Archives for January 2014

из новой истины клешни

31 January 2014 | Literature | No Comments

в ImWerden появился шеститомник Хлебникова.



there’s an app for that

30 January 2014 | Privacy, Security, Software | No Comments

ну, все уже видели, конечно (по ссылке так же есть и солайды внутренних презентаций):

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users’ private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users’ most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger.

натурально, больше игр, хороших и разных.


на расстоянии клавиатуры

29 January 2014 | Culturology, Sex | 1 Comment

вот, например, показательное о самом обычном сексизме в IT[1]:

I walk in and a group of people are already sitting at a long table. I say hi and hover for a second, determining where to sit. Entirely uninvited, and before I even have a chance to react, one guy proceeds to grab me by the waist and pull me into an awkward, grope-y side hug next to him on the bench. To reiterate, I’ve never met this man in my life. I try giving him the benefit of the doubt and make some quip about his being a friendly sort, but it gets uncomfortable pretty quickly when he puts his hand on my leg and leaves it there until I squirm uncomfortably.

и еще, пожалуйста, перепись таких же; наслаждайтесь.

  1. применимо к любой области, конечно же, но именно в IT максимально четко бросается в глаза.  ↩


ordinary human experiences

29 January 2014 | Culturology | 1 Comment

помните Соколова о Беккете? вот еще цитата:

He stepped out and caught sight of a white holographic cigar suspended against the wall of the station, FREESIDE pulsing beneath it in contorted capitals that mimicked printed Japanese. He walked through the crowd and stood beneath it, studying the thing. WHY WAIT? pulsed the sign. A blunt white spindle, flanged and studded with grids and radiators, docks, domes. He’d seen the ad, or others like it, thousands of times. It had never appealed to him. With his deck, he could reach the Freeside banks as easily as he could reach Atlanta. Travel was a meat thing.

indeed, it is:

человеку с хорошим воображением, считают любители чтения, незачем надолго выходить из дома.

это, конечно, сильное упрощение, потому что любое путешествие это всегда немного бегство, а убежать, не выходя из дома, довольно трудно. но в целом они правы. если ты не просветленная табуретка, то путешествия из точки а в точку б, в лучшем случае, слегка тебя отвлекут. а если просветленная, то они тебе не очень-то и нужны.

все так.


инструменты социальных перемен

28 January 2014 | Architecture, Culturology | No Comments

проект Нового Вавилона, между прочим:

The spaces of New Babylon were intended to be spaces of disorientation and of reorientation, from rational, functionalist society to one that is liberated and self-inventing. It was meant to replace capitalist exploitation of human labor and emotion with anarchist celebration of them. Its architecture was to provide a complex armature on which could be woven endlessly new, unpredictably personal urban experiences, determined by ever-changing individual desires.


Constant’s New Babylon was to be a series of linked transformable structures, some of which themselves were the size of a small city–what architects call a megastructure. Perched above ground, Constant’s megastructures would literally leave the bourgeois metropolis below and would be populated by homo ludens–man at play. In the New Babylon, the bourgeois shackles of work, family life, and civic responsibility would be discarded. The postrevolutionary individual would wander from one leisure environment to another in search of new sensations. Beholden to no one, he would sleep, eat, recreate, and procreate where and when he wanted. Self-fulfillment and self-satisfaction were Constant’s social goals. Deductive reasoning, goal-oriented production, the construction and betterment of a political community–all these were eschewed.

со слов автора:

It is obvious that a person free to use his time for the whole of his life, free to go where he wants, when he wants, cannot make the greatest use of his freedom in a world ruled by the clock and the imperative of a fixed abode. As a way of life Homo Ludens will demand, firstly, that he responds to his need for playing, for adventure, for mobility, as well as all the conditions that facilitate the free creation of his own life. Until then, the principle activity of man had been the exploration of his natural surroundings. Homo Ludens himself will seek to transform, to recreate, those surroundings, that world, according to his new needs. The exploration and creation of the environment will them happen to coincide because, in creating his domain to explore, Homo Ludens will apply himself to exploring his own creation. Thus we will be present at an uninterrupted process of creation and re-creation, sustained by a generalized creativity that is manifested in all domains of activity.



27 January 2014 | Cinematograph | No Comments

кстати, о фляжках — вот еще один прекрасный фильм, “Drinking Buddies”, — о чувствах, лабиринтах, попытках и, разумеется, о дружбе. очень хороший, да.

смотреть в первой половине дня, впрочем, не стоит — в холодильнике может не остаться пива для второй половины (pun intended).


Moby Duck

26 January 2014 | Geography, History, Metaphysics | No Comments

или с другой стороны:

In 1992 a shipping container filled with rubber ducks was lost at sea. Over 28,000 rubber duckies fell overboard on their way from Japan to the United States. Imagine thousands of rubber ducks floating on the ocean. Many of them have since washed up on the shores of Hawaii, Alaska, South America, Australia and the Pacific Northwest. Others have been found frozen in Arctic ice and made their way to Newfoundland and Scotland. How wonderful to find a rubber duck on shore one day!

Perhaps what is more interesting and the key point of this story is it is believed there are over 2,000 of them are caught up in the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. The Gyre is a vortex of water that stretches between Japan and southeast Alaska. It is a vast churning area of water that holds anything that comes into it in a whirlpool for years if not forever. Now imagine thousands of rubber ducks churning around and around in a whirlpool of water for over 20 years.

These duckies are just going around in the same cycle, doing the same thing day after day, year after year…until one day somehow they break free.

как и было сказано:

Next morning, though they were pressed to stay, the lama insisted on departure. They gave Kim a large bundle of good food and nearly three annas in copper money for the needs of the road, and with many blessings watched the two go southward in the dawn.

‘Pity it is that these and such as these could not be freed from the Wheel of Things.’

‘Nay, then would only evil people be left on the earth, and who would give us meat and shelter?’ quoth Kim, stepping merrily under his burden.



25 January 2014 | Art, Personal | No Comments

кстати, парящие женщины Майкла Джеймса Талбота.

до удивления похожие.


comfortable in their authorities

24 January 2014 | Internet, Privacy, Security | No Comments

или еще:

Snowden said the vast amounts of data being stored about everyone is harmful in two key ways. Firstly, the fear that everything is being recorded will change our personal behavior for the worse, and secondly that the data amounted to “databases of ruin”, storing embarrassing or harmful details can be plucked out in retroactive investigations.


the inappropriates

24 January 2014 | Art, Censorship, Culturology | No Comments

похоже, новый материал для одного телеканала[1]:

A smiling vagina mural [created by Carolina Falkholt] displayed in a Swedish school has been defended by the principal after calls for it to be painted over.


Others praised Falkholt for presenting “a normal woman, radiantly beautiful” amid numerous statues with penises, while some argued that the students themselves should decide if they want the painting to remain.

а по-моему, Каролина исключительно прекрасна, разве нет?


  1. well, you know.  ↩