With seven million people, Hong Kong is the 4th most densely populated places in the world. However, plain numbers never tell the full story. In his ‘Architecture of Density’ photo series, German photographer Michael Wolf explores the jaw-dropping urban landscapes of Hong Kong. He rids his photographs of any context, removing any sky or horizon line from the frame and flattening the space until it becomes a relentless abstraction of urban expansion, with no escape for the viewer’s eye. Infinite and haunting.
Editor’s Note: Co-signed.
Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme (Live Test 6)
Enya’s “Only Time“ (released in 2000) and Jean-Claude Van Damme (action film icon of the 1980’s, 1990’s) really brings the nostalgia factor to this commercial.
Is it really possible to work side by side with a mean fellow in the service of a lord? Before he gets what he wants, he worries lest he should not get it. After he has got it, he worries lest he should lose it, and when that happens he will not stop at anything.
A conversation on iChat, beginning at 11:52 AM on September 24, 2013:
a weird thing happened on the internet today and i was thinking it’d be fun to try and explain it to you and publish our conversation
would you be willing to participate?
it is lunch time
have a go
first remind me the degree to which you understand what twitter is
ah…it is a form of communicATION IN WHICH THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CHARACATERS in a post is limited
why are you shouting
my dead pinky slipped
and I was too lazy to retype
and one can choose to follow the tweets produced by a given tweeter
or search subjects of interest
more or less correct?
yeah, more or less
so if you have a twitter account, you follow other accounts, and all the stuff those accounts say merges into one constantly updating feed
a continually renewed stream of waste
for the most part
but one could follow news organizations, or people they find entertaining, or whatever
as with anything on the internet, there is twitter spam
i don’t personally understand quite how this works, but there are accounts that are almost totally autonomous and tweet random bullshit at you sometimes
or not necessarily at you. sometimes they just broadcast random bullshit, often loosely resembling ad copy
in the same sort of garbled english you’d see in a spam email
rather like the ubiquitous viagra emails?
now, sometimes people discover that these robo-spammy accounts are kind of charming in their own way
because the auto-generated mush is strangely poetic
I suppose that could be though it seems unlikely
well, one account in particular had this quality
it’s called Horse_ebooks
and its twitter avatar thing is a horse
and it updates every once in a while with stuff like:
what is a twitter avatar
just a picture
associated with the account
like your little rose picture on your ichat account
ok got it
so horse_ebooks tweets stuff like:
How many times have you wished you were strong enough to concentrate your mind,
AND BURNED BY UNSCRUPULOUS BUSINESSES MORE TIMES
interspersed with weird ad links
and even though it is apparently a robot spitting out mashed up bits of copy it found on the internet, it gained a lot of followers
because it has an eerie poetic quality
I am unmoved by the poetry
your roses. Realize that rain water
I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got I ve got to me. I ve got I ve got I ve
are you reproducing their stream or have you been clubbed senseless?
copying and pasting tweets
213,000 people follow that account
I am often puzzled by popular tastes
well, it’s sort of an ironic thing, but i can see the charm
There are so many beautiful things in the world produced with skill and effort
it’s interesting, in theory, to see what randomly generated text looks like, even though the origin and construciton of this text wasn’t really consistent
WELL on that note
why would anyone intentionally monitor a nonsense strem?
i guess because it’s funny
but to your previous point:
it came out today, in a new yorker story by susan orlean of all people
that at some point in 2011, a human actually took over that account
so she reported that two people, i think
one of them a buzzfeed employee
actually took over that account somehow in 2011
and have been writing what appear to be randomly generated robo messages
and now intentionally produce nonsense that is supposed to look like random content?
with occasional ad links to maintain apparent authenticity
weird internet art project
but people on the internet are very disappointed to learn it was a person
it sounds like it started as a real robot, but then it got popular and someone found a way to get access, i guess by talking to whoever set it up in the first place
which was apparently some guy in russia
I can’t begin to imagine why 1) anyone was interested in the first place
2) why anyone then made the effort to subvert the process
3) why anyone cares now
but then I am perennially out of step with the rest of the universe
well, you followed the explanation, which is probably more than could be said of the average momlady
It s clear to me that I am not an average momlady
you are an exceptional momlady
but seriously i’d rather watch paint dry then read a nonsense stream looking for bits of sense
The Daily Cartoon by Emily Flake: http://nyr.kr/181iJ2o
I have to get myself one of those.