Portraitist Rineke Dijkstra

Rineke Dijkstra was born in Sittard, the Netherlands, in 1959. She studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1981 to 1986. Through the late 1980s, she photographed people in clubs for magazines in the Netherlands and worked for corporations as a portraitist. In 1990 she injured her hip when her car was struck by a bicycle. A self-portrait produced during her rehabilitation, … Continue reading Portraitist Rineke Dijkstra

the 387 houses of peter fritz at the venice art biennale

in 1993, while browsing in a junk shop, artist oliver croy discovered 387 model buildings, each neatly wrapped in its own garbage bag–the architectural creations of austrian insurance clerk peter fritz. there is little known about the life of fritz, he nevertheless left behind a substantial body of work that stands as an intriguing testament to his imagination and passion. 20 years after the discovery … Continue reading the 387 houses of peter fritz at the venice art biennale

Et le livre numérique devint infini – Le Temps

Numériser, ce n’est pas tout. Si l’objet au format Kindle ou EPub que vous venez d’acheter dans une librairie du Web se révèle si souvent décevant, c’est parce que la numérisation ne fait, en général, qu’enlever au livre sa chair de papier, sans rien lui insuffler pour compenser. Il en va autrement pour l’Officine numérique. Concocté par la Bibliothèque de Genève (BGE) avec quatre éditeurs de … Continue reading Et le livre numérique devint infini – Le Temps

Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Making the Lemon Emoji Very Popular | WIRED

Since dropping her new album Lemonade on Tidal/HBO on Saturday (and other services in the days after), use of the digital fruit on Twitter has gone off the charts. Well, not totally off of them, but still really high. (See: Actual chart above.) In April, there have been more than 2 million tweets including at least one lemon emoji—and 62 percent of them have been … Continue reading Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Making the Lemon Emoji Very Popular | WIRED

GameSetWatch Machine Plays Pitfall, Dances

Several Rutgers University researchers devised a new method for “reinforcement learning” (a sub-area of machine learning) using Object-Oriented Markov Decision Processes, which is described as “a representation that looks at a higher level than usual and considers objects and interactions.” If that sounds complicated, their demonstration makes the concept much easier to understand. They showed the OO-MDPs representation by presenting a system that learned to play … Continue reading GameSetWatch Machine Plays Pitfall, Dances

Krippendorff’s alpha – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Krippendorff‘s alpha coefficient[1] is a statistical measure of the agreement achieved when coding a set of units of analysis in terms of the values of a variable. Since the 1970s, alpha is used in content analysis where textual units are categorized by trained readers, in counseling and survey research where experts code open-ended interview data into analyzable terms, in psychological testing where alternative tests of the same phenomena need to be compared, … Continue reading Krippendorff’s alpha – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes : A Cartographic Turn – Mapping and the Spatial Challenge in Social Sciences – From Jacques Lévy Eds (EAN13 : 9782940222704)

The Cartographic Turn contains contributions on maps and cartography from multiple authors from various disciplines: geography, demography, cartography, art theory, architecture and philosophy. While such diversity could imply that this book is a collection of independent contributions gathered only by their topic, this impression would be misleading. Rather, this book develops four simple propositions that actually can be streamlined into a single concept expressed through … Continue reading Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes : A Cartographic Turn – Mapping and the Spatial Challenge in Social Sciences – From Jacques Lévy Eds (EAN13 : 9782940222704)

How Uber conquered London | Sam Knight | Technology | The Guardian

Every week in London, 30,000 people download Uber to their phones and order a car for the first time. The technology company, which is worth $60bn, calls this moment “conversion”. Uber has deployed its ride-hailing platform in 400 cities around the world since its launch in San Francisco on 31 May 2010, which means that it enters a new market every five days and eight hours. … Continue reading How Uber conquered London | Sam Knight | Technology | The Guardian

How the machine ‘thinks’: Understanding opacity in machine learning algorithms

This article considers the issue of opacity as a problem for socially consequential mechanisms of classification and ranking, such as spam filters, credit card fraud detection, search engines, news trends, market segmentation and advertising, insurance or loan qualification, and credit scoring. These mechanisms of classification all frequently rely on computational algorithms, and in many cases on machine learning algorithms to do this work. In this article, I … Continue reading How the machine ‘thinks’: Understanding opacity in machine learning algorithms

The Guardian – Patrick Stewart sketch: what has the ECHR ever done…

With apologies to Monty Python: What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us? Apart from the right to a fair trial, freedom from slavery, freedom from torture … Warning: contains strong language. via The Guardian – Patrick Stewart sketch: what has the ECHR ever done… Continue reading The Guardian – Patrick Stewart sketch: what has the ECHR ever done…

cloud. + rc.

The Cloud is an Arduino-controlled, motion-triggered lightning & thunder performance, as well as a music-activated visualizing speaker. As an interactive lamp and speaker system designed to mimic a thundercloud in appearance, The Cloud employs embedded motion sensors to create unique lightning and thunder shows while providing entertainment value and inspiring awe. This is a kind of magic, not based on illusions and trickery, but on sensors … Continue reading cloud. + rc.

Identifiants uniques, informations personnelles et géolocalisation: toujours les données reines sur smartphone | LINC

A la manière des expérimentations que nous avions menées au travers de Mobilitics, une équipe de chercheurs des universités d’Harvard, de Carnegie Mellon et du MIT ont testé le comportement de 110 applications populaires sur Android et iOS. via Identifiants uniques, informations personnelles et géolocalisation: toujours les données reines sur smartphone | LINC Continue reading Identifiants uniques, informations personnelles et géolocalisation: toujours les données reines sur smartphone | LINC

Colloque Géopoint16

Géopoint16 se déroulera les 13, 14 et 15 juin 2016 à Lausanne, avec pour thématique « De l’espace pour la théorie ». Qu’est-ce qu’une théorie de l’espace ? A-t-on besoin de théorie pour le décrire, l’expliquer, le comprendre, le transformer ? Sur le principe, ces questions semblent appeler une réponse consensuelle, mais, en pratique, ce n’est pas si simple. D’abord, nombre de chercheurs continuent de se détourner de la … Continue reading Colloque Géopoint16

How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations released by the British Library — Quartz

What would you do with a million free images? In keeping with its ambition to become the world’s most openinstitution of its kind, the British Library has released over a million public domain illustrations and other images to the public through Flickr for anyone to reuse, remix or repurpose. So far, these images, which range from Restoration-era cartoons to colonial explorers’ early photographs, have been used on rugs, album covers, … Continue reading How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations released by the British Library — Quartz

New series of reports highlights profound changes in online discourse in Arab countries | Berkman Center

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce the publication of “Mobilization for Change,” a new series of reports examining the role of the networked public sphere in advancing civic participation and collective action in the Arab region. The online space in Egypt, Tunisia, and Bahrain reflects a growingly polarized and contentious offline political environment, with less consensus than existed five years ago. Fieldwork corroborates insights from social … Continue reading New series of reports highlights profound changes in online discourse in Arab countries | Berkman Center

Two or Three Things I Know About Her – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  The film does not tell a story so much as present an essay-like study of Godard’s view of contemporary life; Godard wrote that “I wanted to include everything: sports, politics, even groceries. Everything should be put in a film”.[1] Godard himself narrates the film in a whispered voice-over that discusses his fears to the audience about the contemporary world, including the Vietnam War. The film often … Continue reading Two or Three Things I Know About Her – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Work unit – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A unit or danwei (simplified Chinese: 单位; traditional Chinese: 單位; pinyin: dān wèi) is the name given to a place of employment in the People’s Republic of China. While the term danwei remains in use today it is more properly used to refer to a place of employment during the period when the Chinese economy was still more heavily socialist or when used in the context of one of state-owned enterprises. Source: Work unit – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Continue reading Work unit – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jonas Mekas, Champion of the “Poetic” Cinema – The New Yorker

Jonas Mekas was the co-founder, in 1954, of the seminal publication Film Culture. He was the first film critic of The Village Voice, and his self-chosen beat was the noncommercial cinema. Mekas founded the Film-Makers’ Cooperative and then, in 1970, Anthology Film Archives. He’s also a filmmaker. Any of these activities would establish him in the history books as one of the most important modern movie-people. But the activity … Continue reading Jonas Mekas, Champion of the “Poetic” Cinema – The New Yorker

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian

Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it. Neoliberalism: do you know what it is? Its anonymity is both a symptom … Continue reading Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian

How Turkey’s Promise to Stop the Flow of Refugees Is Creating a New Crisis – The New York Times

Turkey is struggling to cope with the 2.7 million Syrians it hosts and honor its agreement to stop refugees from crossing into Europe. And renewed fighting in Syria last week pushed tens of thousands of Syrians closer to the border with Turkey, in a sign that the problem could still get worse. via How Turkey’s Promise to Stop the Flow of Refugees Is Creating a … Continue reading How Turkey’s Promise to Stop the Flow of Refugees Is Creating a New Crisis – The New York Times

Megacities, not nations, are the world’s dominant, enduring social structures — Quartz

Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters. As the sociologist Christopher Chase-Dunn has pointed out, it is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight, proximity to zones of growth, political stability, and attractiveness for foreign capital. In … Continue reading Megacities, not nations, are the world’s dominant, enduring social structures — Quartz

How do politicians use Facebook? An applied Social Observatory

In the age of the digital generation, written public data is ubiquitous and acts as an outlet for today’s society. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn have profoundly changed how we communicate and interact. They have enabled the establishment of and participation in digital communities as well as the representation, documentation and exploration of social behaviours, and had a disruptive effect on how we … Continue reading How do politicians use Facebook? An applied Social Observatory

Road to S.F.

® lait, road of pj. harvey, 2016 I am typing some infinite words on the plane to San Francisco, 喘着撩人的粗气: 我觉得那首诗很美 虽然我重复着 没有完全读懂 mountain,  is the shadow of mountain, dog, is lazy to evolve,  summer, the soul of enzyme is lilywater. // 如果身旁的那位男士, 重复请求倒水, 向hostess, 他每次都重新拿一个新的一次性杯子, 仿佛他没有开始, 时间的测量性变得没有意义, 因为我们感到不同, 才会有时间意义的存在. // 昨天在路上的垂下来的树枝, 是ikea的白色灯笼的落地灯. // 坐在飞机上, 人的身体机理需要舒展, 在我的身体周围 有不同的站在一边, 他们是精神病院的病人, 他们在绿色安静的空间,发音,说话, 这是一个我似曾相识的电影画面. // 美国人的北京儿话音, 我学不来, 与以前的我, 对美国的记忆, … Continue reading Road to S.F.