Links for 23rd May 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. FUTURE SEA CITIES: Freedom’s Final Frontier in Pictures

    Seasteading design concepts. Pretty and inspirational.

    Tagged with: seasteadingarchitecturedesignconcepts

  2. Math and the City

    "For instance, if one city is 10 times as populous as another one, does it need 10 times as many gas stations? No. Bigger cities have more gas stations than smaller ones (of course), but not nearly in direct proportion to their size. The number of gas stations grows only in proportion to the 0.77 power of population. The crucial thing is that 0.77 is less than 1. This implies that the bigger a city is, the fewer gas stations it has per person. Put simply, bigger cities enjoy economies of scale. In this sense, bigger is greener.

    The same pattern holds for other measures of infrastructure. Whether you measure miles of roadway or length of electrical cables, you find that all of these also decrease, per person, as city size increases. And all show an exponent between 0.7 and 0.9.

    Now comes the spooky part. The same law is true for living things. That is, if you mentally replace cities by organisms and city size by body weight, the mathematical pattern remains the same."

    Tagged with: urbancitystatisticsmodellingscalesizeorganism

  3. Asteroids created ideal conditions for early life

    "Surface habitats for microbial life on early Earth would have been destroyed repeatedly by the bombardment. However, at the same time, impacts could have created subsurface habitats for life, such as extensive networks of cracks or even hydrothermal vents.

    Any existing microbial life on Earth could have found refuge in these habitats. If life had not yet emerged on Earth by the time of the bombardment, these new subsurface environments could have been the place where terrestrial life emerged."

    Tagged with: EarthlifeasteroidLate-Heavy-Bombardmentevolutionenvironment

  4. I Can See You

    "With the rise of cheap, networked recording devices–aka, cameraphones–we're seeing the emergence of a culture of documentation, where individuals use their cameraphones to record and share unusual and often problematic moments. From events as amusingly scandalous as South Korea's "dog poop girl" to those as shocking and tragic as the New Year's Eve killing by an Oakland transit cop, citizens are using cameraphones to catch misbehavior and make it undeniable. What's particularly notable (although not especially surprising) is the availability of multiple perspectives on the same event, as personal documentation with a cameraphone becomes almost second-nature for many of us." Cascio.

    Tagged with: surveillanceparticipatorypanopticondocumentationcitizensocietymedia

  5. Color Me Suprised

    Tips on colouring techniques for webcomics; taught me some stuff about P-shop/GIMP layer usage.

    Tagged with: artdigitaltechniquescolourlightinggraphicdesignGIMP

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