Floor 796

Just explore this incredible isometric pixel art world in your browser. Filled with tons of little details and references.

Linked on the 18th of November, 2022 Details

The Commordion.

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An 8-bit accordion made from two Commodore 64s and some floppy disks. It sounds amazing.

Added on the 22nd of October, 2022 Details

How civilization came to be and how social media is ending it.

An interesting theory on the Sapient Paradox, the question of why civilization came to be so late in the human species' evolution. We're about 200.000 years old but civilization is closer to 20.000.

The author posits that reputation/gossip control in small groups was the limiter to growth and that the structure of civilization helped dampen this need. However, social media has brought this "gossip trap" back on a worldwide level, risking a return to government by reputation.

I doubt things can be attributed to single causes like this but it's a compelling (and long) read.

Linked on the 3rd of October, 2022 Details

There’s a universal rule that smoke alarms will always start bleeping out their low battery warning in the middle of the night.

Noted on the 18th of September, 2022 Details

Tracking people on public cameras from a single instagram post.

Dries Depoorter built software to scan online public cameras and link them to geotagged instagram posts from the same location. Basically finding people from a single instagram photo and potentially tracking them across any public (or not) camera out there. Technically impressive, yet disturbing.

There was a video on the page too, but it seems to have been pulled due to a copyright claim from Earthcam who, I imagine, weren't very happy about their cameras being used for this.

Linked on the 14th of September, 2022 Details

You can't buy your way out of the collapse.

Douglas Rushkoff on the ultra-wealthy trying to figure out how the world will end (because of them) and how to dominate through it. Quite depressing, if unsurprising.

Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system, and asked: “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?” The event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, unstoppable virus, or malicious computer hack that takes everything down.
Linked on the 7th of September, 2022 Details