h/t @seej h/t @seej

h/t @seej

"Performers and priests may have stood atop these temples or in specialized projection rooms, which still exist, to broadcast songs and chants throughout the squares. The Maya are known to have to held public rites to commemorate enthronements, births of nobles, and war victories as well as to honor deities, Zalaquett said. The “amplifiers” would have been the buildings themselves, and their acoustics may have even been purposely enhanced by the strategic application of stucco coatings, Zalaquett’s findings suggest. Measurements at some of the buildings still bearing stucco suggest it may have changed the absorption and reflection of sounds. “We think there was an intentionality of the builders to use and modify its architecture for acoustic purposes,”"
"A better way to architect a mesh P2P business? Build it using as a blockchain business. People can buy “shares” of the app (cost escalates from almost nothing for basic use to much higher costs for higher bandwidth). Distributed ownership to the people running the network by using the mining funciton. Running nodes = mining. Higher bandwidth + better speed/quality = more earnings."

Factory Fifteen’s dystopian video for The Bug’s Function / Void. See more (including an interview with factory fifteen) here: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/video-premiere-function-void-the-bug-factory-fifteen

"A new, highly efficient process for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen has been demonstrated by researchers in Switzerland. The process combines a stable catalyst with a highly efficient perovskite solar cell. The perovskite solar cells do have a major drawback in that they breakdown after a few hours, but the researchers believe further advances in solar cell technology should take care of this problem."
maahra:

messymsy:

and that’s my lovely city ladies and gentlemen, DUBAI.

one of the best gifs ever
maahra:

messymsy:

and that’s my lovely city ladies and gentlemen, DUBAI.

one of the best gifs ever

maahra:

messymsy:

and that’s my lovely city ladies and gentlemen, DUBAI.

one of the best gifs ever

(Source: gifdrome, via traipsingtheergosphere)

the funeral ceremonies of the cyborgs

"This essay is a re-writing of “The Funeral Ceremonies of the Parsees,” by Jivanji Jamshedji Modi, originally read before the Anthropological Society of Bombay, on September 30, 1891.."

@interdome re-purposes the Zoroastrian funeral rites into a requiem for deceased cyborgs

"we’ve gotten too wrapped up in trying to make solar power compete with fossil fuels, distracting us from its real advantage, which is that it’s right on the roof, independent of the grid. You don’t need wires, or power plants, transformers, or dispatchers. “Doing away with high-voltage lines is not a Luddite view,” says Perlin, “It’s a futuristic one. The revolution will come as we cut down the utility lines and up with the rooftops.” We’ve put decades of effort into making solar conform to the grid—even down to converting solar panels from DC power to AC power and then turning that AC power back to DC power for our TVs, computers, and electronics. House by house, we’ve created redundant costly equipment. Perhaps what we need instead is a more contrarian viewpoint. “All our appliances are DC, trapped in an AC world,” said Perlin. “The history of technology is full of these discontinuity stories.”"
"The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on the planet,” climate scientist James Hansen has said. “There are potential irreversible effects of melting the Arctic sea ice. If it begins to allow the Arctic Ocean to warm up, and warm the ocean floor, then we’ll begin to release methane hydrates. And if we let that happen, that is a potential tipping point that we don’t want to happen. If we burn all the fossil fuels then we certainly will cause the methane hydrates, eventually, to come out and cause several degrees more warming, and it’s not clear that civilization could survive that extreme climate change."
Well this is certainly one explanation.. Well this is certainly one explanation..

Well this is certainly one explanation..

(Source: flakesofnuisance, via almagenes)

"A Quiet Disposition is an automated intelligence-gathering system which lives on the civilian network—the internet. It scours the web for information about drones, collected from news stories, blog posts and company reports. Using an open-source semantic analysis programme called Calais, developed by Thomson Reuters, it analyses the content of these texts to harvest their metadata: the names of people and places, of companies and organisations. From this information it builds a map of associations, its own network of inference and intention. Through their association, however distant, with the drone programme, these people and companies are implicated in the wider uses and abuses of the technology. A Quiet Disposition is a weak artificial intelligence: collecting information, drawing connections, building a picture. Since its inception in January 2013, the database has expanded to include some 25,000 people, 32,000 documents, and almost 75,000 “terms”—locations, technologies, titles and industries."
James Bridle AQD: Remembrancer