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WIPP Exhibit: Message to 12,000 A.D.
This place is not a place of honor.
No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.
Nothing valued is here.
This place is a message and part of a system of messages.
Pay attention to it!
Sending this message was important to us.
We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.
culture  future  language  nuclear 
december 2017 by deusx
The Old Guard – Rands in Repose
The Old Guard is the cultural bellwether of the company. I believe that culture is a slippery thing to fully define, but I do believe it is the responsibility of the Old Guard to not only take the time to define the key values that are the pillars of that culture, to communicate the nuance of those values over and over again, and, lastly, when it becomes apparent they are no longer serving the company, they must be willing to let those values evolve.
work  culture  management 
november 2014 by deusx
Coding Horror: New Programming Jargon
What programming terms have you coined that have taken off in your own circles (i.e. have heard others repeat it)? It might be within your own team, workplace or garnered greater popularity on the Internet.
dev  jargon  funny  humor  culture 
june 2013 by deusx
Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% « ACEs Too High
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly:

“Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?” He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?”
school  education  discipline  culture  psychology 
june 2013 by deusx
BBC News - Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.
to:fb  finland  parenting  culture  babies 
june 2013 by deusx
Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World
Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.
to:fb  psychology  cogsci  science  anthropology  culture 
march 2013 by deusx
The AR-15 Is More Than a Gun. It's a Gadget | Danger Room |
In the past two decades, the AR-15 has evolved into an open, modular gun platform that’s infinitely hackable and accessorizable. With only a few simple tools and no gunsmithing expertise, an AR-15 can be heavily modified, or even assembled from scratch, from widely available parts to suit the fancy and fantasy of each individual user. In this respect, the AR-15 is the world’s first “maker” gun, and this is why its appeal extends well beyond the military enthusiasts that many anti-gun types presume make up its core demographic.
to:fb  ar15  guns  gadgets  politics  culture 
march 2013 by deusx
The Web We Lost - Anil Dash
The tech industry and its press have treated the rise of billion-scale social networks and ubiquitous smartphone apps as an unadulterated win for regular people, a triumph of usability and empowerment. They seldom talk about what we've lost along the way in this transition, and I find that younger folks may not even know how the web used to be.
web1.0  blogosphere  metablogging  web  blog  history  internet  culture 
december 2012 by deusx
Iwata Asks: Miiverse Penis Drawing Detection Took Weeks to Develop | Play4Real
According to a survey of Wii U users, around 20% of drawings encountered through the Miiverse include one or more penises.
funny  to:fb  wii  mii  nintendo  gaming  culture 
november 2012 by deusx
Mind Thoughts... with Michael Ian Black - Let’s Not Fuck, Shall We? | VICE
Why is sex such a dominant cultural theme now, and why does it seem to only be getting worse? Women have been rightly bitching about this for years, but men never seem to complain. Personally, I hate it. I hate the way men are stereotyped as sex-starved cock robots. It’s just such a basic pop culture premise that it doesn’t even get questioned; men want to fuck. All the time. Ideally while watching shit blow up.
funny  sex  men  gender  culture 
may 2012 by deusx
Iain Banks: My Favourite Game - Edge Magazine
Novelist Iain Banks might be better known as Iain M Banks, the pen name under which most of his speculative fiction is published. Of this oeuvre, his Culture series is most widely celebrated, depicting a utopian, galaxy-spanning civilisation whose citizens (when they aren’t meddling in the affairs of lesser races) have plenty of time for gaming.
gaming  culture  scifi  to:fb 
may 2012 by deusx
Spoilers - Charlie's Diary
However, below the cut, I'm going to put some bullet points for those of you who've read "Rule 34", just to draw your attention to some aspects of the novel that you might otherwise have skidded past.
rule34  stross  books  scifi  culture 
may 2012 by deusx
The People's Republic of Interactive Fiction - Apollo 18+20
So, a bunch of us made some interactive fiction games, one game per track on the album Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants. The regular tracks are generally short games. The Fingertips tracks are one-move games (however the authors interpreted that). Here’s They Might Be Giants. They have lots of great albums besides this one, and you should go buy them all. Here’s the original post about the tribute, and here are the games. You can play them online via the links below, or you can download them to play offline (updated March 26, 2012, 1337 EDT). See “How Do I Play?” at the left if you’re unsure what to do.
to:fb  ifiction  apollo18  tmbg  culture  gaming 
march 2012 by deusx
We, the Web Kids -
What we value the most is freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of access to information and to culture. We feel that it is thanks to freedom that the Web is what it is, and that it is our duty to protect that freedom. We owe that to next generations, just as much as we owe to protect the environment.
freedom  web  copyfight  society  culture  to:fb 
february 2012 by deusx
#shitsiskosays - Charlie's Diary
I've been struck particularly by two things missing from the DS9 universe--one unpredictable in the 1993-99 span of the series, and one predictable but unattractive from the creators' standpoint.

Nobody uses social media, and nobody wastes time.
startrek  scifi  ds9  future  culture 
february 2012 by deusx
'Peeing Calvin' Decals Now Recognized As Vital Channel Of National Discourse | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Throughout its 224-year history, America has had many channels of discourse, its citizens expressing themselves by means ranging from pamphlets to protests, newspaper editorials to televised debates. In recent years, however, a significant new avenue of expression has emerged: "Peeing Calvin" decals.
calvin  peeing  culture  funny  theonion 
december 2011 by deusx
What's Wrong With #FirstWorldProblems - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
But, for inchoate reasons, I have come to dislike it when people tweet #firstworldproblems. I could not identify what irked me about it, but there was something.
firstworldproblems  africa  tech  stereotypes  culture 
november 2011 by deusx
Open Source (Almost) Everything
Should we open source Grit or keep it proprietary?

Keeping it private would provide a higher hurdle for competing Ruby-based Git hosting sites, giving us an advantage. Open sourcing it would mean thousands of people worldwide could use it to build interesting Git tools, creating an even more vibrant Git ecosystem.

After a small amount of debate we decided to open source Grit. I don't recall the specifics of the conversation but that decision nearly four years ago has led to what I think is one of our most important core values: open source (almost) everything.
git  grit  github  opensource  culture  business 
november 2011 by deusx
The End of Cheap Coffee: Why the Diner Staple Is About to Become a Luxury - Lifestyle - GOOD
Mother Nature might be on the side of Giuliano and his cohorts. At the exact moment that rare beans are becoming all the rage, all beans are becoming rarer. The price of a cup of coffee—whether it be a $6 pour-over, a $2.50 dark roast at Starbucks, or a $1.50 mug of diner swill—is being driven up by a complex combination of weather events, pest and fungus outbreaks, speculation on commodities exchanges, an unstable labor market in the developing world, and an unprecedented thirst for good coffee among a growing global middle class. The problem, in simple economic terms, is that supply has gone down and demand has gone up.
coffee  climate  economy  climatechange  culture 
november 2011 by deusx
Al Franken Fact Checks Chuck Grassley: Marriage Has Evolved Over Time | ThinkProgress
FRANKEN: I just believe you misstated the history of marriage. Marriage has not existed as a union between one man and one woman for thousands of years in every culture. In many cultures, men have been able to marry many women and young girls. For centuries, women have been treated as chattel in marriage. Further, if the religious purpose for marriage is procreation, why would we sanction marriage between an 89 year-old widower and an 80 year-old widow? I just think we need to be accurate when we talk about the history of marriage, the history of man and woman, the history of our institutions.
marriage  history  culture 
november 2011 by deusx
Twin Peaks: How Laura Palmer's death marked the rebirth of TV drama | Feature | Television & radio | The Observer
"Twin Peaks was a sensation from the moment it first aired… and still, 20 years later, the influence of David Lynch's groundbreaking series can be felt in TV drama, from The Sopranos through to Lost. Here we relive its surreal appeal and ask six veterans of the show for their memories"
twinpeaks  davidlynch  tv  entertainment  culture  anniversary  laurapalmer  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
5 reasons why your company should be distributed «
"Your employees will love it ... You can hire great people wherever you find them ... You will use better communication tools ... You can still be social ... Your offices will be more fun"
automattic  telecommuting  work  career  business  management  coworking  distributed  culture  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
Clifford Stoll: Why Web Won't Be Nirvana -
This sounds so much more funny when read with a REALLY sarcastic voice. "Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works."
retro  future  internet  stoll  predictions  wrong  rant  history  culture  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
Turkey: Archeological Dig Reshaping Human History -
"Standing on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish diggers, the German-born archeologist waves a hand over his discovery here, a revolution in the story of human origins. Schmidt has uncovered a vast and beautiful temple complex, a structure so ancient that it may be the very first thing human beings ever built. The site isn't just old, it redefines old: the temple was built 11,500 years ago—a staggering 7,000 years before the Great Pyramid, and more than 6,000 years before Stonehenge first took shape. The ruins are so early that they predate villages, pottery, domesticated animals, and even agriculture—the first embers of civilization. In fact, Schmidt thinks the temple itself, built after the end of the last Ice Age by hunter-gatherers, became that ember—the spark that launched mankind toward farming, urban life, and all that followed."
history  prehistory  evolution  culture  religion  ruins  archaeology  science  anthropology  from delicious
february 2010 by deusx
Essay - What to Write Next - Picking a Genre for Your Next Novel -
"I recently published a novel, and now it’s time to get back to work. If you’re anything like me, figuring out what to write next can be a real hassle. A flashy and experimental brain-bender, or a pointillist examination of the dissolution of a typical American family? ­Generation-spanning door-stopper or claustrophobic psychological sketch? Buncha novellas with a minor character in common? To make things easier, I modified my dartboard a few years ago. Now, when I’m overwhelmed by the untold stories out there, I head down to the basement, throw a dart and see where it lands. Try it for yourself!"
writing  novels  funny  satire  culture  from delicious
november 2009 by deusx
NIGHT AND DAY: Ann Arbor Ignites (but lacks space to innovative)
"I would think that Ann Arbor would be a little embarrassed that it doesn't provide an open and affordable arts and cultural center for its citizens. Even Ypsilanti, which is one fifth our size has managed to create the Riverside Arts Center, which has both a gallery and theater for public use."
annarbor  spaces  events  culture  from delicious
november 2009 by deusx
Google Wave: we came, we saw, we played D&D - Ars Technica
Still don't quite see a use for Google Wave, but I wonder if this would be fun?
rpg  google  wave  dnd  culture  gaming  from delicious
october 2009 by deusx
Hypocorism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"A hypocorism, or hypochorisma (noun): hypocoristic (adj.) (from Greek ὑποκορίζεσθαι hypokorizesthai, "to use child-talk"[1]) is a lesser form of the given name used in more intimate situations as a nickname, term of endearment, or pet name"
nicknames  hypocorism  language  culture  names  from delicious
september 2009 by deusx
National Center for the History of Electronic Games
"Situated at Strong National Museum of Play, the National Center for the History of Electronic Games™ collects, studies, and interprets electronic games and related material and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other."
gaming  history  learning  culture  electronic  iwantogotothere 
july 2009 by deusx
See you there, ninja. | MetaFilter
"Think about it. A key hallmark in this culture is the kind of soda that grocery stores sell to people who can't afford Coke or Pepsi. These guys, and their fans, are barely above the safety stage of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Forget love. Love is a fantasy. For a lot of these people, food and shelter without a psychopathic parent beating the shit out of you or neglecting you entirely is itself a pipe dream."
icp  music  juggalos  subcultures  culture 
july 2009 by deusx
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Giving up my iPod for a Walkman
"It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette."
sony  walkman  music  funny  gadgets  history  culture  bbc  retro  nostalgia 
july 2009 by deusx
100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About | GeekDad |
"There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week’s 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore’s Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks."
generations  genx  technology  history  culture  geek  parenting 
july 2009 by deusx
Home Page - Television Tropes & Idioms
"This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. We dip into the cauldron of story, whistle up a hearty spoonful and splosh it in front of you to devour to your heart's content. "
tv  entertainment  tropes  writing  culture  fiction  funny  cliches 
july 2009 by deusx
emptyage : Are You Going to San Francisco
"1. Live in San Francisco. 2. Jump in the water. 3. Eat the food .4. Get a bike 5. Make real friends 6. Be real yourself"
sf  sanfrancisco  california  culture  living  travel  bayarea  moving 
july 2009 by deusx
Locus Online Perspectives: Cory Doctorow: Cheap Facts and the Plausible Premise
"These facts were a currency in my social circle. We'd trade them like baseball cards. I'd show you my payphone trick and you'd show me your gag for turning the cellophane on a cigarette pack into a smoke-ring machine. Social capital accrued to everyone who could show or explain something that gave you power and insight into the mysterious workings of the world."
ideas  invention  socialcurrency  tricks  hacking  scifi  diy  technology  culture 
july 2009 by deusx » Songs as Shared Things
"Songs have always been shareable and shared. People, young and old, share songs with each other – by singing or playing them - in a variety of ways and settings, through a variety of technologies and media or other manner of accompaniment (as well as a capella). Songs as recordings are not fundamentally different in this respect. Since the advent of recorded media, people have shared songs in this form as well: played for each other in private and public settings, on personally distributed mixes (mixed tapes / CDs), and, in the age of mp3s, as files sent via email, IM (instant message), torrent, third-party hosting site, or any manner of online sites and services. "
music  songs  culture  copyfight  social  sampling  remix  community  capitalism 
july 2009 by deusx
Study concludes Wikipedians are a bunch of grumpy introverts - Ars Technica
"A study making the rounds suggests that Wikipedians may feel at home online, in part because they're grumpy introverts. But the results need to be interpreted very cautiously, as they were based on only 69 contributors from a single nation, a tiny drop in the Wikipedian ocean."
wikipedia  grumpy  introverts  community  culture  social 
july 2009 by deusx
Videogames And The Impossibility Of Escape From Planet Earth | > jim rossignol
"if space flight is really going to take thousands of years, hundreds of generations, and immense resources that could be better spent on having a good time, why should millions of sentient beings be expected to sink their lives into making it happen?"
gaming  aliens  space  exploration  future  culture 
june 2009 by deusx
Sony Pictures CEO: The Internet Is Still Bad | Techdirt
"A week and a half ago, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton made some news for saying that nothing good had come from the internet, period. Plenty of online sites (including ours) took him to task for that, wondering how one gets to be the CEO of a major content company without understanding the internet. Today, Lynton hit back at critics -- not by saying he was quoted out of context or misunderstood, but by standing behind the statement and adding some gems to it as well. Let's take a look..."
sony  internet  copyfight  piracy  content  culture  freedom  p2p  drm 
may 2009 by deusx
10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is "Wrong"
"1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning."
funny  homosexuality  marriage  culture 
april 2009 by deusx
I smoke pot, and I like it - THE WEEK
"This is a profoundly necessary idea. If we’re to begin to roll back our stupid and deadly drug war, the stigma of responsible drug use has got to end, and marijuana is the best place to start. The super-savvy Barack Obama managed to turn a buck by coming out of the cannabis (and cocaine) closet in a bestselling memoir. That’s progress. But his admission came with the politicians’ caveat of regret. We’ll make real progress when solid, upstanding folk come out of the cannabis closet, heads held high."
pot  marijuana  drugs  warondrugs  culture  obama 
april 2009 by deusx
girl takes world's longest shit at the cranbrook academy of art
"In February 1995, working in conjunction with nutritionists at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, I adopted a super fiber-rich diet which allowed me to successfully produce a single extruded excrement the exact length of my colon: 26 feet. I documented the extrusion at the Cranbrook-Kingswood High School Bowling Alley, Bloomfield Hills, MI, which offered a length of floor suitable for the process and measuring the results. The cathartic diet was supplemented by a high intake of Metamucil fiber substance. The weeklong endurance prior to the event was ensured by the employment of a plug specifically designed to curtail any premature excretions."
via:jm3  funny  michigan  detroit  art  wtf  culture  disturbing  poop  colon  cranbrook 
october 2008 by deusx
Weird Al: Forefather of the YouTube Spoof
"Much like the big-name artists he once so expertly spoofed, Yankovic now inspires not just imitators but also competitors. He'll soon commence work on his 13th studio album, which will have to compete against his own singsongy progeny—the amateur satirists who can devise, record, and edit their own parodies in days, if not hours. To make matters more complicated, whereas Yankovic could once mine such inexhaustible icons as Jackson and Nirvana for laughs, he now has to contend with the likes of Jessica Simpson or Kevin Federline—celebrities who are more or less already self-parodies. Being a music satirist in 2008 is a bit like being a political cartoonist after the Harding administration: too many easy targets, too few sacred idols."
weirdal  yankovic  music  comedy  culture 
october 2008 by deusx
re: splash image - having seen this alignment of church and rencen on many morning commutes, I've always wondered if it was intentional.
detroit  rencen  church  michigan  music  art  culture  blog  magazine 
august 2008 by deusx
Night Life Reprogrammed -
"Others attend hoping to meet venture capitalists; some are just attracted to a night life that involves actually talking to creative people doing exciting things, rather than heading out to clubs and bars that beat you into silence with their thundering rhythms. "
ignitenyc  soldering  tech  parties  nyc  social  culture  meetups  networking 
august 2008 by deusx
Moving On (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought)
"The other big problem is that San Francisco is fairly shallow. When I go to coffee shops or restaurants I can't avoid people talking about load balancers or databases. The conversations are boring and obsessed with technical trivia, or worse, business an
sanfrancisco  moving  culture  boston 
june 2008 by deusx
Warren Ellis » Everything Is Happening
"This is one reason why there wasn’t any bass in British pop music for years and years. It didn’t broadcast all that well. ... Mp3 preserves the top and the bottom, but the centre loses nuance in the compression. And now I’m hearing people record fo
music  movements  culture  internet 
june 2008 by deusx
Notional Slurry » One more niggling, brief concern on “human scale”
"Watch yourself. Watch how you think of your neighbor, your boss, your political representative: the ones you didn’t like very much to begin with. What makes you so special? Not one damned thing."
culture  humanscale  watchyourself  planks  eyes  sawdust 
may 2008 by deusx
Futuristic Play by Andrew Chen: 5 ways to break past the San Francisco echo-chamber
"In a country where the median HOUSEHOLD income is $48k,  the average SF engineer in his late 20s making $130k might want to read a little more about how the rest of the country is split up."
sf  sanfrancisco  culture 
december 2007 by deusx
apophenia: social scripts for rituals and ceremonies, of religion and culture
"I just want to be able to relax into a script every once in a while, even if that script can be annoying at times. It's not that I want the scripts to be rigid, but I want conscious engagement with and modification of the scripts rather than an outright
socialscripts  funerals  tradition  social  rituals  ceremonies  culture 
september 2007 by deusx
FactoryCity » On exporting the culture of Silicon Valley
"So wherever you are and whatever you think you need to do to become more “like” Silicon Valley… STOP. You’d be wasting your time."
barcamp  siliconvalley  culture 
september 2007 by deusx
Justin Timberlake - Culture - Hollywood - Idea Lab - New York Times
"we should treat both the predictions and the explanations we are served — whether about the next hit single, the next great company or even the next war — with the skepticism they deserve."
pop  culture  prediction  future 
april 2007 by deusx
Helvetica: the Movie
Forthcoming (2007) documentary about the ubiquitous sans-serif font, and its effect on design and culture.
film  interview  design  culture  fonts  via:whump 
october 2006 by deusx
Imagine a world without copyright - Editorials & Commentary - International Herald Tribune
"Our democratic right to freedom of cultural and artistic exchange is slowly but surely being taken away from us."
art  copyright  copyfight  culture 
october 2005 by deusx
MSN Encarta - Could You Pass 8th-Grade Math?
Yes, I did pass with 10/10. I had to work to remember a formula or two, but this ain't rocket science.
math  elementary  education  school  culture  quiz  test 
august 2005 by deusx
Boing Boing: Who did MPAA rip off "You can click but you can't hide" from?
Heh. Don't steal, but thank goodness we have access to a common culture so we can rip off a few pithy phrases.
february 2005 by deusx
The Darwinian Interlude
"Now, after some three billion years, the Darwinian era is over."
evolution  science  culture 
february 2005 by deusx

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