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From the Guardian: a point about consensus as it pertains to the free market system rather than to government

This post was made to the blog for Civil Disobedience (Hannah Arendt)

I'm posting the following article because of the philosophical emphasis in Arendt's essay on the issue of "general tacit consent" of the individual citizen in society. Although some of Jones' article is overexcited, in my opinion, about this particular mediatic image, his point with respect to the issue of capitalism as what's at stake in contemporary protest rather than democracy brings up an interesting turn with respect to Arendt's concerns.




The Occupy Wall Street image that marks the end of the global consensus

Even the word 'capitalism' once seemed corny. Here, amid Times Square's corporate citadels, a monster is exposed

Barricade Building Workshop

This post was made to the blog for Practicalities of Revolt
Just came across this on FB and am passing along: ¡how to spell bAAAAAricAde!! COMADRES! COMPADRES! We implore your presence and participation this SATURDAY AFTERNOON. COME support contested spaces by building and rebuilding barricades on the front steps of City Hall. (on Spring St btw Temple and 1st St) LET US BRING BACK THE "SPELL OF THE BARRICADE"(Engles)! We will be providing a large heap of found furniture, but encourage not only YOUR PARTICIPATION, but your adding to our collective barricade any non-precious furniture (as substantial in size as possible), the more materials the better! You can take your furniture back at the end of the day. This action benefits exponentially by increased participation and furniture, so please SPREAD THIS MESSAGE WIDELY!

"Architecture Theory Since 1968" - Wednesday at 7:30pm - at OccupyLA

This post was made to the blog for 'Architecture Theory Since 1968,' series 1

The first meeting of "Architecture Theory Since 1968" will meet on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm at occupyLA. Find your way to the library and from there the class will figure out where to sit down.

There are two readings for this first class: Manfredo Tarfuri's "Toward a Critique of Architectural Ideology" and George Baird's "La Dimension Amoureuse' in Architecture"

Class Scheduling & Introductory Materials

This post was made to the blog for Sound Poetries and Sound Poetics

Sound Poetries and Sound Poetics ::


Class will meet at Occupy LA at City Hall at the Library - The Library is the only Red Canopy Tent - shouldn't be hard to find - ask around if you have trouble ...

Kinect Book Preview

This post was made to the blog for Microsoft Kinect Hack-A-Thon


Good news on the horizon: Greg Bornstein has a Kinect book on the way that will be published by O'Reilly.

And the first chapter is available via their 'early release' program.

Free Lecture on Alchemy at the Getty Villa

This post was made to the blog for art as a magickal practice

This lecture is free, but you have to RSVP.

Alchemy's Origins in Late Antiquity: Philosophical Crafts and Crafty Philosophers

The Getty Villa 
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call Getty Visitor Services at (310) 440-7300 or select the "Get Tickets" button below.


Links and Code

This post was made to the blog for Microsoft Kinect Hack-A-Thon


Hey folks,

James asked me to share the URLs for some of the videos that I showed i class.

Memo Akten's 3D drawing:

Theo and Emily's interactive puppets:

Zach Lieberman face projection music video:

Flight 404 temporal video echo:

6D SLAM (simultaneous location and mapping)

Also, I was able to figure out a solution to Phil's corner tracking problem -- I posted the code here if anybody wants to take a look at it. The function works that you pass in a blob (with all of its contour points) and it returns a vector of ofPoints that lists the corners.

Hopefully we can do another work session sometime soon!




Thursday: Let's over-identify with Facebook

This post was made to the blog for Facebook Suicide (Bomb): Theory & Practice

On Thursday night at 9pm, we'll have a short discussion and then try this out together. Bring a laptop! And whatever else you need to bring to get in the spirit.


Facebook Suicide (Bomb) Manifesto:

Everyone now wants to know how to remove themselves from social networks. It has become absolutely clear that our relationships to others are mere points in the aggregation of marketing data. Political campaigns, the sale of commodities, the promotion of entertainment – this is the outcome of our expression of likes and affinities. And at what cost? The reward is obvious: we no longer have to tolerate advertisements for things for which we have no interest. Instead our social relations are saturated with public relations. But at least it is all *interesting*!

Unlike the old days, when we could invent online identities daily, our social networks today require fidelity between our physical self and our online self. The situation is unbearable.

Logging Out of Facebook is Not Enough (no shit)

This post was made to the blog for Facebook Suicide (Bomb): Theory & Practice

Dave Winer wrote a timely piece this morning about how Facebook is scaring him since the new API allows applications to post status items to your Facebook timeline without a users intervention. It is an extension of Facebook Instant and they call it frictionless sharing. The privacy concern here is that because you no longer have to explicitly opt-in to share an item, you may accidentally share a page or an event that you did not intend others to see.


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