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

James Naughtie talking with China Miéville

The two discuss Miéville’s novel The City & The City, a crime thriller set in a parallel world published in 2009.

Topics include worldbuilding, maps, “half-familiarity“, noir, Raymond Chandlers’ “muted lyricism” and the process of “tabooing…seeing and unseeing“.


via BBC Radio 4Bookclub

Léopold Lambert re: Walls and “power relation”

To wit –

Bodies do not simply find themselves within the spatial technology embodied by the corridor; their very presence is the result of a system whose political degree can vary from almost innocuous to the most explicit forms of racism. Here lies the delicate balance between a methodology that first considers bodies for what they are, i.e. living material assemblages surrounded by other material assemblages (some of which we call architecture), only later to consider bodies for how they are normatively marked, to inscribe our thinking within the complexity of a reality with variable degrees of violence.

Read he rest via the Avery Review

re: hippie architecture/environmental design and its aesthetic and social production

Places Journal published Hippie Modernism: How Bay Area design radicals tried to save the planet, by Greg Castillo.

On a related note back in 2014 I started a thread over at Archinect, asking for reading suggestion for –

books/essays which explore links between participatory-design/performance and political and ecological engagement in architecture and urbanism

Specifically within context of counter/sub-cultural movements of 1960s/70s.

Thinking of groups like Ant Farm, SuperStudio (and although not specifically architects) Drop City artists’ commune, et al.

Closest i could seem to find was some works by Simon Sadler out of UC Davis…

Clark Richert, view of Drop City, “the Complex,” in El Moro, outside Trinidad, Colorado, c. 1966

Three recent reads on educational technology

Matthew Renwick (Principal or Asst Principle – Elementary) shared some thoughts on how to Maximize Learning, Not Technology

Over at Mind/Shift Shawn McCusker persuasively made the case for Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms, why schools should be device agnostic or pluralistic, and employ a “seasonal view of devices” because “A focus on pedagogy and key technology skills will transfer from one device to another“.

Finally Mark Anderson, aka ICTEvangelist, used Adobe Slate to publish a story about the different ways in which we can think about tech use so that you can start to use it too – with confidence, time and space to grow and opportunities to develop yourself at a pace that’s right for you.