Note — Aug 23, 2020

No.138 Asides

Seen in → No.138

  • 🎥 Futurist Reviews Futuristic Movies, from ‘The Matrix’ to 'WALL-E’. “Futurist Amy Webb fact checks futuristic scenes from movies including ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Gattaca,’ ‘The Matrix,’ ‘Ex Machina,’ ‘WALL-E,’ ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘Total Recall’ and analyzes their probability, craft, and execution.”
  • 📦 600 pages so as yet unread but looks like a fascinating exercise. Boxes: A Field Guide. “A book full of boxes. A box in itself. An unboxing. This book explores boxes in their broadest sense and size. It invites us to step into the field, unravel how and why things are contained and how it might be otherwise. By turning the focus of Science and Technology Studies (STS) to boxing practices, this collation of essays examines boxes as world-making devices.
  • 😍 Responsible Design for Digital Communities. “This tool kit and website brings together on emergent best practices, workflows, and tools that communities, educators, mutual aid groups, designers, artists and activists are using right now to host gatherings, and how design needs to change to best suit people, right now.”
  • 🇺🇸 🗽 How the World’s Largest Garbage Dump in Staten Island Became a Green Oasis. “Today, Fresh Kills has been rebranded as Freshkills, and the park that is now at the site of the old dump is poised to accept visitors: the North Park will open in spring 2021, the rest by 2036. Freshkills is possibly the least likely poster child for urban ecological restoration in the world, and it is radical not just for the way it works — by encouraging flora and fauna do as they please — but for its sheer size. It is almost unbelievable that New York City would set aside a parcel of land as big as Lower Manhattan south of 23rd Street — and just let it go to seed.”
  • 🇨🇳 🤢 Just last week, I was wondering what the international opinion of the US would be without holywood. We'll see what China manages in a similar vein. China Issues Guidelines on How to Develop Local Sci-Fi Films . “To make strong movies, the document claims, the number one priority is to ‘thoroughly study and implement Xi Jinping Thought.’ Based on the Chinese president’s past pronouncements on film work, filmmakers should follow the ‘correct direction’ for the development of sci-fi movies. This includes creating films that ‘highlight Chinese values, inherit Chinese culture and aesthetics, cultivate contemporary Chinese innovation’ as well as ‘disseminate scientific thought’ and ‘raise the spirit of scientists.’ Chinese sci-fi films should thus portray China in a positive light as a technologically advanced nation.”
  • 😫 I’m sure this is fine. Microplastic particles now discoverable in human organs. “To test their technique, they added particles to 47 samples of lung, liver, spleen and kidney tissue obtained from a tissue bank established to study neurodegenerative diseases. Their results showed that the microplastics could be detected in every sample.”
  • 🧵 by Dr Charlotte Lydia Riley Of course there are no worthless degrees and no Mickey Mouse degree subjects but I do want to remind everyone quickly that all subjects are actually just forms of history, the ur-subject.
  • 🤯 🔑 Researchers Can Duplicate Keys from the Sounds They Make in Locks. “Researchers have demonstrated that they can make a working 3D-printed copy of a key just by listening to how the key sounds when inserted into a lock. And you don’t need a fancy mic — a smartphone or smart doorbell will do nicely if you can get it close enough to the lock.”