YURICA REPORT / How to Detect Evil
M. Scott Peck, M.D. wrote a most important book for our times, People of the Lie, The Hope For Healing Human Evil, published in 1983 by Simon & Schuster. It’s a study of human evil. Peck said he chose the title “because lying is both a cause and a manifestation of evil. It is partly by their lying that we recognize the evil.”
13 hours ago
'Good writer, bad man' -a genre
Some of his friends knew how troubled he was. John Updike, whom Cheever with typical ambivalence considered a good friend and a dangerous competitor, seems to have understood. But among strangers Cheever made himself (unless he was too drunk) into a convincing replica of the man he wished he was.

Self-presentation mattered to him. I met him over lunch during one of six alcohol-free years close to the end of his life. On that occasion, witty and lively and warmly generous to three Toronto writers he would never see again, he was the very model of a well-born New Englander who happened also to be a superb writer and a rather modest writer. He was magnificent. Even the harshest pathographer could never doubt that Cheever knew how to put on a grand performance.
13 hours ago
The Twentieth Century - Google Books
“Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.”
Why Did Charity Johnson Pretend To Be A Teenager For Nearly 20 Years
“Charity wanted to be wanted; she wanted someone to love her unconditionally, like a mother should love her child,” explained Osarieme Obaseki, the internet “mom” who finally exposed Charity’s deception. “She’s not a con artist for money. She’s a con artist for love.”
TimesMachine: THE AEROPHONE. - NYTimes.com
" in which @nytimes editorializes against the privacy implications of the Phonograph. http://nyti.ms/1ujyPNU "
privacy  workingon 
Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy - Boing Boing
Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.
Alibaba's Maggie Wu and Lucy Peng: The dynamic duo behind the IPO - Fortune
The giant Chinese e-retailer has a reputation for fostering talented women. Lucy Peng and Maggie Wu are stellar examples.
via lauren and kyle
2 days ago
Wisdom2.0: it came for our heartbeats, now Google wants our souls | Technology | theguardian.com
Wisdom2.0, a Californian conference that grew out of the west coast’s twin obsessions of technology and self-actualisation, and that came to Europe for the first time this week.
2 days ago
What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making | Quiet Babylon
It used to take thirty people a month to make the Whole Earth Catalog, he told us. Thanks to technology, Cool Tools took only two people. Moments later, he mentioned the name of the distributed copyediting service they’d used. I wonder how many people were on the other end of that transaction. I bet it was more than thirty.
I’ve been thinking a lot about why they didn’t get to count.
labor  dematerialization 
3 days ago
It’s people! Meet Soylent, the crowdsourced copy editor » Nieman Journalism Lab
Soylent is an add-in for Microsoft Word that uses Mechanical Turk as a distributed copy-editing system to perform tasks like proofreading and text-shortening, as well as a type of specialized edits its developers call “The Human Macro.”
crowdsourcing  turk 
3 days ago
Late commercial payments: charging interest and debt recovery - GOV.UK
The current Bank of England base rate is 0.5%, so statutory interest for a recent debt would be 8.5%.
5 days ago
Utah fatal shooting: Darrien Hunt’s family blames racial discrimination behind his killing | Wall Street OTC
Hunt’s mother said that her son was only carrying a ‘toy sword’, i.e. a Katana which is a souvenir sword, having a rounded edge, and not a blade. It was bought from an Asian gift store.

Grieving her son’s sad demise, she said, “My son is a tender heart who would not hurt anybody. My son is a beautiful, bright-eyed, intelligent boy.”

Hunt was born to a white mother and a black father. Her mother had recently got separation from her husband and just returned to Utah to start a new life for the family.
race  cosplay  cops  sad 
5 days ago
New World Notes: Minecraft Became So Big Because It's Extremely Popular With Girls & Women -- Another Reason Why the Game Industry Needs to Solve Its Sexism Problem
Were Minecraft not so massively popular with females, its userbase could easily have been less than half as large as it is. Iris and I write a lot about getting more women in games, but as we often say, it's not just about feminist values or making gaming truly mainstream: Making games that appeal to both genders is good business sense.
gender  gaming 
5 days ago
The privileged few are tightening their grip | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer
They are all nice people. But there's the rub. They are too fucking nice for Britain's good. Their niceness is a noose that is strangling our ability to talk to ourselves and to the world.
nice  culture  funding 
5 days ago
H. P. Lovecraft and Megalithic New England - Jason Colavito
t’s probably worth noting that neither Mystery Hill nor most of the alleged “megalithic” sites of New England are columnar; alternative archaeology speaks of stone chambers, not standing circles of stones on the hilltops. These were mostly colonial-era cold cellars and spring houses. Even the famous “stone circle” of Gungywamp is supine, not standing columns of stone.
6 days ago
Columbia University Students' Powerful Display Of Support For A Rape Victim Seeking Justice | ThinkProgress
Under the terms of Sulkowicz’s thesis — entitled Carry That Weight or Mattress Performance — she’s not allowed to ask for help carrying her mattress. She is allowed to accept help if other people offer on their own, however, and that inspired her fellow students to get organized so they can assist Sulkowicz in a meaningful way.
art  performance  rape 
6 days ago
Power Dive into the Danger Zone
I know I can't just tweet images from Top Gun because that would lead to the same situation. I can, however, use the next best thing and stay well clear of Paramount's copyrights. I'm referring, of course, to another film distributed by Paramount about two fighter pilots who indulge their need for speed on the edge of a global conflict, 1941's Power Dive, starring Richard Arlen and Jean Parker. It's got everything Top Gun has (except the beach volleyball), but because Paramount failed or declined to renew its copyright, rights to use content from Power Dive reverted to the public domain.

Therefore, I present @BasicallyTopGun, which will be tweeting frames from Power Dive two images per hour at a sample rate of one image for every two seconds of film.
bots  copyright  automation 
11 days ago
Zoe Quinn’s Depression Quest - The New Yorker
s. “They’re clearly hurting,” Quinn said. “People don’t viciously attack anyone without having some deep-seeded loathing in themselves.”
gender  games  gamergate  abuse 
11 days ago
The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys - The Atlantic
Officially, girls like Mehran do not exist in Afghanistan, where the system of gender segregation is among the strictest in the world. But many other Afghans, too, can recall a former neighbor, a relative, a colleague, or someone in their extended family raising a daughter as a son. These children even have their own colloquialism, bacha posh, which literally translates from Dari to “dressed like a boy.” Midwives, doctors, and nurses I’ve met from all over the provinces are more familiar with the practice than most; they have all known bacha posh to appear at clinics, escorting a mother or a sister, or as a patient who has proven to be of another birth sex than first presumed
12 days ago
yishan comments on IAm Yishan Wong, the Reddit CEO
I've begun to converge on the idea that a good way to think of reddit is as a city-state. This is in contrast to how a lot of businesses think of themselves as e.g. money-making machines to be optimized and exploited, and customers to be cynically manipulated.
reddit  fake-states 
12 days ago
The Revictimizing of Janay Rice | The Nation
. I spent the morning communicating with people who work on issues involving domestic violence and violence against women nearly every day of their lives. They all said the same thing, without dissent: releasing this tape to the world is incredibly damaging to Janay Rice. Just as we would protect the name of an alleged rape victim, just as we would not show a video of Ray Rice committing a sexual assault, we should not be showing this video like it’s another episode of Rich People Behaving Badly. If Janay Rice wanted to show this tape to the world, in other words if she had offered her consent, that is a different matter. But showing and reshowing it just because we can is an act of harm.
12 days ago
Reddit as a Government
The First Amendment does not apply to private platforms, and it is deeply strange to argue that it should. But there is an observation here that should trouble anyone invested in the future of the internet—in other words, anyone who plans on being alive in ten years. The web is increasingly experienced through a handful of centralized platforms, and the rules those centralized platforms impose are non-trivial to public life and community.
12 days ago
Reddit bans groups behind sharing of leaked celebrity photos | Technology | theguardian.com
The ban drew mixed responses. Some users questioned why the platform left other pages with offensive content, such as sex with dogs, or racist rants against African Americans in Ferguson, or calls for the massacre of Palestinians. Others accused the noticeboard of waiting until it reaped huge traffic before taking action.
12 days ago
Rape and Rotherham - NYTimes.com
Show me what a culture values, prizes, puts on a pedestal, and I’ll tell you who is likely to get away with rape.
rape  pedastals 
13 days ago
How Teens Are Using Social Media To Talk About Suicide
In a world where these companies actively police hashtags like #cutting and #proana to crack down on inappropriate content, young people are trying — and mostly succeeding — to fly under the radar by creating codewords like #sue and #secretsociety123 to discreetly form communities organized around self-harm, and they’re showing up in strong numbers. An Instagram search for the #sue hashtag, a secret word for suicide, reveals nearly 800,000 tagged posts.
teens  lurk 
13 days ago
blog.reddit -- what's new on reddit: Every Man Is Responsible For His Own Soul
Nevertheless, reddit’s platform is structurally based on the ability for people to distribute, promote, and highlight textual materials as well as links to images and other media. We understand the harm that misusing our site does to the victims of this theft, and we deeply sympathize.

Having said that, we are unlikely to make changes to our existing site content policies in response to this specific event.

The reason is because we consider ourselves not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community. The role and responsibility of a government differs from that of a private corporation, in that it exercises restraint in the usage of its powers.
14 days ago
The Mink Eyeshadow Printer is a Hoax, and Here’s Why
Colored eyeshadows aren’t made by spraying ink onto a white cake – which would be necessary to repurpose inkjet technology for this application. And how deep would a spray of ink go into a ready-made cake of eyeshadow? The eyeshadow in the demo does not make this clear. Because it might not be an actual product made by the methods that Miss Choi is advocating.
workingon  3d-printing 
15 days ago
The Gay Conman and his Married Lover|MurderMap - London Homicide Reported Direct from The Old Bailey
Gareth, a 30 year-old father-of-three, had married his childhood sweetheart Eirlys in 2006 and outwardly appeared to have the perfect family life.

In private he sought fulfilment looking for partners on gay websites. One such man, Glenn Rycroft, lavished him with gifts, dinners and weekends away and invited him to move in to his luxury four-bedroom house in Chester.

Together they set up a new travel agency business based in Manchester Business Park after Rycroft promised it would make their fortune.
15 days ago
The real Talented Mr Ripley: Conman jailed for life after bludgeoning gay lover to death | Mail Online
Former British Airways steward Glenn Rycroft, 33, searched websites for killing methods before battering Gareth Mac-Donald to death with a fire extinguisher in a hotel room.

Mr MacDonald, a 30-year-old care worker, had left his wife, who was expecting their third child, and the marital home in North Wales for Rycroft after meeting the compulsive liar through an internet gay chatroom called Fitlads.
15 days ago
The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society
She argued that online abuse constitutes “discrimination in women’s employment opportunities” that ought to be better addressed by the U.S. government itself. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, religion, or gender, was swiftly applied to members of the Ku Klux Klan, who hid behind hoods to harass and intimidate black Louisianans from voting and pursuing work. Anonymous online harassment, Citron argued, similarly discourages women from “writing and earning a living online” on the basis of their gender. “It interferes with their professional lives. It raises their vulnerability to offline sexual violence. It brands them as incompetent workers and inferior sexual objects. The harassment causes considerable emotional distress.”
harassment  gender 
16 days ago
Provocation piece - Governing Algorithms
There is a puzzling tension at the heart of much current reasoning about algorithms. On the one hand, algorithms are invoked as powerful entities that govern, judge, sort, regulate, classify, influence, or otherwise discipline the world. On the other hand, algorithms are portrayed as strangely elusive and inscrutable, or—in fact—as virtually unstudiable
17 days ago
Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn't A 'Scandal.' It's A Sex Crime.
It should not be treated with quippy sub-headlines like “What Would Katniss do?” It is a crime that has turned the entire online community into potential peeping Toms with little-to-no accountability for the consumers of said stolen property/invasion of privacy.
17 days ago
Clearing the Air: Artists Take on Corporate Influence in Natural History Museums | Creative Time Reports
We’ve been inspired by and involved with Liberate Tate, a collective in the United Kingdom that aims to liberate cultural institutions from ties to the oil industry—specifically the Tate from BP. Liberate Tate uses the methodologies of institutional critique, a tradition in contemporary art that we’ve long been influenced by. At the same time, we believe that there are serious flaws with institutional critique as a means of effecting change, insofar as institutional critique projects are easily absorbed back into the very institutions they critique.
art  institutional-critique  institutions 
17 days ago
The Fappening / Celebgate | Know Your Meme
Also on August 31st, 4chan users launched the hoax hashtag @LeakForJLaw, to encourage female Twitter users to post topless photographs of themselves in solidarity with Jennifer Lawrence under the banner of social justice.
17 days ago
The Cyber Prosecutor Sending Nude-Photo Thieves To Prison
“emotional hacking”
This is the kind of rhetorical flourish — equating a virtual crime with one that does physical harm — that the prosecutors regularly use to get critics to take the crimes seriously.
17 days ago
The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning | Roxane Gay | Comment is free | theguardian.com
The Great Celebrity Naked Photo Leak of 2014 – or perhaps we should call it The Great Celebrity Naked Photo Leak of August 2014, given that this happens so often that there won’t be only one this year – is meant to remind women of their place. Don’t get too high and mighty, ladies. Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you. You bared body can always be used to shame and humiliate you. Your bared body is at once desired and loathed.
18 days ago
Have Digital Devices Ruined Your Ability to Read Emotions? No Worries — An App for That Is On the Way | Singularity Hub
If this future seems unsettling, just remember that the sixth-graders’ ability to read emotions reverted when they underwent a digital holiday. In other words, we can always go back to relying on our brains, however imperfect they are at helping us understand people.
19 days ago
British PM introduces bill to strip passports from IS suspects | Circa News
The Netherlands said Aug. 29 that it plans to introduce laws to strip citizens of their passports if they fight for militants in Syria or Iraq. The move only applies to Dutch citizens with dual nationality because "no one should be left stateless," the government said.
19 days ago
This is why you shouldn't click on the naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence
. It doesn’t matter that ‘damn, she looks good and should own it!’

Stealing and sharing the private photographs of women doesn’t become less of a crime just because you approve them for fapping activity. I’m sure many of the women on this list are confident of their sexual attractiveness. It doesn’t mean they don’t value their privacy or shouldn’t expect to enjoy the same rights to it as everyone else. It also doesn’t mean they want strangers sweating over their images. That line of thinking comes from the same school which instructs women to either ignore of welcome sexual harassment when it’s seemingly ‘positive’ in its sentiments.
19 days ago
Woolf and The Ecology of Presence | TriQuarterly
Virginia Woolf’s sensibility incarnates in an astonishing number of genres: critical essays, impressionistic essays, memoirs and life-writing, biographies and novels. I’ll focus on how one of her primary concepts—a metaphysical experience she calls “moments of being”— counters the forces of dissolution, and might serve as a model for contemporary essayists similarly vexed by forces that threaten to overrun the more fragile textures and sensations that make us feel most human
20 days ago
What can ‘forensic architecture’ reveal about the conflict in Gaza? | Cities | theguardian.com
“Cities are always about the links between buildings in the street, networks, infrastructure. When war happens in the city, people die in buildings, the majority in their own homes,”
20 days ago
Victims of Lance Armstrong's strong-arm tactics feel relief and vindication in the wake of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report - NY Daily News
cynical assuredness that their yellow wristbands entitled them to smash anyone who threatened their corrupt regime.
21 days ago
I Break Horses « Loud And Quiet | New music, features, reviews, news and free mp3s
Swedish native Maria Lindén, a self confessed hypochondriac, is convinced she has acquired a fatal illness, so, as standard practice, she starts to Google her symptoms. This takes her to an on-line forum to discuss her illness with other people, presumably consisting of the ill and the not so. Amongst the ‘not so’ is her soon-to-be musical collaborator Fredrick Balck.

Fredrick too was a hypochondriac and when aliases were dropped and he and Maria began to openly speak to one another, they soon realised not only did they share mutual friends, but also music tastes.
22 days ago
Nora Ephron’s Heartburn: Why It’s a Classic – Flavorwire
That’s not because she couldn’t get over it, or was embarrassed about airing out her personal, emotional indignities years later; it’s because writing the book was part of the process of getting over that grief, of owning her story and integrating that pain into her identity, which any good therapist would say is the only way to get over a trauma.
22 days ago
Mary Beard · Diary: on rape · LRB 24 August 2000
For rape is always a (contested) story, as well as an event; and it is in the telling of rape-as-story, in its different versions, its shifting nuances, that cultures have always debated most intensely some of the unfathomable conflicts of sexual relations and sexual identity. The tale of the Rape of Lucretia, for example, is hardly tellable – as many Roman writers themselves discovered – without raising the question of where ‘seduction’ ends and ‘rape’ begins; the Rape of the Sabines puts a similar question-mark over the distinction between ‘rape’ and ‘marriage’.
22 days ago
NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter » Events
cke discuss The Piracy Collection as well as some of the cases that inspired the series of essays compiled in the Piracy Project’s new book – fl
22 days ago
Comic Andy Andrist Confronts His Alleged Sexual Abuser on Video, Leading to West Palm Court Battle | New Times Broward-Palm Beach
"I feel about him differently than I would have if I just left it alone," he says. "At the hearing, he looked like a stressed-out man dealing with something embarrassing. I saw a lot in that face that reminded me why I did this, because he put all that shit on me as a kid, and I didn't have a choice in it."
23 days ago
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