It took me almost another decade after graduate school to figure out what...– Gary Lutz, “The Sentence is a Lonely Place,” reprinted in The Believer in 2009 and brought to my attention by Ben Lansky. This is as good an essay on writing as I’ve read, and it satisfies a requirement for a good discussion of craft which David Cole called “determinacy.” Writing about craft is...
Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable...– Tim Krieder, The ‘Busy’ Trap via NYTimes.com (via underpaidgenius)
Extended Senses Invisible Fences →
worsethandetroit: Chris Arkenberg discusses human-machine socialisation in this post based on a talk he gave at ARE2012.
I believe that this massive aggregation of threats to man and his ecological...– Gregory Bateson, “Pathologies of Epistemology” (via andrewroxby)
Zajal is a programming language designed to reduce the friction between creative...– met Ramsey at eyebeam today. Software looks amazing. I am very excited to try this out. Zajal | eyebeam.org (via blerchin)
The notion of the offline as real and authentic is a recent invention,...– Nathan Jurgenson, “The IRL Fetish” (via thenewinquiry)
frozenvision: TIME (documentation)
On using memory to transform your influences into... →
austinkleon: All memory has to be reimagined. For we have in our memories micro-films that can only be read if they are lighted by the bright light of the imagination. —Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics Of Space Something weird happens when we try to recreate cultural artifacts from memory: the result has less to do with the artifact, and more to do with us. Here’s type designer Erik Spiekermann...
Man, owing to an egoism that is too shortsighted about his own interests, his...– Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck (Système analytique des connaissances positives de l’homme, 1820)
101 Series: What Is an API? →
thehalogroupeffect: Have you ever heard the term “API”? You most likely have, but do you know what it means? API stands for application programming interface, and is defined as “a specification intended to be used as an interface by software components to communicate with each other.” For our…
DIRTY RICHMOND: What You Learn When You Leave... →
dommm: dirtyrichmond: What You Learn When You Leave Richmond Words by: Christine Erickson After graduating from VCU in the spring of 2011, Christine Erickson promptly packed her bags and headed to the city of her dreams, New York City. Once in New York, Christine landed an internship at … Christine and I worked together our senior year at VCU; she was the editor-in-chief of Ink Magazine and...
Our apparent and oft-condemned apathy is actually a carefully modulated...– Douglas Rushkoff, Gen X Reader (via cheattowin)
alwaysunderconstruction: A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome. Great video by Evan Mather!!
Technoccult: How One Hacker Quit the Programming... →
technoccult: Photo by Mike Linkovich New one from me at Wired: Some people believe that everyone should be a programmer. But Frank Duff is living proof this notion should be taken with a large grain of salt. In 2003, Duff quit his job as a software developer and went to work as a bike messenger. …
Awesome New Art Tumblrs!
workman: tumblropenarts: Asia Society Scope Art Show Go Brooklyn Art (Brooklyn Museum) David Nolan Gallery artnet U Michigan Museum of Art New Image Art Gallery Angel Orensanz Foundation Residency Unlimited The Jogging Eyebeam NYC SVA MFA Fine Arts Cloaque dOCUMENTA 13 - 100 Days in Kassel Summer Fridays
cnce: Open-Source and It’s Career Benefits. Check it out! via anaioco
In Praise of Impractical Programming →
lifeandcode: By Jacob Harris, late of the New York Times. ”…if you want to advance as a programmer, you need to take some impractical detours.”
In a society in which individualism is becoming rampant, people more and more...– Learned Optimism: Martin Seligman on Happiness, Depression, and the Meaningful Life (via nevver)
@autodespair : cantcopewontcope:... →
cantcopewontcope: “Recognition of human hand can be performed at 1ms with a high-speed vision, and the position and the shape of the human hand are recognized. The wrist joint angle of the robot hand is controlled based on the position of the human hand. The vision recognizes one of rock, paper and…
hookedonsemiotics: There needs to be a thing where Zizek just watches Fox News and comments on it in real time, with like a 15-second delay maybe. All day long.
livefromthenypl: Slavoj Zizek on today’s limitless possibilities—barring the possibility for universal health care. As the Supreme Court rules on health care today, watch this video, and tell us how you feel about America and its priorities.
remediosthebeauty: ‘flatten’ is an experimental short about the changing shapes food takes on as it is flattened. Simple enough, right? Add in some great editing to the perfect piece of music and this little film becomes mesmerizing. Made by Hugo de Kok & Kay van Vree.
When welfare applicants finally prove that they exist, and show their material...– The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America’s Middle Class | Culture News | Rolling Stone (via peterwknox) When I was very little, my family was so poor that we didn’t even qualify for welfare. I don’t think most people truly understand the stress of being that kind of poor. Your relationships change....
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something,...– Buckminster Fuller (via difference-is-happy)
Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,...– Remembering Nora Ephron , who passed away last night at the age of 71, with her most timeless words on women, love, happiness, reading, life, and death (via explore-blog)
Why Iceland →
poptech: …there are some critically important resilience lessons here, not just for the Iceland but also for the world. First, the mass social actions that Iceland undertook in response to the crisis helped create outlets for social catharsis and bolstered a sense of commonweal. They helped people feel like they were in the same boat, and gave a sense of agency to the people. The...