1980 Something Space
Welp there goes my Friday night.
lego  space 
5 days ago
Planet parts
Nice collection of near real time earth (and extraterrestrial) conditions.
weather  maps  earth 
5 days ago
Lain By: Tracking Denver's Concrete Marks
Wondered if anyone else noticed the concrete stamps in Denver's sidewalks. And of course this exists.
sidewalk  denver  concret 
11 days ago
Reconsidering Paradise: How Honolulu Became a Poster Child for American Autocentric Urbanism
"Honolulu’s blandness, and Los Angeles’s, stems, I think, from a perverse compensatory instinct. If the place is beautiful, we can be lazy about the architecture. If a place is barren, we must work harder."
city  design  street  planning 
28 days ago
Clever Chrome game lets you perform (or mock) Rick Deckard's computer sleuthing in Blade Runner. Enhance 224 to 176.
games  scifi  zoom 
4 weeks ago
Make Any Webpage Look Like It Was Made By A 13 Year-Old In 1996
web  design 
4 weeks ago
Scooter startup Bird plans to fund protected bike lanes
Hard to see how this will scale, though it is the right idea.
bike  lane  scooter  street  design 
6 weeks ago
NASA names crews and dates for first U.S. commercial missions
8 years after the demise of the Shuttle program we're going back up on our own livery.
nasa  spaceflight  astronauts 
6 weeks ago
Evolving Floorplans
Rectilinear building layouts algorithmically redesigned to optimize for X. Very biological.
design  evolution  algorithm  architecture 
6 weeks ago
Visualizing street orientations on an interactive map
Create polar histograms of any region (cities are most interesting) to see its overall orientation.
design  maps  cities 
6 weeks ago
NOAA PIFSC Ecological Acoustic Recorder
Listening more closely to the things and events that affect coral reefs.
coral  reef  acoustic  sensors 
7 weeks ago
Is it possible to save a rainforest by listening to it?
The Tembé tribe is using cell phones and machine learning to detect the sound of chainsaws.
amazon  rainforest  listening 
7 weeks ago
A Brief, Maddening Descent into Collecting Vinyl
Back then, vinyl was the delivery system for music. Now, vinyl is the entire point.
records  vinyl  collecting 
7 weeks ago
Hot Dog! 13-Year-Old Keeps His Stand Open With Help Of Minneapolis Health Department
I love everything about this story, including the kid's choice of condiments.
entrepreneur  hotdog 
8 weeks ago
American Cities Are Drowning in Car Storage
The real value of autonomous vehicles will be opening all this valuable real estate up to re-development.
cars  parking  cities 
8 weeks ago
Autonomous Vehicles: Future Scenarios
This is very well done and well-illustrated.
design  future  automation 
9 weeks ago
Itty Bitty Sites
Entire websites contained in compressed code in the URL itself.
web  URL  code 
9 weeks ago
Ghost Cities: Built but Never Inhabited
And yet, China is building more. This is an urban design problem.
ghost  cities  china 
9 weeks ago
U.K. Plans 'Northern Forest' of 50 Million New Trees
And this is straight out of Richard Powers' 'The Overstory'.
nature  forest  uk 
9 weeks ago
What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America
Laboratory of the mundane and often close-minded.
urban  neighborhood 
11 weeks ago
Below the Surface
Comprehensive, gorgeous, and informative presentation of all the objects uncovered when an Amsterdam canal was drained. Goes back centuries.
archaeology  amsterdam  history 
11 weeks ago
Ancient Earth globe
Plot your current address anywhere on our tectonically-shifting world any time from 750 million years ago to now.
geology  history  earth  maps  address 
12 weeks ago
I Pine for Happy Joe’s Taco Pizza, the Culinary Relic of My Iowa Youth
I agree with every word in this article. Love the Taco Joe!
pizza  galena  taco  nacho 
june 2018
Flopstarter | A platform for bad ideas
Waiting for the #notallflopstarters hash.
funny  kickstarter 
may 2018
Our data is valuable. Here's how we can take that value back
We must challenge the current narrative dominated by Silicon Valley’s leaky surveillance capitalism and dystopian models such as China’s social credit system. A New Deal on data, based on a rights-based, people-centric framework, which does not exploit personal data to pay for critical infrastructure, is long overdue.
data  rights  city  private  public 
may 2018
Hacker Typer
For mindless computating.
humor  fun  programming 
may 2018
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 
may 2018
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 
may 2018
Glitch app makes a new City of Emoji each time you click.
city  symbol  app 
may 2018
​🎥 Orbital - Tiny Foldable Cities
The beauty of macroscopic urban form. Plus Orbital!
music  video  city  urban 
may 2018
City as Character
“If the text is a city, how shall we walk through it?"
novel  city  author 
may 2018
CurbSpace - Your Room Delivered
Well this is one way to do placemaking-on-demand.
mobile  space  place 
may 2018
Dolls' heads used to lobby Swindon pothole repairs
The horror of urban infrastructure decrepitude.
pothole  repair  road 
may 2018
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 
may 2018
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 
may 2018
City DNA paintings
Using satellite maps of cities like Beijing, Athens, New York, and Los Angeles to create delightful labyrinths.
painting  maps  cities 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
march 2018
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 
march 2018
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.
march 2018
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."
march 2018
Denver trails behind in the race for people-powered transportation
Head-scratching how health-conscious Denver is and yet still loves the automobile.
march 2018
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