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Here we list openly licensed datasets from several cultural institutions. All collections provide digital scans or photos that can be freely used without any restrictions. Most of the objects are in the Public Domain because of their age, or are licensed u
art  cc  culture  history  books  commons 
june 2013 by gnat
Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World
elegant rundown on what's wrong with psychology's claim to have unlocked fundamental truths about human nature (namely, they're observing a brain trained by a culture)
culture  psychology  from instapaper
february 2013 by gnat
Google People Operations: The secrets of the world’s most scientific human resources department. - Slate Magazine
“We make thousands of people decisions every day—who we should hire, how much we should pay them, who we should promote, who we should let go of,” says Prasad Setty, who heads POPS’ “people analytics” group. “What we try to do is bring the same level of rigor to people decisions that we do to engineering decisions. Our mission is to have all people decisions be informed by data.”
culture  google  management  people 
february 2013 by gnat of Diversity Management(Clute)-Article.pdf
(60ish ppl, Hamilton)

Eight Chinese migrants between the age of 20 and 50 would go back to China for better career
opportunities. Another 10 respondents under forty would move to other western countries (USA, UK, Australia)
either for better higher education or career options. A few of these reported that they might come back for better
early childhood or primary education for their young children.
culture  nz  china 
january 2013 by gnat
Book Translates American Minutiae for Russians -
“You can’t suddenly show up at a friend’s house in the middle of the night with a bottle of vodka, to talk over your problems and seek support,” he writes. “Russians solve problems when they reach a critical point — that is our national style. Americans try to keep things from getting to a critical point.”
culture  america 
december 2012 by gnat
Do We Pay More To Live in Diverse Neighborhoods? - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities
The more diverse neighborhoods have both higher population growth and stronger price growth in the past year – and they’re a bit more expensive to begin with:
economics  culture 
november 2012 by gnat
Alex Ross: Love on the March : The New Yorker
amazing montage of scenes showing changing attitudes to homosexuality and gays
sex  culture 
november 2012 by gnat
Distributed Management – Github’s Ryan Tomayko
Inside github's anarchic management structure (or lack thereof)
github  culture  management 
october 2012 by gnat
Slender Man | Know Your Meme
fascinating to see a new horror legend created from SomethingAwful forums. There's a dude. He created this. Wow.
meme  history  culture 
october 2012 by gnat
American Technological Sublime - The MIT Press
Technology has long played a central role in the formation of Americans' sense of selfhood. From the first canal systems through the moon landing, Americans have, for better or worse, derived unity from the common feeling of awe inspired by large-scale applications of technological prowess. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the "technological sublime" (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely.

American Technological Sublime is a study of the politics of perception in industrial society. Arranged chronologically, it suggests that the sublime itself has a history - that sublime experiences are emotional configurations that emerge from new social and technological conditions, and that each new configuration to some extent undermines and displaces the older versions. After giving a short history of the sublime as an aesthetic category, Nye describes the reemergence and democratization of the concept in the early nineteenth century as an expression of the American sense of specialness.

What has filled the American public with wonder, awe, even terror? David Nye selects the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Erie Canal, the first transcontinental railroad, Eads Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, the major international expositions, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909, the Empire State Building, and Boulder Dam. He then looks at the atom bomb tests and the Apollo mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of the technological sublime in the postwar world. The festivities surrounding the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986 become a touchstone reflecting the transformation of the American experience of the sublime over two centuries. Nye concludes with a vision of the modern-day "consumer sublime" as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas.
culture  america 
september 2012 by gnat
Is Digital Waste Dragging You Down? [INFOGRAPHIC]
massive pile of #s around mental, social, app clutter
life  tech  culture  numbers 
may 2012 by gnat
Fosta’s Ye Olde Aesthetic | Near Future Laboratory
The futurists are retronauts. This isn’t solely a San Francisco phenomenon. From London to New York and beyond, one cannot fail to notice the rapid growth of heritage manufacture, and a diet of artisanal bread, heirloom tomatoes and fine-tuned coffee have fueled a growing obsession with with the old. Not the old per se, but a version thereof, a simulacrum even. The ‘Olde’. This has led to an emerging paradox in the world of objects. We love the perfection, modernity and reliable consistency of our iThings, but we also feel the need to pop them into a handmade leather pouch.
newaesthetic  design  culture 
may 2012 by gnat
How to Set Your Employees Free: Reed Hastings - Businessweek
My first company, Pure Software, was exciting and innovative in the first few years and bureaucratic and painful in the last few before it got acquired. The problem was we tried to systemize everything and set up perfect procedures. We thought that was a good thing, but it killed freedom and responsibility. After the company was acquired, I reflected on what went wrong.
business  culture 
may 2012 by gnat
TE AO HOU The New World [electronic resource]
Serve you right for choking,

Because you ate standing,

Because you are hurriedly,

Because you ate like a girl.

How many of my sons

Were swallowed by you?
maori  culture 
october 2011 by gnat
Viewers vs. Doers: The Rise of Spectatoritis | The Art of Manliness
Nash argued that because Americans had never before been confronted with such large swaths of it, the country had not developed a “philosophy of leisure.
september 2011 by gnat
Adda (South Asian) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a form of intellectual exchange among members
march 2011 by gnat
The sexual cost of female success - Sex News, Sex Talk -
In the book, we report that 35 percent of men's relationships are reported to have become sexual within two weeks; and 48 percent become sexual within a month. That gives you an indication that it doesn't take long for men to access sex, so it must not be all that valuable, right? That's how we get an indirect sense of the price of sex. Now, let's say sex was the highest possible cost. You'd see women never having sex with anyone until a man commits to marry her -- that's the most expensive thing you can charge. But that's just not the way the world is today, and that's not the way the world ever was -- the price of sex has never been that high, but it was certainly higher than it is today. All he has to do is maybe buy her dinner and text her.
sex  economics  culture 
january 2011 by gnat
BBC News - London museums urged to show more 'hidden' artefacts
Museums in London are being urged to get more of their collections out of storage and on display as funding cuts will mean fewer landmark exhibitions.
museums  culture  uk 
january 2011 by gnat
Why American Mothers are Superior : AnnMaria’s Blog
as Erma Bombeck said, no mother is arrogant because she knows that, regardless of her other accomplishments in life, at any moment she may get a call from the school principal saying that her child rode a motorcycle through the auditorium.
parenting  culture  quotes  america  china 
january 2011 by gnat
Hints on Writing Love Letters
"As a physiological law, man should be twenty-five, and woman twenty-three, before marrying."
culture  history 
january 2011 by gnat
future quote
'In 10 years, we will look back fondly at the day when, at a family gathering, we were all glued to the *same* screen.'
culture  technology  future  quotes 
january 2011 by gnat
BBC News - A Point of View: Justifying culture
My personal view of what the humanities are for is simple - they should help us to live. We should look to culture as a repository of useful and consoling ideas about how to face our most pressing personal and professional issues. We should look to novels and historical narratives to impart moral instruction and edification, to great paintings for suggestions about value, to philosophy to probe our anxieties and offer consolations.

It should be the job of a university education to tease out the therapeutic and illuminative aspects of culture, so that we can emerge from a period of study as slightly less disturbed, selfish, unempathetic and blinkered human beings, who can be of greater benefit not only to the economy, but also to our friends, our children and our spouses.
education  culture  art 
january 2011 by gnat
Selling a Book by Its Cover -
As it happens, the-book-as-relic was forecasted by marketers. Ann Mack, director of trend-spotting for JWT New York, the marketing and advertising agency, noted in her trend report for the coming year that “objectifying objects,” she said, “would be a trend to watch.”
books  culture  trends  art  rich  wankers 
january 2011 by gnat
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium (
I call the people who say such things the Gutenbourgeois. They believe in the cultural primacy of writers and editors and they feel good—even a bit superior—about working in publishing. They believe it is their job to drive culture forward. The web, they are a little proud to admit, confuses them.
culture  internet  publishing  web  writing 
january 2011 by gnat
Clay Shirky: How Twitter can make history | Video on
Clay is a fantastic speaker. Love his slide of the most clicked links on Twitter during Chinese earthquake: 9/10 were related to the earthquake. Last was laughingsquid's pointer to "kittens on a treadmill".
internet  culture  twitter  politics  social  software 
june 2009 by gnat
Classical Geek Theatre: Regarding The Jonas Brothers
must watch the South Park clip to see Mickey Mouse going nuts on the Jonas Brothers. it's fantastic.
music  culture  sex 
may 2009 by gnat
The Failure of #amazonfail « Clay Shirky
Though the #amazonfail event is important for several reasons, I can’t write about it dispassionately, because I was an enthusiastic participant in its use on Sunday. I was wrong, because I believed things that weren’t true. As bad as that was, though, far worse is the retrofitting of alternate rationales to continue to view Amazon with suspicion, rationales that would not have provoked the outrage we felt had they been all we were asked to react to in the first place.
internet  culture  twitter  amazon 
april 2009 by gnat
Whimsley: Online Monoculture and the End of the Niche
Internet-style recommendation engines show us things that are new to any one of us, but collectively we all see the same new shit. In more compartmentalized offline worlds, the citizens' exposure is more diverse.
algorithms  search  ai  culture 
april 2009 by gnat
DIY Freaks Flock to 'Hacker Spaces' Worldwide | Gadget Lab from
"In our society there's a real dearth of community," Altman says. "The internet is a way for people to key in to that need, but it's so inadequate. [At hacker spaces], people get a little taste of that community and they just want more."
march 2009 by gnat
Why museums have become our home from home - Times Online
"dumbing up". best public spaces we have, sense of ownership, free admission.
culture  museum 
march 2009 by gnat
A special report on entrepreneurship: Managing entrepreneurship | All in the mind | The Economist
I think "tolerant of risk" is the gating factor: you won't start a company if you're risk averse. Surprising numbers dyslexic?
culture  startups  business 
march 2009 by gnat
The case for and against Creative Commons | News | TechRadar UK
"More exactly, they fear that if you try to convert artists to CC who had never thought of copyrighting their works before, they may simply fall in love with the concept of making money through full copyright and stick to it."
law  culture  copyright 
march 2009 by gnat
BacAtU - consumer complaints and online reputation management
what made the MySociety campaign against secret MP expenses so successful.
internet  culture 
january 2009 by gnat
The Future of Libraries as Places | The Institute For The Future
A researcher describes the changing roles of physical library spaces, include coworking and collaboration.
library  culture 
december 2008 by gnat
The generation raised on the internet | The kids are alright | The Economist
Mr Tapscott identifies eight norms that define Net Geners: freedom/choice, integrity/openness, entertainment/play, collaboration, rapid pace, constant innovation.
future  trends  demographics  internet  culture 
november 2008 by gnat
Interview with Chris Hedges, author of "I Don't Believe in Atheists" | Salon Books
Much to agree with in here, particularly sharp when he deconstructs Hitchens's amorality. I also feel that the sense of perfection, the "I am right, listen to me, these people are WRONG" tone that rings through their books, is a mirror reflection of the same sense of righteous superiority that pisses me off about religious zealots. I wll read Hedges's book. (why do all these people have names that end with 's'?)
religion  culture  books  atheism 
november 2008 by gnat
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect: The Games We Play
Spin The Bottle updated for the digital age, using a camera and its timer.
games  culture  digital 
october 2008 by gnat
SHOUTS & MURMURS: My Gal: Humor: The New Yorker
The New Yorker rips Sarah Palin's interview style. Brutal. "I’m finding it hard to concentrate, as my eyes are killing me, due to I have not blinked since I started writing this. And, me being Regular, it takes a long time for me to write something this long."
writing  culture  politics  usa 
september 2008 by gnat
From the Erotic Domain, an Aerobic Trend in China -
interesting line at the end about a growing population of young Chinese women who don't identify with Taoism or Confucianism. Interesting to run the tests from "Geography of Thought" to see how they think inside.
china  culture 
july 2008 by gnat
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete
prediction without understanding does not make us wiser. I think this article is tempting hogwash that panders to Google's success without doing justice to the reason for science's existence. At best he's describing engineering, at worst a cult.
google  science  computers  culture 
june 2008 by gnat
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Mobile phones expose human habits
more reality mining, this time by Barabasi (one of the original social network theory people)
mobile  culture  data  mining 
june 2008 by gnat
Cognitive enhancement | All on the mind |
round-up of brain performance-enhancing drugs. Still don't get why it's okay to take ritalin (speed) but not okay to take steroids.
drugs  culture  medicine  bio 
may 2008 by gnat
Musopen puts classical recordings, scores in public domain
project gutenberg for sheet music and a commissioning system for free recordings of classics
music  opensource  culture  free 
may 2008 by gnat
Brave New World Revisited (1958) by Aldous Huxley
"But the progress of technology has led and is still leading to just such a concentration and centralization of power". What would Huxley have made of the Internet?
politics  society  culture  future  technology 
may 2008 by gnat
The new oases |
on-demand spaces and "charismatic exurbs"
culture  business 
may 2008 by gnat
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody
I've lived without TV for a while, and it does free up a lot of time. But your desire to use that time must be present: contributing must be fun, and I don't think we (society) sufficiently glorify using intelligence.
tv  time  management  web2.0  culture 
april 2008 by gnat
Feature: Anonymous Takes On Scientology (and Doesn't Afraid of Anything) | 4/2/2008 |
great background on the Anonymous vs Scientology thing. When Internet meme machines attack!
internet  culture  religion 
april 2008 by gnat
Merlin Mann on steampunk
holy fuck that's good. did he improv much of it? I'd love to see his notes--which gags and tropes he worked out in advance. there's something about that taking myself ludicrously seriously without a laughtrack humour that I love.
comedy  video  tech  culture 
april 2008 by gnat
Mind Hacks: Predictably irrational, variably dishonest
"getting people to focus on themselves increases honesty, as does getting them to focus on moral ideas, such as the Ten Commandments"
psychology  culture 
april 2008 by gnat
Life With Alacrity: Dunbar Triage: Too Many Connections
"Who will offer us a 21st century, internet-augmented take on Dale Carnegie and Emily Post?"
social  software  culture 
march 2008 by gnat
I, Cringely . The Pulpit . War of the Worlds | PBS
i fucking hate this appeal to "we don't have to memorize things, we just have to know where to find them". i say: knowledge = internalized concepts and facts. moving from "knowledge economy" to "search economy" = move to ignorance. i am not andrew keen.
culture  education  computers 
march 2008 by gnat Japan: URL's Are Totally Out
seen this in NZ with "GOOGLE AIR SHOW"
nz  advertising  web  culture 
march 2008 by gnat
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect: 20 x 20, In Print
The Promise: Lessons For Service Design from the Packaging of Libido Enhancers in China
culture  design 
march 2008 by gnat
Misattributed paternity rates and non-paternity rates
overview of research into the rates around false paternity
research  sex  statistics  culture 
march 2008 by gnat
DNA Paternity Testing Kits On Sale Over the Counter - Boing Boing Gadgets
tech again shakes up culture: false paternity rates estimated between 3 and 13% (between 1 in 8 and 1 in 30, which is still high!).
culture  usa  genomics  bio 
march 2008 by gnat
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