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Big Brother’s watching you

By on Tuesday, 5th June 2007 at 11:22 pm

Hasan ElahiThis month’s Wired magazine carried a fascinating short article about Hasan Elahi, a Bangladeshi-born American who claims that the US government mistakenly listed him on its terrorist watch list.

To try and prove his innocence and lack of terrorist inclanations, the assistant visula arts professor at Rutgers took the decision to put his entire life online. From that day forward he posts everything he does and sees, every waking hour of the day online at Tracking Transience.

It’s a great idea and one I’m keen to explore more. I’m all for identity cards and everything like that as I think that if you have nothing to hide, then why worry? It can provide better means of IDing people, be it 15 year olds at a gig, or if your knocked over and they need to ID you on the way to hospital. I know that I’m very much in a minority with that opinion, but I’m quite willing to show that I have nothing to hide.

Photo from Poptech 2006’s flickr stream.


Random Aside #3

By on Wednesday, 18th April 2007 at 5:44 pm

This month’s Wired magazine bought to my attention the ingenius Cactus building in Rotterdam, pictured below. At first I thought it was, plain and simply, disgusting, but since then I’ve started liking it more and more, and see both the creativity, innovation and functionality of it: every floor gets a balcony, and sunlight, and the building looks different, yet not too ugly.

I think our architechts here in the UK could learn a thing of two from these guys who are willing to take a risk and cause strong opinions to be formed instead of just another “minimalist” design from Norman Foster and co.

Sources: UCX, Daily dose of Architecture



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