Are you a conscious chooser? How your decisions can shape the internet’s ethics

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Tech is no longer just about convenience – it’s about principles. The Cambridge Analytica scandal and the introduction of GDPR are forcing companies to be more transparent about the data they collect from us and how they use it – but is that enough?

Mozilla, creator of Firefox, says that real change has to come from within the industry itself. Tech companies have to want to work differently, and as a users, you have the power to vote with your logins.

Mary Ellen Muckerman, VP of product strategy and services, calls these people ‘conscious choosers’ – the type of people who vote, read labels and are active in their local communities. These people see the companies they use as a badge that represents their values.

Staying in control online

“We did research in the US and Germany and Brazil, and what we found is there is this cohort of people out there who they represent roughly 20 to 25 percent of all internet users,” Muckerman told TechRadar.

“These people understand that they can vote with their wallet in the real world – they are more likely to boycott something, for instance – but they were a bit stymied when it came to exercising that same type of impact and control in the online world.”

The future looks promising for all us us who care about privacy and security

Mary Ellen Muckerman

That’s changing, she believes, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed that people are now realizing that the choices they make online can have a tangible impact.

“You see a lot of different polls coming through in terms of how many people actually took an action as it relates to their Facebook behavior,” said Muckerman. “That’s about 20 to 25% of Facebook users, so that’s a nice correlation with the population we found to be conscious choosers.

“That’s a sizeable number of people. This group generally correlates to the millennial population as well. We think that the future looks quite promising for all of us who care about privacy and security, and care really about being able to be in control of the decisions that we make online.”

Farcical consent

The 25% of users pushing for change – the conscious choosers – are fighting against a status quo that distances them from their own data.

“Technology companies haven’t been doing what’s in the best interest of people,” said Mozilla’s chief marketing officer Jascha Kaykas-Wolff. “There’s an expectation that they’re this strange hybrid of a robot and a lawyer. What technology companies do as businesses has so many different applications, the only way that an individual can understand that is to have legal expertise and robotic stamina to be able to read through it. With thousands of words on hundreds of pages to hit the terms of a service agreement, it’s a kind of farcical consent.”

That farcical consent was highlighted neatly at a recent art exhibition – the Glass Room, curated by Tactical Tech and presented by Mozilla. The show offered dozens of striking visualizations of the way companies use and share our personal data, and just how far their reach extends.

Alphabet Empire 3, La Loma & Tactical Tech. Exhibits at the Glass Room highlight how data is used and shared; this map illustrates all the connections between companies owned by Alphabet

One exhibit showed a man reading the full terms and conditions for Amazon’s Kindle service aloud – a process that took over eight hours, and was still going when the exhibition closed for the day. Yes, all the data is there, but it’s totally unrealistic to expect users to read and comprehend it all before agreeing.

“We’ve been investing in things like the Glass Room and making sure that there’s a kind of an easier entry into understanding how companies interact with us,” said Kaykas-Wolff. We think that’s important, and we think more organizations need to be taking a similar stand.”

Leading by example

While legislation like GDPR is forcing companies operating in the EU to take a long, hard look at how they handle their users’ data, Kaykas-Wolff believes the best approach is for tech organizations to take the lead rather than waiting for their hand to be forced.

“Change is gonna come in three different ways,” he said. “It’s gonna come from organizations stepping up and saying ‘I recognize that I’m not contributing to this ecosystem in a way that helps it be healthy over time’; it could potentially come from individuals saying ‘I’m not okay with what’s going on with my information’ and they’re gonna force a change by voting with their wallet; or it can come from Brussels, from the UK, or from DC.

“GDPR is important overall, in that it puts individuals back in control and there are punitive damages if organizations don’t uphold what the law states, but GDPR is only about a specific region. Our opinion is that every company that’s interacting with people’s data needs to treat people the same way, which is putting them in control in any country that they’re in and when we think about the implications for GDPR for Mozilla in particular.”

The Glass Room © David Mirzoeff 2017 – the concept of the Glass Room is transparency, which Kaykas-Wolff believes will soon become a requirement for tech businesses to succeed

Kaykas-Wolff says putting users in control has always been one of Mozilla’s key principles – and it’s the same all over the world. He gives the example of sponsored posts in Pocket – a service that lets users bookmark articles to read later, and suggests other posts that they might enjoy. Pocket suggestions appear when you open a new tab in Firefox, and as of Firefox 60, these can include the occasional sponsored post – or ad.

Hey, we’re gonna participate in this business model of the internet. It’s OK, but here’s a better way to approach it if you care about individuals having control of their data

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff

“There’s nothing wrong with advertising,” he said, “but the approach for advertising I think has gotten a bit out of control. When any of us choose to go anywhere on the internet, what’s happening right now is that our information is being kind of sucked up – hoovered up for lack of a better term – and advertising companies are trying to figure out how to create that magic growth equation so that they can sell the most expensive ads and get them in front of you. The problem with that is that all of our information is being sucked up into the cloud, and then we don’t have control over any more.

“Our approach is vastly different than that that the data doesn’t get sent to Mozilla. It happens entirely inside of the desktop browser or the mobile browser, and what’s really important is that as an individual who chooses to use Firefox, you can actually turn that on and off. So we’re basically saying, ‘Hey, we’re gonna participate in this business model of the internet. It’s OK, but here’s a better way to approach it if you care about individuals having control of their data.’”

Whether you choose to use Firefox and Mozilla’s other tools or not, the choices you make could represent a tipping point for the tech industry. As the number of conscious choosers increases, companies will no longer be able to sacrifice transparency in the name of convenience.

“I’d forecast that a decade from now [transparency] is going to be the requirement for an organization to be successful,” said Kaykas-Wolff. “This is the evolution of the way the businesses need to operate and we’re just now starting to see the front end of it this is the beginning of a trend I think is here to stay.”

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What I’m reading: Newgate Communications CEO and Porta co-CEO Emma Kane on the book that changed the direction of her career

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As chief executive of Newgate Communications, co-CEO of Porta Communications, chair of Target Ovarian Cancer and chair of the Barbican Centre Trust, Emma Kane has an impressive roster of titles.

City A.M. spoke to Kane about the book she’s reading, what’s on her reading list for this summer and the book she was given as a gift that changed the trajectory of her career.

What book are you currently reading?

Damaged Goods by Oliver Shah. A very well written book that gives an insight into what happens when relationships and trust break down. It is a fascinating read although I feel there are many more chapters as yet unwritten.

What was the last book you read?

Sapiens, a Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari – this captivating book provides great insight into how we came to be who we are.

Do you have any books lined up for holiday reading this summer?

As chair of Target Ovarian Cancer, I am looking forward to reading Ursula Martin’s book One Woman Walks Wales, her astounding reaction to a life-changing moment when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and walked 3,700 miles… For late summer, it will be ‘Reading Between the Lines: What Your Handwriting Says About You by Emma Bache. Her book is out in September and, having used her skills in my business life, I will be fascinated to read more from one of the most perceptive, talented and hilarious women I know. I had the pleasure of listening to Jeff Immelt speak at the Global Financial Leaders Conference 2017 in Naples, Florida. I admired his boldness of turning up on the day that GE was under fire – I was given a copy of his book The New GE Way: Innovation, Transformation and Winning in the 21st Century by David Magee and hope that it will be fascinating too. And then there will be several books in my suitcase by Stefan Zweig who I am obsessed with. I may be being ambitious because it will be our first holiday with our two grandchildren, both under one year of age, but if there’s time, I’d love to reread ‘The Glass Room’ by Simon Mawer.

What’s the best book you’ve read in the past five years?

How to Own the World: A Plain English Guide to Thinking Globally and Investing Wisely by Andrew Craig – I have read so many books and guides to finance over the years and this is without doubt the best. I bought a copy for each of our five children – so far two of them have read it and have put its wise words into action.

When do you tend to read?

I also read a lot in my role as chair of the Barbican Centre Trust such as Antigone by Sophocles or The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. Weekday night time reading tends to be copious amounts of poetry – currently it’s Let them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest although I read it very softly so I don’t drive my husband crazy as it is meant to be read out loud!

What genre of books do you enjoy reading most and why?

Anything that gives an insight into the way someone else thinks and can inspire me to tackle an issue or embrace an opportunity in a more effective and creative way (or avoid making specific mistakes). I think it would be non-fiction though.

How many books would you say you read in a year?

Around 35 read ‘properly’, many more are skimmed.

Is there a book (or books) that have influenced your career?

Dine Out & Lose Weight by Michel Montignac – not because it is a great read (the spine remains intact) but because it was an unwanted gift from the chairman of somewhere I worked… he left it on my desk with the charming inscription – “pile on the profits, not the pounds”. It was the defining point of my career – the moment I decided to take my destiny into my own hands and start my own agency.

What book have you not read that you feel you should?

Our eldest, Dr Ben Rosenblatt, is the lead performance coach of the England football team. In 2014 he completed his PhD on “A biomechanical analysis of the principles of training in strength and conditioning for sprinting”…

What book, fiction or non-fiction, do you most wish you’d written?

It would either be Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable which has been in existence since 1870 and is full of wit and wisdom, culture, myth and legend… or perhaps the Harry Potter series because then I would be JK Rowling, a totally inspirational, talented woman and phenomenal philanthropist.

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The Center for Humane Technology Doesn’t Want Your Attention

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There has been a steady stream of articles about and by “reformed techies” who are coming to terms with the Silicon Valley ‘Frankenstein‘ they’ve spawned. Regret is transformed into something more Missionary with the recently launched Center for Humane Technology.

In this post I want to focus on how the Center has constructed what they perceive as a with the digital ecosystem: the attention economy and our addiction to it. I question how they’ve constructed the problem in terms of individual behavior, and design, rather than structural failures and gaps; and the challenges in disconnection from the attention economy. However, I end my questioning with an invitation to them to engage with organisations and networks who are already working on addressing problems with the attention economy.

Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya, early Facebook investors and developers, are worried about the platform’s effects on society.

The Center for Humane Technology identifies social media – the drivers of the attention economy – and the dark arts of persuasion, or UX, as culprits in the weakening of democracy, children’s well-being, mental health and social relations. Led by Tristan Harris, aka “the conscience of silicon valley”, the Center wants to disrupt how we use tech, and get us off all the platforms and tools most of them worked to get us on in the first place. They define the problem as follows:

Snapchat turns conversations into streaks, redefining how our children measure friendship. Instagram glorifies the picture-perfect life, eroding our self worth. Facebook segregates us into echo chambers, fragmenting our communities. YouTube autoplays the next video within seconds, even if it eats into our sleep. These are not neutral products. They are part of a system designed to addict us.”

Pushing lies directly to specific zip codes, races, or religions. Finding people who are already prone to conspiracies or racism, and automatically reaching similar users with “Lookalike” targeting. Delivering messages timed to prey on us when we are most emotionally vulnerable (e.g., Facebook found depressed teens buy more makeup). Creating millions of fake accounts and bots impersonating real people with real-sounding names and photos, fooling millions with the false impression of consensus.”

What the Center identifies as the ‘monetization of attention’ is, actually, the extraction of personal data. (Curiously, they do not use the phrase ‘big data’, or ‘your personal data’ anywhere in their website text.) This attention (or, personal data) is extracted from our digital and analog behavior and then is used to profile and target us to sell us lies, misinformation, or worsen our depression by showing us advertising for make-up. And we are targeted even when we aren’t paying attention at all, like when we are walking down a street with mobile phones in our handbags. Information about us is being extracted to identify and profile us almost all the time because it is profitable. How will the harmful effects of attention be arrested without a challenge to the monetization itself, and the values that sustain it?

It isn’t just about attention, however, and this is a fallacy I think is important to address. Your attention is valuable only because it is associated with an identity that exists in multiple (psycho)geographies  – financial, cartographic, intimate, socio-cultural, linguistic, religious, gendered, racialised -at the same time. These identities, and the attention that animates them, pop up across different devices, platforms, services and networks making it identifiable and knowable, and thus easy to sell things to. Think of your identity as electric cables and wires, and attention as electricity that runs along the outside of, rather than in or through, these wires.

Trying to change your digital behaviour is difficult and complicated because of how our political and personal expression, relationships of care, work and intimacy, maintenance of these relationships, and self expression, are all bound up in a narrow set of platforms and devices. Disconnecting from the attention economy is more like a series of trade-offs and negotiations with yourself; like a constant, personal algebra of maintenance, making digital choices, managing information flows across different activities and services; and some baseline, basic digital hygiene.

You can never really ‘arrive’ at a place of perfect disconnection because of how perniciously deep these tools and devices go; but there is something aspirational and athletic about it all, and in this sense disconnection from the attention economy really is a practice. I know this because I’ve consciously practiced this disconnection for some years because of where I worked. (I practice less now because my work has changed, but I am still conservative about what kinds of attention I give different platforms and services.)

Because of this work I’ve been part of communities where it is entirely normal to never know some of your work friends on social media, or to refer to people by their online handles rather than their actual given names.  Many of us who practice disconnection from the big data attention economy use open source tools that are usually ugly because they don’t try to grab your attention (there is little investment in UX ) but deliver a service, and we compartmentalize digital practices across different devices, identities, services and platforms. We may use social media but selectively, and we don’t necessarily connect all of them with our actual identities.

It is entirely possible to live a Google-free life for example, as some of my ex colleagues and friends do, but you make peace with the trade-offs, and adjust your life accordingly.  It’s like people who don’t drink Coca Cola, or are vegetarian but not on the weekends, or would rather cycle than take transatlantic flights. An interesting point about Coca Cola: in Berlin we have Afri-Cola, and Fritz Cola (caffeinated and not; with and without sugar) as alternatives to Coca Cola, which is also available in its many flavors. In some places there are structurally-afforded opportunities to be more flexible and make a wider range of choices.

Yet, the Center for Humane Technology constructs the problem as one of individual attention. And while they acknowledge the importance of lobbying Congress and hardware companies (Apple and Microsoft will set us free as if they don’t lock us into digital ecosystems and vie for our attention?), they emphasize a focus on individual action be that of tech workers, or users. By invoking ‘addiction’ they see the problem as being about individual attention, and eventually, individual salvation.

The absence of a structural critique is evident in the deterministic approach to fixing complex social problems such as children’s well being, or democracy by fixing technology design and UX. According to the Center, if you resist UX by turning your attention away, you can start to make a change by hitting the tech business where it hurts. And if tech businesses cease to get our attention, then democracy, social relations, mental health and children’s well-being might be salvaged.  Frankly this accrues more power to UX and Design itself; and creates a sort of hallowed epistemology flowing from Design.

The assumption is that these social conditions and relationships somehow did not exist before social media, or have changed in the past ten years because of UX and its seductions. I believe this is both not-true, and also true. We do engage in politics and democracy through our devices and social media, and we do see the weakening of existing values and notions of governance. This is not uniformly the case, nor even, around the world. There are muddied tracks around the bodies of these relationships.

Democracy as a design problem is not new. There has been considerable work over the past decade to enable citizens to use civic technology applications for transparency and accountability to hold governments to account and promote democratic values and practices. It might help the Center to look at some lessons from around the world where democracy has been considered to be failing and technology was applied as a solution. To cherry-pick one relevant lesson (because this is a vast area of expertise and research that I cannot do justice to in this post): building a tool or a platform to foster democratic values or behavior does not necessarily scale. The lesson is that it doesn’t flow in the direction tech — > democracy.

Applying this to the case of the Center, but in inverse, the lesson is that you cannot approach technology and social change from a deterministic perspective. Technology will amplify and accentuate some things: there will be more ‘voices’ but most likely the voices of those who are already powerful in society, will be heard the loudest. Networks of influence offline matter to how messages are amplified online; swarms of hate-filled hashtags, memes, and bots traverse the fluid connections between on and offline. Fixing Facebook and Twitter is absolutely essential, but it is not the same as addressing the weakening of public institutions, xenophobia, fragmentation of communities, the swing towards populism, the 2008 financial recession, or combinations of these. They need to happen in conjunction with each other. Democracy is actually about relationships among people, movements, and longstanding practices of activism and organising in communities.

Clearly, the Center for Humane Technology has set itself a mighty challenge. How are people going to change digital practices in the face of UX that is weaponized with dark patterns that intend to keep us addicted? How are they going to take down the business model built on surveillance capitalism, which they refer to as the attention economy? If social media is addictive, what sort of twelve step program are they going to come up with? How do you sustain being clean? They might want to check out a program for how to detox from data.

Despite my concerns, I actually believe this organization may be very successful and influential because they are well-placed in terms of money and influence. If the Center for Humane Technology actually worked to disarm UX, and made it possible for us to move our personal networks to platforms of our choosing, and enabled regulation of the data trade and protections  for users, then they might actually be disruptive. Let’s hope they succeed. In the mean time, the Center may find inspirational resources, and well-informed ground-up expertise among those who have already been building movements for users to take control of their digital lives such as:

Article 19; Bits of Freedom; Coding Rights; Committee to Protect Journalists; Cryptoparty; Data Detox Kit; Derechos Digitales; Digital Rights Foundation; Electronic Frontier Foundation; Freedom of the Press Foundation; Frontline Human Rights Defenders; The Glass Room; Gobo.Social; Internet Freedom Festival; Me and My Shadow; Mozilla Internet Health Project; Privacy International; Responsible Data Project; Security in a Box; Share Lab; Simply Secure; Surveillance Self Defence Kit; Tactical Technology Collective; Take Back The Tech.

Maya Ganesh has been a feminist information-activist for too long, and this post was an attempt to synthesize reflections from the past decade. She lives in Berlin and is working on a PhD about the testing and standardization of machine intelligence. She does not drink Coca-Cola. She can be reached on Twitter @mayameme

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Tips from the Glass Room: Are All Glass Bottles the Same? – DWK Life Sciences

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There are many different types of glass. They differ in terms of their chemical composition, the method used to produce them or their processing behavior. Generally, they are categorized according to their chemical composition. The three types of glass (soda-lime glass, lead glass and borosilicate glass) make up around 95 percent of the cullet glass used in the production process. The remaining 5 percent of glass is special-purpose glass. Wheaton uses both soda-lime glass and borosilicate glass for our products.

Soda-lime glass is the most common commercial glass, and also the least expensive. Soda-lime glass is not very resistant to high temperatures, sudden thermal changes or corrosive chemicals. Soda-lime glass is the glass produced in by far the largest quantities of all mass produced glass types. As the name indicates, the main constituents,in addition to sand, are soda and lime. A typical soda-lime glass contains 71 to 75 percent silicon dioxide (SiO2), 12 to 16 percent sodium oxide (Na2O), 10 to 15 percent calcium oxide (CaO) and small quantities of other substances such as dyes.

Borosilicate glass is a premium glass when compared to soda-lime glass. Borosilicate is glass made from sand and boron compounds. 70 to 80 percent by weight of borosilicate glass is sand. Seven to 13 percent is boron trioxide, four to eight percent is sodium and potassium oxide and two to seven percent aluminum oxide.

Borosilicate glass has a low thermal expansion coefficient and high chemical resistance, making it ideal for use in laboratories and the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The advantage is that it has a much lower coefficient of expansion (COE) which means it doesn’t change size much when heated, which means it doesn’t crack when heated. The disadvantage is that while it softens when heated in a torch, it doesn’t flow much and needs to be heated hotter than soda-lime glass.

The smaller the linear expansion coefficient, the more resistant the glass is to temperature variations. The larger expansion coefficients, the temperature difference during heating causes stresses in the glass and, thus, possible breakage. Soda-lime glass has a higher coefficient of expansion than borosilicate glass.

Borosilicate glass is used for scientific glass apparatus, bottles and ampules. It is also used for cookware in the home. When you see someone working with glass in a mall or arts showcase with a torch with a strong blue flame, they are working with borosilicate glass. It can be heated and cooled without cracking easier than for soda-lime glass. We invite you to post your questions regarding glass types.

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Imagine you’re living in, say, Bologna, Italy, and the year is 1667 and you want to send a FedEx parcel to London, England. Good luck, chum! FedEx doesn’t exist yet. And try and phone ahead to London to tell them the parcel won’t be making it… whoops! No phones…you loser. Besides, even if there were phones in London, everyone’s too busy dying of The Plague to care a whit about the diskette you’re sending. Oh, I’m sorrrry. Pretty stupid… having a diskette when diskettes even don’t exist yet, let alone video games. Another 330 years loom before you can play Playstation. Ha! Let’s face it… the past is one wretched, boring place.

Let’s try another scenario: you’re in Paris in 1703, thoroughly sick of sidewalks covered with poo, vomit and human heads, and you figure maybe it’s time to visit Los Angeles-maybe get a tan, eat macrobiotic for a while-catch a nap on a United 747 flight over Greenland, Baffin Island and Manitoba. But wait…Los Angeles doesn’t exist yet! There is no Charles de Gaule Airport on the Parisian outskirts-and no 747s, either. Seattle and the Boeing factory remain but a dream of a dream of a dream. Also: no vegetarian in-flite meals. The only constant in the Parisian equation that exists is the eternal wretchedness of Paris, itself. Lucky you. (snicker snicker)

However, if you want to risk scurvy, slavery, peritonitis, malnutrition, musket shots, polio or torture, you can always simply sail around “the Cape” in a frigate or some such other delightful craft. Ooooo! Just look up ‘fun’ in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of you spewing bile from a galleon’s bridge while One-Eyed-Jacques gives you the lash and hauls you back down into the slave galley. Vitamin C? Perhaps I might interest you in today’s special…half a moldy onion: har har har!

Oh, but I forgot-books, and hence dictionaries-are pretty recent inventions in 1703. The only people to really have books yet are the rich and the clergy, currently also enjoying the new bourgeois pleasures of mirrors and tulips.

What a fun place. Go visit it for me. Send me a post card. Lucky you…(Not.)

I keep thinking of the past and all I can think of is how lucky I am not to be there. I am perennially baffled by people who sentimentalize eras that can only have been utter torture for those who had the misfortune of being born into them. Even the much-heralded, sex-drenched 1960s look like a real dump upon retrospect: cars stank, people didn’t take care of their bodies, photocopiers were like Trabants and just try and find a push-button phone to enter your answering machine’s access code. Ugghh.

Next time somebody annoys you by romanticizing some hell-hole of a previous era, listen carefullyÑyou’ll hear any number of caveats being placed on their projected experience: “I have to be rich”; “I have to be a member of the ruling class”; “I have to have all my vaccinations”; “I have to have my contact lenses”; “I have to have my appendix out first”; “I have to have my Discman and my Ultra Lounge CDs.” Tell these people to keep their gobs shut. Say to these annoying people, “Hey kids-the past wasn’t like a trip to Waikiki: the only sure thing about the past is some ghastly disease, carnage, toil that defies all description, starvation, and boredom of a sort that makes waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles seem like Disneyland on heroin.”

As I scribble these words into my journal and then transcribe them into my Compaq 400mhz Presario, I imagine I’m warm inside the cabin of a American Airlines Boeing 737 over the…Bermuda Triangle. This is a patch of real estate that is, at least in theory, somehow less locked into ‘time’ than is any other part of the planet. This is where Atlantis was supposed to have been located-that is, if you follow Atlantis. This is where US military bombers from the 1940s vanished without traces, where the Undead now navigate wonky time streams-where one looks to the sky to see the spectral forms of clean cut young bombardiers named “Al” and “Chip,” prisoners of another, different, time architecture.

American artist, Jenny Holzer, once wrote, “The Future is Stupid.” I beg to differ. I think the real truth of the matter is, “The Past Sucks,” and might add to the, “The Future Probably Isn’t as Bad as You Imagine it to be.”

Even 1998 is, in its own, subtle way, a better place to be than 1997. Just try and find inexpensive 56k modems or a new Beastie Boys single twelve months ago. Good luck, bud. The fact of the matter is, the future is the only place you want to be.

And as if you have a choice, anyway!

The future is invariably better than yesterday. Cleaner, safer, more progressive, more democratic, culturally more dense, and with a wider range of intellectual options than any point in time that may have preceded it.

So I can only hope that should my particular American Airlines 737, by accident or Fate, enter a wrinkle in time here above the breathing aquamarine lagoons of the Bermuda Triangle-and crank me around inside its peculiar little chrono-Moulinex-that it will spit me out even further into the future-into a place where our current ‘present’ seems barbaric-where the diseases and privations of 1995 seem as silly and ridiculous and dreary as 1802 seem to us now.

Personally, I believe in progress. I believe in tomorrow. I believe in…excuse me, Mr. Flight Attendant, but what’s that shimmering arc just ahead of the jet, up ahead in the near distance? It looks unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Oh my-we’re going to fly right into it!

Whatever the future may be, please, just drop a brick onto the Accelerator pedal, an get me there, now. Enter the shimmering arc.

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In photos: Ruin – an abandoned imaginary disco nightclub in the Store Studios, London

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In photos: Ruin – an abandoned imaginary disco nightclub in the Store Studios, London

A collaboration between Ben Kelly – who was behind the legendary Manchester nightclub Hacienda – and architectural designer Virgil Abloh, Ruin is a large-scale installation that recreates a mythical abandoned nightclub.

With disco and electro music thumping out from the big Funktion One soundsystem, visitors are invited to walk around what looks like a squatted, post-nuclear upmarket New York nightclub.

A giant mirrorball appears to have broken loose of its housing and crashed into the dancefloor below, gouging out a trail of destruction in the flooring.

Wires, cables and plug sockets can be seen rolled up into a tangled ball.

The dancefloor appears to have folded up on itself.

Here’s more photos of the installation. Scroll down for address and opening hours.

Details

Virgil Abloh + Ben Kelly’s Ruin
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm-7pm, and Sundays 12pm-6pm
Location: Store Studios, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA, and is accessible from the entrance on Surrey Street.
Admission: Free

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There are many different types of glass. They differ in terms of their chemical composition, the method used to produce them or their processing behavior. Generally, they are categorized according to their chemical composition. The three types of glass (soda-lime glass, lead glass and borosilicate glass) make up around 95 percent of the cullet glass used in the production process. The remaining 5 percent of glass is special-purpose glass. Wheaton uses both soda-lime glass and borosilicate glass for our products.

Soda-lime glass is the most common commercial glass, and also the least expensive. Soda-lime glass is not very resistant to high temperatures, sudden thermal changes or corrosive chemicals. Soda-lime glass is the glass produced in by far the largest quantities of all mass produced glass types. As the name indicates, the main constituents,in addition to sand, are soda and lime. A typical soda-lime glass contains 71 to 75 percent silicon dioxide (SiO2), 12 to 16 percent sodium oxide (Na2O), 10 to 15 percent calcium oxide (CaO) and small quantities of other substances such as dyes.

Borosilicate glass is a premium glass when compared to soda-lime glass. Borosilicate is glass made from sand and boron compounds. 70 to 80 percent by weight of borosilicate glass is sand. Seven to 13 percent is boron trioxide, four to eight percent is sodium and potassium oxide and two to seven percent aluminum oxide.

Borosilicate glass has a low thermal expansion coefficient and high chemical resistance, making it ideal for use in laboratories and the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The advantage is that it has a much lower coefficient of expansion (COE) which means it doesn’t change size much when heated, which means it doesn’t crack when heated. The disadvantage is that while it softens when heated in a torch, it doesn’t flow much and needs to be heated hotter than soda-lime glass.

The smaller the linear expansion coefficient, the more resistant the glass is to temperature variations. The larger expansion coefficients, the temperature difference during heating causes stresses in the glass and, thus, possible breakage. Soda-lime glass has a higher coefficient of expansion than borosilicate glass.

Borosilicate glass is used for scientific glass apparatus, bottles and ampules. It is also used for cookware in the home. When you see someone working with glass in a mall or arts showcase with a torch with a strong blue flame, they are working with borosilicate glass. It can be heated and cooled without cracking easier than for soda-lime glass. We invite you to post your questions regarding glass types.

Glass Room: The Gorgeous Glass Restaurant Floating On The Thames

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You’ll be devouring the views at Glass Room.

We’ve had restaurants in the sky, restaurants in the dark, and even restaurants on buses – so a restaurant on the river really shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone anymore. Still, the arrival of Glass Room should make some waves, as this stylish, glass-fronted restaurant sails straight into the oft-perilous waters of the London restaurant scene.Glass Room

Having gone to the trouble of launching a floating restaurant, you can bet Glass Room are going to make it as pretty as possible. They roped in designer Tom Dixon to create the interiors, embracing an upmarket nautical theme – think polished wood, shades of blue and white, and a grand piano in the centre of the restaurant. In using an all-glass structure for the boat, the ship boasts unobstructed river views, with landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament in your eyeline.Glass Room

The whole boat is built for style over speed, and why not, when these kind of views are on offer? Glass Room also makes use of a balcony at the prow of the boat, and a charming private terrace at the bow, giving you even more options to be Extra Fancy during your voyage.Glass Room

Food skews towards the British with European influences; lunch options include smoked salmon with celeriac remoulade, and chicken with pumpkin purée and braised leek. Dinner takes the form of a three-hour, five-course cruise, winding your way past the twinkling lights of the capital as an increasingly decadent array of food arrives before you.Glass Room

Still, the Glass Room’s ace in the hole comes on Sundays. That’s when they unleash their three-course Sunday roast, served with all the trimmings and lashings of live jazz. I’d reckon it’s your best option, so long as the whole adventure isn’t sunk by the pricing – dining on the water does not come especially cheap, you know…

Location: Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6NU. Nearest station is Embankment. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: they set sail at lunch, dinner, and for afternoon tea experiences.
Prices: lunch sittings are £39pp, or £49 for better seats and a half bottle of wine. Dinner packages run from £79-149, and Sunday lunch is £49, or £59 with wine.
More information: on their website.

In photos: Store X, The Vinyl Factory, Store Studios, 180 The Strand, London

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Taking place across multiple floors of a brutalist block in London’s The Strand, Store X The Vinyl Factory is a fascinating free show featuring the work of Ryoji Ikeda, Arthur Jafa, Jeremy Shaw, Virgil Abloh and Ben Kelly.

Billed as a “platform for cultural expression and exchange,” Store X is a collective of spaces, broadcast channels, commissions and partnerships that “bring together a creative community for shared experiences.”

The free show in central London showcases the multi-disciplinary exhibition Everything At Once with Lisson Gallery alongside three site-specific works at its curated space, Store Studios.

These include Jeremy Shaw’s Liminals, in collaboration with König Galerie, Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, the Message is Death, in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries, Ryoji Ikeda’s newly commissioned A/V artwork test pattern [N°12], and Virgil Abloh and Ben Kelly’s Ruin.

Here’s some photos from my visit last week:

See also: In photos: Ruin – an abandoned imaginary disco nightclub in the Store Studios, London

Visitor Information:

Show runs until 10th Dec 2017

Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm-7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Store Studios,
180 The Strand,
London, WC2R 1EA

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RUMOR: Club 33 Location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Will Be The McDonald’s Lounge

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Based on a permit just filed today for construction at 580 Dinoland Drive, it looks like Disney may finally be starting construction on the Animal Kingdom location for Club 33. This address corresponds to the show building for the Dinosaur attraction. It just so happens that the Dinosaur attraction show building contains a corporate lounge originally built for McDonald’s when they sponsored the attraction (from the park’s opening in 1998 through 2008).

It would seem that this secret lounge would be an excellent location for the Club 33 location. It is spacious, well-hidden, and quite exclusive. The other location that has been rumored for Club 33 would be in a back room at Tiffins, which would be nice, but not well hidden nor very secret. Based on the information that the Walt Disney World Club 33 locations would only serve drinks and light bar food and not full meals, it would seem that a location adjacent to Tiffins wouldn’t be necessary.

Here are some photos of the secret lounge inside Dinosaur.

It would be very nice if they kept some of the Dinosaur decor, like the frosted glass room divider.

Certainly some of the furniture would be changed for a Club 33, but the architecture, interior design, and LED lighting are all pretty cool.

There are actually two of the frosted glass room dividers, here is the second, smaller one.

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