52 Matching Annotations
  1. Oct 2019
    1. A good predictor of your birth weight, for instance, is your mother’s weight at her birth.

      Is this a surprise?

    2. aluminium in fizzy drink cans

      But could it not be the fizzy drinks and sugar?

  2. Sep 2019
    1. while questions like ‘Who gets to make decisions over the management and use of land? And who benefits from those uses?’ must be front and centre in the discussion on how land is used and its benefits distributed, the question of how we construct a normative idea of ‘public interest’ must also figure strongly.
  3. Jul 2019
    1. Brave: The Chrome extension works in Brave, but (as of November 2018) must be manually installed.

      The extension works in Brave but users must log in to Hypothesis on every new page

  4. Nov 2018
    1. A tax on the value of a site is really a tax on productive potential, which is a result of improvements to land in the area. Henry George’s proposed tax on one piece of land is, in effect, based on the improvements made to the neighboring land.

      Urban land nexus

  5. Feb 2018
  6. Feb 2017
    1. almost like the golden snitch in quidditch

      In which we explain a common, real world sport, played by many around the world, with a fictional one—likely helpfully.

  7. Jan 2017
    1. Instead of the arguably dysfunctional system dominated by “career politicians” and big campaign donations, you’d get a system in which individuals without any experience at all in politics could potentially get elected.

      Remember when we thought this could be a good idea? (Not that it isn't still)

  8. Dec 2016
    1. Individually selecting titles for nearly 2,000 people can be time-consuming

      There seems to a private application for library sciences in this—though, of course, the kinds of books are very different

  9. Nov 2016
    1. people trafficking and prostitution

      the dark side of informality

    2. In the past two decades numerous large-scaleinformal markets have emerged on the fringes ofEuropean cities in the wake of global geopoliticaltransformations.

      Is informality really a new thing? If so, why?

    1. Matias Viegener explores the links between aesthetics and informality.


    2. increasing popularity of everything informal within the fields of creative production.

      Aesthetics as marketing/selling point of informality

    3. It’s not just about an economic issue—clearing the streets of street vendors and restoring economic order—but it’s precisely because these market environments, these commons, escape institutional control and, by that, they also escape political control.

      But does the commons simply mean outside of political control? Indeed, don't many today who seek the commons, do so by seeking regulation (though not always from gov, true)

    4. a contemporary commons

      The informal economy, they allege, is not primarily/solely profit seeking, and in that distinction bears similarity to the commons. Economy of the commons, informality, public and private space. It all comes together.

    5. We’ve come to the conclusion that established economic powers have an enormous interest in trying to integrate and modify informal economies, precisely because they constitute a market environment.

      Informal will be made formal. That is why it must be studied.

    6. these new economies are not only about the creation of a community but it actually becomes the creation of neighbourhood. So often you have very coherent communities, if you will, emerging that take over whole segments of a city. And markets can play a huge role in that. So the hipster markets become the nucleus. That’s why a lot of regeneration projects that operate with these aspirations are favourable to the culture of street markets , be it an organic farmers market or whatever. These supposedly alternative or self-initiated markets become an initiating focal point for a new, urban fabric to emerge around it. Now I’m just thinking about whether there might be a relation between the religious movements that also aim to form cleansed environments, if you will, but also foster a particularly coherent community.


    7. The one Africa-oriented observation I wanted to make is that religious institutions and networks have always been very profound across the continent, and with this notion of markets and their social functioning you might describe them as counter publics expressed in associational life. I was curious how to read that from an African perspective, in terms of the position of these rapidly mutating religious formations with the ability to fashion these social relations, including economic opportunity and the sharing of intelligence. The question of religious formations is something we almost don’t want to contemplate, but I think they are deeply implicated by the themes that you explore. I’d be curious what your reflection would be on that.


    8. Sometimes political events at a particular location have an impact on how an economic situation evolves. That was the case after the demise and dissolution of the Soviet Union. Its cargo containers were not adapted for international trade. These decommissioned containers have been used as infrastructure in container markets.


    9. Defining a situation as informal increasingly serves as a precursor to political intervention

      Cities and governments will not allow the informal. How then can we guide the formalizing process?

    10. University of California, San Diego

      I assume Teddy Cruz

    1. Mass production was giving way to “flexible specialization” or, in some contexts, reverting to sweatshop production

      What does this refer to?

    2. Standard jobs were being turned into non-standard or atypical jobs with hourly wages but few benefits,

      And now the gig-economy

    1. General Michael Flynn, once mooted to become Trump’s vice-presidential candidate, remains an adviser; he has been a regular contributor to the Russian-funded news channel RT and was a paid guest at an RT gala where he was seated next to Putin—odd behavior for a former Defense Intelligence Agency director with the highest security clearances

      And now allegedly appointed National Security Advisor

    1. invented


    2. is perfectly adapted to dissemination on the internet and, unlike novels, for reading on small screens

      I disagree. It might fit well on the screen but even more than novels it deserves a pencil when being read—and even if you choose to take your poetry neat, without notes, it deserves a solitude impossible on a screen.

  10. Oct 2016
    1. That friend had a friend and that friend had a friend, and now when you go to dinner at Kathy and David’s house on Thursday night there might be 15 to 20 teenagers crammed around the table, and later there will be groups of them crashing in the basement or in the few small bedrooms upstairs.

      Reminds me of Beatrice de Regnier's May I Bring a Friend

    1. Though the Dalai Lama has yet to use a computer, the 1990s ‘‘Think Different’’ ad is a reminder that he was a mascot of globalization in its early phase, between the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In that innocent era, the universal triumph of liberal capitalism and democracy seemed assured, as new nation-states appeared across Europe and Asia, the European Union came into being, apartheid in South Africa ended and peace was declared in Northern Ireland. It could only be a matter of time before Tibet, too, was free.

      This article was written in December 2015. Trump was already surging and Britons were making their desire for Brexit known, but let's look back at how liberal capitalism and democracy aren't such sure victors anymore.

    2. In old photos, you can see the 9-year-old who’d received the gift of a Patek Phillipe watch from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

      Would love to hear the motivation behind such a gift—it doesn't make sense according to either the Dalai Lama's age or belief system. Utter ignorance? Or was there meaning I am missing?

  11. Sep 2016
    1. For annotation to succeed as a business and a concept, it will have to move beyond its current status as something of a niche function that most casual internet users aren't exposed to.

      But this is also what allows it to stay clean—and if it does get used so much, will we see every article everywhere just plastered over?

    2. "To me, comments sections — at least in political news stories — have failed," he says. "They are filled with name-calling, bullying and spamming. For me, Genius’ annotator allows a more edifying and organic conversation about a piece of content. It also doesn’t allow a few loud/nasty voices to discourage other people from joining the conversation."

      How does Hypothes.is or Genius solve the reality of trolls? I suppose because people don't comment in chains. Still, people can riddle a page with highlights and notes, and one individual actually has more opportunity to do more damage.

    3. if


      I'm a rogue public editor!

    1. Sheraton, who likes Wells and values his discernment, cares little for his column. “A lot of reviews now tend to be food features,” she said.

      This is an expected consequence when a regional paper becomes a national paper

  12. Jun 2016
  13. Jan 2016
    1. In his asceticism, Benjamin echoed the life of his hero, Baudelaire, and more generally the ethos of early Christianity, born as it was out of ascetics living in the desert (in the tabula rasa, the place to start again).

      Ascetism vs activism

  14. Dec 2015
    1. Automation isn’t a neutral, inevitable part of capitalism. It comes about through the desire to break formal and informal systems of workers’ control—including unions—and replace them with managerially controlled and minutely surveilled systems of piecework.

      While not neutral, it is inevitable—profit-seeking system-breaking is what capitalism is all about.

    2. Mason’s model for this free and voluntary form of production is Wikipedia, which he views with the same starry eyes with which Hegel watched Napoléon march victoriously through Jena, the sign of Spirit moving through history.

      Sadly Wikipedia is becoming less and less democratic

    3. This sublimely ridiculous image, which in principle unites anti-Putinist Pussy Riot with fracktivist Mark Ruffalo, suggests that nearly any person—whether a factory worker in Shenzhen or a middle-class hater of Dilma Rousseff—could be the bearer of revolution.

      But is this too disperse? If everyone is so united, doesn't unity become meaningless?

  15. Nov 2015
    1. The attacks seemed likely to derail, at least temporarily, talks in Vienna on ending the civil war in Paris.

      What civil war?

  16. Oct 2015
    1. Nobody likes living there.

      Didn't they earlier say the opposite? Or did I just infer that?

    2. they may find themselves living like illegal immigrants,

      And many are just that, thus the important work of docucmentation

    3. “What’s potentially a problem for Turkey,” says Anita Fabos, the former director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies program at the American University in Cairo, “is resentment breeding not just in the short term but over the long term.”

      May be building favor with the Syrians, but losing it with Turks.

    4. Others operate like ad hoc cities but without the advantage of a government.

      Maybe this is all I am suggesting.

    5. Semen was here with a team to check on how it was going — well, seemed to be the assessment. “It’s effective,” she began, “it’s cost-effective, it’s faster” — more so than, say, shipping food to storage centers, transporting it to camp distribution centers and having people wait in line to pick up bland rations, as the W.F.P. does in some other countries.

      A liberal system within a welfare state. While this is a paradoxical, it makes sense to provide things which are impossible to create within the closed system. Refugees cannot compete in a global economy, but they can create a local economy. They lack the capital to start businesses, such as grocery stores which require buying all the goods first. How can the Turkish gov encourage entrepreneurialism? It could provide any venturing businessperson with basic business materials that cannot be acquired within the camp, like cash registers for all or—even cheaper—smartphones that can take payments, or actual material, like lumber, which cannot be found within either. The camp should become an economic refuge, an entrepreneurial sandbox of sorts: refugees can take their goods and services outside and they can go outside to buy, but they have the opportunity to engage in a smaller, more contained and likely cheaper economy within the fingerprint-sensored walls.

    6. But “in the future,” Semen said, “anywhere we can do this, we will.”

      Turkey is not only gaining gratitude and affinity from Syrians, but is setting itself up to be the model of camps worldwide, and thereby gain much wider favor.

    7. free treatment

      How do you transition to no longer offering every amenity for free? You cannot charge at first, but there is no need to work if everything is free. Perhaps these Turkish camps can explore the future of post-capitalist work, but probably the need for sustainability will press sooner or later. Probably the best way is to privatize the facilities to people in the camp (though I don't know how you decide to whom); Syrians working the laundry, transport, ... how does food work? ..., and once enough Syrians are working, will be more able to charge for their services. But what about that first Syrian doing laundry? No one has money to spend.

    8. Each of the camp’s sections has a leader, and Alito is the leader of the leaders (he was elected a year ago). He meets with his constituents when they have problems: fixing a damaged trailer or getting a pregnant woman to the hospital.

      Even internal governance!

    9. Gratitude for the host country pervades the camp.

      And this is the real agenda.

    10. Behind the laundry room is an activities center. One room has 10 enormous looms; the Turks provide cotton and weaving lessons. Another houses a sewing workshop — it was packed when I visited — and yet another functions as a beauty salon.

      Though it doesn't seem Turkey isn't trying. It seems to be trying to create an economy for the Syrians, just as Hassan Fathy tried in Gourna: with craft.

    11. The Turks may have built as good a refugee camp as it is possible to build. But a camp is still a camp. And if a camp becomes a shelter not just for a few months but for years, a substitute — even a deterrent — to a real solution, how much does it matter how nice it is?

      But is a camp just a camp? Can a camp be a real solution? If a camp is nice enough, if it is designed well enough, can it become a real solution? If the refugees find jobs and are working, if an economy develops enough that running the camp can be privatized to the camp, or sustained by internal taxes, hasn't the camp succeeded, and as more than a substitute. What if a camp became a neighborhood?

    12. of the 15.4 million refugees globally, most have been in camps for at least five years

      And where did I read that the average is eleven years?