God, the dystopian gruesomeness of this just dawned on me. Un(der)insured patients often donate organs and marrow,…
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4 days ago
A Beginner's Guide To Enjoying Tennis
We’re in the middle of the U.S. Open, that two-week phase of the solar year in which the average American citizen is most likely to be struck by tennis. It could be you. Or maybe you’ll watch 10 minutes of tennis and yell, “This shit is boring!” before returning to episodes of Chopped. Nobody would blame you, because unless you know what to look for, tennis might just look like Pong with sentient paddles, and that isn’t very fun. You’ll get no help from the commentators, who are either hollering empty sports clichés into the void— “she just wants this win more”—or reeling off jargon too dense to parse—“on the ad side he likes a heavy kick serve out wide.” The good news for you is that I am here, and I will tell you what to look for in order to unlock the underlying sensory pleasures of the game.
tennis  sports  howto  *** 
10 days ago
Domino’s Instagram Is Gross. That’s By Design
The Domino’s feed is not appetizing by any objective measure. But if you look at it long enough, over enough time, the cadence of grotesqueness begins to sink in. The studio lighting and Photoshop-enhanced pepperoni of Papa John’s and Pizza Hut start to look like the culinary equivalent of a French manicure and a spray tan. Fake.

Instead of employing professional photographers, Domino’s relies on its digital marketing team to update the social media feeds. The cinema verité approach began in 2012, when Domino’s launched the Show Us Your Pizza Campaign, and shared the (often ugly) food photos taken by its customers. After that, the aesthetic just stuck. And today, the pizzas Domino’s photographs are all real, either pulled from a test kitchen oven, or delivered by an employee, no food stylist required. And, clearly, there’s no sweating the need for natural light or perfect post-processing by Domino’s employees who will sometimes even take photographs in their own suburban homes. Domino’s is a living embodiment of a #nofilter brand.
instagram  food  ***  truth  photography 
17 days ago
Art to inspire: Ali Smith, Alain de Botton and others on the works they love | Art and design | The Guardian
In the past year, I have been constantly inspired by Etel Adnan, a polymath whose work crosses many dimensions: cartographies, drawings, films, notebooks, novels, paintings, plays, poems, political journalism, tapestry, teaching and, most recently, landscapes painted on to screens that can be folded or extended in space like free-standing drawings.

She was born in 1925 in Beirut. In the late 1950s, she taught philosophy at the University of California and started to paint. Her earliest works were abstract compositions with squares of colours directly applied from the tube. A red square was often the pivotal point of the composition. She was – is – interested in the immediate beauty of colour.
color  painting  art  ****  list 
20 days ago
FontShop | Conrad
One of my faves.
The award-winning Conrad was created by Japanese type designer Akira Kobayashi. Its design was based on the fifteenth-century type by Conrad Sweynheym and Arnold Pannartz, two German printers active in Rome at that time. They produced a unique, slightly unbalanced yet attractive type. Kobayashi says of his typeface, "I have designed a couple of typefaces inspired from the past, but this time the original print acted merely as a reference. The distinctive lowercase 'a' and some other letters were inspired by Sweynheym and Pannartz's second roman type, but I revived the type in a more informal way. Here I used the historical type as a springboard. The resulting type looks different, taking on a rather temporary and lively look. I assume that the Conrad is the first revival of the Sweynheym and Pannartz type, though it does not closely resemble the original." Conrad won first prize for the text typeface category in Linotype's Third International Typeface Design Contest (2000) as well as the Certificate of Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club (2001).Since 2001, Akira Kobayashi has been working as the Type Director at Linotype.
typography  typeface  history  serif  *****  tobuy 
20 days ago
Emtype Foundry - Fonts - Ciutadella Rounded
Round (not just soft) corners.
Ciutadella Rounded is not only a font with soft corners, it has a real rounded terminal across all the weights. It was a challenge to achieve a rounded effect in close counters characters, especially in the heaviest weights where there is less space available to accommodate the round ending. Suitable to be used across a wide range of applications, from identity systems to publications.
typography  tobuy  fun  round  *** 
20 days ago
Weissenhof Grotesk styles | Indian Type Foundry
I like this one. Sorta a Grot Din.

Weissenhof Grotesk is a constructed geometric sans serif from Stefanie Schwarz and Dirk Wachowiak – two designers from Stuttgart, where the Weissenhofsiedlung, or Weissenhof Estate, was built in 1927. Their family ships with four weights, each of which has an italic. The typeface’s letterforms are inspired by modern architectural features, such as curves combining with straight segments. The straight-sided “o”, for instance, acts as a pattern for many other letters. Weissenhof Grotesk features monolinear strokes and a good amount of contrast between the stroke thickness of each weight. Its letter proportions tend toward equalisation, without becoming monospaced. The corners of each stroke’s endings are rounded-off.
typography  typeface  tobuy  ***  sans 
20 days ago
. getting critical at with paper on Brian Harley deconstructing the map & pedagogy
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21 days ago
Killing of Black Men by Whites More Likely to Be Ruled "Justifiable"
. examined 400,000 homicides & found no criminal sanction in 1 in 6 killings of black men by whites:
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22 days ago
'Hi Graham, this isn't our actual helicopter.'
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25 days ago
Monumental Grotesk · Tiny Type, typefaces for all sorts of cases
Monumental Grotesk is a true The Hague typeface: its stone-carved forms grace a few buildings and a monument in the government quarters. It’s based on the work of graphic designer Piet Zwart, a Dutch Bauhaus proponent.

Zwart used a similar style for a range of posters for a rubber floor manufacturer (which Ian Lynam referenced in his font Rubber Vloeren), but where those letters look severe, his design for Berlage is almost cosy. It’s an incredible contrast, and it was the stone letters that I wanted to bring to life.
typeface  typography  sans  fun  tobuy  **** 
29 days ago
Magasin™ - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
Magasin is a high contrast display typeface inspired by the pointed pen calligraphy, yet with a retro-chic twist. It combines a sense of script with geometric and slightly condensed structure resulting in idiosyncratic curves softly connecting the vertical elegance of its forms, ideally suited to use at large sizes in headlines for magazines, posters or packaging. Magasin boasts a rich set of OpenType features that provide a better flow such as Ligatures, Stylistic Alternates, Contextual Alternates, and Final Forms. It also includes a set of capital Swashes. Please check the ‘Read me’ file located in the gallery for more specifications.
typography  typeface  tobuy  fun  script  *** 
29 days ago
Fatype: Baton
Baton is perfect.

Baton Turbo is a grotesque that combines a simple straightforward formal approach, with eccentric letter shapes inspired by french vernacular typography. We love the naive and unpretentious elegance of our previously released Baton, but the small x-height and condensed proportions make it very specific: it is essentially intended for display sizes and short texts. We wanted to adapt Baton into a versatile typeface, while maintaining as much of the original character as possible. All the design choices — the proportions, the spacing, the number of weights — have been made for Baton Turbo to work well in the various settings that modern typography, both print and digital, present.
typeface  typography  tobuy  *****  fun  sans 
29 days ago
Program - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
Program is a type designer’s typeface. It’s about the craft of typeface design and the particular details and effects that type designers fret over when they design type. It mixes different structures, stem endings, and weight distributions not usually employed in a single family of fonts. It features both rounded edges evoking the effects of reproduction, and ink traps, the technique used to counteract that effect. The idea was to create a series of fonts with strong individualistic features, challenging the constraints of a central theme that is usually imposed on a family of fonts, while still relating to each other in terms of overall look and feel.
typography  typeface  ****  sans  tobuy 
29 days ago
Just Another Foundry – JAF Lapture
JAF Lapture is based on Albert Kapr’s Leipzi­ger Antiqua typeface, released in 1971 by the East German foundry Typo­art. It has been digit­ized, exten­ded and care­fully redesigned by Tim Ahrens. A unique feature of this font is the intro­duc­tion of black­let­ter char­ac­ter­ist­ics into a roman typeface.
typeface  serif  tobuy  *** 
29 days ago
keyboard shortcuts - Global hotkey to kill a process in Windows 7 - Super User
This can be done with a *.bat file and Windows' built in hotkeys:

In Notepad, type in:

taskkill /f /im nameOfProcessToKill.exe

For example:

taskkill /f /im notepad.exe

Save this as a .bat file:

For example: killNotepad.bat

Create a shortcut to the .bat file in a location you intend to keep it. If the shortcut is moved later, the hotkey will no longer work.

Right-click this shortcut and choose "Properties".

In the "Properties" window, select the "Shortcut" tab. In the text box labeled "Shortcut Key" enter whatever key you would like to use. Windows will automatically add Ctrl + Alt in front of it.

Example: Typing K will create the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + K

Click Apply/OK and then test out the new hotkey.
windows  howto  computers  ** 
4 weeks ago
Why Autocrats Fear LGBT Rights | by Masha Gessen | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
With few exceptions, countries that have grown less democratic in recent years have drawn a battle line on the issue of LGBT rights. Moscow has banned Pride parades and the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” while Chechnya—technically a region of Russia—has undertaken a campaign to purge itself of queers. In Budapest, the Pride march has become an annual opposition parade: many, if not most, participants are straight people who use the day to come out against the Orbán government. In Recep Erdoğan’s Turkey, water cannons were used to disperse an Istanbul Pride parade. Narendra Modi’s India has re-criminalized homosexuality (though transgender rights have been preserved). In Egypt, where gays experienced new freedoms in the brief interlude of democracy after the 2011 revolution, they are now, under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s dictatorship, subjected to constant harassment and surveillance and hundreds have been arrested.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel is a telling exception to the rule: the government has touted its record on LGBT rights precisely to assert its otherwise tattered democratic credentials—a tactic the writer Sarah Schulman has termed “pinkwashing.” In other words, queer rights are anything but a distraction: they are a frontier, sometimes the frontier in the global turn toward autocracy.

The appeal of autocracy lies in its promise of radical simplicity, an absence of choice. In Trump’s imaginary past, every person had his place and a securely circumscribed future, everyone and everything was exactly as it seemed, and government was run by one man issuing orders that could not and need not be questioned. The very existence of queer people—and especially transgender people—is an affront to this vision. Trans people complicate things, throw the future into question by shaping their own, add layers of interpretation to appearances, and challenge the logic of any one man decreeing the fate of people and country.

One can laugh at the premise of the Russian ban on “homosexual propaganda”—as though the sight of queerdom openly displayed, or even the likeness of a rainbow (this claim has been made) can turn a straight person queer. At the same time, in Russia queer people make an ideal target for government propaganda because the very idea of them serves as a convenient stand-in for an entire era of liberalization that is now shunned. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, queerdom was unthinkable. Afterward, it became possible along with so many other things: the world became complicated, full of possibility and uncertainty. It also grew frightening—precisely because nothing was certain any longer.
politics  liberal  lgbt  homophobia  trump  authority  *** 
4 weeks ago
Holding Our Rage Is Your Political Labor | Radical Faggot
I loved the essay for the ways in which it pushed my own values as an organizer and activist. Yet, what I appreciated most about Taylor’s words is that they sought to challenge the left on tactic, not tone:

The point isn’t to bury our arguments, but to learn how to make them while operating in political arenas that aren’t just our own if we want to win people to more radical politics…We must do a better job at facilitating debate, discussion and argument so that we talk about how to build the kind of movement we want. But endless social media critiques with no commitment to diving into that struggle…is not a serious approach.

Taylor’s urge is so important because it doesn’t seek to avoid conflict, but to interrogate its actual purpose. She pushes us to return to conflict not as a means of shutting down, but of digging deeper into the intellectual, spiritual and emotional labor of movement building.


Instead of demanding we perform the emotional labor of making the privileged comfortable, the privileged must learn to do the emotional labor of being uncomfortable, making room for the rage they’ve played a large part in creating. Instead of seeing our anger as an impediment to the work they need to do, the privileged should see holding it as an intrinsic part of that work–work that might teach them more nuanced perspectives and effective tactics for resistance if they allow it to.

I’ve been coming to the realization lately—in large part through building with the white people in my life—that I spend so much energy explaining my anger, justifying it, I’m left precious little time, space and capacity to feel it. My greatest emotional block is the unspoken demand, made by dominant narratives, people of privilege, and structures of power, that I prove I am as hurt, as pained as I say I am. By keeping myself preoccupied with making the case for my rage, the sharpened tip of it is kept tied down by my constant explanations, examinations and receipts. This is the deepest injustice of our rage’s denial—not merely a failure to recognize the material realities that generate it, but to distract us from feeling it unfettered, letting it flow through us, and find its ultimate release.

This is no accident. For if my rage were left untempered, unmitigated, it would destroy everything. And that’s exactly what needs to happen.

We have walls and bans and prisons and police stations and pipelines and banks and tanks and drones and borders to destroy. Stop telling endangered communities we should cease feeling exactly what we must be allowed to feel if the current regime is to be resisted, and if our people are to survive.

Stop treating our rage as an affront, and start understanding it as a cue.
leftism  resistance  protest  language  debate  ****  trump  race  racism  class 
4 weeks ago
How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body
Everyone knows exercise plays an important role in our general health, but whether its a lack of motivation, the need to travel to the gym, the cost of equipment, or simply know-how, these supposed obstacles often stand in our way. In reality, all you need is yourself. Here’s how you can get a full-body workout with nothing but your body.
mytools  health  fitness  ***** 
4 weeks ago
The Bernie Platform
Concerning health care, Schmitt writes that “single-payer is an all-or-nothing proposition that creates few openings for legislators who want to do something incremental that could lead to a bigger goal.”

This is simply not true. There are many incremental paths toward single-payer. For instance, we could expand Medicare to cover all the country’s children just as Medicare already covers nearly all of the country’s elderly. Such an expansion would add 78 million people to the Medicare rolls, but would not be that costly because 43 percent of children already receive some type of government-provided insurance and children consume far less health care than the rest of the population.

Schmitt paints Sanders’s interest in single-payer health care as quaint and out of touch with modern progressivism. But this is only true if you equate modern progressivism with the foundations that set the priorities of liberal think tanks. The largest union of nurses in the country, National Nurses United, aggressively promotes single-payer health care, and the AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed single-payer a few years ago.

Sanders is not behind the times when it comes to single-payer. He’s just in line with different modern progressive constituencies than Schmitt is.
healthcare  socialism  ****  jacobin  bernie.sanders  nyt  nytimes  op-ed 
4 weeks ago
Global Freezing: Environmental Apocalypse in Game of Thrones | www.splicetoday.com
More interesting, though, are the White Walkers. The Walkers are the cold, personified. Their initial territory is the remotest snowy region of Martin’s world, where some of them have waited out 1000 warmer years doing the zombie version of cryogenic hibernation. They are white and blue in color, and vulnerable to “dragonglass,” the GoT term for obsidian (which, in real life, comes from volcanoes). So what does this horde of frost zombies have to do with global warming?

There are two compelling answers. The first is that they are the specters of a refugee crisis. Global warming will produce refugees in untold numbers, as people of every nation flee receding coastlines and natural disasters. This crisis is already foreshadowed by the wildlings, who (as it were) pound on the door into The Seven Kingdoms, and are granted admission by its reluctant border guards (the Night’s Watch). Read this way, the zombies are the “bad” refugees, the ones who overwhelm whatever camps and charities can provide them with shelter, and who come from countries or regions we care less about. They’re the refugees who force their way in, to be regarded with fear and hatred, much as some Americans regard undocumented immigrants from Mexico. In a clear parallel with contemporary conversations about immigration, the commander of the Night’s Watch tells his (mutinous) second-in-command that the wildlings must be allowed to enter without restriction: “If we leave them out there, you know what they become” (emphasis mine). Indeed. They become Cubans paddling desperately towards the Florida coast, or Syrians in a time of rampant Islamophobia.

The second is that they are the “undead” specters of past and current generations, living in industrialized nations and producing the greenhouse gases that will engulf our children and grandchildren. Like most zombies, the White Walkers add to their numbers by converting living humans into the undead. Unlike most zombies, the Walkers don’t have a contagious bite. They have to kill someone to raise them. In other words, they’re the already-dead who won’t go away: the terrible environmental legacy of climatic chain reactions that could prove impossible to reverse, even if greenhouse emissions fall to nothing.
climatechange  environment  scifi  ***  game.of.thrones  got  metaphor 
4 weeks ago
Hergé & The Clear Line | PAUL GRAVETT
While Jacobs’ accuracy enriched the books, it had never been of such interest to Hergé before. But by the time Jacobs left him in early 1947, Hergé had been "contaminated" by it, to use Benoît Peeters’ word, and it would require the formation of the Hergé Studios and their growing staff of specialists to keep up with his self-imposed demands. Long forgotten were the freedom and freshness of his early comics. The Clear Line became a struggle for Hergé to pin down a character in that one perfect line out of his storm of sketches, which gave him such pleasure that he could push his pencil through the paper. Through the artwork’s subsequent steps, however, he sensed something could be lost, as he reflected in a 1983 interview quoted in Peeters’ 2002 biography:

"When I think I’ve arrived at a good result, with all the spontaneity, all of the lack of thoughtfulness necessary, and all the lack of consciousness possible, then I cool the drawing down via a tracing and I keep the lines that seem to me the best, and which look as if they give the most movement, expressiveness, readability, clarity. Nothing is thought out at the start, but everything goes cool afterwards."

In the process, the Clear Line could sometimes become a "Cool Line". Belgium comics writer and Tintinologist Thierry Smolderen recently told the Comix Scholars email list that the French bande dessinée genius Moebius (b. 1938) often expressed a deep interest in the "suppression of the ego" that Hergé‘s line implied, and the fact that it seemed to eradicate all form of expressionism in a nearly Zen-like manner. In Smolderen’s view, "Moebius wasn’t wrong: actually Hergé‘s taste in ancient and modern art reflected exactly that - he loved Holbein, Ingres, Miró, and as a collector of contemporary art he favoured Lichtenstein, Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Jean-Pierre Raynaud etc. Critic Marshall McLuhan said of comics that it was one of the coolest media. Hergé liked his modern art served real cool too."
cartoon  drawing  history  illustration  ****  ligne.claire  minimalism  color 
4 weeks ago
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669): Prints | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rembrandt created some 300 etchings
and drypoints
from about 1626 to 1665. His career as a printmaker ran parallel to his career as a painter
—he rarely treated the same themes in both media and on only occasionally did he reproduce his paintings in prints. Above all, he was a great innovator and experimenter in this medium, often handling traditional materials in unconventional ways. His impact on printmaking
is still reflected in etchings produced today.

Rembrandt began etching early in his career while he was still in Leiden. His own face is a common feature in his earliest prints, which were probably meant as studies of varied expressions rather than self-portraits. He also often portrayed family and people he knew around him (The Artist’s Mother, 18.72
). In later years, he still etched unconventional and beautiful introspective portraits like that of the goldsmith Jan Lutma the Elder (1656; 20.46.18
), in which he evoked the shifting play of light on the sitter.

Once he had moved from Leiden to Amsterdam, Rembrandt tried his hand at creating larger, highly finished prints related to paintings like The Good Samaritan (1633; 41.1.53
), but he soon turned away from such formal and polished uses of printmaking meant to publicize a painter’s work. Many of his prints are small and sketchy. In Sheet with Two Studies: A Tree and the Upper Part of a Head of Rembrandt Wearing a Velvet Cap (1970.705
), he even treated the printing plate like a drawing book, compiling seemingly unrelated and half-finished images.
rembrandt  history  art  ***  print  printing  the.met 
4 weeks ago
White Supremacy (Overt & Covert) – Radical Discipleship
A helpful visual on race floating around social media. [pic on site]
race  racism  social.media  ***  politics 
4 weeks ago
(429) https://twitter.com/monolithic87/status/898206930161848320/video/1
They should teach this interview in journalism schools to show how you stop someone from lying on live TV.
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4 weeks ago
A dystopia in which our only historical knowledge comes from privately-funded mounted idols
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4 weeks ago
A white person shared this true tea on Facebook. So I'm sharing it here.
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5 weeks ago
Knock the Hustle —Jacobin Magazine “Tidal founder Jay-Z. Mikamote / Wikimedia Take him at his word: he’s not a businessman, he’s a business, man.”
Jay-Z’s Tidal is only one example of the music industry’s turn to the sharing economy ethos, but it deserves outsized flack given its branding and PR rhetoric: the superstar owners masked the platform’s anti-artist coup with power-to-the-people messaging. Like their cousins Uber and Airbnb, streaming services have turned the labor force they rely on — artists — into desperate micro-entrepreneurs who compete for an ever-decreasing share of already meager rewards. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley grifters get rich, riding a wave of venture-funded growth.
music  ***  sharing  sharing_economy  jacobin  art  economics  capitalism 
5 weeks ago
Michelle Obama, ashamed of America? - The Atlantic
You know, I see a lot of people flipping over Michelle OIbama's statement that for the first time in her adult she's proud of America. Meh, I know she will likely have to put out a statement of apology today, but I have to say I agree with her. It's wrong to infer from there, that I, or anyone else, is ashamed of being American. I'm not. I think this is the greatest country in the world. Michelle herself is fond of the "only in America" line. But pride comes from a country, or a person, mobilizing to do something. I can't think of a single thing which this country has done--in my lifetime--that's made me feel pride.

Now let's put that in context. I can only think of one thing that black folks have done that filled me with pride--the Million Man March. Besides that, I got nothing. Of course there are black people who I am proud of as individuals, but I don't walk around with my chest out because I'm black. Hell, I can only think of about two or three things that I've done as an individual that have made be proud. People really need to calm down, and chill with the psuedo-patriotism.
nehisi-coates  the.atlantic  race  usa  *** 
5 weeks ago
Centuries in Sorry —The New Inquiry ““We do heartily ask forgiveness of you all, whom we have justly offended” The apology of the Salem jury, 1697   “Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live m
The qualities of an effective public apology—acknowledgement of wrongs done, acceptance of responsibility, expression of regret—are now taught in business schools and consultants are often brought in to help powerful individuals (particularly those like Maher that function as agents of white supremacy, patriarchy, capital, and the State) calibrate their remorse and its expression, always with minimal investment and maximum benefit to the apologizer. Even when a public apology gives off the cool heat of consideration or the raw impression of true anguish, the apology’s function is primarily optical, serving to recast reality in a way more favorable to the injurious agent and, often, to control the range of the injured parties’ responses.
business  ***  accountability  apology  new.inquiry  emotions  capitalism 
6 weeks ago
The Problem Is Capital —Jacobin Magazine “Dave Center / Flickr The United States is an enormously wealthy country. In 2015, total household wealth stood at $71.3 trillion.”
If we want to get serious about creating a fair and egalitarian society, we must confront capital directly. Wage levels are important. Benefit levels are important. But getting those things right will not be enough so long as nearly one-third of the national income flows out passively to a handful of people at the top of society.

Current liberal efforts to tackle wealth inequality are woefully inadequate. Policies aimed at building the assets of low-income families, the typical approach to this issue, rarely succeed on their own terms and even if they did succeed, would only be an insignificant drop in the bucket. For wealth and capital income to become more fairly distributed throughout society, the ownership of existing assets must be reordered toward that end.
jacobin  wealth  ****  politics  inequality  economics  capitalism 
6 weeks ago
How to Find the Right Meditation Posture for Your Body —Mindful “Meditation isn’t only about the mind—it’s also about the body. And believe it or not, meditation isn’t meant to be physically uncomfortable.”
Posture Pointers

EYES gaze slightly downward, 4 to 6 feet in front of you. Or eyes closed.

CHIN slightly tucked to keep your cervical spine aligned.

SPINE follows natural curvature—upright, yet natural.

SITTING BONES are centered and stable—not perched too far forward or spread too far back.

ARMS parallel to the torso, palms fall naturally on the thighs.

KNEES below hips, with legs loosely crossed.
meditation  body  ***  howto 
6 weeks ago
Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets / Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) / Before and After Science Album Review | Pitchfork
Eno is one of the smartest artists who’s ever made a pop recording. His is the kind of smartness that can trip itself up through overthinking, or make for art whose interest is mainly formal. But he dodged that bullet thanks to his other great obsession, which is giving up his conscious mind’s control. He had a particular fondness for setting up systems complicated enough that they could take him somewhere unpredictable; he famously never wrote down his synthesizers’ settings, in order to avoid falling into habits with them. Eno often sang his songs before he figured out what their lyrics were, composing them sound-first and word-second so his subconscious concerns could bubble up. “It is important to remember that all my ideas are generated by the music,” he told an interviewer in 1977. “The music is the practice that creates the ideas that generate the discourse.”
process  1970s  ****  creativity  review  brian.eno  music  control  pitchfork  art 
6 weeks ago
This is a good thread and a good reason not to center attitudes (self-reported or otherwise). Attitudes do not move…
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6 weeks ago
like, imagine seeing a story about a child laboring to pay for the privilege of learning and coming away with this…
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6 weeks ago
Do you remember when right wingers argued that Obama was “conceited” because he used “I” in his speeches? I do.
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6 weeks ago
From Trumpcare to Transformation —Jacobin Magazine “An anti-Trumpcare rally on June 28 in Washington DC. Wikimedia Commons Republicans’ hopes of repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with some draconian alternative are dead — at least
The outpouring of opposition to the GOP’s plan helped generate a positive feedback loop: bad press for McConnell and his ilk forced them to push through legislation using the least democratic means imaginable, generating even more enmity. The apex of this trend came last Thursday, when Republicans released a bill hastily drafted by a handful of GOP leaders after sundown and tried to ram through a vote the same night. The result was still more public outrage.

So what lessons can be drawn from organizers’ success in stymying the GOP’s push to repeal Medicaid? And how can they be applied to other fights ahead?

For one, direct action is key.

It’s worth remembering that Medicaid probably wouldn’t exist were it not for the decade of militant, disruptive activism that preceded its implementation. Medicaid and Medicare were each passed into law through the Social Security Amendments of 1965, just a week before the Voting Rights Act.

Campaigners like Martin Luther King had pushed to desegregate hospitals, and he and many other organizers saw the right to health care as a crucial front in the struggle for civil rights. Organizations like the NAACP and the National Medical Association, a black professional organization that split from the then-segregated American Medical Association, were vocal advocates for health care reform, using every tactic from lawsuits to civil disobedience. As Vann Newkirk III reported in the Atlantic last month, NMA head W. Montague Cobb was the only leader of any medical association to speak out in favor of the two programs.
health  disability  politics  republican  protest  2017  resistance  civil.rights  healthcare 
7 weeks ago
This is Not a Simulation —The New Inquiry “ASK a liberal who is to blame for Trumpism and guilt falls everywhere but on their own shoulders.”
Whether true or false, the simulation hypothesis changes next to nothing about life on earth, and therein lies the theory’s appeal for the liberal elite: it’s futurism without a substantially different future, progressivism sans meaningful progress, a flash forward to the end of history that bypasses suffering through the present. Simulation theory is the eternal continuation of the same system that entitles Elon Musk, a billionaire seventeen times over, to stop his factory workers at Tesla from forming a union. It empowers Condé Nast, the multinational media corporation who signs Adam Gopnik’s checks, to exist in a perpetual state of layoffs. Why would the few who benefit from this bankrupt arrangement ever want it to end? So far, the aliens that developed the simulation of this world have rigged the game in their favor
neoliberal  theory  Liberalism  politics  *****  progressive  conspiracy  technology  simulation  the.new.inquiry 
7 weeks ago
(404) https://twitter.com/ArthurSchwartz/status/891622003584716801
Schwartz is a friend of Scaramucci & sometimes described as Scaramucci's publicist.
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7 weeks ago
1 Pedro Martinez: so dominant
2 Bo Jackson: so powerful
3 Manny Machado: so smooth
4 Billy Hamilton:…
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7 weeks ago
The best part of this cartoon is that it was published *on Wednesday*
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7 weeks ago
Mitt Romney's warning about Trump from March 2016 has aged extremely well. This infuriated Trump, but he's proving…
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7 weeks ago
Catholic Sisters Storm Capitol Hill | Sarah Jaffe
“From my perspective this is about pro-life! People need access to health care.”
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7 weeks ago
Up in the air, on MATCHBLOC.

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7 weeks ago
How Parents Get in the Way of our Career Plans | The Book of Life
Often without realising it, we are being heavily controlled by our families:
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7 weeks ago
McCain's a maverick, but this is a little like when Ponyboy & Johnny saved the kids from the church fire caused by…
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7 weeks ago
Single payer and go fuck yourself.
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7 weeks ago
Photo of Scaramucci on the phone to The New Yorker, setting the record straight.
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7 weeks ago
It's Nice That | Graffiti, murals and design: Jake Foreman illustrates all mediums in new zine, Flash
From this outlook and combination of two opposing mediums, Jake has released a new publication titled Flash Zine that depicts his true artistic flair for colour, graffiti and visual placement. Risoprinted and amplified with just three bold shades of red, green and black, Flash Zine incorporates the simple acknowledgment of a ‘less is more’ approach, as well the more practical sides of printing. “There are very few Risograph machines in Australia so there are limited colour options. I played around with how much I could minimise the use of colour in the illustrations to keep the printing costs reasonable,” Jake says. “The red and green was a combination I hadn’t seen around that often and seemed to fit with the subject matter in an interesting way.”
art  **  printing  color  itsnicethat 
7 weeks ago
Nobody Wants a Nuclear War: when Mommy finds her kids huddled in a makeshift shelter, she tells them that they WILL…
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7 weeks ago
Nobody Wants a Nuclear War (Judith Vigna, 1986): a picture book designed to help children deal with their nuclear a…
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7 weeks ago
Periodic reminder Sister Rosetta Tharpe was queer and invented the rock n roll electric lead guitar
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8 weeks ago
Don’t March, Organize for Power —Jacobin Magazine “Alec Perkins / Flickr With the sudden and unexpected expansion of socialist organizations like Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in the wake of the 2016 elections, socialists finally have the o
In her book No Shortcuts, Jane McAlevey distinguishes between organizing and mobilizing.

Leftist organizing — the work it takes to build a labor or tenants’ union — addresses itself to the apolitical, the disillusioned, or those actively hostile to the Left and attempts to persuade them to join organizations and take collective action for their own betterment. Mobilizing, in contrast, seeks out those who already agree and asks them to make their support visible.

Organizing brings new constituencies into the Left, while mobilizing demonstrates existing support. The characteristic culmination of organizing is something like a strike — an action that requires majority support within a specific constituency. The protest is the characteristic culmination of mobilizing, and it draws a self-selecting minority of activists to show up and demonstrate support.

Both forms of activity have their uses, but, as McAlevey points out, mobilizing comes with sharp limits: in the US today, there are not enough leftists or progressives to win the necessary fights. The Left must bring in new people, which means organizing.

Organizing, however, is hard, resource-intensive work that takes years to accomplish, so leftists will always be tempted to take the “shortcut” and mobilize existing supporters. But, the same historical conditions that make marches so seductive — the Left’s lack of local organizations with ties to a larger base as well as its inexperience in building effective campaigns for power — are the very conditions that make mobilization the wrong strategy.

They also happen to be the very conditions that the DSA is meant to — and must — change.
politics  ***  organization  healthcare  movement  democrat  socialism 
8 weeks ago
We Are Living in the Coen Brothers’ Darkest Comedy | New Republic
The most disturbing thing about Burn After Reading, though, is how it resembles every day in Trump’s Washington, where the line between blundering idiocy and malevolent conspiracy is increasingly blurred. Yet for all its dark prescience, Burn After Reading almost feels too optimistic. Though there is tragedy and death throughout the film, the Deep State is able to restore some semblance of normality to the world. In Washington, even as the Trump administration’s incompetence gets pushback from the intelligence community, there’s no real hope for going back to the way things were. Trump’s antics are relentlessly normalized by Republicans in Congress and the conservative media, whose latest defense is that incompetent collusion isn’t a crime. That’s a story perhaps too dark even for the Coen Brothers—where stupidity leads to attempted treason, but such behavior is waved away as everyday politics.
coen.brothers  trump  ***  espionage  intelligence  government  film 
8 weeks ago
The Politics Trump Makes | Online Only | n+1
“Nothing exposes a hollow consensus faster than the exercise of presidential power,” Skowronek writes. In the coming days, we’ll see if he’s right. But lest Trump’s opponents on the left draw too rosy a conclusion from Skowronek’s analysis, The Politics Presidents Make suggests a worrying word of qualification. Though disjunctive Presidents like Carter—and, maybe, Trump—are politically weak, they are Presidents, with considerable resources and powers—some quite violent and coercive—at their disposal. Constrained politically, they are prone to rely on the tools of their office and the executive branch. They compensate for their political weaknesses with robust exercises of state power. If Trump manages to put into effect much of his agenda despite the disjunctive political moment, it may be through the raw force of the executive branch rather than the alliance with the Republican Congress being tested out now.
n+1  trump  history  jimmy.carter  *****  politics  corey.robin 
8 weeks ago
Pablo Picasso - Bull: a master class in abstraction
In the final print of the series, Picasso reduces the bull to a simple outline which is so carefully considered through the progressive development of each image, that it captures the absolute essence of the creature in as concise an image as possible.
illustration  process  ****  abstract  mytools  howto  drawing  picasso  art 
8 weeks ago
America's Political Economy: Leaving 50 % behind ... the very latest from Piketty, Saez and Co. – ADAM TOOZE
The fact that pre-tax incomes for the least favored half of American’s citizens have not risen, but have fallen slightly over the last forty years ought to be a show stopper. Literally, all other policy discourse should surely cease. Insofar as there is any kind of reformist agenda it has to focus on this overwhelming and dramatic fact, which implies the breakdown at the heart of global capitalism, of any meaningful relationship between national economic success stories told in terms of GDP and the actual experience of half the population.

Clearly, also, this is the stark reality that frames the frantic, confused and utterly misguided economic nationalism of the current political moment. The perversity is only magnified by the fact that a large portion of the people who have been “left behind” are not “WHITE working class”, but working people of every other color.
wealth  *****  usa  economics  inequality  poverty 
8 weeks ago
Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman | Technology | The Guardian
But the modern zeal for personal productivity, rooted in Taylor’s philosophy of efficiency, takes things several significant steps further. If only we could find the right techniques and apply enough self-discipline, it suggests, we could know that we were fitting everything important in, and could feel happy at last. It is up to us – indeed, it is our obligation – to maximise our productivity. This is a convenient ideology from the point of view of those who stand to profit from our working harder, and our increased capacity for consumer spending. But it also functions as a form of psychological avoidance. The more you can convince yourself that you need never make difficult choices – because there will be enough time for everything – the less you will feel obliged to ask yourself whether the life you are choosing is the right one.

Personal productivity presents itself as an antidote to busyness when it might better be understood as yet another form of busyness. And as such, it serves the same psychological role that busyness has always served: to keep us sufficiently distracted that we don’t have to ask ourselves potentially terrifying questions about how we are spending our days. “How we labour at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life because it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, in what reads like a foreshadowing of our present circumstances. “Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.”
productivity  death  *****  efficiency  time  mytools  counterintuitive 
8 weeks ago
White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid in Africa - NYTimes.com
Gen. Carter Ham, a former commander of Africa Command, said in an interview that cuts in foreign aid would lead to the need for more increases in military spending. “Insecurity in Africa, which adversely affects the United States, stems in my view from loss of hope,” he said.

He offered an example: “If you’re a young Muslim man in northeastern Nigeria, and you look at your government and say, my prospects for a job are pretty slim, there’s no education or health care, and then suddenly some guy comes along and offers me money, prestige, a gun and a girl, a purpose, that becomes attractive,” he said, referring to the many young men who have been coaxed into joining the militant group Boko Haram.
**  war  military  trump  usa  nytimes  foreign.policy  africa 
8 weeks ago
Zach Lieberman on The Great Discontent (TGD)
Oh, I saw your sketches on Instagram. How has that daily practice influenced you? It’s been extremely helpful. I recommend it to everybody. One of the challenges as an artist is that the longer you work on something the bigger the payoff has to be. The more time you invest, the worse it is when the thing doesn’t pay off.

The daily sketching is great because it doesn’t have to work. If you spend half an hour on something, it doesn’t have to be good. That takes a lot of pressure off of you as an artist. Also, I think there are things you can learn by seeing how other people see your work. You have your own frequencies and the world has its own. Sometimes they resonate and sometimes they don’t. If I make a sketch I love and other people don’t like it as much, that’s interesting—that’s a data point. I can learn from that. Or I might make something that feels like a throwaway to me, but people really love it.
****  art  mytools  daily  instagram 
8 weeks ago
5 Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience
One meditation that might be particularly effective at calming our negative thoughts is the Body Scan. Here, you focus on each body part in turn—head to toe—and can choose to let go of any areas of tension you discover. Strong feelings tend to manifest physically, as tight chests or knotted stomachs, and relaxing the body is one way to begin dislodging them.

In one study, researchers found that time spent practicing the Body Scan was linked to greater well-being and less reactivity to stress. Being more aware of our bodies—and the emotions they are feeling—might also help us make healthier choices, trusting our gut when something feels wrong or avoiding commitments that will lead to exhaustion.
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8 weeks ago
It's Nice That | Keep it positive and think big: Ryan Peltier’s illustration philosophy
“So like most of us, I have been trying to find ways to stay sane during these frustrating times,” says illustrator Ryan Peltier on his newest work. The uncertainty of everyday life at the moment has inspired the illustrator in the best way possible: “My philosophy is pretty simple, keep it positive and try to inspire people to think bigger and more expansively.”
simple  quotation  art  illustration  ***  simplicity 
8 weeks ago
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum : Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Missing. Historically located in the Dutch Room; stolen in 1990.

Signed on rudder: Rembrant. f / 1633

Rembrandt’s most striking narrative painting in America, Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, is also his only painted seascape. Dated 1633, it was made shortly after Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam from his native Leiden, when he was establishing himself as the city’s leading painter of portraits and historical subjects. The detailed rendering of the scene, the figures’ varied expressions, the relatively polished brushwork, and the bright coloring are characteristic of Rembrandt’s early style. Eighteenth-century critics like Arnold Houbraken often preferred this early period to Rembrandt’s later, broader, and less descriptive manner.

The biblical scene pitches nature against human frailty – both physical and spiritual. The panic-stricken disciples struggle against a sudden storm, and fight to regain control of their fishing boat as a huge wave crashes over its bow, ripping the sail and drawing the craft perilously close to the rocks in the left foreground. One of the disciples succumbs to the sea’s violence by vomiting over the side. Amidst this chaos, only Christ, at the right, remains calm, like the eye of the storm. Awakened by the disciples’ desperate pleas for help, he rebukes them: “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” and then rises to calm the fury of wind and waves. Nature’s upheaval is both cause and metaphor for the terror that grips the disciples, magnifying the emotional turbulence and thus the image’s dramatic impact.

The painting showcases the young Rembrandt’s ability not only to represent a sacred history, but also to seize our attention and immerse us in an unfolding pictorial drama. For greatest immediacy, he depicted the event as if it were a contemporary scene of a fishing boat menaced by a storm. The spectacle of darkness and light formed by the churning seas and blackening sky immediately attracts our attention. We then become caught up in the disciples’ terrified responses, each meticulously characterized to encourage and sustain prolonged, empathetic looking. Only one figure looks directly out at us as he steadies himself by grasping a rope and holds onto his cap. His face seems familiar from Rembrandt’s self-portraits, and as his gaze fixes on ours we recognize that we have become imaginative participants in the painter’s vivid dramatization of a disaster Christ is about to avert.

Source: Michael Zell, "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee," in Eye of the Beholder, edited by Alan Chong et al. (Boston: ISGM and Beacon Press, 2003): 145.
art  theft  painting  crime  rembrandt  ***  jesus  bible  gospel 
8 weeks ago
Watch Full Episodes Online of Tavis Smiley on PBS | Jacobin Editor Bhaskar Sunkara
The Jacobin editor discusses the rising popularity of socialism following the 2016 election.
trump  videos  socialism  race  2017  ***  interview 
8 weeks ago
Turning Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement - BillMoyers
To contend with Trump’s junk reactionary populism, we need a bold progressive populism. But we have to do this in a new way. In 2017 what we don’t need is people thinking that to have a compelling economic populism means you don’t talk about race, or you don’t talk about gender, or you don’t talk about sexuality. We have to center all of those struggles.

That’s the big challenge of our times. When you think about it, it’s a central challenge of progressive movements throughout American history: how to have a uniting populism that speaks to people’s economic interests and that frames a big and broad we — like the 99 percent against elites — but that doesn’t throw other struggles and identities under the bus in order to do so.
2017  local.government  resistance  progressive  protest  interview  democracy  politics  astra.taylor  trump  *** 
8 weeks ago
Toy from feudal era Japan. This toy tiger is animated by placing it against a wall and fanning it, causing it to sk…
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Art to inspire: Ali Smith, Alain de Botton and others on the works they love | Art and design | The Guardian
One of our major flaws as animals, and a big contributor to our unhappiness, is that we are very bad at keeping in mind the real ingredients of fulfilment. We lose sight of the value of almost everything that is readily to hand; we’re deeply ungrateful towards anything that is free or doesn’t cost very much; we trust in the value of objects more than ideas or feelings; we are sluggish in remembering to love and to care; and we are prone to racing through the years forgetting the wonder, fragility and beauty of existence. It’s fortunate, therefore, that we have art.
art  interview  list  guardian  ***  philosophy 
8 weeks ago
It's Nice That | Anthony Burrill’s new book urges you to Make It Now!
Anthony Burrill’s new publication Make It Now is his treatise on “creative inspiration and getting things done”. Part biography, part musing on what it is to create work, the hardback book published by Penguin Random House and designed in collaboration with APFEL. It offers insights and tips on working in design, as well as anecdotes by Anthony and his collaborators that uncover the stories behind some of his most famous works. The book is jam-packed with typographic artworks and messages that appear like a scrap book of ideas. Each story is interspersed with photos and quotes that portray a gentle portrait of one of the most popular designers working today. We caught up with Anthony to find out more.
books  typography  inspiration  creativity  *** 
8 weeks ago
Beyond Resistance
Our unwillingness to admit our own weakness is the flip side of not having a clear set of principles that can serve as the basis for a mass movement. Instead, we give ourselves the appearance of unity and purpose by resisting evil and by taking our collective “No” out into the streets. We find comfort in knowing that we are not them, that at least we are doing something. Trump is immediate and present, the evils are right in front of us, numerous, and ready-to-hand.

There is no doubt that some protests have a marginal and valuable effect, most visibly in the case of the partial reversal of the immigration ban. And all protest provides the frisson of doing something against policies that are inarguably wrong. But that sense of purpose is not the same as a positive principle or an organization that you are winning people towards. It is, instead, an appeal based on fear, on resisting evil.

fear  freedom  politics  *****  movement  trump  usa  democracy  leftist 
8 weeks ago
Democracy Without the People | Online Only | n+1
EMPHASIZING INSTITUTIONS and norms as the essence of “democracy” has a history—one that comes from denying other, more radical definitions of the concept. The idea of democracy as an elaborate system of checks and balances enforced by a combination of constitutional law, informal norms, competing interests, and the distribution of socio-economic power across a plurality of groups, first crystallized in the 1930s. This was when American political scientists felt the need to define a uniquely “American” model in explicit contrast to “totalitarianism.” But for subsequent elaborators, this model (referred to as “pluralism” or “liberalism”) also could provide an alternative to democracy in the robust sense of “rule by the people.”
In 1956, Robert Dahl’s seminal A Preface to Democratic Theory coined the term “polyarchy” in explicit contrast to “populistic” theories of democracy (consisting of “political equality, popular sovereignty, and rule by majorities”). In Who Governs? (1961), an empirical study of polyarchy at work in New Haven, he deployed the concept to argue against the notion that the United States was ruled, as C. Wright Mills and others had put it, by a “power elite”—and that the stability of American polyarchy was in part due to the disengagement of American citizens. Dahl’s conceptualization accustomed countless students of democracy to insipid pluralism, handily justifying existing power relations and institutions. It remains pervasive in comparative studies of democracy and in the measurement of democratic consolidation. Witness the political scientist Jan-Werner Müller, who in his recent essays on populism for the London Review of Books and the Guardian, has defined the essence of democracy as “presenting citizens with options.” Meanwhile populism gets branded as “principled antipluralism."


our critique of Trump, and our determined political resistance to Trumpism, should not rest on venerating an ideal democracy we have never really achieved.
trump  democracy  *****  counterintuitive  politics  history 
8 weeks ago
Cornwall Travel Book - Weekend Journals
Cornwall by Weekend Journals is the definitive new guide to exploring the fairest English county. Following extensive research and time spent travelling round Cornwall, the Weekend Journals team have uncovered unique and special venues, from verdant gardens to visionary galleries, independent shops and exceptional restaurants. The book is written by Milly Kenny-Ryder and produced by Simon Lovell. They both have strong family links to Cornwall and have been visiting with their families since they were young. Using these connections they have gone off the beaten track to discover the venues that the locals love, while also showcasing some of Cornwall’s most iconic sites and stories.
***  england  cornwall  travel  book  photography 
8 weeks ago
Conservatives claim to love “freedom” — but the historical record, and the evidence, suggest otherwise - Salon.com
But findings in a new NPR/PBS Marist poll neatly refute both versions of the claim. The poll asked if we have gone too far in expanding or restricting freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to protest the government and the right to vote. On all four questions — which hinge on questions of government restriction and thus “negative liberty” — conservatives and Republicans were more likely to say freedoms had been expanded too far, compared to liberals and Democrats. And on all issues except religious freedom, conservatives and Republicans were significantly more likely to say rights had been expanded too far, rather than restricted too much.
***  freedom  conservative  poll  liberal  data 
8 weeks ago
Real Men Might Get Made Fun Of - NYTimes.com
One of my podcasting friends told me that he does stick up for women in challenging situations, like testosterone-soaked comedy green rooms, for instance, but complained, “I get mocked for it!”

Yes, I know you do. Welcome. Getting yelled at and made fun of is where many of us live all the time. Speaking up costs us friends, jobs, credibility and invisible opportunities we’ll never even know enough about to regret.

I know there’s pressure not to be a dorky, try-hard male feminist stereotype; there’s always a looming implication that you could lose your spot in the club; if you seem opportunistic or performative in your support, if you suck up too much oxygen and demand praise, women will yell at you for that too. But I need you to absorb that risk. I need you to get yelled at and made fun of, a lot, and if you get kicked out of the club, I need you to be relieved, and I need you to help build a new one.
nytimes  feminism  politics  **** 
8 weeks ago
fonts, typefaces and all things typographical — I love Typography (ILT)
A while ago we asked ourselves the question: ‘Why do type designers traditionally think in black and white?’ The world is colorful, the web is colorful, Hollywood doesn’t produce any black-and-white movies anymore. Only type designers still think in this restricted way. New browser techniques, apps, and now Photoshop, make it possible to add color in typography, all responding to the use of emoji’s.

The use of color within type design can go in two directions. Color can be used as decoration, and we’ve seen lots of different variations of these designs in the history of type. The second direction, which is the most interesting one, is that color can also be used as part of the construction of the basic shape of the characters.
***  design  color  typography  typeface  trends 
8 weeks ago
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