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The Origins of Political Order
Topic: Politics and Law 8:11 am EDT, Apr 19, 2011

Newsweek profiles Francis Fukuyama.

As the communist era vanished, he declared history's end. With the Middle East in revolt and China rising, Francis Fukuyama is back. What is he thinking?

The Origins of Political Order


Otomata
Topic: Arts 8:11 am EDT, Apr 19, 2011

Otomata is a generative sequencer. It employs a cellular automaton type logic I've devised to produce sound events.

Each alive cell has 4 states: Up, right, down, left. at each cycle, the cells move themselves in the direction of their internal states. If any cell encounters a wall, it triggers a pitched sound whose frequency is determined by the xy position of collision, and the cell reverses its direction. If a cell encounters another cell on its way, it turns itself clockwise.

This set of rules produces chaotic results in some settings, therefore you can end up with never repeating, gradually evolving sequences. Go add some cells, change their orientation by clicking on them, and press play, experiment, have fun.

Otomata


Very Tough Love | This American Life
Topic: Politics and Law 8:23 am EDT, Apr 15, 2011

A drug court program that we believe is run differently from every other drug court in the country, doing some things that are contrary to the very philosophy of drug court. The result? People with offenses that would get minimal or no sentences elsewhere sometimes end up in the system five to ten years.

Very Tough Love | This American Life


SF to Paris in Two Minutes on Vimeo
Topic: Arts 8:23 am EDT, Apr 15, 2011

I shot a photo roughly every two miles between take-off in San Francisco and landing in Paris CDG to make this airplane time lapse.

SF to Paris in Two Minutes on Vimeo


jtnimoy - Tron Legacy (2010)
Topic: Arts 8:23 am EDT, Apr 15, 2011

I spent a half year writing software art to generate special effects for Tron Legacy.

jtnimoy - Tron Legacy (2010)


Rebels Hijack Gadhafi's Phone Network - WSJ.com
Topic: Current Events 8:23 am EDT, Apr 15, 2011

A team led by a Libyan-American telecom executive has helped rebels hijack Col. Moammar Gadhafi's cellphone network and re-establish their own communications.

The new network, first plotted on an airplane napkin and assembled with the help of oil-rich Arab nations, is giving more than two million Libyans their first connections to each other and the outside world after Col. Gadhafi cut off their telephone and Internet service about a month ago.

Rebels Hijack Gadhafi's Phone Network - WSJ.com


David Foster Wallace and 'Robinson Crusoe' : The New Yorker
Topic: Arts 8:23 am EDT, Apr 15, 2011

Jonathan Franzen in The New Yorker:

REFLECTIONS about "Robinson Crusoe," the remote island of Masafuera, and the death of David Foster Wallace. In the South Pacific, five hundred miles off the coast of central Chile, is a forbiddingly vertical volcanic island, seven miles long and four miles wide, that is populated by millions of seabirds and thousands of fur seals but is devoid of people, except in the warmer months, when a handful of fishermen come out to catch lobsters.

David Foster Wallace and 'Robinson Crusoe' : The New Yorker


Votizen
Topic: Politics and Law 6:59 am EST, Feb 26, 2011

Noteworthy:

Like-minded people must form groups and work together to find the most effective way to express their sentiments.

Votizen:

Our approach is simple: we authenticate your existing Facebook, Twitter and email accounts as belonging to a registered voter, and we help match you with other voters who share your views. We then automatically connect you with your specific elected officials, who pay particular attention since they know the opinions are from actual voting constituents.

Stanley Fish:

To be political is to believe something, and to believe something is to believe that those who believe something else are wrong, and after all you don't want people who believe (and would do) the wrong things running your government. So you organize with other like-minded folks and smite the enemy (verbally) hip and thigh. You join a party.

Economist:

Americans are increasingly choosing to live among like-minded neighbours. This makes the culture war more bitter and politics harder.

John C. Dvorak:

The public continues to read about what they already know. And they hang out only with like-minded people. There are huge cadres of people who are practically duplicates of each other. They all think alike, dress alike, and go to the same group-approved places.

Conan O'Brien:

[In the future,] Super-TiVos will arrange marriages between like-minded viewers and will persuade mismatched couples to throw in the towel and start seeing other people.

Nova Spivack:

Twine is a new [now defunct] service that helps you organize, share and discover information about your interests, with networks of like-minded people.

Scott Sassa:

The notion of having like-minded people provide you with a trusted referral is a really powerful marketing concept.

Vint Cerf:

The Internet is for everyone ... I hope Internauts everywhere will join with the Internet Society and like-minded organizations to achieve this, easily stated but hard to attain goal.

Homer:

Can't someone else do it?

Decius:

I said I'd do something about this, and I am.

Votizen


Teaching Wikipedia as a mirrored technology | First Monday
Topic: Politics and Law 8:09 pm EST, Jan  3, 2011

Colleen A. Reilly:

Digital spaces on the World Wide Web can be consumed as windowed technologies, providing apparently transparent access to information, or as mirrors, multi-layered and complex, requiring critical reflexivity for productive participation. Approaching Wikipedia as a mirrored technology exploits its potential as a pedagogical tool with which students can improve their research practices and writing proficiency in digital environments. Students can learn to grapple with Wikipedia as a complex, living discourse community, whose rhetorical practices and technical conventions they must learn in order to make contributions to it that are accepted by fellow editors of the site and withstand its unique editorial processes. By writing for Wikipedia, students become critical users of this digital resource, develop rhetorical and technological proficiency, and generate texts that prompt real-world response and provide potentially useful information for fellow users of this massive digital resource.

Can Wiki Voter Guide help teachers to build lesson plans around the development and curation of relevant content on local elections?

Decius:

I said I'd do something about this, and I am.

Teaching Wikipedia as a mirrored technology | First Monday


Urban Exploration - Undercity.org
Topic: Recreation 8:09 pm EST, Jan  3, 2011

Steve Duncan:

As an urban historian & photographer, I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what's underneath. From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the great metropolises of the world.

Jacki Lyden:

Steve Duncan lives dangerously. The urban explorer goes underground, examining the hidden infrastructure of major cities all over the world -- their tunnels, subways, sewers.

In New York City, his favorite underground adventure, he could drown when the tide comes in or succumb to toxic gases in the sewers. He could be hit by a train or step on the third rail. And if he gets caught, he would be so under arrest.

So why does he do it? If you could have followed Alice down that rabbit hole, or Jules Verne to the center of the Earth, or gone to see the mandrake god in Pan's Labyrinth, wouldn't you do it? It's seductive. It's mysterious. It's what lies beneath.

Edward L. Glaeser:

During economic downturns, we begin to fear that we are entering a permanent period of decline. But we can avoid that depressing prospect if we recognize that a revival will not come from federal spending or another building boom. Reinvention requires a new wave of innovation and entrepreneurship, which can emerge from our dense metropolitan areas and their skilled residents. America must stop treating its cities as ugly stepchildren, and should instead cherish them as the engines that power our economy.

Urban Exploration - Undercity.org


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