Sensitive Words: Zhou Yongkang, Media, Shade – China Digital Times (CDT)

Zhou Yongkang Under Investigation: The New York Times reported on Monday that former security czar Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for corruption. Chinese netizens use nicknames and use characters homophonous with those in Zhou’s full name (Zhou Yongkang 周永康) to continue the conversation, but the censors are catching up with many of these alternate “spellings.” In the blocked keywords listed below, homophonous characters are translated … Continue reading Sensitive Words: Zhou Yongkang, Media, Shade – China Digital Times (CDT)

Data visualization in 2013

Visualization continues to mature and focus more on the data first than on novel designs and size. People improved on existing forms and got better at analysis. Readerships seemed to be more ready and eager to explore more data at a time. Fewer spam graphics landed in my inbox. So all in all, 2013 was a pretty good year for data and visualization. Let\’s have … Continue reading Data visualization in 2013

Donner à voir le gouvernement libre ? – La Vie des idées

Comment interpréter la fresque « Du bon gouvernement » peinte par Lorenzetti en 1338 dans le palais communal de Sienne ? Fait-elle l’éloge de la loi qui garantit la concorde dans la cité et protège les individus, ou de la sagesse qui dirige naturellement les hommes vers le bien commun ? via Donner à voir le gouvernement libre ? – La Vie des idées. Continue reading Donner à voir le gouvernement libre ? – La Vie des idées

Cultural Front: Diagram of the Slave ship Brooks

Diagram of the Slave ship Brooks In his book The Slave Ship: A Human History, Marcus Rediker explains that \”the shipbuilder\’s diagram of the slave ship Brooks, which showed 482 \’tight-packed\’ slaves distributed around the decks of the vessel, eventually helped the movement abolish the slave trade.\” via Cultural Front: Diagram of the Slave ship Brooks. Continue reading Cultural Front: Diagram of the Slave ship Brooks

Cartographies Electroniques – Coralie Gourguechon

The purpose of cartography is to reveal informations which can not be experienced, either because of a scaling relation, either due to the immateriality of a concept. By being miniaturized, the electronics becomes increasingly inaccessible, leaving the user without the possibility to understand the operation of his device, and highlighting the difficulties related to electronic waste. I choose the mapping as a means of democratization … Continue reading Cartographies Electroniques – Coralie Gourguechon

Duncan Watts – Microsoft Research

Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. From 2000-2007, he was a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then, prior to joining Microsoft, a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group . He has also served on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and is … Continue reading Duncan Watts – Microsoft Research

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

San Francisco, 1976. A naïve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous – unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin. Via Maupin and me: on the Tales of the City Tour Continue reading Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

When I think about my female ancestors from Ireland’s County Clare and Tipperary – renowned places of song and storytelling – I have to guess at what they might have been good at. Writing or singing, sewing or poetry; did they draw, or did they paint? I have to guess because they left nothing behind but their bloodline. There are no books or songs or … Continue reading A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Jacques Lévy : Les sciences sociales contre, avec et pour la technique.

J’ai été élève à l’École normale supérieure de Cachan, qui s’appelait alors « École normale supérieure de l’enseignement technique » (ENSET)1. Je suis maintenant professeur à l’École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (ÉPFL). Je suis donc passé d’une école « technique » à une école « polytechnique ». Ces deux bornes ont-elles un sens ? Fournissent-elles un fil conducteur à l’ensemble du parcours ? via Jacques Lévy : Les sciences sociales contre, avec et … Continue reading Jacques Lévy : Les sciences sociales contre, avec et pour la technique.

Eric Fischer’s social maps show world in a new light

Much like the pointillist paintings of Seurat, the “visualizations” of Eric Fischer, AB’95, require the viewer to step back and ponder the bigger picture. Composed of data plots instead of oil dots, Fischer’s vivid maps of race, traffic, tourism, and crime across the world have drawn international acclaim — each saying something different about ethnicity, commerce, and travel. via Eric Fischer’s social maps show world … Continue reading Eric Fischer’s social maps show world in a new light

Joint Master Architecture – la condition urbaine

La ville de Berlin est un terrain très fertile pour ce genre d’interrogations. Sa fonction de capitale, sa nouvelle centralité à la suite d’une insularité forcée, sa structure particulière (la présence de plusieurs ‘centres’), son rôle historique en tant que terrain de jeu des vecteurs de la modernité (vitesse, infrastructures), son foisonnement culturel, la superposition de ses strates, la proximité du vide et du plein, … Continue reading Joint Master Architecture – la condition urbaine

Dead bird

如果一只鸟的死亡可以告诉自己, 飞行的目的的最终到达, 是紧贴地面的那最后一刻瞬间, 身体轻藐的可以如叶片似的滑落, 然后回头看逝去的时光, 回忆时样子的我, 紧闭双唇, 眼睛也是睡着了的, 这一睡就是永远, 灵魂是没有重量的, 赤裸的躯体躺在边上, 我陪着我自己, 孤独此刻也变得没有意义, 因为对于重逢的憧憬跌入黑暗的深渊, 带着没有未来的孤独, 不再生长, 对于死亡的思考像幽灵一样伴随着, 或者说是与生俱来的理所当然在身体内存在, 从这样的逻辑看来,死亡从生的对立面, 转化成同质的生命, 带着必然的光环, 也许这样, 我的心里会好受一点: 我常常带着死亡旅行, 穿越时光的每时每刻, 人无法知道自己的出生, 正如我们不能选择自己死亡的时间与地点, 张爱玲死在了纽约的公寓里, 单独的, 外公停止呼吸的最后一刻的病房, 我们陪着他, 连空气也是, 在氧气瓶里和我口中吐出的. 人们都很自然的把死亡的颜色等同于黑色, 因为它是光明的对立面, 光明不仅是一种既定的自然事实, 它更是一种视觉或者比喻的抽象意义上的追寻, 正如夸父口渴之极的遍地追日, 但是死亡传达同等的意义, 即个体停止了一切的创造与追求的可能, 外部和内心的, 更无法预测自身的再生, 所以我们在死亡之前的或近或远的年代, 告诉将来的子女成为身体部分的延生, 中国古代所谓的香火不断也在表达同样的道理, 但是后现代社会的个体主义与中国的香火格格不入, 死亡也像练习册上的网格一样, 独立的象征个体意志的选择, 最后就像用橡皮擦轻轻抹去网格上的风尘字迹一样, 它们一个个的消失,正如最初单独的到来 Continue reading Dead bird

Dream of Manhattan

人可以有很多的生活方式, 就像远处看见的manhattan上的太空飞船一样的张开触角拥抱天空的拱形石桥, 视线是被暂时分离, 造成身处分化片状空间的幻觉, 我犹豫的面对着它, 想选择就地静止的远观, 天空会成一座连续的石桥; 想选择前行, 穿越它, 即可想象无限大的云朵; 或想把视线上升到石桥之上, 那样前面的天是毫不遮拦的, 倒只是我, 付出轻轻抬了抬头的代价. 面对这样一座天空之桥, 设想的三种可能既毫无美学可言, 又本能的将思考弱智了, 把生活简单了, 让现实分割了, 自然而然地又陷入无限循环的假设状态. 人的行为的构成第一步总是在比较生话种种后果的假设, 正如在超市面前, 资本主义令郎满目的视觉诱惑, 让商品在顾客的手中有了无数个犹豫的可能, 而人永远停止不了面对选择, 有时我又亟不可待的想将选择的复杂性降到最低, 开始或者结束最后留给自己的都只是一种选择, 别无其他, 此时想法转化成行动立杆见影, 缺乏着理性的前奏, …. Continue reading Dream of Manhattan