Smart Garbage

“Smart garbage”: objects self-disclose how to fix, disassemble and recycle them. — Mike Kuniavsky, Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design. Inspired by a Bruce Sterling lecture in 1999: Smart garbage doesn’t fester in darkness, ignorance and denial. It becomes a resource.


Motorcycle riding is romantic while motorcycle maintenance is purely classic. — Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Sitting in Prinzessinnen Gärten, enjoying the first outdoor lunch of the season, I got to talking with a Berlin transplant about Quality. In Zen and…

11.8 inches

Grace Hopper, witty ur-programmer and girl geek legend, explains a nanosecond.

Filter Failure

Clay Shirky suggests that there’s no such thing as information overload, only filter failure. This is a very modern response to an older question. Futurist Alvin Toffler warned us about information overload, popularizing the phrase. It’s an extension of the idea of sensory overload, the…


How to Vacuum Form a Guy Fawkes Mask by Aram Bartholl / CC BY NC ND I’m interested in collective being. I’m interested in making it easier for people to be public and social selves, as Martin Luther King certainly was. The risk is that…