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20 days ago
Angry White Boys
"There are many shades of white, and Mom’s-basement white is the least popular crayon in the box."
4 weeks ago
Annie Dillard's Classic Essay 'Total Eclipse'
As if I could not be excited enough for Monday's eclipse.
sun  Moon  eclipse  essay 
4 weeks ago
As Eclipse Madness Sweeps U.S., A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares
Nothing like news coverage to make your destination a traffic nightmare.
eclipse  2017 
5 weeks ago
Tolkien’s Map and The Messed Up Mountains of Middle-earth
"Middle-earth’s got 99 problems, and mountains are basically 98 of them."
fantasy  map  geology  mountains 
6 weeks ago
How A Small Town Record Store Quietly Released An Exclusive Aphex Twin Record
"The store isn't really set up in genres, but it's highly curated."
music  record  midwest  aphex 
6 weeks ago
The world's latest gold rush is an Italian affair
The crazy short-term upsides of climate change. Also: Italians panning for gold!
italy  gold  climate 
7 weeks ago
Eighty years of false freeway claims
Oh Atlanta, you could have been so much better.
freeways  roads  cars 
7 weeks ago
How can we stop algorithms telling lies?
Contemplating a National Algorithms Safety Board.
ethics  algorithms 
9 weeks ago
One Thing Silicon Valley Can’t Seem to Fix
"The built environment of the Valley does not reflect the innovation that’s driving the region’s stratospheric growth."
urbanism  design  corporate  park 
10 weeks ago
What football will look like in the future
This is storytelling unlike anything I have ever read. Fantastic.
football  sports  online  narrative 
10 weeks ago
In the Deep, Dark Sea, Corals Create Their Own Sunshine
This seems like some thermodynamic law breakage, but I want to believe.
10 weeks ago
Does Elon Musk Understand Urban Geometry?
Some things stop working when everybody buys them.
city  transport  design  urbanism 
10 weeks ago
'A Neighborhood Is Alive and Fluid'
The wonder of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, visually told.
community  neighborhood 
11 weeks ago
Silent Pocket
Custom Faraday Cage sleeves for shutting your devices off from the world without shutting them down.
phone  electronics  RF  block 
11 weeks ago
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.)
Fascinating exploration of the Fermi Paradox and Drake Equation.
communication  extraterrestrial  danger 
11 weeks ago
These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Books
I swear one go the original books had an ending that none of the narrative paths led to. I remember doing a much cruder mapping than these and being astonished and disappointed.
book  visualization  adventure 
11 weeks ago
Redditors design worst volume sliders possible
Volume based on latitude is wonderfully stupid.
interface  awful  design  volume 
11 weeks ago
Chicago Flag Mosaic Project
One of the best in Chicago encouraging the best in Chicago.
flag  creative  3D  print  lanetech 
12 weeks ago
Infrastructure Is Not Just Roads and Bridges
"Like curb cuts, expanded broadband, clean water systems, improved public transportation — and yes, better roads and bridges — that lift up the most vulnerable among us actually lift us all up."
infrastructure  mobility  broadband 
june 2017
How Can Corals Teach Us About Climate?
No need for a canary in a coal mine when nature gives you an ocean-wide visualization system.
coral  climate  change 
june 2017
If You Care About Cities, Apple's New Campus Sucks
"Apple’s new HQ is a retrograde, literally inward-looking building with contempt for the city where it lives and cities in general."
apple  architecture  design  urban 
june 2017
Why Cities Need Their Own Foreign Policies
"Right now, a Chicago-sized city is being added to the world’s urban population roughly every two weeks."
cities  climate  change  sustainability 
june 2017
When America Barred Italians
The story of the Tolva line in America.
italy  basilicata  emigration  ban  racism 
june 2017
Sensors in a Shoebox.: The 'Smart City' Kit That Anyone Can Use
“Imagine what could have happened in Flint if the average citizen had a water pollution sensor.”
IoT  sensors  urban  community  DIY 
june 2017
Watch the world's first TED talk on the culture of record digging
"Our role should be about giving beautiful music a second chance to be heard by as many people as possible.”
vinyl  archaeology  shopping  record 
may 2017
Brick Block - by Oskar Stålberg
Build apartments buildings, gorgeously, in your browser. Minecrafty.
building  architecture  3d 
may 2017
Blueprints for 'Star Wars' Death Star were created at UIC
This would have been a good factoid for the Lucas Museum if it had been built in Chicago.
UIC  starwars  visualization  graphics  deathstar 
may 2017
New-Age Bullshit Generator
"Just click and the truth will manifest."
bullshit  generator  newage  pseudoscience 
may 2017
California will lose enough solar energy to power Los Angeles during the eclipse on Aug. 21
"To compensate, utility operators are reserving spare capacity from gas and hydroelectric power plants, as well as coordinating with industrial sources to temporarily curb demand."
solar  energy  eclipse 
may 2017
The Engine Room – Greg Lindsay
"Towers are excellent for stacking tens of thousands of bankers and insurers in a confined space, but they are a terrible means of collecting new information."
london  urban  planning 
may 2017
Chicago's open data portal redesign targets non-experts
Bringing the tools to make sense of the data to the foreground.
data  chicago  open 
april 2017
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 
april 2017
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 
april 2017
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 
april 2017
LOOPY: a tool for thinking in systems
Simple, interactive visualization for system dynamics.
dataviz  simulation  diagram 
march 2017
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 
march 2017
The Big Bend | Architect Magazine
"What if our buildings were long instead of tall?"
architecture  building  NYC  curve 
march 2017
​🎥 Musical World Map
Surprisingly sonorous. Dig the Indian sub-continent trill.
music  visualization  world  map 
march 2017
Breaking Roads, Making Bank
Depaving design fiction from Alex Steffen.
depave  carbon  story 
march 2017
Music created by artists, fine-tuned by machines, responding to your natural rhythms to help you rest.
biometrics  fitness  music  algorithm 
march 2017
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 
march 2017
Google Fiber Was Doomed From the Start
Saying Americans can rely on wireless alone is like saying, “Who needs airports? We have airplanes!”
march 2017
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 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
Introducing the LEGO Mosaic Maker
Son, back in the day we made these mosaics by hand. With pieces missing.
lego  mosaic  booth  london 
february 2017
The World’s Best Urban Gondola Ride
He's right about the Pink Line view at sunrise (sunset too).
L  CTA  chicago  urban  fabric 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
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