American Murder Mystery Very interesting and somewhat disheartening look at the latest developments in the huge story of poverty and crime in America. One huge issue with the article, the tag line talks about the rise of crime in "many American cities", but the causes it pinpoints are much more about the distribution of crime, not the actual rise.
brand tags really nice and simple project from Noah Brier
murketing » âBuying Inâ, can't wait to buy it myself, Walker is a great writer covering some of the trickiest, hard to capture social terrain of this era.
"The Clintons, man, they would lie on a stack of Bibles. Snipers? Thats not misspeaking; thats some pure bullshit. I voted for Clinton twice, but thats over with. These old black politicians say, Ooh, Massuh Clinton was good to us, massuh hired a lot of us, massuh was good! Hoo! Charlie Rangel, David Dinkinsthey have to understand this is a new day. People aint feelin that stuff. Its like a tide, and the people who get in the way are just gonna get swept out into the ocean."
"So, in essence, cafes that have been using Clovers and the CloverNet have been helping to document and codify a body of knowledge about how the machine, which really is a new bit of technology, functions and performs.
They helped the company compile data about sales, about how the machines are holding up in the field and which specific times, doses and temperatures showcased individual coffees best. Now that information is something that Starbucks a direct competitor to every small cafe in the country has ownership of, and soon it will no longer be available to original Clover users. "
Whoa, that turns the Starbucks Clover acquisition more than a few shades more diabolical... Ultimately I hope it'll work out well for all parties, Starbucks still (or no longer in some cases) can't make good espresso so the indie market has a huge market space. Meanwhile if Starbucks starts making some decent lighter roasts for their new Clovers then coffee quality rises across the country.
The big question remaining is whether someone steps up and creates a Clover competitor for the indie market. Without it there is a nasty gap in the market. It's doubtful Starbucks will be able to brew the uberpremium stuff that places like Intelligencia & Grumpy are producing, and the indies that can do it won't be able to get the machines to do the style.
Hillary's Nasty Pastorate yikes, it's a bit weak on details but if true, fuck Hillary, she truly is a monster...
Eater: EaterWire Coffee Edition: Starbucks Acquires All Clover Coffee Systems Probably doesn't mean much to most people reading this, but in the coffee world this is WOW! First thought is this sucks, although it does mean coffee should improve at Starbucks. Just can't believe they'll be doing the Clovers justice though, and if no one else can get them that's just shitty..
Taiwans Solution to Traffic Accidents - Freakonomics - Opinion - New York Times Blog Interesting data on those countdown traffic lights, apparently ones that count down on green increase accident rates, while those that countdown on red decrease accident rates.
FOXNews.com - Can Hillary Clinton Come Back? Karl Rove Handicaps Her Chances on Super Tuesday II -, Karl Rove of all people agrees with my theory that a long primary might actually be good for the Democrats.
Is It Better to Buy or Rent? - New York Times Very useful calculator here, although it's pretty important to note that the settings are biased heavily towards buyers, at least in the context of the NY market (and it is the NYTimes). The investment return is set at just 5% which is essentially a bond only investment, and there are $0 condo/co-op fees! Set realistically and buying a home looks retarded without even factoring in the cost of personal illiquidity one takes on by owning. Retarded that is unless one thinks housing prices will just go up faster than inflation forever...
Europe savors '08 race drama - I wonder if any foreign news outlet can describe the US primary & delegate system without using words to the effect of "archaic and baroque"...
Silobreaker, one of the more promising of the many new news collations/filtering/visualization sites. Kind of curious how many of these seem to be popping up, how many programmers/entrepreneurs are there out there convinced they can make a algorithmic system better than the NYTimes?
"Just for the record, I have never in my life met anyone who quit working because their taxes were too high, nor have I ever even heard of someone who suddenly wanted to work harder because of a tax break."
"But you don't have to have an M.B.A. to understand that refusing to compromise on design, for any reason, can lead to fantastic commercial success. Look at Apple, Google, Sonos, R.I.M. (makers of the BlackBerry), or (in its glory days) Palm."
It's a mildly interesting article, but I think that bit about Palm's glory days is pretty telling, just designing a good product once or twice is no indicator of long term success. RIM for instance is in danger of going out of style like a palmpilot, Apple almost died without Steve Jobs around and Google's design track record is hit or miss. It's one thing for a critic to say companies need to incorporate good design and another thing entirely for them to actually figure out how to implement good design and then repeat it.
The Greener Grass: Concept - Current State Slick system for monitoring and controlling a homes power usage via an iPhone. So 21st century! (update: actually it's just a concept not a product, which I guess makes it even more 21st century...)
NussbaumOnDesign Is Search A Lie? Can You Really Believe Google? - BusinessWeek on PR agencies gaming Google.
Pruning Shears - Pruning Shears - The New Authoritarians heh, I guess that's a more charitable way of separating the Coulter/Rush style conservativism as obedience from the other less odious but still not so great styles of conservativism...
CNN Hits The Wall for the Election, I actually thought they were faking the multitouch, but it turns out CNN's infowall is a genuine Jeff Han creation.
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Monkey Boy's three-legged race, on Yahoo/Microsoft
RIP Sheldon Brown. A true bicycle/internet maverick. Fixed gear cycling would never be where it is today without him and the resources he created. Sad day on the internet.
Is the Tipping Point Toast? -- Duncan Watts -- Trendsetting, Watts' 6 Degrees work was pretty misleading, intentionally so too, but still I'm glad he's doing this work, even if his interpretations always feel a little biased...
Crip/Blood Graffiti: Washington Heights - New York, NY : citynoise.org- with an insane comments section that probably trumps my old reggaeton one...
Riding While White on the NYC Subway | RaceWire. Missing a couple stops, but man it drives the point in well...
Calculated Risk: Wachovia: Homeowners just Walking Away Yow, the crazy thing about this housing crash is that you could see it coming from a couple miles (or years) away. But one thing I never anticipated was that all the no money down and interest only loans would mean that buyers had no commitment to the houses and would happily walk away when the payments turned into a drag. This actually might be a good thing though as historically housing declines are marked not by prices going down but by them becoming illiquid as people are unwilling to sell their homes at a loss. If they are willing to cut and run at least liquidity might return quicker...
from the comments on that link:
"In retrospect, getting a home loan in the last couple of years has been like going to a casino: play any game you like, no matter how risky; the house doesn't care, because the house always wins.
"So who bought, the last couple of years? A lot were gamblers and speculators, the kind of people who know how to cut their losses when things go bad. And let "the house" keep the house."
Closely Watched Trains - New York Times, On the L Train arrival signs, which are often but not always accurate. So if you have a sign that conveys information you can't trust, is it still useful?
BLDGBLOG: Lyons-Dubai, whoa....
Doors of Perception weblog: Drops in the bucket - On the problem of a non smooth transition from fossil to alternative energy.
wrapping up 2007 (28 December 2007, Interconnected) Matt Webb with a year worth of thoughts..
Obey Plagiarist Shepard Fairey, only scanned it, but there seems to be too much hate and not enough real exploration of the implications of image sampling and reproduction. Loads of good research on where Shep gets some of his images though. Consider it a good reference point for a more interesting discussion...
Give one, get one, give a "$100 laptop" (for $400) and get one for yourself free...
Michael Pollan - Argiculture - Disease Resistant Staph - Concentrated Animal Feed Operations - Sustainability - New York Times Interesting article, and also interesting is how the NYT has changed the html page titles on their site, the link above is what they now are using and it's clearly designed to improve how the article ranks in Google...
David Graeber: The Shock of Victory. Graeber might be the most provocative of all today's academics, and this might just be his provocative piece, in which he argues that anarchistic direct action is actually widely successful and just doesn't know how to handle success. All this despite most anarchists being completely frustrated with their failures... Most interesting political read I've encountered in quite a while...
Flooding cripples New York's aging infrastructure. So is "aging infrastructure" the new meme du jour? And is it the new political cover for maintaining a deeply (and increasingly) flawed infrastructure rather than creating a better way to live?
Design View / Andy Rutledge - quiet structure - filed for future comment. Quick version, I agree that de-emphasizing structural elements is often a good thing (and as much as he's going out of vogue, Tufte has been emphasizing this for years.) But why does de-emphasizing the structure so often get paired with de-emphasizing the culture? In Rutledge's example the CNN site is way to quiet, it's a cold flavorless stripped down piece of alienation. A lot like an airport really. USA Today would never me my choice for a favorite site, but it least it has some character and energy.
The iPhone User Experience: A First Touch, Tog on the iPhone
Immersion Corporation - Mobility Overview - make a tactile feedback system that works for touch screens, interesting. Course force feedback mice have had pretty limited success despite how nice they can be. Guess the big success in this feed are game controllers, which have well integrated force feedback now.
wayneandwax.com » The Webnography of Reggaeton Faultlines Fascinating post from Wayne Marshall where he digs through one of the more fascinating posts over on this blog. No pomo.
Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace - danah boyd is definitely onto something big here, although as she freely acknowledges it is a draft and aspects need evolution (especially the absurd good/bad binary which she pushes way too far). Still the class/cultural differences between MySpace and Facebook are blatantly obvious from the first log in, but perhaps maddeningly difficult to pin down.
Redeye VC: Myspace - the next Prodigy? It's funny to read the tech types on this stuff cause they just don't get culture. Sure the Facebook app platform is light years ahead of what MySpace is doing, but it doesn't exactly help you promote your band or your photo studio or your art does it? I'm actually more optimistic about MySpace's long term relevance now than I've ever been. That doesn't mean what Facebook is doing isn't cool and potentially important, it's just a big fork in the paths these companies are taking.
blog.pmarca.com: Analyzing the Facebook Platform, three weeks in "This is an amazing achievement -- one of the most significant milestones in the technology industry in this decade.", and well plenty of bloggers get all hyperbolic like that, but when the blogger is Marc Andreessen, former lead developer of Netscape and co creator of Mosaic... Then again he also is the founder of Ning so make what you want of those statements.
"Peter Saville said I find it a bit cheesy. Those rings dont sit happily within that angular form and the typographic expression of London is a little insecure and apologetic. On the other hand, its incredibly noticable, brave and confrontational. Designs which are effective are abrasive on our sensibilities initially, that is how they work. It doesnt have to be nice because they are familiar, while a great design forges a new aesthetic. Its real job is to be a catalyst for awareness of the Olympics and its doing that already."
The New York Times Magazine - Money Issue, as good and as sobering as an issue can get.
NYT - Kids and Money | New York Times Shorts -- The First Ones - yow, 15 minutes well worth watching.
emo beer = busted career, great visualized music reviews.
london 2012 (tecznotes), got to agree with Mike, took a couple days but I rather like the London 2012 logo now, and the video is as good as that design by committee stuff could ever hope to be. Not quite Mexico 68, but similarly psychedelic and still damn good as these logos go.
Old School Messenger on Letterman in the 80's, under a truck!
Leaving a big mess on campus - Los Angeles Times "After final exams and graduation every spring, America's college campuses become astonishing junkyards of abandoned stuff providing, some say, a snapshot of a generation of students raised in a throwaway culture."
And as a bonus they highlight my alma mater...
Index of MaisonMartinMargiela, pretty much a rip off (or homage to?) of the OG Helmut Lang site, but that was one of the all time best sites in my book so....
For what it's worth a few years ago I got half way through building a portfolio site entirely in apache, no html, no flash, just modded directories and images, should finish that thing....
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Long player, Carr on David Weinberger's, Everything Is Miscellaneous. Like Carr I started reading this, and yeah Weinberger started losing me at the exact same point. I did make it half way through though and the book is pretty much ok. I don't actually disagree much with it's premise, what's in there is generally semi right, but what's missing tells a whole other story. Weinberger's got some serious rose colored glasses, and funnily enough the stories he tells make his little tech elite culture into heroes... More hopefully when I finish the thing.
What Else Is New?: How uses, not innovations, drive human technology. The New Yorker review of "The Shock of the Old", about a quarter way into this book myself and not quite sure how I feel, it seems rather obvious, but sometimes the obvious really needs to be said...
The Açaí Evangelist, my cousin Noah Landes writing about acai and the food politics of rainforest fruit. He definitely got me addicted to the stuff, I've been eating it every day for the past couple weeks, no lie. It's sort of like blueberries merged with chocolate, damn good stuff...
MASH SF World Premiere long time coming! when is NYC?
"The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding." - John Updike (via AG)
Little Snitch app for monitoring network traffic on a Mac
China To Top U.S. in Greenhouse Gases This Year (TreeHugger) It's going to be really interesting to see what this does to the US environmental movement psychologically. All of a sudden instead of biggest core of the problem is going to be a "them" instead of an "us", what happens next, who knows...
âThe Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbableâ - New York Times - First chapter of Nassim Taleb's new book. I'm in the middle of it now, recommendation at the moment, read this chapter, but buy his first book not this one. He's got one seriously important idea, but his writing leaves something to be desired, and it's not getting better...
17gugg-graphic.jpg (JPEG Image, 1245x694 pixels), the crack epidemic finally reaches the art world...
Click opera - Live dangerously, live long! "Reversible Destiny Lofts"
Profiting from the Virginia Shooting, the news outlets are buying massacre ad words, and Google of course is selling them.... Course it's possible the ad buys are algorithm driven, wouldn't be surprised if the Times has a system of automatically IDing keywords which triggers keyword buying on Google. And if they don't have it already, well it's coming soon, isn't it?
Update: BlackBerry service hit by widespread outage in U.S., hmmm wonder how robust they really are with all north american traffic going through 2 hubs...
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Googleopoly Beating on Google is sort of a kicking a dead horse thing to do nowadays, except that the horse was never alive anyway it's a statanic robot and it happens to be charging straight at you at some absurd speed.Google plus Doubleclick?, you better run for your lives my friends, except there is no where to run so maybe try turning off your internet and then stay off for life...
GigaOM » DodgeBall founder quits Google Go Dennis! Happy to see you free at last.
S/FJ: PEOPLE GET HEATED, truth is there is no debate, Lil Wayne has been absolutely running hip hop for the past year, and there are no signs he's slowing down. Wonder if any of this run is ever going to make it to an official record though...
Lord of the Ringtones: How Akon became a star. - By Jody Rosen - Slate Magazine Good article on the first true 21st century pop star. The African car thief currently singing with a Senegalese accent over a healthy chunk of the top 40. If he didn't exist William Gibson probably would have had to invent him. Of course this being the 21st, it's pretty easy to be the biggest pop star in the world and have practically no one know who you are.
Core77 - 1000 Words: A Manifesto for Sustainability in Design a little blasé but he sums up the sustainable design trend in a neat 1000 words. Why does it have to be so boring though?
"Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that on every web page you pull up dealing the horrors of the sub-prime mortgage fiasco Each and every one of these pages carries ads for real estate companies, new housing developments and mortgage companies?"
indexed: Exodus, anyone? Indexed is one of my favorite blogs of late, and this particular piece is freaking brilliant....
eBay: KING TUBBY'S HOMETOWN BASS SPEAKER BOX (RARE FIND) , auction is over, but whoa.. surprised it didn't go higher though.
Raphâs Website » GDC 07: Game Studies Download "Female players get Sims pregnant 60% of the time, males only 11%. If parents are divroced[sic], so you marry your Sims? Players who have married parents keep their sims married 73%, divoerced[sic] families only 53%. There is a weak correlation between personality and ingame behavior. Strong correlation between player race and character choice, its the exception. And females are a lot more likely to have babies in the Sims. Players are a little likely to want to enact their personlaities[sic], but very likely to want to enact their race and their gender."
DesignNotes by Michael Surtees » The Power of Ten (Simpson's style), a totally insane animated gif..
Swizz Beatz Kills Rap, and Tom Breihan is just killing it blogwise lately... Make sure you peep the song, or at least the beat. Between this, M.I.A.'s Bird Flu and Timbaland's Petey Pablo beats there is some true rhythmic frenzy hitting dancefloors in the 007...
Time Out New York / Trained killer, a payphone driven installation by my friend Ryan Holsopple.
Music's New Gatekeeper - WSJ.com "From their Silicon Valley cubicles, Apple staffers have become music's unlikely power brokers. Our reporters on the horse-trading that can turn unknowns into stars."
GOOD Magazine | Goodmagazine - The 51 Best* Magazines Ever compiled by Graydon Carter! Oddly American centric (with about one and a half exceptions, ie so few that they should have just made it an American list), but pretty on point. I'd work in the Economist, Vice, one of the big 90's fashion rags (Visionaire, Purple and Big spring to mind), and a skate mag (Big Brother, Thrasher or Transworld in their prime.) Damn that piece just brought out the nerd in me hardcore...
Social Explorer, a nice interactive data map of the US.
cityofsound: 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait', by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, great piece by Dan Hill.
On a side note I first read it on my phone, and made a mental note to link to it here, which I promptly forgot. As more and more devices get networked, what happens to reading and posting patterns? In this case the technology actually disabled my ability to maintain a practice. It wasn't until it popped up again in my reading network that I remembered to add it to this column...
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A Condo Tower Grows in Brooklyn - washingtonpost.com, the national press catches a long brewing local story...
richardsona // Adam Richardson's Blog - Blog - Org Chart 2.0: Built for Systems Thinking, It's a touch heavy on the "new new" hyperbole, but a very valid question none the less.
Pruned: Super-Versailles, on the massive wall sized control room screens
Howard Schultz concerned about Starbucks expansion, really interesting internal memo from the Starbucks CEO where he comes rather honestly face to face with the Starbucksification of his brand. It's easy to forget that at one point Starbucks actually made decent (and from what I understand at an earlier point even great) coffee. The question I keep wondering though is just what did Starbucks do with those thousands of La Marzoccas?
Flickr: Erik Nitsche collection, a small set of images from my favorite modernist era (but too good to be called modernist) designer. I actually had a collection of nearly all his General Dynamics annual reports, which I long since left with a friend who hopefully still has them. Anyone know a good scanning service in NY, they are well worth documenting...
Sugar rush | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited "'Sugar is as dangerous as tobacco [and] should be classified as a hard drug, for it is harmful and addictive,' according to a recent article in the British Medical Journal."
The Old Guard Flexes Its Muscles (While It Still Can) - New York Times, on the Networks response to YouTube.
rodcorp: Monocle first impressions, pretty on point, Wallpaper meets the The Economist was actually the exact same hollywood pitch synopsis I was using. The first issue is uneven, but if the weaker points get ironed out, not accentuated as things move on this will be a great mag. The risk however is in the ads, which lean towards that high income wallpaper side of things, and the weaker articles have that bad writing for rich people sort of thing going on. Any slide toward that direction and the result is just another nauseous luxury lifestyle mag. The fact that they are opening news bureaus is a good sign they'll move in the right direction, so the odds are looking nice.
Chávez Threatens to Jail Price Control Violators - New York Times, hard to tell exactly what is happening down their from this distance, but the Times at least is painting a picture of a ghostly echo of the mistakes of 20th century communism and if the left is going to go anywhere they desperately need to learn from and not repeat those mistakes...
Hip-Hop Outlaw (Industry Version) - Samantha M. Shapiro - New York Times, Sam's an old friend, great writer and covering the DJ Drama drama for the NYTimes magazine.
The Ecstasy of Influence (Harpers.org) Jonathan Lethem in defense of plagiarism and against copyright.
Hello, Christian Science Monitor readers! Flood of knockoff merchandise triggers a wider crackdown across US | csmonitor.com is well worth reading, and not because it somehow features a quote from your's truly...
The Real Problem For YouTube » Publishing 2.0 with some response from both me and the excellent Mike Migurski in the comments.
MOG looks like one of the more interesting of the social music sites, although some Pandora style radio functionality could really add to it..
RSOE HAVARIA Emergency and Disaster Information Service, crazy map of all the current "disasters" on the globe.
Daring Fireball: Reading Between the Lines of Steve Jobs's 'Thoughts on Music', I'm starting to think that Job's offer to do away with DRM in the iTunes store is indeed a bluff, but people often bluff with pretty decent hands. I'm pretty sure Apple prefers their "FairPlay" tech lock over selling unprotected MP3 files, but they look great saying they are against DRM knowing that the big guns in the music industry will never call that bluff. And if they actually do, well Apple can handle it, they'd just rather not...
Apple - Thoughts on Music, Steve Jobs is credited with writing that, and he comes out strongly against DRM, very interesting.
At Davos, The Politicians Got Web 2.0 More Than The Business People. Not too surprising actually, democratic politics is a highly networked and in places highly distributed process. Big corporations on the other hand tend to have centralized hierarchies not all too different than say a 16th century monarchies...
The Long Tail: The beginner's guide to critiquing the Long Tail, in which Chris Anderson addresses some common critiques of his theory and in some ways confirms mine...
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
"1. Eat food. Though in our current state of confusion, this is much easier said than done. So try this: Dont eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldnt recognize as food. (Sorry, but at this point Moms are as confused as the rest of us, which is why we have to go back a couple of generations, to a time before the advent of modern food products.) There are a great many foodlike items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldnt recognize as food (Go-Gurt? Breakfast-cereal bars? Nondairy creamer?); stay away from these."
Raining E-Blows on Egos - New York Times, It doesn't exactly include any real evidence, but this little Times Style piece is claiming there is now targeted spam going out. Even if it doesn't quite exist yet, it's bound to come down the pipe soon enough, but what I want to know is what are the actual mechanics of it all?
John Battelle's Searchblog: The Bummer Of Davos... where every session is off the record, the people in power need to stay in power after don't they...
YouTube - Kool G Rap ft. Nas - Fastlife, rare Nas from his prime, damn...
Google Operating System: Google Shows Really Big Checkout Buttons, interesting to see how Google starts to act more and more like a traditional advertiser as the easy money side of things slows down.. Wonder what would have happened if they hadn't gone on a hiring rampage, if they had kept costs low they might have been able to keep their pure text ethos rolling for a long time, or maybe not... Guess that's the Craig's List model.
Many Eyes, IBM's shared data visualization site, Wattenberg & Viegas apparently involved, but it's still not working great for me.
One of the remarkable things about YouTube and era of cheap videocameras is that people are growing up with a remarkable degree of understanding about the art film/video editing. I'm not quite sure that this is what the old school media theorists had in mind when they pushed "media literacy" but evenNike is hyping video editing to the world. Plus I contributed a microsecond or two of Flash animation to that site, so...
Did Apple Borrow the iPhone Design from Someone Else? : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech, a little overstated, but it serves as a decent survey of previous touchscreen phones.
With Field-Goal Accuracy on the Rise, Are Kickers Too Good? - New York Times Personally I'm not even sure why the game needs field goals at all.. or any kicks for that matter. Why not just let the QB throw the ball for a "kick off"?
(((I always like it when guys in new media loudly assert that their new media isn't like the old media. They're right, too, because the new media isn't like the old media, it's NEVER like the old media. The annoying continuity isn't the media platform, it's the PROFIT MOTIVE. That doesn't change very much. Doesn't change a bit, really.)))"
Howard Schultz on Charlie Rose- January 17th, 2006
I'm sure you could say the same thing about McDonald's or Subway or a few other of the biggest chains, but Starbucks owns nearly all their stores, they don't franchise, creates some rather interesting scenarios in the future I think...
The Pinocchio Theory » Blog Archive » DeLanda, A New Philosophy of Society, a book I can also recommend. Need to read it again before really commenting though, beyond the fact that I wish DeLanda would address Latour given the nearly parallel but not yet crossing paths they are pursuing.
Open the Future: Beauty and the Beast (on the closed source iPhone)
National Guardsmen overrun at the Border "A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona's border with Mexico.
"According to the Border Patrol, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the site in the state's West Desert Region around 11 p.m. The site is manned by National Guardsmen. Those guardsmen were forced to retreat."
Doors of Perception weblog: Global place - or is it a hat? John Thackara keynote on sustainable futures.
gladwell dot com - blowing up, Gladwell on Nassim Taleb
Kermit on Visual Thinking, anyone have the video of this, YouTube fails for once...
"What's being concentrated, in other words, is not content but the economic value of content. MySpace, Facebook, and many other businesses have realized that they can give away the tools of production but maintain ownership over the resulting products. One of the fundamental economic characteristics of Web 2.0 is the distribution of production into the hands of the many and the concentration of the economic rewards into the hands of the few...
"It strikes me that this dynamic, which I don't think we've ever seen before, at least not on this scale, is the most interesting, and unsettling, economic phenomenon the Internet has produced."
vlogbot, Steven Jackson's videoblog bot/viewer.
peterme.com :: Unfinished thoughts on user research, Peter's trying to pull together a bit of critique on designers retreating into being researchers... Insightful, but perhaps one egg short of an omelette.
gladwell.com: Bad Stereotyping, it's actually well worth checking out the series of posts leading up to this on Gladwell's blog, where you basically see an expert on making clear written arguments stumble through a couple rounds of debate and emerge on a very crisp and strong argument.
Joel on Simplicity: "I think it is a misattribution to say, for example, that the iPod is successful because it lacks features. If you start to believe that, you'll believe, among other things, that you should take out features to increase your products success. With six years of experience running my own software company I can tell you that nothing we have ever done at Fog Creek has increased our revenue more than releasing a new version with more features. Nothing. The flow to our bottom line from new versions with new features is absolutely undeniable. It's like gravity. When we tried Google ads, when we implemented various affiliate schemes, or when an article about FogBugz appears in the press, we could barely see the effect on the bottom line. When a new version comes out with new features, we see a sudden, undeniable, substantial, and permanent increase in revenue."
The Boomerang Drone, of all the things in the annual NYTMag ideas issue, this is the only one worthy of a "holy shit"....
Swivel - Home "Swivel is a place where curious people explore all kinds of data."
peterme.com: The Ghost Map and the inevitability of cities, a very valid critique of the deeply pro-urbanism approach of Johnson, whose views I happen to share. Both as Merholz points out, all three of us happen to live in some of the primest urban pastures, and stay their by choice, many of the billions now in urban spaces are not nearly as lucky...
frogblog / The problem with design It's just a quote and it's a quote worth re-quoting in entirety:
The fundamental problem is that designers are obliged to use current information to predict a future state that will not come about unless their predictions are correct. The final outcome of designing has to be assumed before the means of achieving it can be explored: the designers have to work backwards in time from an assumed effect upon the world to the beginning of a chain of events that will bring the effect about. If, as is likely, the act of tracing out the intermediate steps exposes unforeseen difficulties or suggests better objectives, the patttern of the original problem may change so drastically that the designers are thrown back to square one The instability of the problem is what makes designing so much more difficult and more fascinating than it may appear to someone who has not tried it.
-From Design Methods, by John Chris Jones, page 10 (in the second edition)
BLDGBLOG: War/Photography: An Interview with Simon Norfolk, another BLDGBLOG gem.
The Long Tail: Pixar Quiz On the incredibly increasing demand for 3D rendering power. Drives home the whole "uncanny valley" thing pretty well, except Anderson never makes that connection to the fact that more "realistically" a 3D model is rendered the less human and more undead it looks...
"The worst part of the story is that the winners are too dumb or too dishonest to acknowledge that they won because they had the government on their side, so they go around gloating about having what it takes to succeed in the global economy."
murketing » Bothe(red)? Its like if you took Bob Dylans The Times They Are A-Changing, used it to pitch Rolex watches and tried to convince people that if they bought enough luxury goods they could make a revolution.
U B U W E B :: Film & Video, a large collection of classic video art available online, very nice.
Lunch over IP: EFC07 - Bjorn Lomborg on prioritizing the world's problems"why are we so willing to help people in 100 years and unwilling to help poor people today?"
[BREAKING NEWS]: Student shot with Taser by UCPD officers Couple days late on this story, but man is it disgusting...
Raphâs Website » CopyBot Raph Koster on the copy crisis in Second Life.
"They will be copied. They will be ripped off. They will find their market prices falling. They will agitate for DRM. They will form lobbies with the analogue to a government, and argue that they are in fact the primary cultural contributors in the system. They will, in the end, come to embody everything about the broader, commercial Web that they fled to Second Life in order to escape.
"They will, in effect, be hoist by their own petard."
WTO Announces Formalized Slavery Model for Africa aka the Yes Men strike again.
Serving Up Energy Efficiency, Market-Style, On server farm energy use and innovation.
DIY Kyoto | Wattson a way to visualize and view your home energy usage.
NPR : Ride a Bike, Ruin the Environment, a rather swiftian argument against bikes, but without all the humor. Breaks down as such: you ride a bike and therefore live longer and since you live longer you end up messing up the world more, yeah that really is the argument...
The New Yorker: HOLY ROLLERS: The city's bicycle zealots by BEN MCGRATH An ok article on bicycles in NY, would have been nice if the author actually got on a bike and road around though, no evidence he did...
yasns- social network timeline wiki
Ballardian: The World of JG Ballard, because strangely enough my new home has a rather Ballardian lilt.
Vogue Cover Archive, and yeah I know this is my first post election day link... The election may have been a satisfying relief, but it was also pretty damn boring as a read...
Orbicule | Undercover | How it works, it's like LoJack for your Macintosh. It's also sort of a scary piece of self surveillance.
Wired 14.11: Tiny Slice, Big Market, Shirky on the "meganiche"
"I like the idea that hordes of voracious kids with ADHD are moving like locusts from server-farm to server-farm, feasting on link-potential and feature-sets, then leaving them as quickly as they came - barren hosts to nothing but digital tumbleweed and middle-aged new media pundits."
FT.com / Arts & Weekend - The high priestess of internet friendship, FT on danah boyd and social networking sites in general.
monome, part of me is "that's a cool new interface" and part of me is like, "that's an overgrown drum machine, can't we do better than adding new buttons to 30 year old interfaces?"
The TR 808 Is Coming, D-Nice on the flashback tip.
Stephen Colbert: "Oh really? Mmhum. Do they give a Nobel prize for throwing your own feces?"
Peter Agre: "........That's the Economics prize, I think."
Harpers Ferry Center: NPS Maps In the Public Domain!
graphpaper.com - Class and Web Design, Part 1: The Class Struggle 1 of 6, well worth the full read.
"What do you wear?
"Whatever. When theyre used up, I take them across the street to the shelter. The kids hate it, because Ill give away crazy limited-edition shoes, and theyre like, 'I just saw this homeless guy wearing these Jordans I cant believe!'"
Maps of War is basically an animated map showing who controlled the middle east throughout time. I actually created a very similar project as a Flash prototype for ABCNews.com way back in 1999, centered around the Balkans. Of course I like mine better ;) but it's still good stuff..
Future Boy: Videogames get real - Sep. 28, 2006, more Payphone Warriors press...
User/Submitter for Digg Users and Submitters, a market for Digg votes.
John Battelle's Searchblog: The Information Factories In which John Battelle, calls out George Gilder on his uncritical techno-utopianism! Battelle was the founder of the Industry Standard, the uncritical dot com magazine that burned through hundreds of millions of dollars throwing parties for bad business plans with long since forgotten brand names...
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Beyond question, on the fact that searching for "Martin Luther King" returns a white supremacist site at the top of the rankings.
fuct.com, some weird stuff from the pioneering "street" clothing brand... just a little bit bitter maybe? Almost a textbook case of a pioneer not getting proper respect, but it'd be nice to see them handle it a bit better...
Suburbia with a twist, the Cathedraltown development in Canada.
Reason magazine -- June 2001, City Views -- Jane Jacobs Interviewed by Bill Steigerwald "Urban studies legend Jane Jacobs on gentrification, the New Urbanism, and her legacy." Includes what may be her ownly public commentary on Celebration, Florida.
Guardian Unlimited Business | | Rolling out the green carpet Another interview with Ray Anderson of Interface Carpet. Is this the only green business story there is too tell? It's a good story but I've heard this one WAY too many times now, and the lack of a follow up is frustrating. The car share business might be one, but so far they seem to lack a good story/ pr person / charismatic spokesperson / whatever is needed to get interesting press...
Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge Larry Sanger on his new project, a fork of the very Wikipedia he played a major role in creating.
A Magazine for Earnest Young Things - New York Times, it looks like they left "rich" out of the headline...
ZEBO - The World's Largest Repository of What People Own
"Hi, what do you own?"
Espressoâs New Wave Hits Town - New York Times The Times wakes up to real thing, hope that doesn't mean longer lines for me...
Lunch over IP: Global Federalism: what if the big cities start acting on global problems? Interesting idea, especially since cities governments seem to have a tendency to be more open and liberal than federal ones. Ultimately it's a proposal to let the urban nodes network around the artificial borders of nation states.
"When the Bass brothers financed the first Biosphere, that earth in a bubble out in Arizona, the trees all failed in an interesting way. All the trees in the biosphere were droopy and lacked the strength to stand upright. They grew, but were too weak to stand. They studied the problem and found the answer. No wind. The Biosphere bubble lacked any wind so the trees had nothing to make them sway. It was the swaying, pushing against an invisible yet very palpable force, that gave them the strength to grow upright, stand reaching up to the sky."
KLF :THE MANUAL (HOW TO HAVE A NUMBER ONE - THE EASY WAY), a classic that apparently is the main inspiration behind Stamen Design...
Dave Chiu is taking much better notes at Emergence than I am. Really should have gone to Tamara Giltsoff's talk on day two, but you can't go to a multitracked conference without making at least one mistake...
A Sustainable Train of Thought » Emergence 2006 Day 3
Emergence 2006 Day 2
I think, therefore IA, blogging from Emergence 06: Service Design
Click opera - Ample for man? Momus on pedistrian crosswalk times ("clearance intervals".)
PSFK: MySpace is Over psfk on the obvious but for the most part unspoken. That said I think the decay of this thing will be rather slow and interesting. Like usenet, bbses, web bulletin boards and Friendster, online social forms like MySpace have a tendency to live long past their peak points, and continue to be highly relevant to the core of continued users...
Treehugger: live|work: "I have a dream..." It makes a great point but the last bit is so painful I can't even read it, sorry Tamara. It doesn't matter how important somethinks their issue is, splicing it into Dr. King's words is just sacrilegious in my book.
apparently I'm moving to LA to live in a LOT-EK container home, nice! I'll take a 3x3 in a forest acid green please.
Subtopia "a field guide to mulitary urbanism".
» Banksy/Paris video, have to say that while this feels like a proper evolution for Banksy, it also feels like it might be giving Paris better PR for a flop albumn than she deserves. What are the chances this is a stunt paid for by the record label?
YouTube: JET HITTING A CONCRETE WALL AT 500MPH, atch the video and ignore all the 9/11 crap in the comments...
Back to Iraq 3.0: Taking a break Chris Allbritton on the stress of being a reporter in the middle east.
What nobody wants to hear, but everyone needs to know A statement from Eric R. Pianka an ecologist who is perhaps the most blatent proponent of the idea that the world would be much better off with much less people on it.
start [SHiFT - Social and Human Ideas for Technology], a conference is Lisbon, too far in space and too near in time for me...
Jaiku "the social phone book", basically an IM like way to broadcast your phone availability to a social network.
osMoz : Serge Lutens Interview, a perfumer and more.
THE RISK POOL: Whats behind Irelands economic miracleand G.M.s financial crisis? Gladwell on "dependency ratios" and pension plans and as often is the case it hits it cleanly and hard.
ippr - Institute for Public Policy Research "Climate porn turning off public from action". A well needed article on poor state of how environmental issues, and the way to their solutions are communicated to the world.
Talking Points Memo makes quite a point on the toll that occupation takes upon an armies ability to fight in an actual war.
Display 2.0: A Look Forward to the High-Definition Web and Its Effect on Our Digital Experience :: UXmatters, Interesting although not particularly accurate in it's facts.
Mike Arrington is a major league asshole, not quite sure what he has against Nick Carr, but I think it might have something to do with Nick daring to speak the truth about the delusions to democracy held by the rising tech elite Arrington so bravely champions.
The Long Tail: A billion dollar question With this one quote: "I've long argued that the "natural" shape of most markets is a powerlaw," Chris Anderson sums up his philosophy/long tail argument clearer than ever. And it's that "natural" part that really bothers me...
Missing the Breaking Point, Adam Richardson on "voluntary obsolescence".
There's Gold in Them Thar Smelly Hills, on landful mining which is something I've always wondered about...
"part of our troubles results from the tendency to ascribe to architects-or, for that matter, to all specialists-excessive insight into problems of living when, in truth, most of them are concerned with problems of business and prestige." -Bernard Rudofsky
Gore isn't quite as green as he's led the world to believe one thing I'd ad is that it's a whole lot easier to go "carbon neutral" when you are born with a large farm property to provide all the trees...
"One of the things I learned at Wikimania is that Wikipedia is what it is and it won't change. There also appears to be a disconnect between the promoters and the people who do the work. When Jimmy Wales says that the focus in the future will be quality not quantity, this doesn't seem to translate to anything new in the work on Wikipedia."
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Ongoing Nicholas Carr reminds the tech world of this thing called history...
Back to Iraq 3.0: Dark Days Ahead, yow, Chris Allbritton is in Beirut and man it sounds awful.
"David Sifry has posted another State of the Blogosphere article on his blog. There is some interesting stuff in there, for sure, but there are some misleading statements as well. Firstly, the count of the size of the blogosphere makes no sense. When one looks at population statistics, one doesn't count all the dead people. Why do the same for blogs? The size of the blogosphere should include a clear description of active blogs. This issue leads to the second - claims about the growth of the blogosphere. The rate of growth has to be moderated to remove the dead material otherwise it is just an accumulation of corpses."
Lunch over IP: How About an E-mail On That?, on what various communications techs are best used for.
Signum sine tinnitu--by Guy Kawasaki: Ten Questions with Seth Godin I'm not a huge fan of the guy and most of the interview is his trademarked brand of horseshit (Google open to criticism?, yeah right,) but the t-shirt observation is pretty interesting:
"Books are the new t-shirts. We used to buy t-shirts as a way of covering our hard abs. Now, though, the purpose of the t-shirt is to be a souvenir, to give us a concrete way to remember something that mattered to usand to give us an easy way to spread that idea to others."
William Gibson on Lebanon, Thomas Kuhn and "Fourth Generation Warfare".
adaptive path » blog » blog archive » A Conversation with Steven Johnson, Part 2 as always interesting stuff from Johnson, although I still have some trouble with his definition of interface, which doesn't really leave much room for distinguishing between the surface structure for interacting with computers (this is what I'd call the interface layer) and the deep structure via which the computer handles the data (which I'd call the algorithmic and database layers). I think I see why he wants to roll all these together under the label "interface", for tying them together allows for a particular way of addressing the future of computers and information, but by vesting "interface" with a meaning that goes far beyond just the inputs and outputs of a computer system it robs a whole other more established approach of it's linguistic infrastructure, and in the end just muddies up the very issue he wishes to bring insight to.
Majora Carter on TED Talks, best of the Ted talks yet by far, god damn Carter is so much of a better proponent for environmentalism than Al Gore. Made me shiver, and it's 101º out here... Sustainable South Bronx is her org, support it if you can.
TED Blog: Jeff Han on TEDTalks, multitouch interfaces, "the interface just disappears"
Wired 14.08: Pinch My Ride on cracking arphid key systems.
Lebanon, Israel And The Role Design Thinking Can Have In Solving Social Problems., unfortunately it's just a question, but it's a good question..
Back to Iraq 3.0, Chris Albritton is unstoppable, now he's in Lebanon...
The Brand Underground - New York Times A Rob Walker longform, nice. Or medium-form really looks like the book is coming...
"But this primary is not about Mr. Liebermans legislative record. Instead it has become a referendum on his warped version of bipartisanship, in which the never-ending war on terror becomes an excuse for silence and inaction. We endorse Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for Senate in Connecticut."
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Lee Gomes responds to Chris Anderson on the myth of the long tail.
High-ranking officer: Halutz ordered retaliation policy | Jerusalem Post, 10 buildings in Beruit for every missile...
Bicycle Tsar Quits, Saying Goal To Increase Safety, Lanes Is Stymied - July 24, 2006 - The New York Sun If this is true, and there is no reason to believe it is not, then Iris Weinshall, Senator Schumer's wife and current NY Department of Transportation commissioner, is one evil person.
"I make $1.45 a week and I love it" Salon on Amazon's Mechanical Turk
A-bike, and ultra lightweight folding bike, even more ugly than most folders, but I'm willing to be believe there is indeed a threshold of weight and compactness that would really open up the bike market in cities. But maybe you need to add style to the mix...
Beat the Press: Housing Appraisals: The Accounting Scandal of the Housing Bubble (if anyone has a digital copy of the linked WSJ article in this piece, please send a copy I'd really like to read it in it's entirety).
Good Investing by Design: The Trend Desk - Yahoo! Finance Interesting Daniel Pink column on a design index, and also on what design actually is. Hopefully I'll have time to comment soon.
"In that sense, Hezbollah may have found the sweet spot in Fourth Generation War: It isn't a state and doesn't carry the political or defensive burdens of one, but it controls enough territory, commands enough popular loyalty and has enough allies to mount some fairly sophisticated military operations, using both conventional and nonconventional weapons. It's powerful enough to be successful -- and be seen as successful -- but not so powerful that state actors like Israel can fight it on equal terms. We may be looking at the New Model Army of the 21st century."
bopuc/weblog: Trust, a blog post tracking Yahoo and Google hires, interesting.
reveries magazine » Intelligentsia Coffee, beyond fair trade.
Capitalist Roaders Car Culture in China
"David Kramer, a Wilson Sonsini attorney also representing Google, said the search giant's PageRank system is subjective, using a combination of reviews into whether a Web site is adhering to its guidelines and is worth a user's time to view.
'Google is constantly evaluating Web sites for standards and quality, which is entirely subjective,' Kramer said."
"The best way to prove that a niche product is a niche product is to toss it into the mainstream and let it sink." - Nicholas Carr on the new collaborative filtering Netscape portal.
collision detection: Why the "loudness wars" are killing today's music, Clive Thompson once again shows why he is one of the best journalists around today by simply expertly condensing the article linked right below this one.
Imperfect Sound Forever - Article - Stylus Magazine, an awesome article on the problems of over compressed music. Starts slow though, it's worth slogging through the tedious introduction.
Foreign Policy: Minority Report.com Bruno Giussani on blog journalism from the suburban ghettos of France.
HOPE Number Six Conference NY, July 21-23.
Farecast - Airfare Predictions, Find Cheap Airline Tickets, in beta, hope they add New York soon...
LIFE24 a photo map of the world in the past 24 hours.
FON: WiFi everywhere! Been ignoring this company for a while now, but it looks like they are quite serious about building a worldwide mesh of WiFi access to challenge the mobile telephony companies. Word on the street is that another big time player is going to be entering this battle as well, and that's enough to make me pay attention. (Hint, you can probably figure out the company by skowering the FON site). As for the longer term connectivity issues, at least in the US, watch out for what happens with the large chunks of bandwidth that got allocated for HD broadcasting...
Turning Down the Global Thermostat | Metropolis Magazine | October 2003, An interview with Edward Mazria, the architect who blames global warming on architecture.
The National Entertainment State, 2006, maps the properties of the big 6 media firms in the US. Nice utility, although I really wish it gave some sense of markets share, and showed any relevant indies (assuming they exist, which I think they must in at least some of those industries).
An open letter to Frank Gehry. By Jonathan Lethem I've never been particularly opposed to the Atlantic Yards, but Lethem makes a good case. The accompanying slide show though is a pretty mixed bag in the back up it provides. Still if it's going to be a Gehry project, shouldn't it at least be a good Gehry project?
The In-Car Camera Never Blinks (but Viewers Flinch) aka the New York Times does Ballard...
photographs of residents in their flats in hong kong's oldest public housing estate:
each 100 square feet in size.
AfriGadget, not quite sure if this is exciting or repulsive...
"What makes the situation exceptionally weird is that this is happening in a country that still professes to be Marxist. And the new Chinese capitalism feels like it was introduced by people whose understanding of it came solely from reading Marx: it is ruthless, exploitative, and contains the seeds of its own destruction. The only hitch is that the inevitable finale - proletarian revolution - is supposed to have already happened. In theory, in Communist China, the working class exploits itself."
Design Observer: writings about design & culture: The Road to Hell: Now Paved with Innovation? Micheal Bierut on INside Innovation and designing for free.
®¤©: weblog: Companies Can Safely Ignore Me, wow this guy is bitter, bitter but interesting. My first piece of advice to him would be to make the title of his webpages something other than "®¤©", cause how are people supposed to remember his greatness if they can't even pronounce the name of his site...
DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism By Jaron Lanier Lanier is always worth reading, and as usual his prose/rant is half insightful and half constipated...
An argument that we are entering a second middle ages, originally from Foreign Affairs. Interesting piece that could be better. It's an argument I've tossed around in my head myself, but ultimately concluded is far more interesting only if you factor in not just the similarities but the huge differences as well.
BLDGBLOG: Interview with Mike Davis: Part 1. In which Davis reveals he wrote his whole book on worldwide slums on his porch without any visiting of anyplace... Much as a love reading his work I think that pretty much cements his status as a science fiction author, not the non fiction one he fronts as. His vision is powerful and worth reading, just doesn't have a huge amount to do with reality...
pivotgraph.pdf (application/pdf Object), Martin Wattenberg research on multivariate graphs, as usual great stuff from him.
sai sriskandarajah | the waste land, this is a great piece from ITP, was sort of funny to stumble across it online.
Small Groups, Big Ideas on the Gore, "flat" workplace culture.
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: One interface to rule them all, a good article with a title that sounds strangely familiar.
BLDGBLOG: Architectural Criticism is a great read, time permitting I'll have some comments on this soon.
Stephen Colbert's monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner, as close to a must read/view thing around lately, its a good routine but to do it in front of both Bush and the entire DC press corp is incredible.
"Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side."
John Kenneth Galbraith, 97, Dies; Economist Held a Mirror to Society - New York Times, may he rest in peace.
YouTube - Sly & The Family Stone - Ohio State When sfj links to YouTube, well you know you best watch...
BROOKLYNism - Brooklyn Style Guide -- New York Magazine, guess it's time to move to Queens...
Air Force One Subject of Internet Hoax "Ecko declined to say how much the stunt cost. 'It's not cheap," he said. "You have to be rich.'"
Is Mike Davis's [sic] Los Angeles All In His Head? I thought everybody new Davis likes to exaggerate and that the world isn't quite as bleak as he tends to see it. Maybe not. Either way isn't it his job to be the gloomy one? Often it's easier to make an argument by going too far, and that's what Davis is their to do, exaggerate the problems to make them clearer for us.
update: just noticed this article is from 1998, I love the internet for that, it's so driven by the new, but in the end it doesn't actually matter if it's new or old, as long as it's new to you. Then again I probably read that article when it came out...
The story behind the Game 6 RBI baseball reenactment. Honestly I don't get it, I me I absolutely love that video, but I'm a Mets fan and that game is the absolute highlight of my childhood fandom. I guess that 86 magic goes a bit beyond NY...
Life With Alacrity: The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes, worth noting that from my undergrad anthropology memories, 150 is not the ideal size for tribal groups, but in fact the point in which the groups tend to split into two and thus indeed the maximum absent external factors holding or forcing them to grow past that size.
one red paperclip, this one is funny cause it's a web thing that I keep on hearing about offline and just saw an actual link to it today. Guy is trying to trade one red paperclip step by step into a house. Right now he's up to a year's rent in Phoenix AZ, not bad.
icon | 033 | essay: the death of the critic, or perhaps just the death of Rick Poynor, it's probably his weakest thing in a while. Then again I'm pretty much over this whole idea of "critical thinking", I'd most rather be building and creating than criticizing and I think the world is better that way...
With the crack of the bat, you're in front of the crowd....and other classic Murpyhisms, ok the Mets geek in me has probably gone a bit overboard between this and the last link....
Dark Miracle, Josh Ellis on the atomic bomb.
collision detection: The art of the "heads-up display"/a>, another nice one from Clive Thompson. Personally I think the HUDs are where the most innovative user interface designs are emerging, so much so that I almost feel the need to buy a video game system...
Base of the Pyramid Protocol, saw Stuart Hart on of the drivers of this thing speak today. He clearly wicked smart and seemed genuine, but every time he talked about the people on the base of the pyramid I couldn't help mentally interjecting the word "exploit" right before the phrase... "Inclusive capitalism" what do you make of that?
nate_harrison_amen.mov (video/quicktime Object) - A documentary, short for a doc, long for a web video, on the seminal Amen Break. Great topic, great break, but was having it narrated by an Apple computer with the voice set to "NPR" the best choice?
Weberâs Polar Night » Tiny devices; virtual mirror selves; a rain of RFID a trifecta of news from that unevenly distributed future of today.
information aesthetics - internet backbone map, this one is super details and labeled.
Billmon is back and as nastily on point as ever. But really all he needed was to quote the WSJ: "Treasury Secretary John Snow said the widening gap between high-paid and low-paid Americans reflects a labor market efficiently rewarding more productive people"
Siqueiros Image Bank "An image bank for everyday revolutionary life"
"On tests of intelligence, Blacks systematically score worse than Whites, whereas Asians
frequently outperform Whites. Some have argued that genetic differences across races
account for the gap. Using a newly available nationally representative data set that
includes a test of mental function for children aged eight to twelve months, we find only
minor racial differences in test outcomes (0.06 standard deviation units in the raw data)
between Blacks and Whites that disappear with the inclusion of a limited set of controls.
The only statistically significant racial difference is that Asian children score slightly
worse than those of other races. To the extent that there are any genetically-driven racial
differences in intelligence, these gaps must either emerge after the age of one, or operate
along dimensions not captured by this early test of mental cognition."
Attack of the Eurogoogle | Economist.com subscriber only unfortunately, had to go to Lexis/Nexis to actually read it. choice quote:
"Even so, the most striking difference between Quaero and Google is not technological, but ideological. Quaero is a classic example of European state-funded industrial policy, while Google is the very embodiment of American free-market techno-capitalism."
Howard Rheingold's The Virtual Community, out of print but online.
Christ, apparently my elementary school has turned into a racial war zone. You don't even have to read between the lines to tell there is some crazy shit going on. And no, there was no gifted and talented program nor racial warfare when I was there...
BLDGBLOG: Thousand Mile Colosseum "it is not the roadways but their surveillance that never ends."
FORTUNE: Secrets of greatness: How I work - Mar. 7, 2006 (much of interesting interviews on working styles)
Geeking with Greg: In a world with infinite storage, bandwidth, and CPU power (or another step towards Google data domination).
Wired 14.03: The Chaos of Joshua Davis It's tempting to say Wired is just absurdly late to the game on this one, but instead I'll just hope that they're just ahead on the curve on his return to relevance, cause I'd love to see him make something as good as his old work again.
YouTube - Ask Me, Don't Tell Me (SF street gangs in the early 60's)
For managers, a Korean paradise - International Herald Tribune, or in other words North Korea has a new exploiter...
InformationWeek | Patents | U.S. Grants Patent For Broad Range Of Internet Rich Applications | February 22, 2006 - lets hope nothing comes out of this...
TitleZ: Book trends for publishers, or anyone interested in comparing book sales, quite interesting for tracking cultural trends and the comparative effectiveness of communicating ideas.
Greatest Twentieth-Century Economists Poll, Post-Autistic Economics Review, issue 36, in which PAER reveals itself as being a bunch of Kenysians, so much for it being new...
"The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'"
// microRevolt home (knitting software)
Purse Lip Square Jaw: Thingers rather than thinkers II, following up on what Latour has started.
aperture, a lot like Danny Rozin, but you can see into spaces...
native_to_a_web_of_data.pdf (large pdf Object) - Tom Coates on Web 2.0, its a large pdf of a presentation, but it has the best listing of various "web 2.0" sites I've seen.
Think Secret - Manhattan Apple store to be first 24/7 location - Don't have time to dig up the link, but combine this article with previous legal fights about who owns that glass cube in front of the new store and I think you get a good picture of just how Apple just might stumble and fall over its iPod dollars fuelled hubris...
"Ford had one of the more memorable commercials for their new Escape hybrid vehicle, starring Kermit The Frog. Competitor GM purchased the word 'Kermit' to promote their own hybrid car line, essentially getting all of the benefits of having a Super Bowl ad, with none of the hassles."
the worst part of it though is that Kermit, who used to ride a nice fixed gear, is now on a mountain bike, and from looks of it about to switch to a freakin SUV. Selling out is pretty much taken for granted nowadays, but man that's a long fall...
::: Soul Strut ::: DJ MIXES, old news but damn nice to rediscover...
"Its high time for Google to figure out that it is one or two privacy disasters away from becoming just another Internet company."
Freedom to Tinker » Blog Archive » Google Video and Privacy
Cato Unbound » Blog Archive » The Gory Antigora: Illusions of Capitalism and Computers Jarod Lanier on what he calls "antigoras", an interesting concept niched in an overbloated article..
Knowledge Brings Fear » Welcome to the world of tomorrow, or at least welcome to the world of paranoid computer nerds.
"BlackHats? The search engines are the original Black Hats!"
Planarity.net a game for data visualization nerds
Alex Wright : Probability, Superstition and Ideology on Chris Anderson, Nicholas Carr and the faith in technology.
unfolded, nice very simple ajax site.
96-DINGPOLITIK Bruno Latour on politics and things, good stuff.
Peer-to-Peer and the Promise of Internet Equality Phil Agre on Veblen and more as ways to look at P2P, not clear if he's actually read Veblen though...
Studies and Observations | Adam Greenfield: Current thinking Adam's soft launching his new site/practice.
John Battelle's Searchblog: Alexa (Make that Amazon) Looks to Change the Game (I agree with John, this could be really important)
Doors of Perception weblog: Creativity in business, most important bit in this something that should be self evident, that the whole send the production offshore and leave the creativity and design in the first world model is a load of crap. To assume that manufacturing centered economies won't develop strong creative industries is absurd, why on earth shouldn't they?
G A P M I N D E R, has some really interesting animated graphics on world poverty over the past few decades.
The Jason Calacanis on Root Markets and internet ad strategies. Root Markets is incidentally where my friend Dan Perlin is now working.
The 10 Faces of Innovation, Ideo versus the devil's advocate, aka their attempt to co-opt the "power of positive thinking" and all those consulting dollars associated with it... So far they have been pretty successful at too, will be interesting to watch.
"Its as if the head is eating the tail..."
[ SAILS â¢ The Mascarillons ], "Self-Assembling Intelligent Lighter-than-air Structures"
"A lot of programmers, seem to me to think that the whole point of social software is to replace the social with software. Which is not really what you want to do, right? Social Software should exist to empower us to be human... to interact... in all the normal ways that humans do." -- Jimmy Wales
Bernard Stiegler: The global mnemotechnical system, there is an odd Bucky Fuller/early media studies feel to Stiegler's writing, but interesting none the less.
"My visit to Google? Despite the whimsical furniture and other toys, I felt I was entering a 14th-century cathedral not in the 14th century but in the 12th century, while it was being built. Everyone was busy carving one stone here and another stone there, with some invisible architect getting everything to fit. The mood was playful, yet there was a palpable reverence in the air. 'We are not scanning all those books to be read by people,' explained one of my hosts after my talk. 'We are scanning them to be read by an AI.'..
"The best description comes from science fiction writer Simon Ings: 'When our machines overtook us, too complex and efficient for us to control, they did it so fast and so smoothly and so usefully, only a fool or a prophet would have dared complain.'"
Is it me or does Dyson want us to roll over and surrender to the Borg?
Peggy Noonan can't take it any more, does that mean the Republican's long knifes are now angled towards Bush. No matter how much I disagreed with their policies there was always a degree of competence in the Reagan and Bush I regimes. People like Noonan and Scowcroft where pretty good at what they did and they've finally flinched at watching Bush II trash the White House. The big question to me is where is Jim Baker? The Bush I problem solver got Dubya through Florida and into the White House, will they call him back now, or is the internal hate to high?
collision detection: Get your game face on, Clive Thompson is still the best at describing the strange unrealness that emerges when computer animated characters get more "realistic".
BBC NEWS | Technology | Gamer buys virtual space station, for $100,000! A bit shocking except that apparently this real estate has potential to generate loads of real money. The $26,500 island was pure luxury in an online space, this deal has more "economic man" about it...
"Seldom will you see Chilean sea bass claiming the most elaborate sauce on the carte du jour. That spot is now reserved for the new fish of the moment - branzino, orata, tilapia. But there is a critical difference between these fish and the toothfish that your waiter will not likely reveal. All of them are grown on fish farms. Seafood importers I spoke with say that an ever-increasing percentage of the fish they deal in are aquacultured. As we reach the end of the big natural predators, farmed fish will replace wild, just as beef cattle replaced buffalo."
Saranont Limpananont is one of my favorite fellow students at ITP
Everyware is Adam Greenfield's first book, look out for it.
Linux-Kernel Archive: Re: [PATCH] Re: Move of input drivers, so Eric Raymond schooling Linus Torvalds, of serious geek value only...
Chicago Tribune | Did blogging doom prof's shot at tenure? "And you don't need a PhD to know he writes very well, although that's not necessarily a plus in academia."
Email 2.0, although personally I think Mike's work is way better than all the 2.0 crap. Especially when you factor in Banapana's The Elephant in the Room, although in the end I do actually like AJAX, really I do.
TheWorldIsSpiky.pdf (application/pdf Object) Richard Florida takes on Thomas Friedman
A Nobel Letdown in Economics, anti game theory in Business Week.
get low, bus, damn hot
Alan Ginsberg: Howl, apparently its the 50th anniversary..
Oolong - The pancake rabbit. an up close history of a web meme.
"In Austrian history Schumpeter's name will forever be associated with the fact that he was the first finance minister of the young Austrian republic who oversaw an acceleration of inflation into the triple-digit area. Schumpeter resigned from this post after only a few months and later founded his own bank which went belly up in the early 1920's. After retreating into the academic world later on Schumpeter also started to rethink whether his libertarian approach does actually work in a real-life economy."
search term advertising, is the company bragging about their placement?
Creativity Now - Oct. 15-16, 2005, new moderators, thank god! lineup isn't on the level of the last two though, might hit the sunday lineup.
"In the 19th century, Britain and Europe taught the world how to produce. In the 20th, the US taught us how to consume. If China is to lead the world in the 21st century, it must teach us how to sustain."
Jerry Saltz, Battle for Babylon, his annual state of the NY art world piece...
The Uses of Disaster (Harpers.org), Rebecca Solnit on New Orleans.
by John McPhee, two decade old New Yorker article on controlling the Mississippi in southern Louisiana.
» What is Web 2.0 | Web 2.0 Explorer | ZDNet.com and for the record, if my take is going to be boiled down to a Hollywood pitch then: Web 2.0 = the professional web
"It seems to me, though, that successes usually come from a mixing of top-down and bottom-up approaches. Computer networking is a great example. On the bottom-up side you have all the wonderful (and some not-so-wonderful) entrepreneurs who have created services like these blogs. But dont forget the top-down contributions! Networking was invented by a big government lab (ARPA.)"
"I have written many words in the past about what it is that I think makes New Orleans special, different, unique. I have written them in tones of love, and I have meant them. At the moment, however, I feel that thinking about what sets New Orleans apart is, while understandable, not the right thing to do. The reason is that if a mask is falling away, then the attempt to localize what we see is also an attempt to be distant from it. That is a comfortable approach to take, but it is also the wrong approach. It is comfortable to acknowledge brutal poverty and cheap violence in New Orleans, rather than to acknowledge brutal poverty and cheap violence in the United States."
Damn, new it wouldn't be long before the Xtian wackos started saying that god took out New Orleans for its sins. Doesn't make me any happier to read it though, the truly sick and depraved fuckers are clearly the fundamentalist christians...
* Acess [sic] to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders"
Prior to joining Google, I set up a meeting on or about November 11, 2004 with Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss my planned departure....At some point in the conversation Mr. Ballmer said: "Just tell me it's not Google." I told him it was Google.
At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: "Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I'm going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to fucking kill Google." ....
Thereafter, Mr. Ballmer resumed trying to persuade me to stay....Among other things, Mr. Ballmer told me that "Google's not a real company. It's a house of cards."
So much loaded in their, ultimately its that house of cards remark that grabs my interest...
"Cancer Alley, along the Louisiana side of the Mississippi River Delta, was home to the largest conglomerate of petrochemical plants in the area. It is also home to one of the largest concentrations of cancer in America.
"Cancer Alley is right where Katrina hit shore."
You're It! a blog about tagging, another piece of tech hype with big promises and little results yet...
Should the attack of Al Qaeda on the Twin Towers and Pentagon be considered a revolt of mercenaries?
The Pop vs. Soda Page fs. Coke vs. Soft Drink, that last of which is the big "other" in case you were wondering like me...
Back to Iraq 3.0: Update on Shi'ite clash, includes some useful background on the newest Iraqi fragmentation, the split of the Shiites. Maybe its an oversimplification, but its looking like instead of Kurds, Sunnis, and Shiites at play we now have Kurds, Sunnis, "Arab" Shiites and "Persian" Shiites. Plus the secularists...
The Long Tail: "Just enough piracy", for once I agree 100% with Chris Anderson.
Ambidextrous Magazine, the forthcoming mag form the forthcoming Stanford "d.school". That stands for "Design School" and I while I'm very interested in the project I can't be the only one who retches every time they here that self chosen nickname/brand...
Relax, Bill Gates; It's Google's Turn as the Villain, the New York Times on Google's growing power. Not to... but just how long have I been on this theme?
Werewolf (a "partY" game)
Speak Up, the blog of a CEO of a major PR company. I really have been surfing in the internet mud tonight, no? Sometimes the info is more interesting when its dirty and tainted...
Q & A with Dave Naylor (DaveN) more search engine spam stuff.
David Naylor » DaveN, a "blackhat" search engine optimizer blogging.
Ecolanguage is a collection of movies illustrating economic concepts visually. Only got to look at a few minutes, but it looks like good stuff.
Feedster 500, why not 10,000?
"Why something that pushes seamless-dj-mixology to the next level of inter-track indistinguishability should be a smart move is anybody's guess. Yet in its own way the opposite trend--eclecticism, 'great records from all kinds of genres,' the best of the past and the present--that sort of neo-Balearic stance... seems equally a dead end."
Many-to-Many: Governance, Scaling and Anonymity in Wikipedia Jimmy Wales benevolent dictator of Wikipedia speech at OSAF
Vanity Fair Article Calls NYT, Time Mag "Part Of The Conspiracy" In Plamegate... is it me does it feel like a political firestorm is brewing?
News Corp to buy into search market? Said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, search = power in an information economy and it looks like Murdoch knows it and doesn't want to get left out.
unrealart.co.uk, in which bots play Unreal and make art.
Walker Expanded (a new gimmicky identity)
"the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti writers", linked to it already, but damn, Banksy's latest pretty much cements him as the most important artist of the past few years..
adaptive path » an interview with ludicorp's eric costello (evolution of flickr)
wayne&wax: we use so many snares hot shit! wayne marshall on reggaeton
welcome to optimism, Wieden + Kennedy UK weblog...
Flickr has some new sorting algorithms, no PageRank hit here, but when it comes to public experimentation in this area they are number one at the moment...
Exactitudes is pretty amazing, photos of people rocking nearly identical styles, done so right...
Nom de Guerre updated site
Say goodbye to do or die Bed-Stuy, guess the real question is whether East New York can gentrify before the bubble pops...
The Morning News - No Yellow Jerseys Here, by Geoff Badner & Pitchaya Sudbanthad -2005 Cycle Messenger World Championships
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect, global mobile phone anthropology
Booking the Bazaar: Mapping multi-level networks in a local cultural market, the academic version of the previous post.
Library Of Vinyl Experience: Blog: Boston Rocks the Commons, poor title for a good post about social networks in the live music economy.
Futura on cycling, left out my favorite story though, of the $18 no lock messengering bike...
Whiskey Bar: Breaking the Pegbillmon on the China yuan/dollar move yesterday..
"The president's first two nominations to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit --- generally regarded as the stepping-stone to the Supreme Court --- went to Miguel Estrada and John G Roberts Jr., who had played important behind-the scenes roles in the Florida litigation."
Rapha â Performance Roadwear, damn this stuff looks nice, the arc'teryx of bikewear?
The Press goes after Karl Rove, how long will they last? how long will he last?
Matt Cooper's Source, Karl Rove, no frogmarching yet though and Rove it seems is providing a textbook example of how to lie with out technically "lying".
Graffiti Analysis can't remember if I saw this before...
Foreign Policy Watch, Jeb is fresh out of high school and damn smart, watch this one..
Turn On, Tune In, Veg Out, Geek On Neal Stephenson on Star Wars
Bad Words: The (Conservative) Case Against Decadent Fonts, this has got to be a parody, please... Actually though what's really twisted about it is how closely it echoes the critical theory line of leftist post marxist style of thinking.
The Attention Economy: The Natural Economy of the Net (think I've posted it before, but its well worth revisiting).
ARS Electronica PRIX 2005 awards - kinda boring this year...
Shirky: Ontology is Overrated -- Categories, Links, and Tags, my personal take is that "tagging" is way to young to judge, making this piece a bit of a premature speculation. What happens when spam and capital start taking on tags? Once that's done, maybe then we can evaluate..
A Backyard Fountain Like None Before:
water cannot be "scaled" - that is, its performance in real life cannot be extrapolated from a small-scale model. "It has to be done full size,"
"Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over."
COSIGN Conference, "The aim of the conference is, as always, to explore the way in which meaning is understood by, or produced with, computers."
The Way We Live Now: Our Currency, Your Problem Niall Ferguson on the US Dollar vs Asian Central Banks
Beware the Product Death Cycle, Art Kleiner on the decline of product quality.
Spike Jonze addidas ad, not bad but if this is all that's going to come from his long rumored Harold and the Purple Crayon (aka best book ever) project then its a let down..
"Fuller famously expressed scorn for the idea that a war movie could ever be 'realistic.' He said that the only realistic war movie would be one in which a machine gun behind the screen would fire directly at the audience. (It's not surprising, in Fuller's terms, that Spielberg combines a claim to depict war realistically with an uncritical recapitulation of all the cliches about heroism, etc., that Fuller is rather concerned to demystify). So The Big Red One does not strive for realism; rather, it suggests precisely that war stands so far outside the parameters of everyday experience, and of livability, that it can only be represented as being profoundly 'unrealistic.'"
r - echos / jerome rigaud / informations flux / electro typo graphisme / electronic installation / media art(maybe I just linked to this, can't remember)
"Young Global Leaders" (pdf Object), "organization" is the interesting column..
blood is the new black go keren!
"You know what the south is today? I brought to the table. From TI to Flip to Banner to Haystak to Trick to a lot of people. What the south is right now is what I had my hands on when I was working at Def Jam and they passed on all that shit. I dont know what it was."
MICHAEL WOLF | PHOTOGRAPHY | HONGKONG (very nice but very Gurskyesque)
village voice > music >"Likewise New York hiphop stopped being interesting when it stopped being about cracknot just dealing, but the world crack made spatially and racially in the '80s. There are no great Black American novels about the crack epoch yet, only grand hiphop operasBig's Ready to Die, Raekwon's Cuban Linx, Jay's Streets Is Watching, and the grandest of them all, Nas's Illmatic. That album made explicit for all time the difference between the MC who thinks in dithyrambic parables and the one who thinks in lucid paragraphs and lurid photographs. Illmatic owns the crack moment as surely as Hendrix owns Vietnam. Nas is truly hiphop's Scorsese, a gifted storyteller who didn't so much seek out crime and mortality as those subjects found him, cornered him..."
The Sentinelese "probably one of the world's only surviving palaeolithic people" and probably safe after the Tsunami.
Choose The Blue (political warfare)
'Stinking Evidence' of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida - this stuff doesn't quite pass my personal Occam's razor yet, but I'm watching it..
"One of the strangest things about these five downhill years of the Nixon Presidency is that despite all the savage excesses committed by the people he chose to run the country, no real opposition or realistic alternative to Richard Nixon's cheap and mean-hearted view of the American Dream has ever developed. It is almost as if that sour 1968 election rang down the curtain on career politicians.
"This is the horror of American politics today -- not that Richard Nixon and his fixers have been crippled, convicted, indicted, disgraced and even jailed -- but that the only available alternatives are not much better; the same dim collection of burned-out hacks who have been fouling our air with their gibberish for the last twenty years."
- Hunter S Thompson, The New York Times, January 1, 1974
For the hardcore paranoid, here's your stolen election... Personally I find it a touch silly, Bush won the popular vote and quite honestly the Repugs just outplayed the Dems. Doesn't make it any better I guess.
provide access to the google desktop search service from remote machines (looks like they may have removed the link or at least hidden it, consider it a warning).
BBC NEWS | Americas | Brazil warned of slum 'bloodbath' aka another bubble of cyberpunk today surfaces.
"(Science) Fiction and mass culture crisis"
Resfest starts in 2 days! New York first this time.
Rendezvous by Claude Lelouch.mpg (video/mpeg Object), racing across Paris in 9 minutes..
Bring me my social networking, friendster looking for advice on where to go?
Internet Gives Teenage Bullies Weapons to Wound From Afar, is far more interesting then the title... Hints of how the internet will reconstitute society.
W KTokyoLab, pretty colors...
BetaVote.com letting the world have its say...
NLG - NYC, RNC Mass Defense. And if you ever get arrested during the protests: (212) 679-6018
The Paul C story, a beat junkie tragedy
Funky Do Morro has *way* more Brazilian funk then it did on our last visit.
Should New York City Secede? - I'd love to see the indy city state, but as a pragmatist I say lets make the 51st state bit a reality.
Will Ferrell - A message from White House West watch the video my friends.
In conversation with Peter Lamborn Wilson, and man he's not the happiest camper.
The missing Matt and Trey Shockwave cartoons unveiled (update: now that I've watched them I realize that they sort of suck...)
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again: comics writers like Ellis, and Grant Morrison, and Alan Moore, are really thinking about our culture, and our future, in ways that mainstream novelists and academics and critics cannot match. I get far more from them than I do from "serious" writers like Martin Amis and Richard Powers and Don DeLillo, good as the latter sometimes are. Comics are an oddly marginalized form, even in "popular" or "low" culture (think about how few people actually buy and read Spiderman comics, compared to how many go too see the movie version). But comics, with their low budgets, their innovative mixtures of text and vision, and their unabashed genre thrills and chills, are thrashing out the metaphysics of the twenty-first century." -Steven Shaviro
Sparklines, Intense, Simple, Word-Sized Graphics, revised from early versions.
The Pinocchio Theory: Playlist, summer songs...
inating racismâ� and âempowering womenâ� and put them on two lines in a bold sans serif typeface. Then u
woebotnik, cause the future of blogging is text.
"You pull up to Applied Minds unimpressed. It's in an industrial area of Glendale (who knew there even were industrial areas of Glendale?) - windowless one-story warehouses with nameplates like "Airfoil Distribution, Ltd" or "Light Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing, Inc." Once inside the non-descript edifice, you're greeted by a low-ceilinged version of an internet start up - the requisite espresso maker, late-modern furniture, flat-screen displays, etc. But really, nothing worth writing home about. In fact, the place felt a bit cramped and claustrophobic.
"That all changed once Danny came out to meet me. After chit chatting for a few minutes, he took me to a small room - no wider than my outstretched arms - at the far end of which stood one of those classic red English phone booths. We stepped inside - a bit cramped - and Danny lifted the receiver and dictated a passphrase of some sort. Presto - the rear wall of the booth opened, and we stepped into - nerdvana.
"From a cramped phone booth into massive pure-white-lit space two-stories high, adorned with all manner of things strange and beautiful. Over to one side stood the Terminator-like skeleton of a forty-foot dinosaur, it's 15-foot pneumatic legs gleaming and exposed. Nearly blending into the walls, itself painted movie-set white, was a tricked out Hummer-like RV refitted as a communications/command center - complete with built-in kitchen and bedroom. The space was a great big project lab, with happy geeks combing over various assemblages of wiring, motors, processors and plans like ants on a summer picnic. It's Willy Wonka's chocolate factory for geeks."
Soul In Code: Viral Media (updated link)
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No Sweat Sneaker Union made y'all!
NSA, Crypto AG, and the Iraq-Iran Conflict, no idea if this is true...
"ForwardTrack is a new system created by Eyebeam R&D designed to promote on-line activism. The system tracks and maps the diffusion of email forwards, political calls-to-action, and petitions. Our goal is to help people understand decentralized networks and see the power of "6 degrees of separation." ForwardTrack technology helps prove that one person can make a difference. "
Looks cool, although it pisses me the fuck off that people keep falling for the utterly bullshit concept of "6 degrees of separation". Perhaps its time I write a more vicious version of Six Degrees of Bullshit...
Elaine Cassel: The Secrets of Surveillance, of the digital sort.
Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund, which as of this morning has become even more critical, as two members just got subpoenaed by the FBI in the case they are building against artist Steve Kurtz. Kurtz's art materials have been seized and he is suspected of being a terrorist, a charge that is almost certainly not true.
Wave Messaging, if I were branding this maybe I'd call it "air graffitti"...
A New Archinect! "Making Architecture More Connected" is what they tag.
"Rezedents Rights & Rispansabilities", by the department of Housing and Urban Development no less...
Official Lynndie England Fansite, and it might not even be a joke...
Zenarchery.com: Download My Banners! - says the good Dr. Josh Ellis and he's of course entirely right.
Scary Chicks in Underpants; Lady Marmalade, skip down to nearly the bottom and read the Christina Aguilera bit, classic uncut snark...
John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on the same day.
They all went to the same place.
Kennedy went to hell because he trusted in the Roman Whore.
Huxley went to hell because he trusted in himself alone and his hybrid Eastern mystic notions.
And, Lewis went to hell because he invented a new god, and he ended his life a Taoist.
We will prove it here."
The Lost Washingtonienne (WONKETTE EXCLUSIVE, ETC., ETC.) Belle du Jour meets power politics. Plus ass fucking. Enjoy.
THE FOUNDATION - hip hop history.
The Anti-Olmsted, giving new meaning to the phrase "industrial park".
biopresence, will merge your DNA with a tree!
"I find The Geographer by Vermeer a nice metaphor of the Interaction Designer dealing with space: tryng to represent the qualities of real space in some limited way, being himself enclosed in a space already full of representations, and trying at the same time to gain hints from looking at the real world."
" Located just east of downtown Frederick, CO, The Iron Works Lofts brings the excitement, flexibility and vitality of contemporary urban loft living into a single family detached home context. By placing homes designed using an industrial urban language in a community laid out in a typical suburban scheme we have combined the best qualities of both environments. Decreased traffic, personal yards and attached garages provided the spaces for children, pets and property that suburban home buyers are looking for. Brick fronts, steel siding and loft style interiors provide the texture and uniqueness that urban buyers are interested in. The target market was intended to be young urban professionals, both single people and new families."
The Religious Policeman a Saudi blog.
300 Images From 1800 Sites, and they are all icons...
Political Patterns on the WWW -- Divided We Stand -- May 2004. Valdis Krebs releases another iteration of his excellent analysis of Amazon political book buying patterns.
Of Dada and Dr. Davis, The LA Times on Vaginal crème Davis...
Konono N°1: "This band is one of the main exponents of a spectacular style of music which has developed in the suburbs of Kinshasa (DR Congo). The Congolese call it "tradi-modern", in other words : electrified traditional music."
Funky Do Morro, loads of Baile Funk MP3s...
The memorial tra-la-loki orchestra and broken-hearted bullshit band aka lokidesignv6, the excellent Kevin Lo has a new site. What's happened to the collab Kevin?
howies® is another politically concious clothing company, let their numbers grow!
One more time around for: The Onion | Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over', make sure to check the date it was written...
"The genteel mainstream news reports of this scandal (which have given it less attention than it deserves or than it will get in the Arab press) have not commented on the explicitly sexual message sent by the abusers, which is that Iraq is f**ked."
FLASHPOINT, a disposable projector for political uses, nice.
Ben Affleck lobbies lawmakers to raise US minimum wage, prepping for a political career?
"Say what you like about Edward Weston, but he had an amazing number of gorgeous girlfriends, all more than happy to get their kit off and pose naked for him. He was one of those men who, as they say in America, got more ass than a toilet seat."
Hash, At, Slash, Backslash, Open, Close, Bang William Safire on ASCII...
Malcolm McLaren: 8-Bit Punk, missed this when it came out somehow.
v-2 Organisation | news | Redesigning the 1040: my magnificent obsession, Adam redoes the 1040, nice work, more comments to follow...
c u l t u r e k i t c h e n: Condoleezza Rice, a Sally Hemmings for the 21st Century, one of the best blog posts I've read in a long while.
Slice is a blog devoted entirely to NY Pizza!
"In fact, 'Bergdorf Blondes' makes 'Sex and the City' resemble a carefully constructed anarcho-feminist critique of capitalist society... If you have any sense of justice at all, the publication of this book demands that you rouse yourself from the couch this very second and set out to loot and burn Manhattan. Meet us at Da Silvano and bring weapons." Or so says the NYT, where 'blogging it in' must be replacing 'phoning it in'...
Fundrace 2004: Neighbor Search. Find out which of your neighbors gave money to politicians. You know what to do with the Bush donors....
Tim O'Reilly: The Fuss About Gmail and Privacy: Nine Reasons Why It's Bogus. I don't agree on a lot of the points, but the argument is well made.
"... The end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. ... Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."
That's apparently the bombshell from the upcoming Woodward book. Its a nasty jab, but is it a KO punch?
BUSH: Yes, I think this is a fantastic opportunity.
WTF?!? That's really the transcript... Mofo NEEDS to go and November is barely soon enough.
MoveOn is organizing a series of bakesales for democracy tomorrow. So find one in your hood, get fat, enjoy spring and beat Bush!
Conscientious: Chemigrams are beautiful
"It strikes me that bin Laden has been going about this all wrong. If he'd just started his own PAC, and spread enough money around, he probably could have gotten Congress to vote to blow up the World Trade Center.
"I mean, why bother with suicide bombers when you've got both major political parties on your side?
"A friend of mine likes to call the Israeli-Palestinian issue the "Death Valley" of American progressives -- a hellish, blasted wasteland that sucks the life out of anyone who tries to cross it. Better not to go there, and instead work the land that can be watered and tilled: health care, the environment, econoimc policy, etc. And for a long time I thought that was good advice.
"But since 9/11, I've come to think that the desert has to be crossed, otherwise the gradual descent into an endless war in the Middle East is going to doom whatever slim hopes there may be for a revival of progressive domestic policies in this country -- much as the coming of the Cold War did after World War II. "
- Whiskey Bar: A Higher Law
"Few libertarians may believe in God, presumably because they think the universe was created by the market in a moment of perfect efficiency." Wow, believe it or not I think we've discovered the rarest of anomalies, a right winger with a sense of humor. Libertarians are such easy targets though...
Empire Notes is reporting live from Iraq.
âummation: How San Franciscans and New Yorkers Differ, not a bad take at all.
Saturday 17 April, 15.00
Dark Suspicions About 9/11- by Justin Raimondo, who is a bit of libertarian wingnut, but he's also been right at times. Treat as suspect, but do not dismiss outright.
apparently the BBC News tonight wrapped up its 9-11 commission coverage by saying that Rice told the commission that "the president lacked sufficient intelligence to prevent the terrorist attack of 9/11."
Heh, I hope that's true, that it went out on the news that is, we all know the intelligence bit is true...
US Army Chief Says Iraqi Troops Took Bribes to Surrender, last May that is, you know when they could have kept the Iraqy Army on payroll and possibly provented a huge amount of disaster...
NathanNewman.org - News and Views: Reflections: War, Globalism & Sectarianism, is an excellent round up of Newman's very articulate and reasoned leftist stance. It also provides a fascinating glimpse into the infighting that has hindered the left for decades now...
"We thought about explaining that we were Canadians, but all the American reporters are sporting the maple leaf - that is, when they aren't trying to disappear behind their newly purchased headscarves."
"Sandra Roelofs, the Dutch wife of the new Georgian president and hence the new first lady of Georgia, explained that her husband aspires to follow in the long tradition of strong Georgian leaders 'like Stalin and Beria'."
The Journal of Murketing is still email only and still one of best reads online:
Another P&G manager who had convinced an actual, living consumer to spend time with him in a grocery store in exchange for some kind of "research" fee, was surprised when his lab rat requested that fee on the spot, apparently lacking the money to pay for groceries without it. "Due to experiences like this," Ad Age says, "top P&G executives began realizing how many poor people there really are in the world, [and] what a big potential market they made up."
angermann2 » The Beatles of architecture, which is lots of Archigram links.
Air America Radio, launches today!
You are where you live? aka what target market are you...
Edward Burtynsky Photographic Works, currently featuring the Three Gorges Dam in China.
Rhizome.org: I am a pirate ?! - another story in the copyright vs. creativity battles...
"And now former anti-terrorism chief Richard A. Clarke is beating up on the administration, and the Bush folks are acting as if they just heard last weekend that he had a book coming out. Which is just about true, although the book was physically in the White House months ago."
it = innovative flash navigation
A Letter from the Texas Border. I'm fascinated with the border towns, the poorest part of America, a long striation between two countries, a world tension. This piece barely graces the surface.
Turning the Tide is Noam Chomsky's new blog. Not much of a fan of the man, but worth reading none the less.
"It featured all the trappings of a glorified video game. Thousands of Pakistani army and paramilitary troops played the hammer. Hundreds of US troops and Special Forces, plus the elite commando 121, were ready to play the anvil across the border in Afghanistan. What was supposed to be smashed in between was "high-value target" Ayman al-Zawahiri, as Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf enthusiastically bragged - with no hard evidence - to an eager CNN last Thursday. But what happened to this gigantic piece of psy-ops? Nothing. And for a very simple reason: al-Qaeda's brain and Osama bin Laden's deputy was never there in the first place."
People Tree Online: Bookstore, a gateway to Indian literature.
Whiskey Bar: Out of the Loop, its spring time, and the devistating Billmon humor is warming back up, holla!
"Dedomenici suggests that the cow is the most technologically integrated of all farmyard animals because modern intensive agriculture, particularly dairy farming, has acted as a catalyst in the cow's evolutionary tolerance and understanding of technology."
Asleep at the Wheel, an imaginary ad via Billmon.
"In its Golden Globe Awards decision, the FCC held that virtually any use of the F-word, as it is known at the FCC, was indecent, because it is always sexually suggestive. (For those of you who were wondering, the F-word in FCC stands for federal.). This decision strikes me as fucking implausible. Did that turn you on? No, I thought not."
Its really tempting to just publish The Journal of Murketing email newsletter on this site. But instead you should just subscribe by following that link above...
the kid stays in the picture, perhaps a time for fear has passed us by?
Zenarchery.com: More Thoughs On Terrorism, Josh really nails it here. Terrorism is not the major issue that some would want you to believe. The acts are tragic and dramatic, but really there far deeper and more pressing issues at stake. More in the main bar later...
Bush's favorite terrorist, the Democratic inability...
Wired News: Who's Teaming Up Against P2P? Is the California Attorney General taking orders from the Motion Picture Association (MPAA)?
african oil politics, reads like freeze frames from a thriller, but this the real deal friends. dark gold, dark continent, dark intentions.
Kathryn Cramer: N4610: More Names, a Face, & Some Conservative Thoughts, Kathryn is all over the mercenary plane in Africa story, loads of fascinating details.
Archined: Glossy with Content, Rem Koolhaus has a magazine.
Don Park's Daily Habit - Korean President Roh Impeached, a Korean American perspective.
v-2 Organisation | Battle of the Celebrity Designer Restaurants | Lever House vs. Brasserie, round for round, blow for blow!
"Some anarchists imbued with the festive spirit of May '68 acquired the rights to a Taiwanese film, adapted the soundtrack and managed to infiltrate the local cinemas mainly visited by immigrant workers. Its title, The Dialectic Can Break Stones , was, it seems, an imitation of one of Mao's famous dictums. The pirated plot went something like this: out-and-out war pits two gangs of youths against each other, the bureaucrats against the libertarians. The leader of the latter - we'll call him Ling Pi - goes out alone to fight off 20 of the enemy. His little sister Miu wants to fight alongside him, but our hero puts a stop to that: "Your mistaken political line won't let you come with me. Stop reading the mind-numbing pair Marx and Lenin and get into the complete works of Sade!" Another sequence shows Ling Pi, in full possession of his martial arts, as his forearm chops its way through the ranks of bureaucrats: "You idiots, stop parroting Marchais's editorials from L'Humanité !" The leader of the enemy: "Revisionist, traitor!" Ling Pi: "Now you'll find out about the muscle-power of a pupil of Nietzsche and Lou Andrea Salomé!' Needless to say, I was delighted by the film. But it also delighted the rest of the spectators who, absorbed in the wondrous action, didn't pay much attention to the sparkling wit of the dialogue."
Sparklines, Intense, Simple, Word Sized Graphics. Edward Tufte releases some drafts from his upcoming book Beautiful Evidence. And beautiful it is indeed.
"If the Democratic policies had been pursued over the last two or three years, the kind of tax increases that both Kerry and Edwards have talked about, we would not have had the kind of job growth that we've had."
- Dick Cheney
In other words if a Democrat was in the White House we would not have had negative job growth...
The Judith Miller travesty, apparently the New
Pravda York Times has failed this hard before... 80 some years ago. But really the Times of late has been a complete embarrassment to NY.
Scalia asked to recuse himself, from the Cheney case.
Calpundit once again brings the utmost clarity to an issue, this time Alan Greenspan's fuck over the middle class Social Security game. Once again this is some third world shit, tax the masses and use the government funds to finance an elite. Utterly un-American to the core.
Political Patterns on the WWW -- Divided We Stand, Valdis Krebs updates his excellent mapping of political book buying patterns on Amazon. Its as striking as ever.
424 Sound Monster rips up those ring tone beats
Bruno Latour's Paris: Invisible City is apparently a "sociological web opera". Sort of like what hypertext academics where dreaming of pre dot com, only now realized successfully. Need to spend more time with it to judge whether the web is the most apropos venue for the work...
Scot Hacker's thoughts on the Grey Album, pretty on point, although I'd argue that Jay-Z's talents as an MC are mainly of the subtle sort that is difficult to impress on the non hip hop fan. Took me a long time to appreciate him as a brilliant MC and I love the music...
" The draw of these shows is obviously their romantic lure: we get to watch in astonishing detail while a couple falls in love. But doesn't the format of the show make it a little too obvious just how mechanical the whole affair is? After all, on every single one of these shows all you have to do is give the guy/gal 25 members of the opposite sex for a few weeks and bingo! With almost computerlike precision they fall deeply in love with at least one of the contestants and usually with two or three of them.
"How is it possible to retain our fantasies about the ineffable and mysterious qualities of love under these circumstances?"
Dove Beauty, more signs of marketing's classy, artsy future?
MarketingWonk: Toyota in Exclusive eBay Deal, signs of the future marketing web?
Howard Stern Pulled Off Air, they say "indecency", I say repugnant or not Howard Stern is the most popular leftwing radio personality on the air. Hmmmmm
the Dubya Constitution, funny and not funny at all, simultaneously.
"We don't support that" and other tales of tech support hell. Makes me like Dell even more, living proof that you can build a company on service. Lets hope others wake to it.
Fuck, as if Bush pushing the anti gay marriage amendment is bad enough, now I have to learn that the proposed language might be a bait and switch banning all civil union protections for gay couples. Does this administration have no shame? Do I even need to ask that?
Under the Freeway, by Rob Walker, public space in New Orleans, well worth the read.
Even the Religious conservatives get screwed by Bush, is there anyone left who hasn't?
tech ronin: FlipStart Micro PC 1lb, I want one.
Joshua Micah Marshall on the next Republican scandal, yep another one...
Coming Attractions, the Lords of the Bling, heh. Ja Rule as Golem is absolutely classic...
More Cities Supportive of Gay Marriage and I've got to admit that Newsom has surprised me in a good way as SF mayor. Meanwhile Jack Balkin argues that constitutional change often starts with political action and hits the courts last.
WHERE IS THE RUNAWAYCHEF?: S-21 CAMBODIA, the "security prison" for the Khmer Rouge, damn.
Cowboyz 'n' Poodles: Checking Out of the Holidae In and letting dem other bloggas know how to get down.
Yahoo! News - Dean to Leave Race, Mobilize Supporters, looks like my 'new DFA' predictions are coming true.
Mperia.com, an indie iTunes Music Store.
Martial Law in the NYC? Either way the GOP convention in September is going to be hectic in the streets...
Michel Gondry : Steriogram Walkie Talkie Man Music Video, can Gondry do no wrong?
Forget an Affleck when I begin my own failed engagement to the J.Low I'm getting her this
Question? How old and conservative do you need to be to think that John Kerry hanging with Jane Fonda is a political negative?
The Dubya Abortion? them rumors, they spreading
How to steal an election online, step by step instructions, don't have time to process this, but damn, this story gets bigger and bigger every month...
Joshua Micah Marshall as he often does, make things a lot clearer, this time with the Bush military records fiasco. So what are you hiding Mister Dubya?
Did Bush Get a Nose Job in the Oval Office? And is that worse then...
Political Wire: Chandler Looks Good With One Week To Go, and he raise $40,000 in 10 days off of blog ads!
Is Tony Toast?, don't miss the illustration too...
completely surrounded by no trees, TV on the Radio have a blog, yeah.
Style: The Sound, S/FJ chops up the Neptunes/Timbaland axis for the NYTMag...
The Virus Underground by Clive Thompson with photos by the one Ryan McGinley
gigantic artspace tonight an opening
The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare, Abrupt climate change, brrrr.
Massive Change - Call for Images deadline is tomorrow (today?) Friday the 6th...
infovore.org one who consumes information.
Social Design Notes: Protest and New Media, 1787 the roots of non profit tactics.
A Well-Imagined Star, the Mingering Mike story, damn that's a good read
G A P M I N D E R Making sense of the world by having fun with statistics
Andrew Orlowski is talking more shit, this time about the Dean campaign. More on point then usual for once, which means he maybe got 1 out 5 facts right... Follow the picture link though that's a legitimate critique. Cool that Mr. Armstrong credits Deleuze and Lakoff too.
Dean Campaign Hires Bellhead, worth noting though that this "bellhead" jumped right in and started blogging on day one.
Adam please tell me you are joking, please? I mean now that my eyes are open I guess I'll stop using V-2 to describe your site, as its obviously just part of your marketing scheme. And that last name, that's just a way your family markets their DNA. Hell why not just throw away names entirely, or maybe make up new ones every day? That will keep people from marketing themselves and shit you know...
Whiskey Bar: You Can't Please Everyone, Billmon gets technical and scary on interest rates and dollar exchange rates, for the hardcore only...
| s t r a n g e a t t r a c t o r | celebrating unpopular culture
Dean's VCs Force Trippi to Resign as CEO, the shareholders are confused
Ben Fry, elegant information visualization
Dean vs. Privacy?, ouch
Dovester, taking social networks way way back
Oliver Wang's Pop Life
oh shit, Ghostface mix tape joints Beatles samples, hip house with the Mexican samples (Burnin'), freestyles and more, hottt. When's the new record?!?!
Many-to-Many: Is Social Software Bad for the Dean Campaign?, Clay Shirky in top form on this one
Clive Thompson on social networking
eyestorm - Helmut Newton - biography by JG Ballard no less
Remarks by the President to the Press Pool, wtf is it about our president that he's able to make us go "wtf, this is our president?" with remarkable consistency...
Perhaps when he (Dean) really delivered that establishment a fatal blow was in the winter when he got all of them (Gore, Bradley, Carter sorta, Harkin, McGreevey, Kamarck -- yes, we saw Elaine, we saw!) to endorse him and then, with them in tow, drove off a cliff.
Distorted: Don't Look Now, beautiful
Josh Marshall on state by state organization and internet fundraising, read that and note that kerry raised $365,000 yesterday...
democratic music taste, and Lieberman wonders why the voters don't relate. Kerry wins this one with the Beatles, although the Stones would have been better. Dean goes for Wyclef and risks permanently losing the vote of all music fans...
The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, haven't read it, but the subject matter is right up my alley, we'll see about the politics.
The Iraqi reconstruction business convention. God I love it when Naomi Klein does what she's great at, journalism, rather then kicking utterly crap theories around. Here she covers a convention for business men attempting to bathe in my tax dollars via Iraq contracts. Good stuff.
receiver writing about mobility and phones
antipopper: purity is expensive, is organic better or just more expensive?
Boyfriend: "Hey, let's crash that party!"
Girlfriend: "Let's invite Jacques, he's always fun at parties!"
Boyfriend: "I hate that French fuck."
Girlfriend: "Why are you so mean to all my friends?"
Boyfriend: "I hate all your friends. We don't need any of them. Just the two of us, baby."
Girlfriend: "You're suffocating me."
Boyfriend: "Can I borrow some money?"
Junk for Code: Domination of nature, Tasmania is trouble
WTC Memorial = James Turrell? Turrell is of course the new black as well...
Mind Wide Open Steven Johnson's latest hits the shelves
The merger is expected to result in the elimination of about 10,000 jobs
Jihad Unspun has a slightly different perspective on the news
Creative Class War, its Richard Florida writing so filter accordingly.
Daring Fireball: The H-Bomb, Apple + HP commentary
President Bush sported heavy makeup on his right cheek Tuesday as he endured the pomp and circumstance of the closing day of the Summit of the Americas, leading some reporters to wonder if his South American critics might have finally gotten physical.
PRINT'EM free Japanese poster designs, lots of em.
John Battelle's Searchblog: How Superbowl Ad Prices Prove Old Media Is Splintering, prove is probably the wrong word, but interesting none the less
thickeye: Perceptual Moments & Consciousness thickeye on Oliver Sachs
In the River of Consciousness, Oliver Sacks on the the perception of images
WOEBOT: Milkshake a visual history
Ben Fry, artistic information visualization
The real Iraqi radiation threat (and it ain't from Saddam)
David Crawford - Stop Motion Studies, watch the faces
Survival Research Labs play Vegas!
Please mistake me for a hit, Sasha Frere-Jones kisses Swizz Beats bye bye
social circles visualizes mailing lists
Dean gains 6 inches in just 1 minute!, warning its on Rush Limbaugh's site, but if you've got a gas mask you can learn a bit about media manipulation.
rhythmic danger, the zone of fruitless intensification and the death of jungle, aka Simon Reynolds in absolutely top form. Holla
Gary Hart for Colorado Senator, please?
Wooster Collective calls for a naming of a movement, I call it "post graffiti" but it sure could be better then that.
sponsoring bands like skaters, when do they start doing artists?
Speakerboxx x/The Love Below vs. MTA2 Baptized in Dirty Water "When the album finally dies, then and only then will we come to appreciate the value of filler"
Fourth Annual Weblog Awards, go nominate y'all
Agenda - American Brandstand 2003 Wrap Up, 50 Cent push Mercedes to the top, and then what?
Greenfield on Korea in top form no less
japanther is the new Big Black
the iPod mini is small, not cheap
underground meat, overground disease?
Leaderless Resistance Today, well in the spring really, but it's a history anyways...