RULE DROPPING AND RISC AT IBM

John Cocke, an IBM employee and computer technology innovator, is quoted as saying, "If I see an opportunity, I drop all the rules, even when doing so is probably a mistake." Though it sounds familiar in today’s design world, it’s a much more bold statement coming from an engineer and mathematician who was working in the 60’s.

http://www.computerhistory.org/fellowawards/hall/bios/John,Cocke/

SELF DIRECTION LOUNGE

Olivia Plender’s work ‘Self Direction Lounge’ seems to play on corporate motivational environments one might find today, but establishes a space which emotes a mixture of feelings, from invigoration to discomfort, all while feeling very documented/produced on the green backdrop.

More images and documentation of this work at http://aapentforum.khio.no/?cat=61 and other work by Plender at http://www.mkgallery.org/exhibitions/olivia_plender/

NEW ANTHROPOCENE ROCKS

A new material dubbed ‘Plastiglomerate’ has been recently found on the shores of Hawaii, and is believed to be formed when plastic debris is melted by human heat sources, forest fires or lava flows. The rock may "become a marker around the world of when humans came to dominate the globe and leave behind their refuse in mass quantities."

http://news.sciencemag.org/earth/2014/06/rocks-made-plastic-found-hawaiian-beach

INVASIVE SPECIES

Impressive survey of disguised cell phone towers by Cape Town photographer, Dillon Marsh. http://www.dillonmarsh.com/invasivespecies.html

FROM AFAR IT IS AN ISLAND

Fantastic artifact materiality in this piece by Alisha Wessler, titled From Afar It Is an Island. I also love that it was shown in a museum of archeology.

http://www.alishawessler.com/index.php/sculpture/from-afar-it-is-an-island/

HAUS-RUCKER CLASSICS

From the blog CUPtopia. http://cup2013.wordpress.com/tag/superstudio/

ENERGY PLUS

The Energy Pilots program was a fictional business research institute with the mission of proposing new business models that could make low carbon energy cost competitive with traditional, higher carbon options.

Since developing the project, I’ve seen a few examples of energy companies going beyond the standard $/kWh model we’ve been using for ages.

In this instance, the Energy Plus program is not completely transparent, but it looks like the company aims to lure customers by handing out free air miles, and in exchange, manipulating energy rates beyond what the energy provider charges.

It’s an unusual example of energy companies leveraging other factors, although not exclusive to low carbon technologies in this case.

http://www.epmid.com/w/pilots.html