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HathiTrust Research Center Extends Non-Consumptive Research Tool... | HathiTrust Digital Library
Researchers may now use entire HathiTrust corpus — incl copyrighted items — for non-consumptive research via Research Center text and data mining tools.
raw.material  HathiTrust 
yesterday
You May Be Surprised to Hear That Restoration Hardware Is Doing Great - The New York Times
DOMAINS

You May Be Surprised to Hear That Restoration Hardware Is Doing Great
Restoration Hardware seemed doomed. Now, it’s a vast and booming bricks and mortar empire. What gives?

Penelope Green. NYTimes. September 19, 2018

A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 20, 2018, on Page D1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Home Goods Empire Rises Again.

beautifully written account.
hardware.stores  hardware 
2 days ago
A giant crawling brain: the jaw-dropping world of termites | News | The Guardian
At least half of termite studies used to be about how to kill them. But science is discovering their extraordinary usefulness
Lisa Margonelli
The Guardian
18 September 2018

. . . . .

I had stumbled into one of the big questions termites pose, which is, roughly, what is “one” termite? Is it one individual termite? Is it one termite with its symbiotic gut microbes, an entity that can eat wood but cannot reproduce on its own? Or is it a colony, a whole living, breathing structure, occupied by a few million related individuals and a gazillion symbionts who collectively constitute “one”?

The issue of one is profound in every direction, with evolutionary, ecological and existential implications. By the end of that day I had a basic idea that the fewer I saw, the more termites there might be. Where I had thought of landscapes as the product of growth, on that afternoon they inverted to become the opposite: the remainders left behind by the forces of persistent and massive chewing. The sky was no longer the sky, but the blue stuff that is visible after the screening brush and cacti have been eaten away. Termites have made the world by unmaking parts of it. They are the architects of negative space. The engineers of not.

. . . . .

…Termites make the mounds by first piling up dirt and then removing it strategically in the tunnels. Eyeless, they use their antennae to feel for smoothness, and in the big tunnels they remove everything that is rough. They may even hear the tunnel’s shape.

Termites are often compared to architects for the way they build their mounds, but that is misleading because they don’t have plans or a global vision. What they really have is an aesthetic, an innate sense of how things should feel.
termites  entomology  one  mereology  aesthetics  craft  architecture 
4 days ago
The Rise of Writing: A Q&A with Deborah Brandt
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The Rise of Writing: A Q&A with Deborah Brandt
May 17, 2018
By Blake Plante, NEH Research Intern

What happens when writing becomes more common than reading? In a time when it is easier than ever for people to publish their sentiments, what kinds of risks do writers face? Millions of Americans now spend much of their working days “with their hands on keyboards and their minds on audiences,” writes Deborah Brandt in her latest book, The Rise of Writing: Redefining Mass Literacy (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Her publication explores the effects of writing as a new and dominating form of mass literacy.

. . . . .

When I began this project I could not imagine how anyone could write more than they read, but over the course of the adult lifespan, that seems to be happening. Writing is crowding out reading. People read to write, of course, and read during writing—but reading now more commonly occurs as part of the act of writing, as part of a production process. That strikes me as a new development in the history of mass literacy.
reading  writing  Deborah.Brandt 
5 days ago
A rare interview with Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo | Fashion | The Guardian
The Fashion autumn/winter 2018
A rare interview with Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo
High-concept, high-fashion and radical, designer Kawakubo is considered the queen of fashion. Jess Cartner-Morley meets the designer at her headquarters in Paris

by Jess Cartner-Morley, styling, Helen Seamons, photographs, Jason Heatherington

The Guardian. 15 September 2018
Rei.Kawakubo  fashion 
7 days ago
What’s in the sweeping copyright bill just passed by the European Parliament | Ars Technica
COPYRIGHT OVERHAUL —
What’s in the sweeping copyright bill just passed by the European Parliament
Legislation now goes to a three-way negotiation within the EU.
Timothy B. Lee. ArsTechnica - 9/12/2018
. . . .
The legislation makes online platforms like Google and Facebook directly liable for content uploaded by their users and mandates greater "cooperation" with copyright holders to police the uploading of infringing works. It also gives news publishers a new, special right to restrict how their stories are featured by news aggregators such as Google News. And it creates a new right for sports teams that could limit the ability of fans to share images and videos online.

Today's vote was not the end of Europe's copyright fight. Under the European Union's convoluted process for approving legislation, the proposal will now become the subject of a three-way negotiation involving the European Parliament, the Council of the Europe Union (representing national governments), and the European Commission (the EU's executive branch). If those three bodies agree to a final directive, then it will be sent to each of the 28 EU member countries (or more likely 27 thanks to Brexit) for implementation in national laws.
copyright 
8 days ago
What Termites Can Teach Us | The New Yorker
Annals of Entomology
September 17, 2018 Issue
What Termites Can Teach Us
Roboticists are fascinated by their “swarm intelligence,” biologists by their ability to turn grass into energy. But can humans replicate their achievements?
By Amia Srinivasan

references Lisa Margonelli her “Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology”
entomology  termites  the.problem.of.the.male 
9 days ago
"In English, attention is something we pay. In Spanish, attention is something we lend. In French, attention is something we make. And in Farsi, attention is something we do."
Nyusha on Twitter:
@gole_yaas

In English, attention is something we pay.
In Spanish, attention is something we lend.
In French, attention is something we make.
And in Farsi, attention is something we do.

1:40 AM - 12 Sep 2018

good thread
attention  lexicon 
9 days ago
The empty city: New York without New Yorkers – in pictures | Cities | The Guardian
The empty city: New York without New Yorkers – in pictures

Charles Johnstone was given one of the last batches of the toxic chemicals and paper that make cibachrome images. He used it to seek out empty places across New York’s five boroughs

11 September 2018
. . . . .

Charles Johnstone’s portfolio includes Brooklyn Corrugated Iron Fences, Thirty Four Basketball Courts, A Few Empty Pools, Some New York Handball Courts, and New York Storefront Churches, printed in the luminous cibachrome colour process
Charles.Johnstone  photographer  photography 
10 days ago
Rustic speech and folk-lore : Wright, Elizabeth Mary, 1863-1958
Rustic speech and folk-lore. Humphrey Milford / OUP, 1913
Elizabeth Mary Wright (1863-1958)

this is UC copy, others available.

opens to chatper 19, Weather lore and farming terms

"When the sky has a <i>cruddled</i> appearance, that is, when it is covered with small fleecy clouds called Hen-scrattins (Sc. n.Cy. Midl.), it means that the weather will be : Neither long wet nor yet long dry. The same is said of the long streaky clouds called Filly-tails (Sc. n.Cy), Mares'-tails (gen. dials.), and Goat's-hair (Nhb.).
Elizabeth.Mary.Wright  Joseph.Wright  weather  dialect 
10 days ago
Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea - The New York Times
Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea
With a single scholarly article, Lina Khan, 29, has reframed decades of monopoly law.
David Streitfeld. NYTimes. September 7, 2018
antitrust  competition  monopoly.law 
14 days ago
When the Ship Has Sailed Alan Jacobs on Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis | The Point Magazine
Robert L. Kehoe III. The Point.

RK: You conclude this unlikely story with a nod to Jacques Ellul, who became one of the leading prophets and critics of the burgeoning technocratic society. Anticipating how problem-solver culture would take hold, Ellul envisioned a future starved of creativity, devoid of spiritual depth and purpose, where “children are educated to become precisely what society expects of them.” Apart from the fact that aspects of his vision seem to have come to life, why was it so important to give Ellul the final word?

AJ: Auden was born in 1907, Weil in 1909, Ellul in 1912. He’s not that much younger than them, but the difference is significant. Also, he lived in occupied France, where Weil wanted to be but couldn’t get to. During the war she was mainly in London, Auden in various parts of America, but Ellul was trying to raise food for his family, preach sermons to his tiny Reformed congregation, and smuggle Jews out of France. This was an existentially threatening time for Ellul, and it happened when he was still a very young man—so the whole war was formative for him in ways it wasn’t for any of my main characters. And perhaps for this reason Ellul saw with remarkable immediacy and clarity that the victory was not that of democracy but rather technocracy. The other five lived through a great struggle for, as they all would have seen it, the soul of the West; but Ellul came into his intellectual maturity when that struggle had been concluded. I thought it important to end with a look at a brilliant thinker who didn’t worry about whether rule of the technocratic elite could be averted, because that rule was already established, and the only question remaining, for thoughtful and serious Christians, was how to live in it.
ayjay  Jacques.Ellul  malta 
15 days ago
D. J.s, Swim Briefs, $25 Coladas: In Vegas, the Party’s at the Pool - The New York Times
D. J.s, Swim Briefs, $25 Coladas: In Vegas, the Party’s at the Pool
The city has long been known for its night life. Now, day clubs are the destination of the moment, with nonstop music, tropical cocktails and the inevitable red-velvet ropes. The water can get wild.

Courtney Bond. NYTimes. September 4, 2018

tagged "swimming pools", but not much swimming in evidence.
swimming.pools  las.vegas 
18 days ago
Broad strokes: Indonesian art and 20 years of Reformasi
Broad strokes: Indonesian art and 20 years of Reformasi
Erin Cook, the interpreter. 22 May 2018

. . . . .

Nugroho points to extremist groups such as Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, a local affiliate of the Islamic State, as the “real censors”. Attacks such as those this month in Surabaya “create terror, fear, and anxiety”, and in turn give the government more scope to intervene in the name of security.

While that in itself is not unique to Indonesia, the relative newness of the country’s democracy creates pressure. Nugroho says:

[In Indonesia] everyone is still euphoric about being able to speak out, to criticise, or comment. Everyone talks, but it doesn’t mean they are ready for criticism. Everyone closes their ears. They want their own version of truth. We minimise research and data, and express our ego and personal opinions.
indonesia  Eko.Nugroho 
19 days ago
Chanel shoes, but no salary: how one woman exposed the scandal of the French fashion industry | Fashion | The Guardian
Chanel shoes, but no salary: how one woman exposed the scandal of the French fashion industry
Fashion industry
A new book by academic Giulia Mensitieri, laying bare the working conditions of stylists and young designers, has sparked controversy. Will it lead to improved conditions for those forced to work for clothes vouchers instead of cash?

Stefanie Marsh. The Guardian. 2 September 2018

Giulia Mensitieri takes little to no personal interest in clothes. So it is likely to have been an ugly surprise to the French fashion industry that her PhD – now a book entitled The Most Beautiful Job in the World – has opened up its secretive profession in such a dramatically public way.
fashion 
20 days ago
India sees an ancient textile, produced in colonial-era mills, as a fabric of the future
India sees an ancient textile, produced in colonial-era mills, as a fabric of the future
Shashank Bengali. Los Angeles Times. September 2, 2018

. . . . .

Now India is betting that jute — an ancient textile whose harvesting and production have scarcely been touched by modern technology — could be a fabric of the future.

Amid a global push to reduce the use of plastic for environmental reasons, India is promoting jute — better known in the United States as the fiber used in burlap — as a material for reusable shopping bags, home furnishings, clothing, even diapers and women’s sanitary pads.

Indian officials tout the humble fiber’s eco-friendly qualities. Extracted from the bark of a tall, reedy plant, jute requires less water than cotton and almost no pesticides, absorbs more carbon dioxide for its size than most trees, and is totally biodegradable.

. . . . .

reminded of

http://www.hwpeabody.com/history.html
jute  India 
20 days ago
DSNA / education news, Fall 2018
Teaching Lexicography: “Walking Dictionaries,” a University at Buffalo first-year seminar
Walter Hakala and Kerry Collins
DSNA 
21 days ago
Extreme Vespas in Indonesia – in pictures | World news | The Guardian
Extreme Vespas in Indonesia – in pictures

Hundreds of Indonesians gather in Java each year to celebrate their love of the world-renowned Italian scooter – and many customise their rides to resemble punk mutants straight out of Mad Max

Darren Whiteside / Reuters
The Guardian
Thu 30 August 2018
indonesia 
22 days ago
Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code | Technology | The Guardian
Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code

The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands’

Andrew Smith. The Guardian. 30 August 2018

. . . . .

“It’s proceeding on its own, in little bits and pieces,” he says. “What I was obsessed with 20 years ago that has completely taken over the world today are multicellular, metazoan digital organisms, the same way we see in biology, where you have all these pieces of code running on people’s iPhones, and collectively it acts like one multicellular organism.

“There’s this old law called Ashby’s law that says a control system has to be as complex as the system it’s controlling, and we’re running into that at full speed now, with this huge push to build self-driving cars where the software has to have a complete model of everything, and almost by definition we’re not going to understand it.

. . . . . .

“And we will eventually give up writing algorithms altogether,” Walsh continues, “because the machines will be able to do it far better than we ever could. Software engineering is in that sense perhaps a dying profession. It’s going to be taken over by machines that will be far better at doing it than we are.”

Walsh believes this makes it more, not less, important that the public learn about programming, because the more alienated we become from it, the more it seems like magic beyond our ability to affect. When shown the definition of “algorithm” given earlier in this piece, he found it incomplete, commenting: “I would suggest the problem is that algorithm now means any large, complex decision making software system and the larger environment in which it is embedded, which makes them even more unpredictable.” A chilling thought indeed. Accordingly, he believes ethics to be the new frontier in tech, foreseeing “a golden age for philosophy” – a view with which Eugene Spafford of Purdue University, a cybersecurity expert, concurs.

“Where there are choices to be made, that’s where ethics comes in. And we tend to want to have an agency that we can interrogate or blame, which is very difficult to do with an algorithm. This is one of the criticisms of these systems so far, in that it’s not possible to go back and analyze exactly why some decisions are made, because the internal number of choices is so large that how we got to that point may not be something we can ever recreate to prove culpability beyond doubt.”
algorithms  code  w.ross.ashby 
23 days ago
This new company is on a mission to help you grow better fruit in your backyard
This new company is on a mission to help you grow better fruit in your backyard

Gillian Ferguson. Los Angeles Times. August 24, 2018

. . . . .

…Fruitstitute, a four-month-old start-up dedicated to solving a common L.A. problem: how to care for your backyard fruit trees. The business model is part educational resource and part tree service, with the lofty goal of making every Angeleno fruit-tree literate.
los.angeles  trees 
29 days ago
Can Chinese Write Their Own Language? | ASIAN BOSS - YouTube
Can Chinese Write Their Own Language? | ASIAN BOSS
July 19, 2018
chinese  handwriting 
5 weeks ago
She Chronicled the Great Photographers of the 20th Century. Then, She Stopped Taking Portraits.
She Chronicled the Great Photographers of the 20th Century. Then, She Stopped Taking Portraits.
A lost photo shoot illuminates the roots of Lynn Davis, who is, along with Peter Hujar and Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the masters of black-and-white portraiture.

M. H. Miller. NYTimes / T Magazine. August 10, 2018
Lynn.Davis  photographer  portraits 
5 weeks ago
Lisa Robertson : Proverbs of a she-dandy - e-artexte
Robertson, Lisa. Lisa Robertson : Proverbs of a she-dandy. Vancouver, BC: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, 2018.
lisa.robertson 
6 weeks ago
Vs. Religion vs. Science - Theos Think Tank - Understanding faith. Enriching society.
Nick Spencer reviews ‘Religion vs. Science: What religious people really think’ by Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher P. Scheitle.

Theos. 25 July 2018

. . . . .

Ecklund and Scheitle’s most valuable contribution is to offer an analysis of where and why the line between these two extremes can be drawn. They suggest that there are two key pinch points, so to speak: areas where the tectonic plates of science and religion meet, rub, and generate dangerously destructive tension. The first of these is around the question of “what does science mean for the existence and activity of God?” and the second is “what does science mean for the sacredness of the human?”
orientations.towards.science 
6 weeks ago
Disturbances #16: The Price of Perfection
on the iPhone glass screen.
and dust.
the use of dust to create the iPhone (deposition etc), and the generation of dust in its manufacture, and destruction.
the price of perfection.
iPhone  dust  glass  fragility  hautepop  capitalism 
6 weeks ago
Opinion | Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage
Melinda Wenner Boyer. NYTimes. August 4, 2018

.. . . . .

“Scientists’ perception of public irrationality is having an impact on our ability to rationally discuss things that deserve discussion,” says Andrew Read, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Read studies how pathogens evolve in response to vaccines, and he is fiercely pro-vaccine — his goal is to keep the shots effective. He says he has had unpleasant encounters at scientific conferences; colleagues have warned him, for instance, not to talk too openly about his work. “I have felt the pressure — and for that matter the responsibility — acutely,” he says.
orientations.towards.science  vaccines 
7 weeks ago
Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth | News | The Guardian
The long read
Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth

From vaccines to climate change to genocide, a new age of denialism is upon us. Why have we failed to understand it?

Keith Kahn-Harris
The Guardian
3 August 2018
denialism  orientations.towards.science 
7 weeks ago
Terry Riley review – father and son deliver gleefully chaotic minimalism | Music | The Guardian
Terry Riley review – father and son deliver gleefully chaotic minimalism
Oval Space, London
The composer, aided by guitarist son Gyan, sounds like Bach doing bebop during this series of joyously ramshackle improvisations

John Lewis. The Guardian. 31 July 2018

wish I'd been there.
Terry.Riley 
7 weeks ago
The billionaire who bought the LA Times: 'Hipsters will want paper soon' | Media | The Guardian
Interview
The billionaire who bought the LA Times: 'Hipsters will want paper soon'
Rory Carroll. The Guardian. 21 July 2018

. . . . . .

He intends to keep printing. As a boy in Port Elizabeth he delivered newspapers and fell in love with printing presses and the tactile, inky experience of reading on paper, which he considers an antidote to shortened attention spans. “Hieroglyphics started, I don’t think it’s going to end. I’m determined that printing, that paper, must continue to exist.”

Print generated lucrative advertising revenue. And it may come back into fashion. “Kids today want to buy vinyl records. So you’ll have hipster kids wanting to see paper soon,” he said, a half-joke. “I don’t think touching paper and reading will actually go away. There will be a need for leisurely reading and the tactile feel.”

There is also urgent need to tackle blinkered partisanship by providing balancing viewpoints on op-ed pages…
los.angeles  LAT 
7 weeks ago
Carr Fire: Future of climate change is here | The Sacramento Bee
EDITORIALS
The Carr Fire is a terrifying glimpse into California’s future
By the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board
July 27, 2018
california 
8 weeks ago
Effects of Traffic Noise on the Social Behavior of Tufted Titmice
Owens, Jessica Lynn, "Effects of Traffic Noise on the Social Behavior of Tufted Titmice (Baeolophus bicolor).. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2013.
http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_graddiss/1767

. . . . .

Having received a D in the third semester of my 6th grade science class, I never thought I would be here ...... Dating back to the 13th century, the word noise was adapted from the Latin word nausea and is ...... structure of Australian birdsong?

ABSTRACT
The presence of traffic noise and its potential effects on wildlife is a burgeoning topic of research within the fields of conservation behavior, animal behavior, ecology and wildlife management. Accumulated data from these efforts, mostly correlative and rarely experimental, suggest that traffic noise induces a myriad of species-specific changes to population dynamics, breeding behavior and acoustic structure of avian song. However, the degree of generalizability of these findings is confounded by the limited variety of behaviors studied within a relatively small sample of species. This original research provides experimental evidence of the effects of simulated and real traffic noise on previously unstudied social and vocal behavior in tufted titmice (Baeolophus bicolor). First, titmice were exposed to simulated traffic noise for 8 hours per day to determine whether traffic noise caused changes in social and vocal behavior as had been suggested by previous research. This stimulus, background noise mimicking the duration of exposure, amplitude and frequency parameters of traffic noise, significantly affected several aspects of social behavior. Analyses on the vocal behavior of these subjects suggest that noise only affects call use of the most vocally-productive bird, who also happens to be the most dominant group member. A second study broadcasted recordings of traffic noise to titmice for 2.5 hours per day to test for the effects of the temporary rise in background noise levels resulting from 'rush hour' on the same social behavior found to be affected in study one. Results of Study 2 corroborated those of Study 1 and indicated that characteristics of traffic noise itself influence its effects. Among the first of its kind, this research demonstrates a direct link between traffic noise and survival-relevant social and vocal behavior.

. . . . .

p4 :
But what is noise? Noise (Table I) is a subjectively-defined category of sound. Dating back to the 13th century, the word noise was adapted from the Latin word nausea and is currently defined as an unwanted or intrusive sound, or one that interferes with the reception of another sound (Dooling & Popper, 2007; "Noise," n.d.). Although noise and sound describe the same acoustic phenomena, they represent significantly different subjective categories of the phenomenon.
birdsong  noise  birds 
8 weeks ago
‘Even monks get impatient’: Buddhist priest sorry for anger at tourist reviews | World news | The Guardian
‘Even monks get impatient’: Buddhist priest sorry for anger at tourist reviews
Daniel Kimura hit the news this week with his withering comebacks to tourists complaining that food at a temple guesthouse was not up to scratch

Daniel Hurst. The Guardian. 27 July 2018
japan 
8 weeks ago
The Czech Painter Often Credited with Inventing Pure Abstract Art
The Czech Painter Often Credited with Inventing Pure Abstract Art
Looking at František Kupka we see an intense channeling of occult vibrations and shimmering realities that asks viewers if they too have experienced their life this way.

Joseph Nechvatal. July 23, 2018
František.Kupka  abstraction 
8 weeks ago
BBC - Travel - From Africa to tea with the Queen
Africa
Road Trips

From Africa to tea with the Queen
Eighty-year-old Julia Albu drove through Africa, breezing her way through notorious borders and military blockades by saying she was going to London to have tea with the Queen.

Melissa Twigg. BBC. 19 July 2018
africa 
9 weeks ago
U.K. Supermarket to Have ‘Quieter Hour’ for People With Autism
Ceylan Yeginsu. NYTimes. July 19, 2018

LONDON — Dim the lights. Silence the piped-in music. Turn down the checkout beeps. For an hour on Saturdays, a British supermarket chain is introducing a weekly “quieter hour” aimed at helping people with autism have a better shopping experience by easing sensory overload.

The move by the supermarket, Morrisons, which begins on Saturday and runs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., has been welcomed by the National Autistic Society, which says that even small changes can make a big difference in the lives of people with autism and their families.
autism  quiet  retail 
9 weeks ago
'Monumental' undertaking: Workers finally tame an epic landslide that reshaped the coast and blocked Highway 1
'Monumental' undertaking: Workers finally tame an epic landslide that reshaped the coast and blocked Highway 1

Thomas Curwen. The Los Angeles Times. July 19, 2018
california  engineering 
9 weeks ago
Opinion | The Lesson of the Château de Calberte
Opinion
The Lesson of the Château de Calberte

Michael Goldfarb. NYTimes. July 19, 2018

. . . . .

He explained that when he and Ms. Darnas had first seen the place the walls had long since caved in on themselves. The couple pulled the stones out and eventually solved the jigsaw puzzle of how they had originally been assembled. He pointed to the different layers of stone just above our heads. The first layers were flat and had been cut by masons in such a way that they fit together effortlessly with very little mortar. He asked me to look a little higher. The stones were smaller and more haphazardly arranged.

His theory was the workmen who initially built the chateau had very advanced masonry skills. But over the centuries, as the region suffered war, plague and economic collapse, those skills had been lost. The last workmen who expanded the chateau simply didn’t know the advanced stonecutting techniques.
progress 
9 weeks ago
Community Plumbing: A History of the Hardware Store
Shannon Mattern
Community Plumbing
How the hardware store orders things, neighborhoods, and material worlds.
July 2018
hardware  hardware.stores 
9 weeks ago
Jason Fagone / Elizabeth Wayland Barber on the Friedmans
Jason Fagone on Twitter: "I’ve been thinking about Barber’s story all week. It says so much about the Friedmans: how they lived, what they valued and found joy in, what they regretted. And their profound influence on others.… https://t.co/tgzfJOw1IV

great story about William Friedman, and about the author's own experience as female scholar.
William.Friedman  Elizabeth.Wayland.Barber 
10 weeks ago
What Babies Know About Their Bodies and Themselves
THE CHECKUP
What Babies Know About Their Bodies and Themselves
How infants’ brains respond to touch may indicate their understanding of their bodies, researchers say.

Perri Klass, M.D. NYTimes. July 9, 2018

. . . . .

For young babies, Dr. Meltzoff added, “touch tells them about themselves when they’re in the bassinet alone, touching their face, shaking their hands.” When they’re kicking their feet, or opening and closing their hands, he said, and those associated brain regions are active, you could think of it as a kind of “body babbling.”
cognition  brain  touch  body.babbling 
10 weeks ago
(9) 映画『お父さんと伊藤さん』予告編
My Dad and Mr. Ito (Yuki Tanada, director; 2016)
nice hardware store scene — a turning point in the film — at 0:37.

father doesn't approve of his daughter's life (she works in a convenience store) nor of her boyfriend (works in same place). (later, she's working in a bookstore.)
begins to see the good in Mr. Ito (who tends the garden in their small apartment yard), and this hardware store scene, where the two guys delight in the nuts and bolts section, is turning point in the film.
hardware  Tanada.Yuki  hardware.film 
11 weeks ago
Are the religious suspicious of science? Investigating religiosity, religious context, and orientations towards science - Esther Chan, 2018
Are the religious suspicious of science? Investigating religiosity, religious context, and orientations towards science
Esther Chan
First Published June 6, 2018 Research Article
Article information
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Abstract
Are the religious suspicious of science? Drawing on data from 52 nations in the World Values Survey (wave 6) (N = 58,474), I utilize multilevel models to examine the relationship between religiosity, religious context, and five different orientations towards science: confidence in science, trust in scientific authority under conditions of conflict with religion, faith in science, views on the moral effects of science, and interest in scientific knowledge. Results show that while religiosity is on average negatively associated with the five outcomes, the relationship between religiosity and orientations towards science varies by country such that religiosity is sometimes positively associated with the different outcomes. Religiosity is only consistently negatively associated with trust in scientific authority in all countries and with all orientations towards science in western countries. Finally, differences in orientations towards science also exist across country religious contexts, with countries dominated by the unaffiliated having more positive orientations towards science.

Keywords public understanding of science, science and religion, science attitudes and perceptions
science  religion  religiosity  orientations.towards.science 
11 weeks ago
'Colour was too sweet for apartheid': the austere genius of David Goldblatt | Art and design | The Guardian
'Colour was too sweet for apartheid': the austere genius of David Goldblatt
The South African photographer, who died this week, caught apartheid’s grotesqueness without ever letting anger take over. His portrait of a place and a time is without equal in modern photography

Sean O'Hagan. The Guardian / Photography. 26 June 2018
ZA  David.Goldblatt 
12 weeks ago
Rachel Cusk on the reaction of women to her book A Life's Work | Books | The Guardian
I was only being honest
When author Rachel Cusk wrote A Life's Work, her disarmingly frank account of motherhood, she was shocked by the vicious reaction it provoked from other women. The experience forced her to question herself as a writer and a parent, as she records here

Rachel Cusk. The Guardian. 21 March 2008
rachel.cusk 
12 weeks ago
Review: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk
Kate Kellaway. The Guardian. 9 September 2001



She knows exactly when claustrophobia may become too much - and she reaches then for the steady help of writers: Edith Wharton, Tolstoy, Olivia Manning, Coleridge. She writes beautifully about them and about herself. Words are her way of staying adult, separate, fluently mutinous. She also subjects childcare manuals - Penelope Leach, Doctor Spock et al - to satirical scrutiny; her book should be read alongside them because her writing is such an antidote to their bland, knowing prose. She writes about not knowing, about the mother as a lost soul. Hers is a book of doubts.

One of the implied doubts is about the subject itself. Being a mother and writing about it are a contradiction in terms. As a mother you are meant to be secondary, selfless - not to take, as Cusk bravely does, centre stage. Her partner spots the nice irony, joking to friends that they are moving to the country where he will look after the children while Rachel writes a book about looking after the children.

Cusk emerges as someone for whom resistance is second nature. She dislikes groups and yet pines for a community of feeling. A friend tells her 'quite firmly' that she must not forget 'all the good things' about being a mother. I felt 'the good thing' we missed was the baby herself. Cusk protectively under-exposes her. She is at the heart of the book and outside it.
rachel.cusk 
12 weeks ago
In and Out of Sight
Artists Who Lose Their Vision, Then See Clearly

Eight artists found new ways to see after learning they had macular degeneration. “Nothing to lose is a kind of new freedom,” says one of them.

Serena Solomon. NYTimes / Arts. June 19-20, 2018
A version of this article appears in print on June 20, 2018, on Page C1 of the New York edition with the headline: In and Out of Sight.

. . . .

"Mr. Hollerbach painted throughout every aspect of his vision loss caused by macular degeneration, a disease that affects 10 million Americans, often in their twilight years — typically depleting their central vision and leaving most legally blind, but with some remnant of sight.
Can they stay creative?"

strange use of the word "creative".
macular.degeneration  blind  paint 
june 2018
It’s Last Call at Ports O’Call ~ Scenes From the Final Days at L.A.’s Waterfront Village ~ L.A. TACO
It’s Last Call at Ports O’Call ~ Scenes From the Final Days at L.A.’s Waterfront Village ~ L.A. TACO
Erick Galindo. L.A. Taco. June 18, 2018

“We’re basically going to keep coming to work until we see the padlock and the notice from the sheriff on the door,” Caldera laughed.

His colleagues all added their own version of the end, laughing as a small yacht sped off in the distance.
los.angeles  san.pedro 
june 2018
The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar / In Search of the Perfect ‘Ulysses’
The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar
Two decades ago, a renowned professor promised to produce a flawless version of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated novels: “Ulysses.” Then he disappeared.
John Kidd

Jack Hitt. NYTimes Magazine. June 12/17, 2018

. . . . .

“As much as humanly possible, the 19th-century dictionary of English is in here,” he told me. His translation is titled “Isaura Unbound,” and he wanted me to understand its ambition: When the book is finished, it will be a complete reordering of one entire English dictionary into a single work of art.
John.Kidd  James.Joyce  dictionaries  lexicon 
june 2018
LES INROCKUPTIBLES - antennae / Why are contemporary artists obsessed with animals?
SPECIAL INTERVIEW
Why are contemporary artists obsessed with animals?
Les Inrockuptibles' Julie Ackerman talks with Giovanni Aloi

via Steve Baker

. . . . . . . . .

"Personally, I don’t care anymore about what Heidegger thought
of lizards, Agamben of spiders, and Deleuze of wolves, as they all knew very little about these animals. Most often than not, in their work, animals become abstracted and generalized pictures of inferiority."
animals  animal.art  Giovanni.Aloi 
june 2018
I can't bear people who swim too fast in the slow lane | Coco Khan | Life and style | The Guardian
I can't bear people who swim too fast in the slow lane
Mark my words, there will be an entire circle of hell dedicated to them

Coco Khan. The Guardian. Life and Style / Adult Learner. 8 June 2018

. . . . .

range of comments.
swimming  swimming.pools 
june 2018
Hardware store tent :: Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Order Number 00007271
Title Hardware store tent
Collection/Location Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Shops and stores-Hardware.
Physical Description 1 photograph :b&w
Description Three men stand at the front of the tent which contains shovels and pails. Beside it is the sign for Colman & Thompson Hardware.
Subject Colman & Thompson Hardware.
Hardware stores.
hardware.stores  los.angeles 
june 2018
Artificial intelligence pioneer says we need to start over - Axios
Artificial intelligence pioneer says we need to start over
Steve LeVine. September 15, 2017?

. . . . .

But Hinton said that, to push materially ahead, entirely new methods will probably have to be invented. "Max Planck said, 'Science progresses one funeral at a time.' The future depends on some graduate student who is deeply suspicious of everything I have said."
aphorisms  Max.Planck  Geoffrey.Hinton 
june 2018
The Secret Language of Ships | Hakai Magazine
The Secret Language of Ships
Signs and symbols on the sides of ships tell stories about an industry few outsiders understand.
Authored by Text by Erin Van Rheenen
Photos by David Webster Smith

IMO, load lines, Samuel Plimsoll
nautical 
june 2018
Women, men and complementarity: The awkward questions raised at a hardware store | Christian News on Christian Today
Women, men and complementarity: The awkward questions raised at a hardware store
Robin Bunce Thu 24 May 2018

While mixing a bespoke pot of emulsion, the woman behind the desk talked me through wattage, lumens, bayonet caps, all of that. As we talked, another female shop assistant swept by in a forklift, deftly handling a massive pallet of sealant.

Quite naturally, my mind turned to theology – I should explain, I write about philosophy, so when I go to B&Q big ideas are never far behind.

I asked myself, as evangelicals so often do, what would John Piper say? Women were speaking authoritatively and operating heavy machinery like it was the most natural thing in the world, and in a hardware store of all places. Was this a full-scale assault on God's vision of masculinity, or just another Monday morning in the paint aisle?
hardware.stores  theology  gender 
may 2018
anne boyer on Twitter: "So much contemporary “literary” fiction is about the denial of the possibility of different forms of life and arrangements of the world — this denial what holds steady across “subject” and “subject position”"
So much contemporary “literary” fiction is about the denial of the possibility of different forms of life and arrangements of the world — this denial what holds steady across “subject” and “subject position”

27 May 2018

I should clarify this is an anglophone/ North American problem & part of it comes from unthinking adherence to enactments of “character” that have nothing actually to do with the real structures and events of most human lives

Action is so rarely linked to individual agency— social pattern and accident and infrastructures vastly stronger forces (& making for more interesting novels — like jelenik’s Women as Lovers) — but contemporary anglophone novels are always reproducing freedom’s lie

So many novels are both obviously boring & inobviously wicked, the world left out & put in its place, a punishment of unnecessary sensory descriptions and the narrative lie

I am beginning to believe it is unethical for me to leave novels in the hands of North American literary novelists

& I don’t know about you, but I’ve been alive and reading long enough to dread opening up any literary novel written by a living American

& of the great tragedies of my national literature, the one in which the philosophical novel has been replaced with the “self-aware” kind and the motion toward truth is replaced with the infantile exhibitions of cleverness

All of this that I’m describing too is not merely a denial of truth or exclusion of the world and its possibilities but actually a denial of *pleasure* which to my mind is among its greatest crime

Hello from la guardia the gates to and from the city of the endless production of deadened and competent novels and the engines that push these lil rectangular corpses through the marketplace thinking they will fool us that dead rectangles have legs

. . .

I wrote my novel Joan (which I won’t publish ) back during the financial crisis in order to end the American novel & also begin another unnational one, going back to the fortunate plot of Defoe & early novels, vacating character of its forceful lie

& it kind of did it, despite being made at a time of my poverty & distress & although it will never be a public property it is odd to write another novel in the shadow of this first, as if it won every prize via my own awed satisfaction

A satisfaction I guess derived from my total critique of available forms being *formally* enacted, ideas delivered via textual embodiment which at least taught me that my satisfaction as a writer will almost always be derived only from that

. . .

I recommend writing many books of exactly what will bring you delight or meaning and then never or rarely publishing them instead walking around in the world with your quiet books as a secret fortification of your blood stream

& if fame threatens despite your fortified blood & majorly secret art diffuse it into new amateurisms or extend it also to others until it dissipates and you can become only famous to yourself again

For example

713

Fame of Myself, to justify,
All other Plaudit be
Superfluous—An Incense
Beyond Necessity—

Fame of Myself to lack—Although
My Name be else Supreme—
This were an Honor honorless—
A futile Diadem—

by Emily Dickinson

. . .

Perhaps I should never come to nyc

To summarize these waiting for the plane to Kansas City thoughts please make better literature, the necessary kind that aims toward truth & does not in its docile, panicked, unimaginative receivedness insult the beauty & possibility of the world
Anne.Boyer  fiction 
may 2018
The women who designed the pattern for modern Britain | Art and design | The Guardian
The women who designed the pattern for modern Britain
Enid Marx, Minnie McLeish and Lucienne Day – a generation of revolutionary print creators
Vanessa Thorpe. The Guardian / The Observer. 26 May 2018
design  UK 
may 2018
Wonder Valley life threatened by nature, the authorities and tourists
Community and isolation in California's high desert
This winter a Joshua Tree couple was charged with child abuse for camping on their own land. Thirty miles away, some Wonder Valley residents saw themselves.
Rebecca Plevin and Amy DiPierro, The Desert Sun
Photos by Zoe Meyers, Richard Lui and Jay Calderon.
May 23, 2018
desert  california 
may 2018
42: Anne Boyer / poet and essayist — Mythos Magazine
Anne Boyer talks caretaking, capitalism, poverty, romantic and sexual abuse, household objects, and Mary J. Blige.
Anne Boyer is a U.S. poet and essayist, and the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and a 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction/poetry. Boyer’s newest book, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, is now available from Small Press Distribution or directly from the publisher, UDP. Boyer’s other books include The Romance of Happy Workers, My Common Heart, and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women.
Cara Lefebvre is a photographer, native to Kansas City. She studied writing and photography at the Kansas City Art Institute.
This interview was conducted by Sophia Richards over Skype on March 8, 2018. Cara Lefebvre photographed Anne in her Kansas City home.
Anne.Boyer 
may 2018
John W. Robinson, legendary author of hiking guides, histories of Southern California mountains, dies at 88 – Pasadena Star News
John W. Robinson, legendary author of hiking guides, histories of Southern California mountains, dies at 88
Steve Scauzillo. Pasadena Star News. May 9, 2018

. . . . .

Robinson later wrote “The San Bernardinos,” “Mines of the San Bernardinos,” “Mines of the San Gabriels,” “The Mount Wilson Story,” “Sierra Madre’s Old Mount Wilson Trail” and his latest, “Gateways to Southern California,” a 484-page examination of the passes traversed by explorers.

Robinson worked on “Gateways” for 14 years, said Lapides. It’s a tome that highlighted the discovery of treacherous cattle runs from Southern California to Northern California, a fact often left out of history books.
san.gabriels  los.angeles  John.W.Robinson 
may 2018
'Vogue was my escape hatch!' André Leon Talley on Warhol, Wintour and weight interventions | Fashion | The Guardian
'Vogue was my escape hatch!' André Leon Talley on Warhol, Wintour and weight interventions

Emma Brockes. The Guardian. 6 May 2018
André.Leon.Talley  fashion 
may 2018
Typing a Novel About Vassar, Word for Word, as Art - The New York Times
GRACE NOTES
Typing a Novel About Vassar, Word for Word, as Art
A Los Angeles performance artist [Tim Youd] has been typing Mary McCarthy’s 1963 novel “The Group,” about eight Vassar College alumnae, on the Vassar campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

James Barron. NYTimes. April 29-30, 2018

A version of this article appears in print on April 30, 2018, on Page A16 of the New York edition with the headline: He Has Retyped 55 Famous Novels, Word for Word. He’s Aiming for 100.

. . . . .

Unlike a writer turning out double-spaced page after double-spaced page, Mr. Youd was typing a single single-spaced sheet of paper. That one page will contain the entire novel. By the time he reaches Page 487 and the last two words of “The Group” — “New York” — the page will be an inky, illegible mess.

“I’m coming at this from the perspective of the visual artist who’s interested in how text and literature manifest themselves in a visual way,” he said.
typewriting  Tim.Youd  experimen.membaca  experimental.reading 
april 2018
The Opposite Sides Of A Very English Artist - William Tillyer
The Opposite Sides Of A Very English Artist - William Tillyer
David J Markham
The Yorkshire Times.
2 January 2018

. . . .

Right up to the present where although they look like conventional paintings they are very open to the wall. I work on a very open mesh.

//

of course the name Fontana comes up quite a bit when he was cutting his canvases. If you look at the work, there is a cut in the canvas but you never see through the canvas to the wall - the wall is never a part of the image. The cut of the canvas almost becomes like a pencil drawing - it has some physicality but you don't go through it. For me the important thing is to go through the picture plane to the wall and incorporate it all as a physical entity.

Why is that important?

If you think about painting way back - even pre-renaissance, for example, up until the end of the 19th century - the canvas or the panel was always a receptacle. A surface on which to put an image. It didn't really play a part in the image and one put an illusion on it. Creating space by illusion. Then some artists in the 20th century wanted to incorporate not only the wall but the space in the gallery too. The panel or canvas became physical - part of the image as well. It was more than simply a support. It's all encompassing. The physicality - you as a viewer, the gallery, the wall, the painting.

//

I'm interested in the way you incorporate quite hard geometric shapes into your watercolours.

Geometry is always important because I feel it counters my organic marks. If you take water and splash it around - it's loose and organic. The opposite is something very precise and defined. As I keep saying - I like the contrast - it's like two cogwheels that mesh - it's where they interact. It makes for a split personality. I'm very comfortable in that space. The important thing always for a writer or musician or artist - is to know what you are about so you have something to express. Something you are always trying to reach. If you don't know what you are reaching for you are going to miss it.
William.Tillyer  painter 
april 2018
Bernard Jacobson Gallery - William Tillyer | Radical Vision
Radical Vision is the first of a series of 5 exhibitions at Bernard Jacobson during 2018, presented to honour the work of William Tillyer as he turns 80. The gallery’s working relationship with Tillyer spans the rich evolution of his practice across almost 5 decades, representing a creative pairing unique in contemporary art and one which is also celebrated throughout 2018.
Willliam.Tillyer  painter 
april 2018
Olivia Laing: 'There's no book I love more than Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature' | Books | The Guardian
Olivia Laing: 'There's no book I love more than Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature'

Olivia Laing. The Guardian. 27 April 2018
Derek.Jarman  Olivia.Laing  orts 
april 2018
Is white America ready to confront its racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a 'crisis' | World news | The Guardian
Is white America ready to confront its racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a 'crisis'
In his new book, philosopher George Yancy uncovers just how unprepared even well-meaning whites are for a courageous conversation about race

Alex Blasdel

Alex Blasdel. The Guardian. 24 April 2018

George Yancy’s book invites white people to explore the ways in which they are complicit with white systemic and institutional power and privilege.
race  whiteness  George.Yancy 
april 2018
Rebecca Solnit: Whose Story (and Country) Is This? | Literary Hub
Rebecca Solnit
Whose Story (and Country) Is This? : On the myth of a “real” America
rebecca.solnit  storytelling  misogyny 
april 2018
workman's tumblr -
womaninterrupted: If you need me I’ll be watching this on a loop all day.
brilliant
but by whom?
machinery 
april 2018
excerpts from my Sent folder: my goal in life – Snakes and Ladders
excerpts from my Sent folder: my goal in life
April 20, 2018 / AYJAY
My goal at this stage of my life is to get to the point where I don’t know who any public figure is and therefore can’t have an opinion about any of them.
ayjay  goals  learned.ignorance  de.docta.ignorantia 
april 2018
'The best in the world': a love letter to Australia's public pools | Cities | The Guardian
Australian cities week
'The best in the world': a love letter to Australia's public pools
Tracing his conversion from pool refusnik to aquatic evangelist, Benjamin Law asks: is swimming the Australian version of baptism?

Benjamin Law. The Guardian. 13 April 2018
swimming.pools  oz 
april 2018
Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles | Environment | The Guardian
Damian Carrington. The Guardian. 16 April 2018

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.
enzymes  anthropocene 
april 2018
Search and Replace: Josephine Miles and the Origins of Distant Reading | Modernism / Modernity Print+
Search and Replace: Josephine Miles and the Origins of Distant Reading
Apr 11, 2018 By: Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan

Volume 3, Cycle 1

. . . . .

Miles’s tabular views not only rescued past poets held hostage by present-day poetic values, they revealed entirely new genealogies linking past to present. Nearly all of Miles’s scholarly essays contain illuminating and original asides about modern poets. She notes, for example, how the “Donne tradition” lives on in “the Cavalier lyricism of Cummings and Millay” as much as “the metaphysical meditation of Frost and Auden” (Eras, 27). She describes how the dominance of the “family relations of father, mother, son” to be found in the old ballads reappears in “such poets as Auden or Lowell,” while Ezra Pound and Robert Penn Warren and Federico Garcia Lorca develop upon “Coleridge’s ballads of night and strangeness” (107). She sees T. S. Eliot as attempting to “strike a balance” between Miltonic phrasal poetry (qualitative, coordinate) and Donnic predicative poetry (clausal, conceptual, full of logical subordination) (24).

Against her era’s critical truisms—its emphasis on the image, its separation of poetry from prose, its figuration of the poem as object—Miles carved out an alternative view of modern poetry’s challenges and strengths. In her view—one that looked at poems as sentences, and traced the pendulum swings of each century from verbs to adjectives and back again—poets of the 1950s faced the same challenges as “Pope or Thomson” did in the 18th century: they had at their disposal a “stifling amount of device to deal with a stfling amount of objects and sensations.” Modern poetry, contended Miles, needs “a Wordsworth of its own, to be the generalizer and steadfast interpreter of its own terms” (Eras, 125).
josephine.miles  distant.reading 
april 2018
London Fields Lido: did saving a pool mean losing a community?
London Fields Lido: did saving a pool mean losing a community?
When campaigners successfully reopened the open-air pool in Hackney, they had no idea it would turn their community into something unrecognisable

Jo Glanville. The Guardian / Cities. 16 April 2018
swimming.pools 
april 2018
An artist (Manuel Lopez) finds his subject in the hills of East L.A.
An artist finds his subject in the hills of East L.A.
Esmeralda Bermudez. Los Angeles Times. April 14, 2018
Artist Manuel Lopez framed by his drawings of hillside communities at his City Terrace studio.
los.angeles 
april 2018
The FEYNMAN technique of learning
The FEYNMAN technique of learning:
STEP 1 - Pick and study a topic
STEP 2 - Explain the topic to someone, like a child, who is unfamiliar with the topic
STEP 3 - Identify any gaps in your understanding
STEP 4 - Review and Simplify
learning  Richard.Feynman 
april 2018
For the Compton Cowboys, Horseback Riding Is a Legacy, and Protection - The New York Times
For the Compton Cowboys, Horseback Riding Is a Legacy, and Protection
A group of childhood friends wants to create a safer community and challenge the notion that African-Americans can’t be cowboys.

Walter Thompson-Hernández. NYTimes / Surfacing. March 31, 2018

print edition:
April 1, 2018, on Page A12 of the New York edition with the headline: Black Cowboys Get Back on the Trail, in Compton
los.angeles  horses 
april 2018
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