h/t Michael Price
3D Printers Create Fancy Future Crackers That Sprout Into A Mini Salad
“Food Designer Chloé Rutzerveld believes 3D printing will revolutionize the food industry, and she is getting the ball rolling by developing a 3D printed cracker that consists of living organisms such as seeds, spores, and yeast. In three to four days, the seeds and spores sprout into a miniature salad that is said to be completely natural and healthy, demonstrating the potential the technology has to “make the [food] production chain very short,” with less transportation and land requirements.
“You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world
where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust
your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly
to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of
humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole,
the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes
from the air upon which wings beat.”
On rote memorization and antiquated skills
“Deliberate rote memorization is an attempt to take a shortcut in the learning process… Instead of having people learn important facts by themselves through practice, we decide once and for all what the important facts are, we delay practice, and start with the memorization of the “important facts”.
“I’ve been an entrepreneur, a government researcher and a university professor. I once designed, built and sold software for a living. As a researcher, I have worked on many problems: from medical diagnostic to collaborative data processing. My Slope One recommender algorithm is used by hundreds of e-commerce sites. I love to write: my blog has been featured on Reddit, Hacker News and Slashdot (1, 2).
I also have two sons, two cats and a beautiful wife. My dog has its own YouTube channel. I make my own bread (every week), my own yogurt (every week), my own beer, my own wine, my own port, my own furniture. I build robots, radio control sailboats and trucks. I grow my own vegetables in the summer using square gardening. I love scifi, both in book and TV format.
Thomas Piketty doesn’t hate capitalism: He just wants to fix it – Vox
The parallel presentation of story and interview transcript is an absolutely beautiful opening for use in a course- maybe UNIV 200.
(Re)defining multimedia journalism — Medium
The entire article provides an interesting way to look at course design as well as ALT Lab website construction.
“Grab the audience’s attention visually. An enjoyable story offers a hook, a call to action, immediately, as soon as you open it.”
NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations explained | US news | theguardian.com
Chind?gu: The Art of Unuseless | Mental Floss
“1. A Chind?gu Cannot be for Real Use— They must be, from a practical point of view, useless.
2. A Chind?gu Must Exist— A Chind?gu must be something that you can actually hold, even if you aren’t going to use it.
3. There must be the Spirit of Anarchy in Every Chind?gu— Chind?gu inventions represent the freedom to be (almost) useless and challenge the historical need for usefulness.
4. Chind?gu Tools are for Everyday Life— Chind?gu must be useful (or useless) to everyone around the world for everyday life.
5. Chind?gu are Not for Sale— Chind?gu cannot be sold, as this would go against the spirit of the art form.
6. Humor is Not the Sole Reason for Creating a Chind?gu— Even if Chind?gu are inherently quirky and hilarious, the main reason they are created is for problem solving.
7. Chind?gu are Not Propaganda— Chind?gu are, however, innocent and made with good intentions. They should only be created to be used (or not used).
8. Chind?gu are Never Taboo— Chind?gu must adhere to society’s basic standards.
9. Chind?gu Cannot be Patented— Chind?gu cannot be copyrighted or patented, and are made to be shared with the rest of the world.
10. Chind?gu Are Without Prejudice— Everyone should have an equal chance to enjoy every Chind?gu.”
Notifications & Alerts — Ford’s Sensorium — Medium
“As I was writing this this morning, I kept wanting to turn it into a more surreal piece?—?unsubscribing from the heartbeats of strangers, muting imaginary restaurant brands?—?but I couldn’t get past the reality. Which felt unusual.