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 
21 days ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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.
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
" there's something very fishy about California capitalism."
advertising  privacy  surveillance 
8 weeks ago
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
Keyline design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yeomans’ Keyline Scale of Permanence (KSOP). which identifies typical farms elements ordered according to their degree of permanence.

Water Supply
Subdivision Fences
agriculture  landscape  time 
july 2015
From Degrading to De-Grading - Alfie Kohn
"what grades offer is spurious precision – a subjective rating masquerading as an objective evaluation."
teaching  academic 
june 2015
Should all university lectures be automatically recorded?
A live lecture cultivates students' capacity for sustained attention to a narrative unfolding in real time
teaching  academic 
june 2015
Landscape and Space | Larval Subjects .
unlike space that is a milieu of in-difference, equivalence, or exchange, landscape is a milieu of difference and the inexchangeable.
landscape  space 
june 2015
The slide of academic standards in Australia: a cautionary tale
academics are ultimately the only valid institutional store of knowledge about what academic standards should be.
academic  teaching 
june 2015
Why universities should get rid of PowerPoint - Business - NZ Herald News
1. Slides discourage complex thinking. Slides encourage instructors to present complex topics using bullet points, slogans, abstract figures and oversimplified tables with minimal evidence. They discourage deep analysis of complex, ambiguous situations because it is nearly impossible to present a complex, ambiguous situation on a slide. This gives students the illusion of clarity and understanding.
teaching  academic 
june 2015
Žižek: Ecology against Mother Nature
"one is tempted to add that, if there is one good thing about capitalism it is that under it, Mother Earth no longer exists."
Review of McKenzie Wark's Molecular Red
ecology  sustainability  capitalism  philosophy 
may 2015
A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life - The New Yorker
“A student makes hundreds of pages of photocopies and takes them home, and the manual labor he exercises in doing so gives him the impression that he possesses the work. Owning the photocopies exempts the student from actually reading them. This sort of vertigo of accumulation, a neocapitalism of information, happens to many.”
research  writing  academic 
may 2015
Stop giving Wikipedia money | Newslines - News Search Engine
The WMF’s bloated staff of do-nothings want to be rewarded for the value that they did not create. They are laughing all the way to the bank, while they try to guilt you into giving more so they can do even less.
internet  money 
may 2015
Animal infrastructures
"The growing temptation will be to turn to engineered animals, rather than to existing equipment or inanimate machines, to perform future urban work for us."
da  animal  infrastructure 
may 2015
Anemone - Grasshopper
Component for making loops in Grasshopper. Would have might my fractal tree definition a whole lot simpler.
april 2015
The Economist on Matthew Rognlie's theory linking inequality to housing.
"The return on non-housing wealth, in fact, has been remarkably stable since 1970 (see chart). Instead, surging house prices are almost entirely responsible for growing returns on capital."
da  capitalism  politics  economics 
april 2015
Japan's Kondo Brothers Invent $7,900 Bike Wheels - Bloomberg Business
“You made this stuff on the expectation that your customers would pay more for it, without stepping back and asking whether they really would.”
japan  technology  product  fabrication  cycling 
march 2015
CIAM 4 and the “Unanimous” Origins of Modernist Urban Planning | ArchDaily
The CIAM architects shared an unconditional faith in the capabilities of planning and the central role of the modern architect in shaping the society of the future and cities that were capable of functioning. The view that the contemporary city, in its “chaotic state”, was no longer able to meet the needs of its residents, and that undesirable trends and deficiencies were being further perpetuated by city authorities and other figures, was widespread not only inside the CIAM.
architecture  planning  modernism  history 
february 2015
The Polemical Snapshot: Architectural Photography in the Age of Social Media | Essays | Architectural Review
photographs that show unflattering angles, frustrated users, shoddy finishes, premature ruination and fuck-the-neighbours attitude, are still generally invisible, at least in the architectural press.
architecture  photography 
february 2015
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
islam  religion  war  terrorism 
february 2015
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