Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Palladium’s London Pirate Radio Documentary [FADER]

In Europa, Movies, Music, Technology on April 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm

this too is activism.



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Most people will tell you that the internet killed pirate radio, which it did essentially, although there are still stations keeping the spirit alive, hijacking the airwaves for kicks. Footwear brand Palladium present a potted history of the phenomenon in the latest episode of their Exploration film series, going in search of the original pirates, dudes that set-up shop on shipwrecks and rusting sea forts off the coast. More current pirate radio figureheads are featured too—Rinse FM’s Logan Sama and Jammer all have great anecdotes from their pirating past. There was clearly a lot of legitimate tower block climbing involved in the making of this doc, and it’s worth watching the whole thing just to get to the part where the crew get taken on a clandestine mission to Flex FM’s homemade rooftop antenna.

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Pathways To Housing Installation [Fader]

In Americas (North), Artsy Fartsy, Technology, World News on April 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm

we don’t pay attention to real homeless people laying in the cold out on the street but we DO pay attention to a light projection of one… this really is the age of technology; the death of intimacy. interesting installation nonetheless…



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The Cult of Apple [Al Jazeera]

In Technology on April 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Under the blue skies of Western California lie the headquarters of a multi-billion dollar institution with a global army of loyal supporters.

It is an organisation built around one man’s vision, is obsessed with secrecy, and many of its followers could fairly be described as devotees.

No, it is not the Church of Scientology. It is Apple, the computing and technology giant seeking (once again) to redefine the way we use electronic devices.

After months of hype the iPad, Apple’s new touch-screen tablet computer, is finally available in stores across America. Early reviews have been positive; the Wall Street Journal is calling it a “game-changer”, USA Today says the iPad is “rewriting the rulebook”.

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The Timeless, Ubiquitous AK-47 [TIME]

In History, Technology, World News on March 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

As anyone who frequents aplaceforpeace knows, I absolutely love’s photo essays. They’re a quick way to glean some history and the photographs are usually pretty amazing. This essay is no different and in fact has got some quite stunning photographs that I think really force us to reconsider our stereotypical ideas of the kinds of people we think carry, and use, guns.

(p.s. gotta love that the ethiopian villageman accessorized his AK! #swagup!)



A brief survey of the cheap and reliable gun of choice for both terrorists and freedom fighters.


Prague, 1968
Designed by a young Russian tank commander named Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 assault rifle has attained iconic martial status all over the world. In the photo above, Soviet-led forces, armed with the rifle, crush a reform movement in Czechoslovakia.


Zagros Mountains, Northern Iraq, 1979
Kalashnikov’s design won a state competition in 1947 (thus the name AK-47) and went into mass production two years later. During the deep freeze of the Cold War, the Soviet Union began pouring the guns and its manufacturing know-how into almost 20 spheres of influence, including Iraq. Here, a Kurdish girl in northern Iraq uses the gun to protect her family from an attack by the Iraqi military.

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California Plans High Speed Train [Al Jazeera]

In Americas (North), Technology, World News on February 4, 2010 at 5:08 am

LA to San Francisco in 2 hours and 40 minutes?? I’m in.


Thanks to two billion dollars in federal stimulus funding from the Obama Administration the US state of California is planning to develop a new high-speed train which can reach speeds of up to 300 kph.

With chronic economic problems, the state hopes the new project will create thousands of new jobs and encourage people to rely on trains instead of cars.

But many Californians have had a historical love affair with the automobile, so getting everyone on board could be a challenge.

Al Jazeera’s Mike Kirsch reports from Los Angeles.

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“The Known Universe” by the American Museum of Natural History [the Fader]

In Technology, Uncategorized, World News on January 14, 2010 at 3:14 am

we’re tiny and its such a big world, there’s gotta be a place for peace for us somewhere…

“…all the lonely [peaceful] people, where do they all belong?” -the beatles



The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.

Learn more about the American Museum of Natural History and it’s Hayden Planetarium.

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Google Wave: What’s All the Fuss About? [TIME]

In Technology on October 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm


For a company founded and still largely run by a bunch of engineers, Google apparently knows a lot about human nature. Just as they did with Gmail, the Googlers have made their newest product invitation-only. You can’t just use Google Wave; you have to be chosen. It’s like Willy Wonka and the golden ticket. By the time I finally got my Wave invitation, I actually felt grateful. In some part of my brain, I really believed that instead of using a browser-based communications app, I was attending a totally excellent party.

I guess I should be grateful, since Google Wave is both free and pretty cool. Its main defect is that it’s almost impossible to explain. Google spokespeople have described Wave as what e-mail would look like if it had been invented now instead of 40 years ago. (Fun fact: the first e-mail was sent in 1971 between two Digital PDP-10 computers.) Keep in mind that until the mid-1990s, when e-mail went mainstream, the network environment was very different. Bandwidth was a scarce resource. You had your poky modem and liked it. Which is why e-mail was created in the image of the paper-postal system: tiny squirts of electronic text.(See the 50 best websites of 2009.)

But now we’re rolling in bandwidth, and power-wise, my phone could make a PDP-10 cry. Google has server farms the size of actual farms. And yet we’re still passing one another little electronic notes. Read the rest of this entry »