5 Intriguing Things: Friday, 1/31

Microsofty tweets, a FAT Manual, stock-option funny business, academic torrents, and a most excellent typewriter-art ad.

1. Five of Satya Nadella's 25 tweets. He's expected to be named Microsoft's new CEO any minute now. 

"HTML5 - what fun!

Bing on Yahoo!

Bing IT On!

azuring away today!

machine learning!"

 

2. The F.A.T. Manual is a compilation of five years of open source art projects designed to be torn apart, re-used, reassembled.

"In more than five years of activity, the Free Art and Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab) produced an impressive series of projects, all developed with open source software, shared online and documented in a way that allows everybody to copy, improve, abuse or simply use them. This approach situates F.A.T. Lab in a long tradition of DIY, processual, sharable artistic practices based on instructionals, and reveals a democratic idea of art where Fluxus scores meet hacker culture (and rap music).

Featuring texts by Régine Debatty, Evan Roth, Domenico Quaranta, Geraldine Juárez and Randy Sarafan, The F.A.T. Manual is a selection of more that 100 projects, done in the belief that printing these bits on paper will allow them to spread in a different way, infiltrate other contexts, and germinate. An archive, a catalogue, a user manual and a software handbook documenting five years of thug life, pop culture and research and development."

+ E.g. Evan Roth's 2007 project: "Hip-Hop Pop-Ups is an online mp3 player that pops up the websites of Kanye West’s favorite brands in real time as he raps them."
 

3. A startup is trying to get around the standard stock-option rules.

"The company, Equidate, which opened its doors on Thursday, says it will allow start-up employees to sell the rights to the economic upside (or downside) of their shares, without actually transferring ownership of the shares. In other words, in exchange for a shot of cash, the employee would agree to forfeit any gains in a future initial public offering. (The employee would retain the voting rights of a shareholder.)

The idea is sure to provoke skepticism from start-ups and their legal teams, which take pains to limit the universe of owners of their stock. Start-ups have clamped down on secondary transactions in recent years, forcing companies like SecondMarket and SharesPost — two pioneers of secondary markets in private stock — to alter their business models. Equidate hopes to get around these restrictions by simulating the financial effects of a sale of shares without a sale actually taking place."

 

4. Academic Torrents places research datasets into a decentralized distribution network.

"A robust distributed replication design allows libraries to utilize this system as their backbone. Providing fault tolerant hosting of curated data for a university, research lab, or home library. When libraries have data on-site, bandwidth and time are saved. Also, this system can be used as the foundation of a new open-access publishing system where libraries manage data instead of licenses for external data sources.

The academic torrents network is built for researchers, by researchers. Its distributed peer-to-peer library system automatically replicates your datasets on many servers, so you don't have to worry about managing your own servers or file availability. Everyone who has data becomes a mirror for those data so the system is fault-tolerant."

 

5. A typewriter art ad that ran in the New York Times on Sunday, March 20, 1881

This would make it the oldest extant piece of typewriter art that I've come across. Also, the process involved more than a typewriter.

 

Thanks Jacob

 

Today's 1957 English Usage Tip:

analyse is the standard Brit. spelling, analyze, US; Americans may take comfort in the fact that the -yze ending was accepted by Johnson and according to OED is 'historically defensible.'

 

Subscribe to 5 Intriguing Things

Azuring Away Everyday

 

Presented by

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Technology

Just In