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I don’t know what happened to the Future. It’s as if we lost our ability, or our will, to envision anything beyond the next hundred years or so, as if we lacked the fundamental faith that there will in fact be any future at all beyond that not-too- distant date. Or maybe we stopped talking about the Future around the time that, with its microchips and its twenty-four-hour news cycles, it arrived.

Michael Chabon, The Omega Glory

Futurelessness is an attribute of the postnormal era. We are confronted with so much fog — from a cascade of ambiguities, the dissolution of institutions and the collapse of solidarity, and the growing complexities of an incestuously interconnected world — that we are blocked from envisioning some extrapolated arc of history over the event horizon. And there is so much appearing and smacking us in the face everyday, it’s as if the present has been colonized by the future. As William S. Burroughs put it, 

When you cut into the present the future leaks out.

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1 week ago

October 10, 2014
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Tying up your assets, your middle-class future, in home values does something to people. It alters their interests. It sutures a professional class, of liberal and even progressive beliefs, to the rapacious capitalist expansion into the city. The people who move to gentrifying areas tend to have liberal, tolerant, cosmopolitan sympathies. But they are aligned materially with reactionary and oppressive city restructuring, pushing them into antagonism with established residents, who do nothing for property values. Behind every Jane Jacobs comes Rudy Giuliani with his nightstick.

2 weeks ago

October 7, 2014
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aphroditemf:

Historical Maps

1. Anglo-Saxon Cotton world map (c. 1040)

2. Al-Idrisi’s Tabula Rogeriana (1154)

3. Martellus world map (1490)

4. Pietro Coppo map (1520)

5. ”Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” by Abraham Ortelius (1570)

6. ”Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula” by Hendrik Hondius (1630)

3 weeks ago

September 25, 2014
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photo #friendship

#friendship

1 month ago

September 13, 2014
photo nicoleinthebasement:

ufocottoncandy:


“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
 ― Ellen Goodman

holy shit. 

nicoleinthebasement:

ufocottoncandy:

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”


Ellen Goodman

holy shit. 

1 month ago

September 8, 2014
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futurejournalismproject:

3D Printing Tactile Picture Books for Visually Impaired Children

A team from the University of Colorado Boulder is creating 3D printed tactile books for children with visual impairments.

Information about the Tactile Picture Books Project is here. Have a 3D printer? You can download the source files from MakerBot’s Thingiverse.

Images: Tactile Goodnight Moon, via Thingiverse. Select to embiggen.

1 month ago

September 8, 2014
reblogged via futurejournalismproject
photo dope-is-my-hustle:

Moon Over The City

1 month ago

September 5, 2014
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All human endeavor is potentially great and noble. So long as we carry out our work with good motivation, thinking, ‘My work is for others,’ it will be of benefit to the wider community. But when concern for others’ feelings and welfare is missing, our activities tend to become spoiled. Through lack of basic human feeling, religion, politics, economics, and so on can be rendered dirty. Instead of serving humanity, they become agents of its destruction.
— The 14th Dalai Lama

1 month ago

August 30, 2014
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Why do we read what every random asshole says two seconds after we post anything?

We allow people access to us 24/7. We’re always in public, constantly checking an anonymous comment box, trying to explain ourselves to everyone, and trying to win unwinnable arguments with strangers who don’t matter in our lives at all.

1 month ago

August 30, 2014
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Denver & The Millenials - Good Urbanism or Burgeoning Inequality Running Rampant?

Denver is currently in the grip of Millennial Fever. This is reflected by everyday discourse about placemaking, public comments by Mayor Hancock and other civic officials, and projects like CityBuild DenverCityBuild Denver is intended to getyoung adults involved in urbanism. Its kick-off event in October 2013—a sit down dinner for 150 on fine china—was held in Civic Center Park. A nice setting but an arguably tasteless idea, given that Civic Center Park during the day is a catchment area for homeless persons and assorted down-and-outers just struggling to find a place to comfortably sit. Other Denver placemakers justify their development vision by asserting that “everybody in Denver is a transplant.” Such a view supports a certain kind of myopic thinking about who we are and what matters in city building. There are persuasive arguments that the benefits of building for Millennials and cultural creatives don’t trickle down to raise all boats. Short-term tactical urbanist interventions like bike lanes and parklets can nicely illustrate a vision of what’s possible. But they can never address the most compelling structural issues around urban social and spatial inequality. Thinking inclusively has to extend beyond the Millennials. We need to harness diversity in all of its forms, and embrace residents both old and new, in order to realize the city’s “diversity advantage.” Civic Leadership at multiple levels is crucial to achieving this goal.   

(Source: planetizen.com)

2 months ago

August 21, 2014
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