Sarah Polley: The Men You Meet Making Movies - The New York Times
Sarah Polley (right) making her documentary “Stories We Tell.” Ken Woroner/Roadside Attractions One day, when I was 19 years old, I was in the middle of a photo…
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4 days ago
Why Do We Keep Putting Gigantic, Naked Women in Sci-Fi?
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures One of the earliest, most intriguing images that appeared in trailers for Blade Runner 2049 was that of Ryan Gosling walking toward…
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5 days ago
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Are you there God? It’s me, robot.Photograph: Ociacia/Getty Images/iStockphoto Intranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology?…
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12 days ago
Eh, Maybe ‘Selling Out’ Isn’t So Bad After All | WIRED
Hey, how’s it going? I made a movie called The Mend . If you know me—if, say, we’ve talked to each other once, or if you follow me on Twitter, or you share my…
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15 days ago
Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation | Cosmos
Some physical phenomena may be impossible to simulate. Maciej Frolow / Getty Just in case it’s been weighing on your mind, you can relax now. A team of…
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This "Ghost Gun" Machine Now Makes Untraceable Metal Handguns | WIRED
For the past five years, Cody Wilson has applied every possible advance in digital manufacturing technology to the mission of undermining government attempts at…
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17 days ago
William Gibson interviewed: Archangel, the Jackpot, and the instantly commodifiable dreamtime of industrial societies / Boing Boing
William Gibson's 2014 novel The Peripheral was the first futuristic book he published in the 21st century, and it showed us a distant future in which some…
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18 days ago
The Reporter as Teacher: A Talk with John McPhee - The Barnes & Noble Review
I met John McPhee in the last year of my teens, when I was one of the lucky sixteen students he chose for the first year of his now-legendary Literature of Fact…
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27 days ago
Where Have All the Sexy Movies Gone? | Playboy
Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock THE QUESTION AND THE PROBLEM “When was the last time you saw two characters on screen who you believed really wanted to fuck each…
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What the cavesare trying to tell us | The Outline
Every so often, I get the urge to drag someone into a cave, and show them something unspeakable. The urge grabs me suddenly — in the middle of a conversation,…
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5 weeks ago
No Madness Like American Madness – Scenes From A Debacle In Phoenix – Medium
Scenes from a debacle in Phoenix. Photo: Getty In downtown Phoenix, in the space of a few blocks, there were 15,000 Trump supporters and 10,000 anti-Trump…
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6 weeks ago
Game of Thrones season 7: each character's strategy, ranked by political science - Vox
These guys did pretty well. (HBO) Game of Thrones ’ seventh season , one defined by the show’s most central characters all coming into conflict for the first…
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Jack Kirby, the Unknown King | New Republic
In 1982, the late-night talk show hostJohnny Carson insulted Jack Kirby in one of the worst possible ways, out ofsheer ignorance. As a favor for a small…
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ILLICIT OBJECTS (18) – HiLobrow
ILLICIT OBJECTS (18) By: William Gibson August 28, 2017 One in a 25-part series of nonfiction stories about objects of illicit significance. This is the third…
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How Mushrooms Became Magic - The Atlantic
If you were an American scientist interested in hallucinogens, the 1950s and 1960s were a great time to be working. Drugs like LSD and psilocybin—the active…
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Consciousness, Pleasure and Website Addiction
I was first alerted to the work of Irving Biederman, professor of neuroscience at USC, via this WSJ article on the nature of addictive websites . I’ve been a…
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7 weeks ago
Maybe Trump is a kind of cry for help from the Earth, a human flare | Frankie Boyle | Opinion | The Guardian
US president Donald Trump at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, last week.Photograph: Ralph Freso/Getty Images S o are we heading for a Mad Max -style future? I don’t…
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7 weeks ago
The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery | GQ
The search for the hidden forces that might soon control the marijuana industry began, as many wild journeys do, in Las Vegas. It was last November, and I was…
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Film Crit Hulk SMASH: Let’s Talk About “Pickle Rick” | Birth.Movies.Death.
I watched "Pickle Rick" and then I had to go sit outside for awhile. I just had to detach. And I took my time, too. I breathed in the cool night air. I looked…
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10 weeks ago
William Gibson: what we talk about, when we talk about dystopia / Boing Boing
With pre-orders open for the graphic novel collecting William Gibson's amazing comic book Archangel , and a linked novel on the way that ties the 2016 election…
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10 weeks ago
Film Crit Hulk SMASH: Christopher Nolan & The Cruelty Of Time | Birth.Movies.Death.
1. THE TICKING CLOCK It's the first image that comes to mind. For the ticking clock has been a staple of most of Nolan's career. Not just in the rhythmic,…
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11 weeks ago
What Do Buddhist Monks Think of the Trolley Problem? - The Atlantic
The Harvard psychologist Joshua Greene is an expert in “trolleyology,” the self-effacing way he describes his research into the manifold variations on the…
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july 2017
The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking - Motherboard
This article includes both original reporting from Motherboard and reporting fro m The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone . The window shades are…
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july 2017
From Russia With Blood: 14 Suspected Hits On British Soil That The Government Ignored
Share Share The London square was still and cold when the body fell, dropping silently through the moonlight and landing with a thud. Impaled through the chest…
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june 2017
Film Crit Hulk SMASH: Ridley Scott, Cinema’s Underrated Weirdo | Birth.Movies.Death.
1. No one thinks about Ridley Scott as a weirdo. When we imagine the great gonzo filmmakers of our era we picture the brilliant idiosyncrasies of Herzog, the…
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june 2017
A Massacre in Flight: A Fresh Look – The Curious Fortean Blog
One “paranormal” event which I remember hearing about when I was younger and which I’ve been fascinated with for years was a number of “mysterious” deaths which…
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may 2017
Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism | HuffPost
Metamodernism is variously called a cultural paradigm, a cultural philosophy, a structure of feeling, and a system of logic. All these phrases really mean is…
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may 2017
What Is Seth Abramson Trying to Tell Us? - The Chronicle of Higher Education
M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle Review Seth Abramson sees his "curatorial journalism" on Twitter as a patriotic sacrifice, not a bid for attention. "Being…
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may 2017
How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attacks | MalwareTech
How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attacks So finally I’ve found enough time between emails and Skype calls to write up on the crazy events which occurred…
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may 2017
HOLLYWOOD IS SCREWED – But Don’t Blame the Internet, Blame the Stupidity of the Studios – BAG OF COOP
Bill Mechanic is a name that most of us don’t know. But, maybe we should. The head of FOX Filmed Entertainment from 1994-2000, he oversaw probably dozens of…
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may 2017
The Threat | Edge.org
People who are able to live digitally enhanced lives, in the sense that they can use all the available tools to the fullest extent, are very much more…
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may 2017
Will Hollywood Learn Anything From Get Out’s Success?
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out . Photo: Universal Pictures There is nothing more disruptive to Hollywood than a movie that makes a ton of money while ignoring every…
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may 2017
The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence - IEEE Spectrum
Photo: USC Shoah Foundation Archive Bot: At the University of Southern California, an automated system continually checks magnetic tapes containing about 50…
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may 2017
www.nytimes.com
William Gibson’s next novel, “Agency,” is to be published by Berkley in January. Michael O'Shea William Gibson’s science fiction is so eerily prophetic that…
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april 2017
Hot takes and “problematic faves”: the rise of socially conscious criticism - Vox
Get Out Justin Lubin / Universal Pictures Get Out is a message movie. That's not a bad thing or a good thing, just a description: Jordan Peele's hit movie uses…
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april 2017
How Intel Makes a Chip - Bloomberg
Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it’s a good idea to carefully wash…
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april 2017
Inside the 'Stalkerware' Surveillance Market, Where Ordinary People Tap Each Other's Phones - Motherboard
This story is part of When Spies Come Home , a Motherboard series about powerful surveillance software ordinary people use to spy on their loved ones. John*…
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april 2017
Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance
I came to the United States as a six year old kid from Eastern Europe. One of my earliest memories of that time was the Safeway supermarket, an astonishing…
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april 2017
I, Rapper: Imagining a Hip-Hop Future With A.I. | DJBooth
Artificial intelligence is one of the most fascinating yet terrifying concepts in human history. Its prevalence is also inevitable at this point, as we see more…
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april 2017
‘DAMN.’ Decoded: Kendrick Lamar’s Album is About Breaking the Curse of Disobedience | DJBooth
Gone but not forgotten, homes I still feel ya / So, curse the day that birthed the bastard / Who caused your church mass, reverse the crash / Reverse the blast…
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april 2017
The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black - Features - The Stranger
Rajah Bose I 'm sitting across from Rachel Dolezal, and she looks... white. Not a little white, not racially ambiguous. Dolezal looks really, really white. She…
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april 2017
Brian Reed, maker of S-Town: ‘People’s minds go to paranoid places very easily’ | Television & radio | The Guardian
Brian Reed: ‘Stoner by John Williams was an influence, because it’s about an unremarkable life.’Photograph: Sandy Honig S-Town ( Shit-Town ) is a seven-episode…
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april 2017
Mutation in clock gene explains why some night owls stay up late | New Scientist
Up late, again DuKai/Getty By New Scientist staff and Press Association A gene variant may explain why some people prefer to stay up late and hate early…
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april 2017
www.nytimes.com
Illustration by Javier Jaén In 1990, when computers were still merely in the process of taking over the world, John Daugman, a computer scientist and researcher…
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april 2017
www.nytimes.com
The headquarters of the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md. Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency The release on websites this week of what appears…
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april 2017
Don’t Forget Your Base – theshadowbrokers – Medium
Dear President Trump, Respectfully, what the fuck are you doing? TheShadowBrokers voted for you. TheShadowBrokers supports you. TheShadowBrokers is losing faith…
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april 2017
Dale Beran | OCCUPY BATMAN
At the heart of a repetition compulsion, Freud says, is the fact no genuine pleasure is derived from the act. Think, for example, of the cartwheeling lovers in…
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march 2017
A Tale of Two Hipsters – Dale Beran – Medium
A 10,000 word essay on what the term hipster means. “Bohemia. A desert country near the sea.” -William Shakespeare Part I: A Tale of Two Bicycles Around 2008,…
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march 2017
There was an outbreak of cannibalism 10,000 years ago in Spain | Ars Technica
The Mesolithic period in Europe, roughly 10,000 years ago, was a tumultuous time. Small groups of hunter-gatherers were undergoing a dramatic cultural…
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march 2017
How Doctors Treat Mental Illness With Psychedelic Drugs - Rolling Stone
How some doctors are risking everything to unleash the healing power of MDMA, ayahuasca and other hallucinogens Dr. X is a dad. Appropriately – boringly – at…
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march 2017
Terence McKenna’s Last Trip | WIRED
The "altered statesman" emerged from Leary's long shadow to push a magical blend of psychedelics, technology, and revelatory rap. He had less time than he knew.…
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march 2017
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down - Motherboard
An earlier version of this story appeared in Das Magazin in December. On November 9 at around 8.30 AM., Michal Kosinski woke up in the Hotel Sunnehus in Zurich.…
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march 2017
Can Customs and Border Protection Agents at JFK Demand to See ID? - The Atlantic
American citizens had their introduction to the Trump-era immigration machine Wednesday, when Customs and Border Protection agents met an airliner that had just…
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march 2017
How to Beat Trump - The Atlantic
Fourteen years ago, I found myself an unexpected micro-target of a left-liberal protest demonstration. I had visited London to watch the debate and subsequent…
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february 2017
Tech and the Fake Market tactic – Humane Tech – Medium
Tech and the Fake Market tactic In one generation, the Internet went from opening up new free markets to creating a series of Fake Markets that exploit society,…
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february 2017
David Axelrod, Musical Visionary And Historical Propellant, Remembered : The Record : NPR
Enlarge this image David Axelrod. GAB Archive/Redferns Listen to that song close, especially to the chords. Everything I do, you'll hear in that tune. Some of…
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february 2017
Considerations On Cost Disease | Slate Star Codex
I. Tyler Cowen writes about cost disease . I’d previously heard the term used to refer only to a specific theory of why costs are increasing, involving labor…
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february 2017
www.nytimes.com
The author Harry Mathews in Manhattan in 2005. Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Half of Harry Mathews’s novel “The Sinking of the Odradek Stadium” was written…
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february 2017
The FDA Is Cracking Down On Rogue Genetic Engineers
A fluorescent cat engineered by scientists using jelly fish genes. Image: Nature David Ishee’s plan was simple, if not exactly free of complication. From the…
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february 2017
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