internet census – 2012

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“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

re: the “Nashville Cats”

The real reason they came was the quality of the players, the diversity and open-mindedness, which was a surprise to some of them“.

From a NYT review of “an ambitious exhibition” – Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, which recently opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Below two songs/videos are artifacts from that era.

On a more personal note, it explained the story behind Nashville Skyline, which always been my favorite Dylan album. I cherish my vinyl, copy of it.

a brief list of questions useful as a starting point for some map-making:

The Process:

  • Who will be mapping, why and for what purpose?
  • Does the group have common interests, values or desires?
  • Is there a pre-decided theme, or will it be worked out as part of the process?
  • Who and what will be invited and included, or perhaps implicitly excluded, and on what grounds?
  • Is the space physically accessible to everyone who might attend, and can childcare be included if necessary?
  • Are there any formal or informal hierarchies in the space, and how might these be addressed?
  • Does the process itself produce any emotions or affects? Is it psychologically transformative?
  • Who is the intended audience of the map?

The Map

  • What will be mapped and why is this important?
  • What materials or technology will be used?
  • What will be made visible, or hidden, and why?
  • What will be drawn, in what style, what colours?
  • Are there any practical considerations for the map’s intended use; e.g. should it be waterproof or capable of duplication?

The Life of the Map

  • How will the map continue its life outside this space?
  • How might the map function as a tool? Does it have any practical use?
  • Who will be able to access, or might be excluded from using it, and how will it be used?
  • What kind of knowledge is produced?
  • Might the map trigger other cycles of learning/critique/mapping elsewhere?
  • What are the political/ethical/social implications of these decisions?
  • What changes or desires might the map bring into the world?

via Rhiannon Firth in The Occupied Times of London, regarding Critical Cartography

e-flux #64

Great edition. Features essays such as;

Justin Mcguirk on how Airbnb (along with networked culture and IoT) isleading to the wholesale commodification of domestic space“. Also on some of the “ethical implications of the smart home” and Smart Cities.

re: “lights-out” urbanism

Absenteeism as a problem is peculiar to the smudge of “super-prime” London around Harrods

Ed Cumming reports in from London, the natural home of a sometimes slightly dodgy flight capital, where certain boroughs have seen large increases in “non doms”.

We also learn

Foreign buyers accounted for 20% of all sales in Kensington and Chelsea in the four years to 2014, according to the Department for Business. For new properties, however, the figure is about 75%

On a related note you can read the NYT series Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate which analyzed and visualized “the increasing sums of foreign money in high-end real estate and the growing use of shell companies“.