Category: Wise Words

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…

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…