Nathan Cravens

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Nathan Wilson Cravens
Latest Publication: Why Don't Machines Do the Work?

@nwcrav | Contact || Nathan's Music at Mixcloud & Soundcloud. My self-released album: Salvation. Gearing up for the next production cycle: Seeking collaborations with singer-songwriters and instrumentalists. || Founder Open Manufacturing Discussion. If you are into hardware, I highly recommend the discussions at OSHWA and the open source hardware incubator, Wevolver.

Most recent non-fiction publications: The Humanoid Machinist. . or, What is Art? | From Big to Small: Open Fabrication, Modular Production, & Programmable Matter|
An Ode to Platform Cooperativism: The Quest for Greater Freedom | Introducing a Rescue Package for Refugees



Front Facing Sketches of The Phantom Skytower and Saint Andrew's Cathedral

Political Strategy

Op. White Eagle

¤ Operation: White Eagle ¤
¤ Execute: ¤
< United States Special Branch >
¤Corrective Division¤

  • Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Warren & Dennis Kucinich
  • Council: Bernie Sanders
  • Oversight Chair: Ralph Nader

[Core Complete.]
¤¤¤ Mission: Reform the Institutions of Global Governance. ¤¤¤
[Tread Delicately]
Thank You for Your Service.
< OUT! >

Op. Desert Condor

Prime Directive: Settle Encampments of 5+ Million Inhabitants in the Middle Eastern Region

Who Benefits: Elite Groups within Tech / Arch / Civ Eng / Ect. experiment to see what a mid 21st century global village is like, however ironically contained as a security measure. This aids in providing a temp or long term home and family life to those living within such containment. Ideally the forces that lead to the exodus will resolve themselves via sheer exhaustion whereby the newly settled peoples have prime opportunity to renew the dignity of their respective regions.

Finance: 1) Corporate backing via R&D partnerships seem a sound strategy, but need dignitary and ambassadorial tact in negotiating territory and logistical outlays. Here the hybridization of private-public entities can take shape best enabling the well being of the settled people. 2) Billionaire donor(s) has the honor of naming the settlement-turning-city into name of choice, along with artworks in remembrance of the donor's grace. Our time really needs a Carnegie; as with his diligence: surfaced the construction and establishment of libraries and other public works. Zuckerberg is my contender. What's up, man? 3) Various high level governments form specialized committees to attack the problem head on in advance of threats to homelands. The European project has the greatest stake of this concern. The US could do well to pay very close attention and help where needed. 4) Sponsorship program: A non-refugee puts money forward on the non-refugee family home within the site enabling the construction of units for five refugee families 5) To continue market growth as economies collapse and to ensure resilience taking on the accelerant disruptive cycles of late capitalism.


Favorite Films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Matrix
  • Blade Runner
  • The Fountain
  • I Heart Huckabees
  • Captain Fantastic
  • WALL•E
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • V for Vendetta
  • Tropic Thunder

Actors I'd Like to Play With

Jared Leto. John de Lancie. Cumberbatch. Sir Stewart. Keanu Reeves. Jessica Alba. Tanya Renea Holley. Jessica Chastane. Lady GAGA. Renee Zellweger. Claudia Hammond. Scarlette Johansson. Reese Witherspoon. Bobby White. Opra. . ect ect

Tesla Motors: Lead Strategy

¤ Model X8 ¤
Hydrogen power optimized via Cell Chamber Technology. Electric Charge to Navigate Fire initiated within Breaking System: Minimal Lithium input. All wheel Quadrupal Bound Direct Drive. Style remaking that of Ferrari & Bentley et al. $75k priced Luxury Sedan at FULL THROTTLE package. 0-60 in 2.5 secs up to 0-60 at 1.2 secs. Equip for Space Flight? Optional.


Batman: Riddled Gotham

After Edward E. Nigma (pre-Riddler) loses a daunting legal battle against Wayne Enterprises over his techical findings, he retreats to his home laboratory to Geek Out Massively on LAW to the degree he Becomes THE Riddler using every ploy and twist of mind to win over and ring lead the Suicide Squad, then prepare to Dominate the City via Mind Control Aparati. Batman has never faced such an impossible task, but after Beautifully Articulated Fight, Battle, and War scenes the movie ends, well, I wont Spoil That. :p

v2. Darker and Mysterious
No one knows, even in the end, who the Riddler really is, because he is able to hijack minds at whim to fool anyone into anything, hence concealing his identity. Pwnd.

Conductor: Hans Zimmer
Writer/Director: David Ayer

  • Jessica Chastane as Poison Ivy
  • Johnny Depp as The Riddler
  • Jared Leto as The Joker
  • Will Smith

Matrix: Overloaded

Neo must go back in Time to save Morpheus as he Saved Him. An Epically Masterful Thriller Starring: Keanu Reeves (Neo), Lawence Fishburn (Morpheus), Oxymandis (?), Lady GAGA as Grand Executioner, Scarlette Johannson as Queen Mother, Julia Roberts as Mother Superior and Gate Keeper, and (Unknown!) THE TIME LORD. Yeah, man.
Conductor: Don Davies
Writers/Directors: The Wachowskis

Expendables: Hidden Justice

The Expendables assemble yet again to Defeat an Arch Nemesis named Wron, a mysterious young man who suddenley rises from Obscurity to Notariety by Ruthlessly Dominating the Global Energy Sector from his Houstonian Estate and Elite Clubs. The final Scene concludes with Jean-Claude van Dam defeating Wron in a Masterfully Executed Fight Scene.
Conductor: David Arnold
Writer/Director: Silvester Stalone

Star Trek: Final Contact (Starring Sir Stewart and Sir Cumberbatch)

Romulans prepare to Invade Earth/Federation Headquarters. There is seemingly no STOPPING THEM THIS TIME. Therefore: Khan (Cumberbatch) is reanimated. The Deal: Khan will Twart the Romulans by going back in time to capture the Best Star Fleet Captain Ever~Jean-Luc. Khan to Jean: "We have a Mission, Captain."
Conductor: Don Davis with Cliff Martinez
Writer/Director: Steven Soderberg

Project Tango: 2045

A Senior Officer, Tom Sanders, of Harlem is called into Action toInvestigate the Whereabouts of a Suspect formally convicted of Mass Homocide. Sanders is Questioned by a High Commander why such Investigations are Taken. Following an interluded investigation of his Upper Standing's Dealings realizes the Assailant is worming for the Federation of Russia - now Occupied Western Europe who works for the High Commander.

When High Commander attempts to conceal the trail-the Plot thickens - as it is discovered that a Mind Controlled Cat had spread a teleological Virus that Renders all Subjects to become evermore distrated, irritated, and zombie-like. Food and Drink are priced Astronomically as consequence. Suddenley the veil drops to show between the fog Nut and Fruit trees had been left to grow now to be enjoyed by its people. A Happy New York.
Conductor: Cliff Martinez (ft. Tim Hecker)
Writer/Director: Steven Soderberg

Star Trek: Borg Rising

This is an era where the Romulans are now extinct, however the Borg grows in strength, assimilating ever more massively and ruthlessly than ever before. A solo mission is first taken to investigate, however it is quickly realised that two Star Destroyers will be needed OR the Universe becomes Borg. After everyone involved becomes entangled, there will be moments of surreality, or the questioning of reality, free will, the nature of power, and so on.
Conductor: Don Davies with Cliff Martinez
Writer/Director: Steven Soderberg

Star Trek: Apocalypse

[For the Ultra Hyper Super Geeks (Jocks & Punks will enjoy the "Action")]
The Federation has fallen victim to the Kassinan Forces of Delta Star 9 System/Exetor 10 of whom warrants Jurisprudence over Repremands Admonished by the Trisectional Committee: Base 1. Heretofore everpresent remains intrigue into the Nature of the Phenominon which dictate means neccissary for Investigation. . (to be Continued)

Code Red [A British "Super Troopers" Set in London]

Seagent Cliffard faces the task of reforming the dumbest and odd forces as goverment cuts lower policing standards. Year? 2025. The Euro has replaced the pound except within the wealthy Square Mile. A lot of created confusion ensues when an American begins to complain how the postal system is "ribish" (as an American attempting British English with an American accent for comedic effect, sometimes breaking into (Deadpan and without missing a beat) Edwardian English). It is Transport for London vs Greater London Police (Black Checkers) vs City of London (Red Checkers) vs the Fire Fighters vs a bunch of idiot citizens. Thanks to Granny Donations, Doctor Pilots ultimately decide to save humanity by resolving a very tricky (as niggly and prattish as Britishers can be) domestic argument.
First Writer/Director/Actor: Simon Pegg
Diane Morgan as Squad Leader
Simon Pegg as Lead Absent Minded Detective

Wizard of Oz: True Love Calling

Dorthy is soon to be Married to Prince Charming, but before knowing he's the One, Dorthy must explore various Goldielocks scenarios almost at random. Spoiler Alert: To meet the demands of contemporary audiences, Dorthy falls for steampunk Alice in Wonderland and they adopt rabbits as children. Just kidding! :p


Tragedy End (2004)

A young teenage boy undergoing severe psychological abuse from his mother deals with health and anxiety issues while undergoing scrutiny and rumor in school, changing his life forever. It is fond memories of his father that counter the now estranged dying man's return home. This story glimpses into the blind ignorance and ugliness of American culture of the rural south, demonstrating human nature divided by seemingly unknown forces.

Tragedy End

Business Plans

Reading Lists


Recommended Books

Below, a Curated Selection by Your Occupy Librarian. (Last stationed 2011-12 in London)
Publishers showing support of the movement via book donations included Zed, Verso, Pluto, AK, and Freedom Press.
The highest praise and support should go to The Radical Grandmother Brigade. They are the Life Blood & Heart of Revolution.

The best book, in my view, would be this: The Ultimate History of the Universe, authored by Superintelligent AI based on the reader's biofeedback, and narrated by a flawlessly simulated Buckminster Fuller. . . For now: the works of Will and Ariel Durant.

Ordered accordingly.

Recently Read

  • Homo Deus
  • The Upstarts

Now Reading

  • Utopia for Realists
  • Superforecasting. Daniel Gardner and Philip E. Tetlock
  • The Dictator's Handbook. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita. Alastair Smith
  • The Wikileak Files: The World According to US Empire
  • The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

Reference Shelf

  • The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization. Martin Parker, Valerie Fournier, Patrick Reedy
  • Design School Wisdom. Brooke Johnson
  • Dictionary of Latin Phrases. Jon R. Stone
  • Engineers Databook. 4th Edition. Clifford Matthews
  • Architect’s Pocket Book. 4th Edition. Charlotte Baden-Powell
  • Programming Robots with ROS. 1st Edition. Morgan Quigley. Brian Gerkey. William D. Smart

Futures Studies

  • Superforecasting. Philip E. Tetlock. Dan Gardner
  • Singularity is Near. Raymond Kurzweil
  • Foundations of Futures Studies. Volumes 1&2. Wendell Bell

U.S. Politics


  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power. Nomi Prins
  • How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour. Les Leopold
  • All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. Bethany McLean. Joe Nocera.


  • The Glass Cage. Nicholas Carr
  • The Second Machine Age. Erik Brynjolfsson. Andrew McAfee
  • The Internet Is Not the Answer. Andrew Keen
  • Rise of the Machines. Martin Ford
  • Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves

Pre-Automation / Ephemeral Labor / Gig Economy

  • Remote: Office Not Required. David Heinemeier Hansson. Jason Fried

Executive Studies

Right Society



  • Spirit Level
  • Wealth and Poverty of Nations. David S. Landes


Peer Production



World Order


Life Systems

Help people help themselves.

Planning & Incubation





Augmented Reality

Computer Hardware




Sensors & Scanning



  • RISC-V
  • 'InVision raises $55M in Series D funding to make product design collaborative'

"Ultimately, InVision’s goal is to be for product-based communication what Slack is for general corporate communication and Atlasssian or GitHub is for engineering-based communication. And this funding will certainly help them achieve that goal a little bit faster."


Common Stores

  • Freeshops
  • Tool Librarys

Social Enterprise

Learn to Code

Nathan's Non-Fiction Writings

Articles at Medium

Benevolent Technocracy

Political Economy





Child Education

Music I Like

Tim Hecker, Field Rotation, Deru, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Andy Stott, Tool, Pentangle, John Luc-Ponty, Infected Mushroom, DJ Sasha, Alice in Chains, Slowdive, Arvo Part

User Contributions