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Hacker Typer
For mindless computating.
humor  fun  programming 
3 days ago
Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual
This is the problem: blockchain-based systems are thermodynamically unsustainable.
blockchain  bitcoin  thermal  energy 
4 days ago
The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise
There's a lesson for the current state of our federal government.
colorado  springs  government  business  conservative 
4 days ago
🚕🐀emoji-city
Glitch app makes a new City of Emoji each time you click.
city  symbol  app 
8 days ago
​🎥 Orbital - Tiny Foldable Cities
The beauty of macroscopic urban form. Plus Orbital!
music  video  city  urban 
11 days ago
City as Character
“If the text is a city, how shall we walk through it?"
novel  city  author 
12 days ago
CurbSpace - Your Room Delivered
Well this is one way to do placemaking-on-demand.
mobile  space  place 
12 days ago
Dolls' heads used to lobby Swindon pothole repairs
The horror of urban infrastructure decrepitude.
pothole  repair  road 
15 days ago
Christian Picciolini: My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement -- and how I got out | TED Talk
Christian is my third cousin. I love him for how he has shaped his life trajectory. You might too.
neonazi  extremism  racism  picciolini 
16 days ago
With anti-development anger burning, Denver will consider new architecture regulations
Match this with a shocking dearth of affordable housing and you have a real problem.
denver  housing  architecture 
21 days ago
City DNA paintings
Using satellite maps of cities like Beijing, Athens, New York, and Los Angeles to create delightful labyrinths.
painting  maps  cities 
5 weeks ago
Open Source for Everyone?
“There is a mutation, and if it’s a good one it sticks. And that’s something that doesn’t really exist so much in formal architecture.”
architecture  free  open  source 
5 weeks ago
In Trump era, Cubs manager Joe Maddon welcomes immigrants in his hometown
I didn't think I could love Joe Maddon any more than I did, but here we are.
immigration  middle  america  cubs 
6 weeks ago
The Story of a Voice: HAL in ‘2001’ Wasn’t Always So Eerily Calm
Inspired Anthony Hopkin's portrayal of Hannibal Lecter!
AI  voice  HAL  2001 
7 weeks ago
The Music in Speech — Twenty Thousand Hertz
Great dive into the musicality of speech. Reminds me of the theory that language actually began sung, not spoken.
music  language  tonality 
7 weeks ago
How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult
"Why should it require explicit scheduling to see a friend who lives "within striking distance"? Why shouldn't proximity do some of the work?"
history  housing  community  friendship 
7 weeks ago
Palytoxin Cures Cancer?
All this really does is highlight the need for more basic taxonomic research into corals and their byproducts.
oncology  marine  biology  coral  toxin 
7 weeks ago
Rich People Will Soon Be Able To Buy Fake Meteor Showers On Demand
This seems like the start of a bad sci-fi apocalypse movie.
fake  meteor  japan 
8 weeks ago
What Airbnb Did to New York City's Housing Market
Using Airbnb to help pay your bills in a space-strapped city is a bit like using an air conditioner to combat global warming.
newyork  housing  sharing 
8 weeks ago
Cameras as Traffic Cops
Machine learning algorithm determines that a bus stop was blocked 57% of the time and a bike lane was blocked 40% of the time.
8 weeks ago
The world’s largest octopus species is best suited to urban living
"So maybe we’re justified in adding to our list of neighbors, next to the raccoon at the sliding glass patio door and the coyote in the halo of the street lamp, the octopus casting its appraising eye from under the sunken hull of a rowboat."
8 weeks ago
Denver trails behind in the race for people-powered transportation
Head-scratching how health-conscious Denver is and yet still loves the automobile.
9 weeks ago
It's a crash. Not an accident.
"Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and solutions."
language  vision  zero  cars  accident  crash 
9 weeks ago
Rotating Moon from LRO
Unlock the tidal lock and watch the moon rotate. Dark side ain't so dark.
moon  rotation  dark  side 
9 weeks ago
Skin Motion
Get a waveform tat and listen to your skin sing.
tattoo  waveform  sound  app 
9 weeks ago
There Is No Such Thing as a Smart City
"So what future cities have in store, I surmise, is not a comprehensive, sleek, point-and-click new digital urban order, but many localized, haphazard mash-ups of digital tips, tricks, and hacks. These half-baked smart-aleck cities will require the arcane knowledge that any local townie knows—that he or she considers habit, a second nature. But the tourist and the émigré will be automatically skinned."
city  smart  dystopia 
10 weeks ago
Tesla is hiring a valet to solve its office parking nightmare
Connected, electric, and almost autonomous does not an anti-motorist culture make.
tesla  car  culture 
10 weeks ago
Emily Garfield Art
"... inspired by the visual language of maps and the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons."
art  map  urban  network  painting 
10 weeks ago
The Grim Outlook for Suburban Retail
At least those parking oceans are easily re-purposeable.
business  delivery  disruption 
10 weeks ago
Ruins of Roman military commander's home found in Rome
Super awesome, but not an excuse to stop building mass transit.
italy  subway  archaeology 
10 weeks ago
You Can Watch 'Jaws' While Floating In Open Water This Summer
This is a fabulous idea. Next I want to watch Event Horizon floating in zero g.
movie  drive-in  float  jaws  sharks 
10 weeks ago
Is urban theory changing big data?
"‘Analog’ and ‘small’ data has shown us for at least fifty years what, where, and how urban theory can contribute to more liveable, more just cities."
data  analytics  cities  urban  theory 
10 weeks ago
This gadget lets you scratch and DJ on vinyl without a needle
"There’s also the quirky showiness of being able to hold a piece of vinyl with a Phase transmitter in the air, without it touching anything, and rotate it to create scratching noises."
music  turntables  scratch  timecode 
10 weeks ago
Behold, the world’s most expensive Oxford comma
The earth is not flat and the penultimate item in a list of three or more items requires a comma.
oxford  comma  punctuation 
february 2018
America's Most Beautiful Train Stations
Here's a chaser to the previous bookmark of horrible stations.
train  rail  stations  depots  Architecture 
february 2018
These Are the Saddest Amtrak Stations in America
Having just been in Kansas City's majestic Union Station this is a splash of cold water to the face.
trains  rail  station  depot  architecture  amtrak 
february 2018
The American Mall Game: A 2018 Retail Challenge
"Inevitably, you’ll reach the game over screen with Jeff Bezos laughing as you surrender your market share. And you thought late capitalism was easy."
games  suburbia  malls  urban  design 
february 2018
Quincy Jones, In Conversation
"When you go after Cîroc vodka and Phat Farm and all that shit, God walks out of the room." This interview is bonkers.
music  celebrity 
february 2018
The People's Choice Music
The most and least liked music by popular listening. Hilarious, actually.
music  likes  crowdsourcing 
february 2018
Sensing the City
Best write-up yet on the Array of Things project.
IoT  sensing  instrumented  urban  infrastructure 
january 2018
Your Candy Wrappers are Listening
Everything is a speaker if you listen carefully enough.
sound  technology  microphone 
january 2018
The Humanity Star
I'm all for cool space projects, but it seems like we have several million things already in the sky we can focus on for commonality.
tech  astronomy  satellite 
january 2018
The Japanese words for "space" could change your view of the world
"In Japan, a building can’t be in Tokyo without Tokyo being in the building."
design  culture  space  architecture  japan 
january 2018
Massive Sea Organ generates music using tidal waves
Poseidon gets an instrument like his pal Aeolus.
sea  organ  music  nature 
january 2018
Badge Reviews
Your conference badge design almost certainly sucks.
introduction  name  badge  conference 
january 2018
Chat app you can only use when you have less than 5% battery
"Die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace."
fun  ios  chat  app 
january 2018
The Good, the Bad & the Irritating
The psychoacoustic explanation for sounds that we want to run away from.
sound  audio  acoustics  psychology 
january 2018
A Brief History of Music That Doesn't Need to Be Listened To
"What if we told you that Beethoven used the same expository technique as Autechre?"
history  ambient  music 
january 2018
Imaginary Soundscape
AI-generated audio derived from visuals in Google Streetview. Walk around and listen!
audio  google  maps 
january 2018
Gastroenterologist Says It’s Fine to Linger On the Toilet
I do not know why this article was written, but I am glad that it was written.
anus  poop  bathroom  dads 
january 2018
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