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Wells Fargo Opened a Couple Million Fake Accounts - Bloomberg View
"Eventually we will all stop reading and writing articles about Why No Senior Executives at Big Banks Went to Prison for the Financial Crisis, but that time isn't quite yet. There are basically two views about the answer. One is that senior bankers knowingly countenanced fraud, but were good at covering it up, and prosecutors couldn't quite find the smoking gun. The other is that fraud is sometimes an emergent property of complex institutions, and that there can be widespread misbehavior at a bank without senior management approving it, or knowing about it, or wanting it."
economics  sparkfile  quotes  fail  moneyfrommoney 
september 2016 by sha
JrDare ||| C-H-I-P on Twitter: "Zoe Leonard, “I want a President,” 1992"
"I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn't have a choiceabout getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn't the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying.I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployed and layed off and sexually harassed and gaybashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth and an attitude, someone who has eaten that nasty hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn't possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown: always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss and never a worker, always a liar, always a thief and never caught.
sparkfile  quotes  poetry  president  election  politics 
march 2016 by sha
Uber and Its Shady Partners Are Pushing Drivers into Subprime Loans
"Some emails include screenshots of the company's vehicle financing page, which says "UBER MAKES GETTING A CAR EASY" in all caps at the top. The first bullet point underneath that says "No credit required.""

"The original vision for Uber's financing plan came in 2012 from an ex–Goldman Sachs commodities trader named Andrew Chapin, who was working in Uber's New York "driver operations" group. Chapin had become an expert in how limo drivers financed their rental arrangements with livery services. He recognized that limo and taxi drivers got a fairly raw deal compared with what they could make with Uber. The catch was that many drivers were immigrants with poor or no credit histories and were in no position to finance a commercial vehicle. During a routine New York taxi commission visit with Kalanick, Chapin pitched the boss on his plan: Create a program to help finance drivers using their demonstrably reliable cash flows from Uber as a way around their spotty credit."
uber  shadowinfrastructure  economics  moneyfrommoney  recession  subprime  sharingeconomy  precarity  debt  sparkfile  quotes 
january 2016 by sha
6, 73: Uummannaq
"There will be much better obituaries and eulogies for Grandma – ones that don’t move into fast-forward in 1954, ones that get to her as a person. And while my personal grief involves remembering some of these stories, that’s not why I put them here. I want to say: The experience of world war is disappearing from us in this decade. The pain in the middle of Europe’s twentieth century is compressing into encyclopedic phrases. We have these last years with our eldest friends and relatives, and that’s a private privilege. But we also have these last years with their understanding of what it means for some of the most advanced nations in the world to be openly fascist, and that’s a public need."

"I hope that we will remember the people who are leaving us now as people. I hope that, one day, we will be remembered as people."
climate  charlieloyd  via:vruba  friends  quotes  death  war  history  sparkfile 
december 2015 by sha
Steve Reich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Reich also tried to create the phasing effect in a piece "that would need no instrument beyond the human body". He found that the idea of phasing was inappropriate for the simple ways he was experimenting to make sound. Instead, he composed Clapping Music (1972), in which the players do not phase in and out with each other, but instead one performer keeps one line of a 12-quaver-long (12-eighth-note-long) phrase and the other performer shifts by one quaver beat every 12 bars, until both performers are back in unison 144 bars later."
music  history  quotes  performance  art  70s 
december 2015 by sha
yuna on Twitter: "the psychic said in the future we would talk to each other without speaking and we thought telepathy but they meant texting"
"the psychic said in the future we would talk to each other without speaking and we thought telepathy but they meant texting"
talktweets  quotes  funny  future 
december 2015 by sha
Stephen Schwartz on Twitter: "Roger Fisher's idea for making the decision to use nuclear weapons less abstract (from March 1981 @BulletinAtomic):"
"Put that needed code number in a little capsule, and then implant that capsule right next to the heart of a volunteer. The volunteer would carry with him a big, heavy butcher knife as he accompanied the President. If ever the President wanted to fire nuclear weapons, the only way he could do so would be for him first, with his own hands, to kill one human being. The President says, "George, I'm sorry but tens of millions must die." He has to look at someone and realize what death is – what an innocent death is. Blood on the White House carpet. It's reality brought home.

When I suggested this to friends in the Pentagon they said, "My God, that's terrible. Having to kill someone would distort the President's judgement. He might never push the button.""
nuclear  death  ittendstoannihilatethedistance  sparkfile  quotes  distance  abstraction  overvieweffect 
december 2015 by sha
The Internet has an Oral Culture
"The Internet is starting to feel like an oral culture. But not the literal oral culture of bards memorizing and performing epic poems. Instead it is a culture where orality is a synecdoche for how you experience it. "

"1/ Marshall McLuhan argued that the Gutenberg press created a visual/textual culture that lasted ~500 years.

2/ He also argued that electronic technologies "retribalize" human societies and create societies that look a bit like historical oral cultures.

3/ Here, I don't mean oral culture in the literal sense of a pre-literate society that has not yet invented writing and has to rely entirely on spoken language.

4/ Oral culture is an immediate, enveloping, immersive context for life marked by strong indeterminacy.

5/ Visual-textual culture is a determinate object-relations culture where there is a distance between experiencer and experienced. "

"15/ In a visual-textual culture, if I don't get the newspaper, I don't get the news. In an oral culture I have to drop off the grid entirely.

16/ Orality is a good synecdoche for this condition. You can close your eyes to shut out light and sleep. You cannot turn off your ears.

17/ Visual-textual culture allows for strong, almost leak-proof filter bubbles. Oral culture means very unreliable filter bubbles."
oralculture  orality  venkateshrao  writing  culture  sparkfile  quotes  mcluhan 
november 2015 by sha
Square is worth $2 billion less than it was a year ago. Is Uber next?
"This is very much an acknowledgement that 'the public will pay more' regardless of the private market valuation was both magical and misguided thinking," says Lise Buyer, an analyst with Class V Group, who helped plan Google's IPO.
quotes  sparkfile  moneyfrommoney  ipo  square  bubble  unicorn 
november 2015 by sha
18F — Complexity is the adversary
"What if we told you that most catastrophic digital security vulnerabilities had one common denominator? One overriding contributor to root causes? Would you believe that one factor is also the biggest impediment to great design and software?

That one thing? Complexity. Complexity is the one true adversary.

Look at goto fail, Heartbleed, Shellshock, or any number of Flash-based vulnerabilities. Complexity leads to developers not spotting a bug in time, or not realizing they were creating a vulnerability to begin with. Often the most effective way to make software safe is to keep it as simple as possible."
quotes  sparkfile  datasociety  government  security  complexity  simplicity  complexitywithcomplexity 
november 2015 by sha
The Big Lobotomy: How Republicans Made Congress Stupid | The American Independent Institute
"In 1995, after winning a majority in the House for the first time in forty years, one of the first things the new Republican House leadership did was gut Congress’s workforce. They cut the “professional staff” (the lawyers, economists, and investigators who work for committees rather than individual members) by a third. They reduced the “legislative support staff” (the auditors, analysts, and subject-matter experts at the Government Accountability Office [GAO], the Congressional Research Service [CRS], and so on) by a third, too, and killed off the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) entirely. And they fundamentally dismantled the old committee structure, centralizing power in the House speaker’s office and discouraging members and their staff from performing their own policy research. (The Republicans who took over the Senate in 1995 were less draconian, cutting committee staff by about 16 percent and leaving the committee system largely in place.) Today, the GAO and the CRS, which serve both House and Senate, are each operating at about 80 percent of their 1979 capacity. While Senate committee staffs have rebounded somewhat under Democratic control, every single House standing committee had fewer staffers in 2009 than in 1994. Since 2011, with a Tea Party-radicalized GOP back in control of the House, Congress has cut its budget by a whopping 20 percent, a far higher ratio than any other federal agency, leading, predictably, to staff layoffs, hiring and salary freezes, and drooping morale."

"Instead of helping to shrink the government, the gutting of congressional expertise and institutional capacity—what New America Foundation scholar and former congressional staffer Lorelei Kelly refers to as a “self-lobotomy”—has had two other effects, both of which have advanced conservative power, if not necessarily conservative ideals.

The first effect is an outsourcing of policy development. Much of the research, number crunching, and legislative wordsmithing that used to be done by Capitol Hill staffers working for the government is now being done by outside experts, many of them former Hill staffers, working for lobbying firms, think tanks, consultancies, trade associations, and PR outfits. This has strengthened the already-powerful hand of corporate interests in shaping legislation, and given conservative groups an added measure of influence over Congress, as the shutdown itself illustrates."

on hcgov + nsa
"Debacles like these, by undermining the public’s faith in government, wind up perversely advancing the conservative antigovernment agenda—another reason why many Republicans don’t worry much about the brain drain on the Hill. But the rest of us should."

on Office of Technology Assessment
"It expanded its in-house think tank, the Legislative Reference Service, renaming it the Congressional Research Service. It overhauled the rules of the budget process and created the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to produce nonpartisan fiscal information and projections. And it formed the Office of Technology Assessment to provide timely analyses of the promises and pitfalls of cutting-edge science and technology developments. This expansion of expertise changed the very landscape of Capitol Hill."

body cameras + weird implications
"The leader of the Republicans’ restive House conservatives, Newt Gingrich, rose to power in part by decrying the Democrats’ tactics as “corrupt” in front of C-SPAN cameras. The requirement that all House floor speeches be televised was, ironically, one of the democratizing reforms liberals put in place in the early 1970s."

"“There was a total contempt for the institution,” said Scott Lilly, who served as a high-level staffer in Congress for thirty-one years before joining the Center for American Progress in 2004. John Dingell, who will have served in the House for fifty-nine years when he retires this year, said it succinctly: “The place just got meaner.”"

"Congress saved hundreds of millions of dollars by incorporating OTA recommendations when the Social Security Administration moved to replace its old-school mainframe computers with a new computer network in the mid-’90s. (One wonders how things might have been different if the OTA had been around when the health care insurance exchanges were being built.)"

"Congressional Research Service in 2012, when its economics division published a report surveying the effects of tax cuts going back decades and concluding that they do not generate sufficient new tax revenues from economic growth to pay for themselves—the main tenet of supply-side economics. A firestorm of anger from Senate Republicans led the CRS to pull the report."

whoa related to Census 2020 stuff:
"Even today, valuable oversight still happens on occasion. In the run-up to the 2010 census, for instance, the GAO identified fatal flaws in the handheld computer devices the Census Bureau was planning to use as a cost-saving measure. Thanks to the GAO’s reports, major fixes to the devices were made, the officials originally in charge of the project canned, and a possible disaster with the decennial census averted."
ota  healthcare  america  government  speculativetaxonomy  sparkfile  contractors  americaiscrazy  republicans  democrats  politics  quotes 
october 2015 by sha
The Proof Newspaper — The End of Things We Like?
"“It is going to be hard out there for the young people,” said Mandlebrot Fistula, New York Times bestselling author of the New York Times bestseller “The End of Now: How Youngs Will Be All the Time Sad Because They Can’t Do As Good.” Fistula said, “Most youngs just wish they were like us, but they can’t be. Nothing is left but to sit and be sad.” 

Maybe they should take a hint from us and start with doing things they way we did them, instead of not?

There is a way to do things, youngs, and that way is the way we have done them. We worked hard on those ways of doing, and when you mess with those ways of doing it is like you are not even paying us the respect that we deserve because we made those ways of doing up and now you are in trouble, mister! "

"Also, some youngs are mean to and about us. These youngs do not respect and when a way is not respected, that is a way that can be broken. A whole way can go away."
awholewaycangoaway  via:twitter  funny  sparkfile  generations  culture  internetinternetting  quotes 
october 2015 by sha
The Cluetrain Manifesto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter—and getting smarter faster than most companies."
sparkfile  history  internet  socialmedia  quotes 
october 2015 by sha
Why Art, Not Google, Could Revolutionize WiFi – Next City
"“It’s the equivalent of making a building,” she says. “If you have a building as a kind of container, what is it programmatically? What can take place in it? That’s what these frequencies are: containers. The frequency is the material. The policy is the material. WiFi is just an effect.”"
wifi  politics  poverty  via:ekeneijeoma  neworleans  america  race  quotes 
october 2015 by sha
William Gibson On the Apocalypse, America, and The Peripheral’s Ending
"Our yearning for there to be some prescience in the world is so primal and universal that it attaches itself to whatever it can. It attaches itself really easily to con men, shamans, and combinations of the two. It doesn't go away. The urge to believe in Ponzi schemes doesn't go away. The people who spam you trying to get your passwords – they know that part of you wants to tell them. That's the same thing that makes people want to believe that science fiction writers know what's going to happen."
books  sparkfile  future  williamgibson  via:debcha  quotes  magic 
october 2015 by sha
Andy Warhol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An idea expressed in the book: "Making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art."
moneyfromwork  art  artists  quotes 
september 2015 by sha
Close to the Machine: Code and the Mesmerism of Building a World from Scratch | Brain Pickings
"The programmer, who needs clarity, who must talk all day to a machine that demands declarations, hunkers down into a low-grade annoyance. It is here that the stereotype of the programmer, sitting in a dim room, growling from behind Coke cans, has its origins. The disorder of the desk, the floor; the yellow Post-it notes everywhere; the whiteboards covered with scrawl: al this is the outward manifestation of the messiness of human thought. The messiness cannot go into the program; it piles up around the programmer.

Soon the programmer has no choice but to retreat into some private interior space, closer to the machine, where things can be accomplished. The machine begins to seem friendlier than the analysts, the users, the managers. The real-world reflection of the program — who cares anymore? Guide an x-ray machine or target a missile; print a budget or a dossier; run a city subway or a disk-drive read/write arm: it all begins to blur. The system has crossed the membrane — the great filter of logic, instruction by instruction — where it has been cleansed of its linkages to actual human life."
ellenullman  writing  sparkfile  machines  programming  culture  quotes 
september 2015 by sha
The Moral Bucket List - The New York Times
maybe the dumbest way to formulate this but okay

"It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?"
morality  government  via:williamchan  life  quotes  sparkfile 
september 2015 by sha
Ronen▼.gif on Twitter: "Best way I've found to explain poverty to those who've never experienced it: Imagine if your phone battery only went up to 6%."
"Best way I've found to explain poverty to those who've never experienced it: Imagine if your phone battery only went up to 6%."
sparkfile  quotes  via:ronen 
august 2015 by sha
Executive Engagement
"Over the years, I’ve become increasingly skeptical about organizational change. Either the seriousness of intent is lacking or the capacity for change is lacking. In the worst cases, both are lacking, and the organization is really looking for change theater. When I think about an organization in deep existential trouble these days, my null hypothesis is that the best option is to dismantle it and (in the case of public for-profit corporations) return the money to the markets. The dark side of market capitalism, private equity, is actually an industry based on pragmatic optimism that there is an alternative to dismantlement more often than we think."

"Business is not war even if it sometimes feels like it. The leadership team is actually playing for the same side. That’s not a feel-good sentiment. It’s a truth that can get you killed if you ignore it."
venkateshrao  essay  management  startup  capitalism  quotes  sparkfile 
august 2015 by sha
First Round Q1 LP Letter
We don't have a crystal ball -- and we can't forecast the future -- but we do have a calculator.
vc  fundraising  irememberwhen  startup  sillyvalley  via:twitter  sparkfile  quotes 
june 2015 by sha
BBC News - The village and the girl
"A century from now, when historians are arguing about how China came from nowhere to become one of the most powerful economies in the world, they will assess the impact of culture, ideology, leadership and globalisation.

But how will they weigh the dogged ambition of hundreds of millions of farmers who poured off China's fields to claim a different destiny?

And how will they measure the fierce energy of women like Xiao Zhang, of women trying to make their own choices for the first time in history?"
china  quotes  sparkfile  history  family  personal_history  urbanism 
june 2015 by sha
Quote by Marshall McLuhan: “There is absolutely no inevitability as long as...”
“There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.”
quotes  sparkfile  mcluhan 
june 2015 by sha
[no title]
"“In Tripoli, Tottenham or Wall Street people have
been protesting failed policies and the meager possibilities
afforded by the electoral system… They have lost faith in
government and other centralized institutions of power…
There is no viable justification for a democratic system in
which public participation is limited to voting. We live in
a world in which ordinary people write Wikipedia; spend
their evenings moving a telescope via the Internet and
making discoveries half a world away; get online to help
organize a protest in cyberspace and in the physical world,
such as the revolutions in Egypt or Tunisia or the demonstrations
of the the ‘indignados’ throughout Spain; or pore
over the cables revealed by WikiLeaks. The same technologies
enabling us to work together at a distance are creating
the expectation to do better at governing ourselves.”
This is not an “indignada”speaking, or if so, she’s one who
camped for a long time in an office of the White House:
Beth Noveck directed the “Open Government Initiative”
of the Obama administration. "

"As Lenin said, “Trust is good, control is better."

"For the most advanced cybernetics, there’s
already no longer man and his environment, but a system-being
which is itself part of an ensemble of complex
information systems, hubs of autonomic processes – a being
that can be better explained by starting from the middle
way of Indian Buddhism than from Descartes. “For
man, being alive means the same thing as participating in
a broad global system of communication”, asserted Wiener
in 1948."

"Every epoch dreams the next one, even if the dream
of the one may become the daily nightmare of the other."
quotes  surveillance  sparkfile  government  technology  privacy  invisiblecommittee 
may 2015 by sha
superscript : Transcript
"I trained as a computer scientist it's and kind of my default position and there's' a lot of noise at the moment to teaching people to code and they can magically save the world. Computer science in that sense breeds a certain myopia, I believe. It can be a useful myopia, it teaches you to break the world down into mall discrete steps to make them understandable. I'm not sure that teaching everyone to code is the best solution. You shouldn't have to be a plumber in order to take a shit, right? "
jamesbridle  talks  quotes  technology  renderghosts  satelliteimagery  surveillance 
may 2015 by sha
The Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt: Finally, the Museum of the Future Is Here — The Atlantic
"the model turns museum websites into museums themselves, catalogs of once-snazzy apps built for special occasions before being discarded forever"

"Naturally constant use will have a tendency to damage, even destroy certain objects (many of course, are indestructible), but irreparable damage could not be accomplished under a hundred years, and if in that time an artistic tradition passed on from father to son, as in Europe has been created, the existence or non-existence of these objects will not seriously matter, and during all that time the Museum will have been fulfilling its destiny.
From the beginning, then, the Cooper Hewitt has prized information over object, discourse over perfection. And while it can no longer permit artists to destroy the physical objects it holds by copying them—the Smithsonian’s central job is preservation—it can allow them to mess with the digital versions. Hence the API, hence the stable URLs, hence the open source code."

“I want people to link to this,” he said. “We’re the national design museum. Ninety percent of the essays that are written online about the Eames chair or whatever link to Wikipedia, and good for them, they earned it. But people should link to us, because we’re the Smithsonian. We should be that good. When it comes to social stuff, if we can provide that stability, if all it is is just people linking to us, to me, that’s enough.”
friends  aaronstraupcope  via:yayitsrob  cooperhewitt  design  museums  sparkfile  quotes  api  infrastructure 
march 2015 by sha
Sara Haider on Twitter: "Jay Z's My President (2009) and Obama's speech in Selma (2015)"
Jay Z:
"Rosa parks sat so Martin Luther could walk
Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run
Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly"

"We honor those who walked so we could run.
We must run so our children soar."
politics  rappers  via:tracychou  quotes  america  funny  jayz  obama 
march 2015 by sha
The Failed Attempt to Destroy GPS - The Atlantic
"Peter Lumsdaine didn't express any regrets when I contacted him to learn more about the Brigade. He doesn't really share my sense of personal connection to GPS. Even if the technology has more and more civilian uses, Lumsdaine said, GPS remains “military in its origins, military in its goals, military in its development and [is still] controlled by the military.”"

"Living in the age of endless real-time often feels more like accelerated time, and living in accelerated time really means living in an age of increasingly precise archives."
remainmilitant  sparkfile  military  gps  mapping  history  friends  via:yayitsrob  ingridburrington  quotes 
march 2015 by sha
Op-Ed: In The Particular Lies The Universal - 99U
said the white guy about the white guy "But the few brave ones, both companies and individuals, who risk comfort and safety for a chance at beauty or being able to move someone — they have a potential to gain so much more. Loyalty, respect, and awe."
via:garychou  quotes  privilege 
february 2015 by sha
Code to Joy: The School for Poetic Computation Opens -
"Imagine the Robin Williams character from the movie “Dead Poets Society” teaching Objective C instead of “O Captain, My Captain.”

The founders of the school say they want to promote work that is strange, impractical and magical."
quotes  friends  programming  education  sfpc 
february 2015 by sha
The Stark Necessity of Glamor
Designeriness is not the core of design. Glamor is an epiphenomenon. But whenever designers cease to be flamboyant, the boom of their artillery ceases. A conspicuous lack of charlatanry and pretension means that little is happening in the designer's cultural battlefield.

Any designer subjected to fame and commercial success will find himself or herself becoming designery, almost by reflex. Designers are ingenious and adaptable by temperament. They quickly find that flaunting designery attitudes is the quickest, most efficient form of designer public relations. Being designery cuts elaborate discussion short. It gets useful results. It scares up business. It increases capacity, buries the fallen and prepares the next campaign. That's why glamor is a stark necessity.
via:vruba  glamor  design  designeriness  sparkfile  quotes  brucesterling  writing  culture  culturalbattlefield  from notes
january 2015 by sha
THE NARCISSUS FLOWER (poem) - Rita Dove - USA - Poetry International
"The mystery is, you can eat fear
before fear eats you,

you can live beyond dying –
and become a queen
whom nothing surprises."
poetry  art  sparkfile  quotes 
december 2014 by sha
Monthly Talk - Adam Greenfield - YouTube
"all dystopia means is that we should experience in comfort for a couple of hours the conditions that our way of life forces others to endure.

i believe that pleasure is an essentially masturbatory frisson, but i believe it's coming our way. it's our turn"

"if there is any enemy of optimism, it's not pessimism. it's hope. we must kill hope if we are to discover optimism. we've got to anchor our optimism in the real."
dystopia  via:debcha  adamgreenfield  future  sparkfile  quotes  talks  ufd2014 
october 2014 by sha
BuzzFeed Edit Blog
"BuzzFeed’s working definition of diversity is this: enough people of a particular group that no one person has to represent the supposed viewpoint of their group — whether ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, socioeconomic background, or disability. And if the group is a small one we should never expect one person to be the “diverse” reporter or writer, or to speak for anyone other than themselves."
via:yayitsrob  buzzfeed  race  diversity  quotes 
october 2014 by sha
Backbone - The New Yorker
"as we are all of us self-inaccessible and can, for example, touch parts of one another in ways that we could not even dream of touching our own bodies"
davidfosterwallace  shortstory  quotes  body 
september 2014 by sha
Paul Smith on Twitter: "cms has learned nothing from hc dot gov, look at this document, still spec'ing an "enterprise architecture"
"crap, we did a terrible job the first time around. better outline the exact same game plan #drinksdrano #nursesaballpeenhammer"
hcgov  quotes  healthcare  government  via:paulsmith 
september 2014 by sha
The Place I Pretend to Own, Part One | Blog Winstead
"In the polite fictional parlance of housing tenure, I “own” a 25′ by 91′ piece of land and the house that sits on it, a little rectangle within a rectangle on a street called 56th Street, in a neighborhood called Golden Gate, in a city called Oakland. A lot of other people owned this land — or at least, like me, pretended they owned it — before I got here, and they called it by many different names. I’ve been trying to find out who those people were and what names they used for this place. It’s a long story, so I’ve split it up into parts. Here’s the first part of the history of my 2275 square feet of California dirt."
longnow  time  landscape  memory  history  reading  sparkfile  quotes 
september 2014 by sha
Lebbeus Woods
words from Lebbeus's wife:

"To say there was a system to his madness would be presumptuous, as if we knew the system or the madness"

"In a world where kindness too often gets confused with naïv...
quotes  architecture  lebbeuswoods  death  from notes
september 2014 by sha
Drawing is tactile feedback for the mind
/ As
drawing as a projection of something you have in mind
drawing as an exploration of something you don’t have in mind yet
drawing as a mixture of what you’re seeing and what you’re imagini...
quotes  friends  via:giorgialupi  sparkfile  drawings  design  from notes
september 2014 by sha
Doug Henwood on Twitter: "Who knew Secret contained political wisdom?"
"Who knew Secret contained political wisdom?"

"All cats are libertarians. Completely dependent on others but fully convinced of their own independence."
secret  startup  sparkfile  quotes  funny  sillyvalley 
september 2014 by sha
Twitter / EpicureanDeal: "The market is rigged" sells ...
"The market is rigged" sells so many more books than "heterogeneous trading markets are unavoidably dominated by high volume middlemen."
quotes  sparkfile  moneyfrommoney  systems 
july 2014 by sha
Twitter / DougHenwood: Who knew Secret contained ...
"Who knew Secret contained political wisdom?"

"All cats are libertarians. Completely dependent on others but fully convinced of their own independence."
libertarian  politics  funny  startup  quotes  sparkfile  random  from twitter_favs
july 2014 by sha
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run… but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.…

History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of "history" it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.

My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket… booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change)... but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that…

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda.… You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.…

And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.…

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
huntersthompson  fearandloathing  hcgov  techsurge  sparkfile  quotes  writing 
june 2014 by sha
The Yams, On the Whitney and White Supremacy
"BD: What would you like to see happen going forward? What are the concrete steps?
AS: More transparency. Also, the idea of looking at inclusion not from the perspective of,  “we need numbers,” but actually of having the knowledge to understand different aesthetics, about where different art comes from and what that means. Not just, “We need two black people. We need an Asian. We need some queer people.” We want to see people actually genuinely appreciate the aesthetic of the diversity that is America, and propel that into the art world."
art  race  gender  criticism  sparkfile  diversity  interview  quotes 
june 2014 by sha
Creation Under Capitalism and the Twine Revolution | Nightmare Mode
"Say I want to communicate that a jungle exists. I could create a jungle out of code, sound files, art assets, or I could describe it in a few well-chosen sentences. They aren’t the same, but one is cheaper. If we acknowledge that humans have an imagination, maybe we could make something of these, what do you call them, interactive fictions?"

"The principle modes of interactive fiction are parser and hypertext. Parser is when you type to get shit done. Hypertext is when you click to get shit done. Both live in the two arms of the computer–the keyboard and the mouse.

Historically parser has dominated interactive fiction culture and for some is synonymous with interactive fiction to the point where non-parser interactive fiction is discouraged, aka hyperlink-powered games.

Some people say that non-parser is unreviewable without puzzles, say they didn’t know how to review a game because it had no puzzles, and puzzles are worth up to x points in their scoring system.

This way of thinking is so inflexible and foreign to me that I am unable to formulate a response."

"They don’t want your stories because the idea that someone can tell a story without going to college or someone can make a game for free is a betrayal of capitalism, it’s a betrayal of an industry that says creativity can only be imparted for money.

People are taught to believe they aren’t someone. Taught to believe they aren’t a Creator. Not an Artist, not an Intellectual. No one is taught that more than minorities." urgh.

"Should we cringe when a new show comes out, mumbling that we hope it will have a “sympathetic depiction” of minorities and that we hope Straight White Male Writer won’t fuck it up? Should we eat scraps under the table?"

"Our culture is taught to react, not to create. It is easier to dribble out a knee-jerk opinion on everything that passes through our feed than to make something.

Ours is a culture of pundits, not creators."

"So many people tell me their stories start to get personal no matter how they start out."

"Not all of us want to become machines, some of us just want to have frank discussions with the machines."
capitalism  games  videogames  interactive  interactivefiction  writing  via:vruba  sparkfile  quotes  essay 
may 2014 by sha
Twitter / DEVOPS_BORAT: Cloud is not ready for enterprise ...
"Cloud is not ready for enterprise if is not integrate with single server running Active Directory."
hcgov  quotes  via:ryanpanchadsaram  government  funny 
may 2014 by sha
The Near-Impossible Challenge of Designing the 9/11 Museum | Design | WIRED
"To the designers, the very rawness and variety of expression suggested an answer to a central challenge: how best to present events when, as William Faulkner once wrote, “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.”"

"The most difficult alcove to design was the one dedicated to the ­50 to 200 men and women—the exact number is not known—who, overwhelmed with heat and smoke, jumped or fell from the buildings. “Those ­people were on a ledge and feeling like they had no option but to step into a sky that would not support them,” says Joe Daniels, president of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. “It is so unbelievable. Maybe you don’t show it.” "
suicide  911  newyork  history  museums  death  via:jakebarton  friends  quotes 
may 2014 by sha
“People look at a career from the outside and think there is some plan. When you experience a career, it’s literally like a very very slow motion car crash.”
- Guillermo Del Toro
friends  newyork  design  career  sparkfile  quotes 
april 2014 by sha
Private Parts: Nicolas Jaar Is All Ears For Oyster #104 | Fashion Magazine | News. Fashion. Beauty. Music. |
"Hearing a new sound is the most exciting thing for me, whether it hurts my ears or it penetrates them in a particular way. I'm looking for uniqueness of sound more than just aggression. Because aggression is volume and aggression is intensity, I sometimes prefer it in a live context but not so much in a recording."
quotes  music  via:glen  nicolasjaar 
april 2014 by sha
Twitter / jongold: It's tragic when people aspire ...
"It's tragic when people aspire to be Steve Jobs but only manage to be an asshole"
stevejobs  quotes  apple  funny  startup  via:jongold 
april 2014 by sha
Teju Cole's Every Day is for the Thief and the Novel of Ideas | New Republic
"In another scene, he recognizes a cousin he’d never met. “She was born after I left home,” he writes, “and, until this moment, we have only been rumors to each other. But so quickly do we get to know each other that, soon, I cannot even remember a time when I did not know her. She moves so easily all I think of is sunlight.” At less than a page, it’s the loveliest scene in the book. It’s also its emotional center. “Every good thing I secretly wish for this country,” he writes, “I secretly wish on her behalf.”"
tejucole  writing  sparkfile  quotes  poetry  future 
march 2014 by sha
6, 3: Seasteading
"What’s a frontier? In the American tradition, it’s a place where you go to kill locals and grow plants and animals that take advantage of the soil that they had been maintaining. (This may seem unnecessarily cynical, but it’s the only one-line overview I know that coordinates the Trail of Tears, cowboy culture as it actually was, and the Dust Bowl, for three high-profile parts of the American story of the frontier.) Which is to say that not only was the Western Expansion expanding into something, it was powered by what it was overtaking. It was consumption. The frontier grew not as a tree trunk grows into air, but as a fire grows across a forest."
writing  sparkfile  moneyfrommoney  deregulation  sillyvalley  capitalism  bighere  billmckibben  charlieloyd  quotes 
march 2014 by sha
The primes of the story / Snarkmarket
"Mason: It sounds like you’re reacting to my preoccupation with what I might call the primes of the story. There are aspects of the Odyssey that seem essential, and these are few in number, just a handful of images. There’s a man lost at sea, an interminable war a long way behind him, and a home that’s infinitely desirable and infinitely far away. There’s the man-eating ogre in his cave; there are the Sirens with their irresistible song; there’s the certain misery of Scylla and Charybdis.

I feel like these images are responsible for the enduring power of the story, and its survival, more than the particular details of, say, dialogue among the suitors, or what have you. I wanted to work directly with these primes, to present them in as powerful and stripped-down a way as possible, and to explore how they could interact, and how they could combine to make new forms. I suppose this kind of minimalist, reductive aesthetic does has a mathematical flavor."
stories  writing  narrative  via:robinsloan  zacharymason  quotes  sparkfile 
march 2014 by sha
Twitter / DaleCarnegie: Merely stating a truth isn't ...
"Merely stating a truth isn't enough. The truth has to be made vivid, interesting, dramatic. You have to use showmanship."
sparkfile  quotes  politics 
march 2014 by sha
Our Comrade The Electron - Webstock Conference Talk
"Technology concentrates power.

In the 90's, it looked like the Internet might be an exception, that it could be a decentralizing, democratizing force. No one controlled it, no one designed it, it was just kind of assembling itself in an appealing, anarchic way. The companies that first tried to centralize the Internet, like AOL and Microsoft, failed risibly. And open source looked ready to slay any dragon.

But those days are gone. We've centralized the bejesus out of the Internet now. There's one search engine (plus the one no one uses), one social network (plus the one no one uses), one Twitter. We use one ad network, one analytics suite. Anywhere you look online, one or two giant American companies utterly dominate the field.

And there's the cloud. What a brilliant name! The cloud is the future of online computing, a friendly, fluffy abstraction that we will all ascend into, swaddled in light. But really the cloud is just a large mess of servers somewhere, the property of one American company (plus the clouds no one uses).

Orwell imagined a world with a telescreen in every room, always on, always connected, always monitored. An Xbox One vision of dystopia.

But we've done him one better. Nearly everyone here carries in their pocket a tracking device that knows where you are, who you talk to, what you look at, all these intimate details of your life, and sedulously reports them to private servers where the data is stored in perpetuity."
maciej  technology  power  talks  quotes  sparkfile  wb14  moneyfrommoney  depthhub 
february 2014 by sha
Dustin Moskovitz: How does Dustin Moskovitz feel about being a billionaire? - Quora
I'm very fond of this quote from Louis C.K. below and generally view the world through this lens:

I never viewed money as being "my money" I always saw it as "The money" It's a resource. if it pools up around me then it needs to be flushed back out into the system.

In other words, Cari and I are stewards of this capital. It's pooled up around us right now, but it belongs to the world. We are not perfect in applying this attitude, but we try very hard.
quotes  sparkfile  money  moneyfrommoney  billions  via:kimmaicutler  facebook 
january 2014 by sha
2014 AXS Partner Summit Keynote
"...we are not the sum of everything we have said or done or experienced or published -- we are the *result*."
sparkfile  snapchat  via:sonal  talks  quotes  identity  socialmedia  data  from twitter_favs
january 2014 by sha
Manna, Chapter 4, by Marshall Brain
"We could change it now. Robots are doing all the work. Human beings -- all human beings -- could now be on perpetual vacation. That's what bugs me. If society had been designed for it somehow, we could all be on vacation instead of on welfare. Everyone on the planet could be living in luxury. Instead, they are planning to kill us off. Did you hear that women were trying to drink the water out of the river? Some people think they're putting contraceptives in the water."
sparkfile  science  scifi  future  robots  robopocalypse  quotes 
december 2013 by sha
Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS
"And that's what you-- well, it's just what you said. You're talking to your wife in this blue sky goes gray. And a horror, a horror visits us. If you- try to separate these two things, you're in trouble. What you must do is build a system of civilization that is as aware of darkness as it is of beauty. I would feel on thin ice if the world were nothing but beauty."

"And what we're trying to do now is to wake up to what humanity has known for longer than 10 thousand years, was that you can't direct the play. The play is not directable. You must participate in the play. You must get out of the director's chair of telling everybody what to do and how to behave and who can be on stage. You must put all that aside and step onto the stage with other men and women. And say, we're in this together. And we need to find an arrangement how-- in order to take care of each other. But we can't exclude. We can't make nature the banished relative, no part of the human family. "
via:evansharp  interview  barrylopez  quotes  sparkfile  nature  climate 
december 2013 by sha
Twitter / yytsrb: In the fairly short time I’ve ...
"In the fairly short time I’ve had as a thinking body, I’m astonished by how many ?s don’t change. The old awes usually lurk back there."
oldawes  sparkfile  quotes  via:yayitsrob 
december 2013 by sha
What People Really Look Like. ~ Dale Favier | elephant journal
"At that first long sigh, at that first thought that “I can stop hanging on now, I’m safe” – a luminosity, a glow, begins. Within a few minutes the whole body is radiant with it. It suffuses the room: it suffuses the massage therapist too. People talk about massage therapists being caretakers, and I suppose we are: we like to look after people, and we’re easily moved to tenderness. But to let you in on a secret: I’m in it for the glow."

"I’ll tell you what people look like, really: they look like flames. Or like the stars, on a clear night in the wilderness."
massage  sparkfile  people  body  via:sarahkpeck  wb14  quotes  beauty 
november 2013 by sha
STET | Clearing space
"Starting a school from air goes like this: First, clear a space. A floor of a building. Ten weeks of your time. Fill the space with people. Don’t let the flies get the best of you. Ask all the questions. Build some answers. There you have it."
jenlowe  via:barrythrew  data  sfpc  wb14  questionsandanswers  sparkfile  writing  quotes  education  thirdspaces  from twitter
november 2013 by sha
A Letter – Jack Cheng
"You have more traveling ahead, but remember your main reasons for going. Not to escape or cross things off lists but to learn to be more open, more okay with uncertainty. To feel to your core how big the world is, and how narrow your own empire. Remember that no matter where you go, you always end up alone with your thoughts. This is your true home and its landscape is vast and much uncharted. You can travel there at any time, and the flights aren’t nearly as expensive."
sparkfile  wb14  via:jackcheng  writing  quotes  travel 
november 2013 by sha
Why Twitter’s IPO is Bad for Startups
"I’m not calling the top or saying we’re in a bubble, but I think we would all do well to step back and think about what valuations actually mean and where they come from. This quote from Warren Buffet always seems to do the trick.

“You could take all the gold that’s ever been mined, and it would fill a cube 67 feet in each direction. For what it’s worth at current gold prices, you could buy — not some — all of the farmland in the United States. Plus, you could buy 10 Exxon Mobils (XOM), plus have $1 trillion of walking-around money. Or you could have a big cube of metal. Which would you take? Which is going to produce more value?” -Warren Buffet"
business  entrepreneurship  technology  valuations  twitter  sillyvalley  sparkfile  quotes 
november 2013 by sha
[this is aaronland] today's episode of the office has been redacted
"Despite all the jokes and on-going concerns about the US economy and its political class acting like chaos-monkeys America isn't going anywhere anytime soon so we have both a responsibility and an opportunity as a public institution to pay attention to and to actively collect the future-now.

To pay attention to the present in the service of the past."

"Many of the features that the iPhone popularized had been available in other phones albeit not with the same level of polish of craftsmanship. And Apple certainly wasn't the first to see the possibility of a mobile device with a permanent connection to the Internet. It was though the first company to produce an object so desirable in its form (perhaps even in its form alone) that people simply looked beyond their reluctance to purchase an earlier device with similar functionality. And because of that we all experienced the so-called "network effort" both literally and figuratively."
aaronstraupcope  friends  via:straup  talks  quotes  museums  archives  sparkfile  future  pastfutures  futurepasts 
november 2013 by sha
"The prison industry is using the number of children currently in third grade as a basis to determine the number of beds they will build for future incarceration." - Allan Nance, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in SF

sobbing, jesus, what the fuck
prisons  california  via:stephanietsai  quotes  sparkfile  education  prisonindustry  growth 
november 2013 by sha
The Archer and the Empty Book – Jack Cheng
"A “successful” release results in a wobble-free arrow, and the Master describes the state of the archer in the midst of a successful release as “purposeless” and “egoless.” The release happens without thinking and as a surprise even to the archer himself; happens because he has let go of his sense of self."

"The arrow you’re shooting is already shot, the story you’re writing is already written, and mastery is forgetting yourself, over and over."
jackcheng  writing  sparkfile  zen  quotes  mastery  craft  copyofacopy  from twitter
november 2013 by sha
Born Gold | (my current haircut - now i just kind of look like...
"when you choose to make art in public you choose to interface with history."

culture as weather
"a simple, close-to-home example - when i began making synth pop in a guitar-dominated scene, it felt like an act of rebellion. but even the usually aesthetically conservative cbc radio 3 have recently lamented the glut of 2013 canadian synth pop. somewhere along the line in the past few years, me and my friends went from being outsiders struggling to be heard to a weird kind of status quo. it’s especially weird for me to find myself in this “status quo” position because i feel like i haven’t found my audience yet. but there is no subtweet here - just history.

as an artist, you have considerable control over the fruit of your labor. you don’t have to release anything, and you can keep working on something until it resembles whatever platonic ideal or inferior earthly duplicate you’re satisfied with.

but importantly, you don’t control the context in which your art is received. "
cultureasweather  borngold  via:borngold  writing  culture  art  music  context  sparkfile  quotes 
november 2013 by sha
I think photography has been wrestling with a burden of telling the... - but does it float
"I think photography has been wrestling with a burden of telling the truth, which I don’t think it was ever particularly good at" - Nick Knight
sparkfile  quotes  photography  visualization  truth 
october 2013 by sha
"My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations" - John Green
quotes  poetry  space  sparkfile  via:pinterest 
october 2013 by sha
The Fashion Club is sub-culturally inspired and aesthetically independent. Chang’s first memory of fashion was a teenage encounter with a Jenny Holzer for Helmut Lang fragrance ad in a 2001 issue of Purple magazine – included was the phrase "I smell you on my skin." After that, she was hooked. 
via:luluchang  fashion  manifesto  quotes  sparkfile  arrayarray  subculturallyinspired  aestheticallyindependent 
october 2013 by sha
Designing for Archives, FOWD 2013 – Allen Tan is…writing
I’ll officially tweet this in the morning, but here’s the slides+transcript of my talk!

"But we can think of units of creation as separate from units of reflection. They can be separated. When personal blogs were where you posted long, substantial updates, you didn’t have to understand this distinction, because you were writing a post about traveling to Argentina and it would be just one cohesive update. But now, with people adding all these small morsels of things, as they go: some tweets about your flight there, Instagram photos of the sunsets, and Facebook comments about where you should go. When you look back, you’re going to have to forage around a little before the complete picture forms in your mind."

"And, like Flickr has demonstrated, if users are given the room to tell more complicated stories than we can anticipate, they will. We are giving them tools for storytelling."
friends  allentan  talks  quotes  archives  museums  digitalhistories  thereisnogonethereisonlyforgotten  sparkfile  creationvsreflection  stories  from twitter_favs
october 2013 by sha
emotionalmachines  robots  cyborgs  future  technology  quotes  sparkfile  control 
october 2013 by sha
Twitter / counternotions: "Once again, Egyptians are ...
"Once again, Egyptians are scrawling their names on their arms in a simple effort to avoid being reduced to a number in a morgue"
death  protest  egypt  politics  quotes 
september 2013 by sha
John Adams quotes
“I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, tapestry, and porcelain.”
quotes  personal_history  johnadams  architecture  moneyfrommoney 
september 2013 by sha
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