Continue reading “Paul Baran: Distributed Networks”
In 1962, U.S. authorities considered ways to communicate in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. How could any sort of “command and control network” survive? Paul Baran, a researcher at RAND, offered a solution: design a more robust communications network using “redundancy” and “digital” technology.—Rand Corp
It’s the hard to beat the eery feeling of studying Wolfram’s Rule 30.Continue reading “Wolfram’s Rule 30 and the Conus Textile”
Recursion (rĭ-kûr’-zhən) noun. If you still don’t get it see recursion.
One of my favorite pieces by Bob Lefsetz is the one written shortly after George Michael passed away. It’s a letter that is raw in the same, patent way that Lefsetz usually writes, but to me it is also expressed in a way that a computer would have an extremely difficult time understanding what’s being sad. That said, it would have no problem repeating something similar to it.
While the rest of the world jumps through the hoops to get to a safe place, our artists walk into the wilderness without a safety net and out of thin air create diamonds that shine forever.Continue reading “Artists’ faith and George Michael”
In a terrific article by Colin Morris in The Pudding he talks about the similarity of songs in the pop music sphere.Continue reading “Repeat yourself to become more popular (or at least better understood)”
excerpts via Wired in 1995
Wired (1995): How has living on airplanes – being in the clouds all day – changed your perspective on the world?
Negroponte (1995): When you go around the world a half dozen times each year it reinforces the fact that this planet is one complex place, with many perspectives, the least attractive of which is a nationalistic one.Continue reading “My badass (former) boss Nicholas Negroponte”
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“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.Thomas Watson, CEO IBM (1943) [Time]