Sheldon Pierce: With Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Win, The World May Finally Be Catching Up to Rap (Pitchfork)
“Anyone perusing the list of past winners cannot help noticing that many if not most of the country’s greatest musical minds are conspicuously missing,” composer John Adams told the New York Times in 2003, the year he won the prize for “On the Transmigration of Souls,” a commissioned reflection on the 9/11 attacks. Adams listed off many of the notable musicians who never earned a Pulitzer, from “Monk (Meredith or Thelonious)” to Philip Glass to Laurie Anderson. “Most if not all of these genuinely creative spirits have been passed over year after year, often in favor of academy composers who have won a disproportionate number of prizes.” The sentiment was clear: prize jurors prefer the safe and scholarly to the unpredictable and world-shifting.
hiphop  rap  music  race 
7 days ago
A neat way to create clean screenshots of code.
Create and share beautiful images of your source code. Start typing or drop a file into the text area to get started.
programming  code  utility 
8 days ago
What to Do When You See Unaccompanied Black Children in Public Spaces. (Beyond Baby Mamas)
Single parents across race and class lines struggle to secure safe and affordable childcare on short notice, and often those parents are faced with hard decisions. They can take the children to work or to a job interview with them and risk violating company policy (and, by extension, their chances of maintaining or securing a position with the company). They can leave the children at home, if they’re old enough, in “latchkey” situations. They can leave them with a childcare provider they don’t know and haven’t had time to vet. Or they can cancel their obligation, risking much-needed income. No decision is without its consequences, but black mothers find themselves making these decisions (and facing legal and penal consequences) disproportionately. These institutional consequences compound the economic stress and hardship one-income households already face.
children  parenting  race 
8 days ago
Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency
Ehhhhhhh I’m *real* skeptical of the ‘this is it’ thing ‘cause we‘ve heard it a thousand times now. But I want to save this for posterity.
The raid on the offices of President Trump’s personal lawyer makes clear that Trump’s battle with the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is entering its final chapter.
politics  trump 
8 days ago
Dani Beckett: 100 Easy Ways to Make Women's Lives More Bearable (Broadly)
Mainly, just listen to women. Listen to us and believe us. It’s the only place to start if you actually want all women to have a “Happy International Women’s Day.”
14 days ago
Austin Powell: Inside the booming black market for Spotify playlists (Daily Dot)
A new type of Payola is taking place on Spotify, with artists using third-party services to get added to influential playlists, and the company is inadvertently paying for it.
music  spotify  money  musicindustry 
14 days ago
Paul Ford: Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous. (Bloomberg)
The true believers won’t stop until they’ve remade the world. Some of it will be thrilling. Some of it will keep us up at night.


What Silicon Valley loves most isn’t the products, or the platforms underneath them, but markets. “Figure out the business model later” was the call of the early commercial internet. The way you monetize vast swaths of humanity is by creating products that people use a lot—perhaps a search engine such as Google or a social network like Facebook. You build big transactional web platforms beneath them that provide amazing things, like search results or news feeds ranked by relevance, and then beneath all that you build marketplaces for advertising—a true moneymaking machine. If you happen to create an honest-to-god marketplace, you can get unbelievably rich.
capitalism  tech  money 
14 days ago
Paul Ford: Silicon Valley Has Failed to Protect Our Data. Here’s How to Fix It (Bloomberg)
It’s time for a digital protection agency. It’s clear ethics don’t scale, and it’s not just Facebook’s problem.
analytics  ethics  facebook  politics  privacy 
14 days ago
Will Lynch: Edit Etiquette (Resident Advisor)
Are there rules when it comes to edits? Should there be? RA's Will Lynch explores all sides of a thorny issue that shows no sign of going away.


Is it really enough to tweak a platinum-selling record and put your name on it? It doesn't help that many edits, not least those in the Wolf + Lamb camp, replace the original artist's name with that of the editing artist ("Soul Clap - Extravaganza" instead of "Jamie Foxx - Extravaganza (Soul Clap Edit)"). Granted, this is only meant to keep snooping lawyers from stumbling upon an illegal edit through Google, and when the edit is of a widely known pop song, the assumption is that listeners will recognize the original. But is that valid?
music  ethics  appropriation 
14 days ago
Simon Reynolds: Why Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the ’90s (Pitchfork)
Unlocking the mysteries behind the Scottish electronic duo’s hallucinatory classic, which turns 20 this month.
14 days ago
Thread by @RVAwonk on the danger of conspiracy theories
Functioning societies depend on shared, socially-mediated sources of knowledge. It's the glue that holds societies together. Conspiracy theories ask us to give up more & more of our trust in each other, and in our knowledge-generating mechanisms.

Conspiracy theories come at a cost.

They ask us to give up on our trust in knowledge, in knowledge-producing institutions, and in each other.

And so ultimately, they ask us to give up on the fabric of society altogether.
politics  america  trump 
22 days ago
Thread by @drvox on This American Life episode discussing the women sexually assaulted by Don Hazen #metoo
Not all of the damage he did was dramatic; not every life was ruined. But in every case, he left behind a new increment of self-doubt and regret, a story arc sent somewhat askew. None of the women in his wake were granted closure or redemption.

Listening to them tell their own stories -- Hazen was not the first or only manipulative man they had encountered -- made me think about how, for women, these little incidents just pile up, and pile up, and pile up, creating an extra weight they must lug everywhere.

If we valued women as individual human beings, autonomous and freestanding, with their own talents and stories, due the basic respect all humans are due -- not as caricatures & archetypes in men's heroic journeys -- we would see this accumulation as an ancient and ongoing tragedy, an enormous squandering of human potential stretched out over generations and generations, still underway as we speak. We would be horrified.

That we still think of these stories as men's stories, think of men as the protagonists, worry over men's jobs and reputations, shows that we do not. We say we do, but we do not.
metoo  sexualassault  story 
22 days ago
Erene Stergiopoulos: How Long Can You Take Antidepressants? (VICE)
Experts recommend people stay on antidepressants for four to nine months after remission, but some keep taking them for years.
medicine  depression  mentalillness 
24 days ago
Jake Bittle: Postal-Service Workers Are Shouldering the Burden for Amazon (The Nation)
The tech giant’s rise has pushed mail clerks and carriers to the breaking point.
amazon  mail  usps 
5 weeks ago
Peter Sokolowski: Reverse Logic (Merriam-Webster Unabridged)
So as work on the Third was winding down he took another step to address a kind of question that only a computer could easily answer: he set the typing staff the new task of creating a 3”x5” slip for virtually every word that appeared in boldface in the dictionary typed backward, each letter followed by a space (and spelled normally, without the extra spaces, below its backward spelling).
5 weeks ago
John Metta: I, Racist
What follows is the text of a “sermon” that I gave as a “congregational reflection” to an all White audience at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 28th. The sermon was begun with a reading of The Good Samaritan story, and this wonderful quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. Credit for this speech goes to Chaédria LaBouvier, who’s “Why We Left“ inspired me to speak out about racism; to Robin DiAngelo, who’s “White Fragility“ gave me an understanding of the topic; and to Reni Eddo-Lodge who said “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race“ long before I had the courage to start doing it again.
racism  america 
5 weeks ago
@drvox thread on conservative columnists at NYT
NYT needs "a voice from the right," but not a voice from the ACTUAL right (which is oriented around white resentment, not any discernible governing philosophy). They need a voice from the Conservatism of the Mind, the noble, principles-base conservatism they imagine.

[These conservative columnists] are just playing their role in a very old parlor game, where Serious Conservatives tell liberals they are bad and wrong (that's what "intellectual diversity" means to elite center-lefties) and liberals proceed to engage in self-loathing hand-wringing about it.

In the name of "exposing readers to diverse viewpoints," NYT is, in practice, obscuring the true nature of today's right. Virtually the entire political elite & most NYT readers are in denial about what the right has become & that denial is increasingly dangerous.
politics  opinion  conservatism 
6 weeks ago
Luke Dittrich: The Brain That Couldn’t Remember (NYT)
The untold story of the fight over the legacy of “H.M.” — the patient who revolutionized the science of memory.
science  brain  memory 
6 weeks ago
In Therapy: Why You Might Feel Worse Before You Feel Better
Therapy can be hard and make you feel worse because 1) it’s uncovering feelings you’ve never before processed, 2) it’s wearing down defenses, and 3) your therapist *might* be making a mistake about your treatment. In any case, it’s important to keep attending sessions and talk about the difficulty directly with your therapist.
6 weeks ago
Extinct Animals Project (Free) [Behance]
This extinct animals icons project is but a salute to all the conservation efforts of so many people and conservation organizations, from our line of work; this may not bring back the animals gone extinct in recent years, but hopefully will inspire people.
_free-images  webdevelopment  svg 
6 weeks ago
Laurent Fintoni: Going to Miami: How IDM conquered the USA (FACT)
After IDM flourished in the UK in the post-rave mid-1990s, the US struggled to respond to a sound that felt so distant and alien. But a diverse group of ambitious teenagers began to make the links between Autechre and Aphex Twin’s glitchy electro experiments and hip-hop, Miami bass and breaks. Laurent Fintoni examines how the USA re-cast IDM in its own image, birthing Phoenicia, Prefuse 73, Machinedrum, Push Button Objects, Richard Devine and more.
6 weeks ago
Sarah Jeong: Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country (The Verge)
Meet the Great Slate — a fundraising campaign that raised nearly a million dollars in 2017, mostly through Twitter, for eight seemingly random Congressional candidates from across the country. The Great Slate has no splashy slogans, no slick logos: just a bare-bones website, a donate button, and a lot of jokes on Twitter.
politics  america  internet 
6 weeks ago
Raphael Bob-Waksberg: We Men of Science
The opposite of a dog can be a cat, or a different dog, or nothing at all, The Absence of Dog.
6 weeks ago
Longreads Member Exclusive: 'The Nature of Social Evil'
Maria Bustillos picked Ernest Becker’s ‘Escape from Evil’.
Becker won a Pulitzer for his previous book, The Denial of Death, but this one, published posthumously and building on ideas from that earlier work, is far, far better, to my mind, more compact, more advanced, more compelling. This book is pragmatic synthesis of multiple disciplines in the science of man, the place where humanities and science collide. Theories about Becker's work abound, but for me his great gift was the way he seemed to have led us to the threshold of a new enlightenment, clear-eyed, undeceived, ready to take the next step. It's a step the reader may be able to intuit, and perhaps even gain, and make practical use of in his or her own life: '[W]e have to take a full look at the worst in order to begin to get rid of illusions. Realism, even brutal, is not cynicism.'
literature  psychology  world  history  politics 
6 weeks ago
Ends and means
This is about whether it’s okay to create collateral damage by deliberately denying people access to web features in order to further a completely separate agenda.

This isn’t about you or me. This is about all those people who could potentially become makers of the web. We should be welcoming them, not creating barriers for them to overcome.
webdevelopment  internet  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
A Hassle-free Shopify desktop theme editor with built-in code editor and Emulator to work with Shopify themes locally, Diff Viewer, Schema Builder, Code Task Automation and many more.
11 weeks ago
Fanta Sylla: On Hearing My Father’s Legacy in Vampire Weekend (Pitchfork)
In Vampire Weekend’s 2008 debut, I recognized the African soukous and rumba that had been my father’s calling.
music  culture  colonialism 
11 weeks ago
Jen A. Miller: How to Make (and Keep) a New Year's Resolution (NY Times)
Here’s how to identify the right resolution to improve your life, create a plan on how to reach it, and become part of the small group of people that successfully make a resolution.
behavior  exercise 
january 2018
A thread by Asad Haider
Yo here's my rant. Words like "prison" or "capital" aren't just names for things in the world that have existed since the dawn of time
politics  socialism 
august 2017
Leigh Honeywell: The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment
It’s simple: people who engage in sexual harassment or assault are also likely to steal, plagiarize, embezzle, engage in overt racism, or otherwise harm their business. (Of course, sexual harassment and assault harms a business – and even entire fields of endeavor – but in ways that are often discounted or ignored.) Ask around about the person who gets handsy with the receptionist, or makes sex jokes when they get drunk, and you’ll often find out that they also violated the company expense policy, or exaggerated on their résumé, or took credit for a colleague’s project. More than likely, they’ve engaged in sexual misconduct multiple times, and a little research (such as calling previous employers) will show this, as we saw in the case of former Uber and Google employee Amit Singhal.
sexualassault  tech  gender 
july 2017
Ethan Marcotte: Designed lines.
We’re building on a web littered with too-heavy sites, on an internet that’s unevenly, unequally distributed. That’s why designing a lightweight, inexpensive digital experience is a form of kindness. And while that kindness might seem like a small thing these days, it’s a critical one. A device-agnostic, data-friendly interface helps ensure your work can reach as many people as possible, regardless of their location, income level, network quality, or device.
internet  society  inequality 
july 2017
Denise Lu: Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your lifetime. Is this year your best chance? (Washington Post)
On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will traverse the contiguous United States. It’ll be the first to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century.
astronomy  science 
july 2017
Emmet Penney: Lectureporn: The Vulgar Art of Liberal Narcissism (Paste Magazine)
This belies an important distinction between liberals and conservatives, lectureporn and the ubiquitous tirade in conservative media. It’s the Nietszchean distinction between contempt and hate. You can hate an equal or someone with power over you. So conservatives hate liberals (hence their paranoiac victim narrative), whereas liberals have contempt for conservatives, which means they’re arrogant. Arrogant people are lazy in general and inept when it comes to empathy. If you can’t empathize with people, you can’t understand them. And if you can’t understand their worldview, you can’t hope to either win them over or defeat them. You’ve played yourself. No one cares if you’re right and ineffective. That’s called being an impotent loser. For all the talk about “bleeding heart liberals” who vote with their tears, they’ve proven to be staggeringly emotionally incompetent.
politics  america  media 
july 2017
Isolde Raftery: To understand white liberal racism, read these private emails (KUOW)
On a gray day last October, teachers across Seattle wore a shirt that read BLACK LIVES MATTER.

White parents from the city’s tonier neighborhoods wrote to their principals to say they were displeased. A Black Lives Matter day was too militant, too political and too confusing for their young kids, they said.

“They would prefer to be ‘all lives matter,’ because then their child is included in the conversation about mattering,” [Jill Geary, the school board director representing northeast Seattle] said. “What they don’t think is, would a black mother feel like her child matters, based upon the way that history, the nation, the city, the institutional structures, have treated her child? That’s not the process they’re using.”
racism  blm  race 
july 2017
Lucy Diabolo: Gender Variance Around the World Over Time (Teen Vogue)
Learn more about how gender variance has existed among people in different communities around the world throughout history.
history  lgbt  gender 
july 2017
Debbie Chachra: Gratitude for Invisible Systems (The Atlantic)
One way to improve democracy is for more people to appreciate its complex technological underpinnings.
democracy  government  infrastructure  community 
june 2017
Soleil Ho: Be Better: A Guide to Avoid Cultural Appropriation? (On She Goes)
There’s nothing inherently bad or good about cultural appropriation; it becomes unethical when you fail to consider the context of your actions.
culture  appropriation  food 
june 2017
Alexis P. Morgan: The Terrorists of Capitalism: A Response to Gary Vaynerchuk
We’re being devoured by people infected with the Damnable Trinity of capitalism, white supremacy, and kyriarchy. They are munching on people’s bones and baying to those infernal gods while our blood drips down their faces.
june 2017
Lance McVickar Discography (Discogs)
Lance McVickar owner, producer and head engineer at mcVaudio has had an eclectic career in the music business spanning over 20 years. Working his way up in the music industry starting in the mid 80‘s as a studio apprentice at Evergreen in Manhattan, then became an assistant engineer, and finally a recording engineer.
may 2017
McVickar House (Irvington Historical Society of New York — National Register of Historic Places
Irvington's newest addition to the National Register of Historic Places now serves the community as the home of the Irvington Historical Society, which previously did not have a permanent site for public research and visitation. The Reverend John McVickar built the house in 1853 as a residence for his son Reverend William McVickar, first rector of the Church of St. Barnabas. The elder McVickar was also responsible for the construction of the St. Barnabas church, located a short distance to the north and also listed on the National Register. John McVickar's own house stood on Fargo Lane, close by the home of his friend Washington Irving. Local tradition holds that Irving enjoyed the view from John McVickar's home better than that from his own Sunnyside.

The house passed out of the McVickar family in 1870 and a string of private owners followed until the house came into possession of the Consolidated Edison Company in 1957. Con Edison built a substation behind the house, and rented the house out to Dr. Mario Dolan, who lived in the house with his family for a brief time but kept an office there until 1984. Several other tenants followed until 1992 when the house was abandoned. The Village of Irvington acquired the house in 2002. The renovated and restored McVickar House was opened to the public in November 2005 as the Irvington History Center.
may 2017
Alex Pareene: Airlines Can Treat You Like Garbage Because They Are an Oligopoly (Fusion)
This is the end result of decades of corporate consolidation—aided by economists and regulators and politicians from both parties—that has greatly enriched a few at the expense of workers, consumers, and citizens in general. People chose to create a world that allows what happened on that plane to happen. Direct your outrage at the policymakers, economists, and industry cartels that created this future.
unitedairlines  capitalism  america 
april 2017
A Link to the Past: VT Randomizer
The basic idea is that all item locations in the game have their items shuffled around… so for example you never know what you’re going to find when you open a treasure chest! There are many item locations in the game beyond treasure chests, for example overworld heart pieces and NPC’s that give you items - these are all included too!
april 2017
Isabel Castillo: 9 Ways To Customize The WordPress AMP Plugin By Automattic
This is a list of nine ways to customize the WordPress AMP plugin by Automattic.
wordpress  webdevelopment 
april 2017
Cloak VPN Blog: Congress, ISPs, and You
Historically, we haven’t advocated for using Cloak full-time at home. In general, we think that you should trust your home network; if you don’t, you probably have bigger fish to fry. Alas, if this resolution becomes law, there may be no alternative. We might genuinely start telling our customers “yes, you should use Cloak at home, all day, every day”. From our perspective, that day will be an unhappy day indeed.
vpn  internet  government 
march 2017
An open source, modern and powerful wiki app built on Node.js, Git and Markdown.
javascript  wiki  markdown 
march 2017
Security Tips Every Signal User Should Know (The Intercept)
Here’s how to maximize the security of your most sensitive conversations — the ones that could be misinterpreted by an employer; be of interest to snooping governments; or allow a hacker to steal your identity.
privacy  security 
march 2017
Adam Pasick: The magic that makes Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists so damn good (Quartz)
The main ingredient in Discover Weekly, it turns out, is other people. Spotify begins by looking at the 2 billion or so playlists created by its users—each one a reflection of some music fan’s tastes and sensibilities. Those human selections and groupings of songs form the core of Discover Weekly’s recommendations.
music  spotify  software 
march 2017
Katy DeCorah: What I learned after working remote for 1 year
Don’t do house chores during work hours (because you’ll never remember to fold the laundry). Don’t do work hours during downtime (because you’ll never stop working).
remotework  wfh  work 
march 2017
Katy DeCorah: What I learned after working remotely for 2 years

I have entered my terrific twos of working remotely. Working from yoga pants. Working from couch. Working from over the sink as I eat leftovers. The glamour. The rolling out of bed. The “I’m going to wake up early and walk, lol jk.”
remotework  wfh  work 
march 2017
User Role Editor
With User Role Editor WordPress plugin you can change user role (except Administrator) capabilities easy, with a few clicks. Just turn on check boxes of capabilities you wish to add to the selected role and click “Update” button to save your changes. That’s done. Add new roles and customize its capabilities according to your needs, from scratch of as a copy of other existing role.
march 2017
Gianluca Gimini: Velocipedia
Back in 2009 I began pestering friends and random strangers. I would walk up to them with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made. Some did get close, some actually nailed it perfectly, but most ended up drawing something that was pretty far off from a regular men’s bicycle.
design  art  psychology 
march 2017
Rebecca Solnit: City of Women (New Yorker)
I can’t imagine how I might have conceived of myself and my possibili­ties if, in my formative years, I had moved through a city where most things were named after women and many or most of the monuments were of powerful, successful, honored women.
gender  culture  patriarchy  nyc 
march 2017
Joe Soss: Food Stamp Fables (Jacobin)
What also makes O’Connor’s article so troubling is that he wraps the usual scurrilous myths about SNAP in a veneer of health promotion — a framing that’s sure to win over some left-leaning readers who’d otherwise recoil at the usual trumped-up claims about food stamps. Yet in the end, O’Connor’s health paternalism doesn’t just run aground morally, but empirically: the study provides no evidence that SNAP encourages soda purchasing, and no evidence that SNAP funds (as opposed to personal funds) were used to buy soft drinks.

O’Connor writes a lot about sugar, and not much about social policy. So perhaps his main target here is the sugar industry. If so, he has thrown millions of food-insecure Americans — most of whom work or have significant disabilities — under the bus to advance his agenda.

Just as political attacks on social protections are on the rise, the article panders to the worst stereotypes of “welfare,” ignoring the SNAP program’s many successes. In the process, it tells people who imagine the worst about food stamps that they’ve been right all along. Facts be damned.
capitalism  poverty  politics  food 
march 2017
Saving SSH keys in macOS Sierra keychain
How to fix Sierra not remembering SSH keys.
As described in detail on, macOS/OS X till Yosemite used to remember SSH keys added by command ssh-add -K <key>.

Unfortunately this way no longer works and command ssh-add -K in macOS Sierra no longer saves SSH keys in OS's keychain. As Apple Developer stated: "That’s expected. We re-aligned our behavior with the mainstream OpenSSH in this area."
mac  ssh  osx 
february 2017
Email Lab
Starter project for designing and testing HTML email templates
email  webdevelopment 
february 2017
Erica Chenoweth: It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator – with civil resistance (The Guardian)
The United States has a rich history with effective uses of nonviolent resistance. It’s time to become familiar with it.
activism  government  politics  trump 
february 2017 An imam gave a moving sermon at JFK. Everyone feeling worn out by Trump needs to read it.
All throughout human history, there have been people who have been trying to establish a beloved community somewhere on the planet earth. And always where there've been people who try to establish a beloved community, there have also been people who oppose them.
politics  trump 
february 2017
Paypal — Switching my default payment method
How to fix this problem that makes no sense.
february 2017
Reggie Ugwu: How Electronic Music Made by Neo-Nazis Soundtracks the Alt-Right (Buzzfeed)
Fashwave is championed on the same forums that gave voice to the so-called alt-right movement that aggressively supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, including the Daily Stormer, The Right Stuff, and the National Policy Institute. It’s the intuitive musical expression of that movement’s less self-serious, more sardonic tone, and has roots in the online imageboards, video games, and sci-fi propagated among young, white racists on the outer perimeters of the internet. Just as the alt-right surprised mainstream observers this year by effectively organizing to advance its political vision, it has now set its sights on remaking culture, consolidating around and promoting a music scene it can call its own.
nazis  music 
january 2017
Messy Nessy Chic: The Inexplicably Fascinating Secret World of Thomasson
“Thomasson: noun \ to-ma-son \ a preserved architectural relic which serves no purpose”. We’ve all come across an example at one time or another– probably didn’t give it too much thought and surely had no idea these random urban oddities actually had a name, let alone an entire movement dedicated to observing them as conceptual art. That’s right, art. People have written books about Thomasson, formed street observation societies to find them (notably in Japan) and even identified a classification system of categories for them.
january 2017
Jennifer Weiner: Try a New Year’s Revolution
If you still want to make changes, understand that you are where you are not because you’re weak or you’re flawed, but because you’ve adapted to an environment that encourages you to drive instead of bike or walk, to watch TV instead of doing anything else. It’s a lot for three hours a week of gym time to counteract, Professor Wharton says. His suggestion is to go big. Don’t just swap half-and-half for skim milk, or take the stairs. Reorder your life to reflect your values and your priorities instead of just tinkering at the margins.
health  politics 
january 2017
Cliston Brown: Dear Democrats: Nobody Cares About Your Feelings
We are taught in school—to our everlasting disadvantage—that our elected officials, regardless of where they stand on various issues, are rational public servants who can be reasoned with. If we make enough polite phone calls, write enough letters, hold enough rallies, our voice will be heard. Nobody believes in this idealized version of our government other than progressives. (Conservatives are much more clear-eyed, and that’s why they win so often.)
january 2017
GitHub Help: Generating an SSH key
Since I forget how to do this or have problems every six months or so, and these instructions are concise and correct and always work.
git  development 
january 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates: My President Was Black (The Atlantic)
A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next.
history  america  obama  politics 
january 2017
Jeremy D. Larson: The Year in Blame (Hazlitt)
We all have the ability to blame others. It comes natural, feels powerful and cathartic, and is essential to a society that seeks to dismantle oppressive systems and those who oversee them. If we can do this, then we can all take part in the radical act of blaming ourselves for this year and the years to come. Give it currency. Rate, like, and subscribe to culpability to help reverse the flow of democracy.
psychology  politics  america 
december 2016
David Chiu: The Forgotten Precursor to iTunes (Pitchfork)
You would go into a listening booth and peruse 3,000 popular songs dating as far back as the ’50s before purchasing individual singles (each priced from 75 cents to $1.50) for your own custom mixtape up to 90 minutes long, made in just five to ten minutes.

The music industry was fearful that the service would cannibalize album sales at a time when illegal home-taping reportedly accounted for $1.5 billion in revenue losses. But Garvin says there was evidence of much more business to be had from people who weren’t ready to shell out $20 for an album but would pay a dollar for a single; the iTunes Store, particularly when paired with the iPod, proved this.
december 2016
Jeremy Bushnell: Class Actions (Real Life Magazine)
Studies suggest that, like the RateMyProfessors rankings, student evaluations too reveal predictable patterns of gender bias (and likely biases regarding race, age, and sexual orientation as well), and yet it’s mandatory for instructors to submit to their assessment. Student evaluations are deeply embedded in the body of educational institutions both logistically and ideologically — so much so that one can’t even begin to critique them without seeming like one is trying to defraud students somehow, deny them an oversight that feels somehow to be “rightfully” theirs. Even as I write this I feel the need to perform within the ideological space they inscribe: I want to showcase their deliciously quantifiable numbers, the ones that prove that I’m a good instructor, or at least above average. These numbers are available to the system; they help me to keep my job.

It’s going to be hard, over the next four years, to have a conversation about gender bias in student evaluations or about the conditions of part-time contingent faculty or about doing the hard work of making the tools of a liberal education more accessible to marginalized populations. It’s going to be hard, because it’s hard to have difficult conversations when it feels like you’re under assault; it’s hard to look critically at your colleagues when it feels like it’s time to lock arms against the oafish villains roaring at you.
education  internet  politics  labor 
december 2016
Jeremy Gordon: How Anthony Fantano, aka The Needle Drop, Became Today’s Most Successful Music Critic (SPIN)
Fantano is not unaware of his detractors, who range from viewers who think he doesn’t know what he’s talking about to fellow critics who think he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The things that make him a successful vlogger—his speed, his unpretentious humor, his willingness to review everything regardless of his genre fluency, his refusal to assume a deep understanding of an artist’s politics or feelings—are at odds with traditional print and online criticism. He brought up an interaction with a Pitchfork writer who eagerly introduced himself at South by Southwest. The writer told Fantano he was only joking when he previously wrote on Twitter, “Anthony Fantano makes me want to quit my job.” Every music writer we spoke to is at least aware of Fantano’s work—some of them find it dumb, and at any rate, don’t want to talk about it on the record. It doesn’t bother Fantano too much, but it does bother him. “It obviously took time and took a lot of effort,” he says of his work. “I would at least like to be treated with the same amount of legitimacy. That’s all.”
music  criticism  internet 
december 2016
Vajra Chandrasekera: ‘Binti’ by Nnedi Okorafor (Strange Horizons)
A brilliant piece of literary criticism for a novelette I loved and am looking forward to the next installment of.
As a metaphor for acculturation into empire, this works almost too well. You can walk in the halls of empire, yes, as long as you're willing to accept invasive alien tentacles into your mind, to put alien needs above your own, to allow yourself to be instrumentalized.
literature  criticism  writing  culture  race  scifi 
december 2016
Isha Aran: Disney’s Moana is a powerful movie starring a brown girl—but I still have issues with it (Fusion)
A fully culturally authentic film requires having people of that culture at the helm; and that's not what Disney's done.
film  movies  culture  race 
december 2016
Moira Weigel: Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy (The Guardian)
By making fun of professors who spoke in language that most people considered incomprehensible (“The Lesbian Phallus”), wealthy Ivy League graduates could pose as anti-elite. By mocking courses on writers such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, they made a racial appeal to white people who felt as if they were losing their country. As the 1990s wore on, because multiculturalism was associated with globalisation – the force that was taking away so many jobs traditionally held by white working-class people – attacking it allowed conservatives to displace responsibility for the hardship that many of their constituents were facing. It was not the slashing of social services, lowered taxes, union busting or outsourcing that was the cause of their problems. It was those foreign “others”.
politics  trump  america  language 
december 2016
Ruth Whippman: Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment (NY Times)
This is a kind of neo-liberalism of the emotions, in which happiness is seen not as a response to our circumstances but as a result of our own individual mental effort, a reward for the deserving. The problem is not your sky-high rent or meager paycheck, your cheating spouse or unfair boss or teetering pile of dirty dishes. The problem is you.
It is, of course, easier and cheaper to blame the individual for thinking the wrong thoughts than it is to tackle the thorny causes of his unhappiness. So we give inner-city schoolchildren mindfulness classes rather than engage with education inequality, and instruct exhausted office workers in mindful breathing rather than giving them paid vacation or better health care benefits.
philosophy  stress 
december 2016
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