Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria
The legal morass of copyright for out-of-print books threatens the future of knowledge access.
books  copyright 
This solar-powered machine transforms desert sand into glass sculptures
This will seem familiar to anyone who has read Robert Charles Wilson's Axis.
solar  printing  natural  materials  energy 
11 days ago
Why You Shouldn’t Walk on Escalators
Agree with this for lots of reasons, the biggest one being that I had to go to the ER because of a person running on an escalator.
escalator  safety  etiquette 
17 days ago
LOOPY: a tool for thinking in systems
Simple, interactive visualization for system dynamics.
dataviz  simulation  diagram 
26 days ago
Cherry Cricket to host fish funeral
April 13 commemoration of "the three brave fish who lost their lives in the fire": At 5 p.m., the Cricket will hold a funeral complete with bagpipes and dancers.
denver  cherry  cricket  fish  fire 
4 weeks ago
The Big Bend | Architect Magazine
"What if our buildings were long instead of tall?"
architecture  building  NYC  curve 
4 weeks ago
​🎥 Musical World Map
Surprisingly sonorous. Dig the Indian sub-continent trill.
music  visualization  world  map 
4 weeks ago
Breaking Roads, Making Bank
Depaving design fiction from Alex Steffen.
depave  carbon  story 
4 weeks ago
Music created by artists, fine-tuned by machines, responding to your natural rhythms to help you rest.
biometrics  fitness  music  algorithm 
5 weeks ago
Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find
The planet's canary corpse in the coal mine. But let's deny it, no?
climate  change  coral  reef  australia 
5 weeks ago
Google Fiber Was Doomed From the Start
Saying Americans can rely on wireless alone is like saying, “Who needs airports? We have airplanes!”
5 weeks ago
Crochet Coral Reef
"The intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash."
coral  crochet  art  science  installation 
8 weeks ago
Letter of Recommendation: The Recordings of Pauline Oliveros
"This is what a conference of black holes, isotopes, fossils, ghosts and nerve endings sounds like. Listening in is to be at sound’s most distant edge; there is nothing audible beyond this point."
ambient  music  experimental 
8 weeks ago
Introducing the LEGO Mosaic Maker
Son, back in the day we made these mosaics by hand. With pieces missing.
lego  mosaic  booth  london 
8 weeks ago
The World’s Best Urban Gondola Ride
He's right about the Pink Line view at sunrise (sunset too).
L  CTA  chicago  urban  fabric 
9 weeks ago
Feel the Bass Pumping When You Strap This Wearable to Your Wrist
Um, wouldn't this be better as a belt buckle? Thump right to the gut.
bass  subwoofer  wearable  tech  audio 
9 weeks ago
Fake Cemeteries May Help Curb Sprawl in Spain
"ANBF has taken advantage of Article 50 of Spain's Cemetery Law, which prohibits the construction of new buildings with 300 meters of a cemetery."
urban  design  zoning  sprawl 
9 weeks ago
W.E.B. Du Bois commissioned beautiful hand-drawn data visualizations and infographics for the Paris World Fair
“He believed that a clear revelation of the facts of African American life and culture would challenge the claims of biological race scientists influential at the time, which proposed that African Americans were inherently inferior to Anglo-Americans."
negro  visualization  equality  racism  data  infographics 
9 weeks ago
11 Amazing Hotels for Book Lovers
Only been to The Library Hotel. My favorite in NYC.
books  library  hotel  bibliophile 
10 weeks ago
How MIT Builds Cities Using Lego and Augmented Reality
Cool, though the video is realy about multidisciplnary collaboration.
team  visualization  urban  design 
10 weeks ago
Bohemian Rhapsody Played by 100+ year old fairground organ
This is most beautiful, borderline creepy thing I have listened to in forever.
queen  bohemian  rhapsody  organ  fairground 
january 2017
Operation Avalanche
Surprisingly effective low-budget conspiracy flick. NASA + CIA + AV nerds.
nasa  cia  moon  apollo 
january 2017
Radio Garden
Browse a map of the world for radio stations. This is what it must have felt like to be a HAM radio operator 50 years ago.
radio  world  maps 
december 2016
... is the easiest way to experience online media together, in sync.
media  online  synch  web 
december 2016
Stranger Lights
DIY Stranger Things "alphabet" for communicating with the Upside Down.
raspberry  pi  DIY  stranger  things  lights 
december 2016
Minneapolis Debates Future of Skyways
The equation is fairly simple: skyways kill retail and the vitality of the city center.
urban  design  elevated  walkway 
december 2016
Our New Urban Oases
What a beautiful, insightful essay.
urban  design  cities 
november 2016
The Untold Story Of The Relationship Between Hip-Hop And Architecture
"The MCs served as a voice for disenfranchised communities and often un-consulted end users of public housing.”
architecture  housing  hiphop  bronx 
november 2016
Tesla’s City Problem
"A suburban Tesla is an improved means to an unimproved (and unsustainble) end."
tesla  solar  cities  suburbia 
november 2016
There will never be a better time to save the planet
"By far the most important thing blue-state cities can do is the one that for the last 25 years has proven the hardest: build much, much more housing."
climate  change  policy  trump  america  cities 
november 2016
A Contract for Public Good: Urban Data in the Digital Age
"As citizens, we must all ask ourselves, what am I willing to share to contribute toward a better tomorrow?"
CityFi  data  cities 
november 2016
Apple’s Lenovo
Interesting proposal. Do not think it will (or should) happen, but this strategy certainly was a success for Big Blue.
ibm  apple 
november 2016
Harry Caray’s Last Call
Cannot, simply cannot, maintain a dry eye through this incredible edit.
chicago  cubs  harry  caray  world  series 
november 2016
Why Republicans Don’t Even Try to Win Cities Anymore
"What happens if you abandon the places where most people live?”
city  politics  urbanism  conservative 
november 2016
"Sisyphus in unicode."
The Best Way to Type ¯_(ツ)_/¯
emoticons  typography  emoji 
october 2016
The Scary Detroit of "It Follows"
What urban myths tell us about racial fears.
horror  detroit  movie  urbanism 
october 2016
UK school pupil ethnicity question angers Italy
"Italy is a recent invention and still not entirely complete."
italian  sicilian  neapolitan 
october 2016
You Dumb Motherfuckers, By James Madison
"You assholes only have yourselves to blame."
parody  election  2016  trump 
october 2016
Pictures of All 149 Rocks Stuck on the Tribune Tower
Architectural facade-as-museum. Love that these are now cataloged online. Love the tactility of the street-level pieces. Don't love that some of this is straight-up cultural imperialism.
architecture  facade  materialism  artifacts 
september 2016
500+ years of increasing separation of text from visualization
We're returning to a pre-mass printing era of integrated information visualization.
infoviz  text  imagery  Gutenberg  printing 
september 2016
Kids can build a LEGO drone with Flybrix kits
Reminds me when I would build LEGO spaceships specifically to throw them into the ceiling fan.
drone  lego  shatter 
september 2016
Krampus in the Corner
Seems like this would be more motivational to a small child than the Elf on the Shelf.
christmas  tradition  surveillance  demon  elf  krampus 
september 2016
LA's big plan to change the way we move
"Are enough people in LA ready to trade their BMW for a minibus—even one that comes to their door?"
LA  AZH  mobility  technology 
september 2016
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