Note — Jun 14, 2020

No.130 Asides

  • 🐵 ⭐️ Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey. Short story by Haruki Murakami at The New Yorker. ’Nuf said.
  • Re_Festival. This week, lots of interesting speakers. “Across 6 days, we invite you to explore multiple realities and futures together through a many and varied collection of talks, conversations, workshops and creative interventions of all kinds.”
  • 🤔 How Google Docs became the social media of the resistance. “Shared Google Docs that anyone can view and anyone can edit, anonymously, have become a valuable tool for grassroots organizing during both the coronavirus pandemic and the police brutality protests sweeping the US. It’s not the first time.”
  • 🤩 🇨🇳 A Poetic Journey Through Western China. “On my map, an asterisk marked this strange feature of the Kumtag Desert, three miles from Dunhuang. If you throw yourself down the dunes in that place, the air resonates — sometimes like the lowest note on a cello; sometimes like a crack of thunder.”
  • 👀 I’m sceptical but big news nonetheless. IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology. “IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency.”
  • 🤯 🇮🇹 Entire Roman city revealed without any digging. “The team, from the University of Cambridge and Ghent University, has discovered [using Ground Penetrating Radar,] a bath complex, market, temple, a public monument unlike anything seen before, and even the city’s sprawling network of water pipes. By looking at different depths, the archeologists can now study how the town evolved over hundreds of years.”
  • Why we’re calling for a data collective. “We propose forming a data collective: a conscious, coordinated effort by a group of organisations with expertise in gathering and using data in the charity sector. We want to make sure that people in charities, on the front line and in leadership positions have access to the information they need, in a timely fashion, in the easiest possible format to understand, with the clearest possible analysis of what it means for them.”
  • 👽 Scientists Uncovered a Hidden Pattern in a Mysterious Signal from Space. “The results enabled the team to pick out an intriguing signal in the noise: The FRB appears to flash for approximately 90 days, then goes dark and dormant for 67 days, before beginning the 157-day cycle again.”