For China, a boom//bubble/bust in high bridge construction


Clockwise from top left: the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao, in Shandong Province; the Duge Beipan River Bridge, in Guizhou Province; the Aizhai Bridge, in Hunan Province; the Beipan River Shanghai-Kunming high speed rail bridge in Guanling Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Anshun, a city in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. Credit Xinhua; Getty Images; European Pressphoto Agency; Associated Press

More via NYT re: China’s New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt


re: stack platforms aka “earth, cloud, city, address, interface, user”

Platforms offer a kind of generic universality, open to human and non-human users. They generate user identities whether the users want them or not. They link actors, information, events across times and spaces, across scales and temporalities. They also have a distinctive political economy: they exist to the extent that they generate a platform surplus, where the value of the user information for the platform is greater than the cost of providing the platform to those users

Via McKenzie Wark On Benjamin Bratton’s The Stack for Public Seminar

An afternoon of Total Recall

I was killing time on Saturday afternoon and watched a rerun of Total Recall. Well actually just like the last 20 mins.

But anyways I was especially struck this viewing around by scale of and purpose of the alien artifact that plays a key role in resolving the film’s plot. For those who haven’t seen it in awhile the recently uncovered artifact is a planetary scaled oxygen creating machine. It is turned on my Schwarzenegger’s character at the end as a way of foiling the plot for control of Mars by the films main protagonist. I searched and couldn’t find any screen captures or pics of the device. However, in the film it takes up the entire cavern within a now dormant volcano and as it is explained consists basically of a large heating core that when activated drops down and inserts itself into the large glacier that makes up the frozen core of Mars. This then releases in some manner the oxygen stored in the frozen H2O.

I was particularly entranced by the mechanistic and superstructure like design of the artifact.

A shot of post artifact activation Mars…..(with streams of gaseous oxygen streaming out as if in a volcanic eruption)…..

For more see (here)