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

Regarding Postmodernism

“It was, I would argue, a deep and profound investigation into late 20th-century conditions – conditions present in the world, and the condition of the designer within that world. It was an understanding of the ways in which cultural, economic and power structures were changing, how old structures were being dismantled and flattened.

It not only told us this would happen (why else would it have been so invested in flatness of two dimensions?), how it would happen (media, advertising, cars, and other consumerisms) and why it would happen (the ideology of late capitalism). It also knew that the mechanisms of culture would transform so radically that its own foundation would collapse, that its own critical position would too be flattened. Its ostentatious physical gestures were not waving but signalling a desperate truth at the moment before invisible torrents of neoliberal, free market capitalism washed over everything.

Via Sam Jacobs (formerly of FAT) for Dezeen

Regarding Matter Battle(s) and People Battle(s)

Recently Tim Maly re-introduced two Highly Revealing Terms: Matter Battle and the Soylent Supply Chain. He ends by making an attempt at linking these notions to emotional labour and its place in the time of automation and small-run manufacturing.

But the Matter Battle and the Soylent Supply Chain only become worth naming and explaining once enough people have spent enough time immersed in the digital realm that these other realms become mysterious.

Via Tiny Letter

Note: Matter Battles first came to my attention in this 2011 post by Bryan Boyer, in which he outlined 5 basic identifying/principles: In a Matter Battle to Undo is to Redo, Matter does not Share SpaceThe Behavior of Matter is Hard to Predict Well Without Great Expense, Matter Battles are Always Low Tech and Matter Battles are Hard to Understand Until You’re In One.

Regarding Deep maps

A deep map goes beyond simple landscape/history-based topographical writing – to include and interweave autobiography, archeology, stories, memories, folklore, traces, reportage, weather, interviews, natural history, science, and intuition. In its best form, the resulting work arrives at a subtle, multi-layered and “deep” map of a small area of the earth.

As popularised by the work of author William Least Heat-Moon. More at Wikipedia

h/t @Places

Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth

Gastón Gordillo penned a review for Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2015, volume 33

Forensis is such an illuminating, persuasive, and important book precisely because of its revelation of the constellations of forces petrified in objects all over the world…is a groundbreaking book precisely because it draws from and, crucially, moves past the examination of evidence of destruction from all over the planet to pursue a more challenging, urgent task: to persuade the forum that Empire is guilty of crimes against humanity and life on Earth

More here

Regarding: Neuromancer, postmodernism and cyberpunk

Fredric Jameson (of Postmodernism; or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism fame) looks “closely at the notion of cyberspace in Gibson, in order to see what it involves” and argues The new postmodern abstraction is the abstraction of information as such: the way in which the seemingly concrete visual image is already abstract by virtue of its transmission in advertising; it is a visual cliché and no longer merely a conceptual or verbal one. And it is precisely this new kind of abstraction which it was the unique vocation of cyberpunk to convey in literary form.

Further; “Gibson’s cyber-space is an abstraction to the second power. The initial metaphor of a city for an information network is a first-level abstraction; then the representation of that city by the abstractions of the architects raises it to a second power. In cyberpunk this second-level abstraction is to be read by being navigated, and the camera eye of the novel moves through them, as we have seen, following their openings and canyons, skirting their barriers, moving ever deeper into the nonexistent space of these new systems

Read the rest of the essay at Public Books