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photo Origami House - TSC Architects

Origami House - TSC Architects

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1 hour ago

April 23, 2014
photo got this awesome bill as a tip yesterday. 10 Swiss Francs. Now off to Switzerland!

got this awesome bill as a tip yesterday. 10 Swiss Francs. Now off to Switzerland!

6 days ago

April 16, 2014
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1 week ago

April 13, 2014
reblogged via kenyatta
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Mass incarceration has long been present in extreme dictatorships. But today it is emerging as inextricably linked to advanced capitalism…Most of the people who are being incarcerated are also the people who do not have work and from whom work will not be found in our current epoch…today’s prisoners in the United States and United Kingdom are increasingly today’s version of the surplus laboring population common in the brutal beginnings of modern capitalism…many transnational corporations have set up satellite factories inside prisons…Available evidence suggests that the majority of corporations profiting [in some form] from prison labor [include] Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, Starbucks and Walmart…the profits of private prisons are represented are represented as a positive addition to a country’s GDP even as they are a government cost; in contrast, government run prisons are only represented as government debt.

1 week ago

April 10, 2014
reblogged via azspot
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…we must amend the Constitution to establish once and for all that (1) money is not speech under the First Amendment, (2) corporations are not people, and (3) we the people have the right to set limits on how much money individuals and corporations can spend on elections. You with me?

2 weeks ago

April 3, 2014
reblogged via azspot
link A Nation of Slaves

I tend to evaluate the things around me using a number of rules of thumb, one of which is that the success of a social system can be measured by how well it supports those at the bottom of the pile—the poor, the unlucky, the non-neurotypical—rather than by how it pampers its billionaires and aristocrats. By that rule of thumb, western capitalism did really well throughout the middle of the 20th century, especially in the hybrid social democratic form: but it’s now failing, increasingly clearly, as the focus of the large capital aggregates at the top (mostly corporate hive entities rather than individuals) becomes wealth concentration rather than wealth production. And a huge part of the reason it’s failing is because our social system is set up to provide validation and rewards on the basis of an extrinsic attribute (what people do) which is subject to external pressures and manipulation: and for the winners it creates incentives to perpetuate and extend this system rather than to dismantle it and replace it with something more humane.

2 weeks ago

April 3, 2014
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Plays: 1,568,619

lacienegasmiled:

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

this is much awesome

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3 weeks ago

March 27, 2014
reblogged via lacienegasmiled
photo Android  users - did you know this? Go to the URL below and see your location data that is sent to Google servers… You can export to .kml also. If you can turn this off it will disable some useful functionality?

https://maps.google.com/locationhistory

Android  users - did you know this? Go to the URL below and see your location data that is sent to Google servers… You can export to .kml also. If you can turn this off it will disable some useful functionality?

https://maps.google.com/locationhistory

1 month ago

March 10, 2014
photo maptitude1:

This map, from the Economist, shows the extent of drought in the southwestern United States as of February 14, 2014.

maptitude1:

This map, from the Economist, shows the extent of drought in the southwestern United States as of February 14, 2014.

1 month ago

March 2, 2014
reblogged via fuckyeahcartography
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The razor-sharp anonymous water blogger, On the Public Record, who revealed her identity to me and said she is someone working deep within the state’s water system, said almonds preoccupy her.

“Why are we supplying the world’s almonds? Why? Is that a choice we want to make?” she told me. “If there weren’t almonds for my existence, I’d be a little bummed. But I also feel like the Almond Board created demand for almonds. And now our almonds have to meet this glut. And now it’s a cycle. I come back to almonds all the time.”

1 month ago

March 2, 2014
reblogged via ninakix
My Amazon.com Wish List