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What Happened to Tagging? | JSTOR Daily
On the surface, that might seem like a win: Instead of painstakingly curating my own incoming news, I can effortlessly find an endless supply of interesting, worthwhile content that the algorithm finds for me. The problem, of course, is that the algorithm isn’t neutral: It’s the embodiment of Facebook and Twitter’s technology, data analysis, and most crucial, business model. By relying on the algorithm, instead of on tags and RSS, I’m letting an army of web developers, business strategists, data scientists, and advertisers determine what gets my attention. I’m leaving myself vulnerable to misinformation, and manipulation, and giving up my power of self-determination.
web2.0  nostalgia  social-network  tagging  digital 
november 2019 by aries1988
A Walk to Kobe
Haruki Murakami

Maybe it’s exactly because of that that I wanted to take a walk there, alert and attentive to what I might discover. Perhaps I wanted to see for myself how this home town I’d lost all obvious connections with would appear to me now. How much of a shadow (or a shadow of a shadow) of myself I would discover there?

There’s hardly a cloud in the sky. An almost perfect May tableau. Still, as I sit there on the concrete bank and gaze at where the real sea used to be, everything here, like a tyre leaking air, slowly, and quietly, loses its sense of reality.
sea  city  nostalgia  childhood  walk  japan  change  earthquake  from instapaper
november 2019 by aries1988





ww2  nation  state  ethnic  coldwar  nostalgia  population  czech  book  germany  from instapaper
june 2019 by aries1988

好酱油回味悠长,“酱油宴”之后的翌晨,我犹感觉那酱油膏的香气缠绵在口舌间。它的味道强烈,有时还透露出严厉的表情;然而强烈中又不乏细腻,品尝它,仿佛品尝大地的精华:嘉南平原的沃土和气候,浊水溪甘美的泉水。它是法文“风土”(terroir )的具体表现,也令我对台湾的酱油工艺学充满期待。
taiwan  food  soja  sauce  moi  nostalgia  porc  germany 
july 2018 by aries1988
The Classics (Bonus Track Version) - The Shanghai Restoration Project - 专辑 - 网易云音乐
上海复兴方案(The Shanghai Restoration Project)系为毕业于哈佛大学的华裔美人梁文伟(Dave Liang)的得意之作,其创作灵感来源于30年代旧上海夜总会中的爵士乐,而在融合了传统中式乐器的基础上,乐曲又被创作人赋予了嘻哈、电子、沙发等西式风格化标签,由此绽放异彩。“The Classics”已是梁在此项目名下发布的第12张作品,本张专辑主要注重对经典上海爵士乐的解
shanghai  music  nostalgia 
april 2018 by aries1988

一个西裔女人招待他,拿过来一份菜单。他没有翻开,只问她,Nasi Goreng 有没有。女侍点头。他就说,好吧,就来一份Nasi Goreng, 一罐啤酒。

印尼炒饭,三年前他吃了整整两个月。那是个一月份,他上了一个雅加达的项目,印尼的一个客户寻求国际并购的机会。印尼是穆斯林社会,风气保守,晚上十一点,肚子饿,唯一开着的餐饮是路边大排档。大排档都一式一样,Chicken Satay, Gado Gado, Nasi Goreng. 所以他每个夜晚就吃这三样,烤鸡肉串,加多加多色拉, 印尼炒饭,配一瓶啤酒。他坐在大排档的塑料棚下面,雨点打在棚面响声如雷。店主在一口大锅前不停翻炒,脸上不停滴下水,不知是汗还是雨。老板娘收钱、擦桌子,扫地,兜里的钱票子都是湿的。大排档粗陋,盐不是放多就是放少,还要不就是没调开, 一口淡一口咸,镬气倒是十足,火候好。他就坐在那条塑料板凳上,这三样吃了两个月。

现在他老婆短发,他的发迹线有点太高。第一只猫头鹰已经被女儿睡得太脏。他知道第二个孩子降生时,老婆会兴高采烈地给他拿出第二只猫头鹰,那一只也会无可挽回地变脏、掉毛。那家做猫头鹰的玩具厂已经倒闭,这种玩具再也买不到了;因为Bill Murray而走红世界的日本威士忌,很多牌子已经卖脱销,十几年内不会有新货。想起这两件事情,他有点伤感。

除了加班和带孩子,他们剩下的可怜的空闲时间都用来看新房和谈房贷,孩子越来越大,必须搬到好学区住才行。对于婚姻,他常常想起Before Midnight,那么烦躁,零碎,温吞吞,缓慢地死去,“也许就和化疗一样”,他有一次这么想到。他疲惫不堪,他老婆恐怕更累,却无法不去爱这一切:毕竟,他们用Lost in Translation里猫头鹰的名字命名了两个孩子:Louise 和Luis。

story  douban  love  sex  memory  nostalgia  melancholy  life  marriage  family  man  youth  middle-age  indonesia  food  work  california 
december 2017 by aries1988
Memories of Thanksgivings Abroad and In Between

I remember tweeting into the void about Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce on the morning of my first Thanksgiving abroad. Nobody who might have cared was up yet.

In it, she writes about realizing, after becoming a foreign correspondent, that the picture she had of America hadn’t been complete—that one hadn’t seen the whole picture of America until one had left the national borders, because the whole picture included foreign interventions, cultural exports, and various modes of thought that were invisible at home.

The agonizing particulars of the Presidential race, which were doubly nerve-wracking to watch from afar, had been hard to explain to inquisitive Spaniards. I craved American company—to be able to dish and spar with some compatriots in the know. So when a group of expats invited me to dinner, I accepted, bringing a bottle of Rioja.

All of these celebrations offered, and birds ritually consumed, have led me to a single, significant conclusion: If it’s true, as my colleague Calvin Trillin long ago suggested, that everything exotic that isn’t chicken tastes like chicken—rattlesnake, ostrich, etc.—the one thing that can be said for certain, on Thanksgiving, is that no matter what you do to it, a turkey will always taste like a turkey.
gaijin  expat  home  festival  nostalgia  work  paris  ukraine  stans  turkey  food  eating  story  from instapaper
november 2017 by aries1988
The Long Shot - The New Yorker
Jia is not much interested in plot. His attraction to film seems to owe more to the dictum of André Bazin, the French theorist whom he counts as an inspiration, that photography “embalms time.” Jia crams his movies with so many hair styles, pop songs, and news references that they feel like time capsules of the here and now. He has a single, unwavering theme: the liminal space in which individuals try, usually in vain, to move from one life to another—floating migrants, laid-off factory hands, restless teen-agers, all trapped on the margins of China’s boom, with enough technology to glimpse the wider world but no way to reach it. In Jia’s cosmology, trains usually speed out of sight before you can catch them and motorcycles break down.

His characters are often inspired by people he grew up with—friends, in his words, “as ignorant and coarse and full of vitality as roadside weeds.”

the movement made a searing impression on him. “Although it failed, it didn’t really fail,” he said, “because it took freedom and democracy, individualism, individual rights, all these concepts, and disseminated them to many people, including me.”

Jia immersed himself in films from Taiwan and Europe, often watching three a day. Those which he could not find in the school archives he found on the street, as pirated V.H.S. tapes. He often pedalled his bicycle across town to watch screenings at a French cultural center in Beijing.

In contrast to the epic historical Chinese dramas that were popular at the time, Jia had revealed a bitterly unadorned image of contemporary life and its discontents. To older Chinese admirers especially, the film’s honesty was bittersweet. “We had been forbidden from telling the truth for such a long time that once we were allowed to do so, we did not know how to tell the truth,” the painter Chen Danqing wrote of the film.

He felt powerless. “My motivation for making films was not simply a love of movies but also a sense of idealism, a hope that I could help to change society.”

In “Still Life,” a building launches into the air like a rocket, and a flying saucer zips across the sky. (As Jia has explained to a film magazine, China’s “official speeches and pictures are like U.F.O.s that never touch the ground.”)

“Not because they are kung-fu movies—I like kung-fu movies—but because the film underscores power, that we should ‘bow down’ before power! For ‘harmony in the world,’ we should give up individual fights and efforts. The ‘authority of power,’ the focus of his films, is what makes me extremely uncomfortable.”

“My expression, my view on history, my view on the truth must be independent,” he says, “but I tell myself not to get marginalized, because being marginalized means you can’t do anything. Marginalization can be a kind of pleasant stance—I really admire many of those people—but I would rather expend enormous energy trying to dance with the many levels of the era in which we live.”
reportage  bio  movie  chinese  china  leader  art  idea  people  nostalgia  countryside  shanxi  from instapaper
june 2017 by aries1988
Peace and prosperity: it is worth saving the liberal order
The system established after 1945 was built on US power. But it endured and, after the end of the cold war, expanded because US leadership was embedded in multilateral rules and institutions. Everyone had a stake. Washington sometimes over-reached — in Vietnam or with the invasion of Iraq. By history’s standards, however, the Pax Americana was essentially benign, resting as much on the force of example as military might.
history  uk  world  order  crisis  challenge  china  populism  brexit  nostalgia  immigration  society  politics 
february 2017 by aries1988
What makes train travel such an antidote to life’s stresses? | Aeon Essays
trains blurred the line between public and private. ‘Train travel requires people to do private things in public,’

And what’s fascinating about it is the possibility of being able to observe strangers. For women in particular who don’t have a lot of geographic mobility in urban spaces, riding on a train is as close as they can get to that flâneur experience of urban life – where you can sit and you can watch people and you can eavesdrop on conversations.’

When, several years ago, I returned to Russia after a long absence, I booked a 24-hour train journey for myself and my eight-year-old daughter from St Petersburg to Odessa in Ukraine. I wanted her to experience what I remembered: a whole day together, an uninterrupted passage of hours filled with books and conversations, an opportunity to spend time entirely on ourselves, by ourselves, and with ourselves.

Just like my mother more than 30 years earlier, I packed boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, bread, cheese and apples. We ate all three meals together without television, telephone or the internet. When the conductor brought tea – much like I remembered from the Sochi express times, with two cubes of sugar, in a classic railway cup – we drank it with sweets we bought at an intermediate stop, looked out of the window, and talked.
essay  train  travel  transport  story  russia  family  nostalgia  history  people  female  from instapaper
july 2016 by aries1988
From Pokémon Red to Pokémon Go, How Nintendo's Video Game Franchise Captured the Experience of Leaving Home - The Atlantic
The original Pokémon (first released for the Game Boy in 1996) is a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age-story, disguised as a bug-collecting challenge.

It works because it captures the original game’s spirit of exploration, even if its players said goodbye to their childhood home years ago.

The way Tajiri describes his childhood in that interview alludes to the game’s bildungsroman quality, that of a child learning about the world around him by physically grappling with it. “If I put my hand in the river, I would get a crayfish. If there was a stick over a hole, it would create an air bubble and I'd find insects there,” he said. “In Japan, a lot of kids like to go out and catch beetles by putting honey on a piece of tree bark. My idea was to put a stone under a tree, because they slept during the day and like sleeping under stones. So in the morning I'd go pick up the stone and find them. Tiny discoveries like that made me excited.”

it’s still managed to turn its fans into a nation of Dr. Bugs, even if we aren’t turning over stones or baiting trees with honey. At its best, it can evoke a little wonder in the mundane world around us—or force us to realize the world we live in was never mundane in the first place.
game  children  iOS  animal  insect  discovery  nature  nostalgia  city  essay  neighborhood 
july 2016 by aries1988
story  children  nostalgia  fire  life  death  from instapaper
august 2015 by aries1988
Goodbye F.A.O. Schwarz: Toy Lovers Prepare for Store’s Closing -
“But it was really the experience of going. It was like a kids’ museum. I would go to the natural history museum with my mom for the educational angle, but I would make my aunt and uncle take me to F. A. O. Schwarz. That, to me, was a kid’s dream.”

But — and this hints at the challenges facing a retailer like F. A. O. Schwarz — she remembers only one purchase, a pink Penelope the Pup toy. She still guards it, to the extent that she can from 60 miles away in Manhattan, where she now lives. “My mom, every so often, tries to move stuff up to the attic — that dog and my collection of Gund teddy bears,” she said. “I won’t let her.”

“Walking out of there with a $7.99 Barbie, I was out of my mind with happiness,” she said. “For my parents, as an immigrant family, not to have to spend a lot just to experience being in this massive toy store, it didn’t matter the price point of the toy. That was the great thing about F. A. O. You could spend $8 or $1,500 and your child would walk out with the same feeling.”
toy  store  newyork  nostalgia  children  2015 
may 2015 by aries1988
Julie and Julia and an iPad - The New Yorker
I’m no paper purist—I love having all five “Game of Thrones” novels at my fingertips at all times—and the conveniences of the iPad will surely keep many of my cookbooks moldering on their shelf. But certain books need their weightiness, their awkwardness, to take on their full meaning. “MtAoFC” on the iPad is more practical, but it’s far less personal.
book  comparison  cuisine  ebook  gadget  nostalgia  story 
march 2015 by aries1988
China Says Goodbye in the Key of G: Kenny G
In China, Kenny G’s instrumental “Going Home” has been used for years as a way to tell people to leave.
BEIJING — There are many things about modern China that…
nostalgia  randomness  song  chinese  memory  music  from instapaper
october 2014 by aries1988
“异国蔬菜故乡味” – 豆瓣: 艾小柯 –
from:rss  nostalgia  expat  food  list  howto 
october 2014 by aries1988
life  china  nostalgia  flower  nanjing  people  from instapaper
october 2014 by aries1988
人人网日志- 吃!才是无法跨越的cultural shock

food  expat  nostalgia 
october 2013 by aries1988
消失的故乡:三百年去来 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览
china  history  instapaper_favs  countryside  story  nostalgia  from instapaper
september 2013 by aries1988
nostalgia  food  moi 
september 2013 by aries1988
我的城 - 闾丘露薇的日志 - 网易博客
  我很少想过关于歧视的问题,因为我明白歧视无处不在,我也曾经有意无意地歧视过别人,所以不需要太过在意,心理强大一点就可以,只要不是制度上的歧视,影响到机会的公平,再强大的内心,也会因此感到挫折和沮丧。   我在上海出生长大,从小就体会到上海人对于那些不会讲上海话的“外地人”或者“乡下人”的心理优越感,或多或少的也会受到影响,比如会有一种负面印象,乡下人不守规矩,不爱干净等等。不过这种观念和印象随着自己长大,特别是到了大学,就彻底消失了,毕竟自己的同学来自全国各地,大家是否成为朋友,并不是口音或者来自的城市,而是因为兴趣爱好还有个性,因为这个人本身,也因为知识的累积,让自己的眼界变宽了,懂得了世界是如此之大,自己所知是如此之少,和人相处,不是因为他身上外界赋予的标签,于是,人开始变得宽容了。
china  zeitgeist  future  nostalgia  from instapaper
october 2012 by aries1988
消失的故乡 - 荐读 - FT中文网
googlereader  nostalgia  countryside 
september 2012 by aries1988
20多年前的北京,午后仿佛有人按了“停止”键,胡同里大多数人都在睡午觉 ,只有知了叫个不停。如今,北京在时间 维 度上四分五裂 ,中关村像泡沫时代的日本,朝阳区CBD与纽约曼哈顿无异,南城却又像新疆。
life  nostalgia  beijing  essay 
august 2012 by aries1988

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