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Walking With Cthulhu - Mythogeography
Walking With Cthulhu:   
H. P. Lovecraft as psychogeographer , New York City  1924-26  
David Haden   (self-published) )

"Here is a strange beast. What might at first appear to be a piece of literary scholarship is many things: an insight into the embodied work of writing, a map of the ugly overlaying of racial anxieties and aesthetic terror, and a handbook for exploratory walking drawn from the notebook of a genius of dread."   
books  psychogeo 
1 hour ago by warrenellis
Super-black nano-coating to be tested for the first time in space
"An emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size will be tested for the first time on the International Space Station within a year."

SUPER-BLACK
nano  space  tech 
yesterday by warrenellis
Young blood to be used in ultimate rejuvenation trial - health - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"In October, people with Alzheimer's disease will be injected with the blood of young people in the hope that it will reverse some of the damage caused by the condition."
med  sci 
yesterday by warrenellis
Scientists Found a Way to Email Brain Waves | Motherboard
Researchers have successfully communicated words from one brain to another over the internet.
neuro  comms 
yesterday by warrenellis
Object of Interest: The Vocoder - The New Yorker
The vocoder—part military technology, part musical instrument—has had quite a history. In our new Object of Interest video, we explore the vocoder in settings ranging from the Second World War to Kraftwerk parties, featuring interviews with Laurie Anderson, Cozmo D, Dave Tompkins, and Frank Gentges. 
Sound 
yesterday by warrenellis
THE ENORMOUS SPACE | soundeyet
"One morning Mr. Ballantyne takes the tempting decision to stay inside his house. This is how one of the greatest and most popular J.G. Ballard short-stories begins. Through a suffocating dive into endless inner space, the psychological nightmare that follows reveals the fears of urban life and the dark sides of the human being. Seemingly, this short-story is unfolding in an uncomfortable and tense silence inside the walls of a house in a London suburb. Only few sounds are present and they are always distant and/or disturbing: the drone of a car engine, the rattling of the letter slot, the noise of the refrigerator, the air that blows through the open windows, the singing of the birds in the back garden. This compilation attempts to explore that intermittent space/silence.
In the last few months many musicians found this short-story in their mailbox, with the request to create fitting soundscapes for it, if they were willing to struggle with this harsh silence."
music 
yesterday by warrenellis
Neanderthals: Bone technique redrafts prehistory : Nature News & Comment
early humans arrived in southwestern England2 and Italy’s ‘heel’3, for example, well over 40,000 years ago. They have now applied the technique to Neanderthal occupations across Europe, which are associated with stone tools known as Mousterian artefacts. From the Black Sea to the Atlantic coast of France, these artefacts and Neanderthal remains disappear from European sites at roughly the same time, 39,000–41,000 years ago, Higham’s team conclude.
history 
2 days ago by warrenellis
Life in space? Sea plankton discovered attached to ISS outer hull — RT News
"Russian scientists say they made a “unique” discovery while analyzing samples from the exterior of the International Space Station – traces of tiny sea creatures on the station’s windows and walls. It remains unclear how marine plankton ended up in space."
space 
2 days ago by warrenellis
Amazon to trial PrimeAir drone delivery service in India | sUAS News
"If everything goes well, the loud buzz of drones will drown the noise of crackers this Diwali in Mumbai and Bangalore, thanks to Amazon."
drones 
2 days ago by warrenellis
Stream of Ditto Matches
"To get a sense of how the system works in real-time, you can view a live stream of images sourced from the web being scanned for brands on Ditto’s website. As images fly across the screen, the algorithm singles out any brand logos and human faces. The images are paired with information like the user’s handle and click through to their personal accounts…."
algo  brands  web  surveillance 
2 days ago by warrenellis
You can charge a phone battery by playing music at it | The Verge
"Now, at the Queen Mary University of London, a group of scientists has created a prototype panel capable of charging a cellphone off environmental vibrations like music or dinner conversation."
energy  eco 
2 days ago by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Emergency Exit
"Marketed as a tool for urban warfare with—wouldn't you know it—handy civilian uses on the side, the SkySaver system's goal is to let you escape from, say, a building siege or a hotel fire. "
design  war  crime 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Film | General Orders No. 9
"An experimental documentary that contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South as potent metaphors of personal and collective destiny."
film  shop 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Polling Your Intestinal Flora: How A Writer Cultivates Instinct « terribleminds: chuck wendig
"WRITE A LOT

"Is it Stephen King’s one million words? Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours? Chuck Wendig’s six shitty trunk novels and four billion tears spilled onto the dry dead earth of literature and publishing? Choose whatever arbitrary number you like, but the idea remains the same –

"You do this thing by doing this thing. You learn to write first and foremost by jolly well fucking writing."
writing 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Life on Mars? Implications of a newly discovered mineral-rich structure
"A new ovoid structure discovered in the Nakhla Martian meteorite is made of nanocrystalline iron-rich clay, contains a variety of minerals, and shows evidence of undergoing a past shock event from impact, with resulting melting of the permafrost and mixing of surface and subsurface fluids. Based on the results of a broad range of analytical studies to determine the origin of this new structure, scientists present the competing hypotheses for how this ovoid formed, point to the most likely conclusion, and discuss how these findings impact the field of astrobiology"
space 
3 days ago by warrenellis
BBC News - Mong La: Myanmar's lawless region where anything goes
"Special Region Number Four - also known as Mong La - is one such strip of land on the border between China and Myanmar.

It has existed entirely outside central government control for more than 25 years."
cities  pol  war 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'
"Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics."
history 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Let’s talk about margins — The Message — Medium
"The Dictionary Man reaches behind him, grabs another dictionary, and shows the Paper Man a specimen of perfect dictionary usability. It’s exactly the sort of thing you’d never notice unless you lived and breathed dictionaries. Here, you try turning these pages, says the Dictionary Man. The Paper Man does so and responds with an, Oooooooooooooohhh, as if part of the matrix has been unzipped before him. He then apologizes and yells, WE WILL TRY HARDER while bowing deeply."
books 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Amazon looks to gain liftoff for drone delivery testing | sUAS News
"Amazon is going on the offensive as it seeks federal approval to test its planned Prime Air drone delivery system. You are not likely to get a Prime Air drop on your porch anytime this year, or even next, but the online retailer, which announced plans for drone delivery last December on 60 Minutes, is making moves to spur development."

Knew it.
drones 
5 days ago by warrenellis
Worm-like creature with legs and spikes finds its place in the evolutionary tree of life
"One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time."
eco  bio 
5 days ago by warrenellis
Bauhaus - Monoskop
9 Bauhaus books onnline. Klee, Kandinsky, Gropius
books 
5 days ago by warrenellis
An Iron Curtain Has Descended Upon Psychopharmacology | Slate Star Codex
"Science, you would say, is science everywhere. You can’t have one set of elements in Russia and another in the US, everyone would work together and compare notes. At the very least one side would have the common decency to at least steal from the other. No way anything like this could possibly go on. But as far as I can tell this is exactly the state of modern psychopharmacology."
neuro  drugs 
5 days ago by warrenellis
US dig unearths tomb of previously unknown pharaoh
"The discovery by a team from the University of Pennsylvania provides new evidence that at least part of Egypt may have escaped the rule of the Hyksos, invaders from what is now Syria who dominated the Nile Delta between the 18th and 15th centuries BC, the officials said. A royal cartouche bearing the full name of pharaoh Senebkay was found on the sarcophagus and on a wall of the tomb unearthed in the ancient city of Abydos"
history 
5 days ago by warrenellis
Ancient Man Used “Super-Acoustics” to Alter Consciousness (... and speak with the dead?)
"Sound in a Basso/Baritone range of 70 – 130 hz vibrates in a certain way as a natural phenomenon of the environment in the Hypogeum, as it does in Newgrange passage tomb, megalithic cairns and any stone cavity of the right dimensions. At these resonance frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system stores vibrational energy. Echoes bounce off the hard surfaces and compound before they fade. Laboratory testing indicates that exposure to these particular resonant frequencies can have a physical effect on human brain activity."
sound  archaeoacoustics  history  neuro 
5 days ago by warrenellis
Day #228/365: Studys and documentation of the fading shadows from defences of the realm... | A Year In The Country
"I feel that I should use the phrase England My Lionheart somewhere on this page. I’m not quite sure why. Not in a jingoistic little England manner. More I think because it is a song/phrase that conjures a very particular yearning, loss and hope, which is something that architecture such as the above can also at times seems to…"
architecture  england 
6 days ago by warrenellis
Council of the North - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Council of the North was an administrative body set up in 1472 by King Edward IV of England, the first Yorkist monarch to hold the Crown of England, to improve government control and economic prosperity, to benefit all of Northern England."
history 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Rise of the Super Drug Tunnels + Subtraction.com
"This short film from Reason takes a look at the struggle against the ever increasing number of tunnels being dug by drug cartels to transport drugs from Mexico into the United States. It focuses on Joe Garcia, a deputy special agent with the Department of Homeland Security and head of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, who has discovered and shut down over two hundred tunnels since 1990, even as new ones continue to proliferate. It also features insightful commentary from David Shirk, associate professor of international relations and director of the Justice in Mexico project at the University of San Diego, who argues that simply throwing more money at the government agencies fighting this problem is a futile solution; “You can’t fight markets,” he says."
crime  pol  money 
7 days ago by warrenellis
The Quietus | Features | Rockfort | Sound & Visions: Rockfort Interviews Bernard Szajner
"David McKenna meets veteran electronic explorer Bernard Szajner to discuss his reissued 1979 album Visions Of Dune, hiding from the KGB, working with Carl Craig, and visions of the future"
music 
7 days ago by warrenellis
A Recollection. « Hawthonn
"A major element of this project is the mythos of the hawthorn. Yet, I was unaware until the autumn of 2010 that my life had been haunted by the hawthorn for twenty years."
music  wyrd  england 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Escaping the Cities of Drowned Ghosts
"Here’s what you get when you combine the two. Most ’Ghost Cities’ (growth cities), are in areas positioned to become coastal."
cities 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Avant-garde and modernist magazines - Monoskop
"The result is a reference guide to avant-garde and modernist magazines printed in the early decades of the last century, which is hoped to be beneficial to artists, writers and scholars alike. Its main sections include a selection of issues meant to initiate the uninitiated, an index of some of the most referred journals, a collection of online collections containing hundreds more titles, and a short bibliography to a field recently emerged under the poetic banner of modern periodical studies."
magazines 
7 days ago by warrenellis
The Silence of the Masses Could Be Social Media – The New Inquiry
"It’s hard to tell through his multiple layers of irony, but it seems that Baudrillard thought this “implosion” process had the potential to short-circuit the imposition of power as it made the social disappear. It manifests a refusal to participate in the flexible ways control is administered not through repression but through encouraging expression, and letting people build their own jails. The more you say and interact and connect, the better you can be modeled, and the more your reality can be seamlessly shaped around you, so that control is experienced as freedom within the circumscribed matrix."
web  social 
11 days ago by warrenellis
Intricate jewellery pieces harvest energy from wearers (Wired UK)
"Kizhner is a graduate student from Hadassah College in Jerusalem, who describes herself as "a trend theorist that is looking to define the new black -- practicing everyday escapism". Kizhner explains on her website that Energy Addicts, her final year project, "seeks to deal with questions of how to see the world, based primarily on biological energy and what the meaning of biological capital is when the accrual is contingent on biological data"."
design 
11 days ago by warrenellis
Stanford researcher: Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture
"Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann found that voice-hearing experiences of people with serious psychotic disorders are shaped by local culture – in the United States, the voices are harsh and threatening; in Africa and India, they are more benign and playful. This may have clinical implications for how to treat people with schizophrenia, she suggests."
neuro  culture 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Côte&Ciel Nile Rucksack — Minimally Minimal
"The unique shape and versatility aren’t the only tricks the Nile has up its sleeve though; it has a concealed rain hood."
clothes  equipment  gear  bags 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Erbil Revealed - Archaeology Magazine
"How the first excavations in an ancient city are supporting its claim as the oldest continuously inhabited place in the world"
history  cities 
12 days ago by warrenellis
This Samsung Rebrand Concept is Brilliant
tiny bit derivative of mimimally-minimal's Microsoft rebrand project of a few years back, but interesting
design 
14 days ago by warrenellis
Why The Demise Of Justin.tv Marks The End Of The Bedroom Vlog - ReadWrite
"The end of Justin.tv may be the final nail in the coffin of the bedroom vlog. Now that the vlog has helped make online video legitimate as a media source, only highly produced videos are going to make the cut."
web 
15 days ago by warrenellis
Astronomers discover Thorne-Zytkow hybrid star for first time | Descrier News
"Thorne-Żytkow objects (TZOs) are believed to be formed when a red supergiant star begins to swallow a neutron star, which spirals towards the red supergiant’s core, interrupting its ongoing fusion process."
space 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Marianne Faithfull claims her ex-boyfriend killed The Doors' Jim Morrison , page 1
"In a new interview with MOJO, the singer has said that her former lover, heroin dealer Jean de Breteuil, was behind the frontman's death, though she says it was 'accidental.'"
history 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept
"The rulebook, which The Intercept is publishing in full, was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI. Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat."
pol  surveillance  spook  war  crime 
19 days ago by warrenellis
BBC - Blogs - Adam Curtis - NOW THEN
"If you are an American politician today, as well as an entourage you also have a new, modern addition. You have what's called a "digital tracker". They follow you everywhere with a high-definition video camera, and they are employed by the people who want to destroy your political career."
pol  media  surveillance  web 
20 days ago by warrenellis
Australian Army embraces social media in Future of Land Warfare report | Crikey
“By 2025 we may face adversaries with scientifically enhanced cognitive capacity. The land force will need to develop a better understanding of enhancing human capabilities with, for example, improved human-machine interfaces or better fusing of technology with biology … Physical and cognitive enhancements such as ‘exosuits’ or long-lasting stimulants need to be considered in the context of amplifying performance.”
war  bodymod  tech 
20 days ago by warrenellis
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 
21 days 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 
21 days 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 
22 days ago 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 
22 days ago 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 
22 days ago 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 
24 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 
24 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 
24 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 
24 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 
24 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 
24 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 
4 weeks 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 
4 weeks 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 
4 weeks 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 
4 weeks 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 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
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