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Via The Guardian


Rolling Coal: From Anti-Environmentalists in the U.S. to the ISIS in the Middle East

If you missed the media frenzy earlier this summer, “rolling coal" is the term for a rising trend among anti-environmentalist conservatives in the U.S. who alter their truck engines to emit massive black clouds of exhaust, often from smoke stack-like attachments. Owners of coal rolling trucks, who often hail from regions historically associating with coal production, see the trend as a very direct statement against sustainability—and its stereotypically liberal ties. A seller of smoke stack kits for trucks describes rolling coal as a “a way of giving them [liberals] the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you.” Now, in a bizarre cultural crossover, Vice News has captured members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, “rolling coal” in a military tank. The group, intending to place Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the leader of a restored caliphate, began making shockingly rapid advances across Iraq and Syria in June. Armed with cash and US weapons seized during its advances in Iraq, and exploiting control over critical water and energy supplies, the ISIS continues to exercise a stranglehold over the region. 


Pilot Captures Mysterious Glow Over the Pacific: Cause Yet to be Found

Commercial airline pilot JPC van Heijst recently captured a series of unusual photographs he had taken while flying in the North Pacific, just south of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka, late Saturday night. Calling it “the creepiest thing so far in my flying career,” he described the phenomenon as an intense flash of light “directed vertically up in the air.” Twenty minutes later, a cluster of large, red, glowing lights appeared, which seemed to be emanating from the ocean. Baffled, van Heijst reported his observations to Air Traffic Control to investigate the cause. Though an explanation has yet to be found, the predominant theory links the bizarre sighting to massive underwater volcanic eruption. Indeed, the flight path crossed over the “Ring of Fire,” a circular area in the Pacific where over 75% of the world’s dormant and active volcanos are located. 


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I signed up for a class in robotics, and I’m applying for a studio in urban data analysis and programming/augmented reality. If I get both classes together, it will be a step toward my dream of becoming RoboCop. 

#plans  #robocop  


Jonathan Curry

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Drones for science!

My dash went BOOM overnight, apparently because of one of my Farnsworth House photos from a couple years ago, so thanks to all the people who recently started following me! I had a crazy summer and my laptop broke again, but I’ll have it back in a few days, so stay tuned for stuff from Belize/Hamburg/Copenhagen/Berlin, as well as new studio work from MY LAST STUDIO CLASS EVER at IIT. 


First Year Throwback

Here’s a thing I wrote for an old blog about my first final project in first semester of first year, which you can see here. Back then I did a write-up about every project after I was done, just for fun. Ah, those were the days. Anyway, here’s what first-year me wrote about the project:
This was the final project of the semester, and the first architectural environment we designed at human scale. We were given a hypothetical site 36’ long by 24’ wide, with a  6’ by 24’ by 1’ plane elevated at one end of the site 8’ off the ground plane. At the other end of the site, there’s a large monolithic mass 18’ by 18’ by 6’ thick. 
The assignment was to design an environment that would facilitate the passage of person traveling through the space from the elevated plane through an opening in the mass, or vice versa. At first I wanted to approach the project as if I was designing a temple, a type of space that often places an emphasis on passage or transition. the problem was a church, temple, cathedral, etc, is usually symmetrical in both plan and elevation along the building’s main axis. Symmetry expresses a kind of stillness or quietness that helps the space feel sacred or holy, but the symmetry trick is hard to pull off. I decided instead to do something asymmetrical, in order to make specific moments in time as one follows a path through the space become more important, and to ensure the experience of the space constantly changes as it is navigated.

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