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November 21, 2014
Software Patterns for Art and Life
This talk from Lauren McCarthy is full of interesting tech/art projects, many - but not all - her own.
The reason I haven't just folded it into this week's Interesting Things... post is the bit from 33 minutes in where she talks about wondering what it would be like to manage a relationship with someone using version control.
It's an interesting experiment, but especially so given Francis' use of github issues for his house (which we've stolen to good effect so far at DoES Liverpool) and Hakim's wondering about time machines, alternate futures, and version control in his London Perl Workshop keynote.
I've often wondered-out-loud what the github account for a city, and in particular my city, would look like. What code would it collect? What issues could it address? Who would contribute to it? This evening I've taken a small step towards finding out.
November 17, 2014
Interesting Things on the Internet: November 17th 2014
- The Water-Park Scandal and Two Americas in the Raw: Are We a Nation of Line-Cutters, or Are We the Line? Entitlement and class, through the lens of amusement parks.
- The great system thinking battle that is to come. Sounds like "The Whitehall Effect" might be an interesting read.
- The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare. I hope justice is done, but either way, surely we should be implementing laws, processes, etc. so that we don't end up with a financial system "too big to fail" again (or at least for another 50 years until it inevitably fades from the folk memory...)?!?
- Are low-paid, outraged workers ready to fight back?
- The Nor - All Cameras Are Police Cameras. James on excellent form, about city walls (of various forms)
- Leah Meisterlin — Antipublic Urbanism: Las Vegas and the Downtown Project. An excellent exploration of the Creative-Class-Regeneration-project in Las Vegas. There are echoes of what I espouse for DoES Liverpool's role in Liverpool in there, but I hope (truly hope) that we have a more human, considerate, inclusive intent (and I'd hope people would hold us to account and point out our failings if we don't live up to that intent).
November 10, 2014
Interesting Things on the Internet: November 10th 2014
- Getting the digital autonomy we pay for. "I just want people to understand what’s possible in a world of connected, standards-based software components, to recognize when those possibilities aren’t being realized, to expect and demand that they will be, and to pay something for that outcome."
- Are cities ready for open and creative citizenship? A call for more interesting community centres, with more diverse and active facilities - not just meeting rooms and event space.
- Peak Google. An interesting take on succession in the position of King/Queen of Tech
- Paul Downey is in the middle of an excellent series of blog posts exploring (and showing his workings, so you can play along) an open dataset on house prices and sales in the UK. This one looking at postcode data produces a lovely, detailed map of England and Wales from just properties which have been sold over the years.
- Against Productivity. Meaty thinking from Quinn Norton. And alongside "productivity" I'd add "efficiency" in the grab-bag of sounds-worthy-and-innocuous-but-isn't memes of the modern age. Of course, the irony of the fact that I'm reading that and writing this while sat on a train that a few years ago would have given me just time to think and idly stare out of the window isn't lost on me.
- Intellectual Property, Jewish Ethics, and Aaron Swartz. "Intellectual Property" is in dire need of reform.
- Identity as a weapon. And not the aggressors identity.
November 03, 2014
Interesting Things on the Internet: November 3rd 2014
- Ten hours of walking in NYC as a woman. The Internet, real life, both just the same. Linking to this doesn't feel like helping much, but I guess pointing out that it's wrong to more people is a start.
- Security Problems. Similarly highlighting the problem more than a solution, but we [geeks] need to get better at fixing security and privacy on the Internet for everyone, rather than just knowing the little back roads and tricks that we only use ourselves.
- Shut Up and Eat. If these tiny acts of consumer choice are the most meaningful actions in our lives, perhaps we aren’t thinking and acting on a sufficiently big scale. Imagine that you die and go to Heaven and stand in front of a jury made up of Thomas Jefferson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Your task would be to compose yourself, look them in the eye, and say, “I was all about fresh, local, and seasonal."
October 27, 2014
Interesting Things on the Internet: October 27th 2014
- The quarryman's symphony. It doesn't sound like much, but this video of a quarryman orchestrating the moving of hugs blocks of marble like a conductor does an orchestra is captivating.
- Yes We Can. But Should We? We need more critical thinking around the maker movement, IoT, and probably life in general :-)
October 20, 2014
Interesting Things on the Internet: October 20th 2014
- How to build a fairer city. Takes a while to get going, but the suggestions for how cities should look to develop, rather than compete, could move the debate on usefully. It would be good to see the council considering what this would look like for Liverpool
- Organize! What the Artists’ Union of the 1930s Can Teach Us Today. Interesting to see that artists formed a union back in the 30s, given that it seems difficult to see who the "boss" would be that they'd organise against today. Maybe they could just lend weight to, or seek to influence, political parties instead?
- Radio: Experimental Form. Always nice to see people experimenting with device interfaces, particularly when they're in such a beautiful wood case.
- Listening Post Ten Years On. Nice look at some of the techniques used in creating an interesting piece of media art. Wonder if FACT could be persuaded to bring it to Liverpool sometime?
- Bohemias and Backwaters. The best time to start creating is today.
- "This kind of naive scoring system is a terrible idea. The only thing worse would be a sophisticated scoring system." The comment, and the linked article, are both well worth a read.
- Something New for Politics? A nice intro to James Smith's new political party.
- Mind The Gap: You Are As You Are Eaten. Rather deep and philosophical, but interesting thinking on consumerism, big data, and the meaning of life.
- Art at the Edge of Tomorrow. A great piece on Lillian Schwartz's work at Bell Labs. "Because there are so many Lillian Schwartzes who are looking for their Murray Hill, and so many Bell Labs who need to find their Lillian Schwartz."
October 13, 2014
Interesting Things on the Internet: October 13th 2014
- Why nerd culture must die. I'd always thought (/hoped) that the geeks gaining more power would be good, as we knew what it was like to be outsiders, and would be more empathetic to other outsiders. Sadly that's not always the case.
- Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us. Not sure what to make of this, but it's given me food for thought. (Like I needed more of that... ;-)
- Make technological utopia easier with this one weird trick. Mapping out a utopia for us to strive towards.
September 29, 2014
Interesting Things on the Internet: September 29th 2014
- I Had a Stroke at 33. An incredible story.
- Which celebrity is taking a taxi where? And what gentlemen’s club are you visiting? Another tale of how "anonymized" data turns out not to be truly anonymous. This stuff is hard, we need companies/researchers who know what they're doing if they're releasing such datasets. And most of us don't know what we're doing.
- Culture Stories: Introduction and Milk. James Darling doing a good job of explaining that culture change is better than strategy.
September 28, 2014
Speaking at TEDxLiverpool
I started an entry hear to link to the talk I gave at TEDxLiverpool back in July, but then decided it made more sense, given that it's entitled The Internet of Nice Things, for it to live on the MCQN Ltd blog. So it's over there, if you'd like to watch.
September 22, 2014
Interesting Things on the Internet: September 22nd 2014
- Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil. Don't manage. Multiply.
- What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making. A rather different, and thought-provoking, look at diversity and privilege. Really good.
- Hypertext as an Agent of Change. Really interesting talk from Mandy Brown about the network, inequality and other great stuff.
- Still Life with Emotional Contagion. Aaron Straup Cope talking about archives, the network, and a rejection of the perpetual state of living in the now online. Seems dConstruct this year has a really good crop of talks.