Modern Farmer | Who Can Stop These Adorable Pigs?.

Bet you didn’t know this:

Pig populations are nearing a million in the state of Florida, encroaching on urban areas and destroying an F-16 fighter plane in Jacksonville. Feral pigs are running (hog) wild in the streets of Berlin, with dedicated pig squads waging a losing battle to overtake them. They’ve become a fixture on the West Bank, after Israeli settlers, some say, released boars to destroy Palestinian croplands. There are even thousands of radioactive wild pigs wandering Europe, thanks to the tainted feeding grounds near Chernobyl.

A good read, with memorable phrases such as, “dolphins of the land,” “pig drones” and “pork chopper” (helicopters that hunt boar).

No clear solution in sight. Maybe the encroaching coyote and bear populations will even things out.

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BLDGBLOG: British Countryside Generator.

Nice write-up on Big Robot’s terrain generator. Lovely results.

Clearly, the potential of technology in architectural design is being realized just as fast in the world of video games, if not faster.

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Microsoft IllumiRoom is a coffee table projector designed for the next-generation Xbox | The Verge.

Still in R&D phase, but impressive. A Kinect maps your living room then a projector extends the video area of the game you’re playing. Nauseatingly immersive.

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Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Cute. They should make another one with a propeller, might get more juice out of it, especially in a high-rise.

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Growing plants that give off light:

Kickstarter Campaign To Create Glowing Plant Goes Viral – Singularity Labs FTW! | Singularity Hub.

Why stop there?

Cities Of The Future, Built By Drones, Bacteria, And 3-D Printers | Fast Co.

 

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This is interesting:

Using algorithms to find talented developers, rather than relying only on school name and work experience:

How Big Data Is Playing Recruiter for Specialized Workers – NYTimes.com.

Add that to this shadow industry:

Meet the Stalkers – The American Prospect

…and you arrive at the future possibility of algorithms tell you what you should do with your life, where you’re most likely to succeed, and get paid the most.

If all our lives are already being tracked and analyzed, down to the most personal and trivial details, why not do something good for society? Not everything has to be marketing.

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Prime Explorer.

A brilliant interactive visualization of primes with  mysteriously simplified introductory text.

A prime number is a number greater than one that cannot be divided evenly by any numbers except one and itself.

What we see here is the numbers from 1 to 62,500 laid out in order, where the prime numbers are bright squares and non-primes (“composites”) are dim squares.

As you can see, the grid looks a lot like an office building at night: seemingly random which windows are lit and which are dark. Yet there are columns free of primes — our first sign of order in the constellation of numbers.

The nature of numbers and the occurrence of primes is a central problem in a field of mathematics called “number theory”. Very smart people have been working very hard for a very long time–but the secret of prime numbers remains elusive. There is no efficient equation to generate every prime, or even to always generate a prime.

Info Aesthetics has more links on primes.

 

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Heineken WOBO, A Beer Bottle Brick For Building Eco-Homes.

Great idea circa 1963. Didn’t make it very far, though.

Another write-up here at Now I Know (a fun newsletter, by the way).

UPDATE: Andrew Mowbray makes building blocks out of gourds (shaped in acrylic molds)

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Horror in Architecture | ORO Editions.

Josh & Shing (aka Lekker Design) wrote a book! Looks fun. I’m going out on a limb saying it’s the first academic work to use the mullet as a theoretical construct.

 

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