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First and Last by Hilaire Belloc
The wise complain of the jingo in every country; and properly, for he upsets the plans of statesmen, miscalculates the value of national forces, and may, if he is powerful enough, destroy the true spirit of armies. But the wise would be wiser still if, while they blamed the extravagance of this sort of man, they would recognize that it came from that half-knowledge of mere names and lists which excludes reality. It is maps and newspapers that turn an honest fool into a jingo. Sooner or later Time brings the empty phrase and the false conclusion up against what is; the empty imaginary looks reality in the face and the truth at once conquers. In the long processes of human lives, in the succession of generations, the real necessities and nature of a human society destroy any false formula upon which it was attempted to conduct it. Time must always ultimately teach.
culture  literature  observation  perception  essay  thinking  HilaireBelloc 
april 2015 by amaah
Notes on Postmodern Programming (pdf)
don't quite know what to make of this... I guess this means that the postmodern label is apt
programming  semiotics  technology  essay  postmodern  computing  software  BestPractices  computerscience  engineering  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2011 by amaah
On a man who was protected by another man
Loved this essay/parable satirizing the colonial enterprise and its cheerleaders, Rudyard Kipling chief among them... Mahmoud said to him:

" What have you come to do here ?"

And Smith said:

"Why, to tell you the honest truth, I have come to protect you." ...

Then Smith sat down by the seashore and began to cry, thinking of his home and of the green trees and of the North, and he wrote another poem about the burden that he had borne, and of what a great man he was and how he went all over the world protecting people, and how brave he was, and how Mahmoud also was very brave, but how he was much braver than Mahmoud.
literature  satire  humour  observation  colonialism  empire  imperialism  essay  parable  Kipling  hatchetjob  HilaireBelloc  greatgame 
july 2009 by amaah
On Everything By Hilaire Belloc
Thank God for Google Books... compare this collection of essays to the earlier "On Nothing and Kindred Subjects". Belloc was the original blogger (if you ignore Pepys, for quantity is no virtue in and of itself, and panache in digressive discursions is worth everything).
literature  observation  culture  language  writing  essay  style  thinking 
april 2009 by amaah
Angels in Winter
Italy is a third-world country. It has the ostentatious contrasts of a third-world country, and the brittle pride. Teju Cole does Paul Theroux
Italy  travel  writing  observation  culture  essay 
march 2009 by amaah
Speaking in Tongues
Zadie Smith on identity, biracial tropes, Obama, code switching, multiple voices, people of no country, people of many countries, tragic blacks, tragic whites, tragic mulattoes etc...
identity  literature  culture  observation  USA  race  authenticity  zadiesmith  obama  language  writing  essay  class  voice  allegiance  perception  performance 
february 2009 by amaah
Fault Lines: Turkey East to West
George Georgiou's photo essay on Turkey... I was surprised at how quickly change was taking place: landscapes, towns, and cities reshaped, an extensive road network under construction, town centers "beautified," and large apartment blocks springing up at a rapid rate around every town and city. Almost always, the architecture and infrastructure follow the same blueprint. Cities are becoming carbon copies of each other.
photography  essay  Turkey  observation  design  architecture  urban  migration  change  city  development  infrastructure  strategy  culture  photo 
february 2009 by amaah
Kapelwa Musonda
three articles from the Zambian satirist, Kapelwa Musonda. These articles appeared in the 1960s and 1970s - brilliant
satire  humour  observation  literature  journalism  culture  language  essay  virtuosity  Zambia  Africa  writing 
november 2008 by amaah
Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg? (Part One)
In which the author reads 2 sentences in an essay and, curiosity spurred, sets of to Crimea to determine if an old photograph was staged and the order in which 2 photos were taken. Errol Morris has a roving mind.
photography  authenticity  history  war  essay 
october 2007 by amaah
The Wheelbarrow Operators
A photo essay on the essential lifeblood of Monrovia, Liberia
Liberia  Africa  city  urban  transportation  entrepreneur  photography  photo  essay 
august 2007 by amaah
"It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief ": Crime and the American genre film
The thief has been a central figure in films about crime, in the American genre film, and in film noir. In a sense, there is also a link between the idea of the genre film and theft, for insofar as it's a repetition of certain patterns and characters, the
film  noir  movies  essay  culture  analysis  history  interview 
august 2007 by amaah
'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy
A critique of the nothing to hide argument. When asked about government surveillance and data mining, many people respond by declaring: I've got nothing to hide. According to the nothing to hide argument, there is no threat to privacy unless the governmen
privacy  security  control  regulation  governance  freedom  law  policy  politics  essay  argument 
july 2007 by amaah
The Demise of Sadness: Melancholia, Depression and Narcissism in Late Modernity
It was this last clause that startled me. No-one dies of grief anymore; boredom, perhaps, but not a broken heart. I had imagined that a grief induced wasting disease, like consumption, was an affliction of the past. Nor had the other newspaper reports des
modernity  sadness  melancholy  depression  narcissism  essay  Australia  life  observation  culture  grief 
may 2007 by amaah
On Ignorance by Hilaire Belloc
There is a special form of this method it is to show a steady and crass ignorance of very nearly everything that can be mentioned, and with all this to keep a steady mouth, a determined eye, and (this is essential) to show by a hundred allusions that you
observation  ignorance  humour  culture  knowledge  wit  HilaireBelloc  essay  behaviour 
may 2007 by amaah
On George W. Bush
"His had been an intellectual decision founded on his conviction that if a little knowledge was a dangerous thing, a lot was lethal." A meditation on knowledge, ignorance and the Scrambled Egg Theory of Mesopotamia
observation  profile  knowledge  ignorance  Bush  USA  America  neocons  dubya  literature  psychology  culture  TomSharpe  HilaireBelloc  hatchetjob  essay  zingers  blood  rogues  FallenAngels  ThingsFallApart  toli 
may 2007 by amaah
Divine comedy
What is wrong with the modern literary novel? Why is it so worthy and dull? Why is it so anxious? Why is it so bloody boring? Julian Gough on the lack of whimsy in western literature as opposed to tragedy.It's time writers got back to the serious business
humour  literature  western  comedy  tragedy  values  modernity  essay  satire  culture  pop  religion  christianity 
april 2007 by amaah
The Low End Theory of Networks
Rumsfeld Taxonomy of Networks & Technology Adoption and System Design 101: Ruthlessly leverage disruptions in the system, Lower coordination costs through layer stripping, Favour participation over control, Temper the human factor to encourage adoption
networks  end-to-end  systems  GreatGame  technology  architecture  design  economics  control  participation  coordination  strategy  policy  innovation  distribution  aggregation  incentives  arbitrage  politics  observation  analysis  whimsy  LowEndTheory  web  internet  resilience  adaptability  evolution  essay  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
The Dan Brown code
Brown's writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad. Why did I keep reading? Because London Heathrow is a long way from San Francisco International, and airline magazines are thin, and two-month-old Hollywo
language  review  literature  hatchetjob  style  funny  essay  writing  DanBrown  criticism  english  humour  linguistics  rant 
june 2006 by amaah
The Books of Nima
The full Ghanaian experience straight from the slums of Nima. "How else could they laugh / Like they do when they should weep; Remembering the voiceless days of the past." "Some call it globalization; I know it as the Mosquito Principle".
Ghana  Nima  Accra  life  experience  urban  slums  web  serendipity  literature  poetry  conversation  observation  culture  interpretation  development  infrastructure  glue  perception  history  KwesiBrew  globalization  essay  SmallThings  SocialLiving  ThingsFallApart  toli  personal  wist  reading  Africa 
may 2006 by amaah
The Untold Story of Sodom & Gomorrah
Thankfully it is being demolished but I turn towards this photo essay whenever I need a reality check - staring into the abyss in other words. And to think that this was what things looked like in the year 2003. Suffer, suffer, amen.
slums  photo  essay  Ghana  despair  Africa  urban  poverty  Accra 
may 2006 by amaah
Happy Birthday Jamie Bell!
An example of the kind of manufactured serendiptiy this internet provides... a discursive, personal and conversational essay on chance discovery, celebrity, the joy of movies, talent, emotion and more... I'm not the only one with toli for small things
culture  web  serendipity  essay  discovery  talent  review  emotion  jamiebell  movie 
may 2006 by amaah
Huhudious (or Silly Season)
huhudious adj. an outrageous statement or a point of view or behaviour that beggars belief. close synonym to hubristic, breathtaking and preposterous, with the same notion of brazen, yet insouciant, arrogance on the part of the interlocutor. hoo-hoo-dious
huhudious  B-movie  life  humour  language  neologism  observation  satire  essay  rant  politics  economics  perception  culture  media  journalism  England  USA  America  Africa  hypocrisy  irony  Congo  Kabila  GreatGame  CoteD'Ivoire  Liberia  Ghana  Iraq  Iran  AbuGhraib  Guantanamo  StephenCambone  Gabon  EquatorialGuinea  China  Microsoft  Bongo  Putin  Kristof  Bolton  ThingsFallApart  toli 
may 2006 by amaah
In Praise of Loopholes
There’s something to be said for working smarter, and not harder, and humans have been looking for—and finding—loopholes to enable it for centuries. A look at some of our most celebrated loophole practitioners, and their tales.
insight  humour  loopholes  humannature  law  culture  essay 
april 2006 by amaah
The Israel Lobby
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt essay in the London Review of books on the most efficient lobby of them all...
essay  history  israel  palestine  policy  strategy  advocacy  usa  politics  economics 
april 2006 by amaah
Ghana: Changing Values / Changing Technologies
Ghanaian Philosophical Studies, II. A treasure trove of Ghanaian scholarship
ghana  philosophy  history  culture  academia  essay 
april 2006 by amaah
Bullet From A Gun
The Toli Remix of Derek B's Bullet From a Gun, a hip-hop photo essay in the vein of South London's vibe. Part II of the London's Got Soul Trilogy.
London  DerekB  travel  journalism  life  photo  essay  culture  music  fun  whimsy  hip-hop  observation  perception  SouthLondon  art  collage  hubris  soul  hustle  flow  remix  toli 
july 2005 by amaah
Catford Bridge
Part 1 of the London's Got Soul trilogy... Some action-packed travel journalism
London  Catford  travel  journalism  life  photo  essay  storytelling  fun  whimsy  soul  fight  observation  perception  SouthLondon  CatfordBridge  mishaps  culture  England  toli 
july 2005 by amaah
Manhole Explosions in Central Square
Some blog journalism on an action-packed afternoon in Cambridge... and a photo essay to boot
Cambridge  CentralSquare  city  urban  life  news  electricity  explosion  streetlife  writing  travel  journalism  observation  photo  essay  fun  Boston  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
West Africa Road Trip (photo essay)
Geoffrey Hiller's wonderful multimedia photo essay on ghana Togo and Benin
ghana  togo  benin  photo  essay  photography  cool  Africa  culture  urban  life  poverty  spirit  music  great  art  documentary  city  huhudious 
may 2005 by amaah
Koforidua Fever (or Naki does Ghana)
A visual introduction to Ghana - Strange Bedfellows - the photo essay aka "This Be Ghana - This Be Koranteng" and The Naki Portfolio aka Naki Does Ghana
Architecture  Africa  Culture  Humour  Journalism  History  Design  Art  Wit  World  Ghana  Memoir  Whimsy  youth  poverty  Zeitgeist  Modernity  fun  Development  Housing  toli  observation  roots  classic  wonder  city  travel  life  perspective  colonialism  Accra  photo  essay  photography 
april 2005 by amaah

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