Note — Nov 15, 2020

No.150 Asides

  • 📷 🗾 🇯🇵 Fun! Fabien Girardin uses Próximo to track Mod: Travel with Craig Mod on Pachinko Road. “Craig Mod is walking again. This time he is following the historic Tōkaidō highway between Tokyo and Kyoto. As many of us are itching to travel, he is running newsletter called Pachinko Road with daily missives that are short and visual. He is also uploading “views and sounds” of the mundane Japan he gets to experience along the road. What I miss from this material is a map that shows the geography of his adventure. So, each day, I update this page with the places he mentions in his emails and the video glimpses he shares on Youtube.”
  • 🇨🇳 👾 🕶 Why Is Post-COVID China Embracing A Cyberpunk Aesthetic? “Over the last few months, the term “cyberpunk” has unexpectedly gone mainstream in China’s post-COVID fashion scene. Originally a science-fiction genre from the 1980s that described a futuristic and dystopian setting, Cyberpunk has reemerged as a total lifestyle aesthetic for Gen Zers in China. Dreadlocks, silver eyeshadow, shiny clothes, neon colors, and high-tech-inspired photo filters have infiltrated the country’s magazine covers, luxury campaigns, trendy cafés, and social media.”
  • 📚 🇺🇸 Inside the New York Public Library’s Last, Secret Apartments. “[T]he libraries were closed, the kids who lived there might sit reading alone among the books or roll around on the wooden library carts—if they weren’t dusting the shelves or shovelling coal. Their hopscotch courts were on the roof. A cat might sneak down the stairs to investigate the library patrons.”
  • 🧮 🇫🇷 Inside the Secret Math Society Known Simply as Nicolas Bourbaki. “The group is known as ‘Nicolas Bourbaki’ and is usually referred to as just Bourbaki. The name is a collective pseudonym borrowed from a real-life 19th-century French general who never had anything to do with mathematics. It’s unclear why they chose the name, though it may have originated in a prank played by the founding mathematicians as undergraduates at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris.”
  • 💻 Look at the last chart, incredible clockwork-like progress by Apple. Apple Announces The Apple Silicon M1: Ditching x86 - What to Expect, Based on A14. “Apple’s performance trajectory and unquestioned execution over these years is what has made Apple Silicon a reality today. Anybody looking at the absurdness of that graph will realise that there simply was no other choice but for Apple to ditch Intel and x86 in favour of their own in-house microarchitecture – staying par for the course would have meant stagnation and worse consumer products.”
  • ⌨️ Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit. “…a powerful, easy-to-use computer built into a neat and portable keyboard.” You can also have a look at the innards with this teardown and review by Jeff Geerling.
  • 🖼 🇳🇱 Van Gogh Worldwide. “Van Gogh Worldwide is a free digital platform providing art-historical and technical data about the work of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). The artist produced a total of approximately 2000 artworks, and the aim of Van Gogh Worldwide is to present data for these in an accessible way, via a user-friendly website.”
  • 🕵🏼‍♀️ 🇷🇺 Moscow’s facial recognition system can be hijacked for just $200, report shows. “Spanning more than 100,000 cameras across the city, Moscow’s facial recognition system is meant to be restricted to law enforcement. It’s unclear how the seller was able to secure access, whether through bribery or a digital intrusion. Two officers were placed under investigation in the wake of the incident, but Kuznetsova has filed a lawsuit aimed at pausing the program until clearer procedures are set.”