Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age - The New York Times
Virginia Berninger, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington and the lead author on the study, told me that evidence from this and other studies suggests that “handwriting — forming letters — engages the mind, and that can help children pay attention to written language.”
education  language  notetaking 
"At some dances, raffles are conducted, apparently with the idea that they will add to the popularity of the dance; the articles raffled embrace almost everything from chocolates to a goat; in one instance, the latter was won by a policeman who had been attending the dance in his official capacity." (1910)
2 days ago
The Marks of a Sailor - Maritime History from Aloft
"Although tattoo designs became more intricate with the invention of modern tattoo technology at the end of the nineteenth century, the subjects depicted in seamen's tattoos from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the start of the twentieth century changed little. Words and numbers continued to be the primary depiction in sailor's tattoos by 1900, with patriotic, love, and religious symbols remaining prominent. The number of female figures increased dramatically, likely due to the advent of the electric tattoo machine (Dye 533). Additionally, tattoos associated with sailor's superstitions and traditions grew in number during the nineteenth century. Tattoos of pig and a rooster were thought to protect a sailor from drowning. The words "HOLD FAST" were often tattooed on the knuckles of seamen in order to protect them from falling while aloft (Spilman). A cross tattooed on one's back was thought to protect a sailor from flogging (Dye 547). Bird tattoos grew in popularity to symbolize the completion of a voyage or a sailing milestone, such as the 5,000th mile sailed (Spilman)."
2 days ago
Ready Player One Finds The Bleak Limits Of Nostalgia
Jeb Lund: "At times, you can almost sense a muffled scream trying to escape the page, the unthinkable recognition that memorizing movies and videogame speed-runs and every beat of a standup routine contains only the memory space required to store it—that it builds to nothing, achieves nothing, signifies nothing more than the story of somebody else. "
5 days ago
Top 50 Literary Magazines -Every Writer - Every Writer
It is what it says, basically. May be worth sharing with the Publication Arts class
5 days ago
Annie Dillard's Classic Essay 'Total Eclipse' - The Atlantic
On seeing a total eclipse, but [more importantly] on the terror of the uncanny. "I turned back to the sun. It was going. The sun was going, and the world was wrong. The grasses were wrong; they were platinum. Their every detail of stem, head, and blade shone lightless and artificially distinct as an art photographer’s platinum print. This color has never been seen on Earth. The hues were metallic; their finish was matte. The hillside was a 19th-century tinted photograph from which the tints had faded. All the people you see in the photograph, distinct and detailed as their faces look, are now dead. "
fear  nature  death  essays 
5 days ago
‘I Love Winds’: David Lynch on the Sound of ‘Twin Peaks’ - The New York Times
David Lynch talks sound design. "Alan Splet, when he was in Findhorn, in northern Scotland ... was recording winds in the ’70s." <3
sound  media_commentary 
5 days ago
how to do nothing – Jenny Odell – Medium
A talk on "the practice of doing nothing, but also the architecture of nothing, the importance of public space, and an ethics of care and maintenance. And also, birds"
architecture  spaces  2017_mixbook_contender  art  attention  perception  work  time  women 
15 days ago
The American Model – The New Inquiry
Jack Gross' examination of historian James Q. Whitman's thesis: that "America and Nazi Germany are two instantiations of a single history of white supremacist rule"
race  america  2017_mixbook_contender 
15 days ago
The Eclipse as Dark Omen - The Atlantic
"Kings are right to fear the blotting out of the sun. If you stake your political legitimacy on divine right—on the idea that your dominion was written, by god, into the very laws of nature—you have a big problem when the natural order begins to unwind, right before your subjects’ eyes, in the most dramatic way possible, such that it cannot be denied by royal proclamation—or by tweet. This is what gives eclipses their Dionysian edge, this sense, drawn from our collective cultural memory, that back in the mists of prehistory, a vanishing sun could unleash something primal and violent."
15 days ago
Disturbances #15: The Flavour of Los Angeles
@hautepop on California air quality, global logistics, photography, mythology, throbs, smears, and curves
california  ecology  infrastructure  2017_mixbook_contender 
15 days ago
Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays | Science | The Guardian
There's a metaphor here: "what we consider corrosion processes can actually produce extremely beneficial mineral cement and lead to continued resilience, in fact, enhanced perhaps resilience over time"
15 days ago
Trump’s Executive Orders Are Mostly Theater - POLITICO Magazine
"Trump’s first 30 executive orders will create a lot of federal reviews and reports, along with some new task forces and commissions, but not a lot of substantive change. So far, they’ve been more about messaging than governing, proclaiming his priorities without really advancing his priorities."
politics  law 
15 days ago
"The New Writing"
César Aira on actions, "procedures," and the avant garde
writing  generative_art 
15 days ago
The Styrofoam Presidency | by Masha Gessen | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
Masha Gessen on Trump, the Inauguration, and what happens when a culture is ambitious but not aspirational: "In his small-mindedness and lack of aspiration, Trump curiously resembles Putin, though the origins of the two men’s stubborn mediocrity could not be more different. Aspiration should not be confused with ambition—both men want to be ever more powerful and wealthier, but neither wants to be or even appear better. ... American political pageantry is aspirational. The extended ritual of the inauguration conveys an understanding of the importance of the office of president and awe and pride in the miracle of the repeated peaceful transfer of power. The ceremony, the concert, the lunch, the parade, the balls, and more—all of this serves to create a nationwide mood of celebration and self-congratulation. ... Trump had no use for any of it: the magnanimity, the generosity, the awe (unless it’s inspired by him personally), the pride (unless it’s his own), the aspiration. Indeed, the single quality he displayed repeatedly was his lack of aspiration. Take his speech. Better yet, take the cake."
politics  culture 
15 days ago
Transition Adviser Peter Thiel Could Directly Profit From Mass Deportations
Interesting examination of Palantir's system FALCON, "which allows ICE to store, search, and analyze troves of data that include family relationships, employment information, immigration history, criminal records, and home and work addresses."
crypto  surveillance  politics  capitalism 
15 days ago
How Donald Trump's Business Ties Are Already Jeopardizing U.S. Interests
An early (December 2016) report on Trump's conflicts of interest. Slightly out of date (note the appearance of Michael Flynn)
politics  capitalism 
15 days ago
Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes - The Atlantic
"[O]ctopuses and their relatives—the cephalopods—practice a type of genetic alteration called RNA editing that’s very rare in the rest of the animal kingdom. They use it to fine-tune the information encoded by their genes without altering the genes themselves. And they do so extensively, to a far greater degree than any other animal group."
biology  genetics 
15 days ago
Robots Reading Vogue : Vreeland Memos
"This generator uses the text of over 200 memos written by Diana Vreeland while she was editor-in-chief of American Vogue, published in Memos: The Vogue Years, 1962-1971. Each memo is randomly generated using Markov chains from words Vreeland often used"
algorithmic_writing  fashion 
28 days ago
Content Curation: The Ultimate Guide to Discovering and Curating Content Online
A simple Discover > Read > Share metric, but from that simple beginning it can lead into some fruitful exercises for students (find "go-to content sources"; "follow interesting people")
teaching  curation 
28 days ago
Massachusetts City and Town Directory Guide
Before the White and Yellow Pages, there were these
the_past  boston_area 
4 weeks ago
The District Attorney: A Comedy Drama in Three Acts ... - Orrin E. Wilkins - Google Books
Little plays from the era (in Google Books) are helping me to identify when I've got the general cadence of dialogue right
5 weeks ago
No, America is not heading for new a civil war
A (convincing) retort to the New Yorker piece bookmarked below
america  warfare  government 
5 weeks ago
Is America Headed for a New Kind of Civil War?
Foreign policy expert Keith Mines "cited five conditions that support [a] prediction [of civil war]: entrenched national polarization, with no obvious meeting place for resolution; increasingly divisive press coverage and information flows; weakened institutions, notably Congress and the judiciary; a sellout or abandonment of responsibility by political leadership; and the legitimization of violence as the “in” way to either conduct discourse or solve disputes."
2017_mixbook_contender  warfare  america  government  depressing 
5 weeks ago
A Fuck It Tapes Discography
A pretty great cross-section of the Aughts' psych underground (Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice, Magik Markers, Axolotl, Skaters, Dead Machines, Hair Police, Raccoo-oo-oon, Sword Heaven, etc etc etc)
discographies  record_labels 
5 weeks ago
Noita - Reveal Trailer - YouTube
@upstreamism: This looks like “what if Loom was Doom as a Metroidvania running on the Lemmings engine?”
videogames  to_play 
5 weeks ago
40 New Feminist Classics You Should Read | Literary Hub
Focusing specifically on work published in the last 10 years
bibliographies  feminism  to_read  lists 
5 weeks ago
Skull – AOK by Frank Chimero
I don't really need more T-shirts, but
5 weeks ago
What the Enron E-mails Say About Us | The New Yorker
Data analysis of emails: "We learn as much about our social selves in the act of interpreting the Enron corpus as we do in the e-mails themselves." We also learn a lot about genre, tone, and medium, which may make this an interesting piece to teach to students.
teaching  writing  2017_mixbook_contender 
5 weeks ago
Create a simple, free, text-driven Twitterbot
If you ever want to make something that runs a little differently than the bots that Cheap Bots, Done Quick can accomodate, there's this--it's more technical, but seems masterable
5 weeks ago
Can Real Life Compete With an Instagram Playground? - The Ringer
on the "demand for scenery that is at once accessible to the masses but malleable in an Instagram feed"
photography  experience  art  2017_mixbook_contender 
5 weeks ago
Why was Russian money-laundering case settled? House Dems want answers - Business Insider
Key names: lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya (who offered damaging Clinton information to Trump Jr.), Pyotr Katsyv (Veselnitskaya client; vice govenor of the Moscow region), Denis Katsyv (Veselnitskaya client; owner of Prevezon, a real estate firm accused of money laundering), Sergei Magnitsky (suspicious death related to the Prevezon case, see also Magnitsky Act), AG Jeff Sessions (who abruptly settled the money-laundering case against Prevezon to "save taxpayers the expense of a trial")
crime  russia 
6 weeks ago
Cassandra Plays the Stock Market | Quiet Babylon
Tim Maly on being right about the future (but ignored) and about feeling like your political opponents are the unbelieving victims of fraud. Possibly dispiriting? "[I]f it’s true that vast swaths of the voting populace are unbelieving victims of fraud, that there’s not much we can do for them. That we may need instead to work to invigorate our allies, discourage our enemies, and save the persuasion for people right on the edge."
politics  rhetoric  future 
6 weeks ago
In Our Midst — Real Life
Elisa Gabbert: "Maybe we can care about nearby minor injustices, like a sexist commercial or racist casting in a Hollywood movie, and faraway great injustices like the bombings of civilians in Syria at the same time. But can we meaningfully, not just nominally, care about Sudan and Syria at the same time, or does this stretch the capacity of human understanding? We’re not rational robots who always give our money and time to the best causes in order. Maybe Obama is capable of caring, because he knows much more about both situations: comprehension as compassion. But how is the average, ignorant citizen supposed to conjure or ration this level of empathy, and do they have any moral responsibility to?"
2017_mixbook_contender  empathy  ethics  other  relationships  evil 
6 weeks ago
The Birth of Vintage - Racked
Chelsea G. Summers: "Jennifer Le Zotte, a professor of material culture at University of North Carolina-Wilmington, pinpointed the birth of vintage to a Greenwich Village dinner party in late December 1956. When bohemian Sue Salzman bemoaned a lost chance to buy a 1920s raccoon coat, a fellow dinner guest said his father-in-law had bales of them in his storehouse, and while the ’50s rage for Davy Crockett coon caps was eating some up, most were moldering. A trek to the warehouse was organized, everyone got a coat, and a fad and a fashion mode were born."
6 weeks ago
India's Line in the Sand | India | Al Jazeera
A 20-minute documentary about the black market in illegal sand (a result of increased global demand for concrete)
materials  videos  crime  globalization  economics 
6 weeks ago
"One Saliva Bubble"
The entire screenplay of an unproduced David Lynch / Mark Frost comedy project
6 weeks ago
A Home Before the End of the World
Adelheid Fischer on why it's important for writers to get the details correct when writing about nature (also contains a meditation on the Sixth Extinction period)
nature  writing  landscape  naming 
6 weeks ago
comp by Aron Fay — Kickstarter
The common composition notebook, given a layer of polish. Damned if I don't want this.
design  wishlist 
6 weeks ago
Kate Zambreno: "Translations of the Uncanny"
Kate Zambreno on the photographs of B. Ingrid Olson, the collage of Astrid Klein, Freud, Borges, writing, revising, excising: "How a paragraph could be a series of rooms with mirrors and different objects. The studio or cell as a labyrinth, a site of experimentation."
essays  collage  writing 
7 weeks ago
Hypnotized by Elon Musk’s Hyperloop | The New Yorker
Geoff Manaugh critiques the Hyperloop discourse (although not without some affection): "Still, the trouble with the Hyperloop is not its breathless gee-whizzery. It’s the fact that it mistakes the charismatic mega-project for a viable solution to current problems. If the Hyperloop’s purpose is to address large-scale urban mobility, then there are many other options already deserving of public funding and attention—ones that do not require a hard rebooting of the entire urban world to be realized. We could increase funding for Amtrak. We could make our existing subways run on time, safely. We could fix our bridges."
infrastructure  city  transportation 
7 weeks ago
Woebot - Your charming robot friend who is ready to listen, 24/7
Woebot is a marriage of CBT strategies and chatbot technology
mental_illness  botlife 
7 weeks ago
The New Paranoia | New Republic
Colin Dickey, dissecting the conspiracy theories spawned by the Left with clear-headedness and intelligence
conspiracy  2017_mixbook_contender  politics 
7 weeks ago
The Gender Binary Is a Dumb, but Relatively New Concept - Broadly
Did pre-Enlightenment thinkers consider all humans to be members of a single (male) gender?
7 weeks ago
The Apophenic Machine — Real Life
Molly Sauter, on the Internet, conspiracy theories, and paranoia: "a supporting web of cross-references can be sewn from opportunistically acquired network detritus ... All that’s needed is a flood of attention on a body of information to trigger conspiratorial linkages to life."
paranoia  conspiracy  internet  information 
7 weeks ago
'The thing in the woods' still puzzles Moncton-area family after 55 years - New Brunswick - CBC News
"In 1962 woodsman David McPherson Sr. found himself deep in the forest of Lutes Mountain, some 15 kilometres west of Moncton, N.B., staring upwards at a 181-kilogram white box with cameras and hanging from a tree by a deteriorated parachute. ... His son, David McPherson Jr., now pores over black-and-white photos of his father and the mysterious box that he found in the forest."
7 weeks ago
The Occult Roots of Modernism | The New Yorker
Symbolists, Decadents, Theosophists, Kandinsky, immersive art environments, Wagner, Satie, Yeats (of course)
magic  art  music_commentary  poetry 
7 weeks ago
[Reviews] | Getting In and Out, by Zadie Smith | Harper's Magazine
Who owns black pain? Zadie Smith: "Art is a traffic in symbols and images, it has never been politically or historically neutral, and I do not find discussions on appropriation and representation to be in any way trivial. Each individual example has to be *thought through*, and we have every right to include such considerations in our evaluations of art (and also to point out the often dubious neutrality of supposedly pure aesthetic criteria)." [Contains substantial spoilers for "Get Out," just FYI]
race  art_commentary  appropriation  2017_mixbook_contender  violence 
7 weeks ago
Infinitely Weird Flights of Mind: Jeremy Bushnell’s The Insides | The Critical Flame
Steven Felicelli: "Bushnell’s evisceration of space is a wildly imaginative and compelling penetration of the surface (spatial, personal). Opening wounds in flesh and space-time alike, the author plumbs the interior lives of his characters like an oracle butchering some sacrificial beast to read its entrails."
7 weeks ago
The significance of plot without conflict - still eating oranges
"Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu. Kishōtenketsu contains four acts: introduction, development, twist and reconciliation."
narrative  writing  japan  china  teaching 
7 weeks ago
Jim Kazanjian | Kostuik Gallery
Jim Kazanjian's weird and usettling photocollages: "My images are digitally manipulated composites built from photographs I find online. The technique I use could be considered “hyper-collage”. I cobble together pieces from photos I find interesting and feed them into Photoshop. Through a palimpsest-like layering process of adding and subtracting, I gradually blend the various parts together. I am basically manipulating and assembling a disparate array of multiple photographic elements (sometimes more than 50) to produce a single homogenized image."
collage  photography 
7 weeks ago
The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard
Will Wiles (@WillWiles) on the topic of architectural corners in Lovecraft and Ballard, but expands out to incorporate Victorian hygiene, dust, modernist design, Surrealist painting, and British Pop Art. The accompanying photos by Jim Kazanjian are also a delight
architecture  horror  science_fiction  2017_mixbook_contender 
7 weeks ago
Downloading a Nightmare | The Marshall Project
Should an autism disorder mitigate mandatory sentencing for the collection of child pornography?
disability  computers  pornography 
7 weeks ago
Fairy chess piece - Wikipedia
"A fairy chess piece, variant chess piece, or unorthodox chess piece is a chess piece not used in conventional chess but incorporated into certain chess variants and some chess problems."
7 weeks ago
Problem Attic by ella_guro (@ella_guro) on Game Jolt
Found because @naxuu was looking for a (specific) "2D abstract horror platformer made by a woman"
videogames  to_play  horror  incarceration 
7 weeks ago
Republicans Got Good at Symbolic Repeals of Obamacare, but Flinched When Faced With Reality
a good recap on the rise and (so far) fall of Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare
politics  health  fuckwits 
7 weeks ago
The New Literary Heroine Is Smart with No Personality - VICE
Lauren Oyler: "Devoid of personality and interests, [the recent cohort of female anti-protagonists] are not so much characters as devices through which the author can funnel observations about modern life and thoughtful plots." (See Katie Kitamura, Zadie Smith's "Swing Time," Rachel Cusk's "Outline" & "Transit," and Catherine Lacey's "The Answers")
women  identity  book_commentary 
7 weeks ago
Gratitude for Invisible Systems - The Atlantic
My friend @debcha's introduction to infrastructure as a public good and, indeed, an instrument of justice
infrastructure  government 
7 weeks ago
A free little procedurally generated platformer (regrettably PC and Linux only)
videogames  to_play 
8 weeks ago
Adam Cadre's Calendar patterns
Adam Cadre's forty "evaluative patterns"
criticism  narrative 
8 weeks ago
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Adam Cadre reviews Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell--a good review, but also uses an odd "set of evaluative patterns" to undergird the review. It would be interesting as an experiment to develop one's own set, or to encourage students to do so, etc.
book_commentary  world-building 
8 weeks ago
Redditors are competing to design the most asinine volume sliders - The Verge
This goes well with the "worst phone number dialers" competiton a while back
interface  humor 
8 weeks ago
All 213 Beatles Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best
Seems like a clickbait gimmick, but is wonderfully done, and reveals deep insight into the characters of all four Beatles. Contains unexpected pathos and humor; a model of how to do this sort of thing impeccably well.
music_commentary  lists 
8 weeks ago
A massive new study debunks a widespread theory for Donald Trump’s success - The Washington Post
"The most comprehensive statistical profile of Trump's supporters so far" reveals that "[s]omething is afflicting the places where Trump's supporters live, but Trump's supporters do not exhibit more severe economic distress than do those who view him unfavorably. ..Trump's support does come from a place of adversity, though" -- Data shows that it may be long-term ill health, or lack of intergenerational mobility
politics  economics 
8 weeks ago
Criminal | Episode 68: All the Time in the World (6.1.2017)
"The 'body farm' at Texas State University is a place almost no one except researchers and law enforcement is able to see, because it’s one of very few places in the world that deliberately puts out human bodies to decompose in nature. Forensic Anthropologists observe decomposition in order to help law enforcement discern when and how someone may have died. We asked if we could visit, and they agreed."
crime  body  podcasts 
8 weeks ago
ASEMICS – 姚慶健 · Sam Roxas-Chua
Some asemic pieces from poet Sam Roxas-Chua
8 weeks ago
The New Post-literate: A Gallery Of Asemic Writing
A blog exploring asemic writing "in relation to post-literate culture"
visual_culture  visual_poetry 
8 weeks ago
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