Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

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“By creating a political toolkit for authoritarian movements, the American tech giants may be putting their own future at risk.”

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“Given this scary state of the world, with ecological collapse just over the horizon, and a population sharpening its pitchforks, an important question is how this globalized, unaccountable tech industry sees its goals. What does it want? What will all the profits be invested in?

What is the plan?

The honest answer is: rocket ships and immortality.”

>> Notes From An Emergency

“At it’s worst Theodore Roosevelt was rumored to have described camouflage as ‘a form of effeminate cowardice, a mere defensive strategy that all but announced an unmanly desire to hide instead of fight’ (Elias, Ann. Camouflage and its Impact on Australia in WWII: An Art Historian’s Perspective. Salus Journal. Vol 4, No. 1. 2016.). Throughout WWI and WWII the idea that camouflage was somehow unmanly was quickly overshadowed by the catastrophic losses of war.”

“SkyLift is a low-cost device for geolocation spoofing. It uses a small WiFi microcontroller (ESP8266) to replay WiFi signals used for geolocation services allowing a smartphone user to virtually appear nearly anywhere in the world. For this residency I’ve released the code and instructions to build your own device at https://github.com/adamhrv/skylift.

The first version of SkyLift (V0.1) was created in the summer of 2016 in collaboration with Surya Mattu for !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s exhibition “Welcome to Ecuador!” at Zoo Galerie in Nantes. The concept was to virtually relocate visitors inside !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s recreation of Julian Assange’s room in Nantes to his real location at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. This first prototype used a Raspberry Pi and software called mdk3 (a beacon frame generator) to emulate the WiFi infrastructure at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.”

— https://schloss-post.com/the-future-of-living-with-surveillance/

Deus Ex

“I wanted to tell a story with the players, just the way Bruce Sterling had told a story with me and with my friends.”

Warren Spector and some friends started a game of D&D in 1978, Bruce Sterling was their DM, and that was the starting point — for Deus Ex & also his “entire career” (as he says) has been about to recreate the feeling he had when playing that first game of D&D, his “life mission”.

Warren Spector’s Deux Ex Postmortem at GDC

(There are great parts in this talk, and after only 1 hour of it, i know i could have listened to Warren Spector for 4 more hours.)

s4e11: We need to talk about algorithms by danhon

[…]
– how far off are we from the algorithmic equivalent of “This area contains naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm”? A sort of “This product contains algorithms that are known to affect your ability to make conscious decisions of your own volition”?
[…]

2017Jan/Feb links

Hashimoto Okiie’s Views of Ancient Castles and Gardens / 1 (Art/woodcut)

The Mechanical-Architectural World of Stijn Jonckheere. (Experimental architecture)

Slicing open trees, searching for evidence of sunspots.

The colors of Japanese internement (photos, The New Yorker)

Dangerous Days – On The Edge Of Blade Runner (2007) / BBC, documentary, 1h40, aka “Dangerous Days – Making Blade Runner”

The Rise and Fall of ‘Boring Dystopia’ (Mark Fisher / Motherboard)

The Valley and the Predator. (Rhizome / by Ingrid Burrington)
With each passing hype cycle, the “silicon” history of Silicon Valley—and the military and government funding behind it—fades, replaced by blithe libertarian faith in free markets and proprietary math.

Bruce Sterling: What’s happening is far more dystopian than most of the stuff I’d put in a sci-fi book.” / Bruce Sterling’s Flickr album “Hello Robot” exhibition.

As if we didn’t know already, but:
What I Learned After Banning Screens From My Home for a Month
+ How i got my attention back + I INTEND TO KEEP SCROLLING UNTIL I FEEL SOMETHING

Jodi Dean – The Limits of the Web in an Age of Communicative Capitalism (video / talk)

“The internet is writing fanfiction about us” (James Bridle – Metaphors Considered Harmful / video / talk)

Mark Fisher & Robin Mackay- Pomophobia (ccru / haven’t read this yet.)

Burial ITW by Mark Fisher, unedited transcript (The Wire)

“Imaginary Landscapes” documentary on Brian Eno, 1989

experimental music notation resources

A Life in Waves explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani. (documentary / vod)

Exploring the Arctic’s Global Seed Vault (Motherboard / video, “The vault is protecting the world’s agricultural genetic diversity and protecting our future food supply in case of catastrophe.”)

fieldofvision.org (short films/documentaries)

Tiny Computer (Sort of  a Pico8 “clone”…? Virtual console/computer.)

Übersicht Widgets (HTML5 widgets for macOS)

(some) links ~2016nov/dec

Programmer, artist, and maker-of-wonderful-esoterica Andi McClure shares insights on games, woodland creatures, and collaborating with Corrypt developer Michael Brough.

  •  Airchat (github)

    AirChat is a zero-dependency* P2P CLI chat tool that (ab)uses the AirDrop interface to allow chatting across WiFi networks (or no WiFi network).

  • matrix.org

    “Matrix is an open standard for decentralised communication, providing simple HTTP APIs and open source reference implementations for securely distributing and persisting JSON over an open federation of servers.”

“The Unix-Haters Handbook is a semi-humorous edited compilation of messages to the Unix-Haters mailing list. The book was edited by Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise and Steven Strassmann and published in 1994.” (wikipedia.)

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// This was a(nother) huge waste of time, better automate it next time, or never do it again.