1. Elinor Ostrom, the Commons and Anti-Capitalism →

    "I believe Elinor Ostrom provided a huge resource for all of us who wish to see an alternative to neo-liberalism can begin to learn from. Her own academic practice was radical: She sought an economics that moved beyond the market and the state, advocated a practical form of political ecology, looked at how commons could work for the community, and also showed the importance of careful institutional design in social change. She also challenged models of ‘rational economic man and woman’ and was an advocate for women, minorities, indigenous people and peasants."

    — Derek Wall, for STIR

  2. "PUMA" Apartment building,
Powiśle, Warsaw, Poland built between 1964-76Architects: Jan Bogusławski  Bohdan Gniewiewski
(via socialistmodernism)

    "PUMA" Apartment building,

    Powiśle, Warsaw, Poland
    built between 1964-76
    Architects:
    Jan Bogusławski
    Bohdan Gniewiewski

    (via socialistmodernism)

  3. Drone Shows Thousands Filling Hong Kong Streets
    "Thousands of demonstrators turned out in downtown Hong Kong on September 29 to support a protest over Beijing’s decision to reject calls for open nominations for the election of Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017. Demonstrators on Monday called for the resignation of Hong Kong’s top official CY Leung after he branded Occupy Central, one of the organizing groups, as “unlawful”. In this footage, a drone captured the scale of the crowd making its way through the skyscrapers of the former British colony’s central business district."

    — video by Nero Chan, via Storyful

  4. Nature Genomics Reviews: Mining Cancer Genomes →

    Figures from a recently published paper, 'Expanding the computational toolbox for mining cancer genomes'. I worked with Li, Mike, and Ben to produce these illustrations detailing many of the concepts, tools, and processes used in cancer genomics.

  5. Ingenious Signs Ensure You Always Get A Seat On The Train →

    "In the Netherlands, a new system designed to reduce shuffling on the platform tells riders exactly where to stand to get an open seat. It’s a 590-foot-long LED screen that hangs above the train platform and uses intuitive color-coding and symbols to show exactly where to stand to make boarding easier once the train arrives"

    — in FastCoDesign, “Terminal Velocity” column

  6. Ed Emshwiller, 1953(via brudesworld)

    Ed Emshwiller, 1953
    (via brudesworld)

  7. Hard Problems in Cryptocurrency Presentation (PDF) →

    • In just five years, Bitcoin has gone from a whitepaper to a $7billion economy with millions of participants.
    • However, cryptocurrency tech is currently using only elementary cryptography.
    • The discipline of “cryptoeconomics” is only just beginning.
    • There are several major faws in all existing cryptocurrencydesigns
    • What can we do to solve them?

    -Vitalik Buterin

  8. Can Monasteries Be a Model for Reclaiming Tech Culture for Good? →

    "At the end of its first conference in Strasbourg in June of 2012, a small circle of Edgeryders, with glasses of wine in their hands and under the shadow of a church, dreamed up the unMonastery. The idea was this: find a place with unmet needs and unused space to lend a building to a group of young hackers. Live together cheaply, building open-source infrastructure for the commons. Repeat until it becomes a network."

  9. If a phrase like ‘the political’ is to mean anything, I would argue, it can refer only to that domain of human action and experience where reality actually is whatever one can convince others to accept. This is precisely what makes it different from other spheres of human activity. After all, if I were to convince everyone in the world that I could fly and then jumped off a cliff, their confidence in my abili- ties would make no difference: I would still plummet to my death. If I were to convince everyone in the world that I was Emperor of Argentina, on the other hand, I would indeed be Emperor of Argentina. Politics, then, is the domain of the performative, but therein lies its central dilemma, its fundamental para- dox—that is, to conduct politics effectively, one cannot admit this. I cannot very well convince the world that I am Emperor of Argentina by telling everyone that if they believe this, it will become true. To play the game of politics, one must constantly insist that there is something else, something more real, lying behind one’s claims. What that is does not much matter and can vary almost infinitely, from divine grace to popular will, national destiny, the right of conquest, or the inevitable unfolding of some historical dialectic. What matters is that it is not seen as sheer performativity. As a result, politics everywhere has always been surrounded by a certain air of buncombe, hypocrisy, and lies.

    — David Graeber, “The Sword, the Sponge, and the Paradox of Performity”

    (Source: eprints.lse.ac.uk)

  10. We are reinventing a lot of ideas around security, privacy, safety, love, marriage, kids, god, violence, the nation state, power, justice, money. Everything is up for grabs.

    —  Genevieve Bell, in "Where Tech Is Taking Us: A Conversation With Intel’s Genevieve Bell" by Quentin Hardy in The New York Times