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    • The Ghost of Cognition Past, or Thinking Like An Algorithm

      [Image: Wiring the ENIAC; via Wired] One of many things I love about writing—that is, engaging in writing as an activity—is how it facilitates a discovery of connections between otherwise unrelated…

    • Corporate Gardens of the Anthropocene

      [Image: The Washington Bridge Apartments, New York; via Google Maps]. One of the most interesting themes developed in David Gissen’s recent book, Manhattan Atmospheres, is that the climate-controll…

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    • The Coming Amnesia

      [Image: Galaxy M101; full image credits]. In a talk delivered in Amsterdam a few years ago, science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds outlined an unnerving future scenario for the universe, somethin…

    • Offworld Colonies of the Canadian North

      [Image: Fermont’s weather-controlling residential super-wall, courtesy Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art, McGill University]. An earlier version of this post was published on New …

    • Tree Rings and Seismic Swarms

      [Image: An otherwise unrelated print of tree rings from Yellowstone National Park, by LintonArt; buy prints here]. The previous post reminded me of an article published in the December 2010 issue o…

    • Infrastructural Voodoo Doll

      For the past few months, on various trips out west to Los Angeles, I’ve been working on an exclusive story about a new intelligence-gathering unit at LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport. To …

    • Sovereign Flocking Algorithms

      [Image: Flocking diagram by “Canadian Arctic sovereignty: Local intervention by flocking UAVs” by Gilles Labonté]. One of many ways to bolster a nation-state’s claim to sovereignty over a remote or…

    • Sunken Cities

      [Image: Raising a house to help survive future floods; photo by Eliot Dudik, courtesy The New York Times]. The climate change-induced flooding of coastal cities along the U.S. eastern seaboard has …

    • Plasma Bombs and Sky Bridges

      [Image: Via NOAA]. The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a handful of small business grants for exploring the “controlled enhancement of the ionosphere.” The aim of the grants is to find new w…

    • Zone for Game

      [Image: Via TechCrunch]. There was finally something interesting to read about Pokémon Go. The game—which involves overlaying the physical world with a grab-bag of exotic creatures that players att…

    • Schrödinger’s Speleology, or the Stalking of “Entranceless Caves”

      [Image: A cave entrance in France, via Wikipedia]. I recently finished reading Last Words by Michael Koryta, a detective novel largely centered on an unmapped fictional cave system in southern Indi…

    • The Sky-Math Garden

      [Images: Via Peter Moore’s piece on “dueling weathermen” over at Nautilus]. As mentioned in the previous post, I recently had the pleasure of reading Peter Moore’s new book, The Weather Experiment.…