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Paleolithic Nostalgia

Why do we long for a time when the average life span was 22 and everyone was wracked by tuberculosis?

This was the problem I had with Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens (and to a lesser extent with Rutger Bregman’s Humankind):

Paleolithic peoples, so the tale goes, spent most of Tuesday strolling under Baobab trees, running their hands through the long elephant grass, and breathing in the sweet dust of the open Savannah. On Wednesdays they carefully chipped away the edges of Levallois blades, swept dust out of the home cave, and snacked on freshly gathered almonds. On Thursdays they gathered into small bands – a hand-picked selection of the finest endurance runners this side of Nairobi – tracked down an elephant, and sprinted after it barefoot for nine hours until the creature – dehydrated, exhausted, and unable to sweat out the excess heat – crumpled into a violently sad face-plant in the hot, gritty sand. Our strapping, supple ancestors jogged to a halt beside it, barely out of breath, to carve up its flesh and bring home the elephant bacon. Later that evening they would break their 36 hour intermittent fast, retire to the lake, and engage in polyamorous affairs.

Connected Copies, Part Two | Hapgood

A really good explanation of how a peer-to-peer model for the web would differ from the current location-centric approach.

What really interests me is the idea of having both models co-exist.

You just have to think about the ways in which our location-centrism is contributing to the problems we are hitting, from the rise of Facebook, to the lack of findability of OER, to the Wikipedia Edit Wars.

The West Pier, Brighton England on Vimeo

For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Renowned for its wonderful architectural style, it has been visited and enjoyed by millions. Even today with its sculptural remains casting an eerie beauty over the seafront, the West Pier is still the most photographed building in Brighton.

N’existe Pas by Bruce Sterling on The Dissident Blog

A short story set in a science-fictional future that just happens to be our present.

Cute Roulette: Cutest videos on the web

Kittens, puppies, and other baby animals on continuous rotation.

Home - LOCKSS

Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe — a digital preservation initiative based at Stanford.

hipster puppies

Oh yeah; hipster puppies: I remember seeing them before they sold out.

Erik Spiekermann | design mind

Erik Spiekermann expounding on the beauty – and the difficulty – of designing numbers.

SpiekermannPartners › Le Monde Diplomatique

The newly-launched redesign of Le Monde Diplomatique is absolutely gorgeous. Whitespace on a newspaper: finally!

Message in a Bottle Server: Brighton UK

Type a message into a textarea. It will be printed, placed in a bottle and thrown off Brighton Pier. You can even choose the bottle.

Pie Chart (JavaScript edition)

Dmitry built an incredibly cool JavaScript pie chart. It also integrates with Flickr using Ajax to do a Flickr version of googlefight. Great stuff!

Istd - Kern up the Volume

Erik Spiekermann is speaking in London at the start of November. For just £15, this event looks like great value.