All posts filed under: consumerism

Reboot and Reset with Bruce Sterling

Objects are printouts – not treasures, not things to stocpkpile. Our posessions are frozen social relationships. Think of them as hours of time and volumes of space. Reassess the objects in your space and time. What is most important?

selection of NZ Artisan honeys

Wild Thymes, Honey

I’ve been seduced by a terroirist network known as New Zealand Artisan Honey, made up of passionate beekeepers producing honeys in small, quality batches from specific varietal sources among some of New Zealand’s most spectactular locations.

Fiona Hall: Force Field – Currency, Formerly

Part three of a four part video looking at the work of artist Fiona Hall in the exhibition FORCE FIELD at the City Gallery Wellington. Fiona Hall City Gallery Wellington Art Artis When My Boat Comes In – detail, photo by cicadas , image by Fiona Hall.

Links for 2008-05-26: Greening the Grocery Store

Greening the Grocery Store Our throw-away society functions on a presumption: somebody else is taking care of this waste. Investigation suggests otherwise. The landfill is a flawed design. Even recycling, in its current mode, is deficient. Only when people become aware of facts, no (tags: design recycling sustainability graphicdesign graphics green plastic supermarket retail shopping information)

links for 2008-03-05: Just Need 989 More Fans

1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly — The Technium A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living. (tags: longtail truefans digitaleconomy economicsofabundance abundance)

The Latest Issuu

Copenhagen-based ISSUU invites everyone to upload and turn their documents into beautiful turn-the-page magazine experiences for free. Once uploaded, people can bookmark, share and comment on it. Text is searchable so the document is easy to find. You can subscribe to an RSS feed of publications. Finally, you can also post and embed Issuu documents on any external site. Now actually, it’s still not a joy to quote, because you apparently can’t deep link in there, and you can’t copy and paste text and do all the things you could do with a standard webpage (or PDF for that matter). But it’s so close… you can almost taste it. And you can just embed the whole darn thing… In any case, this is a wonderful way to share the experience of a printed thing (without the waste and expense of printing and shipping). N.B. to those who like to tear, save and share the parts they like out of printed things… you’ll love Skitch.

links for 2008-02-10

Betting a Farm Would Work in Queens – New York Times Sur les paves la ferme (Over the pavement, the farm), is the theme of Work Architecture‘s winning proposal for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center‘s 2008 summer courtyard. Reflects the movement from industrialization to postindustrialization, from global to local, from free market to farmer’s market, and from sand to hay. (tags: p.s.1 nyc art architecture urban food garden farming agriculture) WorldChanging: Jim Hansen, Climate Code Red and the Atmospheric Singularity Alex Steffen eloquently outlines two singularity scenarios and suspects we are at the shearing point on either side of which one looms: the Atmospheric Singulariy (if we fail to tackle our climate crisis) and the Sustainability Singularity (if we do come to grips with our challenges and realize that “small steps” are not even vaguely sufficient.) (tags: singularity climatechange sustainability scenarioplanning) Indranet » The Tao of Google ranking If we look for practical information through Google then we don’t need to involve much of our inner world. However, as it often happens, search engines are being …

What to Wear in NextCity

Tinfoil hats are so passé. So what should you wear to Faraday’s Cafe? Check out the latest collection of electromagnetic field blocking and “anti-identity theft” clothing at DDCLAB (427 W 14th St, New York NY 10014 map). Here’s the text from the windows: EMF: Electro Magnetic Field Block Anti•Identity•Theft•Fabric Electric Resistivity measure of how strongly a material opposes the flow of electric current and allows the movement of electrical charge. DDCLAB Woven of super sheer mesh polyester fibers coated with blackened copper, this high performance ultra thin, light weight and flexible mesh shield has a high ohm/sq resistivity that protects against identity theft by blocking high tech scanners from lifting valuable passport and ID information.

links for 2008-02-04

Unevenly Distributed: Production Models for the 21st Century Mark Pesce illuminates how the audience became not just the distributors but the producers of their own content, and have brought down the walls which separate pros from amateurs. Then he outlines the future: how the value of media is based on salience. (tags: mustread media production film television broadcast abundance hyperabundance salience digitalmedia distribution piracy wblcp) Kevin Kelly — The Technium — Better than Free When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied. Well, what can’t be copied? First, trust. Eight more generatives (qualities that must be grown, generated, cultivated or nurtured) better than free: immediacy, personalization, interpretation, authenticity, accessibility, embodiment, patronage, findability. (tags: abundance generosity IP economy free digital) Great Firewall of China Faces Online Rebels (tags: censorship China internet politics firewall global) Illuminating Pollution - Pixelache Helsinki 08 From 2.22-29, 2008, a laser ray will trace the emissions of the Salmisaari power plant in Helsinki highlighting current levels of electricity consumption by local residents, letting people monitor pollution as they’re …