Sunday Morning 11 AM

I’m a true fan of visualizations of all kinds. But I still think plain audio should not be forgotten in our quest to understand and describe the world. Unfortunately most radio stations produce crap audio most or some of the time (drums as background to news, really?!). Luckily there is still music, and it’s easy to access nowadays, thanks to Spotify, Nokia Music etc. And some decent podcasts.

But how many people post their own audio online, compared to photos? Now FB for example seems not to even allow audio to be uploaded.

This specimen is collected using Zoom H2n on our porch. Tuula is knitting to the left, in the same direction as most birds are singing. To the front right some kids are kicking a football on the nearby small football field. The wind blows. One car passes by in the distance. And an airplane too. I’m sure you can hear the sun?


Capturing knowledge the Y Worlds way

I just discovered a puzzling and wonderful site, Y Worlds by the Y Worlds Cooperative. It seems linked in some way to the SpaceCollective, who’s blogs I follow. Visiting the sites you get a “Time of Aquarius”-feeling at first, but there is lots of very good stuff, packaged in a not-so-traditional way.

The Y Worlds blog presented a post today which is both insightful and hilarious despite the somewhat dry heading “Knowledge Mapping Project”. What about this description of knowledge mapping:

We are on the hunt.
Our prey is accurate, systemic, comprehensive knowledge.
We understand that such knowledge exists within the wild and untamed frontier.
We do not intend to harm knowledge. Rather, we would like to capture it, record it, study it, map it, and if possible, breed it to generate stronger and wiser offspring.

Various species of knowledge roam the earth. Well documented sightings are scattered and rare. Specific variants of knowledge are known to live at corporate and non-profit breeding grounds. Herds of knowledge have been found to frequently congregate at conferences and universities and research centers. They are attracted to watering holes. And much of the population of knowledge roam the earth relatively alone and unrecorded.

For a previous researcher in professional, practical knowledge this humorously written approach describes very well the need for a respectful, ethical way of handling the delicate knowledge you find in the wild.

There is lots to explore at the web sites, what about this, under the rubric “Objectives”:

The urgency of GeoDesign

One of the powers of GeoDesign is it makes these problems visual. They are easier to ignore when they are abstractions. Because we have been designing the world without data-rich knowledge of consequences, we’ve created a situation where we’ve made ourselves vulnerable as a species, which to me gives urgency to GeoDesign. This is something we don’t have a lot of time to develop.

Thomas Fisher