An architecture of “cowboy nomads” + Depoliticization

Over at e-flux, Douglas Spencer reflects on the exhibition California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum, London, 2017.

California’s “tools of personal liberation” further the depoliticizing ends of neoliberalism, both in the conditions of temporality they impose, and in their tendency to atomize the social into an aggregate of hyper-connected individuals constituted, as such, by their investments in capital and its technological apparatus. Depoliticization, rather than some unfortunate and unforeseen outcome of an originally radical counterculture, is inherent to it.

h/t @NicholasKorody

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Mike Davis re: the “Tubbs Fire” et al.

The Diablos are the Bay Area’s upscale version of Southern California’s autumn mini-hurricanes, the Santa Anas…The big picture, then, is the violent reorganisation of regional fire regimes across North America, and as pyrogeography changes, biogeography soon follows.

via London Review of Books

re: a “Trivial Profession”

Places Journal published, ‘Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning‘, an essay by Associate Professor Thomas J. Campanella.

Therein he explains why;

To understand the roots of this sense of impotence requires us to dial back to the great cultural shift that occurred in planning beginning in the 1960s. The seeds of discontent sown then brought forth new and needed growth, which nonetheless choked out three vital aspects of the profession — its disciplinary identity, professional authority and visionary capacity.”

first detailed computer calculation of a black hole’s appearance

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by JEAN-PIERRE LUMINET

In 1978 at the Paris Observatory, Jean-Pierre Luminet became the first to make a detailed computer calculation of a black hole’s appearance. He did so, he told me, by programming a (by then already obsolete) 1960s IBM 7040 computer, using punch cards…Because Luminet had no way to print out the resulting image or visualize it on a screen, he used the data to draw an image by hand, putting individual dots of India ink onto a photographic negative.

via @(((Castelvecchi)))

Wines I am drinking

Wine has come and gone as a thing in my life. Always tended towards basic reds (Tempranillos, Cabernet Sauvignons) or whites, like Pinto Grigio or Sauvignon Blancs.

Nothing too adventurous or unique.

Definitely been phases when I kept bottles of wine around, regularly. Though in recent years, been more into having a bar. Making cocktails or pouring a dram.

That being said, over last couple years, have discovered a couple of wines that I really dig. Includes;

Luberon, Malvasia, Picpul, Tavkeri, Txakoli

Late Update: Avinyó Petillant, a vi d’agulla

Some common themes, include wines that are buttery, chalky, dry, naturally fermented/sparkling, not too sweet, or unfiltered.