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Quiet, Contrary

Just started this gorgeous thing yesterday. Theres something shocking and endearing about such a dense economic text, being fleshed out with such obvious literary ambitions- the sweeping historical narratives, the grandiose predictions (and their aspersions), the self concious commentary that reigns in perspectives to an intuitive level. Im beyond impressed.**

DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!   

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guyrim:

dezeen:

The “first man-made biological leaf” could enable humans to colonise space»

if you aren’t hyped about synthetic life and colonizing space then get out of my face

the game… just changed!

productdesignresources:

guyrim:

dezeen:

The “first man-made biological leaf” could enable humans to colonise space»

if you aren’t hyped about synthetic life and colonizing space then get out of my face

the game… just changed!

"Of course if we choose to use a language comprehensible only to law and economics graduates it will be easy to prove that the masses need to have their life run for them. But if we speak in plain language, if we are not obsessed with a perverse determination to confuse the issues and exclude the people, then it will be clear that the masses comprehend all the finer points and every artifice. Resorting to technical language means you are determined to treat the masses as uninitiated. Such language is a poor front for the lecturer’s intent to deceive the people and leave them on the sidelines. Language’s endeavor to confuse is a mask behind which looms an even greater undertaking to dispossess. The intention is to strip the people of their possessions as well as their sovereignty. You can explain anything to the people provided you really want them to understand."
- Frantz Fanon | The Wretched of the Earth (via dejectedmasturbation)

(Source: emogirl2k13, via gemeinwesen)

Polish Resources

Text/PDFs:

*W Rok Po Polsku: Polish in A Year

*Glossary of Polish Lexical Minimum

*The Polish Alphabet and Sounds

*”Polish Grammar in A Nutshell

-by Oscar E. Swan, University of Pittsburgh

Audio:

*Speak Polish with Confidence

-Joanna Michalak-Gray, Teach Yourself

*Beginner’s Polish

-Ewa Wanasz Bialasiewicz, Hippocrene Beginners Series

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

(via thinksquad)

fuckyeahsouthasia:

Two 15-year-old school boys have developed a device that will enable a shoe to charge a mobile phone while walking. Anand Gangadharan and Mohak Bhalla, both students of south Delhi’s Mount Carmel school, have invented a compact attachment, which, when attached to the heel of the shoe, will automatically act as a portable mobile charger.Named ‘Walkie Mobi Charger’, this gadget generates electricity up to six volts, as against five volts released through a plug point and ensures that the phone battery is charged at a faster pace. So if a plug-in charger takes half-an-hour to charge a phones up to 25%, the walking device will charge 40% of the battery in the same time………..The device functions on the principle of electromagnetic induction. The compression and relaxation caused by walking creates pressure on the sponge attached in the middle which produces electricity.Two LEDs, blue and red, indicate the supply of electricity and battery charging, respectively.The device is equipped to charge several models of phones. All one needs to do is connect the charger to the shoe while the phone rests in your pocket. “This is an effective way to utilise an alternate source of energy and is also a healthy way to decrease your electricity bills,” they said.

fuckyeahsouthasia:

Two 15-year-old school boys have developed a device that will enable a shoe to charge a mobile phone while walking. Anand Gangadharan and Mohak Bhalla, both students of south Delhi’s Mount Carmel school, have invented a compact attachment, which, when attached to the heel of the shoe, will automatically act as a portable mobile charger.
Named ‘Walkie Mobi Charger’, this gadget generates electricity up to six volts, as against five volts released through a plug point and ensures that the phone battery is charged at a faster pace. So if a plug-in charger takes half-an-hour to charge a phones up to 25%, the walking device will charge 40% of the battery in the same time………..
The device functions on the principle of electromagnetic induction. The compression and relaxation caused by walking creates pressure on the sponge attached in the middle which produces electricity.Two LEDs, blue and red, indicate the supply of electricity and battery charging, respectively.The device is equipped to charge several models of phones. All one needs to do is connect the charger to the shoe while the phone rests in your pocket. “This is an effective way to utilise an alternate source of energy and is also a healthy way to decrease your electricity bills,” they said.

(via frantzofanon)

neurosciencestuff:

Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed

Researchers Thursday unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain.

The so-called “neurosynaptic” chip is a breakthrough that opens a wide new range of computing possibilities from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence systems that can installed on a smartphone, the scientists say.

The researchers from IBM, Cornell Tech and collaborators from around the world said they took an entirely new approach in design compared with previous computer architecture, moving toward a system called “cognitive computing.”

"We have taken inspiration from the cerebral cortex to design this chip," said IBM chief scientist for brain-inspired computing, Dharmendra Modha, referring to the command center of the brain.

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So, Accelerationism, what's all that about?

deontologistics:

So, accelerationism, what’s all that about? Well, lots of people are talking about it, and lots of them are very critical of it. As someone who has played a small role in the development of what is increasingly being called ‘left-accelerationist’ thought (I organised the second accelerationist…

"I was left behind with the immensity of existing things. A sponge, suffering because it cannot saturate itself; a river, suffering because reflections of clouds and trees are not clouds and trees."
- Czeslaw Milosz, Esse (via autretopie)

(via fuckyeahexistentialism)

Essentials of Marxist Theory Reader   

levantineviper:

Theory is essentially the intellectual expression of the revolutionary process itself. In it every stage of the process becomes fixed so that it may be generalised, communicated, utilised and developed. Because the theory does nothing but arrest and make conscious each necessary step, it becomes at the same time the necessary premise of the following one.

— György Lukács

I’ve put together a list of books, articles, essays, anthologies, and collected works that are essential reading for those who wish to possess a basic understanding of Marxist theory. I’ve included links (PDFs or HTML on MIA) to the full text of every single work I’ve included in this list. The list begins with Marx and ends with contemporary Marxist academics and intellectuals, while covering everything in between. The list is organized chronologically, not in order of what should be read first (although in a sense, it is almost organized in terms of who should be read first). This still is, and will always be, a work in progress.

I tried to keep this selection as pure as I possibly could (a friend of mine described this list as “Salafi Marxist”) despite the fact that I had to sacrifice some of its purity for the sake of inclusion and variety. This list does not represent me or my views in its entirety; I’ve included a few Marxist theorists whose assertions I reject and theorists whose fan clubs I despise (I’m looking at you, Trots).

Marx:

Marx and Engels:

The Marx-Engels Collected Works

The MECW consists of 32,000 pages of works written by Marx and Engels. It contains most (if not all) of what I’ve listed above (and a whole lot more) in one PDF document.

Engels:

Lenin:

Lenin’s Collected Works

45 volumes that include almost every word Lenin has ever written, with two exceptions (listed at the bottom of the page) with links. 

Rosa Luxemburg:

Trotsky:

Antonio Gramsci:

The following are all very short pieces by Gramsci:

Georg Lukács:

Mao:

The Frankfurt School:

Louis Althusser:

Other:

A lot more can be found on the Marxists Internet Archive and the E-Book Collective websites.

(Source: levantineviper-archive, via frantzofanon)

mother-iron:

For Imani/metallurgies who asked so sweetly if I have anything to read on architecture. Here’s some recent stuff.

Also: Wall, space and violence and On Architecture Under Capitalism

(via metallurgies)

The Palestine Reader   

readyokaygo:

The following is a collection of articles, essays, and books on Palestine. These are not introduction texts to the question of Palestine or the Palestinain-Israeli “conflict”. If you need one read The Palestine-Israel Conflict by Gregory Harms and Todd Fery. Further, this is…