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Cleaning out my filing cabinet, I found this handout that I made for my mini-comics class.  Hope it’s helpful!  Remember, it ain’t only for comics.  Self-publish short stories, collections of drawings or sketches, or blank for journals/sketchbooks, etc.

Wow, this reminds me of the good ol’ dayd of making minicomics at SCAD… fun times. I wanna do this again.

I’m working on a mini comic right now! (Well, taking a brief break from working on it.)




They also made nuclear weapons, you know.

Westinghouse, that is, not Lucy and Desi.

Westinghouse … you got some splainin’ to do

technology as territory - a cursory reading list

I posted a write up of my talk from theorizingtheweb on medium recently.

I’ve collected together a list pieces below that are either directly connected or highly relevant to the themes i was attempting to explore. 

The Internet Of Kings

Google’s acquisition of DeepMindNest and Dropcam felt like a quiet announcement of such kind of presence in the realm. Kings have armies, but really wise Kings invest in long-term education, they hire tutors. Video games, temperature and sight are important concepts for a young, distributed and knowledge-hungry learning machine - for that kind of being, companies are the equivalent of books. The truth is that some of the mutant forest creatures grow under the severe or benign tutelage of the global internet stacks and Larry Page, Gothic high-tech mogul, capable of arguing in a concise and prescient manner about the necessity of redistributing labor, able to call the bluff on the European Austerity, believer in Calfornian Abundance, turns out to be quite specific on the political importance of long-term strategic thinking. He is not alone.

The Black Stack

“Seeing like a State” takes leave of that initial territorial nest—both with and against the demands of planetary-scale computation3—we wrestle with the irregular abstractions of information, time, and territory, and the chaotic de-lamination of (practical) sovereignty from the occupation of place. For this, a nomos of the Cloud would, for example, draw jurisdiction not only according to the horizontal subdivision of physical sites by and for states, but also according to the vertical stacking of interdependent layers on top of one another: two geometries sometimes in cahoots, sometimes completely diagonal and unrecognizable to one another.4

Valley Of The Meatpuppets

Together, these entities become the key constituents of the valley of the meatpuppets. A new ethereal habitat where people, agents, thingbots, action heroes, dolls, big dogs and —- many more —-  cohabit. 


This new habitat brings big questions about our sense of freedom and our capacity to act under constraints. With an increase in monitoring, surveillance, AI and big data, this ambiguity, this sense of uncertainty and unconnectedness will become more pronounced. Invisible wars over autonomy will become a recurring leitmotif of the 21st century. And if we are to understand and equip ourselves better to decipher and decode the intricate nature of these mediated social fictions, we will need to find new conceptual tools and vocabularies.

Facebook for Space?: Airbnb’s Weird Corporate Nationhood

But what’s interesting about Airbnb’s announcement is that Airbnb is not content to stop with the idea of “belonging” as a stay that provides a bit more local access than a hotel. Rather, the real force of “belonging” for Airbnb is to belong not to a particular neighborhood but to Airbnb itself (via a “shared brand identity” that “cannot be separate from all of you”), which is imagined as a rich, welcoming nation that spans the world, complete with its own flag/logo to symbolize that the inhabitants of a house are allegiant to the culture of Airbnb. In this way it is not at all dissimilar to Facebook’s vision of the world as a set of interconnected nodes that Facebook hosts under its own, square F logo.

Stress FM “Micro Sovereignties” Tag

“what appears to be replacing the national is not the “global” political identity that “cosmopolitical” dreamers have long aspired to, but rather a return to localized identities rooted in clan, sect, ethnicity, corporation, and gang.”

Designed Conflict Territories - designedconflictterritories

To re-word a great Dylan Moran gag: While we were talking, Google very, very gradually built a future around us. (Please replace Google with whatever or whoever you like to satisfy your own biases.) The point stands that the entities constructing and steering our futures, or what they often like to call the future - with all the baggage of powerlessness and inevitability that that wording brings - aren’t states, and they work on a completely different geopolitical strata: There is no town square for Google

How can someone “be tumblr”?

At that talk, Jay Springett gives the best explanation so far to “being tumblr”. Stacks, like Facebook and Google, turning more and more into states and we’re getting used to it. Being tumblr turns exactly into “being citizen of a country”. Every country has images in our minds (may call stereotypes if you wish) and when you say “she’s tumblr”, our brains gets this signal similar as “she’s Turkish”.

About the difference between “a tumblr user” and “tumblr”. It definitely fits in that idea too. You can take, for example someone from England goes Italy as a tourist or starts to live there. She never can be “Italian”, she’ll be just a “tourist from England” or “Italy citizen”.

Colonising the Clouds :: Infrastructure Territory and The Geopolitics of The Stacks

The Stacks know vastly more categorised information about you than the state has ever done. Following Scott’s “Seeing Like A State”, perhaps their is now a need to “See Like A Stack” in order for us to better understand the approaches of these entities towards data collection (Nest,#IOT, etc), knowledge creation, and territorial definition

World population - Ranked by County and Social Media Ecosystem - Added 24.July.14

  1. China
  2. India
  3. @Facebook
  4. Tencent
  5. @whatsapp
  6. USA
  7. @Google+
  8. Indonesia
  9. @LinkedIn
  10. @Twitter

Would love to read more. Pls reblog with links.

The foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in British livestock in 2007 resulted from a virus escape from a high-containment agricultural lab, probably first in contaminated wastewater and then further spread by human and vehicle traffic. In Beijing in 2004 nine people were infected by a SARS virus from a high-containment lab before the outbreak was stopped. Between 2003 and 2009, there were 395 “potential release events” and 66 “potential loss events” in American labs involving select agents, a category that includes many of the most lethal bacteria and viruses, including anthrax.
We are a generation of happy slaves… we are lazy, empty, decomposed, irresponsible, disrespectful. We don’t know how to suffer, we don’t know what it means to sweat and earn things, we don’t want to grow up and assume responsibility… the cause of this is that we went brought up in a zoo. We were taught in a happy prison, a bubble that has protected us from real life, pain, fatigue, commitment, need, uncertainty, ambiguity…

«Cari millennials, impariamo a vivere da flâneur (o al più a vendere broccoli)» // ( ”Dear millennials, we learn to live as a flâneur (or more to sell broccoli)»)

Even in Google translate this is one of the most contemporary and remarkable pieces of writing i have read in a long time.


From Will Potter:

My Kickstarter to use drones to investigate factory farms was fully funded in just 5 days! Thank you for making this happen!

When I created this project, I wasn’t sure how it would be received. I was inspired by satellite photos, like this one from photographer Mishka Henner, and wondered what a drone could document. I set the funding goals at the bare minimum to cover costs, and crossed my fingers that I could even meet that goal.

But the response to this project has been overwhelming. In addition to being a top journalism project being featured by Kickstarter, and top pick of The Guardian newspaper, it’s also receiving incredible attention from Civil Eats, Ecorazzi, and more. (And Kickstarter’s CEO Yancy Strickler even chipped in!)

It’s also getting the attention of the agriculture industry, and some are already threatening to shoot down the cameras.

It’s clear that this investigation has resonated with a wide-ranging audience. And so as soon as it became clear that the project would be fully funded in just a few days, I began working with photographers and journalists to map out how it could be expanded.

Today, I’m excited to announce a plan to expand the project, and a new fundraising goal of $95,000.

With that new goal I will:

* Expand the photography tools used to include thermal/night vision lenses

* Upgrade the drone to a model that can handle a heavier payload (which means I can upgrade the camera to a HD SLR)

* Expand the number of states and farms investigated

* Purchase an additional drone through Fotokite, a project of a TED Fellow colleague that I’m sure you will agree offers some creative, unique opportunities in the investigation. See it in action here. It will also be good to have an additional drone in case mine is shot down.

* Offer new rewards (they’ll be posted on the page shortly)

Please know that I do not take expansion of this project lightly. The new financial goal is to expand the scope and quality of the investigation. It will be an enormous undertaking, but through Kickstarter I have already met other journalists, academics, activists, and lawyers who are eager to participate. With your help, this can be even more successful.

I hope you’ll consider inviting your friends to contribute to this project, or increasing your own donation. Let’s do this.

“For undoubtedly the time is not far distant when television receivers will be as common in the home as radio sets to-day and, like radio, will come to be regarded as an essential service on a par with electricity and water supplies.” In 1950 this probably seemed rather far-fetched. The article is clearly a response to the opposition of many landlords to the unsightly appearance of large outdoor aerials. And they were large, with elements three metres long mounted on four metre poles. The feasibility of communal aerial systems is considered, and the article concludes that “. . it is impossible to standardise . . the installation of television aerials without recourse to preliminary tests of a practical nature.”


>Professor Geoff Ward discusses the life and works of David Foster Wallace

This Sunday Feature is presented by Professor Geoff Ward, author of a literary history of America.

He, like many, was convinced Wallace would be the preeminent American writer to reckon with in the years ahead, and was shocked by his tragic early death.

In the company of the writer's sister, Amy Wallace, Ward travels to the Midwest of America where the writer grew up, and considers the impact of place on his imagination.

He also talks to Wallace's publisher and editor Michael Pietsch about the difficult task of assembling Wallace's final fragments into The Pale King.

The programme also contains some rare archive reflections by a young David Foster Wallace, recorded a year before the publication of Infinite Jest, on the role of the writer in an age of media saturation." (BBC Radio 3)

In 2002 a team at the State University of New York ordered pieces of synthetic DNA through the mail, from which they pasted together the genome of the polio virus. They then “booted it up” to infect mice, explaining that the work had been done to highlight the risk of how easy it was.
The newcomers were astonished at Don Quixote’s words, but the innkeeper did away with their astonishment when he told them that this was Don Quixote and there was no need to pay attention to him because he was out of his mind.

First Part, Chapter XLIV P384 :: Trans Edith Grossman

Why the world can’t bring itself to destroy smallpox once and for all

I pulled out the interesting quotes from this great piece on vox and put some commentary with them // Why the world can’t bring itself to destroy smallpox once and for all

For the sixth time, the World Health Organization has declined to destroy the smallpox virus once and for all.

6th time

On May 24, the World Health Assembly noted the existence of a report that summarized the results of three advisory groups from the fall of 2013 and that proposed to create yet another advisory group — to analyze the risks from synthetic biology.

Yes you read that right. the WHO is genuinely worried about synthetic biology. welcome to the future. 

The US and Russia may not trust each other to destroy their smallpox samples

Because Geopolitics

The World Health Organization consolidated the stocks into these labs not soon after smallpox was eradicated in 1980, creating a balanced Cold War stare-down between the two nations.

Yes but no, see here ::

and here ::

The United States and Russia are the only countries that have official, WHO-approved samples of smallpox. But no independent body has ever verified that other countries destroyed their samples.

Exactly what i just said. 

Scientific curiosity may prevent the destruction of smallpox stocks

no shit. it IS that interesting.

Further reading:

> A recent opinion piece on why we should destroy smallpox once and for all

> A recent opinion piece on why we shouldn’t destroy smallpox right now, co-authored by Peter Jahrling

> A thorough rundown of the security perspective from 2009, by biological weapons and arms control expert Jonathan Tucker. Lots of mystery, intrigue, and suspicious Russian behavior.

> Sara Reardon surveys what scientists can learn about smallpox from mummies and scabs in Nature

> Catching up with the current campaign to eradicate polio