Airplane phylogeny (seen in Pierre Lemonnier, ed. Technological Choices)

Standing as if waiting for signals from another world, these men on the Djibouti shores hope for a faint cellphone signal from neighboring Somalia. (via)

"some people are beginning to suspect about ‘wearables’ - that if you don’t get it just right, they’re done.

That observation is strengthened by research from Endeavour Partners in the US, which found that one-third of American consumers who have owned a wearable product stopped using it within six months. What’s more, while one in 10 American adults own some form of activity tracker, half of them no longer use it.”

"I am not quite an Uber mensch.

I found this out the other day, when I asked my Uber driver about my passenger rating — the average of the 1-to-5-star grade passengers receive from drivers after every ride, which is shown to drivers before they agree to take a hail.

'You're a 4.8,' he replied. 'I usually don't pick people up if they're a 4 or less.'”

— Kevin Roose, Uber Anxiety
“Find something to be obsessed with, and then obsess over it. Don’t compete; find what’s uniquely yours. Take your experience of life and connect that with your knowledge of photographic history. Mix it all together, and create an artistic world that we can enter into. […] If you only like shooting cell phone photos, then do that. If your dad works at a construction site that looks cool, use it. If your mum breeds poodles, then put them in your photographs. Use the camera to take what you know that others don’t, what you can access that others can’t, and the people or things you connect with, to construct your own world. […] Be busy. Seek and find a way to do what it is you want to do. Identify what that thing is and do it. Don’t stand around too long having conversations about it. Do it. Refine it. Do it more. Try it a different way. Keep at it until you break through to the next level. Don’t talk or think yourself out of doing it. Put one foot in front of the other and let it happen organically. […] Say yes to almost everything and try new things. Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t be afraid to work hard. Do your pictures – don’t try and do somebody else’s pictures. Don’t get lost inside your head, and don’t worry what camera you’re using”
— Ryan McGinley

HERACLE555 by Vytautas Jankauskas & Félicien Goguey

is a series of analog audio synthesizers connected to virtual environment. There is a total of 12 synthesizers-episodes based on 12 labors of Hercules, each of them allowing to explore different virtual worlds with a special task to complete at each of them. With each new episode added, sounds as well as labors to fulfill become more and more complex, forming an advanced audiovisual experience.

"Vermis Magnes" by Vytautas Jankauskas

“The Germans are constructing a fake airfield to decoy Allied bombers, with dummy aircraft made out of wood. On the day it is finished, a RAF bomber swoops down and drops a single bomb on it — a bomb made of wood. The Germans look foolish: having tried to outsmart the Allies, it is they who are outsmarted”
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