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September 15, 2020

Autonomy Cube

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Invented by American artists and technologists Trevor Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum, the Autonomy Cube (above) is a WiFi hot spot with a difference: "[It] places relays for the anonymous communication network Tor in traditional art museums," such that once you link your phone to it, your phone, location, and activity are anonymized.

Once you connect, you can move through the museum totally untraced.

The Cube will be up and anonymizing at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh through March 2021.

Too bad you can't buy one: I'm thinking the artists would make a fortune.

It would be nice to have this technology built into our phones, but no doubt the NSA would have a back door before you could say Bob's your uncle.

[via the New York Times]

September 15, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

When you comment, ofttimes you'll hear directly from me via email

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It's one of the advantages of having a minor online presence: I can easily respond to each and every query.

Commenters will know that sometimes I do so within minutes of a comment being published on boj.

I like email: it's fast and I can answer a question and provide links and whatnot without encountering this:

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One thing: if you don't furnish an email in the comment field — or if you use a nonfunctional fake one — I won't be able to hit you back.

Just saying.

September 15, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Catch as Catch Can" —Francis Picabia

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Picabia (1879-1953) was one of the early major figures of the Dada movement; he was later briefly associated with Surrealism. 

Oil on canvas; 1913; 39.6"H x 32.1"W.

In the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

[via Belgian artist Harold Ancart who, in a New York Times interview, when asked "What is your favorite artwork by somebody else?," replied "There's a painting by Picabia: 'Catch as Catch Can' — it is so good, it's insane." The title of Picabia's painting reminds me of Jasper Johns' whimsically titled early works such as "Who Cares?," "Out the Window," "False Start," and "According to What?".] 

September 15, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Let's go eFoiling

Say what?

eFoil is short for electric hydrofoil surfboard.

From the New York Times: "Technology from smartphones, electric vehicles, and drones was used to create a remote-controlled board that could fly over the water without wind or waves."

And: "Roughly described as a cross between a surfboard and a Jet Ski, an eFoil can go as fast as 25 miles per hour and is powered by a battery, which lasts just 90 minutes."

More: "Brad Conway, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Station New York, said that his team had not seen many eFoils yet, but that they are basically simple boards was concerning. 'Once you are in the water, off your board, your head is the only thing showing above the water, like a coconut,' he said. 'You have someone going through on a speedboat or a Jet Ski, they aren't paying attention, which is very common, you could get run over.' And as for the batteries’ short lives: 'If you run out of battery and drift in front of a barge that can't stop,' he said, 'you might go under.'"

Watch and learn.

You can too!

Boards run about $12,000: Get yours here or here.

September 15, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: three-dimensional.

A variation: 

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September 15, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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