Supertramp on the brain
I just realized I love Supertramp and always have. WTF. What else do Ilove that I don’t know that I do?
— John Tolva (@Immerito) March 21, 2012
Really the only way to get this out of my head was to mess with it.
Views From the Tank
Sand-Sifting Sea Star
- September 25, 2014Chicago, ILOctober 1, 2014Evanston, IL
- Glowworm fake starry skies on a cave ceiling to lure flying insects into their trap
Is there a name for this? Astromimicry?
- Turntable that plays the rings in a cross-section of a tree
Redwoods are EEEEEP's.
- Machine Learning Algorithm Studying Fine Art Paintings Sees Things Art Historians Had Never Noticed
The anxiety of influence uncovered algorithmically.
- Listen to Conservative Judge Richard Posner destroy arguments against gay marriage
“Why does Indiana let sterile people marry?”
- Balancing Bike-Share Stations Has Become a Serious Scientific Endeavor
Including the tantalizing idea of bikes that rebalance the stations themselves.
- A brief history of hating cities
What goes around comes around in suburbia.
- Seesaws for giants
"Chasing Chicago’s movable bridges."
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- 808 Alarm
"At 8:08 am and 8:08 pm it will play a classic 808 sound. There are no settings."
- This is your brain on design
"Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute track how urban environments can make people relaxed or tense."
Places Visited Recently
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
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Helsinki, Finland as a guest of Pluto Finland and Forum Virium. It was a trip long in the making, as I had been extended an invitation by the mayor of Helsinki, Jussi Pajunen, almost two years previously in my role at the City of Chicago. […]Continue Reading