Category Archive: Politics

Jun 04

“1945-1998″ BY ISAO HASHIMOTO

This is a look at all the nuclear explosions on Earth between 1945 and 1998. It’s kinda long but totally worth it. It’s like watching nations speak to each other. Isao Hashimoto: “This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. …

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May 23

Palindrone: Sound of Drones in Gaza

Palindrone is a work in progress documenting the drone created environment. palindrone (v1.0) from Mark Simpkins on Vimeo. Comes via Culture+Conflict with a tip of my imaginary hat to Nat Muller. About it: We created a short video about Palindrone. It’s somewhere between an ‘about this project’ video and an artists video. I was put together …

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May 20

Built in Paranoia: Gated Communities and Redzones

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The UN Habitat chief, Joan Clos, has issued a warning about gated communities. “It is with increased preoccupation and sadness that we see how gated communities are proliferating everywhere. This is an expression of increased inequality, increased uneasiness in accepting diversity.” “The ideal city is not one with gated communities, security cameras, a futuristic scene …

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May 19

Thousands of Drugged Up Toddlers

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Some kids are hardly out of the crib before they’re pathologized and medicated. The New York Times says: More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control …

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May 14

Brief History of Roman Purple

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I’ve read a few things on purple over the years. This piece by Mark Bradley is one of the best. By way of introduction Saturated Space, who he wrote it for, says: Purple was, in a number of ways, the most important colour of classical antiquity. It was the colour of one of the fastest and …

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May 08

Most Expensive Private Submarines

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So here’s a list of the world’s most expensive, I assume, private submarines. Ealuxe says: It looks like submarines are the ultimate billionaire toy. There is not enough anymore to be sailing in a luxury yacht on the surface of the water. Now, you need to go underwater and explore the ocean. And all that …

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Apr 28

Ugly Toronto #6

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Stuff my old neighborhood keeps coming across my screen. I don’t know why. I’m not searching the shit out, it just shows up and catches my attention. Maybe it’s a distance and perspective thing. Or just an odd run. Who knows? Anyway, turns out that a building in the neighborhood made the top ten list …

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Apr 19

Grid Life and The Black Stacks

GRID LIFE from Paul Fletcher on Vimeo.  The Black Stack by Benjamin Bratton The position of the User then maps only very incompletely onto any one individual body. From the perspective of the platform, what looks like one is really many, and what looks like many may only be one. Elaborate schizophrenias already take hold …

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Apr 19

Domestic Drone Threat Inflation

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An interesting piece from Forbes about how the threat of drones, like cyberwar, is being inflated. My first thought, and maybe yours, was: Try telling the Yemenis who were murdered today or any Pakistani wedding party that the threat from drones is inflated. See how far that shit gets you. But, thankfully, the article is not …

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Apr 02

Cute CCTV Cameras by Eleanor Trevisanutto

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Eleanor Trevisanutto designed CCTV cameras to look like animals for the company Parson to make surveillance less intimidating. The perch, which holds the wires, is made to look like a branch and the camera is hidden behind a black screen. These come in a variety of shapes. There’s something particularly creepy about cute and harmless looking …

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