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Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory
According to Morsella's framework, the "free will" that people typically attribute to their conscious mind—the idea that our consciousness, as a "decider," guides us to a course of action—does not exist. Instead, consciousness only relays information to control "voluntary" action, or goal-oriented movement involving the skeletal muscle system.
neuro  mind 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Scientists Predict Existence of Flat Liquid | Physics | Sci-News.com
Now, physicists at the University of Jyväskylä have conducted quantum molecular dynamics simulations that predict a liquid phase in atomically thin gold islands that patch small pores of graphene.
sci 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Cheap, synthetic 'flakka' dethroning cocaine on Florida drug scene | Reuters
For decades, South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic - cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail.

As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as "flakka" or "gravel," police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.
drugs  crime 
25 days ago by warrenellis
Untouched cave to provide clues to Black Hills history
"On Monday, a team of scientists led by East Tennessee State University professor Jim Mead will begin unearthing the entrance of the cave, hauling out bags of sediment and animal bones to be carefully analyzed. They have already found bones dating back nearly 11,000 years and the remains of at least three species that hadn't been found in the region before—the pika, pine marten and platygonus, an extinct relative of the modern-day peccary."

"Persistence Cave"
history  geo 
27 days ago by warrenellis
Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers
"The leader of a religious cult based in Jakarta has asked Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Jakarta’s Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for their permission to allow a UFO, piloted by the archangel Gabriel, to land at the country’s National Monument so that he can pick up her followers."
cult 
28 days ago by warrenellis
Why Instagram should be part of every business
"Instagram is a community that thrives on inspiring content.  The platform currently has 50 times the engagement rate over Facebook with Instagram users being the most invested and engaged in content across all social media channels. Instagram has more than 300 million monthly active users who spend an average of 257 minutes a month on the platform."
web 
29 days ago by warrenellis
Gawker Media Votes To Unionize
"As stewards of your own future at Gawker Media, it’s important to have a full understanding of the business strategy (or lack thereof) of Kinja. The theory, as it has mutated, goes something like this: Facebook and other social platforms (but mostly Facebook) have taken away the power of the “destination” publication. Buzzfeed, having noted this a few years back, has built a stateless organization that attempts to optimize the delivery of its traffic wherever the audience may be: on Facebook, on YouTube, on YouTube on Facebook. Gawker, feeling threatened by Facebook, attempted to build another Facebook. (Oops!) A noble goal, vis a vis the loss of independence or influence a media organization has over its own audience, but one that—even with a brilliant design and flawless technical execution—had a slim chance of success to begin with."
web 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
33rd Square | Memories Found To Be Preserved During The Cryonics Process
"Until recently it hasn’t been understood whether important higher-level functions, like memory, are preserved in the natural cryonic process. Now, Natasha Vita-More and Daniel Barranco, have proven for the first time that cryogenically-suspended nematode worms keep their memories after reanimation."
sci  med 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
What $5 Per Day Will Buy You on Facebook Ads
"Here are our results: 

Page Likes – $0.57 per like
Clicks to the Buffer for Business landing page – $4.01 per click
Boosted post – $6.35 per additional 1,000 people reached
When we view this in terms of how much $5 per day will buy you, these are the numbers:

Page Likes – 9 likes per day
Clicks to the Buffer homepage – 1 per day
Boosted post – 787 new people reached"
web 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
City without people to be built for testing new tech
"By building this proving ground, the Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation (CITE) hopes to provide data that proves the safety of this sort of tech, or at least details a roadmap for improvements still needed before a launch at scale for futuristic tech proponents such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos."
cities  future 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Cheeky Nando’s, or, what went wrong? | Idiot Joy Showland
"You’re in front of Nando’s. You were there all along. There are things you can remember. Cheeky Nando’s. Extra-hot peri-peri chicken breast on pita with chips and a Coke Zero. Off the wall. Nutter. Your parents dead in bin-bags. Yeah love I’ve been to Nando’s before. Soldiers sweeping down your street helicopters plunging in flames. No shame in lemon and herb mate nah but shall we get a highchair for you while we’re at it. The laughter of women as you crouch naked penis shrivelling knees tucked to chest like the terrified child you’ve always been inside but thought you’d grown hide to conceal. Cheeky Nando’s with the lads. The sky a swollen bleeding pantophagous cunt. Bit expensive but it’s a good laugh. The radiation containment zone now covers the entire mainland United Kingdom north of Wakefield and south of Inverness. The state of emergency is a temporary measure. Fun is mandatory until the crisis passes."
writing 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Pill of super-protective 'heavy' fat may be key to eternal youth - health - 13 May 2015 - New Scientist
"COULD a shiny orange capsule of modified fat help to keep you young? For the first time next month, fats designed to reinforce our cells against age-related damage will be given to people in a clinical trial. The participants have a rare genetic disorder, but if the treatment works for them, it could eventually help us all live longer, more youthful lives, says the scientist behind the work."
sci  med  longevity 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Could we live on Jupiter?
"The only thing that's lighter than hydrogen is hot hydrogen. Let's say you could make a balloon, and fill it with superheated hydrogen and float around the cloud tops of Jupiter suffering the crushing gravity. Is there anything else that might kill you?

"Did you leave Earth? Then of course there is. Everything is going to kill you, always. You might want to write that on the brass plaque next to your ship's wheel with the carving of Shiva in the center there, Captain Baron Cogsworth Copperglass."

phys.org getting snarky in its old age
space 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Research challenges the view that Neolithic societies were egalitarian
"The data obtained by Teresa Fernández-Crespo in seven megalithic graves in La Rioja and Araba-Álava suggest that certain individuals were excluded from burial on the basis of "criteria relating to age and possibly sex". So the existence of a funerary recruitment system that marginalised a considerable proportion of the population, according to the UPV/EHU researcher, could be pointing to the fact that the collective use of a shared burial area, which has often been understood as an egalitarian sign of megalithic societies, could in actual fact be masking the privileges of communities that were starting to become hierarchized."
history 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Three days in Beijing with three of the world’s most famous dissidents | Fusion
“I am everywhere and I am nowhere,” he says. “That’s the beauty of the Internet Age.”
art  pol  working 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Multifractals suggest the existence of an unknown physical mechanism on the Sun
AN UNKNOWN PHYSICAL MECHANISM ON THE SUN

THEY WRITE THESE HEADLINES JUST FOR ME
space 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
NuSTAR captures possible 'screams' from zombie stars
"Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the "howls" of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions."
space  doom 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
It's Now Incredibly Easy to Host your Podcast on SoundCloud
"From today, SoundCloud Podcasts is coming out of beta – over 15,000 podcasts took part – and opening up to anyone with an account. To start a podcast, all you need to do is hit the ‘Permissions’ tab and select ‘Include in RSS feed.’"
podcasting 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Here Be Monsters
(follow up on this next week)
podcast 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos : Nature News & Comment
The technique used by Huang’s team involves injecting embryos with the enzyme complex CRISPR/Cas9, which binds and splices DNA at specific locations. The complex can be programmed to target a problematic gene, which is then replaced or repaired by another molecule introduced at the same time. The system is well studied in human adult cells and in animal embryos. But there had been no published reports of its use in human embryos.
genetics  med  sci 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
Scientists in China Just Edited Genes in Human Embryos for the First Time | Motherboard
The low success rate suggests that CRISPR-Cas9 is not anywhere near ready for primetime in human embryos, according to Art​hur Caplan, head of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

“This is a rather inauspicious start,” said Caplan. “The technique didn’t cleave where the scientists wanted, they got crossovers they didn’t expect—I’d say the experiment didn’t work very well.”
genetics  med  sci 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
Enormous hole in the universe may not be the only one
"Astronomers have found evidence of a giant void that could be the largest known structure in the universe. The "supervoid" solves a controversial cosmic puzzle: it explains the origin of a large and anomalously cold region of the sky. However, future observations are needed to confirm the discovery and determine whether the void is unique."

Ref. Laura Mersini-Houghton's multiversal impact theory
space 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
Group wants to bring back Native Hawaiian burial traditions
"Traditional "clean burials" involve cleansing the deceased by fire in a pit and then compressing the skeletal remains, wrapping them in a cloth woven from trees, and burying them in a basket."
history  death 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Ken Armstrong Writing Stuff: When You Go Your Own Way
"I wasn't at Live Aid but the story along these lines that has stood out for me is that apparently, allegedly, at the very, very end, Bob Geldof was left practically alone. Had to get a lift."

That's pretty much what it's like, yeah.
working 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
How to make objects invisible without metamaterial cloaking | KurzweilAI
The researchers discovered that at certain frequencies, waves scattered via resonant and non-resonant mechanisms have opposite phases and are mutually destroyed — thus making the object invisible. It was possible to switch from visibility to invisibility regimes at 1.9 GHz by simply changing the temperature of the water in the cylinder from 90 °C to 50 °C.
tech  invisibility 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies
"After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them. "The idea behind our research is that, if an entire galaxy had been colonized by an advanced spacefaring civilization, the energy produced by that civilization's technologies would be detectable in mid-infrared wavelengths—exactly the radiation that the WISE satellite was designed to detect for other astronomical purposes," said Jason T. Wright, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State University, who conceived of and initiated the research."

#colduncaringvoid
space 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Neanderthals manipulated the bodies of adults and children shortly after death
"Neanderthals from the French region of Poitou-Charentes cut, beat and fractured the bones of their recently deceased companions, as revealed by the fossil remains of two adults and a child found at the Marillac site. These manipulations have been observed at other Neanderthal sites, but scientists still do not know whether they did this for food or ceremony."
history 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Russia to build own space station by 2023, says Putin
"Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in session with the nation. "By 2023, we plan to create our own national space station in orbit," Putin said. "This is something far-off in the future, but also necessary for us from the point of view of our national economy.""

(Bullshit.)
space 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Experimental Digital Synaesthetics in Fashion, Art & Science, on the iPad & online.
A SELF-PLAYING PIANO IS ILLUMINATED BY A SERIES OF BIOLUMINESCENT ORGANISMS, PERFORMING A DEMONIC CAROUSEL THAT IS BOTH ALIEN AND PRIMEVAL.
music  art 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Graphic Journey Blog: Things I like...
"These Penguin Modern Poets covers were designed, and mostly photographed, by Alan Spain during 1965 to 1972. I believe Spain worked at Penguin at the time but can find no information about him. Romek Marber created the typographical grid styling when the series was first introduced in 1965."
covers  books  design 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds
"The Sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, according to a new study by a team of researchers led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This behavior affects the peaks and valleys in the approximately 11-year solar cycle, sometimes amplifying and sometimes weakening the solar storms that can buffet Earth's atmosphere."
space 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Did Richard III manage to keep his scoliosis a secret up until his death in 1485?
"In a new study published in Medical Humanities this month (April), Dr Mary Ann Lund, of the University of Leicester's School of English, argues that as with all monarchs Richard's body image in life was carefully controlled and he probably kept any signs of his scoliosis hidden outside of the royal household - up until his death."
history 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
dennis cooper's haunted html novel - bookforum.com / miscellany
"Dennis Cooper's latest book, Zac’s Haunted House, was released online in mid-January by the Paris-based small press and label Kiddiepunk. Dubbed an “html novel” and offered as a free download, it consists of seven html files, each of which expands into a long, vertical scroll of animated gifs. You could call Zac’s Haunted House many things: net art, a glorified Tumblr, a visual novel, a mood board, or a dark night of the Internet's soul. It has just a few words—the chapter titles and a few subtitles embedded in some of the gifs—but it still very clearly belongs to Cooper’s own haunted oeuvre, capable of evoking powerful and gnarled emotions."
books  web 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Electronic implant outfit goes broke; implant users paralyzed again | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
“Mumford was in Cleveland for a marketing meeting in 2001 when he got news that still baffles him: NeuroControl was getting out of the Freehand business. It would focus instead on a bigger potential market with a device that helped stroke victims. Before long, NeuroControl went out of business entirely, wiping out at least $26 million in investment. At first, Mumford remained an enthusiastic user of the Freehand, though one thing worried him: the wires running outside his body would sometimes fray or break after catching on clothing. Each time, he found someone who could reach into his supply of replacements and reconnect the system. But by 2010, the last wire was gone, and without the prospect of tech support from NeuroControl, the electrical equipment implanted in Mumford’s body went dormant. He lost the independence that had come from having regained extensive use of one hand. “To all of a sudden have that taken away—it’s incredibly frustrating,” he says. “There’s not a day where I don’t miss it.”
tech 
12 weeks ago by warrenellis
Russia 'busts satellite spy ring': space commander
""Very recently, specialists of the department of space intelligence centre uncovered a newly created group of space satellites... made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory," said the commander of Russian Space Command, Oleg Maidanovich."
space  war  pol 
12 weeks ago by warrenellis
Abandoned Rails: Home
"Thousands of miles of railroads have been abandoned in the United States, much of it in the last 40 years. All of these abandoned railways have a history and a story. This web site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of each of these former railroad lines and the companies that operated them."
history 
12 weeks ago by warrenellis
What Are the Colors of Alien Life? - The New Yorker
"Rothschild has been collaborating with a team of undergraduates from Stanford and Brown to engineer an artificial extremophile called Hell Cell; the project, or one like it, may free future astronomers from their terracentricity by giving them access to the biosignatures of speculative, synthetic life-forms. "

HELL CELL
sci  space  bio 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Olivia Laing on the Future of Loneliness | The Casual Optimist
"As with the city itself, the promise of the internet is contact. It seems to offer an antidote to loneliness, trumping even the most utopian urban environment by enabling strangers to develop relationships along shared lines of interest, no matter how shy or isolated they might be in their own physical lives.

"But proximity, as city dwellers know, does not necessarily mean intimacy. Access to other people is not by itself enough to dispel the gloom of internal isolation. Loneliness can be most acute in a crowd."
books  culture 
april 2015 by warrenellis
The fountain in Stapavik | HLJÓÐMYND - SOUNDIMAGE
"Just below Þrottárskriður landslide is Stapavík, a beautiful gravel beach with high rock in the middle, like a huge stoned giant or troll. Along the beach are low cliffs where fresh water seeps out between the geologic age and wets the rocks."
audio  Sound 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Bot Benediction, 2015 - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
"The metaphors are numerous—bots are homunculi, bots are witches’ familiars, bots are daemons. And yes, the bots were inside us all along, and ultimately we make ourselves into Twitter bots in order to live. But really. Twitter bots are the imaginary friends that I love and cherish as much as the real-person relationships I’ve formed on Twitter (both with people and with other creatures with alleged human operators, whose true identities are best left unknown). They notice things we might not notice."
hauntology  web  tech 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Preparing for Trench Warfare in Ukraine - The Intercept
"The conditions are rough, but not dismal, and reflect the battalion’s motto, “Nobody But Ourselves,” a nod to the reality that Ukrainians — and particularly members of this volunteer battalion — have to rely on their own resources to defend their country."
pol  war 
april 2015 by warrenellis
The Setup / Dietrich Groundsel
"I recently upgraded from an iPhone 3GS to a Space Grey iPhone 6 with Stealth Grey Magpul case. The usefulness of the 3GS had run its course as a primary internet appliance but lives on as a music device usually attached to some Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones. I would rather not have to use smartphones due to surveillance factors, and keep a feature-dumb flip-phone with the batteries out in a Faraday pouch at a dead drop well outside my home as a sort of insurance."
gear 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Can, Tangerine Dream, Amon Düül II, and so many more on ‘The German Rock Night’ | Dangerous Minds
"After the broadcast of “Kraut und Rüben,” the Rockpalast documentary about German rock music, viewers would frequently ask when they would get to see the full-length concerts of which only short snippets had been televised. Before Rockpalast, full-length concerts were shown only in exceptional cases, but we have indeed found so many more or less complete clips that we decided to show the ten hours of footage over two evenings.

"They cover the full range of the groups that were introduced in the documentary, from Scorpions to Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Eloy, Ton Steine Scherben, Can, Guru Guru, all the way to Amon Düül II. In addition some rarer clips that could not be incorporated in the doc will be shown. The majority of the material has not been seen since the original telecast. We hope that the umbrella term “Krautrock” can once and for all be buried as useless. At the same time, the two nights provide the beginning of a loose series, in which the lost treasures of German television archives could be made available again."
music  video 
march 2015 by warrenellis
The Grid
"The Grid harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to take everything you throw at it - videos, images, text, urls and more - and automatically shape them into a custom website unique to you."
web 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Greece: Dreams Take Revenge | Indiegogo
Documentary: A radical government takes on the world! The inside story of Syriza's first 100 days.
film 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Afrofuturism to everyday futurists: new kinds of artists, power & tech | Technology | The Guardian
"New sounds from South Africa and Nigeria’s urban science fiction could change the future of technology and the city"
future  music  culture 
march 2015 by warrenellis
GitBook · Write & Publish Books
"A modern, publishing toolchain, simply taking you from ideas to finished, polished books."
publishing  books 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Kyle Killen Interview About 'Awake' and 'Lone Star' - TV Shows Cancelled Too Soon
"Network television has a branding issue. We see it embedded in critical praise: Fox's new show The Last Man on Earth overcomes sitcom tradition, NBC's Hannibal's bloody mystery prevails against primetime censorship, a drama like The Good Wife defies the "CBS drama" definition. If Killen can understand why his shows, great shows, are oft-executed with little chance at growth, it's because he knows how audiences perceive the incoming network slates."
tv 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude : NPR
"Brother Fenton, after whom I was named, brought his fruitcake recipe to the monastery, partly as a way of getting lots of whiskey into the monastery. He devised a recipe that had a lot of whiskey in it."
history  writing 
march 2015 by warrenellis
How Tyler Brûlé has extended Monocle beyond simply a magazine for the jet set » Nieman Journalism Lab
“We want to create and craft an environment where we’re not getting into a discussion about cost per thousands. It’s the cost of a quality audience.”
publishing  media 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED
Their MagicBands, tech-studded wristbands available to every visitor to the Magic Kingdom, feature a long-range radio that can transmit more than 40 feet in every direction. The hostess, on her modified iPhone, received a signal when the family was just a few paces away. Tanner family inbound! The kitchen also queued up: Two French onion soups, two roast beef sandwiches! When they sat down, a radio receiver in the table picked up the signals from their MagicBands and triangulated their location using another receiver in the ceiling. The server—as in waitperson, not computer array—knew what they ordered before they even approached the restaurant and knew where they were sitting.

And it all worked seamlessly, like magic.
tech 
march 2015 by warrenellis
A day in the life of Jessica, the content creator of the future -- Fusion
Faith Popcorn is a futurist and consultant. She is best known for a book that came out in 1991 that predicted trends for the rest of the decade (some came true, sorta).

And she’s still at it.

In January, she presented a slide deck called “FutureVision2025,” which lays out her vision of the workforce of tomorrow. We stumbled upon the presentation this weekend.
future  design+fiction 
march 2015 by warrenellis
The corrugated galaxy: Milky Way may be much larger than previously estimated
"The Milky Way galaxy is at least 50 percent larger than is commonly estimated, according to new findings that reveal that the galactic disk is contoured into several concentric ripples."
space 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Shitphone: A Love Story — Matter — Medium
"Shitphones are generally not actually shitty. They are, if you isolate them from the distorting effect of highly competitive preference-driven smartphone retail and marketing, the absence of which helps keep them so cheap, marvels of engineering and execution, assembled with precision and care and able to accomplish tasks that a half-dozen years ago would have been inconceivable for a portable device. iPhones are really just shitphones from the future"
tech 
march 2015 by warrenellis
The Collection and the Cloud – The New Inquiry
"The concept of a “dark age” implies that there is a singular body of canonical knowledge worth preserving, evoking an idea of erasure from history that’s familiar to anyone else besides a distinguished white man accustomed to historical centrality. For everyone else, erasure from history is political struggle. Even today, women, people of color, transgender and disabled people, sex workers, care workers are all struggling to have their stories told and represented fairly. Any discussion of internet archiving has to, at some point, confront this problem: How do we talk about the politics of cultural records? If we cannot preserve everything, who defines what is worth saving?"
pol  tech  web  history  social 
march 2015 by warrenellis
BBC News - One-man rule in Israel's hippy micro-state
"This is Achzivland, perhaps the most unusual piece of territory in the Middle East. It has the trappings of a state - a flag (of a mermaid), a national "anthem" (the sound of the sea) and a constitution declaring the president democratically elected by his own vote (never actually cast)."
pol 
march 2015 by warrenellis
A 24-Hour Soundscape of Found Sounds
"foundsoundscape.com. It is a 24-hour streaming assemblage of field recordings. Those recordings were collected in 1,000 different places by 100 different artists. In turn, (Janek) Schaefer collated and layered the source audio, so at any point the service is playing three different feeds. Make that four feeds: in addition, there is a live mic in Schaefer’s own studio, and that gets added to the audio. The resulting stream is intended to complement your own place and time. It is less a listening experience than something to be filtered into daily life."
music  sound  audio  fieldrecording 
march 2015 by warrenellis
The death of writing – if James Joyce were alive today he’d be working for Google | Books | The Guardian
"In his landmark essay-cum-manifesto The Book, Spiritual Instrument, Mallarmé claims that everything that exists does so in order to end up in, or as, a book. This book-to-come, he continues, using language that foreshadows Lévi-Strauss’s, would be “an immaculate grouping of universal relationships come together for some miraculous and glittering occasion”, in which typography itself “becomes a rite” (he also calls the book “a tomb in miniature for our souls”). Mallarmé spent the final decades of his life plotting the form this uber-book might take: books in their current state being inadequate for the task of containing everything, he called for a radical dismantling and reconfiguration of the shape and format of the medium itself, envisaging ways in which the page might be unfolded and expanded into performance, social practice, even cult activity. In so doing, he laid the foundations for the 20th-century avant garde, from Cage’s extra‑literary activities or Burroughs’s revolutionary ethnographically inflected provocations to that most immaculate and glittering grouping of all universal – and quotidian – relations, Ulysses, in which Joyce repeatedly states his ambition to make a whole culture, at micro- and macro-level, from its advertising slogans or the small talk in bars to its funerary rituals and the way the entire past and future are imagined, to use Mallarmé’s words, aboutir dans un livre."
writing 
march 2015 by warrenellis
are music subcultures losing their definition? | read | i-D
"As the sun sets on the year that brought us a wealth of meaningless trends, let 2015 be the year that subcultures find their definition. Let kids put down their iPhones and go out into the real world and engage with the subversive, as opposed to listlessly posting a picture of it. Ultimately, let 2015 be the year we shake off our social media induced Narcolepsy and reignite our passion for music."

Some chance.
music  culture 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Chacking to hear some Cornish dialects? - Sound and vision blog
"This month we've uploaded linguistic descriptions of conversations about local speech in Warleggan, Penzance, Mawla, St Feock and Truro. Together they constitute the set of BBC Voices Recordings made by BBC Radio Cornwall. The descriptions list the participants' responses to a set of prompt words and, in the case of Mawla, St Feock and Truro, also include a detailed description of the phonology and grammar of the speakers. - See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/sound-and-vision/2015/03/chacking-to-hear-some-cornish-dialects.html#sthash.W1f1038r.7dsOBKUD.dpuf"
culture  language  voice  audio 
march 2015 by warrenellis
What is blue and how do we see color? - Business Insider
"do you really see something if you don't have a word for it?"
culture  language 
march 2015 by warrenellis
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