• Shocking Cultural Hybridizations: unlikely alliances that could crack society wide open

    by  • July 13, 2014 • 2 Comments

    Let me posit two easy-to-imagine, impossible-to-ignore cultural innovations which have not yet happened. If they did, they would show up as catastrophic cultural tipping points after which everything changes. I’m not sure the changes which would follow would be good or bad. By virtue of being unthinkable, these changes are hard to model or wargame [...]

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    Quick apologia for Lana Del Rey

    by  • July 12, 2014 • 1 Comment

    There’s a ton of informed bitchiness about Lana Del Rey over at The New Inquiry. A certain… misapprehension of the phenomena. Or possibly they’re trolling and I’m feeling gullible, I can’t tell. It’s the New Inquiry! But if I may shed a little light. Born to Die is chunk of applied hermetic philosophy. Lizzie Grant [...]

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    The Hell Yes Future #HellYesFuture

    by  • June 30, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Three examples of the #HellYesFuture We’re really getting to the good part, the SF stuff we’ve waited on for decades, wondering if it would ever come. Answer: yes. ============== Let’s Go To Mars ============== http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature “I see us going to Mars in about 10-11 years.” As in a spacecraft with people? People who might want [...]

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    A little insight into the Gupta Doctrine

    by  • June 30, 2014 • 0 Comments

    In reply to a question on “on Moonshots and Slingshots” ====== Jelle, I have a very conservative vision for global change. My vision, really, goes as far as six or maybe eight machines which everybody on earth has access to: a smokeless cooking stove, a water filter, a solar powered light, a tablet computer, shelter/clothing [...]

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    Gotta find a place to live…

    by  • April 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Seems like just yesterday when I was looking for a sublet in December.. and Twitter came through and found me lovely digs! Moved into my new place in February expecting to be here for a year, starting beginning of the financial year, and unfortunately the folks I’m renting from decided they’d rather have a live-in [...]

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    Buckminster Fuller – Design Science Revolutionary

    by  • April 21, 2014 • 0 Comments

    This fine object is the Buckminster Fuller – Design Science Revolutionary shirt by the good Ian Willey. It’s an absolutely lovely design, and I wear mine with pride. Buy one here, or buy one here if you’re in America. The whole process of working with Ian has been a bit mindblowing, really. I’m really a [...]

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    Loomio – tooling for small scale democratic management of organizations

    by  • April 8, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Start by watching this or just, you know, click here to crowdfund. Story in a nutshell: Loomio are a team from New Zealand Occupy (the shire!) who noticed that face-to-face consensus processes were dominated by participation inequality as socially difficult, hard-to-listen-to people coopted the democratic process to talk about the price of octopus, or similarly [...]

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    Couple of thoughts

    by  • March 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

    (I should be asleep, but I can’t quite get rolled over) I’m really enjoying writing software again. It’s a strain and a challenge, it’s who I used to be, and I’m damn good at it, in my way. I am going to have the luxury of actually writing a lot of code this year, and [...]

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    Change Tears and Shear Planes: WSA talk

    by  • November 27, 2013 • 2 Comments

    Vinay Gupta, Change Tears and Shear Planes… how technology is splitting society, and leaving us indecisive from WSA Global Futures on Vimeo. The talk is in three parts: the hexayurt story (with a bit more about materials science than I usually do), followed by tug-of-war trying to break a nanomaterial cable (“string”) and a discussion [...]

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