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“Recommended Reading

In the last week of October 2019, there were some discussion on Design Twitter about ethics and whether or not people should work for “x evil company” of the day.

I have a lot of complicated thoughts that I won’t share here. But I have realized is that most designers talking about ethics are doing so from a place of feelings or research that doesn’t understand the roots of white supremacy or many of the other societal ills we have to inherently deal with by virtue of legacy and short-term memories.

Just a heads up…

These are not “design” books. Too many of us get stuck in this rabbit hole where we believe that design is “everything.” But design isn’t everything, it simply touches everything. Life is complex and confusing. There’s very little in this world that can be “everything” or touch everything around it, without consequence.

What do they cover?

The following books emphasize, analyze, and critique history, law, race, culture, feminism, civil rights, psychology, white supremacy, sociology + more because I firmly believe we need a baseline understanding to effectively engage in dialogue around design ethics. Many of us are lacking the baseline because many design schools (at least in the US) teach us that design is separate from everything is.

These books will provide a clear understanding of how we got here and where we’re going.

Why am I doing this?

All designers should have the ability to engage difficult conversations with nuance and questions. I hope that by sharing these books, you’ll apply what you learn to critically think about what is happening around you and your impact, while also understanding how to cultivate empathy.

You can have space for that and more, despite what society tells you. (“You’re designer, just focus on design.” 🙄)

Understanding and changing our impact does not come from diving straight into “burn everything down, ANARCHY!!!” I, too, would like to burn everything down. But not only does that hurt people at the top, it also hurts people at the bottom.

So how do we start putting into action the feelings we have towards the positive change we want to see? We start by looking at the people who have done the work before us. By collaborating with and listening to the communities we want to we intend to “help”.

I’ll keep adding to the list as I think of more books to add, too.

And, if you’re grateful for this list, you’re more than welcome to send me a cup of tea via Ko-fi.

The list

This list is, by no means, exhaustive or definitive. Take what you need/can, leave the rest. All books on this list link directly to the publisher or indie book sellers, rather than Amazon where available.

Books that can only be found on Amazon are affiliate links, denoted by the following: 🥴. Academic papers are denoted by the following: 📄.

Finally, make sure you’re using the Library Extension, which can check your local library for books. Support libraries! ✊🏾

- Black Feminist Cultural Criticism by Jacqueline Bob
- Black and Blur by Fred Moten
- But Some of Us are Brave edited by Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith
- Caribbean Discourse: Selected Essays by Édouard Glissant
- 📄 “Decolonization is not a metaphor” by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
- Emergent Strategy by adrienne marie brown
- In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe
- Poetics of Relation by Édouard Glissant
- 🥴 Power, Privilege and Law: A Civil Rights Reader by Leslie Bender and Daan Braveman
- Race After Technology by Ruha Benjamin
- Sylvia Winter: On Being Human as Praxis edited by Katherine McKittrick
- Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis”
amélielamont  books  design  inclusion  inclusivity  race  gender  technology  2019  angeladavis  ruhabenjamin  lesliebender  daanbraveman  power  privilege  racism  sexism  law  christinasharpe  adriennemariebrown  decolonization  evetuck  kwayneyang  barbarasmith  patriciabellscott  gloriahull  fredmoten  jacquelinebob  feminism  lists  readinglists  édouardglissant  class  women  katherinemckittrick  sylviawinter 
5 weeks ago by robertogreco
9 Books That Capture What It's Like To Live With Mental Illness
"For many, the stigma around mental illness is decreasing; we’re opening up more, sharing resources, and rejecting shame. But that's not the case for everyone, and there's still a lot of work to do. Below are some of my favorite books which offer a refreshing perspective on mental health conditions, breaking through the cultural, social, and political barriers that can keep people from speaking openly. A mix of fiction and non-fiction, these books show what it's like when your brain seems to be working against you.

1. Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott …

2. Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs …

3. Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li …

4. The Incantations of Daniel Johnston by Ricardo Cavolo and Scott McClanahan …

5. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert …

6. Colour Me In by Lydia Ruffles …

7. Chemistry by Weike Wan …

8. Johnny Ruin by Dan Dalton …

9. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan"
books  lists  booklists  mentalhealth  mentalillness  2018  zackmcdermott  stephaniewittelswachs  yiyunli  ricardocavolo  scottmcclanahan  brandycolbert  lydiaruffles  weikewang  dandalton  emilyxrpan  maggyvaneijk 
october 2018 by robertogreco
Resource Guide
"These are the official writings, videos, and more that BSA recommends all Socialists explore, regardless of skin color.

Please remember to read, watch, or listen to the content shared below with a healthy dose of skepticism, and to use your critical thinking skills. Just because one figure is correct on most issues does not mean that they are correct on all issues, and just because another figure is incorrect on most issues does not mean that they are incorrect on all issues.

The truth lies between and beyond all of the words our greatest revolutionaries and theorists have spoken, therefore we mustn’t fetishize the leaders of the past, or be apologists for the errors in their ways; we must learn from the mistakes in their methods in an effort to develop realistic approaches that stay true to the socialistic principles we all claim to embody."
books  education  politics  marxism  socialism  lists  readinglists  skepticism  bsa  blacksocialism  resources  references  webdubois  krlmarx  douglassturm  haldraper  antonpnnekoek  jmescone  erichfromm  mikhailbakunin  friedrichengels  alberteinstein  rosaluxemburg  bellhooks  abramlincolnharrishr  theodoreallen  cedricrobinson  noamchomsky  edwardherman  vladimirlenin  levtrotsky  maozedong  kaliakuno  ajamunangwya  claudiasanchezbajo  brunoroelants  jessicagordonnembhard  ajowanzingaifateyo  fredhampton  richardwolff  abbymartin  peterjoseph  capitalism  cornelwest  chrishedges  berniesanders  leninism  amyleather  stevemcqueen  paulrobeson  economics  policy  lenin  blacksocialistsofamerica 
may 2018 by robertogreco
28 MORE Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball (2018) – Scott Woods Makes Lists
"When I made the first of these lists back in 2016 I had no idea the places it would go: Libraries, schools and families all over the world continue to share it even now, and I am humbled by its reception. I’ve long threatened to do a sequel to that list, so here it is. Same old librarian, all new tricks. Same rules apply:

1) Titles that came out within the last ten years (or so).
2) A spread in the gender of the protagonists.
3) Shine light on typically ignored aspects of black life. Nothing against history, but we aren’t exactly hurting for books on slavery. We could do with some more books about fishing, owning pets, and generally any other hobby children have. (That said, this list caught a lot more history than the last one.)

The books are not ranked in any way. Creator(s) are noted: Author/Illustrator.
See you in the stacks, but more importantly, buy some books!"
books  children  childrensbooks  lists  picturebooks  classideas  blackness  history  society  childrensliterature 
april 2018 by robertogreco
List Cultures | Amsterdam University Press
"We live in an age of lists, from magazine features to online clickbait. This book situates the list in a long tradition, asking key questions about the list as a cultural and communicative form. What, Liam Cole Young asks, can this seemingly innocuous form tell us about historical and contemporary media environments and logistical networks? Connecting German theories of cultural techniques to Anglo-American approaches that address similar issues, List Cultures makes a major contribution to debates about New Materialism and the post-human turn."
books  lists  liamyoung  culture 
february 2018 by robertogreco
What free software is so good you can't believe it's available for free? : AskReddit
"I compiled a list of all the software in this thread that got a 1000+ score (in order from top to bottom), along with a short description of each.

Over 1000 upvotes:

Google Maps: Navigation app -
Blender: 3D modeling software -
VLC: Video player -
The Windows Snipping Tool: Screen capture tool -
Space Engine: Space exploration simulator -
Wikipedia: Online encyclopedia -
MuseScore: Music notation software -
Audacity: Audio editing software -
Handbrake: video converter -
Zotero: Reference manager - Online Calculator -
Calibre: ebook manager -
Notepad++: Text Editor - Lego simulator -
Search Everything: Instant file search software -
LaTeX: Document software - Contains music, movies, books, software, games, and webpages -
Linux/Apache/Postgres/Gcc: Various Linux based OS’s, webservers, compilers, etc. -
Discord: Chat and Communication software -
OBS Studio: Streaming and Recording software -
Krita: Digital design -
R: Statistics software -
pfSense: Firewall software -
FreeNAS: File server software -
Gimp: Digital design -
OpenSCAD: 3D Model scripting software -
This list -
Malwarebytes: Malware protection -
Unity: Game design software - Online diagram software -
Paint.NET: Image design -
Draftsight: Free CAD -
7Zip: File archiving -
Plex: Media storage access -
Libre Office: Document editing suite -
KeePass: Password manager -
DaVinci Resolve: Video color correcting/editing -
Inkscape: Vector art software -
Google's Apps: Google’s document suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc) -
Duolingo: Language learning -
Darktable: Photo workflow a la lightroom - and
MPD/Mopidy: F/OSS music player daemon -
Doom shareware: A classic game - a 3.5' floppy disk

Over 150 upvotes:

fxSolver/Cymath/Mathway - Math/engineering/chemistry problem solving - and and
Recuva: Restores deleted files -
Python: A programming language for quickly writing scripts -
foobar2000: Freeware audio player -
Robin Hood: Stock trading app -
Flux: Day/Night cycle on monitor color/brightness -
Fusion 360: Free 3D CAD/CAM design software -
Steam: Platform for game distribution -
Shazam: App that tells you what song is playing -
Audio Router: Sound routing -
Arduino: Open-source electronics platform (software is free) -
LMMS: Music studio -
Kodi: Entertainment center software -
Git: Version control system -
REAPER: Audio workstation -
Greenshot: Print screen tool -
Irfanview: Image viewer, editor, organiser and converter -
TeamViewer: Remote desktop software -
Firefox: Web browser -
Alarm Clock on Cell Phones: Alarm clock on cell phones - On your cell phone
Wireshark: Open source packet analyze -
Disk Fan: Visually see how much space is being used on a volume -
Beyond Compare: Compare two files/directories: whole tree's and directories -
VNCServer/Viewer: Remote desktop software -
Ubuntu: A Linux OS -
WinDirStat: Graphical disk usage analyzer -
Oracle VirtualBox: Open-source hypervisor -
PuTTy: An all in one protocol terminal -
Visual Studio Code: Code editor -
Reddit: This website -

EDIT: WOW! This is by far my largest post ever and my first gold; thank you!!!

EDIT 2: I just updated the list to include any that had over 150 upvotes (with the exception of Reddit at 145, but I thought it deserved an honorable mention!). Thanks again everyone for all the support :)"
software  free  lists  onlinetoolkit  computing  mac  osx  windows  linux  online  web  internet 
february 2018 by robertogreco
An Afrofuturist Reading List – How We Get To Next
"Just what is Afrofuturism, and what is all the fuss about? It might seem like it’s a recent movement, but there’s actually a ton of resources out there if you know where to look."
afrofutureism  lists  readlnglists  2016  via:anne  florenceokoye 
february 2018 by robertogreco
#ResistCapitalism on Twitter: "Thread of revolutionary films & documentaries. (Feel free to add)"
"Thread of revolutionary films & documentaries. (Feel free to add)

"The Struggle Continues - A Luta Continua" about FRELIMO and Mozambiques liberation struggle.

Patu! By Merata Mita a doc on Maori resistance to the South African rugby tour

"People of the Shining Path" about Peru's protracted peoples' war.

"The Unknown War" Episode 10 - The Partisans" about popular Soviet resistance to Nazi occupation.

"The Battle of Algiers" about the FLN in the Algerian war of Independence.

"Army of Crime" about French Communist Partisans resisting Nazi occupation.

"Harlan County, U.S.A" about the Kentucky Coal Miner's Strike.

"The General George Jackson: Escape to Freedom" about US political prisoner/Field Marshall of the BPP George Jackson

"China: A Century of Revolutionary Pt. 2"

This 5 part series on the Cuban Revolution

"India's Red Tide" about Maoist Naxalite Guerilla's in India

"In the Year of the Pig - 1968"

"Buhay Komunista" about the CPP-NPA and the peoples' war in the Philippines

[from other accounts]

"The Wind that shakes the Barley" about the Irish struggle for independence and socialism.

"Days of Hope" covering the period from WWI to the British general strike of 1926.

How Cuba helped force European imperialist out of Africa

Winter Soldier (1972)

Salt of the Earth (1954)

Thomas Sankara - the Upright Man

The Hour of the Furnaces (1968) Part 1: Neocolonialism and Violence

The Hour of the Furnaces (1968) Part 2: Act for Liberation

The Hour of the Furnaces (1968) Part 3: Violence & Liberation

“Che,” a two-part film of Che’s experiences during the Cuban Revolution & his last days in Bolivia:

The Battle of Chile by Patricio Guzmán. Part 1 here:

Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution

October: 10 Days That Shook the World. A classic of Soviet cinema:

'Red Ant Dream' on India's Maoists, indigenous resistance and remembering Bhagat Singh

@BlackAutonomist Land and Freedom (1995)

Spanish civil war film very sympathetic to the anarchists/Marxists

Finally Got the News (1970) about black revolutionary auto workers in Detroit, esp. at 14:00

"When the Mountains Tremble": Documentary on the Guatemalan Civil War+ Guerrilla Movement

"The Act of Killing"
following some of the mass murderers who took power in Indonesia in the 60s

"concerning violence" is on netflix, narrated by ms. lauryn hill based around Fanon's "the wretched of the earth"

[continues] "
film  revolution  lists  towatch  documentary  patricioguzmán  thebattleofchile 
february 2017 by robertogreco
John Berger | The Essay Prize

Italo Calvino, “Exactitude”
(from Six Memos for the Next Millenium, Harvard University Press, 1988)

Rebecca Solnit, “After Ideology”
(from Hope in the Dark, 2005)

Simone Weil, “Evil”
(from Gravity and Grace, 2002)

Arundhati Roy, “The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire”
(from The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, 2004)

Iona Heath, “Ways of Dying”
(from Matters of Life and Death, 2007)

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, “Eye and Mind”
(from The Primacy of Perception, 1964)

Walter Benjamin, “On Language as Such and On the Language of Man”
(from One-Way Street, 1928)

D.H. Lawrence, “The Dance of the Sprouting Corn”
(from Mornings in Mexico, 1927)

George Orwell, “The Art of Donald McGill”
(from Collected Essays, 1941)

Soren Kierkegard, “The Immediate State of the Erotic”
(from Either/Or, 1843)"

"Nilanjana Roy calls this a "'How to be Human' Playlist," and I agree: John Berger's ten favorite essays" ]
lists  readinglists  toread  johnberger  italocalvino  rebeccasolnit  canon  simoneweil  arundhatiroy  ionaheath  mauricemerleau-ponty  walterbanjamin  dhlawrence  georgeorwell  kierkegaard  nilanjanaroy  tejucole 
january 2017 by robertogreco
Haitian Revolution Reading List – Age of Revolutions
"For our fourth list, we asked Marlene Daut and John Garrigus – two experts in the Haitian Revolution – to list the top five books they would suggest to graduate students or colleagues entering the field for the first time. Below you will find their lists, followed by brief descriptions culled from their book jackets. Comment below to make your own suggestions."
haiti  lists  readinlists  history  revolution  historiography  slavery  toussaintl'overture  cuba  saintdominque  2016  marlenedaut  johngarrigus  adaferrer  laurentdubois  carolynfick  favidgeggus  michel-rolphtrouillot  malickghachem 
january 2017 by robertogreco
100 African Writers of SFF — Part One: Nairobi |
"An African writer who makes mix tapes of game soundtracks. A Nairobi filmmaker with Nietzsche on his smart phone. A chess champion who loves Philip K Dick. An African SF poet who quotes the Beatniks… meet the new New Wave in Nairobi, Kenya. Part one of our series 100 African Writers of SFF.

About that title…

100: Because it’s easy to remember. More like 120 or 130 writers, but many I won’t get to meet. I’ll list as many as I can by location, by social scene. Because people, even writers, succeed in groups.

AFRICAN: Meaning mostly people with African citizenship in Africa, but I’m not going to be draconian. Writers like Nnedi Okorafor and Sofia Samatar are beacons to young Africans. They take an active role in African publishing projects—Nnedi with Lagos 2060 and AfroSF and Sofia with the Jalada Afrofuture(s) anthology, which she helped edit. “African” itself is a dubious concept. I will try to use more precise terms—nations, cities, and peoples.

WRITERS: Will include filmmakers, poets and comics artists. Not all of them have published frequently. Some have only published themselves, but given the lack of publisher opportunities, I think that’s enterprising. They’re still writers.

SFF: Stands for science fiction and fantasy. I use the term in its broadest sense to include generic SF and fantasy, horror, alternative histories, speculative fiction, slipstream, variations on Kafka, fables, nonsense and more.

Some of the most powerful African writing has elements that would be fantastical in the West, but which are everyday in traditional cultures. I use two distinct terms to describe some of the works by these writers—“traditional belief realism” as distinct from “traditional belief fantasy.” The first category includes Tail Of The Blue Bird by Nii Parkes and Kintu by Nansubuga Makumbi. Traditional belief fantasy is actually the older genre, exampled by The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola or Forest of a Thousand Demons by D.O. Fagunwa.

However, many of these new writers bear the same relation to oral literature that (in a different context), Bob Dylan bore to folk music. Family stories are a springboard to something original, that mashes together any language or material that helps these writers express themselves.

What may be special to Nairobi—and perhaps to countries like Nigeria as well—is the way in which monotheistic, traditional, and scientific belief systems hover in proximity to each other, often without a sense of contradiction."
africa  sciencefiction  scifi  lists  literature  nairobi  kenya  toread  2016 
july 2016 by robertogreco Iceland Trivia
"• Icelanders are really into the supernatural
President Grímsson: "Icelanders are few in number, so in the old times we doubled our population with tales of elves and fairies"

• Women and elf men used to be a thing
When men would come home from long travels away to find their wives pregnant, the explanation was that the elf men were so potent as to have impregnated the women in their dreams

• It is high praise to be described as a good knitter
Like Steinunn the lady whose ghost haunted Dómkirkjan when she wasn't properly buried (because she was a convicted criminal)

• Icelandic names are patronymic or sometimes matronymic if preferred (go gender equality!), no family names to be handed down
And sons and daughters in the same family have different last names, e.g. Jónsson and Jónsdóttir

• New first names must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee

• There's an app for Icelanders to bump their phones and know how closely related they are
So they don't accidentally hook up with relatives that are too close

• Because Iceland hasn't been involved in too many wars its cemeteries actually have wrought iron for crosses and other decorations
In other countries all that iron was used for weapons

• Speaking of cemeteries, they were a great hookup spot back in the days when families and neighbors lived in close quarters
Although I'm still not exactly sure how that worked it being nearly freezing even in summer..."
iceland  lists  tracychou 
june 2016 by robertogreco
CABINET // Inventory / The Bible: 2,728 Objects in Order of Appearance
"This list catalogues every individual object in the Bible in the order in which it appears. I defined an object as anything inanimate that can be moved. Animal carcasses or parts of the human body were included but I also included eggs and seeds, considering the status of these as objects to be more relevant for my purposes than the fact that they are in some sense animate. No given object is mentioned more than once, even if it is subsequently referred to in the text because it is still the same object. The list does, however, include multiple instances of the same type of object. For example, “Asherah pole” appears seven times in the list, since it is 
clear that these are all individual Asherah poles rather than repeated references to the same object. Hypothetical objects, such as those described in the visions of the prophets, are not included. The object is listed with its material properties, color, and dimensions where they are given."
via:doingitwrong  objects  bible  inventories  inventory  emmakay  2004  lists 
may 2016 by robertogreco
85 Films By and About Women of Color, Courtesy of Ava DuV | Women and Hollywood
"If you were on Twitter recently, you might have seen director Ava DuVernay's clever call to social media to name films with "black, brown, native or Asian women leads" which were also directed by women."
omenofcolor  film  filmmking  films  lists  2015  avaduvernay  towatch 
may 2015 by robertogreco
Bullet Journal: An analog note-taking system for the digital age
"For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers. Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page. It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future."
calendars  productivity  jornals  via:lukeneff  lists  gtd 
may 2015 by robertogreco
Wordnik: deceptonyms
[via: "Latest in my -nym neologisms: deceptonym, a word whose sound belies its meaning. Example: "doughty." It means brave, but—come on, seriously?"


"Fun: I kvetched about deceptonyms (words that don't sound like what they mean), and @emckean started a list. " ]
deceptonyms  words  lists  language  english  kathrynschulz 
april 2015 by robertogreco
How Training a Wild Hawk Healed One Woman's Broken Heart
"Helen Macdonald was at home in Cambridge, England, when she got a phone call saying her father, Alisdair, had died suddenly of a heart attack on a London street. The news shattered her world, propelling her into a vortex of raw grief.

As she struggled to come to terms with her father's loss, she began to have dreams about goshawks, the wildest, most temperamental of the hawk family. An experienced falconer since childhood, she decided to buy and train one. Her memoir of that experience, H Is for Hawk, must be one of the most riveting encounters between a human being and an animal ever written. 

Talking from her home near Newmarket, England, Macdonald describes why Hermann Göring loved hawks, what links the Turkish word for penis with a hawk's ideal flying weight, and how training a goshawk took her to the edge of madness but eventually gave her peace—and a new kinship with other people."

"All my falconry books said they're very sulky and infuriating, never behave well, never do what you want them to do. They'll just ignore you and fly off. And the more I read about this, the more it seemed that the writers were talking about hormonal women. It was never the falconer's fault that the bird had flown off. It was always something indescribable inside the hawk that had made them do that.

But I started looking at very old falconry books, ones written in the 17th century, and discovered that goshawks were perceived very differently then. They were seen as creatures you had to court. You had to be very patient and treat them right to make them love you. I thought that was very interesting. It was a window onto gender relations, not just goshawks. "

"I started writing a journal after my father died. I was trying to stitch the world back together. I didn't know who I was any longer or what the world was about. Writing was a way of trying to make it come back. And then that world had a hawk in it. So I did keep a diary. I also kept a hawking notebook, which was very technical. Lists of weights and weather, and things like that. In the end, I didn't really use them very much for writing the book. I remember all that year with astonishing clarity. It's all very present still."

"Part of the reason for writing the book was to uncover that dark history and say, We use animals as excuses. We say, Hawks are powerful and prey on things weaker than themselves. But that's not an excuse for humans to do the same thing. The big lesson of the book is that the natural world is full of minds that are not like our own."
helenmacdonald  2015  interviews  books  hawks  birds  multispecies  human-animalrelations  human-animalrelationships  hermanngöring  alisdairmacdonald  falconry  goshawk  thwhite  hawking  lists  writing  howwewrite  whywewrite  grief  death  relationships 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Mu of Zero | ThinkThankThunk
"What happens when you get to the bottom of a slippery slope?

You end up attempting to optimize a system that has no high point.

It began simply: someone, somewhere, said that they knew a few things that they were sure everyone needed to know, probably on East Coast around 1910.

The list grew exponentially [ ]. The draws [ ] on school grew with them, and you end up with an institution designed to be bad spaghetti sauce.

Surely, though, there are some golden pieces of knowledge [ ] that everyone must know:

Reading, writing, arithmetic…

Philosophy, theology, personal finance…

Basic biology, abstract thinking skills, algebra…

Cooking, cleaning, candlestick making…

Oh, wait.

Curriculum isn’t an outcome. The fact that no one can agree on the list above, is exactly why trying to make that list is damaging. Damaging to students, teachers, parents, and a society.

Allowing someone the mentorship to discover that a specific piece of content is necessary to create economic and/or social value. That’s an easy package for me to wrap. Much easier than pretending that learning to divide polynomials is the best way to become an abstract critical thinker, whatever that means."
shawncornally  curriculum  schools  education  content  teaching  society  mentorship  2015  workload  breadth  outcomes  lists 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Essential Movies for a Student of Philosophy - MUBI
"I’m not talking about movies that make you think deep crazy stuff. I’m not talking about some new “existential twist” on common topics. I’m talking about movies that (seem to be) incarnations of classic philosophical thought experiments or movies that have a major philosophical problem as a main theme. I’m talking about movies that include topics that a serious student of philosophy needs to understand. There are also some great films based on the lives of famous philosophers."

[via: ]
philosophy  film  lists  towatch 
december 2014 by robertogreco
Venus Patrol Presents: The Kentucky Route Zero Guide To Film | VENUS PATROL
"[It's no secret that I count Kentucky Route Zero as one of my favorite videogames of all time, and one of my highest recommendations particularly for people who haven't dipped their toes in the videogame waters in a while, and so seeing artist Tamas Kemenczy was a top priority at this year's Game Developers Conference.

His talk (linked below) was a fantastic account of how theater and film staging influenced the game's visuals & transitions, made doubly valuable by loops of those pieces playing independently as Kemenczy talked. I was particularly entranced by Burton's face in Equus, as below, which I didn't recognize, and snapped a quick photo to have him identify it later.

Having then subsequently watched & been blown away by Equus, I asked Kemenczy to ID all the films in his repertoire of influences, which he's written up in full after the jump, and to which I've added streaming/DVD/Blu-ray links, where available. I hope you find it as valuable a resource as I already have!]

I gave a talk this year at GDC about the scenography of Kentucky Route Zero, the theatrical and cinematic influences on the game, and how we go about designing for performance. Some folks asked about the films shown during the talk, so here’s a list of them, but I thought I’d include some that were on the shortlist but didn’t make it onto slides, and some of these were shown in the KRZ talk the year before as well.

(Not included in this list is David Lynch, who we admire and most people are already familiar with.)"
film  lists  towatch  videogames  gaming  games  brandonboyer  kentuckyroutezero  2014 
november 2014 by robertogreco
Further Readings | Decolonization

Howard Adams – A Tortured People: The Politics of Colonization

Taiaiake Alfred – Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom

Amilcar Cabral – Unity and Struggle: Speeches and Writings of Amilcar Cabral

Gregory Cajete – Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education

Aime Cesaire – Discourse on Colonialism

Vine Deloria Jr. – Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto

Frantz Fanon – Wretched of the Earth

Mishuana Goeman – Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping our Nations

Sandy Grande – Red Pedagogy

Lee Maracle – I am Woman

George Manuel – The Fourth World: An Indian Reality

Albert Memmi - The Colonizer and the Colonized

Scott Morgenson – Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization

V.Y. Mudimbe – The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge

Reiland Rabaka – Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization

Leanne Simpson – Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-creation, Resurgence and New Emergence

Andrea Smith – Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide

Linda Smith – Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples

Huanani-Kay Trask – From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai’i

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – Matigari

Open Access Academic Articles

Taiaiake Alfred & Jeff Corntassel – Being Indigenous: Resurgences Against Contemporary Colonialism

Taiaiake Alfred & Lana Lowe – Warrior Societies in Contemporary Indigenous Communities

Jeff Corntassel – Re-envisioning Resurgence: Indigenous Pathways to Decolonization and Sustainable Self-Determination

Glen Coulthard – Subjects of Empire: Indigenous Peoples and the ‘Politics of Recognition’ in Canada

George Dei – Rethinking the Role of Indigenous Knowledges in the Academy

Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández – Decolonization and the Pedagogy of Solidarity

Freya Schiwy – Decolonizing the Technologies of Knowledge: Video and Indigenous Epistemology

Andrea Smith – Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy

Andrea Smith – Queer Theory and Native Studies: The Heteronormativity of Settler Colonialism

Eve Tuck & Wayne Yang – Decolonization is Not a Metaphor

Vanessa Watts – Indigenous Place/Thought and Agency Amongst Humans and Non-Humans

(This list is, as with most things in life, a work in progress…)"
decolonization  books  readinglists  lists  references  toread  ngugiwathiong’o  ngũgĩwathiong'o  ngugi  ngũgĩ 
october 2014 by robertogreco
20 More Fruits You Probably Don't Know - Listverse
The ten that I have eaten:

19. Strawberry tree 2: Arbutus unedo

16. Buddha’s Hand: Citrus sarcodactylis

14. Cloudberry: Rubus chamaemorus

12. Feijoa: Acca sellowiana

11. Imbe: Garcinia livingstonei

10. Natal Plum: Carissa macrocarp

9. Jack Fruit: Artocarpus heterophyllus

5. Black Sapote: Diospyros digyna

4. Strawberry Guava: Psidium littorale

1. Durian: Durionaceae
fruit  food  2011  lists 
october 2014 by robertogreco
Ditching Twitter |
"I spent a good piece of my childhood on a farm in Montana, and a thing you learn about on a farm out there is water. There isn’t enough of it, even in the comparatively lush part of the state where I grew up, so when the snowpack starts melting in the mountains, how you handle the meltwater—the runoff—has everything to do with whether the things you’re growing will actually manage to grow. The same rush of silty water that can erode away a freshly planted field will keep that same soil safely and evenly watered if you divert it into the right system of ditches. And if you’re a kid given to messing with makeshift dams and mini hydro-engineering projects, that same freezing torrent is endlessly entertaining, and instructive.

It took me a few weeks of feeling quietly glum about losing Twitter before I remembered that I know a few things about streams, and ditches. And beyond that, that figuring out how to make better use of communication systems is kinda what I’ve been doing for a living for a decade or so.

So I thought more formally about what I want and don’t want, and I worked out some practical ways of diverting and fussing with my various streams to get them to do what I want and need. For me, it looks something like this:

• I want to keep being exposed to interesting links and ideas from people I choose to follow, and I want to keep my own conversations quieter, but not completely private, so that friends of friends can wander in and out and perhaps eventually become friends themselves.

• I want to use the odd little public platform I’ve ended up with to redirect attention to people who, in my estimation, deserve a wider audience.

• I want to reduce the volume of awareness-raising angry tweets I see about issues that already saturate my awareness—things like vulgarity and bias in the software industry, the existence of truly horrible politicians, and the latest squalid online mob attack against women who have the nerve to write or speak in public about something other than Women’s Topics.

• I want to be gentle to my followers’ emotional equilibrium, and I want to avoid attracting followers who like to fight on Twitter or cheer people fighting on Twitter.

• I don’t want to spend another minute of my life responding to or even seeing angry tirades from people who don’t know me and have no interest in the context surrounding whatever tweet of mine that makes them feel mad.

• I need to conserve my own resources more wisely, and channel more of them into less ephemeral mediums.
Most of the things on the above list can’t be obtained simply by changing the list of people I follow, so I put together a more involved plan.

• I’ve moved much of my conversational Twitter activity to an account I think of as “unlisted”—not a locked one, but one that isn’t obviously connected to the rest of my online traces so that I retain soft access control. I now check the mentions on my main account once every couple of days instead of once an hour.

There are other things, too: Work-specific lists that let me look at the streams of my colleagues in journalism without 24–7 exposure to world news. A fat stack of muted keywords designed to block the more corrosively detailed anecdotes in my timeline while letting through the system-level background information and thoughtful commentary. Deleting Twitter apps from my iPad, cutting web-Twitter out entirely, and dropping some accounts from my phone to make sure I’m behaving more intentionally.

Beyond the tools, though, I’m trying to make an emotional shift from exuberant joyful angry frenetic Twitter to something subtler and gentler. When moved to discuss something about which I feel strongly, I’m beginning to default to a longer form first, to reduce the heat of my Twitter conversations and boost the light I work by elsewhere.

I’ll let you know how it goes."

[See also: ]
erinkissane  2014  twitter  ditches  flows  flow  celebrity  microcelebrity  infooverload  online  internet  lists  self-preservation 
september 2014 by robertogreco
‘Not Nothing’ Tries to Capture the Artist Ray Johnson -
"The Siglio book, edited by the poet Elizabeth Zuba, spans most of this history. The first entries, from the mid-1950s, are pure text, blocks of single-space typed prose. Gertrude Stein’s cut-and-paste approach to language is an obvious influence, jazzed up by Johnson’s penchant, verging on compulsion, for associative wordplay and puns.

Even when his work was text-intensive, though, he had an eye alert to shaping it visually. In a second 1950s piece composed of lists of isolated phrases — “Virginia gets tomahawk,” “regards têtes” — he slanted the lists diagonally across the page and turned half the phrases upside down, a graphic that could have been realized only by a radical reimagining of what a typewriter could do.

Johnson had his art heroes — Joseph Cornell, Kurt Schwitters, Allan Kaprow, the Fluxus founder George Maciunas — whom he acknowledged in his correspondence work, placing their names alongside those of pop stars, art world potentates and personal friends. Name-dropping, if that’s what this was, is a recurrent feature of Johnson’s art, but it’s different than Warhol’s celebrity chasing.

Like Warhol, Johnson had an appetite for glamour and the politics of who-knows-who. But he was impatient with hierarchy. Warhol was a worshiper, Johnson a collector, a cataloger. In his work the same plane of importance is occupied by Marcel Duchamp, Anita O’Day and Toby Spiselman, a Long Island friend. It’s hard to imagine Warhol heading up an Anna May Wong fan club, but Johnson did. There’s a sense that for him all names are equivalent in value, are all collage elements, all “nothings,” or rather somethings, equally useful and even soothing in their sameness.

This is not to say that Johnson’s correspondences are embracing and warm. “Every letter I write is not a love letter,” he once wrote, and he wasn’t kidding. Wary distance was Johnson’s default position. When writing to people he didn’t know — Jacques Derrida, say — he could sound jumpy and twisty or haughty. Even in letters to close friends, like the historian William S. Wilson, his most astute biographer, Johnson tended to dance around difficult, intimate subjects.

He would almost certainly have leveled a cool stare at the 21st-century interest — amounting to a faith — in collectivity, collaboration and social practice as utopian models. Mail art, on the surface, looked democratic, nonelitist, even populist; theoretically, anyone could join in. Yet Johnson’s reports from New York Correspondence School meetings speak of members who were summarily banished from the roster for some infraction or other. Johnson himself, in what feels like a punitive spirit, dropped people from his mailing list. Was such policing meant to be tongue-in-cheek, mocking how the real world operated? Impossible to say. Johnson wore ambiguity like a shield.

Occasionally, though, we see him let down his guard, as in a 1975 letter: “I just can’t take it. Overload. My history is too much for me. By the way, the big emotional event of the year is the departure of Richard Lippold with a young Italian.”

For all the zany exuberance surrounding Johnson’s role as mail-art webmaster, there’s a lot of darkness in the book. Death is a running theme, in Johnson’s tight-lipped bulletins on the demise of artists (Albers, Eva Hesse) and weirdly repeated mentions of dead cats. He describes, with gusto, crushing insects in his apartment, and recounts, with bizarre hilarity, the killing of a rooster he witnessed at a boozy art party. His attitude in the telling is beyond irreverence, close to delight.

But was it really? Any conclusions drawn about Johnson’s psychology from his writing must be provisional. He was a master at covering his tracks. Even friends like Mr. Wilson, a frequent presence in his correspondence, felt they barely knew him. He might as well have been the E. T. that he sometimes looked like. We read the correspondences of artists and writers in search of some truth beyond what they give us in their work. But the only sure truth about Johnson is the work: pioneering, stimulating, witty, angry, exasperating and like no other. If there’s a lot we can’t know, that’s O.K. Mystery is part of his beauty and his lastingness."

[See also: ]
rayjohnson  collection  catalogs  lists  namedropping  hollandcotter  104  elizabethzuba  blackmountaincollege  bmc  mailart  art  overload  nothings  happenings  concretepoetry  poetry  writing  letters  fluxus  georgemaciunas  allankaprow  josephcornell  kurtschwitters  hierarchy  horizontality  death  irreverence  newyorkcorrespndenceschool  collectivity  collaboration  socialpracticeart  collectivism  ambiguity  2014  books 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Twitlistmanager - Twitter list management, just the way i like it
"Twitlistmanager offers a comprehensive way to manage your Twitter lists. “Even a child can do the laundry” as we say in Dutch, which means it's very easy.

Twitlistmanager fetches the people you follow, as well as any lists you've already created, and puts everything on a single page. You can create new lists if you want to, and simply check boxes to add or remove people to your lists. When you're done, click “Save Changes”. It's that simple!"
lists  twitter  tools  via:andrewjanke 
march 2014 by robertogreco
List of animals with fraudulent diplomas - Wikipedia
"Animals have been submitted as applicants to suspected diploma mills and, on occasion, admitted and granted a degree, as reported in news and magazines. Animals are often used as a device to clearly demonstrate the lax standards of awarding institutions. In one case, a cat's degree helped lead to a successful fraud prosecution against the institution which issued it."
academia  animals  dogs  education  wikipedia  lists  diplomamills  cats 
february 2014 by robertogreco
Resolutions: - Paris, France — A Hi Moment
"Cassie Marketos

• Stay off the internet.

• Find something to do and pursue it, whatever the underlying cause might be.

• Figure it out for the winter.

• Be in an amazing place where people can come visit you. (High priority.)

• Forget about New Year’s Eve things. That is all bullshit.

• Don’t let ___________ get you down.

• Don’t think too much about things you cannot change.

• Resist your audience, their approval will mislead you.

• Write often. Keep it both private and illegible.

• Find a goodbye song.

• Get in damn shape, finally.

• Drink cappuccinos. It’s your new thing.

• Get motivated early in the AM.

• Sleep on trains.

• If you don’t love that book, forgive yourself and get another one.

• Don’t be a goddamn idiot."
resolutions  lists  cassiemarketos  audience  living  internet  books  reading  writing  approval  2014  via:kio 
january 2014 by robertogreco
a t l i n - “Thoughts on Filmmaking” Pictured: “Peter Beard...
"“Thoughts on Filmmaking”

Pictured: “Peter Beard takes a photograph of a charging lion.”

There is no mystery to filmmaking. The modern camera is a simple device comprised of retracting mirrors, lenses and software. There are far greater mysteries to be unraveled. 

We are light-seekers, chasers of sunsets and sunrises.  

Design is central. Create spaces for people to inhabit, paths to wander, and colors to taste.

Make films with people who do not share a common language. New ways of communication and understanding emerge. We all have something we want to say to one another. 

Work with non-actors. Everything starts with their story. If you need someone to go to a dark place, you need to go there with them.

Filmmaking is problem solving. The constraints make our work stronger. 

Small moments of spontaneity become grand miracles.

Put down the pen and pick up the camera. Spend more time making films than talking about them.  

Always sweat. Travel light with heavy dreams. 

This is an evolving list."
atlin  filmmaking  worldbuilding  film  films  language  light  peterbeard  photography  making  doing  lists  spontaneity  small  slow  problemsolving  communication  rules  guidelines 
may 2013 by robertogreco
I’m just a working-class guy trying to take part in the conversation that all the smart people are having. What books should I read?
QUESTION (in part):

"I’m just a working-class guy trying to take part in the conversation that all the smart people are having. This brings me to my question: What books should I read? There are so many books out there worth reading, that I literally don’t know where to start."

ANSWER (in parts):

"We’re not on a ladder here. We’re on a web. Right now you’re experiencing a desire to become more aware of and sensitive to its other strands. That feeling you’re having is culture. Whatever feeds that, go with it. And never forget that well-educated people pretend to know on average at least two-thirds more books than they’ve actually read."

"Come up with a system of note-taking that you can use in your reading. It’s okay if it evolves. You can write in the margins, or keep a reading notebook (my preference) where you transcribe passages you like, with your own observations, and mark down the names of other, unfamiliar writers, books you’ve seen mentioned (Guy D. alone will give you a notebook full of these). Follow those notes to decide your next reading. That’s how you’ll create your own interior library. Now do that for the rest of your life and die knowing you’re still massively ignorant. (I wouldn’t trade it!)"

"Ignore all of this and read the next cool-looking book you see lying around. It’s not the where-you-start so much as the that-you-don’t-stop."

SEE ALSO: the books recommended

[Orginal is here: ]
books  reading  literacy  2013  advice  learning  lifelonglearning  canon  wisdom  ignorance  readinglists  lists  recommendations  curiosity  booklists  notetaking  notes  observations  education  religion  libraries  truth  howilearnedtoread  readingnotebooks  notebooks  howwelearn  culturalliteracy  culture  hierarchy  hierarchies  snobbery  class  learningnetworks  oldtimelearningnetworks  webs  cv  howweread  borges  film  movies  guydavenport  huntergracchus  myántonia  willacather  isakdinesen  maximiliannovak  robertpennwarren  edithwharton  denisjohnson  alberterskine  karloveknausgaard  jamesjoyce  hughkenner  richardellmann  stephengreenblatt  harukimurakami  shakespeare  vladimirnabokov 
march 2013 by robertogreco
Global city - Wikipedia
"A global city (also called world city or sometimes alpha city or world center) is a city generally considered to be an important node in the global economic system. The concept comes from geography and urban studies and rests on the idea that globalization can be understood as largely created, facilitated, and enacted in strategic geographic locales according to a hierarchy of importance to the operation of the global system of finance and trade.

The most complex of these entities is the global city, whereby the linkages binding a city have a direct and tangible effect on global affairs through socio-economic means.[1] The use of global city, as opposed to megacity, was popularized by sociologist Saskia Sassen in her 1991 work, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo[2] though the term world city to describe cities that control a disproportionate amount of global business dates to at least the May 1886 description of Liverpool by the Illustrated London News.[3] Patrick Geddes also used the term "world city" later in 1915.[4] Cities can fall from such categorization, as in the case of cities that have become less cosmopolitan and less internationally renowned in the current era, e.g., Alexandria, Egypt; Coimbra, Portugal; and Thessaloniki, Greece."

[See the chart on the page.]

[via: ]
cities  economics  geography  global  saskiasassen  patrickgeddes  lists  cosmopolitanism  globalization  urban  urbanism  importance  finance  trade  workdcities  globalcities 
march 2013 by robertogreco
Objects | Underwater New York
"Underwater New York is a digital journal of stories, art and music inspired by the underwater objects and phenomena that surround New York City.

Artists and storytellers have long drawn inspiration from our cityscape, but underneath the water’s surface is another landscape entirely, ranging from the whimsical (a runaway giraffe, a fleet of ice cream trucks, mysterious white goo) to the historical (the steamship Princess Anne, the remnants of Coney Island’s Dreamland). These objects have been discovered by divers and scientists, detectives and engineers, environmentalists and everyday city-dwellers.

Underwater New York is interested in the stories that these objects evoke, in whatever form the stories take. Above all, Underwater New York is a work in progress, and we encourage submissions in any genre. Visit our submissions page to learn more."
nyc  underwater  lists  water  stories 
february 2013 by robertogreco
It's Nice That : Bookshelf this week comes out of Brooklyn and the library of The Believer's online editor, Max Fenton
"Max Fenton is stalwart of and evangelist for all sorts of reading and writing experiences, both on and off screen (particularly A Book Apart and He is also the online editor of The Believer magazine – a literary vehicle for very long essays and book reviews, a length absolutely justified by the overwhelming goodness of the content.

With this is mind, his shortlist of literary cornerstones was never going to be a simple compilation – especially if you peruse his ongoing bibliography – but that said, it’s a great quintuplet of poetry and alternative titles from known authors, contemporary writers with a tech and design bent and a few honorary bedside book mentions…"
maxfenton  booklists  books  toread  walterbenjamin  nickharkaway  2012  frankchimero  johnberger  jackgilbert  rebeccasolnit  sheilaheti  wendywalker  henrywessells  christopheralexander  adamlevin  desmondmorris  lists 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Tom Sachs: Working to Code
Part 1 of "Energies and Skills" trilogy
By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2012"

Part 2 of "Energies and Skills" trilogy
By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2012"

Part 3 of "Energies and Skills" trilogy
By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2012"

By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2011"

By Tom Sachs. Directed by Van Neistat. 2010"

10 Bullets, INTRO

10 Bullets, #1: "WORK TO CODE"

10 Bullets, #2: "SACRED SPACE"

10 Bullets, #3: "BE ON TIME"

10 Bullets, #4: "BE THOROUGH"

10 Bullets, #5: "I UNDERSTAND"


10 Bullets, #7: "KEEP A LIST"

10 Bullets, #8: "ALWAYS BE KNOLLING"


10 Bullets, #10: "PERSISTENCE"
studios  work  2010  2012  howwework  tenbullets  tomsachs  video  art  color  space  wood  plywood  sweeping  vanneistat  2011  knolling  persistence  lists  listmaking  confirmation  understanding  thoroughness  time  punctuality  code  from delicious
june 2012 by robertogreco
The Millions : Dashboard? More Like Bookshelf: Your Guide to Literary Tumblrs
"About two months ago, The Millions joined the Tumblr community. So far, the going has been great. The platform is perfectly suited for dynamic storytelling, and as a direct result, it is home to some of the friendliest book lovers around. However, the site’s SEO (or lack thereof) is regrettably unkind to Tumblr outsiders, and this leads to two things. On the one hand, the insularity stokes the kind of kinship that makes its community so tightknit. On the other, the lack of easy searching reduces each blog’s chance of attracting new (or outside) viewers. I’d like to change that. By creating this list of my favorite “literary Tumblrs,” I hope to turn you on to some of the sites that make The Millions’ dashboard that much brighter."
2012  literarytumblrs  lists  reading  literary  tumblr  dashboard  marginalia  literature  books  from delicious
february 2012 by robertogreco
Searching The Library Of Babel - The
"Esteemed as both a critic and author, Borges was as selective as he was well read. And, given all the accounts of his nearly superhuman erudition, he was probably one of the most well read men in history. The highly referential nature of his short stories and the disarming insight of his criticism both serve to underscore the range of his literary knowledge. He was a voracious reader, but also a good reader—and one of particular tastes."

"the problem of guessing which specific handful of stories Borges chose was daunting. And what was daunting became laughable when confronted by Volume 12: trying to guess which 16 of the 431 tales Borges chose from Pu Songling’s fantastic 17th century collection, Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, was like trying to find a copy of Borges’ “The Library Babel” in his own Library of Babel."
Borges  literature  2009  via:Preoccupations  readinglists  lists  reading  stories  books  thelibraryofbabel 
january 2012 by robertogreco
Ten Poems I Love to Teach by Eric Selinger
"Some poems you love, and some you love to teach. What’s the difference? The teachable ones do half the work for you: the questions they raise and the pleasures they offer show that close reading is not, despite its chilly reputation, academia’s way of “beating it [the poem] with a hose / to find out what it really means” (Billy Collins, “Introduction to Poetry”). Quite the contrary: close reading is courtship, a passionate, delicate way to find out what makes this particular poem worth a second date (that is, writing a paper about) or maybe worth spending the rest of your life with (that is, memorizing).<br />
Here are ten poems that have the moves my students want to know better, with a couple of tips on how to catch their eyes across the dance floor."
poetry  teaching  classideas  poems  ericselinger  lists  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
Japan Book Reviews :: Japan Visitor
"JapanVisitor has the largest collection of independent reviews of Japan-related books on the Internet: travel guides, Japanese fiction and fiction with a Japan setting, books on Japanese history, Japanese politics and society, Japanese food and cuisine, books on learning the Japanese language, books on Japanese art, design and photography, the nature and environment of Japan as well as books covering manga, anime and music. If you wish to have a title reviewed on please see the contact details at the bottom of this page."
japan  books  reference  index  lists  literature  nonfiction  politics  society  culture  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
LESS AND MORE (The 15 Things Charles and Ray Eames Teach Us)
"1. Keep good company
2. Notice the ordinary
3. Preserve the ephemeral
4. Design not for the elite but for the masses
5. Explain it to a child
6. Get lost in the content
7. Get to the heart of the matter
8. Never tolerate “O.K. anything.”
9. Remember your responsibility as a storyteller
10. Zoom out
11. Switch
12. Prototype it
13. Pun
14. Make design your life… and life, your design
15. Leave something behind

Excerpt from The 15 Things Charles and Ray Eames Teach Us by Keith Yamashita"
eames  keithyamashita  design  glvo  explanation  zoom  zooming  prototyping  making  life  howto  wisdom  lists  noticing  company  purpose  howwework  via:preoccupations  zoominginandout 
august 2011 by robertogreco
SpeEdChange: Hulu in the Classroom: Building Literacy
""I've never understood our classroom commitment to "the book," but, I've really never understood our classroom commitment to "the chapter book."

What skills are learned from reading a book which are not learned from watching a film? I'm not saying books are "bad," just asking, "why are they 'better'?"

And why is longer 'better'?

[Short stories discussion]

But then I thought, why do we start with text on a page. I thought back to discovering books of those Twilight Zonestories after years of watching the show, and how much I loved "reading" them (or really, listening to them via audiobook, but I think that's the same).

And I thought that, as part of our effort to make kids want to read, want to write, we must first get them interested in stories, in wanting to know stories, and in how stories are told, and why.

And one great way to do that is to use short fiction in another medium - the short fiction of Hulu and other free sources of video - film and television."
irasocol  classideas  shortstories  reading  writing  hulu  youtube  film  learning  stories  storytelling  narrative  dialogue  2011  lists  video  tv  television  twiliightzone  huma8  literature  dialog  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
Flavorwire » In Praise of “Boring” Films
"“Long movies,” Dargis writes, “take time away even as they restore a sense of duration, of time and life passing, that most movies try to obscure through continuity editing. Faced with duration not distraction, your mind may wander, but there’s no need for panic: it will come back. In wandering there can be revelation as you meditate, trance out, bliss out, luxuriate in your thoughts, think.”"
boredom  boring  boringness  film  via:rushtheiceberg  towatch  lists  slow  distraction  wanderingmind  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
Ten little pieces > Robin Sloan
"As prompted, my top ten nov­els, unordered, with brief tast­ing notes. Not all are nov­els, strictly speaking—to be pre­cise, maybe I should say “top ten books that some­how sorta do what a novel does.”

[List is here.]

(I tried to write this list like a haiku—one swift stroke, top to bot­tom, no revi­sion. I’m sure that, upon reflec­tion, there will be other books I want to include here. But hmm, aren’t the really impor­tant books the ones that don’t require reflec­tion to sum­mon up?—the ones that are sim­ply… there?)"
books  lists  toread  robinsloan  classideas  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
A Draft Of My #TEDxRevolution Speech: A Kid’s Responsibility to Freedom | The Jose Vilson
"Let’s build schools that help us pull down that ceiling. Let’s de-emphasize schooling and more about learning. Let’s teach them extraction, and asking the questions behind the bubble sheet. Let them have breakfast; give them some! Make sure they clean up after themselves, though. Walk away from the chalkboard and repeat their names when they say something important. Implore them to say “I don’t get it” and don’t berate them for it. Don’t take their failures personally, but be sure they know why you’re disappointed. You’re planting seeds even when you’re not the only one tending the farm."
prisons  schools  schooliness  comparison  lists  control  freedom  responsibility  self-discipline  discipline  decisionmaking  democracy  revolution  rebellion  silence  order  hierarchy  authority  authoritarianism  dresscodes  tcsnmy  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  education  learning  criticalthinking  identity  questioning  schedules  reflection  teaching  cv  josévilson  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
The 50 books every child should read - News, Books - The Independent
"Michael Gove says he wants 11-year-olds to read the equivalent of a book a week. So what should they be? We ask the experts"
books  children  education  literature  reading  lists  edg  srg  tcsnmy 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Book Club for Life - reading books masterpieces | Ask MetaFilter
"I'm 30. Each year until I'm 60 I want to read a masterpiece by an author the same age as I am when s/he wrote it. Help compile my list.

This is for a sort of lifetime book club I'm planning with a dear friend who lives halfway across the world.

We don't mind cheating a little bit; even if the author wasn't exactly our age when the book was first published, it's fine as long as s/he attained that age in the year of publication. (So The Mysteries of Udolpho would be an acceptable choice for this year, for example, even though it was published in May 1794 and Ann Radcliffe didn't turn 30 until July of that year.)

No limitations on genre, and we'll consider works of poetry and music if they're epic enough to sustain a year of contemplation and conversation."

[via: ]
books  lists  metafilter  booklist  reading  latebloomers  age  aging  cv  bookclub  lifetime  toread  from delicious
february 2011 by robertogreco
n+1: N1BReading, Part 2
"The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason—that book was awesome. It came out in 2007 from a tiny publisher & was republished by FSG last year, at which point my esteemed friend Mansbach gave it a review…I think he was less enthusiastic than I have since become. The book is not just a game w/ the Odyssey…but a genuine rewriting of it. For what was the thing about Odysseus? He was crafty; he was smarter than everyone else. But what did it mean to be smarter than a bunch of peasants; what did it mean to be a logician 600 years before the birth of Pythagoras? Mason puts the ingeniousness, the cleverness, & the math back into Odysseus & back also into contemporary literature. It’s interesting that, according to the jacket copy, Mason in his day-to-day life works on AI: Computers too are pre-logical, full of force but lacking reason. Working with computers all those years, Mason must himself have come to feel like Odysseus among the Agamemnon-era Greeks." —Keith Gessen
books  odyssey  lists  n+1  zacharymason  math  ai  literature  from delicious
february 2011 by robertogreco
with iPod Touches - Learning Continuity
"If you use iPod Touches in your classroom and students have access to either an iPod Touch or an iPhone, here are some "Apps" that we have on the AUHSD iPod Touches that can help with continuity of learning. iTunes required to access the links.

Use the "Sort" link to find Apps by discipline.  Items labeled "z-Possible" are possibilities to add to the iPod Touch library once they are evaluated by teachers."
iphone  ios  ipodtouch  applications  education  via:thelibrarianedge  lists  classideas  tcsnmy  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
I'm Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write.: A list of blogs by teenage and grown unschoolers
"I've been asked fairly frequently for links to other teenage and grown unschoolers blogs, so I decided to put a bunch of links together in one post!  I try to keep this list updated with current blogs, so I add new ones as I discover them and remove blogs that are no longer active."
unschooling  adults  blogs  lists  blogging  education  deschooling  writing  homeschool  glvo  srg  edg  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
books read in 2010 (1 January 2011, Interconnected)
"I didn't keep a comprehensive list of books I read in 2010 (as I did in 2007 and 2008), and I didn't make much time for reading. But here are the ones I can remember, in roughly chronological order."
mattwebb  books  lists  toread  science  sciencefiction  booklists  2010  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
Google Shared Spaces
"Click "Create a Space" next to each gadget to get started w/ your shared space; Yes/No/Maybe Gadget: Useful for gauging interest…RSVPs…Users select yes, no or maybe & provide custom responses; Map Gadget: Collaborate on map of placemarks, paths, & shapes w/ other participants…for planning events & trips; Draw Board: white board for drawing simple images & diagrams together; Waffle: easy way to plan event. Just choose few dates & all participants vote; Shared Sudoku: Solve challenging Sudoku boards together & see who's best; Browse Amazon: search for Amazon products together w/ friends; Travel WithMe: Travel WithMe allows groups of people to plan trips together in real time; Listy: for list needs - share w/ family, sort list automatically, print & take it to store…; Map Cluster Gadget: Add your location to map, & see where everyone else is from, using cluster visualization; ConceptDraw MindWave: Real-time collaborative mind mapping & brainstorming w/ other participants"
google  collaboration  tools  googlesharedspaces  onlinetoolkit  via:robinsloan  classideas  whiteboards  amazon  sudoku  maps  mapping  planning  trips  travel  mindmap  mindmapping  drawing  rsvp  events  lists  brainstorming  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
Film History 101 (via Netflix Watch Instantly) « Snarkmarket
"Robin is absolutely right: I like lists, I remember everything I’ve ever seen or read, and I’ve been making course syllabi for over a decade, so I’m often finding myself saying “If you really want to understand [topic], these are the [number of objects] you need to check out.” Half the fun is the constraint of it, especially since we all now know (or should know) that constraints = creativity."

[See also Matt Penniman's "Sci-fi Film History 101" list: ]
film  netflix  history  cinema  movies  timcarmody  snarkmarket  teaching  curation  curating  constraints  lists  creativity  forbeginners  thecanon  pairing  sharing  expertise  experience  education  learning  online  2010  frankchimero  surveycourses  surveys  web  internet  perspective  organization  succinct  focus  design  the101  robinsloan  classes  classideas  format  delivery  guidance  beginner  reference  pacing  goldcoins  surveycasts  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
The 101 « Snarkmarket
"Some of the teachers I remember most from college are the ones who would say something like: “Listen. There are only two movies you need to understand to understand [whole giant big cinematic movement X]. Those two movies are [A] and [B]. And we’re gonna watch ‘em.” (I feel like this is something Tim is extremely good at, actually.) It’s a step above curation, right? Context matters here; so does sequence. So we’re talking about some sort of super-sharp, web-powered, media-rich syllabus. I always liked syllabi, actually. They seem to make such an alluring promise, you know? Something like:

Go through this with me, and you will be a novice no more."
curation  curating  robinsloan  frankchimero  lists  organization  experience  expertise  teaching  learning  online  web  classes  classideas  format  delivery  guidance  beginner  forbeginners  reference  2010  pacing  goldcoins  surveys  surveycourses  the101  education  internet  perspective  succinct  focus  design  history  constraints  creativity  thecanon  pairing  sharing  surveycasts  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Frank Chimero - The Two Best Things on the Web 2010
"My top two choices, however, stood tall as perhaps the best stock I’ve had the pleasure of reading on the web, both in terms of their scope, but more interestingly about how they treated their content and audience. There’s a pattern here that I enjoy. I’d like to introduce you to them, and hopefully in the process make a bit of a point about the direction I want the web to take in the next year."

"I suppose I’m hungry for curated educational materials online. These are more than lists of books to read: they’re organized, edited, and have a clear point of view about the content they are presenting, and subvert the typical scatter-shot approach of half the web (like Wikipedia), or the hyper-linear, storyless other half that obsesses over lists. And that’s the frustrating thing about trying to teach yourself things online: you’re new, so you don’t know what’s important, but everything is spread so thin and all over the place, so it’s difficult to make meaningful connections."
education  learning  online  lists  2010  frankchimero  surveycourses  surveys  teaching  forbeginners  web  internet  curating  curation  perspective  organization  succinct  focus  design  history  constraints  creativity  thecanon  pairing  sharing  expertise  experience  the101  robinsloan  classes  classideas  format  delivery  guidance  beginner  reference  pacing  goldcoins  surveycasts  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Glass House Conversations
[via: ]

"The Philip Johnson Glass House has been described as “the longest running salon in America,” as great minds in architecture, art, and design gathered in New Canaan, Connecticut at the invitation of Philip Johnson and David Whitney. These conversations are legendary as we recognize their enormous influence on culture. When the Glass House opened to the public in 2007, it extended the tradition to an invite-only Conversation series that took place at the property.

The Conversations website extends this tradition. It investigates what makes a conversation. Blending the boundaries of inside versus outside, public versus intimate, and host versus guest, it’s intended to extend the Glass House conversations to a more public forum. Each Monday, a host posts a provocation. People have only five days to respond. The boundaries of the conversation are set to just one week, ending on Friday evenings. After comments have closed a “Final Word” is chosen from the replies."
design  inspiration  culture  architecture  innovation  conversation  lists  learning  wisdom  via:bobulate  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Method of loci - Wikipedia
"'the method of loci', an imaginal technique known to the ancient Greeks and Romans and described by Yates (1966) in her book The Art of Memory as well as by Luria (1969). In this technique the subject memorizes the layout of some building, or the arrangement of shops on a street, or any geographical entity which is composed of a number of discrete loci. When desiring to remember a set of items the subject literally 'walks' through these loci and commits an item to each one by forming an image between the item and any distinguishing feature of that locus. Retrieval of items is achieved by 'walking' through the loci, allowing the latter to activate the desired items. The efficacy of this technique has been well established (Ross and Lawrence 1968, Crovitz 1969, 1971, Briggs, Hawkins and Crovitz 1970, Lea 1975), as is the minimal interference seen with its use."
memory  mnemonics  productivity  thinking  neurobiology  psychology  location  spatial  spatialawareness  spatialthinking  methodofloci  memoryplace  spacialrelationships  order  recall  lists  faces  digits  neuroscience  via:lukeneff  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
Education and Community Programs » Astra Taylor on the Unschooled Life
"This anarchist approach to education has been fundamental to Taylor’s D.I.Y. attitude towards learning, creativity, and pedagogy. As one interviewer wrote, ‘Her non-traditional upbringing, or as she calls it, her “super weirdo hippy background,” stood her in good stead, providing a strong sense of confidence and an affirmation in her own abilities and artistic vision.’ Thinking about Astra’s unconventional past, I began to wonder how education and the way we’re taught to learn can hinder or support our creative development.

Luckily, Astra will be back to the Walker next Thursday night (talk and gallery admission are free) to speak about how her personal experiences of growing up home-schooled without a curriculum or schedule have shaped her personal philosophy and development as an artist. If you need a primer, check out this great interview she did with CitizenShift or you can get a better idea of Astra’s influences by her recommended reads:

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde

* * * *

Other Suggestions:

“Against School” by John Taylor Gatto in Harpers Magazine, September 2003

How Children Learn by John Holt

How Children Fail by John Holt

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School & Get a Real Life & Education by Grace Llewellyn"
astrataylor  books  lists  education  unschooling  deschooling  pedagogy  art  toread  anarchy  anarchism  glvo  learning  creativity  lcproject  readinglists  deleuze  guattari  rebeccasolnit  dorislessing  johnberger  johnholt  gracellewellyn  petersinger  lewishyde  ivanillich  gillesdeleuze  félixguattari  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
Alternative university - Wikipedia
"Alternative universities which may be known by other names, especially as colleges in the United States are institutions which offer an education and in some cases a lifestyle which is intentionally not the mainstream of other institutions. Through the use of experimental and nonconvential curricula and offering much choice to students as to what and how they will study, such institutions distinguish themselves from traditional faculties…

Alternative universities, colleges and institutions in the USA: Antioch College; Bard College; Bennington College; College of the Atlantic; Deep Springs College; Evergreen State College; Eugene Lang College, which is part of The New School; Hampshire College; Goddard College; New College of Florida; Naropa University; Oberlin College; Reed College; Sarah Lawrence College; Union Institute & University BA Program; Warren Wilson College; Western Institute for Social Research"
alternative  colleges  universities  us  lists  progressive  democratic  benniningtoncollege  deepspringscollege  evergreenstatecollege  hampshirecollege  collegeoftheatlantic  newcollegeofflorida  warrenwilsoncollege  antiochcollege  bardcollege  eugenelangcollege  goddardcollege  naropauniversity  oberlincollege  reedcollege  sarahlawrencecollege  unioninstitute  westerninstituteforsocialresearch  unschooling  deschooling  glvo  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
A Herald From the Past « Snarkmarket
"Bayard Rustin’s first rule of man­age­ment was to make lists of every con­ceiv­able task. If some­body thinks that some­thing can pos­si­bly go wrong, come up with a spe­cific solu­tion, and put it on the list. Orga­niz­ing any­thing — a mas­sive march, a union picket, a train­ing pro­gram, a news­pa­per — suc­ceeds or fails because of details.

All day long, Rustin and his team crossed off com­pleted tasks and added new tasks to the three– and four-page lists"
bayardrustin  lists  problemsolving  organization  timcarmody  snarkmarket  doing  action  actionminded  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
List of fictional books - Wikipedia
"A fictional book is a non-existent book created specifically for (i.e. within) a work of fiction. This is not a list of works of fiction (i.e., actual novels, mysteries, etc), but rather imaginary books that do not actually exist.

Uses: Such a book may (1) provide the basis of the novel's plot, (2) add verisimilitude by supplying plausible background, or (3) act as a common thread in a series of books or the works of a particular writer or canon of work. A fictional book may also (4) be used as a conceit to illustrate a story within a story, or (5) be essentially a joke title, thus helping to establish the humorous or satirical tone of the work. (Fictional books used as hoaxes or as purported support for actual research are usually referred to as false documents.)"
borges  umbertoeco  michaelchabon  italocalvino  neilgaiman  philipkdick  aldoushuxley  johnirving  kafka  georgeorwell  orhanpamuk  thomaspynchon  vonnegut  wikipedia  writing  fiction  lists  literature  books  meta  invention  verisimilitude  kurtvonnegut  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Dusted Features [ Listed: Trentemøller + Wounded Lion ]
"Los Angeles’ Brad Eberhard is well known for his modern art, which defies easy categorization. He counters that part of his persona with music that is easily, even comfortably identifiable as the lead singer of Wounded Lion. The band’s ramshackle pop conjures indie touchstones like the Clean, the Modern Lovers and countless bands that formed and faded in the early 1980s. Dusted‘s Doug Mosurock wrote in Still Single two years ago, “I like Wounded Lion, a sloppy, slightly arty pop band from Los Angeles, fusing scruffy college-rock ideas with earnest, even sincere make-believe lyrics.” Eberhard and Co.’s self-titled debut LP was just released on the dependable In the Red label last week."
music  bradeberhard  woundedlion  lists  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Cool Tools: The Best Magazine Articles Ever
"This is a work in progress. It is a on-going list of suggestions collectively made by readers of this post. At this point the list has not been vetted or selected by me. In fact, other than the original five items I suggested, all of the articles mentioned here have been recommended by someone other than me. (Although I used to edit Wired magazine none of the article from Wired were suggested by me or anyone who worked at Wired. I also did not suggest my own pieces.)"
kevinkelly  lists  magazines  instapaper  writing  toread  reading  essays  culture  bestof  journalism  davidfosterwallace 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Janet Fitch's 10 rules for writers | Jacket Copy | Los Angeles Times
"1. Write the sentence, not just the story... 2. Pick a better verb... 3. Kill the cliché... 4. Variety is the key... 5. Explore sentences using dependent clauses... 6. Use the landscape... 7. Smarten up your protagonist... 8. Learn to write dialogue... 9. Write in scenes... 10. Torture your protagonist." [via:]
writing  tips  rules  classideas  janetfitch  teaching  lists  howto  srg  tcsnmy 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Frank Chimero — Text Playlist
"I do a bit of that myself, but I keep what I perceive to be a more valuable, important morgue file: one made of the best writing on the web I come across. I take this list and revisit and reread it every 4 to 8 weeks. You could almost consider it a playlist of text: it’s very select (I artificially limit it to 10-15 articles), I typically read them all in one sitting, and the order and pacing is very purposeful. Most revolve around what it’s like to be making things in 2010, and a lot of the people that I respect the most have pieces in it. It’s almost a pep talk in text form. I visit it when I’m down, when I’m lazy, when I’m feeling the inertia take over."
frankchimero  textplaylist  via:lukeneff  mustread  toread  writing  lists  motivation  meditation  inspiration  creativity  blogs  blogging  art  sistercorita  vonnegut  merlinmann  mairakalman  robinsloan  thewire  lizdanzico  jonathanharris  rands  kurtvonnegut  coritakent 
july 2010 by robertogreco
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