'A bus in a traffic jam? It's as unjust as it once was not to allow women to vote' | Cities | The Guardian
The whole challenge of urban mobility is not an engineering challenge but a political one.
public  politics  urban  city  infrastructure 
4 days ago
Panama: The Hidden Trillions by Alan Rusbridger | The New York Review of Books
“The economic system is, basically, that the rich and the powerful exited long ago from the messy business of paying tax,”
economics  money 
9 days ago
Laurie Penny | Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless
Modernity would have us mooning after ourselves like heartsick, slightly creepy teenagers, taking selfies and telling ourselves how special and perfect we are.
psychology  capitalism  feminism 
july 2016
6 powerful "look into" verbs (+ 1 to avoid) | 43 Folders
it all still should come back to widgets and how they get cranked.
productivity  gtd 
july 2016
Remarks at the SASE Panel On The Moral Economy of Tech
Approaching the world as a software problem is a category error that has led us into some terrible habits of mind.
technology  politics 
june 2016
Cities Are Not as Big a Deal as You Think
"The UN estimates that only one in eight people live in a megacity. “The seven of eight people who are not living in the megacity of the future are going to live in horizontal forms of cities that are disconnected in some way or another from their nearest center city,”"
urban  city  da 
june 2016
Architectures - YouTube
series of short videos on individual buildings
architecture  documentary  video  history 
february 2016
Relativity v quantum mechanics – the battle for the universe | News | The Guardian
Just as a pixel is the smallest unit of an image on your screen and a photon is the smallest unit of light, he argues, so there might be an unbreakable smallest unit of distance: a quantum of space.
physics  science 
november 2015
Rising seas threaten to drown important mangrove forests, unless we intervene
The typical mangrove forest sequesters several times more carbon dioxide than a tropical rainforest of comparable size.
sea  mangrove  flora  sustainability  mangere 
october 2015
How PowerPoint is killing critical thought | Andrew Smith | Comment is free | The Guardian
Bullet points enforce a rigidly hierarchical authority, which has not necessarily been earned.
academic  teaching 
october 2015
Geocentric direction systems use uphill, uptown instead of north/south: Found in Bali, NYC, etc
Balinese has what is called a geocentric directional system, based on geographic landmarks rather than points on a compass. Really, what the word kaja means is "uphill"—that is, "towards the biggest mountain in the area."
landscape  geography  territory  navigation 
october 2015
When a Bullet Enters a Body: Gun Violence as Seen by a Trauma Surgeon
In the movies you always die quickly from a gunshot wound. But not in real life.
september 2015
Constructivism - Monoskop
"A resource on constructivism, now focusing primarily on the movement in Russia and east-central Europe from the late 1910s through the 1930s."
russia  modernism  art  history 
september 2015
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
" there's something very fishy about California capitalism."
advertising  privacy  surveillance 
september 2015
Reading the Maps: On the island
How can we describe and discuss Mutukaroa, when Mutukaroa seems defined by its lack of presence, its vacancy?
auckland  territory  landscape 
august 2015
Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
My advice? Just find the thing you enjoy doing more than anything else, your one true passion, and do it for the rest of your life on nights and weekends when you’re exhausted and cranky and just want to go to bed.
july 2015
Public Books — Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking
The most authoritative definitions are either vast beyond usefulness, or brazen in their deferrals to romantic sentiments.
academic  teaching 
july 2015
Slavoj Žižek on Greece: This is a chance for Europe to awaken
This passage from politics proper to neutral expert administration characterises our entire political process: strategic decisions based on power are more and more masked as administrative regulations based on neutral expert knowledge, and they are more and more negotiated in secrecy and enforced without democratic consultation.
politics  europe  greece  power  economics 
july 2015
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