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Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: Dan Hill
"Strategic design is about applying the principles of traditional design to "big picture" systemic challenges such as healthcare, education and the environment. It redefines how problems are approached and aims to deliver more resilient solutions. In this short book, Dan Hill outlines a new vocabulary of design, one that needs to be smuggled into the upper echelons of power. He asserts that, increasingly, effective design means engaging with the messy politics – the “dark matter” – taking place above the designer’s head. And that may mean redesigning the organisation that hires you."
to_read  design  power  systems 
17 hours ago
Janelle Monáe's About to Drop the Afrofuturist Art Film We've All Been Waiting for [Update]
"Monáe is releasing a nearly hour-long “emotion picture” that will begin a new story about a woman on the run from an authoritarian government in a dystopian future, where people labeled “deviants” have their memories forcibly removed. The woman, played by Monáe, sets out on a journey to find her love interest (played by Tessa Thompson) and each music video included in the film represents one of the missing memories." (April 26)
science_fiction  dystopia  memory 
2 days ago
Open a Print Shop - INPRNT
This is where Tillie Walden sells her prints. Try with collages?
illustration  means_of_production 
2 days ago
The Citadel by Electron Dance
Another Puzzlescript game (saved in itch.io collection)
puzzles  videogames 
2 days ago
6, 68: Questions
Charlie Loyd: "Imagine a big-budget documentary series on coffee, tea, and chocolate. ... I want to see something that has lovely 30 second panoramic shots of Sri Lankan hills and can hold the camera on a tea-picker talking about their economic conditions in their own words for the same length of time. I want something that can mention certain points about coffee prices and the IMF’s structural adjustments in Rwanda leading up to 1994. I want something that can talk about why several hundred Guere people died in Duékoué on 28–29 March 2011, and what that has to do with a Hershey bar."
food  economics 
9 days ago
Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech's Repair Monopoly - YouTube
"When it comes to repair, farmers have always been self reliant. But the modernization of tractors and other farm equipment over the past few decades has left most farmers in the dust thanks to diagnostic software that large manufacturers hold a monopoly over.

In this episode of State of Repair, Motherboard goes to Nebraska to talk to the farmers and mechanics who are fighting large manufacturers like John Deere for the right to access the diagnostic software they need to repair their tractors."
videos  agriculture  hackers  corporations 
9 days ago
Columbia GSAPP show explores Arakawa and Madeline Gins’ architectural study into living forever
"Japanese artist Arakawa (1936-2010) and American poet, writer and philosopher Madeline Gins (1941-2014) joined forces in the early 1960s. Their collaboration spanned five decades and various disciplines and mediums, such as painting, installations, poetry, literature, architecture, urbanism, philosophy, and scientific research. And while their work remains largely unknown outside the academic and specialist architecture community, their investigations are compelling and inspiring – not to mention beautifully illustrated with powerful artwork and technical drawings. [...] Together, Arakawa and Gins delved into the concept of ‘reversible destiny’, a body of work about how architecture can empower humans to ‘resist their own deaths’. As ambitious – or utopian – as this project may seem, Gins was keen to study how through the right architecture, people could ‘learn not die’, working on the impact that spatial experience has on its users’ wellbeing and longevity"
architecture  death 
9 days ago
The Thousand Demon Tree by Jeffrey Alan Love-Kickstarter
Wordless fantasy graphic novel by Jeffrey Alan Love (who did the wonderful cover for HAMMERS ON BONE)
kickstarter  comics  fantastic_literature 
9 days ago
Star Crossed: The Two-Player Game of Forbidden Love by Bully Pulpit Games — Kickstarter
"In Star Crossed, you and your fellow player will craft characters who are powerfully attracted to each other, but have a compelling reason not to act on their feelings. You’ll watch the attraction between them grow as you play out scenes, taking turns describing what your character says and does. Some of the things you’ll want your character to do are going to increase that attraction—and when that happens, you are going to pull a brick out from an increasingly shaky tower and place it on the top." (Pledging ends May 10)
RPGs  kickstarter 
9 days ago
UbuWeb Film & Video: Tony Conrad
"After Tony was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005, we got together to produce a series of video interviews to be released after his death."
death  interviews 
9 days ago
Agriculture Wars - Viewpoint Magazine
Nick Murray: "If country music gave voice to many American farmers during the 20th century, what does it have to say about the fundamental shift in farm labor that is coming to define the 21st?"
music_commentary  2018_mixbook_contender  agriculture  america 
12 days ago
Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys - The New York Times
"Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children."

Of this, Jelani Cobb writes: "Race is literally a collating mechanism, a means of sorting that maintains [and] replicates the original hierarchies of this country."
america  depressing  information_visualization  race 
12 days ago
On Headlessness — Jessica Sequeira – minor literature[s]
An appreciation of Adolfo Couve's "When I Think of My Missing Head"
book_commentary 
12 days ago
Atlanta's Ransomware Attack Could Have Been Much Worse - CityLab
"Just last month, Leeds, Alabama, paid hackers $12,000 (also in Bitcoin) to regain control of its computer systems. And in the last year, ransomware attacks have targeted cities in North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey—and the list goes on. Atlanta’s attack was particularly widespread, potentially affecting nearly 6 million people."
city  hackers  future 
12 days ago
The Seemingly Random and Definitely Worrisome Cyberattack on Atlanta | The New Yorker
"Atlanta was the latest in a series of ransomware victims: FedEx, Britain’s public-health system, Boeing, and many other public and private-sector entities have been targeted similarly in recent years. But Atlanta is the largest American city to have fallen victim to the ploy."
city  hackers  future 
12 days ago
Her stories: Fictional utopias of 19th century women
Liza Daly examines five nineteenth-century Utopian novels by women: "Utopian fiction represents the bulk of early women’s sci-fi until well into the 20th century, which lends them an abstract historical significance. It’s also an opportunity to hear from less represented voices about the futures they wished to see, at a time when their voices on public policy were minimized or non-existent."
utopia  women  the_past  science_fiction 
13 days ago
Not smart enough? Men overestimate intelligence in science class
"A new study published Wednesday [...] finds that men in STEM subject areas overestimate their own intelligence and credentials, underestimate the abilities of female colleagues, and that as a result, women themselves doubt their abilities — even when hard evidence such as grades say otherwise."
women  men  academia  intelligence 
16 days ago
Why Have We Soured on the ‘Devil’s Advocate’? - The New York Times
Nitsuh Abebe: "The types of arguments we once venerated — the kinds of critical-thinking dialectics that educators tell us hone the brains of students — make sense in orderly, deliberative settings, places like classrooms and courtrooms and Platonic dialogues. But that is not where online speech takes place anymore. Social-media platforms knocked out the walls of an infinite series of salons, turning them into one gigantic city square teeming with protests and counterprotests, each faction equipped with slogans and banners, each trying to command space and crowd out the opposition. They turned all speech into public pronouncements, and thus all conversation into a strange form of activism, part of a zero-sum battle over which ideas will find a foothold in our collective attention. In the midst of an information war, to express any opinion, sincerely or not, is seen as giving it space and therefore material support."
rhetoric  social_networking  zeitgeist  internet 
16 days ago
Current Status (v1.0) - The Political Web's Front Page - By What The Fuck Just Happened Today
"Current Status is the consensus view of the current top U.S. political stories from a cross-section of the news media ecosystem.

There are three components that determine the Current Status: First, there is an editorially-responsible algorithm that considers the signals news editors send about a story's news value. Second, there's a human-in-the-loop curating the list and providing oversight to ensure that the Current Status is a fair and accurate representation of the day's essential political stories. And third, Current Status is biased toward recent, highly-cited stories, with an emphasis on depth and accuracy. The stars are a reflection of a story's current relative news value.

This is what the political web is talking about right now."
news  politics  media_ecology  algoworld 
16 days ago
What Is Your City’s Twin? - The New York Times
"One reliable measure of how similar two cities are is their job mix, which reflects both local advantages and history (coal, a port, great universities) and local demand (a young population that needs teachers, or an older population that needs nurses)." An interesting interactive NYT device.
city 
16 days ago
How America's Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump's War On The Media
"Earlier this month, CNN’s Brian Stelter broke the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner or operator of nearly 200 television stations in the U.S., would be forcing its news anchors to record a promo about “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.” "
news  videos  depressing  politics 
17 days ago
Who is QAnon? The Storm Conspiracy, Explained
"On October 28, someone calling themselves Q began posting a series of cryptic messages in a /pol/ thread titled “Calm Before the Storm” (assumedly in reference to that creepy Trump quote from early October). Q claimed to be a high-level government insider with Q clearance (hence the name) tasked with posting intel drops — which he, for some reason, called “crumbs” — straight to 4chan in order to covertly inform the public about POTUS’s master plan to stage a countercoup against members of the deep state. It was, in short, absolutely insane. "
conspiracy 
21 days ago
Synthetic Apiary Environment
MIT Media Lab's "Perpetual Spring Environment for Bees and Humans"
animals  interspecies 
21 days ago
kathryn davis | spacecraftproject
Kathryn Davis: "To walk on a trail is to walk on a line. The line might go up or it might go down or it might bend right or it might bend left. It might even shoot you off in a different direction momentarily, into a moist, ill-lit chapel smelling of melted beeswax, or a boulangerie smelling of yeast and Gauloises. After a while you might come upon a wayside cross practically invisible under all the blue plastic rosaries heaped upon it by the pilgrims who got there before you. The rosaries are the ones the bishop in the cathedral at Le Puy distributes to everyone who comes to be blessed by him before starting out. The rain has just stopped but water still drips off an overhanging tree onto the cross and the rosaries, making the blue plastic beads glisten like precious stones. Here you are. Here you are on this single, small point. But still you are walking on a line that goes on forever, carrying inside you an infinitude of space."
interviews  writers 
24 days ago
rachel syme on Twitter
Twitter thread with many recommendors: "what is the best work of nonfiction you read in the last year (didn't have to come out last year)"
to_read  investigate 
4 weeks ago
loren schmidt on Twitter
Twitter thread with many commenters: "recommendations for good games which draw from the metroid / castlevania / zelda lineage"
games  videogames  investigate 
4 weeks ago
2018 Spring Music Preview ~ Modern Composition | a closer listen
Lots of good stuff linked here (including many with soundcloud links)
to_hear  Soundcloud 
4 weeks ago
I Watched All 629 Episodes of The Simpsons in a Month. Here’s What I Learned. – Antihuman
Someone (@mcc), upon reading this article, remarked "The staff conceptualizes Lisa as a girl who has a frustrating childhood but will have a great adulthood. But adulthood *can't come*. Time in Springfield can't progress. She's frozen in this moment forever."
media_commentary  suffering 
5 weeks ago
How to Ungrade | Jesse Stommel
"The grade takes the complexity of human interaction within a learning environment and makes it machine-readable"
academia  teaching 
5 weeks ago
Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto | Project Hieroglyph
"Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have (instead of 20th century “destroy it all and build something completely different” modernism). Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community."
science_fiction  utopia  manifestos 
5 weeks ago
Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Transitioning and His New Book
"That merry spinster, that Toastified Mallory Ortberg — she was beautiful, and I loved her. And she is! And I do! And she is not gone, there has been no death, no act of violence, no act of disavowal or abnegation or dismissal. And yet she’s not herein the way that she was. "
transgender  interviews 
5 weeks ago
Solarpunk: Against a Shitty Future - Los Angeles Review of Books
Rhys Williams: "Why is this genre promising? Because in Solarpunk, energy is explicitly political. Solarpunk presents the hope in community, in recognition, and in nourishing the potential of every individual. The solar energy foundation of these worlds is an objective correlative to this simple, clean, frictionless identification and affective flow. Whereas fossil fuels obscure the sun and turn our attention to the ground — contingent upon a rape of the land, a hegemony of extraction, and an emotional structure of dominance and control — solar energy is understood by contrast as gentle, non-centralized, and non-mediated. Solar energy here represents an openness to the outside: a communication and shaking of hands with the universe. It’s not just renewable: solar energy is conversational, loving, full of joy in relating. Solar energy provides a fruitful and flexible ground in the imaginary for experiments in being human and being social while it also preserves the ecological boundary conditions of our own existence. And that is the root of Solarpunk: an energy culture that serves as a platform for experiments in being, rather than a closure of it."
science_fiction  fantastic_literature  energy  utopia 
5 weeks ago
YouTube, the Great Radicalizer - The New York Times
" Given its billion or so users, YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the 21st century."
googlization  technology  culture 
5 weeks ago
Cosmic Express - iOS Trailer - YouTube
"A puzzle game about planning the train route for the world's most awkward space colony"
puzzles  videogames  to_play 
5 weeks ago
Claustrophobia - Electron Dance
"Wikipedia says Sokoban was a really early videogame work, created in 1981 by Japanese developer Hiroyuki Imabayashi for the NEC PC-8801. I can go with that. The canonical definition of Sokoban (Hiroyuki Imabayashi, 1981) is “move a bunch of box-shaped crap from A to B within a space so small it’s a bloody joke”. [...]Regardless of whether Sokoban was responsible for spawning them or not, games which involve pushing blocks around are sometimes called “Sokobanlikes” even though they may be wildly different in nature."
puzzles  game_commentary  to_play 
5 weeks ago
The Big Picture: Trump’s Attack on Knowledge | Public Books
Craig Calhoun: "Trump avoids knowledge. He makes policy watching Fox News at 3 a.m. rather than on careful analyses of evidence and arguments. He accepts reports from his aides that cite no data, evidence, or sources, but merely summarize opinions. He disdains the work of intelligence agencies and analysts. He makes no effort to build an administration that brings expertise and honest evidence to its handling of major issues. These all reveal a remarkable conviction that his uninformed opinions are better than actual knowledge." Also seeks to serve as an attempt to historically contextualize the current crisis of knowledge
knowledge  politics 
5 weeks ago
Emma Snodgrass & Harriet Finch
Historical notes on women arrested for cross-dressing
gender  the_past 
5 weeks ago
Amazon.com: Appropriate[Ing] Dress: Women's Rhetorical Style in Nineteenth-Century America (Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms) (9780809324286): Carol Mattingly: Books
Amazon: Carol Mattingly examines the importance of dress and appearance for nineteenth-century women speakers and explores how women appropriated gendered conceptions of dress and appearance to define the struggle for representation and power that is rhetoric. Although crucial to women’ s effectiveness as speakers, Mattingly notes, appearance has been ignored because it was taken for granted by men.

Because women rarely spoke in public before the nineteenth century, no guidelines existed regarding appropriate dress when they began to speak to audiences. Dress evoked immediate images of gender, an essential consideration for women speakers because of its strong association with place, locating women in the domestic sphere and creating a primary image that women speakers would work with— and against— throughout the century. Opposition to conspicuous change for women often necessitated the subtle transfer of comforting images when women sought to inhabit traditionally masculine spaces. The most successful women speakers carefully negotiated expectations by highlighting some conventions even as they broke others.
fashion  gender  to_read  public_and_private  women  rhetoric 
5 weeks ago
Arresting Dress | Duke University Press
"Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco," by Clare Sears
fashion  gender  to_read  the_past 
6 weeks ago
How to change the course of human history | Eurozine
David Graeber & David Wengrow: "Abandoning the story of a fall from primordial innocence does not mean abandoning dreams of human emancipation – that is, of a society where no one can turn their rights in property into a means of enslaving others, and where no one can be told their lives and needs don’t matter. To the contrary. Human history becomes a far more interesting place, containing many more hopeful moments than we’ve been led to imagine, once we learn to throw off our conceptual shackles and perceive what’s really there."
prehistory  city  agriculture  liberty  class  power  2018_mixbook_contender 
6 weeks ago
"When War Came to Colgur" - Bully Pulpit Games
A Dungeon World scenario: "You play a simple villager who is powerless to stop two invading armies about to wage battle right on top of your turnip patch."
RPGs 
6 weeks ago
Text Club
"Text Club is like a bi-monthly book club for interactive fiction. We choose three interactive fiction games every 2 months to play and then discuss — play for a month, then chat for a month."
interactive_fiction 
6 weeks ago
Elio’s Education - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name [...] has been praised, as rotely as if the phrase had its own keyboard command, for being 'beautifully shot.' [...] [T]his means, among other things, [that it has not] shot the gay sex scene that it’s spent well over an hour making everyone anticipate, a scene that might have taken our breath away for real. Just what is being 'beautifully shot'? When Guadagnino’s lovers finally get around to doing it, the camera modestly pans away to contemplate, not for the first time, the lovely orchard outside. [...] The beauty of this beauty is that it gets us outdoors, to a scene that, because no more than scenery, is not homosexual."
media_commentary  homosexuality 
6 weeks ago
The Pleasure of the Serial Comic Book | The Middle Spaces
Osvaldo Oyola: "I had a sense of discovery when digging into an existing run. I was simultaneously uncovering an existing tradition and establishing one based on my own understanding of what individual issues I’d acquired and other snippets I could gather (by word of mouth from friends and/or allusions in the comics themselves both in the text or through paratextual elements, like editorial footnotes or reader letters). Allusions to previous events seemed like apocrypha, and whatever version of something like “The Dark Phoenix Saga” existed in my mind was perfectly in line with whatever version of X-Men I was reading at the time. ... It is not a complete reading in the sense of being a completist and having to own every single issue to feel contented with the story, but a reading that permeates not only the text, but its gaps, its elisions, its asyndeta—to use Barthes’s word. It is not reading concerned so much with an “ending,” so much with a moment of contact with something bigger."
serial_narrative  comics_commentary  narrative 
6 weeks ago
Books on Worldbuilding | Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
Emily Short: "In this installment of my monthly writing-books review, I’m looking at a few different guides to worldbuilding. Several of these were designed for science fiction and fantasy novel authors, not for games writers, but some are useful in this territory as well."
world-building  book_reviews 
6 weeks ago
Conversation | Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
Emily Short: "Conversation is one of the most challenging things to code in interactive fiction, and also one of the most widely discussed. There are a number of issues: how will the player communicate with the game what he wants to say to the NPC? How will information be represented internally? How will mood and context be represented within the work? To what extent will the NPC control the flow of discussion?"
conversations  interactive_fiction 
6 weeks ago
The Believer "The End of Evil"
Sarah Marshall on the life and death of Ted Bundy
evil  mental_illness  crime 
7 weeks ago
La-Mulana on Steam
"LA-MULANA is an 'Archaeological Ruin Exploration Action Game,' bringing the classic appeal of adventure with the punishing difficulty of retro-inspired gaming." Someone on Twitter says this has a "Gordian knot" of a map :)
videogames  to_play 
7 weeks ago
Anchorhead
Anchorhead is a text adventure game in the style of classic Infocom games from the 1980s. No graphics, no menus, no point-and-click — you navigate a written story using typed commands, and read what happens next.

Travel to the haunted coastal town of Anchorhead, Massachusetts and uncover the roots of a horrific conspiracy inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Search through musty archives and tomes of esoteric lore; dodge hostile townsfolk; combat a generation-spanning evil that threatens your family and the entire world.
interactive_fiction  horror 
7 weeks ago
How Black Panther Asks Us to Examine Who We Are To One Another
Rahawa Haile: "How best to explain that Black Panther can be a celebration of blackness, yes; a silencing of whiteness, yes; a meshing of African cultures and signifiers — all this! — while also feeling like an exercise in sustained forgetting?"
media_commentary  africa  race  imperialism 
7 weeks ago
Offscreen Magazine Interview — by Craig Mod
A good, lengthy, interview with Craig Mod: "If a core component of 'respecting life' is increasing one’s understanding of the world, disavowing the self-lie of understanding is a great step one: *I am, therefore I know nothing.* This system forces you to learn from someone with deeper knowledge. But most importantly you are forced to admit your ignorance. Eventually you can push on the edges of your craft, be disruptive, but *first* you must understand the origins of what you’re trying to disrupt."
interviews  advice 
7 weeks ago
Money Laundering Via Author Impersonation on Amazon? — Krebs on Security
"Patrick Reames had no idea why Amazon.com sent him a 1099 form saying he’d made almost $24,000 selling books via Createspace, the company’s on-demand publishing arm. That is, until he searched the site for his name and discovered someone has been using it to peddle a $555 book that’s full of nothing but gibberish."
zeitgeist  future  publishing 
7 weeks ago
Cypher System Rulebook - Monte Cook Games | Cypher System | DriveThruRPG.com
A "critically acclaimed, award-winning rules set that drives Numenera and The Strange." This book expands the system "to an unlimited range of campaigns and genres, giving you the complete rules set (along with dozens of optional and genre-specific rules) and hundreds of character options, creatures, cyphers, and other resources."
RPGs  investigate 
7 weeks ago
WORTHY
Part of the "200 word RPG Challenge": "CONTINUE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS, LOUDER AND LOUDER, UNTIL THE GUARDIAN FULLY UNDERSTANDS YOUR WORTH."
RPGs 
7 weeks ago
Skin Bags – Tate Etc | Tate
Olivia Liang on bodies, her own among them: "I loved the way she articulated the smart of being there at all, an animal with its eyes open, not quite gelling with the room. There I was, the figurative thing, one continuous accident: a bag of old skin, tired, frightened, electrically alive."
body  2018_mixbook_contender 
7 weeks ago
1 electronic sound for 5 minutes - episode 69 w/David Bell: FM Mantra
"Circuit bent Yamaha PSS-270 (FM data line mod), into a circuit bent Yamaha REX-50 multifx, with clock speed sequenced by Korg SQ-1 via CV, with a touch of Behringer mixer on-board pitch shift, high pass filter and dyson compressor in Audacity."
noise 
7 weeks ago
Galatea
Emily Short's "Galatea," which takes the form of a conversation between a critic and a sentient, suffering work of art
interactive_fiction  conversations 
7 weeks ago
IF tutorial by Adam Cadre
A playable piece of interactive fiction that also serves as a tutorial for many of interactive fiction's oddball conventions; beautifully done
interactive_fiction 
7 weeks ago
Donald Trump, American Preacher - The New York Times
Jeff Sharlet: "The ethos of the prosperity gospel is the key to Trump’s power to persuade people that his victories can be theirs — that the greatness of Trump is the means of making America great again. All that is ugly within it, the violence and the hate, is part of an expression of the sense of lack Trumpism both feeds and assuages. It is sorrow, a mourning of the chance that never was or won’t be. The left responds with redemption, the promise of justice; Trump sells revenge, 'hitting back 10 times as hard.' But that’s just the drama, the conflict before the resolution, the sales pitch for which Trumpism is the solution: greatness, the truths all prosperity-gospel preachers embody for those who believe. Trump knows his followers want what he has, and that what Trump has, that for which the plane and the gold and all the “green,” too, are merely symbols, is freedom from want. Trump does not want; Trump is."
politics  rhetoric  class  spirituality 
8 weeks ago
Reading: Future Visions – Anna Savina – Medium
A short list of future-oriented readings from Joanne McNeil
lists  future  science_fiction 
8 weeks ago
Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality | Cities | The Guardian
"Nowhere is infrastructure so obviously divisive as with the vast interstate highway system. Ubiquitous, generally free and heavily used, it’s undeniably a vital part of the American experience. There are more than one million miles of federal aid highways in the US, which cost $105bn a year to maintain. If American highway spending were a country, it would have the world’s 63rd largest GDP, just behind Morocco. But while these roads unify and connect millions of the country’s citizens, they’ve also excluded and destroyed many black communities."
infrastructure  road  race  city  america 
8 weeks ago
The History of Dice Reflects Beliefs in Fate and Chance - The Atlantic
"Which came first: Did people begin to intuitively understand what true chance felt like, and adjusted dice accordingly, or did it trickle out from what would eventually become known as the scientific community? It isn’t clear, but to Eerkens, the story told by the dice is of a rising awareness of randomness."
games  chance 
8 weeks ago
Science Fiction From Below - FPIF
An interview with SLEEP DEALER director Alex Rivera: "For every futuristic skyscraper, there’s a mine someplace where the ore used to build that structure was taken out of the ground. That mine is just as futuristic as the skyscraper. So, I think Sleep Dealer puts forward this vision of the future that connects the dots, a vision that says that the wealth of the North comes from somewhere. It tries to look at development and futurism from this split point of view — to look at the fact that these fantasies of what the future will be in the North must always be creating a second, nightmare reality somewhere in the South."
globalization  work  science_fiction  infrastructure  poverty  interviews  ideology 
8 weeks ago
America's response to school massacres? A booming classroom security industry | US news | The Guardian
"The market for security equipment in the education sector was estimated at $2.68bn in 2017"
capitalism  violence  depressing 
9 weeks ago
This is Why The Iron Giant Isn't the Best Superman Movie Ever - Blogtown - Portland Mercury
"The Iron Giant is instead the best essay ever delivered on why Superman works, why he's lasted as long as he has in the public consciousness, why after 75 years of fumbled stories, ridiculous conceits, and poorly told tales, he still maintains the capacity to inspire little kids to tie a towel around their neck and place their hands on their hips, adorably jutting a jaw out"
heroism  media_commentary 
9 weeks ago
Association of American Publishers joins industry coalition opposing tariff increases on Canadian paper » MobyLives
Will the government impose a tarriff on cheap Canadian paper (benefitting US paper producers but harming US publishers)?
business_commentary  government 
9 weeks ago
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