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
Aussie Gold Torch Coral
- October 1, 2014Evanston, IL
- Editing images with an audio program
- How tall can a Lego tower get?
Answer: 375,000 bricks towering 3.5km (2.17 miles) high is what it would take to break a Lego brick.
- Biological glass fibers
Sea sponges that yank silicon from the water to great fiber optic channels for communication and photosynthesis of buried algae.
- What Can a 'Science of Cities' Offer Planners?
This could be useful. Scientific needn't mean deterministic.
- The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why
"The Fermi Paradox brings out a sharper, more personal humbling, one that can only happen after spending hours of research hearing your species’ most renowned scientists present insane theories, change their minds again and again, and wildly contradict each other—reminding us that future generations will look at us the same way we see the ancient people who were sure that the stars were the underside of the dome of heaven, and they’ll think 'Wow they really had no idea what was going on.'”
- You Can Now Ride on a Train While Flying on a Plane
"British Airways flights will now include a dedicated program of quiet, meandering television, with a screening of an entire seven-hour-long train journey from Bergen to Oslo." YES.
- Rite of the Sitting Dead: Funeral Poses Mimic Life
On the historic scale of bizarre rituals surrounding death this doesn't even register.
- The Array of Things
"Planners envision a permanent system of data collection boxes that can be used by a range of researchers from the public, private and academic sectors who want to test ideas but wouldn't have the resources to build the testing infrastructure."
- Transitmix - Design, remix, and share your perfect transit map
Brought to you by the good folks at Code for America.
- Watch IBM Warn Us About Glassholes 10 Years Ago
Prescient, though the creepiness of Glass is its stealthy video capture, which was never part of the IBM "prototype".
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
Newcity has published an edited transcript of a conversation I had with writer Phil Barash about design, data, and urban systems. It’s a lotta words, but does, in a way, capture more fully my thinking on data-informed urban design than anything that’s previously been published. So I’m glad for that. Here’s the full piece: Bright […]Continue Reading