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In Praise of the Humble Knot

Credit Tobias Harvey

Inside Pawson’s Museum of Knots and Sailors’ Ropework in Suffolk, England. Credit Tobias Harvey

“These things are remnants of a maritime culture that has vanished. They were the product of both inspiration and boredom, or, you might say, the inspiration of boredom — a creative outlet for sailors on long voyages who had many idle hours to fill. Most seamen were illiterate, and rope was plentiful. Knots were the humble medium they embraced to kill time, serve their muses and, literally, make their beds: to stitch the hammocks in which they slept.”

–Jody Rosen

In Praise of the Humble Knot, T Magazine

The Rise of Anti-Capitalism – Jeremy Rifkin NYT

 

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Ji Lee; original painting by Eugène Delacroix

What makes the social commons more relevant today is that we are constructing an Internet of Things infrastructure that optimizes collaboration, universal access and inclusion, all of which are critical to the creation of social capital and the ushering in of a sharing economy. The Internet of Things is a game-changing platform that enables an emerging collaborative commons to flourish alongside the capitalist market.

The Rise of Anti-Capitalism – NYTimes.com.

Exiting the Solar System and Fulfilling a Dream

Voyager - NASA

This image obtained in 2002 from NASA shows one of the twin Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977.

On Thursday, scientists declared that it had become the first probe to exit the solar system, a breathtaking achievement that NASA could only fantasize about back when Voyager was launched in 1977, the same year “Star Wars” was released.

“The holy grail of heliosphere research.”

via Exiting the Solar System and Fulfilling a Dream – NYTimes.com.

Authorities Shut Berlin’s Iconic Tacheles Arts Squat

Tacheles Art by dolce_luna

Tacheles Art by dolce_luna

Berlin’s iconic Tacheles arts centre has been cleared after decades of bureaucratic wrangling over the debt-ridden building.

The massive warehouse in the Mitte district was occupied by artists after the fall of the Berlin Wall and became a major tourist attraction.

But the dilapidated complex has been hampering local redevelopment plans.

HSH Nordbank, currently in charge of the Tacheles, requested the clearance as part of plans to sell the centre.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19473806

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