10 Essential Books on Typography | Brain Pickings

10 Essential Books on Typography | Brain Pickings


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January 27, 2012

it8bit:

Classic Controllers Connected to Other Devices  – by Roger Ibars

Part of an exhibit fusing classic video game controllers to incompatible items such as alarm clocks, cellphones, and even other gaming systems. Check out the entire series at rogeribars.com

via: gamovr


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January 27, 2012

stoweboyd:

Unmanned and computer-controlled drones, with no ‘man in the loop’?

William Hennigan via LA Times

The X-47B is an experimental jet — that’s what the X stands for — and is designed to demonstrate new technology, such as automated takeoffs, landings and refueling. The drone also has a fully capable weapons bay with a payload capacity of 4,500 pounds, but the Navy said it has no plans to arm it.

The Navy is now testing two of the aircraft, which were built behind razor-wire fences at Northrop Grumman Corp.’s expansive complex in Palmdale, where the company manufactured the B-2 stealth bomber.

Funded under a $635.8-million contract awarded by the Navy in 2007, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program has grown in cost to an estimated $813 million.

Last February, the first X-47B had its maiden flight from Edwards Air Force Base, where it continued testing until last month when it was carried from the Mojave Desert to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in southern Maryland. It is there that the next stage of the demonstration program begins.

The drone is slated to first land on a carrier by 2013, relying on pinpoint GPS coordinates and advanced avionics. The carrier’s computers digitally transmit the carrier’s speed, cross-winds and other data to the drone as it approaches from miles away.

The X-47B will not only land itself, but will also know what kind of weapons it is carrying, when and where it needs to refuel with an aerial tanker, and whether there’s a nearby threat, said Carl Johnson, Northrop’s X-47B program manager. “It will do its own math and decide what it should do next.”

As Dashiell Bennett observes, doing its ‘own math’ raises many questions:

It [X-47B] could also revolutionize military and international law, as leaders must decide if they can authorize machines to make “lethal combat decisions” — and if anyone back home can be held be responsible when they do. We all saw the Terminator movies, so we know that usually turns out.


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January 27, 2012

sum1:

ACTA – the infamous anti-Internat law – is one step closer.

maggieblueberry:

3liza:

ACTA passed one of the several voting gates it needs to get through before becoming law.

It was ratified in Poland last night.  This was the scene at Polish parliament afterwards, as (presumably) a bloc of anti-ACTA politicians expressed their displeasure and, perhaps without knowing it, foretell of the Anonymous repercussions to this bill.

EDIT: Just so we’re clear, this does not mean ACTA has been signed into international law.  It means that it’s getting much closer to being signed into law.

Some things you should know:

  • Online petitions are meaningless.  While they are well-intentioned and organized, the signing of a digital petition takes about twenty seconds, and does not require that you leave your beanbag chair in the coal cellar.  Politicians know this, and pay just as much attention to online petitions as is warranted by a “political action” that is literally less strenuous than leaving a YouTube comment.
  • Nothing except direct action is going to do a goddamn thing.  This means getting out in the street, it means DDoSing, it means vicious and widespread boycotts, site blackouts, and other strongarm tactics that actually impact the flow of money from corporations to lobbyists to politicians.  How do you, as a tiny flailing consumer, do this?  You can’t, really.  You can join up with groups that are intent on doing actions that actually mean something, adding your voice to a chorus of hundreds or thousands, instead of screaming alone.  You can contact celebrities, the spokespeople of our time, as ask them to leverage their followers on the issue.  You can write to Tumblr and ask for more blackouts.  None of these things will be very effective, so don’t be too disappointed when they don’t work, but they sure as fuck are more effective than online petitions, and the intense response to SOPA by corporations and consumers was responsible for getting it “tabled” (not dead, but dreaming lies).
  • ACTA was already signed in the US by Obama in September of 2011.  He had been praising the bill for over a year prior, and signed it without reservation.  Most of us didn’t hear about it, and he likely used the 9/11 coverage to make sure of that.
  • Eventually, one of these bills will pass, and the pro-corporate laws will go into effect.  Expect it.  Be prepared.  Learn to circumvent this garbage and you’ll have a leg up when the feds shut down the internet as we know it.
  • The best thing you can do now is install Tor and learn how to use it.  Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.  In order to circumvent the coming corporate takeover of the web, we’re going to have to go underground, creating a sub-internet of encrypted nodes known as a “darknet”.  It’s probably going to be like the internet was in the beginning, with most people only seeing what AOL wanted them to see, and only a small group of super-nerds existing outside of that bubble in the “real” internet.  It’ll take another twenty years for them to catch up to us again.
  • Welcome to the grim cyberpunk future.


T F m
January 27, 2012

I’ve framed this as “in the future your children will be servants and nannies,” a provocation that gets to a deeper truth: the most problematic geographical mismatch we face in the U.S. is that large numbers of relatively poor, less-skilled individuals live in rural areas and urban and suburban areas that don’t have good transportation links to affluent, high-skilled households that spend much of their income on high-touch services. Despite, or perhaps reflecting, the popularity of Downton Abbey, many of us are fundamentally scandalized by the idea of serving others, despite the fact that most of us make a living by serving others, whether directly or indirectly. And so we fetishize manufacturing jobs in which the fact that we are serving others is mediated by the fact that we are assembling physical objects designed to serve others.


T F m
January 27, 2012

I’ve framed this as “in the future your children will be servants and nannies,” a provocation that gets to a deeper truth: the most problematic geographical mismatch we face in the U.S. is that large numbers of relatively poor, less-skilled individuals live in rural areas and urban and suburban areas that don’t have good transportation links to affluent, high-skilled households that spend much of their income on high-touch services. Despite, or perhaps reflecting, the popularity of Downton Abbey, many of us are fundamentally scandalized by the idea of serving others, despite the fact that most of us make a living by serving others, whether directly or indirectly. And so we fetishize manufacturing jobs in which the fact that we are serving others is mediated by the fact that we are assembling physical objects designed to serve others.


T F m
January 27, 2012

The idea that visionary geniuses are best-poised for radical innovation is simply misleading. Maybe Jobs or Steve Wozniak were visionary geniuses working in uninterrupted solitary isolation … when they weren’t busy working crazy-long hours with the rest of their über-talented crews in the cultural cradle of high-tech innovation.

frogdesign’s Fabio Sergio says blending dissonant goals into harmony is the secret to innovation, emphasizing collaborative environments – a view contrary to certain famous entrepreneurs‘ insistence that working alone is the secret to creativity. (via curiositycounts)

T F m
January 27, 2012

The idea that visionary geniuses are best-poised for radical innovation is simply misleading. Maybe Jobs or Steve Wozniak were visionary geniuses working in uninterrupted solitary isolation … when they weren’t busy working crazy-long hours with the rest of their über-talented crews in the cultural cradle of high-tech innovation.

frogdesign’s Fabio Sergio says blending dissonant goals into harmony is the secret to innovation, emphasizing collaborative environments – a view contrary to certain famous entrepreneurs‘ insistence that working alone is the secret to creativity. (via curiositycounts)

T F m
January 27, 2012

albotas:

A Little Bit On The Papercraft Side: Download a PDF of this adorably evil NES papercraft by Alexis “Kekli” Huret here.

(via Paper Toy)


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January 26, 2012

albotas:

A Little Bit On The Papercraft Side: Download a PDF of this adorably evil NES papercraft by Alexis “Kekli” Huret here.

(via Paper Toy)


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January 26, 2012