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From the first time I saw them I was genuinely impressed by her buildings.

"Her completed projects include the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan (2013); Guangzhou Opera House in China (2010); the London Aquatics Centre, built for the 2012 Olympic Games; MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009); the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003); and the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany (1993)."

#Zaha   #Hadid   #Olympics   #FIFA  
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The Beautiful Mind of Paul Stamets

"6 ways mushrooms can save the world" TED Lecture

1. Mycelium are vanguard species in toxic waste areas
2. Burlap sacks inoculated with fungi can be used to remediate coliform bacteria (= remove disease) and other toxins from the environment
3. Mushrooms highly active against smallpox
4. Mushrooms highly active against flu virus
5. Entamopathogenic fungi - fungi that kill insects, and then repel insects and prevent future invasions.
6. "Econol": Turing fungal sugars into combustible fuel 


1. Mycelium infuses all landscapes, holds soil together, and generate the humus soils across the landscapes of earth. 
2. Mushrooms produce strong antibiotics; our best antibiotics come from fungi.
3. Spongy soil supported by mycelium not only resists erosion, but sets up an environment for microbial communities that gives rise to a plurality other organisms.
4. Mycelium is sentient.
5. Fungi preceded plants onto land and were the first organisms to come to land; fungi begin the process of breaking down rocks into soil; fungi sequester carbon dioxide from the environment.
6. During major extinction events, those organisms that paired with fungi were rewarded, because fungi do not need light alone, but use radiation as a source of energy.
7. Mycelium produce peroxidases that break carbon-hydrogen bonds. Fungi can manufacturer hydrocarbons (spilled oil) into carbohydrates (fungal sugars), thus have great potential in toxic waste cleanup.
8. Mycelium are vanguard species that open the door for other biological communities.
9. Based on the anti-viral activity of mushrooms (especially agaricon), we should save the old-growth forests as a matter of national defense.
10. "Alexander Graham Bell Patent" supposition: Prior to sporulation, entamopathogenic fungi attract the very insects that are otherwise repelled by those spores.
11. 'Econol' is the concept of generating ethanol from cellulose using mycelium as the intermediary. Going directly from cellulose to ethanol is ecologically unintelligent, and we need to be ecologically intelligent so that we build the carbon banks on this planet.

Smallpox Defense May Be Found in Mushrooms

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

#mycelium   #fungus   #mould   #yeast   #mushroom   #econol   #patent   #spore   #sporulation   #hydrocarbon   #extinction   #portobello   #reishi   #agaricon   #chaga   #radiation   #antibiotic  #Entamopathogenic #coliform   #bacteria   #toxic   #soil   #stamets  
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Re-introducing Li-Fi

"By flickering the light from a single LED, a change too quick for the human eye to detect, (Haas) can transmit far more data than a cellular tower, and do it in a way that’s more efficient, secure and widespread."

Harald Haas went massively public with Li-Fi in 2011, and there has not been a great deal of public information about it since then. However, I am convinced that there is no correlation between media coverage and practically application or impact of innovation :0) What Haas went public with in 2011 was a functional technology (as demonstrated in the TED video), which means we are already behind the curve of innovation. (

100 Gbps in laboratory tests

Background: Dr. John O'Sullivan
"Australian electrical engineer whose work in the application of Fourier transforms to radio astronomy[1] led to his invention with colleagues of a core technology that made wireless LAN fast and reliable. " (

#LED   #lightfidelity   #wireless   #wirelessinternet   #Edinburgh   #gigabyte   #security  
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Willis Ware

"Every man will communicate through a computer whatever he does. It will change and reshape his life, modify his career and force him to accept a life of continuous change." - Willis Ware, 1967

Named by Computer World as an, "Overlooked visionary", Ware has come to be known in association for a paper that he produced for the Rand Corporation and ARPA (DARPA), which was the first to outline the principles of penetration testing.

"Ware in 1972 recommended against secret databases, saying that people should know what data is held on them and how it is used. He was ignored."

" American computer pioneer, privacy pioneer, social critic of technology policy, and a founder in the field of computer security.... significantly influenced the Privacy Act of 1974.... in 1967 that produced a groundbreaking and transformational report to the Defense Science Board for ARPA (now DARPA) that was known thereafter as 'The Ware Report.'"

Security Controls for Computer Systems: Report of Defense Science Board Task Force on Computer Security - RAND Report R-609-1
"Methods developed to insure the security of resource-sharing systems are applicable to other kinds of computing systems."
Part A: Nature of the Problem
Part B: Policy Considerations and Recommendations
Part C: Technical Recommendations
Part D: Management and Administrative Control
Appendix: Automation of a Multilevel Security System

#NerdAlert #penetration #penetrationtesting #redteam #tigerteam #rand #randcorporation #privacy #security #policy #DEFCON #redteam #tigerteam #computer #computers #computing #system #systems #RAND #DARPA #ARPA #classified #defense #cyberspace #policy #law #infrastructure #information #communications

Extra credit: Go to the Willis Ware Wikipedia (WWW) page, and CTRL-F search for 'privacy' (case insensitive).
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"Every hacker has her fixation. You hack people. I hack time. So you should know, when I set a time line, there is a reason." - White Rose

"The past is the set of events that can send light signals to an entity and the future is the set of events to which an entity can send light signals."

Newton: Time is a kind of container that events and objects move through, and time itself flows. Time is a part of the fundamental structure of the universe, and is a dimension independent of events, in which events occur in sequence. Time is the same everywhere in the universe.

Leibniz: Time is a part of a fundamental intellectual structure, together with space and number, within which humans sequence and compare events.

Einstein: Based on the constancy and finiteness of the speed of light for all observers, distances can be measured by how long light takes to travel that distance. The finite speed of light is the maximum signal velocity for measuring events and synchronizing clocks. Two events are separated by an invariant interval, which can be space-like, light-like, or time-like; the invariant interval between events is independent of the observer and her velocity.

#time #physics #newton #newtonian #Leibniz #kant #Einstein #relativity #light #clock #clocks #synchronization #synchronicity #event #events #dilation #velocity #signal #mrrobot #whiterose #faradaycage #hack #obsession #reason #timeline #timearrow
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The world your grandchildren will see

Last night I had the great pleasure of hanging out with Marco from Rome and Tristan from Paris. Both 20-somethings, both deep thinkers. The conversation started out with 'how things are right now'. Then I introduced the question, 'do you feel any particular relationship with your country's golden age?' (Italy and France respectively.) Then I got to the really important question: 'How do you feel things will be in fifty years?' Which lead us back to the first topic: how things are as of November 13, 2015.

Also this comic came up, and was duly shared on at least one digital device. I first learned about it here on Google+. Beyond being graphical Cliff Notes for two 20th century writers, it a handy heuristic for discussing the human condition in the 21st century.

"Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance."
"Orwell feared we would become a captive culture."

#apocalyptic    #postapocalyptic   #orwell   #huxley   #utopia   #distopia   #fiction   #sciencefiction   #socialcriticism   #criticism   #paris  
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Hedy Lamarr's 101st birthday #GoogleDoodle

Google celebrate's Lamarr's birthday with a rather informative animation.

My post from two weeks ago:
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Issey Miyake
My favourite fashion designer?

Inspired by my wife's interest in steampunk, I have been doing a bit of fashion research, and keeping my notes on Pinterest. I am particularly interested in how social and individual power is expressed through clothing. One idea I would like to continue to explore in fashion is the image of Venus of Willendorf. This is the famous 30,000 year old statue figure, which is supposed by some to be a fertility symbol, or a high-status figure (chieftess or queen).

Through this study I have discovered the renown fashion designer Issey Miyake (三宅 一生). It seems that he has fully explored this idea over his career in excess of half a century, he has produced a number of fashion works that to me exemplify the idea of Venus of Willendorf, and thus express a female power that is not exclusively ‘feminine’; one that suggests intellect, social interconnection, and corporeal creativity all at the same time.  

Many of Miyake’s designs feature natural and earth-tone fabrics, but he also has a great number of works that are explicitly made from synthetic and space-age fabrics. Miyake also often works with lines and stripes, and features geometric ideas which to me suggest the influence of Paul Poiret (hoops) and Buckminster Fuller (tetrahedra).

For me, the idea of Venus of Willendorf is expressed through fashion by means of (1) loose fitting shoulders, (2) de-emphasis of breasts (fashions that work without a brassier), (3) non-constriction of the waist (the opposite of the corset or the A-line waist), (4) oversized at the waist and not hugging, and (5) tapered at the ankles. I was happy to find renditions of this combination for men, some of which I have pinned on my ‘Menz’ board.

"In the late 1980s, he began to experiment with new methods of pleating...In which the garments are cut and sewn first, then sandwiched between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. The fabric's 'memory' holds the pleats and when the garments are liberated from their paper cocoon, they are ready-to wear."

"He also developed a friendship with Apple's Steve Jobs and produced the black turtlenecks which would become a part of Jobs' signature attire. Jobs said, "So I asked Issey to make me some of his black turtlenecks that I liked, and he made me like a hundred of them."" (

* Rei Kawakubo
* Junya Watanabe
* Yohji Yamamoto

Venus of Willendorf-inspired fashions on Pinterest

#Miyake   #Kawakubo   #Watanabe   #Yamamoto   #Japanese   #fashion   #design   #Poiret   #Fuller   #Willendorf   #Venus   #woman   #man   #mens   #womens   #dress   #coat   #skirt   #natural   #synthetic   #geometric   #organic   #aline   #trapeze   #dior   #Laurent   #tama   #bunka  
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