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May 25, 2024: #ICQ will turn off soon. I grew up with it’s weird aoooo and still know my quite long ID by heart. It was sensational, in contrast to the other, …

May 22, 2024: What’s a hot and useful technique in network #dataviz? I am fiddling around with a graph that represents extractive practices around a …

May 21, 2024: A wild read with many interesting graphs. The lack of social theory is part of the argument, but it really shows. #degrowth efficiency is a catalyst …

May 20, 2024: #Saigon vibes. #streetphotography I’ve been to a lovely #sts conference in #HCMC (more on this elsewhere). The south of #vietnam is a somewhat …

May 16, 2024: We’re finishing a lovely “situated”, and a bit speculative, dictionary on virtuality this week. It’s been a wild ride …

May 14, 2024: Bei Soziopolis bespreche ich das für den Sachbuchpreis nominierte Buch „#Müll. Eine schmutzige Geschichte der Menschheit“ von Roman Köster. Mit …

May 12, 2024: You want to watch the trailer for an upcoming movie on YouTube but you first have to sit through an ad. Then you sit through a preview for the trailer …

May 8, 2024: Hey, look at this. Rubin features our data centre project and my research in #Vietnam ❤️ #datacenters #sts #ethnography #semiconductors #wisskom …

May 8, 2024: “Exotic animal,” mobile application. #streetphotography #photography #scooter #vietnam #hanoi #animals #animalrights

May 6, 2024: Ever used Zoom? Googled? Discussed numbers and their implications? We have a new article out and ask how online data is endowed with worth in virtual …

Apr 29, 2024: Future here, again. 👋 On a hot #planet, you need more ventilation. But since you’re living in a polluted world, better keep the windows shut. …

Apr 26, 2024: #HeatWave in #SEA. People turn on ACs or hide in a mall. But there is not enough energy, infrastructures fail, so imports and Diesel generators help …

Apr 24, 2024: #tsmc in Arizona: a concrete monster hungry for water, in the middle of the desert, driving a culture shock. A debacle? That’s quite a story by …

Apr 17, 2024: #Deutschlandfunk Kultur hatte mich zugeschaltet. Wir sprachen über #Elektroschrott: Geräte, Mengen und vor allem #Verantwortung. …

Apr 13, 2024: Sincerely, your favourite chatbot by #OpenAI. #AI OpenAI’s training crawler was stuck pinging “the world’s lamest content farm” millions of times …

Apr 9, 2024: For all you rhizomes out there, here are more than 1k drawings of plant roots: images.wur.nl/digital/c… ❤️ #philosophy #relations #deleuze …

Apr 5, 2024: Zwar beschleunigt sich die Nachhaltigkeitskrise.., aber das friedensbewegte, zivilgesellschaftliche, ökologische, basisdemokratische Alternativprojekt …

Apr 4, 2024: The Discarded interweaves stories about imaginary #books with reflections on libraries, both real and dreamt. In an age of decreasing literacy, …

Apr 3, 2024: The #technofix is under scrutiny in #sts. But for a somewhat surprising reason: because of its conceptual weakness. So here is the #infrastructure fix. And thoughts from #LeakageSTS in Dresden This is a hot take that Lee Vinsel has been trying to drive home for a couple of weeks already. “Hot”, as in, a lively idea, something he …

Apr 3, 2024: The chip rush of #Vietnam is in trouble. As explained by Mike, energy shortages will hit the country this spring. Again. Investors might move on. Some …

Mar 31, 2024: Check out this story about the methods of #AI model training. The stacking. Etc. A qualitative critique. It’s only by looking at datasets that …

Mar 29, 2024: #arte has a solid documentary on #chips. Most of the big names of the ongoing public drama are featured. www.arte.tv/de/videos… #geopolitics …

Mar 28, 2024: Open Access PDF: Unser Buch über artenübergreifende Fürsorge ist freigeschaltet. Es handelt von der Fleischindustrie und den #Corona Lehren anhand …

Mar 22, 2024: As part of #stsleakage, we enjoyed the Robotron selection in #Dresden. Look at these beauties. #computer #history #gdr And what a splendid inaugural …

Mar 21, 2024: #stsleakage with a keynote by Amade M’charek, emphasizing what academia can be, what it can achieve: carefully presenting and listening. A …

Mar 20, 2024: Meanwhile, a critical book may be enough to get you into jail in #Hongkong. A book. #China is proud: “We no longer need to worry about …

Mar 19, 2024: #STSLeakage starts with a careful situating exercise, and the provocation that is leakage. Susann Wagenknecht succinctly summarises the terms powers …

Mar 19, 2024: Joining #STSLeakage in Dresden, here is some #streetphotography to get us going. To arrive. A bit of smoke looming in the distance, a nod towards the …

Mar 13, 2024: #sts has a problem with #democracy. It follows from strong assumptions around democracy, e.g. through experts, citizen science, experimentalism, …

Mar 13, 2024: Learning to pronounce: the struggle with tiếng Việt. (Ok, the x is actually an /s/ but this one is for the drama.) #vietnamese #language #learning …

Mar 12, 2024: Community information. Bright and clear. The party’s anniversary was just a few weeks ago. #Vietnam #communism #hanoi #streetphotography …

Mar 12, 2024: Sharing special issue love: We invite contributions to discuss the mediation of knowledge practices and planetary matter through data infrastructures. …

Mar 5, 2024: We produced controversy maps on the chip rush in #Vietnam. 26th floor. A timeline representing corporate, legal and public activities. A timelapse of …

Mar 3, 2024: Old town love, #Hanoi. #Streetphotography #photography #vietnam

Mar 2, 2024: Rant on #Microsoft #Windows: Is there any bitter sweet blog post or whatever text tackling the SETTINGS and GROUP POLICIES and REGISTRY and whatnot …

Feb 29, 2024: Current mood. #streetphotography #vietnam #wildlife #academicchatter

Feb 28, 2024: A linklist that spreads air purification dedication through a viral story, two neat podcasts, and once again looks at pleasant ways to enjoy the web You have probably come across this post, but in case you have not, get ready for a thorough analysis that is not only for pollution or tech nerds. …

Feb 26, 2024: I’m a fan (and soon co-editor) of idiosyncratic, speculative dictionaries. But what’s their story? Did it start with Serres’ …

Feb 20, 2024: Liberals from #Germany block groundbreaking #EU law. The adoption of the CSDD was just a formality. And it’s time to recognise basic human …

Feb 18, 2024: Chinatown KL w/ hip book store in an old cinema. #streetphotography #photography #malaysia

Feb 14, 2024: Food for thought. Lame but 🤷🏻‍♂️. #Malaysia—a food paradise. Love the streets. Before our lunar new year visit, I read about the country and how it …

Feb 14, 2024: JNU in Delhi was a place to discuss and breathe. I experienced it in 2012. But Modi. www.nytimes.com/2024/02/1… Bonus: campus art. …

Feb 10, 2024: #KL vibe. Lunar new year down south. Probing a (physical) filter at noon w/ harsh light conditions. A place that smells like sambal and dhal, and …

Feb 8, 2024: “Someone has to suffer, the writer or the reader. But the reader doesn’t want to.” (And thus quits.) I’m re-reading the …

Feb 7, 2024: A linkdump on hot climate events, web scams, and Vietnam greeting the dragon Starting off with an odd one: Big Oil apparently funded climate science since the early 1950s. And it was Keeling himself at the centre. Think Keeling …

Feb 5, 2024: New year celebrations. #Hanoi is full of flowers and colours. Usually there is a grey filter on top. But we had a sunny day! Just a few more days …

Feb 1, 2024: Flipping things over sounds reasonable. RT social.tchncs.de/@stefanla… #photography

Feb 1, 2024: Particles. The energy sending them afar is here. And it’s not. People see the burning. But they cannot fathom the coal plants, close, far. How …

Jan 30, 2024: A linkdump that explores the lovely new web, the Vietnamese chip news cycle, and ambivalent ecological developments “Where have all the websites gone?” is the question posed by blogger Jason. And he sends us a link with a marvellous list. Let’s go …

Jan 30, 2024: “The making of critical data center studies,” Dustin Edwards, Zane Griffin Talley Cooper and Mél Hogan have finally published their piece …

Jan 27, 2024: Twisted. Tết, lunar new year, is almost there. And everyone’s busy heading out of town. Or is it just the daily rush? #vietnam …

Jan 25, 2024: Proud smoker. Indeed, the men love to smoke. Shot through two wine bottles and a window. Layered #streetphotography. But this is also an admiration of …

Jan 24, 2024: I’m a satisfied reader of Dominic Boyer’s new book “No More Fossils.” What a splendid excercise in energy thinking. And just …

Jan 21, 2024: Talking blogs. I got many fluffy podcasts by asking on social media, so here’s the blog question. What do you follow? I enjoy my RSS reader …

Jan 20, 2024: Still a smart low-tech invention, the dumpster. #waste #vietnam #streetphotography

Jan 19, 2024: Conducting. And an update on my recent blog post featuring repair, air purity, and a bit of Taiwan. ✨ stefanlaser.net/2024/01/1… #photography …

Jan 18, 2024: A link dump featuring: Public decay Picture me as A Person Who Stares At Infrastructures, focusing on anything to do with repair, a lot of tech, low-carbon experiments, and a bias …

Jan 16, 2024: In the shadows. Increasing the shutter speed at night and playing with digital filters. Why not? #Vietnam #Pagoda #photography #streetphotography

Jan 14, 2024: Sunday is badminton day. Since we will only get sun from March onwards, it’s time to play with shutter speed. #Vietnam #Hanoi #streetphotography

Jan 13, 2024: The #Taiwan election finishes with a call for stability, in a way. “It may be that the DPP managed to retain power because it is still viewed as …

Jan 13, 2024: Premium living. #ciputra #Hanoi #photography #urbanphotography

Jan 12, 2024: Disturbing news. #Vietnam fires 21-gun salute to welcome the Indonesian President, but more salutes of other kinds may follow. The most important man …

Jan 10, 2024: I’m not sure how to frame this. #streetphotography of an inaccessible waste site.

Jan 9, 2024: On the fence. An animal and its past, or yet another future? #streetphotography #photography #vietnam

Jan 9, 2024: South Bronx Unite has published a nice interactive data vis about #airpollution. This is an effective way to inform and mobilise. It’s a …

Jan 7, 2024: Cleaning lady. I’ve had trouble shooting in the dark, but playing with the exposure triangle (+ zoom, histogram!) indeed helps. So this is one …

Jan 6, 2024: Uncle Ho is watching you. Dimly #photography #streetphotography #vietnam

Jan 5, 2024: Today, I met folks in a 27 story Hanoi building. This is a bit of b/w #streetphotography to arrive. I play with my new gift, a used Fuji X-T30 with …

Jan 3, 2024: While working on a comment re: chips in Asia-Pacific, this image from a “semiconductor summit” haunts me. Originally from an earlier post. …

Jan 3, 2024: Back from the hilly new year’s escape. Harvesting dinosaurs. #Vietnam #photography

Dec 30, 2023: For me, this time between Xmas and YNE has been one of redesigning and optimising websites. Personal and community sites. Hugo and WordPress. It is a …

Dec 27, 2023: Winter is tough in Asia, our Air Quality Index regularly cracks the 300 mark. Top 3 world-wide for #Hanoi. How do you even grasp the consequences? We …

Dec 25, 2023: Charging the house. Pending. #photography #Vietnam #Hanoi

Dec 21, 2023: Our toddler loves the word for #waste (or “Boe”, as he calls it??), and the appropriate things quickly have to go into the bin. It’s …

Dec 21, 2023: Caring for European Science & Technology Studies: EASST review 42(2) is out! #STS reports, postdoc life, decolonisation, extractivism, pollution, …

Dec 21, 2023: Mapping controversies around #semiconductor production in #Vietnam. Live project; a fantastic collaboration with the team of Hanoi Ad Hoc. More about …

Dec 18, 2023: My dear friends from RUSTlab commented on my lecture. A delight! Stefan suggested the notion of stand-in to understand not only workers and nature, …

Dec 18, 2023: Comparing Fediverse software for hosting: Ease of use, efficiency, waste Here’s a blog post on #hosting a microblogging instance on the #Fediverse with ecological concerns in mind. It’s a longer one. And …

Dec 16, 2023: Nights out in #Hanoi, lights not out. West Lake. #Vietnam #photography

Dec 13, 2023: SNAP, why did The Verge publish this masterpiece on the end of #twitter? I’m just lmao about Gwen Stefani spelling bananas in the spelling bee …

Dec 9, 2023: Why do critical thinkers on a very solid payroll put their blogs behind a corporate paywall? Looking at you, Bill McKibben, Adam Tooze, and others. …

Dec 8, 2023: #Dubai is where feudal capitalism thrives: built on oil and gas capital, maintained by monopolists and clerks, growing through construction and real …

Dec 5, 2023: Up next, responsible yachting. #COP28 Green Zone in a nutshell. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Dec 5, 2023: Perhaps due to widespread concerns around the issue of women aging out of factory work, Samsung itself offers its workers training courses that could …

Dec 3, 2023: Hi folks, I’m onto something. The Sheikh #capitalism of drilling 4,000m deep to tickle dinosaur remains and pump them into 700m high concrete …

Dec 2, 2023: #Dubai is as an offensively clean city. Not only for #COP28. It’s officials are putting matters into place. Tilting the perspective with a few …

Dec 1, 2023: Arrived in UAE. Is anyone in concrete town #Dubai for #COP28? Keen on talking #sts, semiconductors, data centres, e-waste.

Nov 29, 2023: 100 min. delay, I’m in the Deutsche Bahn game, again. Obsolescence instead of transformation, as I’ve phrased it. There will be no green …

Nov 28, 2023: Thinking like a waste scholar Waste is on top of my mind, although not always centre stage in every research project. I was part of the initial steering group and now am a member …

Nov 24, 2023: Subsurface surfing. With the help of the maintenance staff, we went underground, following the maintenance track that connects all buildings on our …

Nov 22, 2023: An excavator has struck. The cloud system of various universities in the state of Northrine Westphalia, Germany, is offline. It’s an unfortunate …

Nov 22, 2023: Through Cory Doctorow’s recent linkdump I learned about the charming non-standard standardisation story of the #fediverse. It was a lucky punch, …

Nov 22, 2023: My blog is now my not-so-secret home for casual writing, all posts here and elsewhere reside on stefanlaser.micro.blog. Replies are fedi …

Nov 21, 2023: Coffee review. #waste #history

Jun 15, 2023: Patchy value chains With this post, I want to bring a color to the blog, show how I experience my daily life as a researcher in Vietnam, and how I follow material …

Jun 13, 2023: Social sciences, ecology and careful digital communication How can social science research address planetary concerns and be designed carefully? Two recent articles in Science & Technology Studies address …

Nov 20, 2022: Engagement I was a board member of stsing and contact person of their tech & infrastructure working group, from 2020 until 2023. In 2019, there was an …

Nov 20, 2022: Interspecies Care More-than-human research in the aftermath of the Corona crisis. I have been researching public discourses on the meat industry and the culling of …

Jan 20, 2022: Current Project My main research theme right now is data centres: their local arrangement, material legacies, building procedures, and global production networks …

Jan 20, 2022: Train Infrastructures Based on my (now concluded) work in the collaborative research centre in Siegen I contribute to the discussion on mobility transitions. Abstract of …

Jan 1, 2022: Coding More hands-on skills: From Data Science to Graph Analysis. In addition to qualitative, ethnographic methods, I work with digital research approaches. …

Jan 1, 2022: Ethnography My central methodological competence: participant observation, immersion, following materials, expert knowledge and situated practices. The …

Jan 1, 2022: Network valuation studies I am part of the research group On the path to the valuation society? funded by the German Research Foundation. With Emma Greeson and Olli Pyyhtinen, …

Nov 20, 2021: E-Waste Dissertation Research Global and interdisciplinary research on e-waste: ethnographic studies in Germany, India, and across social media platforms. Key for this research is …