Tom Coates, “Interacting with a World of Connected Objects”
You cannot compare this present experience with a past experience. You can only compare it with a memory of the past, which is a part of the present experience. When you see clearly that memory is a form of present experience, it will be obvious that trying to separate yourself from this experience is as impossible as trying to make your teeth bite themselves.
To understand this is to realize that life is entirely momentary, that there is neither permanence nor security, and that there is no “I” which can be protected.
Let me be blunt: Stock photography needs to die. In his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell argued that clichéd language produces clichéd thinking. Using a stale image, as he’d put it, “makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” Stock photography imprisons us in the same cognitive jail. Its intentionally bland images are designed to be usable in many vaguely defined situations. This produces wretched photography for the same reason Hallmark cards produce wretched poetry. We live in a visual world, communicating and thinking in pictures. When we use stock photos, we think in clichés.
The true cure for stock photography is inside your camera phone.
Thompson is the author of the excellent Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.(via explore-blog)
Our Education, Austin Kleon, 2014
“Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays.” via Junk Culture
A great set of images and resources on traditional Indian Stepwells, which once served as an invaluable resource not only as water capture devices, but also as cool, fresh public spaces in arid climates. The other images are from an Andropogon project in India where we proposed uniting old and new technology by restoring and re-imagining on-site stepwells to serve as vital community spaces on a new hi-tech university campus.