archive for 2014

victims of digitization….

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

guess who?

Berlin before the internet (part 2)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

from a Guardian piece about digital exiles in Berlin: Another reference to post fall-of-the-wall berlin as that strange place where the internet did not exist yet: But then, it is the blink of an eye. It’s 25 years since the wall came down. And, in a strange historical collision, 25 years since the world wide […]

Online content moderators as canaries of the coming robot apocalypse

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

While running i listend to a On The Media interview with the autor of the Wired piece on content moderation that was making the rounds this week. After a while the interview addresses the relatively obvious question of why content moderation is still a task that can only be carried out by humans: Brooke Gladstone: […]

Berlin wonderland

Friday, October 10th, 2014

from tumblr: slavin: I remember getting there in 1992 and feeling like I had already missed the main event. Inside my head, the whole period has the quality of dreams, not memories; it was so long ago and the images in my head feel simply too implausible to have been real. i also remember some […]

#firstworldproblems as R&D for solving real problems in the developing world

Monday, September 29th, 2014

a while ago i used this space to express my skepticism with regards to delivery drones becoming a major thing in the developed world anytime soon (and also hedged that by pointing to the fact that they may be much more useful and economically viable in developing countries). A couple of days ago i came […]

The Homeless house cleaners of the sharing economy

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

If this NY mag article is to be believed you can hire house cleaners who are themselves homeless via www.homejoy.com a San Francisco based startup that has received $40 million in funding. Guess this says a lot about how out of whack the bay area real estate market is, but that is not what the […]

Equipopulous Europe

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

i am strangely fascinated by this map that depicts the European Union as 28 equipopulous member states (although i would rather imagine this as administrative territories rather than as states): Twenty-eight equally sized European Union Member States, by Alasdair Gunn Of course this is utterly unrealistic as (re)drawing borders has been one of the most […]

Capital or the erosion of the social farbric of the city

Friday, September 5th, 2014

This is the second book i have read this year that has the words ‘capital’ and ’21st century’ in its title. While this smells a lot like free-riding on the popularity of the other book, it is not [1]. Capital by Rana Dasgupta chronicles the last one-and-a-half decades of the Indian capital Delhi. It is […]

The original (fixie) hipster was a cop

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

from the amazing collection of public domain images extracted from the scanned books of the Internet Archive: Image from page 224 of “The Great north side, or, Borough of the Bronx, New York” (1897)

Imaginary suburban futures

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Friday morning when we left the cab that had brought us and our newborn from the hospital the mail carriers on their bicycles where swarming out around us (we live 3 houses down from a postnl distribution location where the mail for the neighborhood is transferred from delivery vans to bikes). Having spend some of […]