Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid - Virginia Woolf
The searchlights, wavering across the flat, have picked up the plane now. From this window one can see a little silver insect turning and twisting in the light. The guns go pop pop pop. Then they cease. Probably the raider was brought down behind the hill. One of the pilots landed safe in a field near here the other day. He said to his captors, speaking fairly good English, “How glad I am that the fight is over!” Then an Englishman gave him a cigarette, and an Englishwoman made him a cup of tea. That would seem to show that if you can free the man from the machine, the seed does not fall upon altogether stony ground. The seed may be fertile.
virginia  woolf  war 
Why Older People Have Always Trashed Young People – Youth, Now – Medium
We talk of children in terms of continuation. They carry on our traditions. They take our names. We delight in how they look like us, act like us, think like us. We want our kids to adopt our politics, our causes, our sense of meaning. In our children, we seek immortality.

But then they grow up, and we discover they’re not us. They are their own people. They’ll find their own politics, their own causes, their own sense of meaning. They’re more interested in the future than the past. They’ll know their parents’ names, of course, and probably their grandparents’ names, but perhaps not their great-grandparents’ names, and certainly not their great-great-grandparents’ names. Which means one day they’ll have children, and those children will have children, and our names will begin to be forgotten too. We will slip into nothingness, remembered by nobody, having left no recognizable impact.

That’s why we say these kids are no good. We can’t accept that life goes on without us. And instead of accepting it, we lay the blame for the whole state of affairs at the feet of the next generation.
culture  kids  generation-gap 
6 days ago
Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom | Books | The Guardian
Propaganda and manipulation are nothing new, of course. But whereas in the past they worked like carpet bombing, now they are becoming precision-guided munitions. When Hitler gave a speech on the radio, he aimed at the lowest common denominator, because he couldn’t tailor his message to the unique weaknesses of individual brains. Now it has become possible to do exactly that. An algorithm can tell that you already have a bias against immigrants, while your neighbour already dislikes Trump, which is why you see one headline while your neighbour sees an altogether different one. In recent years some of the smartest people in the world have worked on hacking the human brain in order to make you click on ads and sell you stuff. Now these methods are being used to sell you politicians and ideologies, too.
politics  technology  philosophy  harari 
9 days ago
John Remmers’s review of The Outsider
2 of 5 stars to The Outsider by Stephen King
from twitter
4 weeks ago
Online Shopping Is Making Us Accumulate More Junk - The Atlantic
All told, “we are all accumulating mountains of things,” said Mark A. Cohen, the director of retail studies at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He sometimes asks his students to count the number of things they have on them in class, and once they start counting up gadgets and cords and accessories, they end up near 50. “Americans have become a society of hoarders,” Cohen said. Montoya said she has more stuff now that she has started shopping online: “It’s easier to accumulate more, and it’s easier to spend more.”
ecommerce  amazon  online  shopping  hoarding 
5 weeks ago
Opinion | Happy Children Do Chores - The New York Times
Sports and homework are not get-out-of-chores-free cards. The goal, after all, is not to raise children we can coddle into the Ivy League. The goal is to raise adults who can balance a caring role in their families and communities with whatever lifetime achievement goals they choose. Chores teach that balance. They’re not just chores — they’re life skills.
kids  parenting  chores 
5 weeks ago
Net neutrality activists, state officials are taking the FCC to court. Here’s how they’ll argue the case. - The Washington Post
The overall impression, the group said, is that of trying to deregulate all roads that lead to hotels by simply reclassifying the roads themselves as hotels.

“Never mind, continues the builder, that the road itself does not provide guests with any lodging, business conferencing, or beach recreation services,” the brief said. “That is the essence of what the FCC argues.”
net  neutrality  internet  fcc 
5 weeks ago
Opinion | Our Real Immigration Problem - The New York Times
Finally, immigrants — legal or otherwise — make better citizens than native-born Americans. More entrepreneurial. More church-going. Less likely to have kids out of wedlock. Far less likely to commit crime. These are the kind of attributes Republicans claim to admire.
june 2018
John Remmers’s review of It
Marked as to-read: It by Stephen King
from twitter
june 2018
How the Enlightenment Ends - The Atlantic
"The Enlightenment started with essentially philosophical insights spread by a new technology. Our period is moving in the opposite direction. It has generated a potentially dominating technology in search of a guiding philosophy. Other countries have made AI a major national project. The United States has not yet, as a nation, systematically explored its full scope, studied its implications, or begun the process of ultimate learning. This should be given a high national priority, above all, from the point of view of relating AI to humanistic traditions."
ai  kissinger 
may 2018
World Championship Old-Time Piano
RT : We’re one month out! Buy your tickets now for the May Contest & Festival!
oldtimepiano  from twitter
april 2018
“Odysseus’ journey, Priam’s plight,
The spirits that illume the night —
Repair time’s ravage, mend the breach,
from twitter
april 2018
Orion spoke: “Your song, and mine,
Doth light against the dark align,
Though few may hear, yet fewer see,
We must n…
from twitter
april 2018
“The tree of life, the tree of death!”
She spake them both in single breath.
“My lover’s blood with mine flowed fre…
from twitter
april 2018
The Spirit kneeled, bowed his head,
Then summoned courage, rose, and said:
“You know that I have traveled long,
from twitter
april 2018
She spoke: “Oh yes, the world moves on,
And with each rosy-fingered dawn
Time’s marker ticks another notch,
Alas, i…
from twitter
april 2018
“Where’er I go, I see the lack
Of those inclined toward looking back.
Fair ghostly presence, few remain
That know o…
from twitter
april 2018
“And with its march, times past do fade,
Past’s lover is tomorrow’s shade,
Time’s boot doth trample memory,
Thus fe…
from twitter
april 2018
“Come stay a while, be not afraid,
Come tarry with this lonely shade,
My friends of old have turned to dust,
from twitter
april 2018
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