Views From the Tank
- Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century
Fart-sound app maker and Climate Change Denier are my favorites.
- RadioISS: Listening to Earth from Space
Streams of the radio stations that the International Space Station is flying over currently.
- My thoughts on the smart city - by Rem Koolhaas
"When we look at the visual language through which the smart city is represented, it is typically with simplistic, child-like rounded edges and bright colours. The citizens the smart city claims to serve are treated like infants."
- Smart's Dancing Traffic Light Is The Grooviest Way For Pedestrians To Stay Safe
Love it, but I wonder if people will associate movement with being given permission to move.
- For the sake of our cities, it's time to make town planning cool again
"The teaching of architecture and planning appears to have gone in opposite directions."
- MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge
I like this very much.
- US bishops struggling under Francis' pontificate
Cry me a river: "Pope Francis is fond of 'creating a mess.' Mission accomplished."
- Apparently, Burning NH4Cr2O7 With HgSCN Opens A Portal To Hell
What it says on the tin.
- Grammar in Space: Are Satellites 'In Orbit' or 'On Orbit'?
Astronomy and grammar nerdery?! SIGN ME UP.
- The Sixth Stage of Grief is Retro-Computing
Emulation as nostalgia.
Places Visited Recently
The reports say there were 30,000 people hugging the Chicago River between State and Columbus last night to witness the first ever Great Chicago Fire Festival. That’s a low count and it doesn’t capture at all the sense of anticipation and excitement that suffused the crowd — something I cannot ever remember witnessing in the […]Continue Reading
Sometime in the late 1940’s my grandfather, Eddie Tolva, took his two sons — my father and uncle — to the corner of Dakin Street and Sheridan Road and someone snapped a photo. Just three blocks north of the Wrigley Field scoreboard and nestled between a cemetery and a westward jog in what is now […]Continue Reading
A while back Iker Gil of Mas Context asked to interview me for an issue of his magazine focused on the topic of surveillance. The angle was to present data, especially urban data, through the lens of “tracing, archiving, control, camouflage, deletion and monitoring”. The topic was very relevant, given what we know about the […]Continue Reading