'I Trusted 'Em': When NCAA Schools Abandon Their Injured Athletes - The Atlantic
There is no provision in the Division I Manual to prohibit a coach from revoking a scholarship after a recruit gets hurt. So in some cases, a young athlete can be enlisted on the promise of an education, get injured on the field, and lose his or her only source of medical insurance precisely when he or she needs it most.
football  college  sports  medical  ***  the.atlantic 
49 minutes ago
Building Krita 3.0 on Linux for cats - David Revoy
I wrote this guide after maintaining during a full-year a set of scripts to help user to compile and install Krita. This project was named Compilscripts and I decided to stop supporting it because build script always breaks: when something irregular happens, Compilscript fail and stop to work ... And irregularities are common on Linux. The user is dependent of a system he doesn't understand. And when it breaks, it breaks his production without letting him know how to fix it. That's not a solution. That’s why I thought the best approach is the Arch-way not to give an automatic tool , but creating a documentation dead-easy to make artist independent in the process and understand what they do. Artists should be able to install, update, go back in the history of code if something doesn’t work for them ; all of this with a minimal and easy to use documentation.
krita  illustration  howto  programming  ***  linux 
3 hours ago
Conversation with @jodikantor (with tweets) · mariglynn · Storify
Really interesting stream by about the possibility of a private sponsorship program for refugees.
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2 days ago
Outgribe NF - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
This rough, raw typeface is based on the lettering in Ben Shahn’s iconic poster protesting the execution of Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicolo Sacco in 1927. All possible uppercase and lowercase forms have been kerned, and activating Contextual Alternates in OpenType-aware applications will alternate those forms for a more random appearance.
script  typography  ****  tobuy  ben.shahn 
2 days ago
When cities rule the world | McKinsey & Company
Three kinds of cities are driving the new urban topology: global hubs, mega-cities, and gateway cities. While these categories are fluid and sometimes overlapping, each has unique attributes and roles in a city-dominated world. Global hubs are also global capitals, the top nodes of the world economy into and out of which much of the world’s wealth and talent flows. They are household names around the world: New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, for example. Then there are the mega-cities, hugely populous magnets not just in their countries but sometimes for entire regions: São Paulo, Lagos, Cairo, Istanbul, Mumbai, Jakarta, and others. Mega-cities are so large that many, if not most, of their inhabitants are born and die within their vicinities. Gateway cities are a crucial new layer of urban development in a fast-growing world. They are regional clusters that facilitate access to frontier markets. Such cities include Cape Town, Dubai, Tripoli, Almaty, and Kuala Lumpur.

As mentioned, these categories are not mutually exclusive. Tokyo is the world’s most populous mega-city but also a top-tier global hub. Istanbul is a mega-city and also a gateway for Europeans looking to the Caucasus and Near East as well as Arabs looking to Europe. The key realization is that all of them have taken on a character and reputation increasingly recognized around the world—we think of them as much as or more than we think of the countries to which they belong. That is certainly what these cities want, for what they all have in common is a growing sense of agency in their dealings with the wider world.

Mega-cities have become global drivers because they are better understood as countries unto themselves. 20 million is no longer a superlative figure; now we need to get used to the nearly 100 million people clustered around Mumbai. Across India, it’s estimated that more than 275 million people will move into India’ s teeming cities over the next two decades, a population equivalent to the U.S. Cairo’s urban development has stretched so far from the city’ s core that it now encroaches directly on the pyramids, making them and the Sphynx commensurately less exotic. We should use the term “gross metropolitan product” to measure their output and appreciate the inequality they generate with respect to the rest of the country. They are markets in their own right, particularly when it comes to the “bottom of the pyramid,” which holds such enormous growth potential.

It is the gateway cities, meanwhile, that are competing most fiercely to brand themselves as emerging hubs, where experimentation in lifestyles and new sectors is actively cultivated, and which are networking among themselves to form new axes of exchange in finance, tourism, and other areas. Baku and Almaty are building posh new residential districts themed like those of the Persian Gulf. Nairobi and Dar es Salaam now cooperate for joint trade promotion and attracting sub-regional foreign investment. The number of gateway cities can grow limitlessly as ever more meet the criteria of price advantage, labor quality, decent lifestyle for managers, accessible transport hubs, political stability, legal protections, and reliable partners. And as they grow in population and geographic footprint, some will become the global hubs of tomorrow.
urbanism  global.city  ***  connectivity  city  list 
4 days ago
It was a really crowded primary.
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5 days ago
Why does ubuntu 13.10 keep asking for my gmail password? - Ask Ubuntu
Thank you, thank you guys, this is the only solution that worked for me - I tried the other dead-ends: remving all "keyring" folders from "~/.config"; using "seahorse" to try to change the "Login" password to match my Ubuntu password. None of these worked, in particular, you cannot change the "Login" password in "seahorse" without knowing the "Old" password and it seems that seahorse doesn't know what that is either, because I tried all my known passwords.

So the answer for me was:

rm -rf ~/.config/goa-1.0

and I suspect that the offending directory is the "goa-1.0" one, because after I deleted the "evolution" one and rebooted, I still got the keyring / gmail password prompt, but then I deleted them both (the evolution one had reappeared) and voila the prompt disappeared.

Thanks guys.
linux  howto  ***  computers  programming 
5 days ago
Molly Crabapple - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In September 2011, Crabapple was living in a studio near Zuccotti Park.[2] Occupy Wall Street protesters had begun to use the Park as a camp to stage their movement, artists began creating posters and Crabapple decided to contribute work and engage in the movement.[28][29] "Before Occupy I felt like using my art for activist causes was exploitive of activist causes," she told the Village Voice. "I think what Occupy let me do was it allowed me to instead of just donating money to politics or just going to marches, it allowed me to engage my art in politics."[30]

Artists and journalists who had come from all over the world to report on the protests were using Crabapple's apartment as an "impromptu salon" for the Occupy movement.[2][14][29] [Note 2] "I started doing protest posters," Crabapple recalled. "And in doing these, I found my voice."[28] Author Matt Taibbi called Crabapple "Occupy's greatest artist",[32] noting the use of the "vampire squid" theme in her Occupy artwork.[33] Crabapple, a fan of Taibbi's writing, had read his 2009 Rolling Stone article, "The Great American Bubble Machine".[34] In the article, Taibbi referred to Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."[35] When Crabapple used Taibbi's metaphor as a stencil depicting a vampire squid and released it for anyone to use, it went viral throughout the Occupy movement.[34]

On September 17, 2012, she was among a group of protesters arrested during a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. She wrote about her experience in a CNN opinion piece.[36] In 2013, the Museum of Modern Art acquired "Poster for the May Day General Strike, 2012" for their Occuprint Portfolio. The poster is a collaborative work by Crabapple, John Leavitt, and Melissa Dowell. The poster, which shows a woman holding a match, plays off the words "to strike" as a homage to the London matchgirls strike of 1888.[37]
wikipedia  occupy  ***  protest  illustration  politics  radical 
7 days ago
How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly by Stephen Downes
"Begin by writing - in your head, at least - your second paragraph. Your second paragraph will tell people what your essay says." Yes, the title sucks, but there are some good points...
*****  writing  howto  mytools  article  tips 
8 days ago
Oh, shit, git!
I made a website to explain how to get yourself out of your git messes in plain english
git  mytools  code  *****  programming 
8 days ago
BBC - Future - Why Nasa still flies an old British bomber design
In 1944, with World War Two entering its final stages, the British Air Ministry set out requirements for a new bomber, one that would be able to fly at high speeds and high altitudes.
The ministry planners couldn’t have guessed that the aircraft that would eventually win the tender, the English Electric Canberra, would still be soldiering on more than 70 years later – flying science labs conducting research for Nasa and other US government agencies.


“What makes this aircraft stand the test of time is its unique capabilities of aircraft ceiling, range, max payload and aircrew,” says Mallini. The ER-2s (based on the U-2 spyplane) that Nasa also uses may be able to fly higher, but they can’t carry as much equipment as the Canberra. Nasa’s Global Hawks, meanwhile, can fly for four times longer but can only a quarter of the payload.
The Canberras are so good at their job that there is no plan to retire them. “In fact, we are always looking at ways to increase their capabilities from the standpoint of endurance, communications systems, and data acquisition. All three aircraft have recently completed a set of upgrades which include a new autopilot system, updated ejection seat system, new data acquisition system, satellite communications, and upgraded communications system,” says Mallini. In fact, as recently as 2013 there were only two Nasa Canberras – until Mallini’s unit brought one back from retirement. The plane, known as 63-13295, had been retired since 1972; it spent some 20 years in the famous Arizona Boneyard on the outskirts of Tucson before Nasa decided there was enough work to warrant a third aircraft. When the plane – now known as Nasa 927 – carried out its first test flight in August 2013, it was the first time it had flown in 41 years.
history  nasa  aeriality  uk  **** 
8 days ago
Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds | US news | The Guardian
he rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated maternal mortality rate that is unmatched in any other state and the rest of the developed world.

The finding comes from a report, appearing in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, that the maternal mortality rate in the United States increased between 2000 and 2014, even while the rest of the world succeeded in reducing its rate. Excluding California, where maternal mortality declined, and Texas, where it surged, the estimated number of maternal deaths per 100,000 births rose to 23.8 in 2014 from 18.8 in 2000 – or about 27%.

But the report singled out Texas for special concern, saying the doubling of mortality rates in a two-year period was hard to explain “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval”.

From 2000 to the end of 2010, Texas’s estimated maternal mortality rate hovered between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 births. But after 2010, that rate had leaped to 33 deaths per 100,000, and in 2014 it was 35.8. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 600 women died for reasons related to their pregnancies.

No other state saw a comparable increase.
america  texas  politics  feminism  women  health  healthcare  **  news  guardian  statistics  birth 
8 days ago
Drawing talks to understand talks. Prep for Google SPAN Tokyo.
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9 days ago
coconut bread – smitten kitchen
This loaf, once baked, entirely filled and towered above my 9x5x3 (8-cup) loaf pan, so if yours is smaller, you might want to pour off a little batter into greased muffin tins.

2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups (295 ml) milk
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (315 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon table salt (see Note)
2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (Bill calls for 2 but I preferred 1, so that it didn’t dominate)
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
5 ounces (140 grams) sweetened flaked coconut (about 1 1/2 cups)
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted or melted and browned, if desired
Vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray for baking pan

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add sugar and coconut, and stir to mix. Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture, then stir wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Add butter, and stir until just smooth — be careful not to overmix.

Butter and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or coat it with a nonstick spray. Spread batter in pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, anywhere from 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Cool in pan five minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack.
bread  recipes  smitten.kitchen  ***** 
10 days ago
Galaxy Note 7 recall may face delay as some airlines refuse to transport the device in their cargo
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall schedule hampered as global airlines refuse to carry the device: IBT -
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10 days ago
This remains the most important take-away from today’s Census data — clear evidence we know how to reduce poverty
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10 days ago
From book of rare photos of Kate Bush by photographer brother. Ridiculous Hounds of Love cover outtake (& original).
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11 days ago
Why We’re Here | Teaching United States History
Such a good post on the concept of historical empathy, very relevant to
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11 days ago
Monokrom — fine art in black and white
We are proud to present our first release from an external designer: Nina Stössinger’s Nordvest emphasises the horizontal direction of the line, reversing the traditional order of thick and thins. A versatile type family in four weights and eight styles, it takes on a friendly, approachable appearance in the heavier weights, while the lighter text styles embody all the marks of a workhorse text face.

Nina Stössinger from Switzerland is a graduate from TypeMedia at KABK and recently joined Frere-Jones Type as senior typeface designer. Nordvest is her second major typeface.

With the release, we also announce the Nordvest Tour – a travelogue from the Faroe Islands. As Nordvest hits the shelves, we board our flight to Vágar. Starting September 1st, we’ll publish daily letters from our travels.
tobuy  serif  fun  ****  typography 
12 days ago
Chill Script
Chill Script is a totally new typeface, it eschews any brush influence, but maintains a warmth that comes from not being rigidly constructed. It’s a sans serif script, with a nice top-heaviness that makes it friendly. As you expect from fonts today, it’s loaded (but not pointlessly overloaded) with OpenType features.
Check the user guide in the Gallery for a full break down.
****  tobuy  midcentury.modern  fun  script 
12 days ago
a girl staring down a riot policeman today in Chile, during a protest marking the country’s 1973 military coup.
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12 days ago
The Political Economy of Bloombergism - The New York Times
Via Mark Thoma, Daniel Little has a nice survey essay on Saskia Sassen’s concept of the global city (pdf). These are cities that concentrate high-level coordination functions for the global economy — finance, in particular — and exhibit extraordinary concentrations of wealth as a consequence. New York and London are the prime examples; Tokyo also shows up on Sassen’s list, although I’d say that it’s a lot less global than the others, thanks to the continuing insularity of Japanese culture. If I had to make a guess, I wouldn’t be surprised if Seoul, rather than Tokyo, ends up becoming the true global city of East Asia.

If you’re interested in this stuff, you should also read John Quiggin’s cynical but plausible take (pdf): Quiggin suggests that the reason finance and similar activities concentrate in a handful of global cities isn’t because that produces gains in economic efficiency, it’s because of the enhanced opportunities for cronyism; it’s a lot easier to make implicitly corrupt deals when you have lunch in the same restaurants and your kids go to the same expensive private school.
economics  globalization  krugman  global.city  sassen  **  nytimes 
12 days ago
The global city -- Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen is the leading urban theorist of the global world. (Here are several prior posts that intersect with her work.) Her The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (1991) has shaped the concepts and methods that other theorists have used to analyze the role of cities and their networks in the contemporary world. The core ideas in her theory of the global city are presented in a 2005 article, "The Global City: Introducing a Concept" (link). This article is a convenient place to gain an understanding of her basic approach to the subject.

Key to Sassen's concept of the global city is an emphasis on the flow of information and capital. Cities are major nodes in the interconnected systems of information and money, and the wealth that they capture is intimately related to the specialized businesses that facilitate those flows -- financial institutions, consulting firms, accounting firms, law firms, and media organizations. Sassen points out that these flows are no longer tightly bound to national boundaries and systems of regulation; so the dynamics of the global city are dramatically different than those of the great cities of the nineteenth century.

Sassen emphasizes the importance of creating new conceptual resources for making sense of urban systems and their global networks -- a new conceptual architecture, as she calls it (28). She argues for seven fundamental hypotheses about the modern global city:

The geographic dispersal of economic activities that marks globalization, along with the simultaneous integration of such geographically dispersed activities, is a key factor feeding the growth and importance of central corporate functions.
These central functions become so complex that increasingly the headquarters of large global firms outsource them: they buy a share of their central functions from highly specialized service firms.
Those specialized service firms engaged in the most complex and globalized markets are subject to agglomeration economies.
The more headquarters outsource their most complex, unstandardized functions, particularly those subject to uncertain and changing markets, the freer they are to opt for any location.
These specialized service firms need to provide a global service which has meant a global network of affiliates ... and a strengthening of cross border city-to-city transactions and networks.
The economic fortunes of these cities become increasingly disconnected from their broader hinterlands or even their national economies.
One result of the dynamics described in hypothesis six, is the growing informalization of a range of economic activities which find their effective demand in these cities, yet have profit rates that do not allow them to compete for various resources with the high-profit making firms at the top of the system. (28-30)

Three key tendencies seem to follow from these structural facts about global cities. One is a concentration of wealth in the hands of owners, partners, and professionals associated with the high-end firms in this system. Second is a growing disconnection between the city and its region. And third is the growth of a large marginalized population that has a very hard time earning a living in the marketplace defined by these high-end activities. Rather than constituting an economic engine that gradually elevates the income and welfare of the whole population, the modern global city funnels global surpluses into the hands of a global elite dispersed over a few dozen global cities.
urbanism  global.city  globalization  capitalism  ****  development  london  newyork  philosophy 
12 days ago
Could Helicopters Have Saved People From the Top of the Trade Center? - WSJ
Curtis S. D. Massey, whose Massey Enterprises Inc. is a leading consultant on building-fire safety, says that the only major U.S. city that requires high-rises to plan for aerial rescues is Los Angeles. Convinced by experience that helicopters can effectively evacuate trapped people from burning high-rises, Los Angeles obliges developers to build helipads on all buildings more than 75 feet tall, or about seven stories. The Los Angeles Fire Department has its own six-helicopter rescue wing.

Now, as safety agencies around the nation analyze the Sept. 11 disaster, officials say they expect that Los Angeles's approach may get favorable new attention. Long-accepted fire-safety practices "need to be reconsidered in light of what's happened in New York," says Matt Stuckey, a Houston Fire Department division chief and a consultant with the Massey firm.
los.angeles  aeriality  architecture  regulation  ***  nyc  9.11  wsj  helicopter 
12 days ago
This…….. is the best headline
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13 days ago
Worried face: the battle for emoji, the world's fastest-growing language | Art and design | The Guardian
The emoji’s success has attracted scrutiny. Just as English has adapted to remove signifiers of sex in professions – hoping to make obsolete words such as “actress” and “male nurse”, terms coined at a time when certain occupations were dominated by one gender – so the custodians of emojis are having to adapt to compensate for Silicon Valley’s bias.

In 2015 Unicode, the California-based consortium that standardises the use of these pictographs across the internet, added modifiers to enable us to alter the skin tone of our emoji (according to the Fitzpatrick Scale for humans, no less). A forthcoming update will add scores of gender-swap icons for existing professions, including a third, androgynous option. In this way, emojis present a rare opportunity. Many words smuggle quiet atrocities at an etymological level. Women who cannot have children are known as “barren”. Disabled children are known as “invalids”. Pictorial writing systems are no different. The Japanese kanji for “noisy”, for example, consists of three kanji for “women” squished together. The kanji for “wife” is comprised of the symbols for “house” and “inside”.

When sexism is entangled with language at such an elemental level, reforging words takes a great deal of time and education. Emojis work differently. Unicode assigns an object a numerical text code, to which companies add a relevant image according to their whim or aesthetic. “U+1F63B”, for example, is the code for “SMILING CAT FACE WITH HEART-SHAPED EYES”. Apple interprets this as a yellow cat with its mouth agape. Android translates the arcane script into a black cat with its mouth closed. Fixing problematic imagery, therefore, is as easy as redrawing the image associated with the code.
language  innovation  ***  emoji  sexuality  words  gender 
13 days ago
Wendy Cope's beautiful poem, 'Spared'.

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13 days ago
Hartsfield-Jackson still busiest, but other airports remain ahead in international traffic, cargo | AJC@ATL
Hartsfield-Jackson still busiest, but other airports remain ahead in international traffic, cargo: AJC -
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13 days ago
Your legacy is your children and your many good works upon this earth
My legacy is inventing this joke format
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14 days ago
A good beer/wine store here in Baltimore.
baltimore  beer  *****  local 
14 days ago
Why You Can Thank the Government for Your iPhone | TIME
“Every major technological change in recent years traces most of its funding back to the state,” says Mazzucato. Even “early stage” private-sector VCs come in much later, after the big breakthroughs have been made. For example, she notes, “The National Institutes of Health have spent almost a trillions dollars since their founding on the research that created both the pharmaceutical and the biotech sectors–with venture capitalists only entering biotech once the red carpet was laid down in the 1980s. We pretend that the government was at best just in the background creating the basic conditions (skills, infrastructure, basic science). But the truth is that the involvement required massive risk taking along the entire innovation chain: basic research, applied research and early stage financing of companies themselves.” The Silicon Valley VC model, which has typically dictated that financiers exit within 5 years or so, simply isn’t patient enough to create game changing innovation.

Mazzucato’s book cites powerful data and anecdotes. The parts of the smart phone that make it smart—GPS, touch screens, the Internet—were advanced by the Defense Department. Tesla’s battery technologies and solar panels came out of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Google’s search engine algorithm was boosted by a National Science Foundation innovation. Many innovative new drugs have come out of NIH research.
capitalism  government  entrepreneur  silicon.valley  technology  innovation  ****  funding  time 
14 days ago
Hobonichi Techo Planner Book (January Start) - Techo Lineup - Hobonichi Techo 2017
The Hobonichi Techo Planner is the English version of the Japanese Original Hobonichi Techo, specially created in collaboration with ARTS&SCIENCE owner Sonya Park.

The book’s compact A6 size and page-per-day format provide a place to generously fill an entire year’s worth of spur-of-the-moment thoughts while still staying comfortably portable.

From the heartfelt to the humorous, the Hobonichi Techo includes quotes specially chosen from its parent site, the Japanese web magazine Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun. Each two page spread contains a single quote.

The graph paper in the English version is slightly enlarged to 4 mm to allow users to write comfortably in any language. Timelines are simplified to a single 12 to denote noon so users can completely customize it to their own schedule (or ignore it completely), and each day is also labeled with the number of the consecutive week that year, from 1 to 52. Features such as a list of international holidays and international size charts cater to the worldwide community that comes together through this book.

The chic black cover features a subtle engraving of the Japanese characters for techo along with the ARTS&SCIENCE logo. The 2017 edition includes a guide to Japanese tea, a list of Japan’s favorite local treats, and a list of plants and animals that represent each season in Japan.
tobuy  writing  journal  japan  **** 
14 days ago
Bill Hicks' 12 Principles of Comedy | Open Culture

1. If you can be yourself on stage nobody else can be you and you have the law of supply and demand covered.

2. The act is something you fall back on if you can’t think of anything else to say.

3. Only do what you think is funny, never just what you think they will like, even though it’s not that funny to you.

4. Never ask them is this funny – you tell them this is funny.

5. You are not married to any of this shit – if something happens, taking you off on a tangent, NEVER go back and finish a bit, just move on.

6. NEVER ask the audience “How You Doing?” People who do that can’t think of an opening line. They came to see you to tell them how they’re doing, asking that stupid question up front just digs a hole. This is The Most Common Mistake made by performers. I want to leave as soon as they say that.

7. Write what entertains you. If you can’t be funny be interesting. You haven’t lost the crowd. Have something to say and then do it in a funny way.

8. I close my eyes and walk out there and that’s where I start, Honest.

9. Listen to what you are saying, ask yourself, “Why am I saying it and is it Necessary?” (This will filter all your material and cut the unnecessary words, economy of words)

10. Play to the top of the intelligence of the room. There aren’t any bad crowds, just wrong choices.

11. Remember this is the hardest thing there is to do. If you can do this you can do anything.

12. I love my cracker roots. Get to know your family, be friends with them.
bill.hicks  comedy  stand-up  howto  list  *****  speech 
14 days ago
Architects Are Designing Buildings for the Age of Mass Shootings | Motherboard
The new school design includes an open area in the front to allow for natural surveillance so people inside can see who is approaching. A rain garden acts as a natural buffer between the building and bus drive. Footbridges help create more specific, designated entry points to control people entering the building. “We want the students and teachers to feel welcome and comfortable, to create a place for them to call home,” Konefal said
architecture  violence  guns  security  surveillance  *** 
15 days ago
The Dezeen guide to Postmodern architecture and design
Not all Postmodern architecture has stood the test of time (literally – Graves' Portland Building, built on the cheap, is in terrible condition today and desperately requires restoration). But in principle, its humane and expressive leanings look pretty good in retrospect. Perhaps it's time to take a look back.

The intellectual origins of Postmodernism are typically traced back to Robert Venturi's book Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), a title that foreshadows the confused discourse that would follow. Venturi advocated a permissive architecture of the "both/and". He pointed out that great cities like Rome did not speak with one voice, but rather in historical layers and vivid juxtapositions.

He also argued that buildings were not only designed objects, but also feats of place-making, which should attend to local conditions of neighbourhood and public behaviour. On this basis, he embraced aspects of architectural history, notably decoration and disunity, that Modernism had repudiated.

Venturi's ideas expanded and developed in concert with his partner, the urban planner Denise Scott Brown. Their joint work would culminate in the splendidly counter-intuitive book Learning from Las Vegas (1972), which proposed that city's strip – meant to be viewed at 30 miles an hour – as a model for architects to emulate. For Venturi and Scott Brown, the garish neon, oversized signage, and incessant frontality of the casinos were not to be looked down upon as kitsch. They were an organic design solution, well suited to the demands of their public.

All the conflicts that would arise around Postmodernism in the 1980s were already present in Venturi and Scott Brown's study. They had seen the Vegas strip as "almost all right," tolerating its naked commercial imperatives in the interest of learning from its built form. But that "almost" was a depth charge. Should architects simply give the public – or for that matter, deep-pocketed developers – what they want? If so, did that not make them complicit with power structures that might better be challenged?
IFTTT  Pocket  architecture  design  urbanism  postmodernism  *** 
15 days ago
SELFIE – Matter – Medium
Selfie politics are attention politics: it is all about who gets to be seen, who gets to occupy the visual field. Critics always talk about Kim and her family as taking up too much space, as clogging our DVRs, our Twitter feeds, our newsstands. At a micro-level, the ire leveled at Kim is aimed at everyone who takes selfies: who do you think you are and why should I have to keep up with you? They don’t realize that in posing this question they are proving their own ignorance. One should never have to ask anyone else why they are worthy of being seen. Every human is given a body and a face and then spends the rest of his or her life trying to feel at home there. Worthiness is part of the basic package.
selfie  photography  gender  criticism  *****  body 
15 days ago
The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it | Aeon Ideas
As well as being embodied, mental processes can also be extended to incorporate external artefacts. Clark and fellow philosopher of mind David Chalmers propose what’s since been called the Parity Principle, which says that if an external artefact performs a function that we would regard as mental if it occurred within the head, then the artefact is (for the time being) genuinely part of the user’s mind. To illustrate this, Clark and Chalmers describe two people each trying to work out where various shapes fit in a puzzle. One does it in his head, forming and rotating mental images of the shapes, the other by pressing a button to rotate shapes on a screen. Since the first process counts as mental, the second should too, Clark and Chalmers argue. What matters is what the object does, not where it is located. (Compare how a portable dialysis machine can be part of a person’s excretory system.) The rationale is the same as that for identifying the mind with the brain rather than the soul; the mind is whatever performs mental functions.

The Parity Principle doesn’t apply only to processes we can in fact perform in our heads. Think about doing a long division with pen and paper. Few of us can do this in our heads, holding all the stages in memory, but if we could, we would certainly regard it as a mental process, so – applying the Parity Principle – we should regard the pen-and-paper process as a mental one, too. An extension can also be an enhancement.
tools  brain  thinking  science  ***  mind 
16 days ago
The Occult Activism of 1960s Group WITCH is Still Relevant
WITCH, most often short for “Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell,” was born on Halloween 1968. They were the militant wildcard of the Chicago Women’s Liberation movement, the rebellious sisters of the Redstockings. Unabashedly anti-establishment, WITCH publicly hexed Wall Street, allegedly causing the DOW Jones to drop five points. Following this, autonomous covens popped up all over the continental US. Between 1968-1970, WITCH was busy staging spooky demonstrations and engaging in guerrilla theater.
protest  feminism  situationist  art  1960s 
16 days ago
Endgame | Boston Review
We thus face a dangerous situation. On the one hand we have neoconservative elites whose vision of American power is recklessly utopian, who seem increasingly disconnected from any coherent conception of the national interest. On the other hand we have a domestic population that shows little interest in this far-flung empire. The political order projected by Bush and his supporters in the media and academia is just that: a projection, which can only last so long as the United States is able to put down, with minimum casualties, challenges to its power. If this assessment is correct, we may well be entering one of those famed Machiavellian moments discussed by J.G.A. Pocock a quarter century ago, when a republic opts for the frisson of empire, and is forced to confront the fragility and finitude of all political forms, including its own.

We may also be seeing, and I suggest this only tentatively, the slow decomposition of America's ruling class. Ever since the end of the Cold War—some might even say since Vietnam—there has been a growing disconnect between the culture and ideology of American business elites and that of political warriors like Wolfowitz and other neocons. Whereas the Cold War saw the creation of a semi-coherent class of Wise Men who brought together, however jaggedly, the worlds of business and politics—men like Dean Acheson, the Dulles brothers, and Averell Harriman—the Reagan years and beyond have witnessed something altogether different. On the one hand, we have a younger generation of corporate magnates who, though ruthless in their efforts to secure benefits from the state, have none of the respect or passion for government that their older counterparts had. These new CEOs respond to their counterparts in Tokyo, London, and other global cities. So long as the state provides them with what they need and does not interfere unduly with their operations, they leave it to the apparatchiks. As one Silicon Valley executive said to Thomas Friedman, when asked how often he talks about Iraq, Russia, or foreign wars, "Not more than once a year. We don't even care about Washington. Money is extracted by Silicon Valley and then wasted by Washington. I want to talk about people who create wealth and jobs. I don't want to talk about unhealthy and unproductive people. If I don't care about the wealth destroyers in my own country, why should I care about the wealth destroyers in another country?"

On the other hand, we have a new class of political elites who have little contact with the business community, whose primary experiences outside of government have been in either academia, journalism, think tanks, or some other part of the culture industry. As corporate elites set their sights upon an increasingly global economy, the neocons have been given, it seems, the run of the farm. They traffic in ideas and see the world as a vast landscape of intellectual projection. Unconstrained by even the most interested of interests, they are free to advance their cause, in the Middle East and elsewhere. Indeed, according to press reports, most corporate elites in the United States and elsewhere, even in the oil industry, have been either uninterested in or firmly opposed to the Bush administration's expedition in Iraq. Like their corporate counterparts, the neocons view the world as their stage, but unlike their corporate counterparts, they are designing that stage for an altogether more theatrical, other-worldly drama. Their endgame, if they have one, is an apocalyptic confrontation between good and evil, civilization and barbarism—categories of pagan conflict diametrically opposed to the world-without-borders vision of America's free-trading, globalizing elite.
politics  economics  war  military  globalization  terrorism  conservative  *** 
17 days ago
Transfers : Transfers [BERGHAHN JOURNALS : Oxford, New York : Independent Publishing Since 1994!]
Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies is a peer-reviewed journal publishing cutting-edge research on the processes, structures and consequences of the movement of people, resources, and commodities. Intellectually rigorous, broadly ranging, and conceptually innovative, the journal combines the empiricism of traditional mobility history with more recent methodological approaches from the social sciences and the humanities.

The journal's scholarly essays, book and exhibit reviews, artwork and photography, as well as special features provide a rich variety of perspectives that include: analyses of the past and present experiences of vehicle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, migrants, and refugees; accounts of the arrival and transformation of mobility in different nations and locales; and investigations of the kinetic processes of global capital, technology, chemical and biological substances, images, narratives, sounds, and ideas.

Convened around a broad conception of mobility, Transfers provides an interdisciplinary platform to explore the ways in which experiences of mobility have been enabled, shaped and mediated across time and through technological advances.
****  aeriality  mobility  journal  academic 
17 days ago
Occasional blog of Tobias Revell: Dark Media
Dark media can loosely be divided into three subcategories:

Dead media - The object is no longer in use but we still want or value its effects and properties. For example, gramophones may no longer be in popular use but we still have stereo systems that play music.
Haunted media - The object is currently in use but in a non-normative way. This is particularly relevant to ghost hunting and its relationship with photography; the camera acts as a revealer, able to show things that the human sensorium cannot mediate. Haunted media can also act as portals - for instance the video tape from Ringu - which allow a connection between two different planes of reality - again exceeding the normative bonds of media where we assume that it can only mediate between what we understand as 'the real.'
Weird media - reveal a gulf or gap between the natural and the supernatural (Thacker refers to realities flatly as 'ontological orders.') Here, there is again a portal but no connection. The media reveals the negative, non-communicable invisible around us. Here he references Lovecraft quite heavily but is keen on the fact that the ontological order weird media connects only exists apophatically - eg; 'indescribable, unnatural, unlike anything I've ever seen, inhuman.'

I think an addendum could be made for 'hauntological media' inextricably linked to dead media; the stereo suffers from being haunted by the gramophone. I'm also not sure on the range that we could classify haunted media as expanding to in terms of 'non-normative.' In his examples, Thacker is keen to stick to mediation with the supernatural as examples of non-normative. But what about hacking? Or jugaad? There are also interesting projects that start to contemporise haunted media and consider how they relate to modern cultural hangups that may influence how we use them as portals to mediate modern value systems.
media  list  history  ***** 
17 days ago
Stone-Soup for the Capitalist’s Soul
There is something quintessentially European about Stone Soup. There is individualist hustling, a fluid conception of the relationship between the rich and poor, and an energizing element of the paradoxical (represented by the stone or axe-head: is it necessary ingredient or not?).

And speaking of Scrooge-types, it is also very unlike that other European fable of wealth and community, A Christmas Carol, which ironically (despite its overt Christian context) is not particularly European in spirit.

Both fables offer implicit commentaries on the nature of the relationship between wealth and community, but I’ve concluded that A Christmas Carol is fundamentally wrong-headed. It is based on a characteristically religious incomprehension of wealth creation as a sort of de facto sinful black-box process, for which absolution must be sought, either during or after the act. The incomprehension leads to the conflation of wealth and corruption caused by wealth. A Christmas Carol suggests that the rich ought to unilaterally share out of a sense of compassion, empathy, charity, moral duty and yes, guilt. In other words, it limits itself to challenging just the moral authority of the rich. The poor for their part, are forced to accept the demeaning status of recipients of charity.

Stone Soup on the other hand, challenges both the moral and intellectual authority of the rich, and is ultimately a more satisfying tale because of it.
class  economics  fun  storytelling  *****  capitalism 
17 days ago
‘Be Wrong as Fast as You Can’ - NYTimes.com
I recently saw a Charlie Rose interview with John Lasseter, a founder of Pixar, about the creative process behind his movies. Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even great ideas are wrecked on the road to fruition and then have to be painstakingly reconstructed. “Every Pixar film was the worst motion picture ever made at one time or another,” Lasseter said. “People don’t believe that, but it’s true. But we don’t give up on the films.”

Hugely successful people tend to say self-deprecating stuff like this when they go on “Charlie Rose.” But I heard something quite genuine in Lasseter’s remarks, an acknowledgment of just how deep into the muck of mediocrity a creative project can sink as it takes those first vulnerable steps from luxurious abstraction to unforgiving reality.
counterintuitive  creative  ****  creativity  inspiration  writing 
18 days ago
Transrealism: the first major literary movement of the 21st century? | Books | The Guardian
“Transrealism is a revolutionary art form. A major tool in mass thought-control is the myth of consensus reality. Hand in hand with this myth goes the notion of a ‘normal person’.” Rucker’s formulation of transrealism as revolutionary becomes especially meaningful when compared to the uses transrealism is put to by the best of its practitioners. Atwood, Pynchon and Foster-Wallace all employed transrealist techniques to challenge the ways that “consensus reality” defined who was normal and who was not, from the political oppression of women to the spiritual death inflicted on us all by modern consumerism.
2010s  transrealism  literature  *****  movement  novel 
18 days ago
Typeface Mechanics: 001 | Frere-Jones Type
Establishing an optically consistent size is just one puzzle among very many. The entanglements of weight, width, and spacing happen at the same time, as do the predicaments inside each letter.
dynamics  typography  design  *** 
18 days ago
Best Practices of Combining Typefaces – Smashing Magazine
An example:

Create a Variety of Typographic Colors Link

Typographic color is the combined effect of the variations of font weight, size, stroke width, leading, kerning, and several other factors. One easy way to see typographic colors is to squint at a layout until you can’t read it anymore, but can still see the text in terms of its overall tonal value.

If you squint at the examples below, you’ll notice that layout on the left bleeds into one undistinguished blob of text, ever so slightly more dense at the bottom. However, the layout on the right retains its visual hierarchy, even if you can’t read it. No matter how far away you are from this page, there is no confusion regarding where the title is, and where your eye should go next.
typography  howto  design  *** 
18 days ago
Klim Type Foundry - Feijoa
Kris Sowersby, 2007. Chosen 3 times. Aiming to create a feeling of softness, Feijoa has an almost complete absence of straight lines. Feijoa successfully avoids the sense of coldness that Kris had felt with some previous digital typefaces.

“Those gently curved straights and rounded corners lend the design a beautiful organic, almost calligraphic quality. Yet there is nothing frivolous to the typeface, it all is functional and looks very self-assured.” Yves Peters
typography  tobuy  serif  ***** 
18 days ago
Harbour - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
Harbour is a clash of Latin and Germanic typestyles - two conflicting letterforms, culturally, politically and aesthetically. Latin letterforms have a geometric base, blackletter types are calligraphic. Harbour takes calligraphic forms that derive from writing with quills, but is a typeface that is clearly drawn‚ rather than written‚ to produce graphic, dynamic letterforms.
typography  blackletter  serif  *** 
18 days ago
Jude - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
Simple, angular and incised, Jude mixes the geometric precision of the computer with expressive and intuitive letterforms. The typeface avoids classical references in construction and proportions to produce a bold, modern serif typeface for text and display. The italic is a sharp edged version of calligraphic letterforms.
typography  serif  *** 
18 days ago
A bespoke handwriting typeface for Sir Quentin Blake | Monotype
Starting with Blake’s original inkings, Monotype’s type designer Toshi Omagari set about selecting and redrawing individual letters, numbers and symbols, but it soon became apparent that using this technique lost some of the flow of the original handwriting. Toshi went back to Blake for more samples, this time written in sentences and pangrams.

From these, he selected four subtly different alternates for each character that, combined, would make the text look random enough to look authentic while keeping the glyph set manageable. The importance was in finding the balance between variety and regularity: “Without variants, handwriting fonts run the risk of looking unnatural; too many and the process can become unmanageable,” explains Toshi. “Quentin’s writing is anything but regular but it’s not totally random either. There’s something you can find in it to say that it’s his — just as no single cloud is identical to another and has no definite shape, when you find one in the sky you can still tell it’s a cloud.”
quentin.blake  illustration  typography  script  tobuy  ***** 
18 days ago
Satura Suite | Fountain
Some typefaces defy classification. These rare birds come from a space beyond man's ability to label and categorize. Satura was born in that unusual place. Yet its origins are not so foreign that it’s overtly strange or illegible. In fact, Satura's gentle curves and transitions are rather appealing, as if you’ve seen them before. But there has never been a face or family quite like this.
typography  tobuy  *****  fun  sans 
18 days ago
FontShop | FF Folk
FF Folk is a small series of fonts based on lettering that Ben Shahn used in his paintings and lithographs. The Ben Shahn Folk Alphabet was originally created as lettering in 1940, and was reconstructed and redesigned by Maurizio Osti and Jane Patterson in 1995, with the consent and approval of Mrs. Bernarda Shahn and the Estate of Ben Shahn, under license from VAGA (New York). Shahn taking inspiration from vernacular shapes while drawing his original alphabet – “lettering for the illiterate;” he called it the “folk alphabet.” He felt that letters and words should have the same importance as images and drawings, and he combined them in his work.

The fonts each have two character shapes per letter (one for the uppercase keymap position, and another for the lowercase position) that best capture the vibrant variety present in the original artwork. Therefore, it is possible to compose text by combining uppercase and lowercase interchangeably (e.g., UPPERCASE ONLY, lowercase only, and UpPeR aNd LoWeRcAsE) to achieve a more personal effect. FF Folk Regular is inspired by “Bring back our Sons from far” (gouache and gold leaf; 40 x 26 inches); FF Folk Rough by the graphic work “Immortal Words” 1958. (Silk screen in black, 15 x 20 inches). The FF Folk Light and FF Folk Rough Light variants were drawn to complete the family.

Ben Shahn was born in Kovno, Lithuania in 1898, and moved to the United States in 1906. He died in 1969. At an early age, he developed a passion for lettering; while working as a lithographer, he developed a great understanding of this artistic discipline.
typography  tobuy  *****  fun  script  sans 
18 days ago
Calypso E (Egyptian)
Calypso I (Italian) draws its inspiration from type founders' plentiful show-off-letters, which were typical on title pages and lithographs in the early 19th century. It borrows luscious details from these but inherits a stiff modern backbone from its parent, Calypso E (Egyptian).
typography  tobuy  ***  fun  serif 
18 days ago
Changing Fonts | Fontspring
Changing is a lively font, packed with lots of automatic interlock pairs that do their magic in OpenType aware applications.
Its peculiar design and such choices for letter combinations make this a spirited, dynamic and useful typeface.
typography  tobuy  *  fun 
18 days ago
Gloss Drop - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
Gloss Drop is a wild hand lettered typeface, that passed the process of digitization without losing the spontaneous vibrancy of brush lettering. With the power of OpenType it gets real close to what you normally do with ink, brush and paper. If you noticed the absence of 300 swashes and flourished caps, you're right – this is not a Barbie Script dolled up for the next beauty contest. It is imperfection and naivety dripping from every letter that make this font stand out. An enviable choice for magazine headers, book covers or record covers. Works also well as a companion to hand-drawn or painted illustrations. Gloss Drop can even rock your Wedding designs if they are seeking for something that makes a difference.
typography  tobuy  ****  script  fun 
18 days ago
MFRED font |
MFRED has been donated to the BuyFontsSaveLives campaign by designer Matt Willey in honour of his father Nick who was taken by cancer in 2011. This much sought after headline font, designed by Matt with assistance from A2-Type’s Henrik Kubel, was originally drawn for ELEPHANT magazine, then subsequently used in Matt’s PORT magazine. It has also featured in the US edition of WIRED.

MFRED is a condensed caps-only headline face in one weight that also includes alternate versions of the G, K, M, R and W glyphs. Buy this versatile font in OpenType OTF format and all proceeds will go directly to Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Support charities.
typography  tobuy  ****  display  sans 
18 days ago
New Topographics (Redux) : The Picture Show : NPR
Maybe "impressive" is the wrong word — but it was unusual that they were considered landscapes. Unlike their predecessors, these new "topographic" photographers (such as Robert Adams, no relation to Ansel) were less concerned with portraying an ideal image of nature and were more interested in showing plainly how man has altered it. Their photos were descriptive, unemotional and simple — a fusion, almost, of traditional landscape and social documentary photography, with man as the focus, but out of the picture.

The exhibit, now often cited as one of the most seminal in photographic history, suggested other changes, too. All of the photographers were (or would soon be) associated with academia, either as students or professors of photography; traditionally, photography as a trade was not widely taught in schools. Moreover, the photos of Stephen Shore, which provided the only color in the exhibition, also spoke for a shift from the old belief that fine art could only be in black and white.
photography  counterintuitive  ***  history  1970s  landscape  usa  npr 
18 days ago
The Prosperity Gospel of Rihanna | Pitchfork
There is an anxiety for the image of propertied black women in general, of black women recouping historical debts. The interlocking machines of mainstream pop, rap music, and America are very much contingent on their devaluation. Anxiety mounts when the kind of property is pure cash money. Black girls with money are financially independent and visually, confrontationally untethered to men or to goods. It’s filtered through varying inflections of allegedly bygone puritanism: The black girl flaunting money is ratchet, the black girl with money bankrolled her way there through sex, therefore the black girl with money does not properly own it. Since the racist and the sexist are also by definition prudes, this black girl of their fantasy, no matter how tall her money, can never signify wealth, a sort of class ascendance that has as much to do with politesse in gender roles as it does one’s stock profile.
rihanna  ***  anxiety  music  money  economics  feminism 
19 days ago
Our final noteworthy addition of the month is Lineto’s Prismaset, an ambitious expansion of Rudolf Koch’s Prisma. James Goggin, Mauro Paolozzi, and Rafael Koch expanded on the multiline idea, adding 1-line, 3-line, outline, and solid variations – a
Our final noteworthy addition of the month is Lineto’s Prismaset, an ambitious expansion of Rudolf Koch’s Prisma. James Goggin, Mauro Paolozzi, and Rafael Koch expanded on the multiline idea, adding 1-line, 3-line, outline, and solid variations – all of which can be overlaid for color effects. This game had already been played many times in the phototype era with large, groovy families like Prismania, Bauhaus Prisma, Futura Prisma, and Churchard Design 70. Prismaset adds to the concept by including three “X” styles which allow the concentric lines to overlap, achieving a mesmerizing graphic dazzle.
tobuy  fun  ****  typography 
19 days ago
Gluten – Tyler Finck
THIS FONT IS DELICIOUS! It's also slightly loud, very round, and 100% fun. With almost 400 glyphs it supports a wide variety of latin-based languages (including western, central, and eastern European languages, as well as Pinyin)
typography  tobuy  fun  *** 
19 days ago
Cowhand - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
Cowhand is a display typeface designed by Toshi Omagari to keep words at one specific width. Words of one letter will have one very wide character, words of two letters will have characters of half that width and so forth. At the maximum of 20-letter words, characters become very tightly compressed. The design of the Cowhand typeface is inspired by western style block printing with reverse stress that is characterised by chunky slab serifs.
typography  tobuy  **  fun 
19 days ago
FontShop | Lunica
Lunica is a mono-linear interpretation of a serif
typeface. Classic serif faces tend to have con-
trasting horizontal and vertical strokes, so this
rather dogmatic focus on a single line weight is
unconventional. The striking serifs seen here
are shaped like quarter circles. Inspired by hand­
writing, these geometric flourishes serve as
decoration, reappearing in several letters. They
are what lends Lunica its quaint, poetic and
strong individual character.
Lunica disregards the laws of optics. Apart from
the slight overshoot of its round glyphs, no opti-
cal corrections were made. What’s more, con-
stant line weights and round endings give it the
appearance of an engraving font. For a graphic
impact, the letterforms are kept basic and sober;
they resemble a slab serif or sans-serif typeface.
typography  ****  tobuy  serif  fun 
19 days ago
The Colour Grey
Sodachrome – initial ideas
The sodabudi ethos is the celebration of quirks and imperfections that are part of hand-crafted production. We wanted to develop a typeface that would benefit from these surprises, especially with the inprecise nature of screenprinting.
We liked the idea of creating a new chromatic typeface – consisting of two coloured shapes overprinting to create a complete character. This developed into overlaying two separate quirky shapes to create the illusion of a sans serif in the middle and a chunky serif on the outside.
typography  tobuy  *****  serif 
19 days ago
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