imagine the buzz. Imagine the publicity"
fake 
april 2013
Quietweet - A Simpler Twitter Reader
"Quietweet is a read-only twitter client, which ignores all tweets containing @s, #s or links."
web 
april 2013
The new DIY | Dazed Digital
"How Tumblr and Instagram are fuelling a new generation of online-only streetwear upstarts"
fashion  brands  marketing  web  net 
april 2013
Tracking gunfire with a smartphone
"You are walking down the street with a friend. A shot is fired. The two of you duck behind the nearest cover and you pull out your smartphone. A map of the neighborhood pops up on its screen with a large red arrow pointing in the direction the shot came from."
tech  crime  war  phones 
april 2013
The problem with predictions: Speaker says peering into future remains an imperfect science
"New models are emerging from the life sciences that view the world as a living organism rather than a machine. "These models are coupled with a new aesthetic, which finds beauty in the complexity of life rather than the elegance of symmetry,""
future 
april 2013
Scientists detect dark lightning linked to visible lightning
"Researchers have identified a burst of high-energy radiation known as 'dark lightning" immediately preceding a flash of ordinary lightning. The new finding provides observational evidence that the two phenomena are connected, although the exact nature of the relationship between ordinary bright lightning and the dark variety is still unclear, the scientists said." DARK LIGHTNING
sci 
april 2013
'Quantum internet': Towards realization of solid-state quantum network
"Researchers at TU Delft in the Netherlands have managed to bring two electrons, three meters from each other, into a quantum- entangled state. This result marks a major step towards realizing a quantum network that can be used to connect future quantum computers and to send information in a completely secure way by means of 'teleportation',
comp 
april 2013
NASA chief: Visiting an asteroid is all agency can afford
""I need money to go to the moon," Bolden said."
space  pol 
april 2013
Path’s Dave Morin on Circa, Mailbox, and the Secret App He Invented to Talk to His Assistant | Vanity Fair
“I have two iPhones, one for day and one for the night. When the day phone runs out, the night phone takes over. I never have to worry.” Bigend-Packerism. Some even more awful quotes therein. He should have been prevented from giving the interview.
tech 
april 2013
The Quietus | Features | Berberian At The Gate: Broadcast & The Death Knell Of Hauntology
"...'hauntology''s champions end up pulping their subject matter to feed their theory. Like the similarly détourned 'psychogeography', it deadens the senses to the qualities (you'd hope) it was intended to reveal. Both are cases of theory slipping into ersatz theology – fated attempts to capture elusive, unspeakable experiences in yards of self-referential explication guaranteed to stamp out their pleasures. There's nothing wrong with men in their forties enjoying shared tastes and nostalgic triggers, but do they have to be so po-faced about it?"
hauntology 
april 2013
IntiMate
"IntiMate is here to make you PLAY MORE with sex tapes by creating a SAFE SPACE to store and share them: 1.  Shoot tapes and pictures DIRECTLY from our app 2.  The app stores & protects tapes for you 3.  Share & COMPETE with COMPLETE STRANGERS"
app  sex  social 
april 2013
Here & There back on sale! – Blog – BERG
Schulze's wonderful weird projection map poster of NYC is back on sale.
art  maps 
april 2013
Original Australians numbered 1,000-3,000, study finds
"Australia was first settled by between 1,000 and 3,000 humans around 50,000 years ago, but the population crashed during the Ice Age before recovering to a peak of some 1.2 million people around five centuries ago, a study said on Wednesday."
history 
april 2013
The latest Jonathan Keats emanation | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
"The dozen canvases at Team Titanic are all painted with pheromones instead of pigments. The pheromones are produced by the artist in his studio, collected from his pores while he watches the news on TV, and labeled for their emotional content based on how the news makes him feel. Suspended in linseed oil, they’re mixed on his palette to make a blend of feelings such as anxiety and elation. He then trowels these olfactory paints onto his canvases so thickly that they might take centuries to dry: an aromatic impasto from which the pheromones gradually disperse."
art 
april 2013
the hauntological society;: The Films of Patrick Keiller
"The visual material consists of static camera shots: images of urban decay and other socio-economic signifiers, road sign clutter, glowering skies - a landscape sharing some territory with the poetic realism of Humphrey Jennings and the Free Cinema film-makers, but framed and cut with a sharper, more avant-garde edge."
film 
april 2013
Rhizome | Xul Solar's Possible Futures
"Only collective inventions have any real value, Xul Solar once told his close friend and fellow Porteño Jorge Luis Borges, trying to convince him (unsuccessfully) to write in Neo-Criollo, one of the two languages he had invented and the one he himself preferred to use for writing and conversation.  Such was the importance to Solar of friendship, sodalities esoteric and otherwise, and cooperation.  These days the artist, who died 50 years ago this month and whose close friendship with Borges is at the heart of an ongoing exhibition at the Americas Society in New York, is remembered less for his hermetic, often illegibly coded mystical watercolor paintings than for the collective séance that he made of his particular corner of Buenos Aires' cosmopolitan avant-garde of the 1920s and the decades that followed."
witers  writing  weird 
april 2013
Open the Future: Bots, Bacteria, and Carbon: My Talk at ENSIA
Jamais Cascio: "The talk I gave earlier this month at the University of Minnesota is now viewable at the Ensia website, on YouTube, and embedded below. It runs about 36 minutes, and covers three different scenarios of a sustainable future."
future 
april 2013
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