Note — Nov 14, 2021

No.196 Asides

  • 🇺🇸 🦇 🐝 🐸 🦅 🦊 Wild Animals Are Thriving in New York City Right Now. “There have been bats and endangered butterflies, wild and rare native bees; a coyote in Central Park; beavers, salamanders and leopard frogs in Staten Island; a bobcat, mink and several foxes in the Bronx, along with endangered alewife herring and American eels traversing fish ladders in the Bronx River while hungry osprey and egrets lurk nearby; large wild oysters and tiny sea horses at piers along the Hudson River; baby damselflies, the world’s most endangered sea turtles and a baby seal in Queens; and exotic insects not seen in decades in Brooklyn.”
  • 🤩 This is the verse I’m looking for! (Also, Waititi’s upcoming films list is insane.) Taika Waititi is making a movie based on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Incal comics. *“The Incal is also just the first work in a series of connected comics that Jodorowsky wrote (referred to as the Jodoverse), which could see the upcoming film be the start of the kind of long-running franchise that Hollywood has been chasing since the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
  • 📚 ⭐️ 5 Book Plan: Towards New Histories of the Future. “A reading list of books that offer critical perspectives on past and present futures chosen by Fred Scharmen, author of Space Forces.”
  • 🇵🇹 💪🏼 Portugal makes it illegal for your boss to text you after work in ‘game changer’ remote work law. “Under the new rules, employers could face penalties for contacting workers outside of office hours. Companies will also have to help pay for expenses incurred by remote working, such as higher electricity and internet bills.”
  • 🎥 This might be a very very niche mix of aesthetics, slow video, archinerdery but I enjoyed it. eco-Brut | Nowhere Grotesk “What is eco-brutalism? Why is eco-brutalism? What does it all mean?” (Via Jay.)
  • 🎥 🌊 Don’t know exactly what’s going to happen over a week of viewing but the trailer is 👨🏼‍🍳 💋. The Beach “This Thanksgiving, the A24 Screening Room invites viewers to spend a week at The Beach, in a new kind of sensory viewing experience that transcends traditional television.”
  • 🤑 👾 Unity buys Weta Digital. “The unified tools and the incredible scientists and technologists of Weta Digital will accelerate our mission to give content creators easy to use and high performance tools to bring their visions to life. This pipeline has been developed with an artists-first mentality and the result is an incredible set of tools capable of the pinnacle of visual effects (VFX) forged within the uncompromising schedules of hundreds of film and TV productions.”
  • 🤔 🧠 Wrist-worn neural interfaces have come of age. “Cala Health has taken wrist interface technology into medical device territory. Their prescription-only wristband for individuals with movement disorders influences the brain’s tremor network by stimulating nerves at the wrist.”