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Jos Lelieveld, MPI: latest global exposure–mortality model implies air pollution causing 8.8 million deaths/yr. Glo…
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wasted no time in taking the all-important conference selfie. Say hi! 👋
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Ensemble Kalman filter - Wikipedia
(for the unenlightened, such as myself: )
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Dropped in on a talk by Hua Xie, , mapping cost effectiveness of off-grid solar v diesel groundwater small-sc…
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Toward a More Radical Selfie
And then there is the tactility of the whole thing, the knowledge that each and every thread had passed through Knowles’s real fingers as well as her painted ones. Right after her wedding, Knowles wrote that she refused to become “a poor passive machine … a mere smiling Wife.” Needle painting is the antithesis of machine work. The insistence is on human artistry over a sewing machine’s productivity. Sewing was something that women were supposed to do to distract themselves, to pass the time. It was not serious, and it certainly was not work. Like the selfies of today, sewing was meant to be labor without a telos. Yet Knowles, through her self-representation, insisted on challenging the very concept of “women’s work.”
portrait  art  history  feminism  craft 
14 days ago
Said El Kurdi - Kassem Miro - YouTube
sampled by PJ Harvey in "England"

youtube commenter: "This song is about a Young man with the name Qasim son of Meyro ( his mother’s name ) who becomes a peshmerga and gets injured and dies in the mountains. Dialect is kurmanji ( kurdish )..told from persective of close relative/kamrad to a woman called Wesse ( probably his wife )."
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15 days ago
Jetlagged Manifesto
pointed back to this by a new Timo Andres post. such good generic tips for any descriptive writing, really
music  writing  programnotes 
15 days ago
Makaya McCraven Sees the Future of Jazz Through Layers of History - The New York Times
Since his second record, “In the Moment,” in 2015, Mr. McCraven has put out a string of albums and mixtapes that amount to a proof of concept. Each one features crudely recorded live improvisations that he has sliced up, pared down and spritzed with effects and extra instrumentals. Part concert bootleg, part hip-hop mixtape, his music — borne of a process rather than a compositional method — has the potential to open up the way musicians think about improvisation.

“Something that I feel is severely missing in jazz is a connection to the aural tradition — it not just being on the page,” Mr. McCraven said in a phone interview this week.

His ability to wrap his albums in the dark allure of a club show, the timeless texture of an old Folkways record and the sonic layering of a hip-hop producer has turned Mr. McCraven, 35, into the most discussed young musician on a Chicago jazz scene teeming with fresh energy.


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16 days ago
Sapping Attention: Shipping maps and how states see
I've also had a lot of questions about modern day equivalents to that chart. This, it turns out, is an absolutely fascinating question, because it forces a set of questions about what the Maury chart actually shows. Of course, on the surface, it seems to show 19th century shipping routes: that's the primary reason it's interesting. But it's an obviously incomplete, obviously biased, and obviously fragmentary view of those routes. It's a relatively complete view, on the other hand, of something more restricted but nearly as interesting: the way that the 19th century American state was able to see and take measure of the world. No one, today, needs to be told that patterns of state surveillance, data collection, and storage are immensely important. Charts like these provide an interesting and important locus for seeing how states "saw," to commandeer a phrase from James Scott.

So I want to explore a couple of these decks as snapshots of state knowledge that show different periods in the ways states collected knowledge as data.


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dataviz  trade  ocean  mapping  history  geography 
21 days ago
Welcome to Introduction to Python GIS -course 2018! — Intro to Python GIS documentation
Introduction to Python GIS is a 3-day course organized by CSC Finland – IT Center for Science. During the course you will learn how to do different GIS-related tasks in Python programming language. Each lesson is a tutorial with specific topic(s) + Exercises where the aim is to learn how to solve common GIS-related problems and tasks using Python tools.
python  gis  tutorial 
22 days ago
Urban Planning Guru Says Driverless Cars Won’t Fix Congestion - The New York Times
A popular claim by the advocates of self-driving cars is that not only will they be safer than human-driven cars, but they will lead to fewer cars, faster commutes and a radical rethinking of cities where finding a place to park is no longer a priority.

But Mr. Calthorpe, citing a range of transportation studies, has simulated through computer models the impact of self-driving vehicles in urban settings. He argues that if they are used the way today’s vehicles are — carrying a single individual in most cases — they will lead to more congestion.
transit  cars 
23 days ago
Generating anxiety, short-circuiting desire: Battery waste and the capitalist phantasy
We examine the “total management narrative” around battery waste as a Lacanian phantasy preserved through dysfunctional responses to underlying anxieties about the continued production, circulation, and distribution of toxins necessary to the maintenance of modern life. In challenging these total management narratives, we argue that processes of denial, disavowal, and foreclosure only partially mask the myriad ways that battery waste escapes, exceeds, or endures our practices of disposal and recycling, producing problematic and often environmentally unjust outcomes.
geography  battery  psychology  waste  capitalism 
25 days ago
Rare microbes lead scientists to discover new branch on the tree of life | CBC News
the combination of the entirely new science and the utterly prosaic pictures: here is an extremely normal-looking stretch of woods where a profoundly surprising example of life was discovered; here is a standard-issue camping breakfast made by researchers who advanced the scientific enterprise
biology  science  canada  evolution 
27 days ago
California Wildfires, Climate Change, and Disaster Capitalism - The Atlantic
Alexis Madrigal:
Here in California, in the wealthy tech-heavy region of the Bay, the fires offer a glimpse of an emerging form of disaster capitalism. Climate adaptation could look like a million individual products, each precisely targeted on social media to the intersection of a consumer culture and a catastrophe. As the environment weirds, people can reinterpret the problem as a personal, consumer one: “What do I need to survive the biosphere today?”
climate  capitalism  fires  california 
27 days ago
Japan's Hometown Tax | Kalzumeus Software
Widespread gaming or no, the system pretty much works according to the internal aims. Cities get a list of their internal diaspora, and do make considerably more effort to stay in touch with them than they did previously. (This includes lovely holiday cards and sometimes even I-can’t-believe-they’re-not-alumni-magazines.) You really do get plums from childhood in your mail from your hometown (if you don’t optimize for cash equivalents). Cities with declining local tax bases really do get enough money to do material projects with. Tokyo takes a hit to revenue but can afford it.

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27 days ago
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“Automation Divine”: Early Computer Music and the Selling of the Cold War | NewMusicBox
Matthew Guerrieri:
The Mark IV, which had produced all those hymn tunes, had been funded by the U. S. Air Force; it worked out guided-missile flight patterns and helped design lenses for the U-2 spy plane.[13] The Harvard computers, it turned out, ran more reliably if they were never turned off; Aiken duly assigned Peter Neumann, a music-loving graduate student, to watch over the Mark IV from Friday night until Monday morning. Student projects—hymn-tune-generation included—happened on the weekends.[14] Computational composition in the United States got its start, quite literally, in the off-hour downtime of the military-industrial complex.
music  history  composition  computing 
5 weeks ago
How 1960s Dartmouth computing pioneers gave rise to the macho tech culture we see today.
That first, formative decade of the Dartmouth network had created a masculine computing culture for users and experts alike that was hard to break. It was also a computing culture that spread throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and beyond—through its own network, through the national recommendations made via the President’s Scientific Advisory Committee (on which Kurtz and Kemeny served), and above all, through the BASIC programming language.

Indeed, as then-popular manufacturers Hewlett-Packard and Digital Equipment Corporation started marketing “Dartmouth-like” computing time-sharing systems, a Kiewit Center report boasted that “it seems safe to conclude that perhaps millions of students in the United States … have learned computing Dartmouth style.”

Looking back at that time, it also seems safe to conclude “computing Dartmouth style” was a decidedly masculine endeavor.


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5 weeks ago
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Vowel recognition with four coupled spin-torque nano-oscillators | Nature
Here we show that the outstanding tunability of spintronic nano-oscillators—that is, the possibility of accurately controlling their frequency across a wide range, through electrical current and magnetic field—can be used to address this challenge. We successfully train a hardware network of four spin-torque nano-oscillators to recognize spoken vowels by tuning their frequencies according to an automatic real-time learning rule. We show that the high experimental recognition rates stem from the ability of these oscillators to synchronize. Our results demonstrate that non-trivial pattern classification tasks can be achieved with small hardware neural networks by endowing them with nonlinear dynamical features such as oscillations and synchronization.
neuralnetworks  nanoscience 
5 weeks ago
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tomorrow: VOTE!

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enjoyed seeing the the broad range of tools she uses in her work: analytical chemistry method development, microalg…
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learned a lot about selenium biogeochemical cycles from a seminar talk by Lenny Winkel (ETH Zurich/Eawag): interest…
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Sewing That Ends Up in Orbit - The New York Times
What has been particularly challenging to work on?

A thermal cover for the astronauts’ digital cameras. It needed nine layers of insulation to meet spaceflight requirements and protect the camera from the extreme temperatures, which change from minus-250 degrees to 250 degrees Fahrenheit when the camera moves between shade and direct sunlight in space.

The astronauts need to be able to operate buttons on the camera and replace the battery, photo card and lens in their bulky spacesuits and gloves, so I cut openings in the cover, added flaps and used Velcro for closing them. I made a pattern and then a mock-up.

Following that I made a prototype, incorporated a few minor adjustments from the client and then made the final product. I sewed two covers for training and four for spaceflight, and when they changed the camera, I had to redesign the cover and make more.
work  sewing  space  technology 
6 weeks ago
A Long Overdue Light on Black Models of Early Modernism - The New York Times
“Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today” sows disruption on another more nuanced front. This taut, riveting exhibition — currently on view at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in the new Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University — revisits mid-19th-century Paris to examine the significance of black female models in paintings from the earliest years of European modernism. It then peripatetically traces such figures through successive generations of artists.

At every point, black models pose, or raise, the question of modernity: what is it, who makes it, who is it for? They starkly silhouette the role of the artist’s model as collaborator, as incisive measures of modernity, mirroring the racial attitudes of both artists and their times.
art  history  race  gender 
6 weeks ago
GIS at the Arboretum » Arnold Arboretum
To support the scientific value of its plants, the Arnold Arboretum has historically collected and maintained vast information resources that document the natural history of the collection. Documentation of plants in the landscape began in earnest with the institution’s founding in 1872, pioneering methods that today serve as a standard for botanical gardens and arboreta around the world. Over the past twenty-five years, the Arboretum has improved precision and expanded access to this information for staff, researchers, and the general public through the use and development of a geographic information system (GIS).
ecology  data  gis  naturalhistory  arboretum 
6 weeks ago
Heritage Trees of the Emerald Necklace Parks - 2017-06-02
In 2017 a comprehensive study of the Heritage Trees in the Emerald Necklace was completed. This story map allows park users to learn about the size, species and conditions of each tree. In addition, this story map allows park users to locate each of the Heritage Trees on this map throughout the Emerald Necklace.
tree  data  boston 
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