“ Literarily, a “Treehouse” “ // Benedikt Eroness


Ken Reid’s “World Wide Weirdies” magazine cartoons, c. 1970s


Gerard K O'Neill design from the 1970s for a space station colony — 2 cylinders rotate in opposite directions to provide artificial gravity and keep the station aimed at the sun. A similar colony appears at the end of Interstellar (2014). More here: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/space-colony-art-from-the-1970s

(via (6) Post | LinkedIn) Zitten we met de Chrononauten misschien rechtsboven in Giorgio Orsucci’s diagram van de verschillende toekomstdisciplines?

Hieronder zijn eigen toelichting (via Linkedin)

Design helps craft products and services, sleek new buildings, smooth digital experiences, hip brands. Design-led companies are proven to outperform their peers. Design agencies, creative studios, and brand consultancies count in the millions.

“Design Thinking” has further expanded the role of Design to the business world, unlocking a wave of design-savvy, human-centred innovation.

Design is now growing as a tool to craft Systems and Futures too: design, broadly speaking, is being used to manage complexities (e.g. to design new transportation systems), create positive incentive systems (e.g. through policy design), or ideate whole new systems to ultimately improve human life (e.g. economic paradigms, urban design, sustainable transition).

However, there are many “walls” that hinder the use of design methodologies in systemic and future-studies domains — for example:

1. “Coordination Wall” — Designing future systems requires coordination among multiple stakeholders, both from the private and public sectors, and it involves an exceptional level of complexity. Easier for a national railway to innovate, than for a country to lead mobility innovation across all mobility solutions, for both passengers and freight, with present and future technologies, societal trends, and cascading effects in mind.

2. “Future Wall” — Long-term plans are hard to sell, particularly within time-constrained democratic systems or shareholders, bounded by limited long-term incentives, and proving their impact can be difficult.

The combo of both walls is a deadly mix for visionary, long-term, societal innovation projects. As a result, design is often seen as a cosmetic layer to spread on products and services, rather than a fundamental component of systemic paradigms and long-term incentive systems.

And yet, with higher global complexities and interconnectedness, is systemic long-term design becoming increasingly important? If yes, how to “breach” these walls?


My cartoon for the latest issue of New Scientist.

Fact follow fiction, for better or worse. 


Garden boat by planeteus.585


Homo Nobilis / Middeleeuwen
Alchohol geeft overmoedigheid (Glorie)

Homo Economicus / Moderniteit
Caffeïne geeft focus en concentratie (Nut)

Homo Romanticus / Gewortelde Tijd
Psychedelics geven zin/betekenisgeving (Beroering)

In Caffeine: How coffee and tea created the modern world, Pollan calls caffeine “the most-used drug in the world”—one we give our children in the form of soda and consume ourselves in multiple daily doses of tea or coffee. Caffeine, it turns out, has changed the course of human history: Pollan’s reporting explores how caffeine has won and lost wars, changed politics, and dominated economies. He asserts, with the support of voluminous research, that the Industrial Revolution would have been impossible without it. The science behind caffeine addiction forms the fascinating backdrop to this definitive look at an insidious drug that hides in plain sight. With his wide-ranging talent to entertain, inform, and perform, Michael Pollan’s Caffeine is essential listening in a world where an estimated two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day.



Threads Round Up

First thoughts about Threads - Ben Werd

Because the goal is, in effect, to grow a bigger pie for this kind of service, I think Meta would be wise to think about how to help build an ecosystem of interoperable tools and services. Assuming Threads takes off, ActivityPub will be the way social networks interoperate for at least the next decade and the majority of ActivityPub profiles will be Meta-hosted.

Meta unspools Threads - Casey Newton

Threads will also let you follow discussions on Mastodon and potentially other services that adopt ActivityPub. Tumblr and WordPress, which share a parent company, have both said they will support publishing on the protocol. In a year or two, then, you might read WordPress blog posts in Threads — or read Threads posts in your favorite Mastodon client.

It’s an almost unthinkable reversal from Meta’s extremely lucrative walled-garden strategy

Threads - John Gruber

ActivityPub federation isn’t supported yet but is forthcoming. Instagram chief Adam Mosseri posted:

We’re committed to building support for ActivityPub, the protocol behind Mastodon, into this app. We weren’t able to finish it for launch given a number of complications that come along with a decentralized network, but it’s coming.If you’re wondering why this matters, here’s a reason: you may one day end up leaving Threads, or, hopefully not, end up de-platformed. If that ever happens, you should be able to take your audience with you to another server. Being open can enable that.

Interesting (and much needed) turn of events. 🤞 that Meta will actually really embrace Activity Pub and the open protocols approach.



Respyre has developed  an innovative –patent pending– bioreceptive concrete solution. These characteristics create the perfect setting for moss to thrive on.

Moss is incredibly well suited for green facades as moss has rhizoids instead of roots. Rhizoids are nondestructive, they mainly function as an adhesive, leaving the facade in perfect condition where roots are very invasive and demand a lot from the substance they grow from.  Our bio-receptive concrete creates a substrate that suit the rhizoids wishes perfectly. 

So, what do we mean with bioreceptivity? Something is bioreceptive when it has it’s arms open for nature to settle with it. In our case, the concrete invites mosses and algae to  live and grow on it. It is receptive to biodiversity… ;). 



Slime mold grows differently depending on the music playing.

In fact, he thinks electrical signaling is pervasive in nature; it is not limited to neurons. Recently, Levin and colleagues found that some diseases might be cured by retraining the gene and protein networks as one might train a neural network.


An intertidal habitat for marine life constructed by the company Living Seawalls

Seawalls are causing intertidal habitats to vanish as ocean levels increase. But eco-entrepreneurs say artificial rockpools and crevices can save wildlife

“Species that inhabit the intertidal zone have evolved to live in that environment,” said Pip Moore, a professor of marine science at Newcastle University. These animals find the world’s rising temperatures very stressful, she says. “Lots of organisms use the natural heterogeneity in the rocky shore to hide away from those stresses – [but] a seawall or even a “riprap” boulder don’t have that complexity of habitat.”

Exactly how badly coastal wildlife is affected by coastal squeeze is not entirely clear, but scientists have found that structures such as Artecology’s Vertipools (above) show a “significantly greater” species richness when compared with a normal seawall after five years. One Bournemouth University team found species of crab, fish and periwinkle living in them that had been absent before.

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