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  1. Dec 2015
    1. the cyborg metaphor has been deployed tochallenge disembodied, dualistic, masculinist and teleological bodies of knowledge. Ithas infused science and technology studies with feminist epistemological strategies

      This is an important quote because yes, the cyborg metaphor is prominent in the discussion of the disembodied, dualistic, patriarchal understandings, and with the science and technology ways of rational thinking, it entangles itself with femist ways of theorizing knowledge - justified belief from opinion. But I don't know much about this, probably should ask professor Switzer in my Eco-philosophy class.

    2. The emphasis of the cyborg on the material interface between the body and the cityis perhaps most strikingly manifested in the physical infrastructure that links the humanbody to vast technological networks

      This quote stands out to me because it highlights the connection between the human body and the city. Humans have created infrastructure and use said infrastructure for technological networks.

  2. Nov 2015
    1. Why notuse the temporariness strategically?

      good question

    2. Yet, thefight to get them may have to go arounddifferent circuitous routes that might finddignified places to shit along the way.

      This sentence took me off-gaurd

    3. twin.

      Twin! symbiotic relationship: a relationship that refers to any living organism that exist with one another, but one can benefit off the other one

    4. goes beyond any zero-sum game. It isnot simply that one city absorbs what theother leaves behind.

      interesting/ zero-sum game in politics

    5. The subway offers proof of the relativesafety of the overall urban environment, aswell as staging dramas that cross thethresholds of race and sex.

      I've never thought of it like that; the idea subway trains are a living example of the discussion of people, gendered, and race as a template to how those issues exist

    6. the ‘user’ is also becomessomething more ambiguous

      An interesting observation and fact, as cities grow and change at progressive rates, it makes sense that humans are doing the same

    7. Emerging urban struggles will be less aboutland, physical infrastructure and services, andmore about who controls knowledge-producing capacities and the ways thesecapacities can be altered or remade

      I found this quote very interesting because in the coming time, the change in contemporary society will bring about big change in the cities. Changing from land, physical structures, and services to who controls knowledge producing capacities and the way they can be altered or remade. Give me the sense that, power within the political and economic sphere will become very pronounced

    1. technopolitics,

      After the word technological: systems, objects, sample, elements, projects, experts, society, skill. Very abstracted.....

    2. systems analysis in this regard demands an ethnographic retooling,one in which ethnography might need to be conducted in government centers far from where theactual roads are constructed and might take into account politicians, technocrats, economists, en-gineers, and road builders, as well as road users themselves

      Understanding this paradigm, what does it mean to hold hearings and lectures. What does it say about the relocation of authority away from target location. Does this provide any insight on the dynamics of social and political justice/injustice within an economic nation?

    3. They are the physical networks through which goods, ideas,waste, power, people, and finance are trafficked

      In my opinion I think these entities are the constructs of modern society.

    4. As physical forms they shape the nature of a network, the speed anddirection of its movement, its temporalities, and its vulnerability to breakdown.

      The life, energy and nature of this work is described as the human condition?

    5. Infrastructures are material forms that allow for the possibility of exchangeover space

      So buildings, houses, pretty much anything that takes up space for people to exists in and around its physical construct.

    6. Theyare “mechanisms to control time,” write Graham & Marvin (1996), “instigating waves of societalprogress”

      Modern infrastructure is not just about finding a place to live, sleep and eat food in.... but rather a place to create new dimensions in every day life.

    7. For some time now, scholars in science and technology studies and geography have analyzedhow infrastructures mediate exchange over distance, bringing different people, objects, and spacesinto interaction and forming the base on which to operate modern economic and social systems

      This is important information because these are all considered facts when it comes to technology and the human usage of technological processes. Without the use of phones, computers, and calculators. Lots of these things wouldn't exist.

    1. Which Google Chrome extensions do I use? Aug 2015 ...▶ 5:13www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeptGTkkRjAAug 30, 2015 - Uploaded by Mike DownesIn the interest of openness, made these tips public. Hope it helps people see the simplicity and effectiveness of ..

      Why the hell is there no information on how to properly use this thing? I mean god damnit! I don't try and be the smarthest college student in the dorms for me to learn better. This is redicoulis.

  3. Oct 2015
    1. . In an attempt to counter these trends, in this paper I focus onthe slower temporalities and spatialities of mechanized technologiesof mobility.

      This is important

    1. schadenfreu

      wow, didn't know this was a word....

    2. Because fear sells. There is a market in anxiety

      This is absolutely true; drawing connections from a documentary: http://www.radicalizedmovie.com/ There is a connection to of fear and anxiety that the police/military industrial complex which presafes the condition of fear which shows time and time again when trying to overturn the capitalistic patriarchy that exists in Western society. It is fear inducing, traumatizing and exhausting when the policies in control use 'fear installed anxiety' on the common people.

    3. In other words, affect is as much a nexus of a set of concerns - with what bodies can do, with the power of emotions, with the crossover between 'biology' and 'culture' - as it is a finished analyti

      I think this is a very important quote: It highlights the major constructs of what creates us biologically and culturally - without these epic characteristics of the human condition, how are we supposed to untangle and rewire a workable achievable built environment that is synergistic with out DNA and condition.

    4. facialit

      Faciality: Doesn't have a definition?

    5. Davis, the Western city is rapidly coming unglued. It is a runaway train fuelled by equal parts hubris and fear. It is Roadrunner suspended over the abyss. In tapping in to this anxious tradition of writing on cities, Davis is hardly alone. For example,

      This detailed metaphor, "Roadrunner suspended over the abyss" is quite a fear inducing way of representing the city and urban representation. My analysis of this quote is that it seems we have a lot of potential energy that provides a substantive way of creation, but the problem is that the embodiment of this conception is surrounded by darkness, an inescapable void similar to a black hole so that our fate seems to be known and not a good one. This makes me anxious.

    1. This was not magic or coincidence or misfortune. It was racism reifying itself. According toTheNew York Times, affidavits found loan officers referring to their black customers as “mud people” and to their subprime products as “ghetto loans

      The people that probably initiated the thought to exploit the black public were probably white males. I just find it not cool, that there is no 'real' attempt to help and protect citizens that have had a long history of segregation and pain. It's bullshit, and I don't like that everything has to be for profit and developmental gain at the expense of women, nature and the helpless perpetuating a cycle that has been happening for hundreds of years. You think we would change things are and learn.

    2. Plunder in the past made plunder in the present efficient. The banks of America understood this. In 2005, Wells Fargo promoted a series of Wealth Building Strategies seminars. Dubbing itself “the nation’s leading originator of home loans to ethnic minority customers,” the bank enrolled black public figures in an ostensible effort to educate blacks on building “generational wealth.” But the “wealth building” seminars were a front for wealth theft

      Racism and corruption still exist in contemporary society. In efforts to aid and help others, corporations, business's will exploit the poor and the unprotected for potential increases in profit.

    3. “None of them felt entirely comfortable about the fact, but neither did they feel responsible for it. Most of them had inherited both their slaves and their attachment to freedom from an earlier generation, and they knew the two were not unconnected.”

      It makes sense to me that, the act of living prosperously is one that doesn't ask questions or stops to think critically of ones property and the moral/ethics behind it.

    4. We Inherit Our Ample Patrimony

      by the power of development or maldevelopment in a respect to the resource consumption and destruction of the natural world through means of an unadulterated truth: Patrimony exists without problems. Recurring/self perpetuating lineage

    1. a set of conflictsand the attendant implications between certain groups or individuals andthe authorities, which are shaped and expressed in the physical and socialspace of streets—from back alleys to the main avenues, from invisible

      It is a hidden set of laws that exists on the cities streets and social spaces that is expressive in the world of street politics. Where life does not seem to fizzle, life will sustain itself do any part of the built landscape and environment.

    2. While this conclusion enjoys muchplausibility, I want to suggest in this paper that there is more to neoliberal urbanity thanelite rule and subaltern’s failure. For the new realities of these cities tend to engendera new discrete form of politics

      It seems to me that there is a flip-side in all this. Creating a new form of politics it extends far beyond the limit in which something is called unsustainable. If people are able to reach a point and create new realities from their political/economical/social situation. Then it should be taken into consideration and thought.

    1. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.

      In an earlier paragraph: "If the city is the world which man created, it is the world in which he is henceforth condemned to live" and I interpret that with the text that I highlighted. I come up with an understanding that cities and the constructed environment at big scales coincides with our ability to make and recreate the cities and ourselves. It has to do with personal growth and change which evidently amounts to the growth and change of our cities. Both seemingly connected.

  4. Sep 2015