"The header image for this article is so much win I can’t even" …
“I always knew trans-dimensional aliens were involved with the internets”
Stella Im Hulberg
(Spoke / 3rd Annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational)
In 1973, the University of California-Berkeley was sued for sex discrimination. The numbers looked pretty incriminating: the graduate schools had just accepted 44% of male applicants but only 35% of female applicants. When researchers looked at the evidence, though, they uncovered something surprising:
If the data are properly pooled…there is a small but statistically significant bias in favor of women.
James Turrell, Aten Reign
Aten Reign, the central artwork of James Turrell’s exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York this summer, is a remarkable installation that recasts the famous spiralling rotunda of the museum into something resembling the interior of a massive kaleidoscope. Through his inspired use of space and light, Turrell, an American artist who works with light as an artistic medium, asks us to slow our typical pace of viewing art such that we begin to reflect on the process of seeing itself.
Constructed from a series of white scrim cylinders hung from the atrium’s central skylight, Aten Reign has been described as a kind of stack of lampshades viewed from the inside. Each scrim ring is edged with LEDs that emit a gradually shifting spectrum of light over a 60-minute cycle. Seen from below, Aten Reign looks initially like a simple array of glowing concentric bands orbiting a central, unchanging eye. Over time, though, a creeping sensation builds that the space has a life of its own. The rings of light shimmer, expand outward, then contract. The colours ebb and flow from blazing reds, to soothing blues, to velvety purples. As the cycle fades to grey then white light, the space itself seems to drain of warmth and energy. Ghostly afterimages of intense colours flicker and skip in one’s field of vision as the cycle begins again.
By making the passage of time so pivotal in viewing his work, Turrell is extraordinarily effective in asking viewers to reflect on not just what but how we perceive. Like other works by Turrel, Aten Reign reminds us that we are active agents in constructing our visual experiences.
Photo credit: David Heald, for the Guggenheim website
- Suzanne Hood
In addition to the examples in the article, such as the “Netflix tax” on Netflix itself, some of the the additional possible outcomes:
- a “Netflix tax” on you, the consumer — from both your broadband and cell phone provider. and then a litany of line-item charges, something like a cable bill’s channels.
- your cell phone or broadband bill will start coming with a $20/month “Business Advantage option” to make large excel and powerpoint files download reasonably. By charging “business” people, the media will be unable to cry foul, but, really, everyone will need it, as it’ll also affect pdfs, etc.
- your broadband bill will start coming with a $10-$20/month “Gamer’s Advantage option” that, if not paid, will mean that your ping times will go up by 100ms (or more). Every home with a single serious gamer (e.g., a child) will be unable to avoid the extortion to pay it.
- due to these new “advantages” the providers hold, each of the main internet companies will buy one, and privilege exactly and only their content on it. e.g., the only reasonable choice will be a Microsoft phone using Microsoft services (bing, VE maps, …) on Verizon, or a Android phone using Google services on AT&T. mixing and matching would simply be banned, or slow enough to be untenable.
- the Silicon Valley startup model will see major sticker shock. companies able to be founded for as little at $200k or so will now instead require $1M, with the excess to to be paid to providers as soon as they become even close to competitive. and, even with payment, they’ll have to live under constant threat of quiet slowdowns or even blacklisting. in other words, this isn’t just about paying for actual data usage, it’s a potential pay-to-play.
brilliant: embed a charger in the phone case
No. 1: We need to restore fundamental regulators to the game of economics…. if you said, “Whichever team has the most money can just determine where the goal posts are,” everybody would think you’re crazy.
No. 2: We need to unwind the debt bubble. I think, frankly, we need to deal with student loans. Abraham Lincoln gave us great schools. Thomas Jefferson started the first free school. That ended with the Reagan presidency. … We have an entire generation that is saddled with decades of paying off debt that none of their predecessors had.
No. 3 is to put policies into place that will cause wages to track productivity, like they did from the George Washington administration to the Ronald Reagan administration.