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 
10 hours ago
Massive Sea Organ generates music using tidal waves
Poseidon gets an instrument like his pal Aeolus.
sea  organ  music  nature 
10 hours ago
Badge Reviews
Your conference badge design almost certainly sucks.
introduction  name  badge  conference 
11 hours ago
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 
20 hours ago
The Good, the Bad & the Irritating
The psychoacoustic explanation for sounds that we want to run away from.
sound  audio  acoustics  psychology 
4 days ago
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 
6 days ago
Imaginary Soundscape
AI-generated audio derived from visuals in Google Streetview. Walk around and listen!
audio  google  maps 
10 days ago
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 
12 days ago
Alexa, open the pod bay doors.
All the more reason for Amazon to allow alternate voices for the Alexa.
voice  AI  kubrick  amazon  echo  alexa 
14 days ago
​🎥 Zooanthid porn
The beauty of one of the most toxic animals in the world.
coral  zooanthid 
15 days ago
The Battle for the Infrastructure of Everyday Life
"The object of design in the twenty-first century is the city itself."
infrastructure  city  culture 
17 days ago
Can municipal broadband save the open internet?
A natural consequence of the FCC's boneheadedness.
broadband  municipal  fiber  open  net  neutrality 
17 days ago
11 FOOT 8
Don't taunt the infrastructure.
accident  bridge  overpass  truck  height 
23 days ago
Second Life Still Has 600,000 Regular Users
Amazing that this still exists -- and thrives in its own way.
24 days ago
🎥 Hot Doug's: The Movie
Documentary of the beloved encased meats emporium.
chicago  hotdog  roscoe  village 
26 days ago
Google Maps’s Moat
Smart, beautiful analysis of the different ways Apple and Google extract urban metadata.
urban  city  design  maps  algorithmic  satellite  streeview 
29 days ago
Fish Depression Is Not a Joke
On the mental health of things that swim.
fish  psychiatry  health 
4 weeks ago
Riding a Time Capsule to Apartment 8G
"A few dozen of New York’s passenger elevators are still manually operated,
forming a hidden museum of obsolete technology and anachronistic employment."
mechanical  manual  elevator  NYC 
5 weeks ago
The Dangers of Elite Projection
"The city has this special feature: It functions for anyone only if it functions for almost everyone. "
transit  anti-musk  subway  bus 
5 weeks ago
Rome’s Colosseum Was Once a Wild, Tangled Garden
"Like laurels on the bald first Caesar’s head.”
italy  history  botany 
6 weeks ago
​​🎥 Chicago Pile-1: A Brick History
Learn how criticality was achieved in this well-made LEGO stop motion video short.
argonne  fermi  chicago  nuclear  reaction  lego 
6 weeks ago
The future of humanity
The urge to wander. An incredible short film.
planets  sagan  film 
7 weeks ago
A Singular Christmas – AI does holiday music
"I locked myself and family up in a darkened studio on the top floor at MIT, we turned up the speakers, played every track in a row, and I hovered my index finger over the Delete key. There’s not a single window in that place, but I’m sure it started snowing."
christmas  music  algorithm  AI  generative  machine  learning 
7 weeks ago
U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes offer chilling lesson in effective architectural exhibition
Taken solely for what they are—symbols of an imagined architecture—the efficacy of the prototypes is that they sound so clearly and so loudly such a profound emotional note. That note is dread.
wall  architecture  trump  bullshit 
7 weeks ago
Years – Bartholomäus Traubeck
A turntable that plays the rings of tree slices.
nature  sound  turntable  wood 
7 weeks ago
Write or Die
"If you turn on kamikaze mode and allow consequences to ensue your words will be systematically disemvoweled."
word  processor  online 
7 weeks ago
The beginning of silent reading changed humans' interior life
Fascinating that a typographical design change might have had such psychosocial consequences.
books  reading 
8 weeks ago
America Rediscovers Its Love of the Front Porch
“On the other side of the door is your private world. Down the steps is your public world. The most interesting parts of life happen in the cracks between.”
architecture  residential  home  porch  public  private 
8 weeks ago
A New Film Looks at Chicago's Flawed 'Starship'
Agreed: rehabilitate and repurpose rather than raze.
chicago  architecture  state  illinois 
9 weeks ago
What the Car Did — And What It Might Do
"Perversely, the suburban lifestyle that the Interstates enabled also gave rise to an atomized, individualistic politics, which soon bred a revolt against the taxation and central planning that made their construction possible in the first place."
automobile  culture  usa 
9 weeks ago
Full Tilt: When 100% of Cars Are Autonomous
"If robots rule the roads, we might get where we’re going a lot more quickly — but end up not knowing precisely where we are."
autonomy  mobility  built  environment 
9 weeks ago
Synthier Things
Arpeggiate like it's 1983.
synth  music 
10 weeks ago
Netflix Genre List: 23,458 more secret Genres not in other lists
Looking for Hindi-Language Supernatural Horror? Look no further.
movies  reference  netflix 
11 weeks ago
Whisper, a horror short
Always-on "AI" as horror. More please.
horror  amazon  alexa  echo 
11 weeks ago
An 80-Foot Steel Kraken Will Create an Artificial Coral Reef Near the British Virgin Islands
Art installation, plus artificial reef undercarriage, plus historic ship dive location!
dive  scuba  reef  art 
12 weeks ago
Cities and Suburbs Are Becoming Pretty Similar
I don't buy the equivalence. Suburbs are superficially urbanizing, but their dependence on the automobile and lack of density makes their "transformation" cosmetic at best.
urban  suburban 
12 weeks ago
What Will the Outdoors Sound Like in the Future?
"I think we'll have opportunity to restore a lot of soundscapes across the nation at little or no cost."
sound  nature  pollution 
12 weeks ago
The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life
"Driving an SUV or even a mid-size car from New York to L.A. is worse for the planet than flying there/"
automobile  culture  usa 
october 2017
How IBM’s ThinkPad Became A Design Icon
I still love this machine line, though I have not used one in a decade.
pc  ibm  thinkpad  design 
october 2017
This Is Your Brain on Architecture
"We need a real paradigm shift in how we think about the built environment."
architecture  psychology  space 
october 2017
The City — Lori Nix
Stunning miniatures of urban decay.
city  miniature  abandoned  photography 
october 2017
The demise of Keyboard Magazine, after 41 years
Late to this, but wow did this publication shape my early music years.
music  keyboard  synthesizers 
october 2017
Offline Only
This is a very smart idea.
me  irl  offline 
august 2017
Angry White Boys
"There are many shades of white, and Mom’s-basement white is the least popular crayon in the box."
august 2017
Annie Dillard's Classic Essay 'Total Eclipse'
As if I could not be excited enough for Monday's eclipse.
sun  Moon  eclipse  essay 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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