Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The content is moving like Death Valley rocks



Oh yeah, previously mentioned Cloudland Postcards has now, in true nomad/transient identity form, relocated itself to Disposable Evidence. Same options around subscribing via email or RSS as before, but I've also rolled out into the RSS feed for almost-everything I publish. Might do the same for grey pebbles one day, but it feels slightly separate for now.

Project-wise, things are slowly ticking over. Son 1 and 2 are each a project in their own right, and the hour or two a day I have left are mostly split between relaxing and relaxing. I'm starting to get some ideas and to repopulate my Etsy shop with some new paper-based things, so head over and have a look.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

*-free zones

Zef Hemel,  car-free zones: http://www.zefhemel.nl/?p=9327 

What about freedom from other things? Cities like IRC, a hundred different channels, each with their own focus, and their own acceptances.

We already have alcohol-controlled zones (anti-social-free zones?) so keep going. A politic-free zone. an electronic-free zone. an emotion-free zone. a music-free zone.

Of course, freedom from one thing implies freedom to enjoy something else. By banning cars/alcohol/politics/music/etc,  what are we really designing our zones to give us?


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mandatory EU referendum post

For anyone thinking of voting tomorrow, it's really important to cut through the rhetoric of whatever filters through the media hyperbole, and realise exactly what impact the vote might have on the country.

This FT article is a great look at some of the main arguments and evidence (yes, actual data) being put forward.

For further reading, https://fullfact.org/europe/ is a great resource for digging into issues more as well.

Obviously everyone needs to make their own mind up, but more information is always better. (Personally, I've concluded that leaving the EU would be national suicide.) Feel free to share the links above with anyone you agree or disagree with, or who would just like to find out more.

The 6000-year rise of cities

I think this visualisation of the emergence of cities over time is possibly one of the most beautiful things I've seen in a while:



In particular, it really shows off the longitudinal line of early development north of the equator, and the part where everything explodes around 1900 is like a firework display.

Via vox.com - click for background and more info about data used.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Announcing: Postcards from Cloud Land

Rapid chain of thoughts. Semantic settling. Code hack. Command lines all round. Androids in the palm of the hand.

New project, new feed: Postcards from Cloud Land. Irregular images, chunks of text mauled from the world around me. Post-postal electronic postcards, following a delivery-only model that rallies against the open archive, the static webpage. Subscribe-heavy, opt-in via email or RSS only. More info at the link.

Sibling feed of the pebbles newsletter. Will convert this to the same model. No homepage, only delivery. No traces except the arrival. Stop leaving things lying around.

Is it a good idea? It's an idea. Subscribe or be damned. Let me know?