1. "Of the many unforeseen consequences of typography, the emergence of nationalism is, perhaps, the most familiar. Political unification of populations by means of vernacular and language groupings was unthinkable before printing turned each vernacular into an extensive mass medium. The tribe, an extended form of a family of blood relatives, is exploded by print, and is replaced by an association of men homogeneously trained to be individuals. Nationalism itself came as an intense new visual image of group destiny and status, and depended on a speed of information movement unknown before printing. Today nationalism as an image still depends on the press but has all the electric media against it. In business, as in politics, the effect of even jet-plane speeds is to render the older national groupings of social organization quite unworkable. In the Renaissance it was the speed of print and the ensuing market and commercial developments that made nationalism (which is continuity and competition in homogeneous space) as natural as it was new."
    — Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1967)

    (Source: slartibartfastibast)

     
  2. Billions of years from now, he began to narrate, long after city lights and the humans who made them have disappeared from the Earth, other intelligent species might eventually begin to see traces of humanity’s long-since erased presence on the planet. 

    Consider deep-sea squid, Paglen suggested, who would have billions of years to continue developing and perfecting their incredible eyesight, a sensory skill perfect for peering through the otherwise impenetrable darkness of the oceans—yet also an eyesight that could let them gaze out at the stars in deep space. 

    Perhaps, Paglen speculated, these future deep-sea squid with their extraordinary powers of sight honed precisely for focusing on tiny points of light in the darkness might drift up to the surface of the ocean on calm nights to look upward at the stars, viewing a scene that will have rearranged into whole new constellations since the last time humans walked the Earth.

    And, there, the squid might notice something. 

    High above, seeming to move against the tides of distant planets and stars, would be tiny reflective points that never stray from their locations. They are there every night; they are more eternal than even the largest and most impressive constellations in the sky sliding nightly around them. 

    Seeming to look back at the squid like the eyes of patient gods, permanent and unchanging in these places reserved for them there in the firmament, those points would be nothing other than the geostationary satellites Paglen made reference to. 

    This would be the only real evidence, he suggested, to any terrestrial lifeforms in the distant future that humans had ever existed: strange ruins stuck there in the night, passively reflecting the sun, never falling, angelic and undisturbed, peering back through the veil of stars.

    http://bldgblog.blogspot.nl/2014/08/through-cracks-between-stars.html

     
  3. Pendulum Wave

     
     
  4. prostheticknowledge:

    Error Message Screen

    Japanese Tumblr blog documenting public display errors in the country, from blue screen of deaths, Window operating system backgrounds to pop up notifications. Users can submit there findings to the blog.

    The errormessagescreen Tumblr blog can be found here

     
  5. asapscience:

    Woah. The sun from Mars. 

    Captured by NASA’s Mars Rover Spirit. The image is a false color composite, showing the sky similar to what a human would see, but with the colors slightly exaggerated.

    via Reddit

     

  6. the-netocrat:

    The freedom of thought is an interesting concept. Instead of being forced into certain ideas and being controlled into believing things, the philosopher John Stuart Mill proposes that for correct ideas to find their way into society, deviation from the norm is necessary. Unless society is…

     
  7. eidesis:

    maidsafe.net Privacy. Security. Freedom.

    (Source: dackdel)

     
     

  8. The Maker’s Bill of Rights

    • Meaningful and specific parts lists shall be included.

    • Cases shall be easy to open.

    • Batteries should be replaceable.

    • Special tools are allowed only for darn good reasons.

    • Profiting by selling expensive special tools is wrong and not making special tools available is even worse.

    • Torx is OK; tamperproof is rarely OK.

    • Components, not entire sub-assemblies, shall be replaceable.

    • Consumables, like fuses and filters, shall be easy to access.

    • Circuit boards shall be commented.

    • Power from USB is good; power from proprietary power adapters is bad.

    • Standard connecters shall have pinouts defined.

    • If it snaps shut, it shall snap open.

    • Screws better than glues.

    • Docs and drivers shall have permalinks and shall reside for all perpetuity at archive.org.

    • Ease of repair shall be a design ideal, not an afterthought.

    • Metric or standard, not both.

    • Schematics shall be included.

     
  9. A Portrait of Eliane Radigue

     
     
  10. Zizek on Cultural Capitalism