How citizenship-for-sale and statelessness change cities

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James Bridle (previously) is the latest contributor to The Atlantic’s excellent series on the future of cities (Bruce Sterling, Molly Sauter, Adam Greenfield); in a new piece, Greenfield discusses the phenomenon of “virtual citizenship,” and how it affects cities that are either turned into dumping-grounds for inconvenient poor people, or rootless, tax-dodging one-percenters.
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Simone “Shitty Robots” Giertz hunts a robot and eats its tofu

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Simone Giertz is the beloved creator of a series of Shitty Robots, and now she’s working at longer lengths, having created hilariously profane, shitty-robot-themed show about vegetarianism and robots, which culminates in the construction, stalking, killing and eating of a tofu-impregnated robot that she and Adam Savage built. It’s pretty much perfect. (via Beyond the Beyond)

My short story about better cities, where networks give us the freedom to schedule our lives to avoid heat-waves and traffic jams

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I was lucky enough to be invited to submit a piece to Ian Bogost’s Atlantic series on the future of cities (previously: James Bridle, Bruce Sterling, Molly Sauter, Adam Greenfield); I told Ian I wanted to build on my 2017 Locus column about using networks to allow us to coordinate our work and play in a way that maximized our freedom, so that we could work outdoors on nice days, or commute when the traffic was light, or just throw an impromptu block party when the neighborhood needed a break.
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Repairs You Can Print Contest: Meet the Winners

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Six weeks ago, we asked you to show us your best 3D printed repairs for a chance to win $100 in Tindie credit and other prizes. You answered the call with fixes for everything from the stuff everyone has, like zippers and remotes, to the more obscure stuff, like amazing microscopes scavenged from dumpsters.

It was hard to whittle down the entries we received into the top 20 because you came up with so many awesome fixes. A few of them had us thinking hard about the definition of repair, but are brilliant in their own way.

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Come see The Vergecast Live at SXSW on March 9th!

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Will you be in Austin on March 9th? Because South by Southwest will be starting right around then, we’ll be taping a live episode of The Vergecast, and, hey, you should come and be part of our audience. Nilay, Dieter, Ashley, and Casey will go onstage and crack jokes about technology and also probably brand activations.

We may or may not do something dangerous with a drone (though leaning toward “not” now that I’m writing this sentence). Doors open at 11AM CT and the show will start at noon. I’m told by knowledgeable people that the first 100 guests will get a free Verge T-shirt.

It’s happening at The Belmont (305 W 6th St), a whole darn building that Vox Media will set up for events, kicking off with our podcast and continuing with…

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This stylish e-bike comes with a solar-powered battery pack

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Electric bikes are a dime a dozen these days, but a new one from Copenhagen-based startup Kvaern has two things that stand out: a unique compact style and a solar-powered battery pack for charging.

The €999 ($1,200) Kvaern bike is pedal-assist (meaning you still have to do some work) and uses a 250W motor that’s built into the frame to get up to 15 miles per hour in just a few seconds, according to the company. An integrated battery is good enough for about 30 miles of range, which also pops out for easy charging.

If you want to go all in on that green e-bike lifestyle, though, Kvaern is also selling a 360wH battery and solar panel combo for €449 ($548), so you can power the bike with nothing but sunlight.

Kvaern is…

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Facebook Watch to live-stream ‘The Oscars: All Access’

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 Awards season might be coming to a close, but there is still one awards show left, and it’s a big one. The Academy Awards airs Sunday, March 4. The awards show will air live on ABC, but Facebook users will also have the ability to tune in to “The Oscars: All Access” via Facebook Watch. The Academy’s show page, ABC Television Network’s Facebook page, Oscar.com… Read More

A list of all 8 fonts used on the Srirachi bottle label

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Fonts in Use took a stab at identifying all of the fonts used in the Srirachi bottle label, which breaks all design rules but still looks awesome.

Both the packaging and contents of t??ng ?t sriracha hot chili sauce bottles from Huy Fong Foods, Inc. have become condiment icons in recent decades. Sometimes referred to as “rooster sauce” because of the rooster on its label (the illustrator of which is unknown), the chili sauce features a chaotic jumble of elements on its packaging in multiple writing systems.

The most prominent Latin text elements are rendered in a variety of informal script typefaces released by American Type Founders in the 20th century, namely Balloon and its shaded counterpart, Balloon Drop Shadow, as well as Brody. Smaller text on the back of the bottle is set in Impress and Tekton.

Unfortunately my skills with recognizing fonts for Chinese text aren’t good enough to identify those used on the label. Any insight is welcome.

[via Kottke]

Image by Guilhem Vellut from Paris, France – Song Huong @ Paris, CC BY 2.0, Link

As a boy, Ronald Clark literally lived in a New York Public Library

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In the 1940s, Ronald Clark’s father was a custodian at the New York Public Library’s Washington Heights Branch. That meant he and his family lived in an apartment in the library. Here’s an animated StoryCorps video about Clark’s childhood in “The Temple of Knowledge” and “creeping down to the stacks in the middle of the night when curiosity gripped him.”

Twitter is rolling out Bookmarks to all users today

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Twitter is globally launching its Bookmarks feature today, giving users a new way of saving tweets they like and might want to revisit. Before, this could be done by liking a tweet, but now you can save them without tapping the heart and directly engaging with a tweet. Another difference is that with Bookmarks, only you know you’ve saved something; the other user doesn’t.

To bookmark something, you tap or click the new share icon beneath a tweet. (The new icon is where the DM icon was previously.) Alongside the official debut of Bookmarks, Twitter is using this update to move several sharing options to one place. You can share a tweet via direct message, share it elsewhere outside of Twitter, or bookmark it. Your Bookmarks are…

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Overwatch’s newest hero is an armor-clad engineer named Brigitte

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After a few days of teasing, Blizzard has finally revealed the next hero to join the ever-growing roster of its colorful team shooter Overwatch: an armor-clad support character name Brigitte. In the fiction of Overwatch, Brigitte is the daughter of the mechanically inclined hero Torbjorn, and an apprentice to Reinhardt. Blizzard has been hinting at the reveal for a few days through some cryptic clues, including a letter penned by Torbjörn, and several pieces of art for what appeared to be blueprints for the new character’s weapon and shield.

Here’s how Blizzard describes her:

The daughter of weapons designer, Torbjörn Lindholm, Brigitte was the first of his children to show an interest in mechanical engineering. Brigitte spent much of…

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This smartwatch can project a tiny dancing man onto your hand

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The nice thing about smartwatches is that they put information right on your wrist so it’s easy to check. But what if that information was even more visible? What if that information was right on the back of your hand?

That question, I can only assume, is what led to the creation of Haier’s Asu watch, an enormous smartwatch with a built-in projector. The projector allows the watch to display information on the back of your hand, essentially serving as a second screen.

Haier uses the projection to provide additional information. So when you’re running, the projection will display distance, time, and progress toward fitness goals, while the watch screen will have controls to pause and finish your workout. The projection actually supports…

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Haier jammed a tiny projector into a smartwatch for some reason

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 Sure wearables have been having a tough go of it lately, but maybe the problem is just a general lack of tiny projectors jammed into the products. It’s an idea a few folks have flirted with in the past, and it’s one the folks at Haier are ready to deliver in the future. The Asu is a gigantic new smartwatch from the company that regularly brings you things like transparent and… Read More

Elfquest concludes 40-year run

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Elfquest, one of the first breakout indie comics of the 1970s, is ending its 40-year-run with today’s issue. There’s a farewell signing with creators Wendy and Richard Pini tonight at Things From Another World in Portland — if you can make it, tell them hi from me!

There’ll be more Elfquest in future, the Pinis say, but this wraps up the tale for their towheaded Wolfrider chief Cutter and his family.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 14, 2018) — All good things must come to an end. Today, Dark Horse Comics is both proud and sad to announce the end of “ElfQuest: The Final Quest.” After 40 years of genre bending and award-winning content, Wendy and Richard Pini are stepping away from their beloved series to take a well-deserved break and to focus on other projects and ventures.

“How simple, like the closing of a door, a 40-year labor of love comes to the conclusion we ordained so long ago,” explained artist Wendy Pini. “Richard and I can barely express our joy at the love we’re receiving from fans around the world. We return that love and look forward to our continued association with Dark Horse. Nothing’s more fun for us than being the guiding hands behind other creators’ interpretations of the elves.”

“I’ve followed ElfQuest since it’s very first publication. It took me several decades to finally bring Richard and Wendy’s wonderful creation to Dark Horse, and we’re proud they’ve chosen us to present the final chapters of their epic story,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse president and founder. “As a publisher, I couldn’t find better people to work with. As a fan, I couldn’t be more honored.”

A number of interviews sprang up this week but those with The Hollywood Reporter and SyFy are best. Both contain spoilers!

Previously at Boing Boing:

The Secret History

The Original Legacy of Elfquest

All 6500 pages of Elfquest online

Friendly darkness in the palace of utopian fantasy

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