archive for 2013

Europa Prima Pars Terrae in Forma Virginis

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Europa Prima Pars Terrae in Forma Virginis (1582) by Heinrich B√ľnting found this in yesterdays newspaper, next to an article comparing the current state of the European Union to the state of the Habsburg Empire right before its collapse. Not sure about that comparison, but the map is amazing.

on self driving cars

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

In his most recent deezen column Dan Hill provides some much needed perspective on the self driving cars hype. I completely agree with him, that while endlessly fascinating, self driving cars are rather problematic idea. Instead of improving the way personal mobility is organised they primarily attempt to improve a deeply flawed system: Here we […]

Hamiltonian cathedrals and the the Jeffersonian bazaar

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Tumblr pointed me to a fascinating essay on the structure of our economic system. In ‘The American cloud‘ Venkatesh Rao explores the economic system of the United States by applying the much hyped cloud metaphor to the production, flows and consumption of goods. While it is not without flaws (reading it one might be tempted […]

young and reckless / bye bye facebook

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

so I finally killed (well deactivated) my Facebook account this morning after not using it for a month. in order to do so I had to log on one last time. Turns out that while I was away had tagged me in this picture taken at the 1st human powered rollecoaster in Vancouver in 1996:

paper maps as backup for when the network is down

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Stumbled across this picture of a helicopter crew surveying flooding along the Elbe while reading the news this morning: As far as I am concerned this is a perfect illustration of the fact that paper maps have been relegated to being a backup solution for when the battery is empty or the cellular network is […]

1+8 [the room is a map of the territory]

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Yesterday we saw 1+8 at the opulent Galata branch of SALT. 1+8 is a dynamic eight-screen video installation about Turkey and her eight neighbours based on the feature film of the same name directed by Cynthia Madansky and Angelika Brudniak. I usually do not have much patience for video installations but 1+8 managed to capture […]

An unlikely group of social innovators: The Amish

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Planet Money has a gem of a story on ‘the Business Secrets Of The Amish‘. The story zooms in on how the Amish, who have made their living through small plot farming for centuries, have adapted to an environment that does not allow for this lifestyle anymore: What you see in this hall is the […]

how to not run a high speed train service

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Earlier this week i had the ‘pleasure’ of travelling down to brussels using the new so called ‘Fyra‘ service by NS Hispeed for the first time (the service is operational since 9 december 2012). While the Fyra is making news mainly for the unreliability of the service (said to be somewhere between 55% and 75% […]