Over the last four years hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have walked by or on top of the orange lines have unwittingly passed what is possibly the biggest graffiti tag in the world. The tag, which is so vast that all parts of it cannot be viewed simultaneously, was created in 2006 by an artist known as Momo and consists of a paint line that he said runs about eight miles long and spells out his name.
“The best” isn’t necessarily a product or thing. It’s the reward for winning the battle fought between patience, obsession, and desire. It takes an unreasonably long amount of time to find the best of something. It requires that you know everything about a product’s market, manufacture, and design, and that you can navigate deceptive pricing and marketing. It requires that you find the best thing for yourself, which means you need to know what actually matters to you.
Born in 1992, Kit could count at 15 months; May taught him addition and subtraction at 2, and he worked out multiplication and division for himself. While digging in the garden, he explained the principle of leverage to his mother. By 5, he explained Einstein’s theory of time dilation to her.
If you want to buy a botnet, it'll cost you somewhere in the region of $700 (£433). If you just want to hire someone else's for an hour, though, it can cost as little as $2 (£1.20) -- that's long enough to take down, say, a call centre, if that's what you were in the mood for.
The genuinely new, strange by definition, can be difficult to recognize. The futuristic is paradoxically familiar. A 3-D-printed bikini of semirigid nylon beads, fabbed to a CAD-scan of the consumer's body, however spooky in terms of the technology that produced it, doesn't strike us, on sight, as particularly futuristic. The real future—or what may one day be a common element of some real future—slips past us, mistaken for the present, or for the past.
If the saga of Reddit and Brutsch teaches us nothing else, it should remind us that free speech is not a natural law flowing without effort. Free speech is about more than simply having something to say. The endurance of free speech relies on our taking responsibility to use such a powerful idea both wisely and well.
This is a result of the network’s inherent illegibility, its tendency towards seamlessness and invisibility, from code to “the cloud”. Those who cannot perceive the network cannot act effectively within it, and are powerless. The job, then, is to make such things visible.
He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.
Resilience is the ability to cope with strategic shock by adapting to, or even transforming with, rapid and turbulent change. It is going about our daily business while operating in an environment of flux.
The market is already producing numerous crowdfunding & idea gathering solutions for cities. What the market won’t naturally do is address dark matter, or attempt to reshape it by directly engaging the democratic institutions that govern the city.
Our economics tends to measure value capture. If we're going to get 21st century economic policy right, or even just correctly model what's working and why, we have to start moving to a model that measures value creation rather than value capture.
The illusion had to be created that diamonds were forever -- "forever" in the sense that they should never be resold.