Sunday Morning 2018-01-21

A person walking inside a dimly lit Detroit building at night

Photo by Andrew Amistad on Unsplash

Coses que he llegit aquests dies.

Social Decay by Andrei Lacatsu

Social networks as decaying storefronts. Uncanny and beautiful.

Gigantescas torres de 500 metros: el plan chino para engullir la contaminación

La primera torre experimental (de 100 metros de altura) ha mejorado la calidad del aire en un área circundante de unos 10 kilómetros cuadrados, produciendo diez millones de metros cúbicos de aire limpio en pocos meses. Apenas requiere de energía durante el día. La base está rodeada de invernaderos que absorben el aire contaminado y se calientan con energía solar.

Why I Left Silicon Valley, EdTech, and “Personalized” Learning

It was isolating with every child working on something different; it was impersonal with kids learning basic math skills from Khan Academy; it was disembodied and disconnected, with a computer constantly being a mediator between my students and me.

National Poo Museum – Sandown, England

All shapes and sizes, from humans and other animals, from the 21st century and from millions of years ago.

Retrato de una universidad en crisis: menos financiación pública, más gasto privado y más lejos de Europa

España es el sexto país que menos invierte en educación terciaria respecto al PIB de toda Europa.

Three scenarios for the new age

Nicolas Colin: world hegemony in the twenty-first century. Who will lead the new paradigm? China? EU? The Internet nations/network states founded by Silicon Valley?

Renewable energy set to be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, according to new report

“These cost declines across technologies are unprecedented and representative of the degree to which renewable energy is disrupting the global energy system.”

Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea

Both versions come from China. How they spread around the world offers a clear picture of how globalization worked before “globalization” was a term anybody used. The words that sound like “cha” spread across land, along the Silk Road. The “tea”-like phrasings spread over water, by Dutch traders bringing the novel leaves back to Europe.

El derecho de manifestación pacífica y la represión penal de sus desviaciones o excesos

Miguel Pasquau Liaño, magistrado. La reducción de los derechos fundamentales a ornamento del sistema y el discurso bienpensante como antesala del autoritarismo.

How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany

Made during war from fruit shavings, apple fibers, pulp, beet sugar and cheese production liquid remnants, its name was shorthand for fantasy.

The Oblique Strategies Web Site

By Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, since 1975. Challenging constraints intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.

El futuro de las pensiones: reflexiones y una propuesta

La pensión del futuro, pagada por los impuestos de todos, debiera ser igual para todos.

Carrer de les Penedides

Que els records d’aquells anys se’m diluïssin en alcohol etílic dificulta, per cert, completar aquest examen de consciència que no sé qui m’ha manat fer. Del setanta i tants al vuitanta-u, tot ho cobreix, i ho assuaveix, un vel espès d’irrealitat. Els habitacles de mala mort per on vaig passar: la mitja dotzena —o més— de pensions, el pis del carrer d’Avinyó que amenaçava ruïna a crits, un magatzem abandonat a Sants, un racó davall d’una escala a l’Eixample, la furgoneta sense rodes en aquell solar —d’on em va foragitar un ferroveller— i un sens fi de places i parcs públics, en un radi que comprenia si fa no fa mitja ciutat. Els dies i les nits de borratxera ininterrompuda, els malsons que es confonien amb la vigília; i em semblava millor no discernir què era què. Quan aconseguia una feina remunerada, balafiava la primera paga completa i tocava començar de zero una altra vegada. O de davall de zero. (Vist des d’ara, pareix un miracle que no visités mai cap comissaria.)

El meu darrer domicili estable, abans de tornar a Castelló, no va ser pas dels més tètrics, ni el menys particular […]

Leído: El quimérico inquilino, de Roland Topor. Te gustaría reírte, pero se te queda cara de susto.

Sunday Morning 2018-01-14

An abandoned building in Libušín covered in graffiti

Photo by Hieu Vu Minh on Unsplash

Algunes lectures potser interessants d’aquests darrers dies.

“Where birds don’t lay eggs”: How “shithole countries” was translated

Donald Trump: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Instead, he suggested, the US should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead.

Una visita (obligada) a la Fundación Francisco Franco

…cualquier periodista, historiador e investigador que busque documentación sobre la dictadura tiene que pasar por este obsceno museo dedicado a santificar al genocida.

Death as Entertainment at the Paris Morgue

Late 19th century. Tourists flocked to see bodies and guess how they got there. Émile Zola called it a “show that was affordable to all.”

Kodak Ktypto

Kodakcoin: “an attention monger jumping onto a buzzy trend with a gimmicky approach”.

Radiohead’s lawsuit against Lana Del Rey shows how all music is stolen

Hip-hop and rap are eternally riddled with claims of creative theft. The entire genre of jazz is essentially a study in plagiarism […] That pop music tends to overuse the same infamous four-chord progression doesn’t help things, either. To assert that any song is entirely original would be to say it stands apart from thousands of years of musical history […]

The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India

It grew along the Inland Customs Line, a bureaucratic barrier created to impose a high salt tax on the people living on the relatively saltless side.

The web is dying, but mesh networks could save it

Giant closed cyberspaces like Facebook disguise themselves as public spaces. But all the tools and opportunities we need to supersede them are already in our hands: smartphones, peer-to-peer protocols and mesh networks.

Esto no puede acabar bien nunca

Javier Pérez Royo. El auto, desde la perspectiva del delito de rebelión, es esperpéntico.

Intente fer literatura. La meva. No dic que m’isca bé.