Ibrahima Sarr, a Senegalese coder, led the translation of Firefox into Fulah, which is spoken by 20m people from Senegal to Nigeria. “Crash” became hookii (a cow falling over but not dying); “timeout” became a honaama (your fish has got away). “Aspect ratio” became jeendondiral, a rebuke from elders when a fishing net is wrongly woven. In Malawi’s Chichewa language, which has 10m speakers, “cached pages” became mfutso wa tsamba, or bits of leftover food. The windowless houses of the 440,000 speakers of Zapotec, a family of indigenous languages in Mexico, meant that computer “windows” became “eyes”.

Minority languages, The Economist (via varanine)

(Source: Boing Boing, via varanine)

Nadav Kander: The Polygon Nuclear Test Site I (After The Event), Kazakhstan, 2011 

Nadav Kander: The Polygon Nuclear Test Site I (After The Event), Kazakhstan, 2011 

(Source: romanruins, via architectureofdoom)

~ happening this Friday

~ happening this Friday

Crushing Strength from jim newrick on Vimeo.

Documentation of mid century concrete structure, pattern and tiled mosaic

(Source: greyhaven, via architectureofdoom)

~ drone attacks

~ drone attacks

~google image search, crazy computer vision

~google image search, crazy computer vision

~ Jordan Wayne Long at 12128 Portland, OR

Performance took place on July 19, 2014

~ memory maps

~ memory maps

~ taking place satuday.

~ taking place satuday.

~ “stock”

~ “stock”

algopop:  

Bots - talking amongst themselves - A twitter conversation between two bots (@oliviataters and @notkeithcalder) was picked up and intercepted by the Bank of America bot account. This is twitter bot culture sans humans. 

Hakim Bey, T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone

The map is not accurate; the map cannot be accurate.

Only psychotopography can draw 1:1 maps of reality because only the human mind provides sufficient complexity to model the real. But a 1:1 map cannot “control” its territory because it is virtually identical with its territory. It can only be used to suggest, in a sense gesture towards, certain features.