From the clay tablet to predictive text: how tech shapes literature
To Write in Light :
From the clay tablet to predictive text: how tech shapes literature

An age of innovation is focusing minds on past media revolutions. Could ours be the most far-reaching yet?

Thomas Hale. FT Weekend. 18-19 November 2017

review essay on

The Written World: How Literature Shaped History, by Martin Puchner, Granta, 432 pages

Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, by Matthew Kirschenbaum, 368 pages

The Chinese Typewriter: A History, by Thomas Mullaney, MIT Press, 504 pages
poetical.engines  typewriting  writing.technologies 
3 days ago
I’ve seen how exclusive the fashion world is. Can the new Vogue change that? | Hadley Freeman | Fashion | The Guardian
I’ve seen how exclusive the fashion world is. Can the new Vogue change that?

Hadley Freeman
I covered the fashion shows for almost a decade, where I could count the number of black women in the front row on one finger

The Guardian. 18 November 2017

some more here —
fashion  race 
3 days ago
'Okinawa': Remembering Takuma Nakahira in a different light
‘Okinawa’: Remembering Takuma Nakahira in a different light
Darren Gore. The Japan Times. October 21, 2017

are-bure-boke (rough, blurry, out-of-focus) style of black-and-white photography associated with the turbulent urbanization and political activism of late 1960s Japan. ¶ Nakahira’s act on the beach was a vehement disavowal of this highly expressionistic mode that was synonymous with seminal underground magazine Provoke, which he co-founded in 1968.


some Western curators in particular dismiss Nakahira’s post-illness images as mere snapshots. In an art world where success increasingly depends upon an ability to articulate concept, the latter-day Nakahira’s enforced incoherence as to his intentions may put his work at a disadvantage.

At the same time, however, it gives his “second act” an intrigue that can never be fully understood
Takuma.Nakahira  Provoke  are-bure-boke 
5 days ago
After 81 Years, Memphis College of Art Will Shutter Due to Debt and Falling Enrollment
After 81 Years, Memphis College of Art Will Shutter Due to Debt and Falling Enrollment
While many remain optimistic that the school could remain open, it would take a miraculous $30 million endowment donation to make this possible.
Shelby Black. hyperallergic. 15 November 2017

While the MCA offers an undergraduate degree in graphic design, Hines believes the lack of courses in digital and design arts is a major factor in the drop in applications.
arts.edu  design.edu 
6 days ago
The Musicians of Dourgouti by Yannis Kyriakides / youtube
Published on Nov 15, 2017
The Musicians of Dourgouti by Yannis Kyriakides performed by ARTefacts Ensemble at Stegi, Athens 26th May 2017.

The composition is based on a transcription of an interview
recorded by George Sachinis (UrbanDig Project) of a resident,
Iosif Gevontian living in the Dourgouti neighborhoud in Neos
Kosmos, Athens. In the interview he gives an account of the
musical life and the many musicians which he encountered there
in the post-war years.

Musicians in this performance:
Guido De Flaviis: saxophone
Spyros Tzekos: clarinet
Laertes Kokolanis: violin
Marios Dapergolas: viola
Kostas Seremetis: marimba
Christos Sakellaridis: piano
yannis.kyriakides  music  musicians 
6 days ago
'Take Up and Read' by Anne Boyer — The Lifted Brow
'Take Up and Read'
Anne Boyer. The Lifted Brow. November 8, 2017

But as bad as reading has been for me, reading is not merely the private amplification of the human worst. Reading is not only escapism and militant solitude and everything shirked—that is, reading is not an act exclusive to words and books—and a person can also read the patterns of migrating birds or the lines in a soon-to-be-lover’s palm or the buds of oak trees or the damaged look in an eye or the danger headed this way or the people amassed in the streets. The world existed before books, and it always exists outside of them: that is, how a person should read is how a person must read, which is at least in duplicate, both always in this world and looking for another.
8 days ago
Reblogging Audre Lorde - The Awl
Reblogging Audre Lorde
Discovering theory one sound bite at a time.

Nora Battelle. November 6, 2017
social.media  commonplace.books  commonplacing 
9 days ago
Why we millennials are happy to be free of social media tyranny | Media | The Guardian
Why we millennials are happy to be free of social media tyranny
Generation that grew up digitally connected is now recognising the dangerously addictive quality of sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat

Rupen G Kalsi.
The Guardian / Observer. 12 November 2017
social.media  detox  405F17 
10 days ago
U.S. Centric World on a Gingery Projection
on a
by Jason Davies

really nice.
of course, any point could be the center.
( @ptak RT )
maps  cartography  projections 
10 days ago
'Your gift will not be wasted': face transplant patient meets donor's widow
'Your gift will not be wasted': face transplant patient meets donor's widow
American clinic organised meeting between Calen Ross’s widow and Andy Sandness, who endured nearly 10 years of severe facial disfigurement

Ian Sample. The Guardian. 10 November 2017

. . . . .

Sandness must now take drugs every day to prevent his body from rejecting the face, and constantly works to retrain his nerves, giving himself facial massages and striving to improve his speech by running through the alphabet while in the car or the shower.

Sandness lost most of his face in 2006 when he put a rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger. A decade later, Calen Ross shot himself and died in southwestern Minnesota. Horrifically scarred, Sandness had become almost a recluse by then.
faces  facial.transplant 
11 days ago
Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side
Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side
Maureen Dowd. NYTimes. D1 (Thursday Styles section), November 8, 2017
jaron.lanier  SV 
11 days ago
Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour
Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour
Michael M. Kasumovic , Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff
Published: July 15, 2015https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0131613

Gender inequality and sexist behaviour is prevalent in almost all workplaces and rampant in online environments. Although there is much research dedicated to understanding sexist behaviour, we have almost no insight into what triggers this behaviour and the individuals that initiate it. Although social constructionist theory argues that sexism is a response towards women entering a male dominated arena, this perspective doesn’t explain why only a subset of males behave in this way. We argue that a clearer understanding of sexist behaviour can be gained through an evolutionary perspective that considers evolved differences in intra-sexual competition. We hypothesised that female-initiated disruption of a male hierarchy incites hostile behaviour from poor performing males who stand to lose the most status. To test this hypothesis, we used an online first-person shooter video game that removes signals of dominance but provides information on gender, individual performance, and skill. We show that lower-skilled players were more hostile towards a female-voiced teammate, especially when performing poorly. In contrast, lower-skilled players behaved submissively towards a male-voiced player in the identical scenario. This difference in gender-directed behaviour became more extreme with poorer focal-player performance. We suggest that low-status males increase female-directed hostility to minimize the loss of status as a consequence of hierarchical reconfiguration resulting from the entrance of a woman into the competitive arena. Higher-skilled players, in contrast, were more positive towards a female relative to a male teammate. As higher-skilled players have less to fear from hierarchical reorganization, we argue that these males behave more positively in an attempt to support and garner a female player’s attention. Our results provide the clearest picture of inter-sexual competition to date, highlighting the importance of considering an evolutionary perspective when exploring the factors that affect male hostility towards women.
13 days ago
p5.js | home
p5.js a JS client-side library for creating graphic and interactive experiences, based on the core principles of Processing.
processing  405F17  js 
14 days ago
Inhumanism, Reason, Blackness, Feminism — Glass Bead
Inhumanism, Reason, Blackness, Feminism
Nina Power

Paradoxically, it is perhaps the case that what makes us most human is our capacity for the inhuman, which is to say, reason forces us to confront all the many ways in which we are not such a special animal, and all the ways we can, for example, be carved up into chemicals and atoms and DNA, in the end not so far away from a piece of fruit. This sense of the inhuman has a highly complicated relationship with inhumanism understood as the desire for destruction or for the callous disregard for the lives of other human beings, but I will suggest that there is a sense, or several senses, of thinking about inhumanism that both take violence into account and move beyond it.
Nina.Power  humanism  inhumanism  the.inhuman 
15 days ago
What Is It to Think? — Glass Bead
We have second thoughts, and it is because we do that we can be said to have any thoughts at all.


What Is It to Think?
Danielle Macbeth
thinking  error  second.thoughts  Danielle.Macbeth  aphorisms 
15 days ago
In theory there is no difference between theory...
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Yogi Berra
yogi.berra  theory  practice  aphorisms 
15 days ago
California man's professional commercial to sell fiancee's 1996 Honda goes viral, rakes in eBay bids - SFGate
California man's professional commercial to sell fiancee's 1996 Honda goes viral, rakes in eBay bids
Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE, November 3, 2017

humor  motoring 
17 days ago
Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them
Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them
The relative plausibility of impossible beings tells you a lot about how the mind works.
Kathryn Schulz
Dept. of Speculation
The New Yorker
November 6, 2017 Issue

. . . . .

This last category of being opens up a whole new can of orms.…
Kathryn.Schulz  Aristotle  beasts 
18 days ago
Preserving a Cluster of Fishing Shacks From Hudson’s ‘Forgotten’ Past
Preserving a Cluster of Fishing
Shacks From Hudson’s ‘Forgotten’ Past
The 17 shacks, once used as year-round residences by fishermen, are considered one
of the last remnants of “Old Hudson.” Efforts are underway to save some of them.

Written by William Shannon; Photographs and Video by Tony Cenicola
NYTimes. October 31, 2017
shacks  ruins  ruination 
21 days ago
A Seed Artist Germinates History
A Seed Artist Germinates History
An exhibition using plants brought to New York
in ships’ ballast illuminates the city’s hidden past
using stinging nettle, milk thistle and amaranth.

written by Annie Correal; photographs by Karsten Moran
October 31, 2017
seeds  orts  ballast 
21 days ago
Grin and bear it: mirror invented for cancer patients forces them to smile | Technology | The Guardian
Grin and bear it: mirror invented for cancer patients forces them to smile
Introducing one of this year’s stupidest tech inventions: a mirror for people with the disease which only reflects if you smile at it

Hannah Jane Parkinson. The Guardian. 25 October 2017
27 days ago
Maze on Vimeo
Scottish Ballet dancers Madeline Squire and Javier Andreu discover each other as they explore a labyrinthine derelict Glaswegian swimming pool. A high-energy piece choreographed by Sophie Laplane, with music by British-born, Boston-based electro musician John Xela.

Maze was created as part of the Scottish Ballet: Creative scheme: https://www.scottishballet.co.uk/scottish-ballet-creative

dance  swimming.pools 
4 weeks ago
Gertrude Stein: The Complete Writings (2017) — Monoskop Log
“Requested by the readers of transition magazine, Gertrude Stein published “Bibliography” in 1929. This chronological list of her writings was revised and updated by Robert Bartlett Haas and Donald Clifford Gallup in 1941 (Yale University Library, New Haven), extended by Julian Sawyer in 1948 (Bulletin of Bibliography), and updated again by Richard Bridgman in 1970 (Gertrude Stein in Pieces, Oxford University Press), which, with some additions, forms the basis of this anthology.

Rare texts are still missing and will be added if I or someone else can find them. Texts have been obtained from various online sources and proofed, whenever possible, against scans of the books, but as the majority of books weren’t available in digital form, I have scanned, ocr’ed and corrected them myself. All texts have been formatted to resemble the original (and often quite idiosyncratic) layout as closely as possible, so you might want to refrain from choosing the font size too big. An alphabetical index and one by book publication should make it easy to find texts.” (note from editor)

Compiled by pynch
Self-published in January 2017
via editor

HTML (single page, 16 MB)
4 weeks ago
Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name
Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name
Parent company Alphabet would provide services in response to data harvested

Evegeny Morozov. The Guardian. 22 October 2017
zoning  Evgeny.Morozov  cities 
4 weeks ago
The ancient craft of silversmithing - in pictures
Craft / The Artisans
A modern-day silversmith – in pictures
Shona Marsh creates jewellery and lifestyle objects out of fine metals, woods, crystal and gemstones. The modern and timeless designs are made by hand using traditional silversmithing skills in her studio in Deptford, south-east London

Christopher Thomond for the Guardian. 20 October 2017
silversmithing  craft 
4 weeks ago
'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim
'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim
Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters

Charlotte Simmonds. The Guardian. 20 October 2017
. . . . .

What does one think about while swimming for 17 hours? Chambers says there are periods she can’t recall – “You enter this dream state. I tell people it’s like being in space” – but that she calmed her nerves by thinking of those she loved on the boat beside her. “I’ll run through a scenario where I was hanging out with each of them. I’ll replay that day in my head. People say these swims are 80% psychological and 20% physical.”

She admits it’s a lonely sport. More than 4,000 climbers have summited Everest; Chambers was just the fifth person to complete the Farallones swim. Her training regimens are brutal. In preparation for the North Channel, between Ireland and Scotland, she gained 65lb and refused to take a hot shower for six months; before her unsuccessful 2016 attempt to swim 93 miles down the Sacramento river, she swam the equivalent of an English Channel every Friday night for three months, staying up through Saturday to prepare for sleep deprivation.

Despite the extraordinary endurance, Chambers says she doesn’t consider her swims athletic events. “They are personal journeys of the self. When I get out of the water, I’m a different person than the one who jumped in.”
4 weeks ago
How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets
How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets

Do the volunteers behind Unicode, whose mission is to bring all human languages into the digital sphere, have enough bandwidth to deal with emojis too?

Michael Erard. NYTimes Magazine. October 18, 2017
unicode  Michael.Erard 
4 weeks ago
Brown Bag - Fiona Hackett - Creating the Geological Imagination
Creating the Geological Imagination: Photographs from Field Work in Geologist Ralph Arnold’s Early 20th-Century Albums

Fiona Hackett
Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

This paper explores the role which photography played in developing a ‘geological imagination’ as geologists became photographers ‘in their own right’ around the turn of the 19th century. Focusing on the geologist Ralph Arnold’s albums held at The Huntington, the analysis explores how photography served geological science. Echoing claims that photography became a tool of the ‘geographical imagination’, these albums show that photography’s discourse of truth and objectivity, was also being used to feed a geological imagination. It is evident that Arnold enthusiastically embraced the medium to support geological fieldwork. But the ‘guise’ of pursuing science is thinly veiled and despite his methodical approach, the images made served not only to document facts but also create imaginings.

October 24, 2017

Ralph.Arnold  Fiona.Hackett  geology 
4 weeks ago
Stephen Sparks / What did he read? Patterns. Strings. Never books. Books were just zoos where you went to look at paragraphs. (Robert Kelly)
"What did he read? Patterns. Strings. Never books. Books were just zoos where you went to look at paragraphs." - Robert Kelly

Kelly, Robert, 1935-
Title : LinkDoctor of silence : fictions / by Robert Kelly.
Edition : 1st ed.
Published : Kingston, N.Y. : McPherson, 1988.
4 weeks ago
Sketch Model: Creative Residency | Olin College
Call for Applications: 2018-19

Olin College of Engineering is pleased to announce its creative residency program, an initiative that’s part of Sketch Model, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring artists and other creative practitioners to Olin’s campus to awaken the political and cultural contexts for technology. We’re seeking individuals or collectives whose work is significantly housed in the arts and humanities and whose interests might intersect in provocative and convivial ways with a small undergraduate college where all students major in engineering.

4 weeks ago
Due Nov 10 | CFP – The Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity – Renaissance Studies
Beyond Words: The Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity
Friday 1st June 2018,
CREMS, University of York
This conference will explore the parameters of the Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity. It will range across the theological, the literary and the scientific, to attend to what early modern thinkers deemed beyond what they could find words for. If this apophatic inheritance – the language of what can’t be said – was a theological-mystical mode of thinking, what happened to it in the post-reformation climate of thought? Did natural philosophy understand the knowable limits of nature in the manner of the apophatic? How did emergent science negotiate the edges of what could be thought? What uses did early modern writers find for the apophatic traditions, Dionysius, Cusa, or John Scotus Eriugena? How did early modern poetry attend to the ineffable and that which was beyond words? The conference invites papers on the unknowable, the unutterable, the unthinkable and the unsayable, all broadly considered, in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, whether English or European.

Keynote speaker: William Franke (Vanderbildt)
Author of ‘On What Cannot be Said’ and ‘A Philosophy of the Unsayable’ (among others).

Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) to Kevin Killeen (kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk), by Friday 10th November (or send expressions of interest).

This symposium is part of the lax and diffuse Thomas Browne Seminar series



wikipedia :
Apophasis (Greek ἀπόφασις from ἀπόφημι apophemi, "to say no") is a rhetorical device wherein the speaker or writer brings up a subject by either denying it, or denying that it should be brought up. Accordingly, it can be seen as a rhetorical relative of irony.
CFPs  apophasis  unknowable  unutterable  unthinkable  unsayable 
5 weeks ago
Mirror Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975 (youtube)
low rez, no matter (through a glass darkly)

42:08 hands (in book, and not the first... see a few second earlier)

48:38 (condensation from removed teacup)
earlier, linotype machines, at publishing house

1:23:00 burning hand (not the first)
5 weeks ago
a pond of live koi fish which survived the Tubbs fire
Karen Balestieri and Heidi Facciano (left to right) marvel at a pond of live koi fish which survived the Tubbs fire in the neighborhood referred to by locals as 'old fountaingrove' in Santa Rosa, Ca. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

photo, Alex Washburn. The Chronicle
fish  fire  california 
5 weeks ago
What happened when a poet was sent to the biggest US mall to write for shoppers | US news | The Guardian
What happened when a poet was sent to the biggest US mall to write for shoppers
Brian Sonia-Wallace was selected to pen poems at the Mall of America. In a shrine to consumerism, he regularly brought visitors to tears

Brian Sonia-Wallace, The Guardian. 10 October 2017
poetry  poetical.engines 
6 weeks ago
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
Weekend magazine technology special
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention

Paul Lewis. The Guardian. 6 October 2017

. . . . .

Rosenstein, who also helped create Gchat during a stint at Google, and now leads a San Francisco-based company that improves office productivity, appears most concerned about the psychological effects on people who, research shows, touch, swipe or tap their phone 2,617 times a day.

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.”

But those concerns are trivial compared with the devastating impact upon the political system that some of Rosenstein’s peers believe can be attributed to the rise of social media and the attention-based market that drives it.

. . . . .

All of which, Williams says, is not only distorting the way we view politics but, over time, may be changing the way we think, making us less rational and more impulsive. “We’ve habituated ourselves into a perpetual cognitive style of outrage, by internalising the dynamics of the medium,” he says.


It is against this political backdrop that Williams argues the fixation in recent years with the surveillance state fictionalised by George Orwell may have been misplaced. It was another English science fiction writer, Aldous Huxley, who provided the more prescient observation when he warned that Orwellian-style coercion was less of a threat to democracy than the more subtle power of psychological manipulation, and “man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”.

Since the US election, Williams has explored another dimension to today’s brave new world. If the attention economy erodes our ability to remember, to reason, to make decisions for ourselves – faculties that are essential to self-governance – what hope is there for democracy itself?
405F17  social.media 
6 weeks ago
Berlin’s ‘Newspaper Poet’ Walks in a Long Line of Eccentrics
Berlin’s ‘Newspaper Poet’ Walks in a Long Line of Eccentrics
For 20 years, Holger Bleck has made poems from the day’s news to sell papers, becoming a cult figure in the bars and restaurants of the German capital.

Sally McGrane. NYTimes. October 6, 2017
6 weeks ago
'I'm dumbfounded!' … Neave Brown on bagging a RIBA award for the building that killed his career | Art and design | The Guardian
'I'm dumbfounded!' … Neave Brown on bagging an award for the building that killed his career
It was late, over-budget and ended his career. But 40 years on, Neave Brown has just won British architecture’s top award for the Alexandra Road estate and similar masterpieces of social housing

Oliver Wainwright. The Guardian. 6 October 2017

this comment in particular
londinium  architecture  Neave.Brown 
6 weeks ago
This reclusive life: what I learned about solitude from my time with hermits
This reclusive life: what I learned about solitude from my time with hermits
When the chaos of the big city began to drag, Paul Willis wondered if solitude might be the answer. Would his encounters with hermits yield what he wanted?

Paul Willis. The Guardian. 6 October 2017
Paul.Willis  solitude 
6 weeks ago
The Giveaway Artist / The stealth artist hides images all over the city
Alex Vadukul. NYTimes. September 28 (online) October 1 (print), 2017

The Giveaway Artist
For more than a decade, the photographer Fred
Cray has been hiding his “Unique Photographs” —
more than 30,000 so far — all over New York City.


(much) better images at this link (than in the print version)
Fred.Cray  photography 
7 weeks ago
Stamped Out
Eugene L. Meyer. NYTimes. September 29-30, 2017
7 weeks ago
Unanswerable Questions | Chicago Review
Joe Luna, on Anne Boyer
via @anne-boyer
"joe luna's dazzling, dense essay on transatlantic unanswerables (& mine & keston sutherland's, & danny hayward's)"
7 weeks ago
Anne Boyer. "Questions for Poets." Mute. 1 May 2017
7 weeks ago
How Quirky is Berkeley? Lasher's Electronics
How Quirky is Berkeley? Lasher's Electronics
Tom Dalzell. Berkeleyside. September 21, 2017
Berkeley  retail 
8 weeks ago
The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science | Life and style | The Guardian
The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science
Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it

Rachel Cooke. The Guardian/Observer. 24 September 2017
8 weeks ago
Do Women Get to Write With Authority?
Nicole Krauss. Do Women Get to Write With Authority"
NYTimes SundayReview. 22 September 2017
Nicole.Krauss  gender  writing  auctoritas 
8 weeks ago
Poster poems : Found poetry
Billy Mills. The Guardian. 9 August 2017

Sometimes the sources for collage poems are other poems, in which case there's a name for them, the Cento. We tend to think of collage and the like as modern inventions, but there are examples of the Cento to be found in the works of Latin poets of the third and fourth centuries and the basic rules were formulated by Ausonius in around 350.
centones  combinatorics  poetics 
10 weeks ago
'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats | Books | The Guardian
'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats

Will Storr. The Guardian. 9 September 2017

comments interesting.
plagiarism  poetics  centones 
10 weeks ago
Beautiful Joshua Tree home looks like a supervillain’s lair - Curbed LA
Beautiful Joshua Tree home looks like a supervillain’s lair
Perfect for the fashionable Bond villain

Adrian Glick Kudler and Jenna Chandler
LA Curbed, September 8, 2017

designed by super-organic architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, who immediately fell in love with the site—10 beautiful, naked acres in Joshua Tree. Beverly tells the Desert Sun: “He was jumping all over the rocks like a mountain goat. He had been looking for rocks to build on.”
desert  california  architecture 
10 weeks ago
Visual Intelligence | Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
Visual Intelligence
A Multidisciplinary Group Exhibition of 2017–2018 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

Thursday, September 14, and runs through Saturday, October 28, 2017

Byerly Hall at 8 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

opening reception on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 5 p.m.
11 weeks ago
California Typewriter Documentary
CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.

It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.
typewriter  typewriting 
11 weeks ago
Architecture | Shannon Mattern, "Mapping's Intelligent Agents" - MIT Events
Architecture | Shannon Mattern, "Mapping's Intelligent Agents"

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT Architecture, 7-408 77 Massachusetts Avenue

MIT Department of Architecture / Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Mapping for machines, by machines is big business. Yet mapping’s artificial intelligences also have the potential to transform myriad design and research areas, to influence policy-making and governance, to support environmental preservation and public health – and, in the process, to pose critical questions about how our cartographic technologies conceptualize and operationalize space. And in order to fully exploit the methodological promise of cartography, those artificial intelligences – all the digital sensors and deep learning models – have to be supplemented with other cartographic intelligences and subjectivities, particularly those that extend beyond the computational “Other.” Marginalized and indigenous populations and non-human environmental actors belong on the map, too – and not merely as cartographic subjects, but as active mapping agents with spatial intelligences and worldviews quite unlike our own, and with an equal investment in the environments we share.
cartography  shannon.mattern 
12 weeks ago
What makes Houston so vulnerable to serious floods?
What makes Houston so vulnerable to serious floods?
The size of storm Harvey is unusual – but rapid expansion, poor infrastructure and a distinctive topography have played a role in the devastating impact

Adam Gabbatt. The Guardian. 28 August 2017

When the city experiences heavy rain – which happens a lot due to its humid subtropical climate – the water has nowhere to go. In new developments where modern drainage systems are installed, Brody said they are often “treating the symptoms, not addressing the underlying problem”.

Those developments themselves might have systems in place to prevent them flooding. But those systems can involve channelling additional water into streams or bayous already at capacity. In severe storms that water can gush downstream and threaten older neighborhoods that traditionally may have been less prone to flooding.

“We hear a lot from folks who have lived in one neighborhood for 20 or 30 years and they say: ‘I have never flooded before, I’m flooding,’” said Lisa Gonzalez, president and chief executive officer of the Houston Advanced Research Center – a not-for-profit which analyses energy, air and water issues.

“When we’re making these development decisions in the Houston region we tend to think of it project by project, and they don’t really think of the cumulative impact of development as they’re making these decisions.”

One of the reasons for the lack of joined-up thinking is that the metropolitan area of Houston is governed by nine different local county governments. Gonzalez said much of the tax income generated by local authorities comes from property tax – “so the economic incentive is to allow development to occur basically where development wants to occur”.

this also :
water  infrastructure 
12 weeks ago
Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study
Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study
Dating from 1,000 years before Pythagoras’s theorem, the Babylonian clay tablet is a trigonometric table more accurate than any today, say researchers

Maev Kennedy. The Guardian / Mathematics. 24 August 2017
cuneiform  mathematics 
12 weeks ago
Studies in Material Thinking
SMT 18 | Between Sensuous and Making-Sense-Of
Studies in Material Thinking, in collaboration with organisers of the conference Image Matter: Art and Materiality (Manchester Metropolitan University, November 2015), is calling for contributions to a special issue of new research articles to be published in late 2017.
CFPs  materiality  ae 
august 2017
Stop treating science denial like a disease | Science | The Guardian
Daniel Sarewitz. The Guardian / Science. 21 August 2017

subtitle :
Turning the rejection of scientific expertise into a pathology mistakenly presents individual ignorance as the bottleneck in political disagreements

title could be re-titled : treating science denial like a disease, that “liberals” are immune to.

. . . . .

And so, experts have begun studying why experts don’t get more respect. Scienceblind and The Knowledge Illusion are two such books by cognitive scientists published this year. As the titles suggest, they take up the question of why people understand so little about the world around them. The first of these, by Andrew Shtulman, focuses on why we don’t intuit scientific truths about the world. It looks in particular at how children’s misunderstanding of the world can help us see how difficult it is even for adults to acquire correct understanding of how things work.

Shtulman’s central premise is that we need to leave our childish intuitions behind and accept the findings of science in order to act effectively in the world. “Intuitive theories,” Scienceblind tells us, “are about coping with the present circumstances, the here and the now. Scientific theories are about the full causal story—from past to future, from the observable to the unobservable, from the miniscule to the immense.” And the book concludes, “While science denial is problematic from a sociological point of view, it’s unavoidable from a psychological point of view. There is a fundamental disconnect between the cognitive abilities of individual humans and the cognitive demands of modern society.”

The second book, The Knowledge Illusion, by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach, looks not only at how little we know, but also at how we know a lot less than we think we do. “Because we confuse the knowledge in our heads with the knowledge we have access to, we are largely unaware of how little we understand.”

. . . . . . . . .

sometimes, when I start to explain something I *think* I know or understand, I pretty quickly get to this place where I stumble and hear myself saying, hmm, I need to go read that again… when I realize that I don’t thoroughly understand something — maybe I did once, or not, but certainly no longer or not now — but only have some mental marker/bookmark, or takeaway, of the point.
e.g., how a heat pump works (I could list several examples).
science  knowledge  knowing 
august 2017
The Decentralized Web
Back to the Future: The Decentralized Web
A report by the Digital Currency Initiative and the Center for Civic Media

This report was written by Chelsea Barabas, Neha Narula, and Ethan Zuckerman with support from the Knight Foundation.

18 August 2017

case studies of the following decentralized publishing projects:

Freedom Box, a system for personal publishing
Diaspora, a federated social network
Mastodon, a federated Twitter-like service
Blockstack, a distributed system for online identity services
IPFS (Interplanetary File System), a distributed storage service with a proposed mechanism to incentivize resource sharing
Solid (Social Linked Data), a linked-data protocol that could act as a back-end for data sharing between social media networks
Appcoins, a digital currency framework that enables users to financially participate in ownership of platforms and protocols
Steemit, an online community that uses an appcoin to incentivize development and community participation in a social network

. . .

Easy to use, peer-to-peer distributed storage systems change the landscape for content censorship and archiving. Appcoins may transform how new projects are launched online, making it possible to fund open-source development teams focused on developing shared protocols instead of independent companies. There is also a renewed interest in creating interoperable standards and protocols that can cross platforms.

However, we have reason to doubt that these decentralized systems alone will address the problems of exclusion and bias caused by today’s mega-platforms.
publishing  publishing.models 
august 2017
The Once and Future Liberal reviews: identity and the American body politic | Society | The Guardian
The Once and Future Liberal reviews: identity and the American body politic
Columbia professor Mark Lilla thinks an obsession with identity politics has wrecked American liberalism. Two writers respond to his provocative new book

Charles Kaiser and Lloyd Green. The Guardian. Identity Politics.
20 August 2017
Mark.Lilla  identity  identity.politics 
august 2017
It's Nice That | Hacking Heidelberg: how Erik Spiekermann came to reinvent the printing process
Hacking Heidelberg: how Erik Spiekermann came to reinvent the printing process
Jenny Brewer. It's Nice That.
21 August 2017
Erik.Spiekermann  printing  letterpress 
august 2017
'I know their vital stats, their romantic histories': how Sunderland AFC saved me | Football | The Guardian
'I know their vital stats, their romantic histories': how Sunderland AFC saved me
For this Chinese Jewish Texan, England was a difficult place to feel at home. But all that changed when she discovered football

Jessica Pan. The Guardian. Sunderland. 19 August 2017
august 2017
The dog that didn’t bark: the disappearance of the citizen – Eurozine
The dog that didn’t bark: the disappearance of the citizen
Identity politics in the USA, and what Europe can learn from it

Mark Lilla. 18 August 2017
Mark.Lilla  identity 
august 2017
She Just Won 3 Gold Medals for Her Swimming. She’s Only 73. - The New York Times
Daniela Barnea, who is 73, typically swims for up to an hour and a half, seven days a week. At her age, that kind of workout, during which she covers nearly two miles, is noteworthy.
Kerry Hannon. NYTimes. Your Money. August 11, 2017
print edition "Three Gold Medals, and She’s Only 73" August 13, 2017
august 2017
The rise of populism shouldn’t have surprised anyone
interview with Dani Rodrik (economist at Harvard)
Ana Swanson. The Washington Post. August 10, 2017

author of
Populism and the Economics of Globalization
NBER Working Paper No. 23559 (June 2017)

. . . . . . . . .

The second aspect is that, not always, but typically, right-wing populists do not have any great love for the norms of liberal democracy, because they believe that there is one true national will. They generally abhor the idea that we should have different views as to how that is determined, or things like a free independent judiciary. So right-wing populism is more dangerous to democracy than left-wing populism.

well, depends on your point of view.
gosh it must be great to be an economist, brilliant and nuanced and liberal and all.

. . . . . . . . . .

You imply in a recent paper that Europe has done more than the United States to redistribute the gains in trade, and it has resulted in a different kind of populism in Europe. Explain that.

In the U.S., every time there was a trade agreement, you needed to tack on trade adjustment assistance to get labor to go along. Over time, it’s become clear that these measures really don’t work, because there are no political incentives to ensure they work once agreements have been signed. In Europe, you don’t have a separate mechanism for compensating trade losers. Instead you have very broad social insurance mechanisms. Europe, which became an open economy much earlier than the United States, was able to manage this openness because of the presence of these expansive welfare states.
globalization  populism  politics 
august 2017
I Used to Be a Writer—Then I Got Sick | Literary Hub
The creature within can only gaze through the pane—smudged or rosy; it cannot separate off from the body like the sheath of a knife or the pod of a pea for a single instant; it must go through the whole unending procession of changes, heat and cold, comfort and discomfort, hunger and satisfaction, health and illness, until there comes the inevitable catastrophe; the body smashes itself to smithereens, and the soul (it is said) escapes. 

-Virginia Woolf, On Being Ill

I was a writer because I made art from my imaginings and from my past. I sought through language to understand circumstances and lives and bodies that seemed remote and fascinating and necessary to me. Through writing I left myself, immersing instead in characters or memories. When I wrote, I was never aware that I had a body. As a writer, your body is something that you can forget.

Now, though, I am ill…

Emma Smith-Stevens. LitHub. August 3, 2017

via Anne Boyer
illness  Anne.Boyer  Emma.Smith-Stevens 
august 2017
How to Fight Wealth Inequality | Architect Magazine | Land Planning, Zoning, Policy, Housing Policy, Legislation, Land-value tax, Delaware
How to Fight Wealth Inequality
Amanda Kolson Hurley visits Arden, Del., to see how the land-value tax, a long-forgotten idea by the political economist Henry George, is making a comeback.
Amanda Kolson Hurley
Architect (Magazine). July 14, 2017
august 2017
The Bronte Splashers swimming club, Sydney – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian
Take a dip with what claims to be Australia’s oldest winter swimming club – which certainly has one of the world’s most spectacular settings
Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
The Guardian. 1 August 2017
swimming  swimming.pools  oz 
august 2017
Antonio Porchia / Voices
Gonzalo Melchor's page, including (some) translations
july 2017
Boat magazine — The Morning Swimmers
Boat. 12 May 2017

Director and photographer, Fred Scott, photographs the “Morning Swimmers of Sandagerði,” the women who swim in the North Atlantic Ocean every morning of the year.

. . .

“We are raised by the sea, we always see the sea, it is there all around us,” says Elin Lindenskov, one of the swimmers. “We respect the sea, and so we never swim alone.”

The women call themselves the “Morning Swimmers of Sandagerði” and swim every day of the year unless a storm roughs up the water too much. The ladies range in age from 20 to 75 years old. “We do it for our well-being,” Elin says, “it gives a special feeling to ‘dip,’ as we call it, in the morning. It gives a nice chill and makes the heart pump. I used to get a shock from the water, but not so much now I am used to it.”
july 2017
Top 10 books about swimming
Top 10 books about swimming
From Lynne Cox’s feats of endurance to John Cheever’s complacent suburbanites, these titles all explore a kind of life not found on dry land

Gillian Best. The Guardian. 5 July 2017

comments fill out the list, nicely.
beginning with Charles Sprawson's Haunts of the Black Masseur
july 2017
クレディセゾンTVCM「頭は使いよう。カードも使いよう。」30秒篇 - YouTube

japan  humor 
july 2017
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