• 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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    Gender and sexuality in Hindu tantra

    by  • October 1, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A couple of people have asked me recently to describe the model of gender/sexuality/etc. which I was exposed to through my 1990s spiritual practice as a Hindu tantric. It is as follows. The human can be divided (for this purpose) into four layers: absolute consciousness, core spiritual identity, position within a lifetime, and physical body. [...]

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    Cyberinsecurity: is there a cure?

    by  • August 13, 2013 • 2 Comments

    It’s taken me two weeks to write this. This is the pitch for the third Big Picture Day, on Tuesday 20th of August, at Limewharf in London. We’re going to talk about the NSA, Snowden, and the changing relationship we need to have with the technology not to get generation-gapped. REGISTER NOW I knew, as [...]

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    Snowden

    by  • July 3, 2013 • 16 Comments

    Come to the Stacktivism conference in London, July 13, to discuss infrastructure and political control. The history We all knew this was happening. Anybody who worked in computer security looked at the NSA’s budget and the falling cost of hardware and simply said “they’re storing everything.” There had been evidence before. The secret rooms in [...]

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