internet census – 2012


“To test if we could see a day night rhythm in the utilization of IP spaces we used all ICMP records to generate a series of images that show the difference from daily average utilization per half an hour. We composed theses images to a GIF animation that clearly shows a day night rhythm. The difference between day and night is lower for US and Central Europe because of the higher number of “always on” Internet connections. Full resolution GIFs and single images are available for download here.

Using a #botnet last year some hacker folks mapped the largest and most comprehensive IPv4 census ever. More here

The extrapolated size “If you added those, it would make for a total of 1.3 Billion used IP addresses“…

via Bruce Sterling

my own Dear Abra

Dear Nam,

time travel is an acquired skill but youthfulness is a gift. You can feel young and old depending on circumstances and both of them are necessary states of what we call our life on earth. Biological age is relevant to wrinkles on your skin but your joy of life is relevant to your state of mind.

Rumi said this, “what you seek is seeking you” perhaps meaning, maybe your youth is also looking for you.

All the best,


via Archinect

Has the poet always been a sort of hacker?

I’m not sure how far back you can go in literary history and make this work, but there’s no question in my mind that poets such as Emily Dickinson, Stéphane Mallarmé, and of course a whole host of experimental early twentieth century poets were pushing up against the limits of what the media of their time could and could not do for/with writing. And to the extent that these poets are engaged in a continuous cycling of tinkering with the limits and possibilities of writing media of their time which in turn re-enlivens our language, it does seem like poetry [defined as such] could be seen as hacking” …

Against the Frictionless Interface! – Monty Cantsin interviews Lori Emerson

re: post-conflict architecture + “Urban planning for peace”

Nate Berg highlights the work of A new generation of architects…using rail lines, shopping centers, and football fields to keep the peace from Belfast to Baghdad.

Including the work of Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, who is quoted;

A border is not only a separation; it’s a connection.… How do we reframe the micro-challenges that a boundary produces into really meaningful opportunities?



Pete took this in stride. NAFTA, Sphere, and Europe: the
trilateral superpowers jostled about with the uneasy
regularity of sunspots, periodically brewing storms in the proxy regimes of the South. During his fifty-plus years, Pete had
seen the Asian Cooperation Sphere change its public image
repeatedly, in a weird political rhythm. Exotic vacation spot
on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Baffling alien threat on Mondays and
Wednesdays. Major trading partner each day and every day,
including weekends and holidays. At the current political moment, the Asian Cooperation Sphere was deep into its Inscrutable Menace mode, logging lots of grim media coverage as NAFTA’s chief economic adversary. As far as
Pete could figure it, this basically meant that a big crowd of goofy North American economists were trying to act really macho.Their major complaint was that the Sphere was selling NAFTA too many neat, cheap, well-made consumer goods. That was an extremely
silly thing to get killed about. But people perished horribly for
much stranger reasons than that.

By Bruce Sterling via