“From Lorde to Macklemore, it’s a sentiment that’s galling for its popularity: white artists need to stop using the wealth signifiers of rap music to gesture at their self-important “anti-consumerism.” What Allen misses as she washes rims in a kitchen decorated only with bottles of champagne is that it’s not anti-consumerism when it only targets one type of consumer.”
— Lily Allen’s Anti Black Feminism | NOISEY
11:27 pm • 15 November 2013 • 2 notes • View comments
“You can always tell, especially in tourist season, which tourists are here for which writers,” Richard says. “At Walden Pond you get all the old hippies, the ones who protested Vietnam. At the Old Manse you get the Goth chicks who are there for Hawthorne. At Orchard House, you get all the middle-aged women who thought they were Jo March when they were 14 (he laughs), and then for Emerson, you get the grey-haired academic guys who are very serious.”
Town Of The Living Dead
Oh Concord, MA.
12:40 am • 25 October 2013 • 2 notes • View comments
“On May 28, a seemingly innocuous bit of beta software called Waste popped up on the Nullsoft site. Apparently named after a secret postal system in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, Waste came with a little description, explaining that it enabled secure communication and file trading for small, trusted groups of people. Waste is just the latest innovation on a new kind of software for creating private networks, or “darknets.” These gated communities run on the Internet but are open only to those who belong to the private network. Unlike standard corporate intranets designed to last for years, darknets are almost organic, since they’re set up by individuals with common interests who form a grass-roots group that can last a week or a year and then disperse.”
Online Extra: A Key to Gated Cyber Communities - Businessweek
11:34 pm • 22 October 2013 • 5 notes • View comments
When 3D printers fail, the results are beautiful
The “digital detritus” of computer imagery gone wrong provided the foundation of glitch art, which celebrates the wild, uncontrollable pieces of an otherwise ordered artificial world, even if it was always confined to a screen. As 3D printers try to replicate the clean lines of a virtual model, though, that possibility of accidental chaos escapes into physical space. “The Art of 3D Print Failure,” a Flickr group that started in late 2011, chronicles the most beautiful mistakes to come out of 3D printers, from headless figurines to tangled loops of ABS plastic.
1:58 pm • 15 August 2013 • 125 notes • View comments
Submission - Aerial Photo of New York City with Rail Lines Superimposed
Fantastic work from Transit Maps reader Arnorian showing the New York Subway, PATH and NJ Transit Lines on top of an aerial photograph of central New York City. When you view a transit system like New York’s through the limitations of a small printed or on-line map (be it the official map, the Vignelli diagram or even the hybrid Kick Map), it’s easy to forget just how big and complex it is. A representation like this shows that complexity and scale to full effect, and also looks quite breathtakingly gorgeous.
Bigger image in this Skyscrapercity forum thread.
5:12 pm • 12 August 2013 • 1,223 notes • View comments
“For months we sat on the train saying nothing to each other. We survived on bags of skittles sold to us by kids raising money for their basketball teams. We must have heard a million mariachi bands, had our faces nearly kicked in by a hundred thousand break dancers. I gave money to the beggars until I ran out of singles.”
11:15 am • 8 August 2013 • 2 notes • View comments
Mathematical Figures - Art by Rare Minimum.
Figure 1: an illustration of a plane parallel to the base passing through a cone.
Figure 2: shows the Earth, whose diameter is 7,912 miles, represented by the globe, or sphere.
Figure 3: an illustration of the intersection of lines between a circle and its polar points.
Figure 5: demonstrates aberration - in optics, a deviation in the rays.
Figure 10: shows a number of curves belonging to the family y = Cxn.
Figure 11: shows the cardioid - it’s polar equation is r = 2a(1-cos0), “A” being the pole and “OA” the polar axis.
Figure 12: shows the refraction of light through a prism.
Paint by numbers.
3:01 am • 8 August 2013 • 4,498 notes • View comments
Crowd-sourcing a new map for the Buckminster Fuller Institute
The Buckminster Fuller Institute is happy to announce the winner of DYMAX REDUX, an open call to create a new and inspiring interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Map. 70 years ago Life magazine published Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Map
. With an undistorted projection of the Earth’s surface, ability to be easily reconfigured and transform from a 2-D map to a 3-D globe, the Dymaxion Map (patented in 1946) was a cartographic breakthrough and its iconic design has inspired generations since.
11:22 am • 7 August 2013 • 382 notes • View comments