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Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive (Wired UK)
"The drive's inventor, Guido Fetta calls it the "Cannae Drive", which he explains as a reference to the Battle of Cannae in which Hannibal decisively defeated a much stronger Roman army: you're at your best when you are in a tight corner. However, it's hard not to suspect that Star Trek's Engineer Scott -- "I cannae change the laws of physics" -- might also be an influence. (It was formerly known as the Q-Drive.)"
space 
9 hours ago by warrenellis
Behind the App: The Story of Plex
"At its most basic, Plex is an app that lets you stream media from your desktop to any other device, whether you're using a phone or a tablet or another computer. But it's slowly become an entire ecosystem of media management across virtually every platform you could think of"
tech  apps 
12 hours ago by warrenellis
Magic Realm | Grafik
Crush Creative's Carl Rush celebrates the creativity and anarchy of OZ, the rebellious counter-culture magazine whose iconic co-editor Felix Dennis sadly past away last month.
magazines 
yesterday by warrenellis
The Hell Fire Caves | Unofficial Britain.
Melmoth the Wanderer makes queasy, occult music mixes that explore uncanny British geographies. Snippets of dialogue ooze through ambient drones and electronic beats.
music  mixes 
yesterday by warrenellis
A History of Using Sound as a Weapon | Motherboard
Last week, a collaborative research project  known as AUDiNT (short for Audio Intelligence) released Martial Hauntology,a box set of vinyl and literature that explores the darker history of sound. It's a journey into the lesser known realms of sonic weaponry.
music  Sound 
yesterday by warrenellis
Simogo presents The Sailor’s Dream | Simogo
"...and instead of creating a feeling of suspense we want to communicate something that feels warmer, yet melancholic. We’re throwing out some more traditional game challenge-elements...When it comes to telling the story, we’re drawing inspirations from both books, radio plays and even musicals."
games 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Anyone Corporation Log Journal for Architecture
"Log 31: New Ancients recognizes the sudden reappearance of history in the work of an emerging group of architects, curators, theorists, and, of course, historians. Drawing a parallel with the 17th-century quarrel between the Ancients and Moderns at the Academie française, guest editors Dora Epstein Jones and Bryony Roberts present the work of practitioners who explore the contemporary possibilities of history. This Spring/Summer 2014 issue particularly emphasizes drawing that synthesizes technology and precedent, including a Piranesi-inspired digital reimagining of Istanbul"
magazines 
3 days ago by warrenellis
the hauntological society;: Irv Teibel's Environments™ Series: The music of the future isn't music
"Irv is most notably known for his recording series, Environments (TM) which was the first publicly-available psychoacoustic recording series. His company, Syntonic Research, Inc. was the first corporation to use the concept of acoustic noise masking via recorded sound, utilizing the myriad subtle sounds of nature."
music 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Atlantropa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Atlantropa, also referred to as Panropa,[1] was a gigantic engineering and colonization project devised by the German architect Herman Sörgel in the 1920s and promulgated by him until his death in 1952. Its central feature was a hydroelectric dam to be built across the Strait of Gibraltar, which would have provided enormous amounts of hydroelectricity[2] and would have led to the lowering of the surface of the Mediterranean Sea by up to 200 metres (660 ft), opening up large new lands for settlement, for example in a now almost totally drained Adriatic Sea."
history  engineering  geoengineering  geo 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Take off & land anywhere: Russia unveils hybrid amphibious drone vehicle | sUAS News
A drone hybridized with an amphibious hovercraft has been presented at the Innoprom-2014 technology exhibition in Russia’s Yekaterinburg. This unique UAV doesn’t need an airfield to launch, so the only alternative is a helicopter.

Russia’s Rostech state corporation presented the first-ever drone that can land on any terrain, whether hummocky land, loose snow, sand, water, or swampland – any relatively flat surface will do.
drones 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Messages in the Deep - Builtvisible
"Below, you’ll find an interactive map charting the growth of the modern fibre optic network between 1989 to the modern day, and including cables to be completed in the next few years. You can select a country to see all connections to and from that nation, or specify a provider to see the parts of the network owned by that company."
comms  spook  war 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Next for iPhone Has You Swipe to Discover Indie Musicians
"In many ways, finding an artist that you connect with is a lot like starting a relationship, so it’s only natural that two Tinder veterans would take the same discovery dynamic that has worked for dating and hookups and apply it to musicians and their fans.

"The resulting iPhone app, which is created by Tinder co-founder Christopher Gulczynski and former VP of design Sarah Mick, is called Next."
apps  music 
9 days ago by warrenellis
Homo Sacer | booktwo.org
"“Homo Sacer” is Latin for “the accursed man”, and a figure in Ancient Roman law, one who has been banned, or exiled, and may be killed by anyone, without penalty.?"
history  philosophy 
10 days ago by warrenellis
Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots | World news | theguardian.com
"Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says."
war 
10 days ago by warrenellis
The Brilliance of Louis C.K.'s Emails: He Writes Like a Politician - Adrienne LaFrance - The Atlantic
"So Louie gives fans the sense that they're being let in on the process, while also carefully guarding your sense of what he's like. He acknowledges the theater of what he does for a living, the absurdity of trying to communicate with hundreds of thousands of people all at once, and the privilege of his position—all within the framework of the "guy who is sitting here." The message he ends up sending is that Louie may not be the underdog anymore but he's clearly rooting for the underdog, and maybe that means he's rooting for you."
writing 
10 days ago by warrenellis
A P R I L Z E R O
"At around the same time, someone told me about an app called Cardiio, which could read your heart rate with the iPhone camera"
design  dataviz 
10 days ago by warrenellis
ZP finalCut full1 640x360 - YouTube
"a documentary about an artist, quantum physics and possibly reverse-engineered alien propulsion technology, currently unfinished."
mad  conspiracy  alien 
14 days ago by warrenellis
The Improbable Scenario of the Runaway Future: Deconstructing the Singularity | World Future Society
"But a new species fusing technology and humanity to become super-beings and elites of a global technocracy – this is conceivable, possible and doable. I cannot support, though, the concept of any post-human future from a philosophical, ethical and social perspective.

"Kurzweil, though, argues that by mid-century, humanity will be indistinguishable from our technology, presupposing we will fuse completely with our technology, and that by the end of this century “the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will be trillions of trillions of times more powerful than unaided intelligence”"
sci  bodymod 
14 days ago by warrenellis
Arctic Methane Emergency Group - AMEG - METHANE
"It is certain if the Arctic is not cooled these Arctic methane sources will greatly
increase with global warming and that will greatly increase the rate of global
warming. Unstoppable runaway Arctic warming will lead to unstoppable
runaway global warming. To prevent runaway Arctic warming the Arctic must be
cooled."
eco  dooooom 
14 days ago by warrenellis
Sprites: A Chip-Sized Spacecraft Solution
"Peck’s work at Cornell’s Space Systems Design Studio has led to the development of Sprites, fully functional spacecraft each weighing less than a penny. You can think of a Sprite as a spacecraft on a chip without any constraints from onboard fuel."
space 
14 days ago by warrenellis
A Manifesto for Expansion
"The interstellar advocacy is not yet taken seriously by the opinion leaders of any nation, and has yet to win support from any government. That advocacy might do well to reflect on the history of the successful spaceflight advocacy, which took decades to sell its ideas, and only won success in stages."
space 
27 days ago by warrenellis
Typewriter-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard – QWERKYWRITER
"The Qwerkywriter is a USB, Bluetooth enabled, typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard."
tech 
27 days ago by warrenellis
BBC - Future - Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed'
"Scientists are using hypnosis to understand why some people believe they’re inhabited by paranormal beings."
hypno  neuro  cult  weird 
27 days ago by warrenellis
You Wouldn't Like Jonathan Franzen When He's Angry
"Think of all the women who have never slept with Jonathan Franzen. His anger must grow by the day. Soon it will envelop the world, and we will be forced to bow down in chains before it, and create ziggurats out of human corpses as terrible tribute. Some of these women who Failed To Fuck Jonathan Franzen might now be on Twitter, which is wrong because of a German essayist who is now dead."
writing 
28 days ago by warrenellis
The Last American Man
"Judson rode his horse right into a bar and sat there—on his horse—for several hours, spinning his six-shooter and telling stories, while the bartender and the customers bought him round after round after round."
journalism  culture  america 
28 days ago by warrenellis
Narrative of Fragments – The New Inquiry
"In their introduction to the Fall 1997 issue of The Seneca Review, Deborah Tall and John D’Agata christened and defined the lyric essay. It “forsake[s] narrative line, discursive logic, and the art of persuasion in favor of idiosyncratic meditation…It might move by association, leaping from one path of thought to another by way of imagery or connotation, advancing by juxtaposition or sidewinding poetic logic. Generally it is short, concise and punchy like a prose poem. But it may meander, making use of other genres when they serve its purpose: recombinant, it samples the techniques of fiction, drama, journalism, song, and film.” It is, in other words, a mash-up: borrowing from all, beholden to none. It likes to betray the genres from which it borrows, making wily little jabs at their most dearly held conventions."
writing 
28 days ago by warrenellis
Cycorp AI - Business Insider
"If computers were human," Lenat told us, "they'd present themselves as autistic, schizophrenic, or otherwise brittle. It would be unwise or dangerous for that person to take care of children and cook meals, but it's on the horizon for home robots. That's like saying, 'We have an important job to do, but we're going to hire dogs and cats to do it.'"
tech  ai  comp 
29 days ago by warrenellis
It’s Time to Rethink America’s Corn System - Scientific American
"The average Iowa cornfield has the potential to deliver more than 15 million calories per acre each year (enough to sustain 14 people per acre, with a 3,000 calorie-per-day diet, if we ate all of the corn ourselves), but with the current allocation of corn to ethanol and animal production, we end up with an estimated 3 million calories of food per acre per year, mainly as dairy and meat products, enough to sustain only three people per acre. That is lower than the average delivery of food calories from farms in Bangladesh, Egypt and Vietnam."
eco 
29 days ago by warrenellis
BBC - Future - Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth
"That new creature is us, or more precisely, what humanity is becoming. The entirety of our species, Homo sapiens, is evolving into a superorganism; I’ll call this new life force Homo omnis, or ‘Homni’.

"We have now become the dominant force shaping our planet. Some say that because of our actions we have entered a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene, or the age of man. Homni is a product of this age, a product of human industrialisation, population expansion, globalisation and the revolution in communications technology, and he is immensely powerful. Homni can influence the biosphere, and has needs – currently, he uses 18 terawatts (trillion watts) of energy at any time, 9,000 billion cubic metres of water per year, 40% of global land area for farming, and a plethora of other natural and mineral resources."
eco 
29 days ago by warrenellis
As caliphate declared, Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit | Reuters
"Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed universal authority when it dropped the local element in its name and said its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as leader of the Islamic State, was now caliph of the Muslim world - a mediaeval title last widely recognized in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One."
pol  war 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Timothy Ray Murray Isn't A Robot - Business Insider
"Rep. Frank Lucas, and a few other Oklahoma and other States’ Congressional Members were depicted as being executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine. On television they were depicted as being executed by the hanging about the neck until death on a white stage and in front of witnesses," Murray wrote. "Other now current Members of Congress have shared those facts on television also. We know that it is possible to use look alike artificial or man-made replacements, however Rep. Lucas was not eligible to serve as a Congressional Member after that time."
weird  mad 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Julian Cope interview: 'I live in a visionary state … I'm a wild beast' | Culture | The Guardian
Did he enjoy being a pop star? "No, I hated it. I hated the assholes. And I hated the fact … it's what Smithy [Mark E Smith] said himself, that all the English bands act like peasants with free milk." What did he mean? "All their belligerence went and they turned into forelock-tugging gruelheads as soon as they were around record company types."
drugs  music  writers  writing 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
shardcore » @bffbot1
"Social media (and twitter in particular) is driven by the desire to see, and to be seen. It’s a public mixture of bravado and stalking, gossip and dissemination. But underneath all that is a desire to connect, to feel part of a larger tribe.

More than anything we like to be ‘liked’ – that thrill when there are unread @ replies in our Twitter feed, or when someone ‘favourites’ our latest witticism. We love any evidence that someone is paying attention.

This project aims to expose the subtle relationship between this human need – to be interacted with and liked – and the ramifications of expressing ourselves on an infrastructure that never forgets.

Alex (@bffbot1) is your New Best Friend."
net 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Do you believe in life after design? | fringejoyride
"It is a year after my first trial at Possible Futures Festival at Vooruit 100, of serving the extremely invasive plant Japanese knotweed that fortuitously happen to taste of rhubarb, as cakes. Enabled by the management of Timelab and participating in launching the Flemish Food Council, I wanted to reframe invasive species as local delicacies. After much awaiting, the project has finally managed to match a sustainable source of invasive raw knotweed ingredients to supply for the Cake artisan Julie’s House."
food  design  society  culture 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Stars as Stellar Engines
"a modified Shkadov thruster, a way of moving entire stars that the physicist Leonid Shkadov first described in 1987. In both cases, we’re talking about what can be called ‘stellar engines’ that use the resources of the star itself to create their propulsion. Would such a vast structure be detectible by another civilization?"
space 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Book Sales Slipped In 2013 As Publishers Offered Fewer Blockbusters - Deadline.com
"Book sales in 2013 were so-so — but with a caveat – the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group report today. Total net revenues for books and professional and scholarly journals fell 0.4% to $27.0B, with net units -1.2% to 2.6B, The numbers were drearier if you just look at the trade sector, which includes general consumer fiction and non-fiction, and religion. Net revenues there fell 2.3% to $14.6B, with units -1.7% to 2.3B. But the trade group says the numbers are a little misleading: 2012 “was the strongest year in publishing’s recent history with a series of blockbuster releases” including The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades Of Grey. Last year’s trade revenues were 4.5% higher than 2011 with units +11%."
books 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Jeff Bezos Is Incredibly Creepy at Breakfast
"You're the octopus that I'm having for breakfast," Rutledge remembers Bezos saying. "When I look at the menu, you're the thing I don't understand, the thing I've never had. I must have the breakfast octopus."
epic  weird  EPIC+WEIRD 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Touched By The Tremendum | Edge.org
QUESTION: It starts with Timothy Leary. What you're saying gives me deja vu of Timothy 20 years ago.

MCKENNA: Only because you misremember what he said. He never said anything like this. The rhetoric of the '60s was entirely devoid of any sensitivity to shamanism, of any awareness that these things had ever been done in the human past. They thought it was a miracle drug that had come out of a Swiss laboratory. They didn't realize that it was the way religion has always been practiced except for the last 2,000 years.
drugs  cult  mckenna 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Sorry Amazon: The FAA Will Not Allow Delivery Drones
"In a document seeking feedback on new drone policies, the FAA indicated that it does not want unmanned aircraft "delivering packages to people for a fee." Even if a company doesn't collect a fee—as Amazon has proposed—drone deliveries count as commercial activity, the agency says. And that's against the rules."
drones 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Deep Time: Targeting Another Galaxy
"The numbers get more and more mind-boggling as you continue to work the equations. With that same 1 g acceleration (and just how you achieve that is of course the grand question), you can make it all the way to the center of the Milky Way in about 21 years — tens of thousands of years would have passed on Earth by the time you arrived at the galactic core. Or go for the ultimate journey: A voyage to the Andromeda galaxy. To reach M31 in a ship of this sort would take 28 years ship-time as you nudged ever closer, but never reached, the speed of light."
space 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | A Journey To Avebury: Stewart Lee Interviews Julian Cope
"There's always room for one fucker. Everyone's got space in their hearts for one mad cunt."
writers 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan | sUAS News
"NASA wants to search Saturn’s moon Titan for life but they’re having trouble coming up with a good way to cover a large territory and obtain samples. Now they think they may have a good solution: A 22-pound quadcopter that will work from a mothership."
space  drones 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
A View of the Deepest Future
"How far can biological Life extend into the Long Dark? A study by Robin Spivey extends Life’s tenure, in neutrino-annihilation warmed Ocean Planets, to 1025 years – and Beyond. That’s 100 times longer than the 1023 years we’ve reported here previously and some 1,000 trillion times longer than the time the Universe has presently existed. If the current Age of the Universe was a clock tick – a second -, then those 1025 years would be 20 million years."
space 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Making the Magazine: A Reading List | Longreads
A starter collection of behind-the-scenes stories from some of your most beloved magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and the New York Review of Books, plus now-defunct publications like Might, George, Sassy and Wigwag.
magazines 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Google to Block Some Indie Labels from YouTube
"While it seems the majors are already signed up, as are many indies, there’s still a significant chunk that haven’t signed on the dotted line – YouTube claims to have on-boarded 90 percent of the music industry. Ultimately, this could see the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Adele removed from the free YouTube incarnation “in a matter of days” following the launch of the new service."
web 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Deadly Victorian fashions
"Until electricity, ballerinas also routinely perished when the muslin of their tutus met gas lamps; the deaths were referred to at the time as the “holocaust of ballet girls.”"
fashion 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital | Earth. We are one.
"What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” "
med  occult  cult  good+news+from+the+other+world 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise | The Verge
"Rademaker worked together with NASA's Dr. Harold White to produce visual concepts for the craft. White and his team at NASA are hoping to make "faster-than-light" travel possible with Alcubierre drives. The drives, named for physicist Miguel Alcubierre, theoretically work by distorting space-time. By expanding the space behind a ship and contracting the space in front of it, the IXS Enterprise could drastically speed up our space travel potential, making the 4.3 light-year journey to Alpha Centauri in around two weeks."
space  design+fiction 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
If you float the theory that "younger users don't like th...
"If you float the theory that "younger users don't like the feeling of being alone. They want to be tethered to their friends constantly," important venture capitalists will invest in your app. It doesn't even need to solve that problem."
net 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Design to Expand Human Potential - Interview with Natasha Vita-More | The Creativity Post
"Another feature which I developed for this concept is what I call “Substrate Autonomous Person”, meaning that the person wearing or using this body would be able to move back and forth between platforms or environments seamlessly."
sci  bodymod 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Slumlord Cyber Killers | Betabeat
"It’s a huge problem in New York City. Sketchy slumlords freeze their (usually poor) tenants to save money and/or drive them out of their buildings to raise rents. The health effects of being “fuel poor” are well documented. But when freezing tenants complain in court, it’s their word against that of their legal-savvy landlords.

Unless there’s hard data proving otherwise."
iot  pol  eco  energy 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
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