notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-07-21

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helenadagmar:

Once the day winds down and boats stop hopping from place to place, the fjord waters become as still as glass and perfectly mirror whatever’s above it. It’s the biggest puddle I’ve ever seen.

Flåm, June 2014.

I have to do serious work to convince myself that the last picture isn’t actually a gateway to another reality,

I stopped in Flåm for just one night on my Norwegian trip in July 2010. As soon as I left I regretted that it hadn’t been for longer.

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paglen:

Here’s the story behind the National Reconnaissance Office’s “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach” spy satellite patch. 

Documents on the NROL patch, thanks to Paul Szoldra’s Freedom of Information request.

paglen:

Here’s the story behind the National Reconnaissance Office’s “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach” spy satellite patch. 

Documents on the NROL patch, thanks to Paul Szoldra’s Freedom of Information request.

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“ it would be silly to expect the national-security story of the decade to break in a California business publication. Swisher and fellow panelist Alexia Tsotsis, the co-editor of TechCrunch, spoke of the non-investigative nature of the bulk of their coverage—fundings, job changes, new product features. Tsotsis was especially abject, suggesting that even if she’d received the Edward Snowden documents, she probably “would have succumbed to the pressure of the Obama administration now”; TechCrunch “is just a cheerleader,” she said, and “a lot of tech media is sort of in the pockets of the people we cover … We’re inviting them to our parties. We might be dating some of them. We are right in the middle, in the thick, of the tech industry.” ”
 in New York Magazine, as part of a profile on Kara Swisher, who was also on the panel.

2014-07-18

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From the Disobedient Objects How-to guides,  as seen on To the Street, My Friends! by Quinn Norton on Medium.

From the Disobedient Objects How-to guides, as seen on To the Street, My Friends! by Quinn Norton on Medium.

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“ I hate to be the one to break it to Joe, Nate, and Brian, but prior to the Industrial Revolution, one way people “belonged” to other people was through chattel slavery. Another was through marriages that made women the property of their husbands. It’s less funny than a doodle of a vagina, but perhaps more evocative of the limited viewpoint of the company’s three white, male founders. ”
Julia Carrie Wong on the voiceover of the AirBnB video introducing their (not good) new logo.

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“ Cities used to be villages. Everyone knew each other, and everyone knew they had a place to call home. But after the mechanization and Industrial Revolution of the last century, those feelings of trust and belonging were displaced by mass-produced and impersonal travel experiences. We also stopped trusting each other. And in doing so, we lost something essential about what it means to be a community… That’s why Airbnb is returning us to a place where everyone can feel they belong. ”
AirBnB, in the voiceover to their video introducing their new logo, as transcribed by Julia Carrie Wong. I described it on Twitter as “one long [citation needed]”.

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“ According to [Jens Nygaard Knudsen] the Red and White spacemen started as Cosmonauts and Astronauts. Later they became red pilots and white explorers, yellow were introduced as scientists/engineers, blue as security/soldiers, black as spies. Pete and I decided mech/walker Pilots should be a new colour. Green! ”

Mark Stafford, in a comment on Pete Reid’s photo of multiple classic Lego space minifigures.

I’d always wondered if the red and white mapped to Soviet and US uniforms. It turns out, yes, they did, kind of.

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Space lineup by Legoloverman on Flickr.
Lego astronauts, from Pete Reid’s Flickr. There’s an article on the Lego Ideas blog about the creation of the Exo Suit, with this nugget from designer Mark Stafford:

Mark told us that each of the original colours of Classic Space minifigures had a specific job: white for pilots, red for soldiers/explorers, yellow for scientists, blue for commanders and black for spies.

File under “I never knew that”, although it also turns out that it wasn’t always that rigorous.

Space lineup by Legoloverman on Flickr.

Lego astronauts, from Pete Reid’s Flickr. There’s an article on the Lego Ideas blog about the creation of the Exo Suit, with this nugget from designer Mark Stafford:

Mark told us that each of the original colours of Classic Space minifigures had a specific job: white for pilots, red for soldiers/explorers, yellow for scientists, blue for commanders and black for spies.

File under “I never knew that”, although it also turns out that it wasn’t always that rigorous.

2014-07-16

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“ The thing is Thor is not just a comic character. He’s real mythology. Sure, Marvel’s version of Thor is not meant to follow the original nordic pantheon 100% but it’s still the equivalent of deciding to make Morgan Le Fay into a man or Zeus into a woman. A lot of people also forget there are “real pagans” today who still worship the old gods and old goddesses. Christians would get offended if Christ was gender-bent yet older religions seem to be “fair game” for this kind of random derpitude. ”

2014-07-15

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“ Bay really thinks the world is obvious. Fighting is gigantic boxers pummelling one another. War is explosions and buildings collapsing and air superiority. Love is the kiss between the stick-thin supermodel in hot pants and a handsome young body-builder whose job is racing race-cars. There’s nothing else. ”
Adam Roberts on Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction for Strange Horizons.

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