Thomas Guide maps: The rise and fall of Los Angeles' directional holy grail | 89.3 KPCC
Thomas Guide maps: The rise and fall of Los Angeles' directional holy grail
KPCC / AirTalk transcript, Natalie Chudnovsky. March 7, 2018
los.angeles  maps  cartography 
10 days ago
Typographica 6
December 1962

Reading by touch, by Donald Bell
bibliography at p24

Typewriter type faces, by Alan Bartram 42
braille  blind  typography 
12 days ago
not in any particular order, and not exactly a gospel, but | sara hendren
not in any particular order, and not exactly a gospel, but

March 6, 2018
good advice.
12 days ago
40 Years of Data Suggests 3 Myths About Globalization
40 Years of Data Suggests 3 Myths About Globalization
Lucas Chancel. HBR. March 2, 2018

globalisation increases inequality
income doesn't trickle down
government policy is what increases or decreases inequality, not trade or technology
political.economy  economics  globalization 
16 days ago
Requiem for a bookstore: Caravan writes its final chapter
Requiem for a bookstore: Caravan writes its final chapter
Thomas Curwen. The Los Angeles Times. March 2, 2018
17 days ago
Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists - The New York Times
Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists
Carl Zimmer
NYTimes. 22-27 February, 2018

The Neanderthal, the Artist
Recent studies of cave art suggest that the cousins of modern humans were more sophisticated than their beastly reputation.
neanderthals  paleolithic  paleolithic.art 
21 days ago
Am I Going Blind? / Frank Bruni
Am I Going Blind?
My eyesight is in jeopardy. But I see some things more clearly than ever.
Frank Bruni. NYTimes. 23-24 February 2018

. . . . . . . . .

I had almost certainly experienced what is colloquially called “a stroke of the eye,” whereby the optic nerve is ravaged by a brief reduction of blood flow and thus oxygen. The name for this condition is nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (N.A.I.O.N.), and it afflicts perhaps one in 10,000 Americans. But I’d need extensive blood work and tests to rule out other possibilities.

This tends to occur after the age of 50. (I’m 53.) It typically strikes during sleep, when blood pressure drops, and is sometimes associated with sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension or the use of pills for erectile dysfunction — none of which applied to me. I was a mystery.

I would be surprised, Dr. Moazami said, by my brain’s eventual adjustment. It would edit my right eye out of the equation so that my left eye could guide me on its own, leaving me with entirely serviceable vision. There was even a possibility that I’d get some vision back.

But there was a much better possibility that I wouldn’t. There was nothing I could do — no diet, no exercise, zilch — to influence the outcome. Worse, the “stroke” revealed anatomical vulnerabilities that meant that my left eye was potentially in jeopardy, too, and there was no proven script for protecting it.
fear  blindness  Frank.Bruni 
23 days ago
BBC - Culture - The mysterious painting that changed how we see colour
Marcel Duchamp’s last painting has influenced artists for a century. Kelly Grovier looks at how it inspired the modern colour chart – and at its 17th-Century predecessor.

Kelly Grovier
15 February 2018
color  Marcel.Duchamp  Pantone  Erik.Kwakkel 
29 days ago
Everything Easy is Hard Again – Frank Chimero
Methods that were once taboo are back on the table. For instance, last week I was reading a post about the benefits of not using stylesheets and instead having inline styles for everything. The post made a few compelling points, but this approach would have been crazy talk a few years ago.

So much of how we build websites and software comes down to how we think. The churn of tools, methods, and abstractions also signify the replacement of ideology. A person must usually think in a way similar to the people who created the tools to successfully use them. It’s not as simple as putting down a screwdriver and picking up a wrench. A person needs to revise their whole frame of thinking; they must change their mind.

In one way, it is easier to be inexperienced: you don’t have to learn what is no longer relevant. Experience, on the other hand, creates two distinct struggles: the first is to identify and unlearn what is no longer necessary (that’s work, too). The second is to remain open-minded, patient, and willing to engage with what’s new, even if it resembles a new take on something you decided against a long time ago.
Frank.Chimero  WA  WAS18 
29 days ago
It's Nice That | Graphic designer Angharad Hengyu Owen on textual shapes and wandering poems
Graphic designer Angharad Hengyu Owen on textual shapes and wandering poems
Daphne Milner, 16 February 2018
4 weeks ago
Design’s Lost Generation – Mike Monteiro – Medium
February 18, 2018

Yesterday I sat down for coffee with a colleague who teaches design at the local art school. (Why design is taught in art schools is worth another 10,000 words. I’ll save it for later.)
4 weeks ago
The Tyranny of Convenience - The New York Times
Tim Wu. NYTimes. February 16-18, 2018

and this weird comment —
cameron tonkinwise‏

if you write something like this, you have either undermined your credibility ('everything that follows is whatever was easiest for me to say without research because I don't even have integrity wrt my coffee values') or you are lying
18 Feb 2018
4 weeks ago
Met Office still 'best forecaster in galaxy' despite BBC rejection
Caroline Davies. The Guardian. 10 February 2018

Then there’s the shipping desk. Nigel Bolton is staring at a hypnotic screen of purple, blue, green and white computerised fletches – green is force 6, purple force 7, white force 8. The poetry of the shipping forecast, provided through the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, will continue on BBC radio, to the delight of fans and sailors alike.
5 weeks ago
Alterity, Misogyny & the Agonistic Feminine | Jacket2
Joan Retallack.
Alterity, Misogyny & the Agonistic Feminine
February 6, 2018
Joan.Retallack  experimental  agonisms 
6 weeks ago
Introduction | Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Introduction: The origins of numerical abilities
Brian Butterworth, C. R. Gallistel, Giorgio Vallortigara
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Published 1 January 2018.
counting  number  mathematics 
6 weeks ago
Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You - The New York Times
Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You
Numerosity is deeply embedded in species that need to track quantity, such as hungry spiders and schooling fish. But the ability seems to have faded in humans.
Natalie Angier. NYTimes. 5-6 February 2018

points (links) to
The story of the frog’s neuro-abacus is just one example of nature’s vast, ancient and versatile number sense, a talent explored in detail in a recent themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, edited by Brian Butterworth, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London, C. Randy Gallistel of Rutgers University and Giorgio Vallortigara of the University of Trento.

mathematics  number  counting 
6 weeks ago
Was Australopithecus an Artist? / Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both?
Was Australopithecus an Artist?
Jason Farago. NYTimes. February 1-2, 2018

better title in print edition —
Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both?
but.is.it.art?  Australopithecus  paleolithic  paleolithic.art 
6 weeks ago
Digital Humanities Asia 2018 (evenbright)
Digital Humanities Asia:
Harnessing Digital Technologies to Advance the Study of Asia and the Non-Western World

April 27-28, 2018

Stanford Humanities Center
8 weeks ago
Scarry passage on the light bulb
“A light bulb transforms the human being from a creature who one who would spend approximately a third of each day groping in the dark, to one who sees simply by wishing to see: its impossibly fragi...
Elaine.Scarry  light.bulb  from notes
8 weeks ago
Advertising Housework: Labor and the Promotion of Pleasure in 1970s Domestic Interiors
Advertising Housework: Labor and the Promotion of Pleasure in 1970s Domestic Interiors
Sylvia Faichney. September 22, 2017
the.kitchen  gender 
8 weeks ago
Zadie Smith: ‘I have a very messy and chaotic mind’
The Observer
Zadie Smith: ‘I have a very messy and chaotic mind’
Zadie Smith has been a vital literary voice since her first novel, White Teeth, became an instant bestseller. Here she answers questions from famous fans, including Teju Cole, Philip Pullman and Sharmaine Lovegrove, and a selection of our readers

The Guardian. 21 January 2018

. . . . .

Chris Ware
Do you have any secret techniques for overcoming self-doubt?
As you know, there isn’t really any solution to self-doubt. In the end, you just have to write and doubt simultaneously.

. . . . .

David O’Rourke, from Kilburn, London, asks:
You published an essay collection called Changing My Mind. Any recent instances?

When I was young, I tried to read Memoirs of Hadrian and thought it was boring and stopped. This year, I discovered it’s a masterpiece.
Zadie.Smith  doubt  Chris.Ware  Marguerite.Yourcenar  mutability 
8 weeks ago
Deep Space Nine’s Revolutionary Look at Black Fatherhood
Deep Space Nine Is TV’s Most Revolutionary Depiction of Black Fatherhood
Angelica Jade Bastién
January 19, 2018
DS9  race 
8 weeks ago
“It just became so obvious” – Snakes and Ladders
JANUARY 19, 2018 / AYJAY
When Colleen Malloy, a neonatologist and faculty member at Northwestern University, discusses abortion with her colleagues, she says, “it’s kind of like the emperor is not wearing any clothes.” Medical teams spend enormous effort, time, and money to deliver babies safely and nurse premature infants back to health. Yet physicians often support abortion, even late into fetal development.

As medical techniques have become increasingly sophisticated, Malloy said, she has felt this tension acutely: A handful of medical centers in major cities can now perform surgeries on genetically abnormal fetuses while they’re still in the womb. Many are the same age as the small number of fetuses aborted in the second or third trimesters of a mother’s pregnancy. “The more I advanced in my field of neonatology, the more it just became the logical choice to recognize the developing fetus for what it is: a fetus, instead of some sort of sub-human form,” Malloy said. “It just became so obvious that these were just developing humans.”

— Emma Green
8 weeks ago
Writing - The Studio at the Edge of the World
Design Philosophy Papers Archive
Design Philosophy Papers (DPP) was a refereed online journal published between 2003 and 2017 aiming to advance critical thinking on design and the-world-as-designed. The issues were organised according to themes like: design and power; design ethics; design and the global south; technology as environment;  re-materialization; user-centred design; sacred design, and many more. There are more than 140 papers in the archive available for download.

design.theory  design.philosophy 
9 weeks ago
Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now - The New York Times
Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now
In the movie, “I, Tonya,” the disgraced figure skater looks back on the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan scandal and her struggles to tell her side of the story.
Taffy Brodesser-Aknerjan. NYTies. January 10, 2018

. . . . .

When she got the call from Mr. Rogers, she’d been doing fine. She could take care of herself. She had other skills. She’d worked as a welder, a painter at a metal fabrication company, a hardware sales clerk at Sears, where every day some guy would ask if there was a man who could help him, and every day she’d school that guy on how much more she knows about tools than just about anyone.
ice.skating  hardware.stores 
9 weeks ago
The Women the Abortion War Leaves Out - The New York Times
Michelle Oberman. NYTimes. January 11, 2018

I don’t mean to suggest money is the only factor that shapes many women’s response to an unplanned pregnancy, but let’s be clear about how much it matters. One of the largest research studies on the question of why women choose abortion surveyed about 1,200 abortion patients and found 73 percent said they could not afford a baby at the time.

Those women are telling us something that is hiding in plain view: Motherhood is really expensive. Rose Home has dedicated itself to offsetting the high cost of motherhood, but the costs are staggering. The system is rigged against poor women. Ms. Chishko remarked that “the bottom line encourages abortion.” She is right.

The price of motherhood is set by our government’s policies. It will, at some level, always be cheaper for a woman to have an abortion than to have a baby. But if anti-abortion campaigners truly want to decrease the numbers of abortions, rather than passing laws designed to drive up the costs of abortion, they would do far better to invest in the kinds of economic supports that make becoming a parent a realistic possibility for struggling women.
9 weeks ago
How many dimensions are there, and what do they do to reality? | Aeon Essays
Radical dimensions
Relativity says we live in four dimensions. String theory says it’s 10. What are ‘dimensions’ and how do they affect reality?

Margaret Wertheim (yes, she of Crochet Coral Reef)
10 January 2018
9 weeks ago
The Looming Digital Meltdown
The Looming Digital Meltdown
Zeynep Tufekci, NYTimes, January 6, 2018
Zeynep.Tufekci  security  end-of-the-web-as-we-imagined-it 
10 weeks ago
Take it from me, a Buddhist monk: cleaning is good for you | Shoukei Matsumoto | Opinion | The Guardian
The routines of sweeping, polishing and tidying have spiritual meaning, and you don’t have to be religious to benefit from them

Shoukei Matsumoto
The Guardian. 5 January 2018

. . . . .

Cleaning practice, by which I mean the routines whereby we sweep, wipe, polish, wash and tidy, is one step on this path towards inner peace. In Japanese Buddhism, we don’t separate a self from its environment, and cleaning expresses our respect for and sense of wholeness with the world that surrounds us.
maintenance  cleaning 
10 weeks ago
2017年度 第1回 島デザイン部 活動報告①
Omishima  大三島  design  graphic.design  japan 
10 weeks ago
A Colorblind Artist? Yes, With a Little Help From His Friends
A Colorblind Artist? Yes, With a Little Help From His Friends
Worried that he couldn’t work as an illustrator, Loren Long hid his “obstacle.” Now it’s out in the open.

Maria Russo. NYTimes. December 23,2017

. . . . .

All your books have many colors in them. How do you do that?

I work with tubes of paint that have the names on them. I put colors on the palette in a certain order. I know color theory but when I get into a painting it’s very intuitive.

But you can’t know for sure how it looks?

That’s the scary thing. If I’m not careful I could paint brown leaves instead of green. I have to rely on values, and I think because of my colorblindness I have a heightened sense of values — darks, lights and middle tones. Saturation could be another way to describe it. So I have a solid grasp of lighting and lights and darks. I try to establish a strong light source and let value define the picture more than color.
Loren.Long  color.blindness 
12 weeks ago
JF Ptak Science Books: Using a Stick to Find Fugitive Murderers (1693)
Here's a quick bit, found in the title of a book that I bumped into--one could evidently hire a dowser to find "fugitive murderers" and "robbers" in addition to precious ore, and water, and treasures, and what-have-you. It appears in Pierre Le Lorrain,  l'Abbe de Vallemont's  La Physique occulte, ou Traité de la baguette divinatoire et de son utilité pour la découverte des sources d'eau, des minières, des trésors cachez, des voleurs et des meurtriers fugitifs. Avec des principes qui expliquent les phénomènes les plus obscurs de la Nature (1693) which almost translates by itself to "Occult Physics, or the Treatise of the Divine Wand and its Use in Discovering Water Springs, Mining, Hidden Treasures, Robbers and Fugitive Murders. With principles that explain the darkest phenomena of Nature". 
december 2017
Haffenden House
Name: Haffenden House

Client: private

Year: 2014

Status: built

Type: residential

Location: Syracuse, NY

Program: writing studio/library
december 2017
In 2017, an angry public demanded the removal of controversial art works. Could the debate limit artistic freedom? - LA Times
In 2017, an angry public demanded the removal of controversial art works. Could the debate limit artistic freedom?

Carolina A. Miranda. Los Angeles Times. December 15, 2017
Carolina.Miranda  courage 
december 2017
‘But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare’: the letters of Baruch Spinoza | Cultures of Knowledge
‘But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare’: the letters of Baruch Spinoza

via RT
Peter Harrison‏
"Goethe considered Spinoza’s correspondence to be ‘the most interesting book one can read in the world of uprightness and of humanity’."
december 2017
The ryokan: the ancient Japanese inn that is the next big Airbnb thing | Travel | The Guardian
The ryokan: the ancient Japanese inn that is the next big Airbnb thing
The rentals website is reporting a 600% rise in bookings next year for the traditional, family-run hosteries – the oldest of which dates back to the 8th century

Claire Knox. The Guardian. 10 December 2017
december 2017
The Tragical Death Of An Apple Pie | Spitalfields Life
With the temperatures plunging below zero, my thoughts turn towards hot apple pie and so I take this opportunity to present The Tragical Death of an Apple Pie, an alphabet rhyme first published in 1671, in a version produced by Jemmy Catnach in the eighteen-twenties.

Poet, compositor and publisher, Catnach moved to London from Newcastle in 1812 and set up Seven Dials Press in Monmouth Court, producing more than four thousand chapbooks and broadsides in the next quarter century. Anointed as the high priest of street literature and eager to feed a seemingly-endless appetite for cheap printed novelties in the capital, Catnach put forth a multifarious list of titles, from lurid crime and political satire to juvenile rhymes and comic ballads, priced famously at a halfpenny or a ‘farden.’

December 9, 2017
december 2017
TIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers
TIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers
Stephanie Zacharek, Eliana Dockterman and Haley Sweetland Edwards.

photographs by BILLY & HELLS for TIME
december 2017
Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?
On the Ground: reporting from all corners of America
Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?
The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help

The Guardian. 6 December 2017
farming  agriculture  suicide 
december 2017
Where Silicon Valley Is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul
Where Silicon Valley Is Going
to Get in Touch With Its Soul
The Esalen Institute, a storied hippie hotel in Big Sur, Calif., has reopened
with a mission to help technologists who discover that “inside they’re hurting.”

Nellie Bowles. NYTimes. December 4, 2017

. . . . .

The hot springs, left, are open to the public from 1 to 3 a.m.
december 2017
Emblems: by Alice Cholmondeley
Revised by J. J. Nettleship. Edited by Reginald Cholmondeley.
London, 1875

University of Minnesota copy, digitized August 26, 2010

. . . . . . . .

It passed through inheritance to Thomas Cholmondeley in 1863, and then to his younger brother Reginald Cholmondeley. He married Alice Egerton, daughter and heiress to Lord Egerton of Tatton Park in Cheshire.

Tragedy struck this young couple with the untimely death of the beautiful Alice in childbirth. Visitors to Condover church cannot fail to be moved by the memorial tomb, created by Reginald Cholmondeley with the Victorian sculptor George Frederick Watts a poignant life-size recumbent effigy of Alice with the infant child in Carrara marble.

emblemata  Alice.Cholmondeley 
december 2017
In Praise of the ‘Career Romance’ / A Long Affair With Career Romances
In Praise of the ‘Career Romance’
The Enthusiast
Sadie Stein. NYTimes. November 30, 2017

in print on December 1, 2017, on Page C25 of the New York edition with the headline: A Long Affair With Career Romances
december 2017
Camera left on Yorkshire beach films its 500-mile journey to German island | World news | The Guardian
Camera left on Yorkshire beach films its 500-mile journey to German island
Waterproof device is found on Süderoog in Wadden Sea with chip containing footage of its own voyage across North Sea

Philip Oltermann. The Guardian. 30 November 2017
photography  lost  lost.and.found 
november 2017
The Interdisciplinary Fallacy | Representations
The Interdisciplinary Fallacy
Jonathan Kramnick
Representations, Vol. 140 No. 1, Fall 2017; (pp. 67-83) DOI: 10.1525/rep.2017.140.1.67

note 27 :
Some ‘‘anecdata’’ for what it’s worth: The five years I spent running an inter-disciplinary seminar on culture and cognition continually ran into this differ-ence in sensibility, with the humanists interested in getting to a point where the problems could be stated and the social and natural scientists (and their fellow travelers in philosophy) wanting to solve problems once stated. This was met with good cheer.
problem.definition  problem.solving  discipline  disciplinarity 
november 2017
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writing.technologies  writing  tools 
november 2017
In Search Of The Perfect Writing Font – iA
If you give 150% to the letters w, W, m, and M, you get a text image that has almost all benefits of a monospace font, but the text flows nicely. And born was the duospace concept.
Duospace is a notion familiar from Asian fonts where there are single and double width characters. Our candidate is a bit different. It offers single and four 1.5 width characters.
november 2017
“Beards, Sandals, and Other Signs of Rugged Individualism”: Masculine Culture within the Computing Professions: Osiris: Vol 30, No 1
Nathan Ensmenger, "“Beards, Sandals, and Other Signs of Rugged Individualism”: Masculine Culture within the Computing Professions," Osiris 30 (2015): -.

Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, male computer experts were able to successfully transform the “routine and mechanical” (and therefore feminized) activity of computer programming into a highly valued, well-paying, and professionally respectable discipline. They did so by constructing for themselves a distinctively masculine identity in which individual artistic genius, personal eccentricity, antiauthoritarian behavior, and a characteristic “dislike of activities involving human interaction” were mobilized as sources of personal and professional authority. This article explores the history of masculine culture and practices in computer programming, with a particular focus on the role of university computer centers as key sites of cultural formation and dissemination.

via @shannonmattern
gender  beards 
november 2017
Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'
Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'
Future of dockless bicycles under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demand

Benjamin Haas. The Guardian. 25 November 2018

great photographs by Chen Zixiang
china  bicycles 
november 2017
Seeds issue #2 by Jupiter Hadley - issuu
Popular visual depictions of early generative systems.
published November 12, 2017
poetical.engines  James.Ryan 
november 2017
Water divining is bunk. So why do myths continue to trump science? | Philip Ball | Opinion | The Guardian
Water divining is bunk. So why do myths continue to trump science?

The use of dowsing by major water companies shows that the appeal of natural magic needs to be understood – and, where needed, confronted

Philip Ball. The Guardian. 22 November 2017
see comments.
november 2017
Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself?
Can A.I. Be Taught
to Explain Itself?
As machine learning becomes more powerful, the field’s researchers increasingly find themselves unable to account for what their algorithms know — or how they know it.

Cliff Kuang. NYTimes Magazine. November 21, 2017
. . . . .

This isn’t merely a theoretical concern. In 2018, the European Union will begin enforcing a law requiring that any decision made by a machine be readily explainable, on penalty of fines that could cost companies like Google and Facebook billions of dollars. The law was written to be powerful and broad and fails to define what constitutes a satisfying explanation or how exactly those explanations are to be reached. It represents a rare case in which a law has managed to leap into a future that academics and tech companies are just beginning to devote concentrated effort to understanding. As researchers at Oxford dryly noted, the law “could require a complete overhaul of standard and widely used algorithmic techniques” — techniques already permeating our everyday lives.

Those techniques can seem inescapably alien to our own ways of thinking.

. . . . . . . . .

The analyst was pointing to a legal and ethical motivation for explainability: Even if a machine made perfect decisions, a human would still have to take responsibility for them — and if the machine’s rationale was beyond reckoning, that could never happen.
AI  o.brave.new.world 
november 2017
From the clay tablet to predictive text: how tech shapes literature
To Write in Light :
From the clay tablet to predictive text: how tech shapes literature

An age of innovation is focusing minds on past media revolutions. Could ours be the most far-reaching yet?

Thomas Hale. FT Weekend. 18-19 November 2017

review essay on

The Written World: How Literature Shaped History, by Martin Puchner, Granta, 432 pages

Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, by Matthew Kirschenbaum, 368 pages

The Chinese Typewriter: A History, by Thomas Mullaney, MIT Press, 504 pages
poetical.engines  typewriting  writing.technologies 
november 2017
I’ve seen how exclusive the fashion world is. Can the new Vogue change that? | Hadley Freeman | Fashion | The Guardian
I’ve seen how exclusive the fashion world is. Can the new Vogue change that?

Hadley Freeman
I covered the fashion shows for almost a decade, where I could count the number of black women in the front row on one finger

The Guardian. 18 November 2017

some more here —
fashion  race 
november 2017
'Okinawa': Remembering Takuma Nakahira in a different light
‘Okinawa’: Remembering Takuma Nakahira in a different light
Darren Gore. The Japan Times. October 21, 2017

are-bure-boke (rough, blurry, out-of-focus) style of black-and-white photography associated with the turbulent urbanization and political activism of late 1960s Japan. ¶ Nakahira’s act on the beach was a vehement disavowal of this highly expressionistic mode that was synonymous with seminal underground magazine Provoke, which he co-founded in 1968.


some Western curators in particular dismiss Nakahira’s post-illness images as mere snapshots. In an art world where success increasingly depends upon an ability to articulate concept, the latter-day Nakahira’s enforced incoherence as to his intentions may put his work at a disadvantage.

At the same time, however, it gives his “second act” an intrigue that can never be fully understood
Takuma.Nakahira  Provoke  are-bure-boke 
november 2017
After 81 Years, Memphis College of Art Will Shutter Due to Debt and Falling Enrollment
After 81 Years, Memphis College of Art Will Shutter Due to Debt and Falling Enrollment
While many remain optimistic that the school could remain open, it would take a miraculous $30 million endowment donation to make this possible.
Shelby Black. hyperallergic. 15 November 2017

While the MCA offers an undergraduate degree in graphic design, Hines believes the lack of courses in digital and design arts is a major factor in the drop in applications.
arts.edu  design.edu 
november 2017
The Musicians of Dourgouti by Yannis Kyriakides / youtube
Published on Nov 15, 2017
The Musicians of Dourgouti by Yannis Kyriakides performed by ARTefacts Ensemble at Stegi, Athens 26th May 2017.

The composition is based on a transcription of an interview
recorded by George Sachinis (UrbanDig Project) of a resident,
Iosif Gevontian living in the Dourgouti neighborhoud in Neos
Kosmos, Athens. In the interview he gives an account of the
musical life and the many musicians which he encountered there
in the post-war years.

Musicians in this performance:
Guido De Flaviis: saxophone
Spyros Tzekos: clarinet
Laertes Kokolanis: violin
Marios Dapergolas: viola
Kostas Seremetis: marimba
Christos Sakellaridis: piano
yannis.kyriakides  music  musicians 
november 2017
'Take Up and Read' by Anne Boyer — The Lifted Brow
'Take Up and Read'
Anne Boyer. The Lifted Brow. November 8, 2017

But as bad as reading has been for me, reading is not merely the private amplification of the human worst. Reading is not only escapism and militant solitude and everything shirked—that is, reading is not an act exclusive to words and books—and a person can also read the patterns of migrating birds or the lines in a soon-to-be-lover’s palm or the buds of oak trees or the damaged look in an eye or the danger headed this way or the people amassed in the streets. The world existed before books, and it always exists outside of them: that is, how a person should read is how a person must read, which is at least in duplicate, both always in this world and looking for another.
november 2017
Reblogging Audre Lorde - The Awl
Reblogging Audre Lorde
Discovering theory one sound bite at a time.

Nora Battelle. November 6, 2017
social.media  commonplace.books  commonplacing 
november 2017
Why we millennials are happy to be free of social media tyranny | Media | The Guardian
Why we millennials are happy to be free of social media tyranny
Generation that grew up digitally connected is now recognising the dangerously addictive quality of sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat

Rupen G Kalsi.
The Guardian / Observer. 12 November 2017
social.media  detox  405F17 
november 2017
U.S. Centric World on a Gingery Projection
on a
by Jason Davies

really nice.
of course, any point could be the center.
( @ptak RT )
maps  cartography  projections 
november 2017
'Your gift will not be wasted': face transplant patient meets donor's widow
'Your gift will not be wasted': face transplant patient meets donor's widow
American clinic organised meeting between Calen Ross’s widow and Andy Sandness, who endured nearly 10 years of severe facial disfigurement

Ian Sample. The Guardian. 10 November 2017

. . . . .

Sandness must now take drugs every day to prevent his body from rejecting the face, and constantly works to retrain his nerves, giving himself facial massages and striving to improve his speech by running through the alphabet while in the car or the shower.

Sandness lost most of his face in 2006 when he put a rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger. A decade later, Calen Ross shot himself and died in southwestern Minnesota. Horrifically scarred, Sandness had become almost a recluse by then.
faces  facial.transplant 
november 2017
Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side
Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side
Maureen Dowd. NYTimes. D1 (Thursday Styles section), November 8, 2017
jaron.lanier  SV 
november 2017
Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour
Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour
Michael M. Kasumovic , Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff
Published: July 15, 2015https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0131613

Gender inequality and sexist behaviour is prevalent in almost all workplaces and rampant in online environments. Although there is much research dedicated to understanding sexist behaviour, we have almost no insight into what triggers this behaviour and the individuals that initiate it. Although social constructionist theory argues that sexism is a response towards women entering a male dominated arena, this perspective doesn’t explain why only a subset of males behave in this way. We argue that a clearer understanding of sexist behaviour can be gained through an evolutionary perspective that considers evolved differences in intra-sexual competition. We hypothesised that female-initiated disruption of a male hierarchy incites hostile behaviour from poor performing males who stand to lose the most status. To test this hypothesis, we used an online first-person shooter video game that removes signals of dominance but provides information on gender, individual performance, and skill. We show that lower-skilled players were more hostile towards a female-voiced teammate, especially when performing poorly. In contrast, lower-skilled players behaved submissively towards a male-voiced player in the identical scenario. This difference in gender-directed behaviour became more extreme with poorer focal-player performance. We suggest that low-status males increase female-directed hostility to minimize the loss of status as a consequence of hierarchical reconfiguration resulting from the entrance of a woman into the competitive arena. Higher-skilled players, in contrast, were more positive towards a female relative to a male teammate. As higher-skilled players have less to fear from hierarchical reorganization, we argue that these males behave more positively in an attempt to support and garner a female player’s attention. Our results provide the clearest picture of inter-sexual competition to date, highlighting the importance of considering an evolutionary perspective when exploring the factors that affect male hostility towards women.
november 2017
p5.js | home
p5.js a JS client-side library for creating graphic and interactive experiences, based on the core principles of Processing.
processing  405F17  js 
november 2017
Inhumanism, Reason, Blackness, Feminism — Glass Bead
Inhumanism, Reason, Blackness, Feminism
Nina Power

Paradoxically, it is perhaps the case that what makes us most human is our capacity for the inhuman, which is to say, reason forces us to confront all the many ways in which we are not such a special animal, and all the ways we can, for example, be carved up into chemicals and atoms and DNA, in the end not so far away from a piece of fruit. This sense of the inhuman has a highly complicated relationship with inhumanism understood as the desire for destruction or for the callous disregard for the lives of other human beings, but I will suggest that there is a sense, or several senses, of thinking about inhumanism that both take violence into account and move beyond it.
Nina.Power  humanism  inhumanism  the.inhuman 
november 2017
What Is It to Think? — Glass Bead
We have second thoughts, and it is because we do that we can be said to have any thoughts at all.


What Is It to Think?
Danielle Macbeth
thinking  error  second.thoughts  Danielle.Macbeth  aphorisms 
november 2017
In theory there is no difference between theory...
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Yogi Berra
yogi.berra  theory  practice  aphorisms 
november 2017
California man's professional commercial to sell fiancee's 1996 Honda goes viral, rakes in eBay bids - SFGate
California man's professional commercial to sell fiancee's 1996 Honda goes viral, rakes in eBay bids
Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE, November 3, 2017

humor  motoring 
november 2017
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