Lost lines of code

A preserved myspace profile page from 2004 found laying around at archive.org

Firefox has 2.5 million lines of code, Windows XP has 44 million of it, without data or software a computer is empty. Once new versions of browsers and operating systems greet the world, more code gets layered into new lines of output.

And that output can get lost in cyberspace, since it’s mostly privately owned companies who cover large chunks of code who then either go bankrupt or it’s owners care less about concepts of preservation.

Dragan Epenscheid, media artist and Digital Conservator at Rhizome, talked about „The Preservation of Net Art as Resistance to Digital Industrialism“ at this years transmediale, as another media form where achives have the potential to produce amateur, private and new, new media.

As a way to shed light into our data being remixed and decontexualized without our knowledge, net art can play with the idea of what actual code is being contributed. Dragan pointed to forms of decontexualized data at tumblr; when you post new content, you’re asked to make the choice whether you’re posting a chat or text, yet is there a difference?

The question of what actual code is being contributed reminds me of business models that contribute money for money in return. What is actually being contributed to the human race? Or what happens when the storing value for rights to future payments keeps getting postponed? It’s refreshing to be at transmediale with curious minds looking for solutions far beyond busy bees flying circles.

Corporate Spiritual Spies

True freedom starts in the mind, yet large corporations want to infest mindfulness with money in hopes that employees will become more productive for profits.

But practising mindfulness to deal with work-related stress is not turning us into rebels, it’s making all docile.

Despite it’s amiable goal, we should own and invest our limited time in personal and social spiritual development and not in corporate spiritual spies who own a passive aggressive agenda of growth nirvana.

via William Little

U.S. loses Internet mojo

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, explains this sad day in American history

It’s a very somber day for Internet freedom in the United States, the FCC bent over to Republican lobbyist control and catered to the interests of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

The big three can now throttle it’s speed and censor unwanted content in their pipelines. And in the irony of names, thanks to a Republican majority of 3-2 votes, the act dubbed itself „Restore Internet Freedom“ (pdf).

ISPs will be “gatekeepers” with the ability to promote their own content first and silence anything else (and the largest ones own their own networks, channels, tv shows, and products), so you can see how this arrangement is not at all in the best interest of the general public. This will be the biggest change to the Internet since it was created. Smaller independent sites and platforms will become less accessible and many will eventually disappear completely.

This is why the Indieweb movement is more important than ever. We need to support our decentralized networks, build better human relations and work out for future political battles. Not sure if the States will play an important role in that space in the future, most definitely not se control freaks in China.


Planes, trains, automobiles and Hotel Orania

Steve Martin and John Candy didn’t take the train either

Trying to capitalize on Berlin-Kreuzberg’s Kottikiez vibe for tourists, with hotel prices of up to 700 Euros per night, the owner of the newly opened Hotel Orania, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau, thinks that not everyone can pay the price for a train ticket to Germany’s capital, the same goes for Hotel Orania, but Dietmar says it’s not Berlin’s fault.

Luckily enough, Berlin’s new airport is still not finished, if it were it might bring ever more gentrifiers to the city that’ll always become. And for those who can’t pay for the train ticket, you’ll have to either walk or stay at home. If that’s not an option, you can always try carpooling. In case you’re in total doubt and stacked with zero cash, you can lock yourself in the toilet on the train of your choice en route to big B.

Dietmar is highly familiar with overpriced hotel rooms in his castle in Bavaria. And he’s always liked contradictions, even as a kid, he once turned off the power during a classical concert in the castle where he grew up. It sounds like a task only a Zapatista is capable of!

I hope that Tricky’s observation of this small town big conglomeration and it’s free spirit stays longer than hotels no one has been waiting for:

„Berlin is the last big city in the world with a vibe“ – Tricky

via taz

Developers, developers, developers!

A never ending Balmer meme speaks to Europe’s tech ecosystem, which has a pipeline of 5.5 million developers, as opposed to 4.4 million in the USA. Those numbers might add an extra inch in the long haul, especially when it comes to attracting talent to start-ups that tackle blockchain, AI and autonomous driving, says Tom Wehmeier, who’s Partner and Head of Research at Atomico upon today’s release of The State of European Tech.

Vermont strong

Vermont and the city of Burlington received a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a threat of potentially drying up federal funding if they continue to violate federal law, albeit it’s unclear if they even are.

It’s basically aiming at „sanctuary policies“ where cities and states adopt different approaches to immigration than the current national government. It’s sad to see the local and national representatives of the American people in disagreement when it comes to inclusion in the United States.

I always felt welcome in Vermont for those three years I lived there. I hope Senator Leahy, who held the commencement speech at my graduation, and Sanders will flex their political muscle and stay in tune with the Green Mountain’s spirit of „I live in Vermont and I do what I want.“

„The letter was an effort to „strong-arm“ the state to submit to federal immigration policies.“ – Peter Welch

via Seven Days

The dogs of ad tech

Even though a second is still measured as the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom, we seem to invest less time on fraud and fake checks, yet place more trust in automating ourselves to death.

And yes, on the internet nobody knows you’re a dog, a highly popularized cartoon turned meme about privacy and anonymity; it still amazes me how much money, time and trust advertisers throw at the dogs of ad tech, who are so programmaticly lost that even the ANA is unaware of their banner placements.

So, ANA, I have a question for you: If the fucking Association of National Advertisers can’t figure out where their fucking advertising is running, how the fuck is anyone else supposed to? (Sorry for the triple f-bombs but under the circumstances they felt awfully good.)

via Type A

WPP is NRA lobbyist and creates gun control ads

An agency owned by WPP produced this ad for the organization States United to Prevent Gun Violence in 2013

The word’s largest advertising holding WPP, collected $1.46m in lobbying fees from the National Rifle Association while at the same time produced compelling and widely circulated gun control public service announcements.

It seems to me that once we ignore contradictions of dumb money and spiritual conduct, our superficial mindset takes over and common sense is thrown out the window. I think we should focus our human life on being a flow moment explorer, where we help ourselves and others understand and ignore evil in spiritual, verbal and physical action. We might as well start with WPP and LaPierre:

The NRA’s chief executive argued this past Sunday that Americans would be safer if their access to guns was expanded and if federal laws that restrict gun rights locally were overturned.

“There are monsters like this monster out there every day,” he said. “Nobody should be forced to face evil with empty hands.”

via The Guardian

Saad and Hawks crush Pens

I first touched ice as a Falcon, about 25 miles north of the Blackhawk’s home turf, where I learned the basics of the game, how to skate and shoot. Of all the cities I lived in the States, Chicago always felt the most home to me, so I get pumped when the Blackhawks do well and a re-aquired player returns with a bang only to beat the reigning champs 10 to 1.

via Chicago Tribune