There’s a lot of discussion these days about the relationship between digital and analogue technologies. I rather like this video and its lovely parody of digital effects. zzz is playing: Grip
“We’ve got an energy problem, a fuel problem, a water problem and global warming all coming at us,” he replies. “Monoculture is heavily C02-emitting, water and fossil-fuel dependent. Clearly we can’t carry on as we are. We can and we must meet this challenge with something new. So the question is what?”
Fantastic review of Raj Patels book Stuffed and Starved via the Guardian. [link]
So for the first time in living memory we as a species are consuming more food than producing, while at the same time what will soon be the worlds largest economy reminds us we haven’t left the worst of the twentieth century behind us, and now to top things off an article from Wired Magazine, confirming some information I had heard about targeted sonic advertising, which for all purposes is brain advertising.
I’m scared. Read here.
FreeRange is a publication that draws on some 60 participants from various backgrounds and over 15 countries. It focuses on the issues surrounding the question of how to negotiate oneself both professionally and personally in the current complex pseudo- globalized environment. The individuals incubating FreeRange generally hail from architectural and urban design backgrounds but amongst others include video artists, scientists, pirates, mathematicians, musicians, rockers, graphic designers, illustrators, and programmers.
Planet Earth we have a problem!
For a year from September 2005, under the nose of the Panthéon’s unsuspecting security officials, a group of intrepid “illegal restorers” set up a secret workshop and lounge in a cavity under the building’s famous dome. Under the supervision of group member Jean-Baptiste Viot, a professional clockmaker, they pieced apart and repaired the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s. Only when their clandestine revamp of the elaborate timepiece had been completed did they reveal themselves.”When we had finished the repairs, we had a big debate on whether we should let the Panthéon’s officials know or not,” said Lazar Klausmann, a spokesperson for the Untergunther. “We decided to tell them in the end so that they would know to wind the clock up so it would still work.
Global warming is one of the most significant threats facing humankind, researchers have warned, as they unveiled a study showing how climate changes in the past led to famine, wars and population declines.
The world’s growing population may be unable to adequately adapt to ecological changes brought about by the expected rise in global temperatures, scientists in China, Hong Kong, the United States and Britain wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
30 years too soon.
“After the CEO of Total (the French oil major) last week, two more CEOs of an oil major came out this Thursday to give stark warnings that mean that peak oil is happening right now. In addition, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (the IEA), one of the main cheerleaders of the “there’s more than enough oil” camp until now, is giving an extraordinarily pessimistic interview in the Financial Times, following the recent publication of their latest World Energy Outlook.”