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Tom Coates, “Interacting with a World of Connected Objects”
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Tom Coates, “Interacting with a World of Connected Objects”

06/29/1446 notes • Reblogged from notational

 All that’s left of my link to Roy Baty’s “tears in rain” monologue from Blade Runner. 

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.

Timeless wisdom on happiness from Alan Watts, who would’ve been 99 today.  (via explore-blog)
06/27/141,087 notes • Reblogged from notational

Some things you forget. Other things you never do. But it’s not. Places, places are still there. If a house burns down, it’s gone, but the place—the picture of it—stays, and not just in my rememory, but out there, in the world. What I remember is a picture floating around out there outside my head. I mean, even if I don’t think if, even if I die, the picture of what I did, or knew, or saw is still out there. Right in the place where it happened.
06/27/14264 notes • Reblogged from apoetreflects

Posthumanism has signified “human enhancement” for too long—whether through technologies of replacement or addendum or through newer, more pliant cultural understandings of human identity. A true posthumanism would neither extend humanity into a symbiotic, visionary future nor reject our place in the world via antihuman nihilism. Instead, as Bryant puts it, a posthumanist ontology is one in which “humans are no longer monarchs of being, but are instead among beings, entangled in beings, and implicated in other beings.”
Bogost, Ian. Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. (via carvalhais)
06/27/14106 notes • Reblogged from notational

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.

Clive Thompson's spot-on, important Wired article on ending the tyranny of stock photos, which could be said to hold for visual culture that aphorisms do for intellectual culture.

Thompson is the author of the excellent Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

(via explore-blog)
06/27/14605 notes • Reblogged from explore-blog


Our Education, Austin Kleon, 2014 high-res photo


Our Education, Austin Kleon, 2014

06/27/14219 notes • Reblogged from robertogreco

I received a bogus copyright takedown notice for using public domain audio on SoundCloud yesterday. The sound in question—the famous “Houston, we have a problem” snippet of the Apollo 13 mission—is incontrovertibly available to all, for any use, without copyright restrictions. The fact that it’s been yanked from my SoundCloud page, though, is a sad demonstration of how completely many online services have swallowed the fallacy that “unauthorized” means “unacceptable.” It’s a dangerous myth, that we should all need permission any time we’re getting value out of a piece of culture. And it’s one that gets entrenched deeper each time we accept the idea that we’re able to make use of a work because a copyright owner is or would be OK with it, and not just because we have a basic right to participate in culture that is more fundamental than anybody else’s desire to maximize profits.
06/25/1422 notes • Reblogged from notational


“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
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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

06/25/14645 notes • Reblogged from catherinewillis


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.

(via Inhabiting Infrastructures: Indian Stepwells – SOCKS)

06/23/14148 notes • Reblogged from androblogon