Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Strong, and the Merely Powerful

 A list of articles, websites, apps, and other creative tools that may be useful to you! Whether you’re a photographer, artist, illustrator or any creative looking to start your freelance journey or wanting to take your career to the next level, there’s something here for you. The collection of links below cover topics like: how to get your work in a gallery, how to price your work, and how to make a living from your art.

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Russian MP Maria Butina: Angela Davis, please bring hope to these times of darkness RT 

Want to Hire a January 6 Rioter? Now There’s a Website for That. Vice 

I HAD TO GIVE UP THE MIDNIGHT PIZZAS YEARS AGO:  Eating Late Can Change How You Burn Calories And Store Fat, Depressing Study Finds.

The ever-expanding job of preserving the web’s back-pages [paywall]: The Internet Archive’s mission is to ‘provide universal access to all knowledge’. Within the partitions of a lovely former church in San Francisco’s Richmond district, racks of laptop servers hum and blink with exercise. They comprise the web. Well, a really great amount of it. The Internet Archive, a non-profit, has been gathering net pages since 1996 for its famed and beloved Wayback Machine. In 1997, the gathering amounted to 2 terabytes of knowledge. Colossal again then, you possibly can match it on a $50 thumb drive now. Today, the archive’s founder Brewster Kahle tells me, the venture is getting ready to surpassing 100 petabytes – roughly 50,000 instances bigger than in 1997. It comprises greater than 700bn net pages. The work isn’t getting any simpler. Websites at the moment are extremely dynamic, altering with each refresh. 

Walled gardens like Facebook are a source of frustration to Kahle, who worries that a lot of the political exercise that has taken place on the platform could possibly be misplaced to historical past if not correctly captured. In the title of privateness and safety, Facebook (and others) make scraping tough. News organisations’ paywalls (such as FT’s) are additionally “problematic”, Kahle says. News archiving was taken extraordinarily significantly, however adjustments in possession and even only a web site redesign can imply disappearing content material…”

See also LLRX – Fenced-off culture, the privatized Internet, and why book publishers lean on a 30-year-old doctrine

Sizzle Reel

Flux Gourmet is the new film by Peter Strickland, of Sonic Catering Band fame. It sounds like the film is influenced by the ethos of the band’s music / sort of related, When Music is Torture, on ‘music as a tool for spatial control’, an interview with musicologist Lily E. Hirsch: ‘There are also studies showing that classical music can encourage diners to spend more at a restaurant or a store because you feel like you’re a part of this elite culture.’ / Noise Below, a collection of ambient and liminal musical pieces / collage art by Annie Misfeldt / painting by Benjamin Hope / meticulous drawings of nature by Luis Colan / graphic art by Michal Sawtyruk / An Improbable Future, AI-created concept vehicles / A Non-Exhaustive History Of The Theory And Practice Of Cheating In Chess(cheating in fishing is less sophisticated) / drum sequencer built of Lego / King Charles vs The Architects, a reappraisal / more anti-City musings: Michael Heizer’s Empty Empire

PATRICK LAWRENCE: The Strong, and the Merely Powerful Consortium News

Hip-Hop Don’t Stop

How to deal with endless choice without being overwhelmed by amount of new music / unsurprising revelation: crop circles cost farmers money. Who knew they were still a thing? / sober, still interiors by Susan Bennerstrom / Lines and Colors on the etchings of Eugène Bléry / We’re Flying to The Moon!, a Ukranian children’s book from 1971 / Model Villages of the Nottinghamshire Coalfield / the story of Anaheim’s Spadrom Estates, a 1950s housing development (at Invisible Theme Park) / A man of his time, the secret life and imaginary worlds of Gerald O’Brien / from the archives: the story of the rabbit proof fence. Related, ‘Australia’s rabbit invasion traced back to single importation of 24 animals in 1859, study finds‘.

Wired: “American trees are in trouble. Based on recent estimates, up to one in every six native species in the continental US is in danger of going extinct, due to mounting threats such as invasive species, diseases, climate change, logging, and wildfires. 

Metropolitan areas, meanwhile, are losing an astounding 36 million trees every year, according to a 2018 study from the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. This loss of urban trees is a particular problem. They’re a critical part of the green infrastructure of US cities. Without the cooling effect of foliage, a city’s sprawling concrete and asphalt can turn into an urban island of deadly high heat—made even worse by global warming—which then forces buildings to use more energy to stay cool. Trees also lower air pollution and sequester carbon. The Forest Service estimates the annual cost of urban tree loss at $96 million.

 But there’s a way to attack this problem on multiple fronts, using undervalued waste—from trees and people—that would otherwise be sent to landfill. A new analysis from Yale University suggests that the dry waste from urban trees in the US—leaves, cuttings, and so on—could be diverted from landfills or incinerators, where much of it still ends up, and instead be reused to grow new trees, reduce logging, and lower carbon emissions. It’s a potentially huge resource: US cities generate more than 45 million tons of tree waste every year.