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
19 hours 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
2 days 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 
2 days 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 
2 days 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 
3 days 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 
8 days 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 
11 days 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
13 days 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 
17 days 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 
18 days 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 
19 days 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 
4 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". 
4 weeks ago
Haffenden House
Name: Haffenden House

Client: private

Year: 2014

Status: built

Type: residential

Location: Syracuse, NY

Program: writing studio/library
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
‘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’."
5 weeks ago
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
6 weeks ago
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
6 weeks ago
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
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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.
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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writing.technologies  writing  tools 
8 weeks ago
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.
8 weeks ago
“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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
Seeds issue #2 by Jupiter Hadley - issuu
Popular visual depictions of early generative systems.
published November 12, 2017
poetical.engines  James.Ryan 
8 weeks ago
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.
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
'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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
'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.
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
'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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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.
10 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them
Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them
The relative plausibility of impossible beings tells you a lot about how the mind works.
Kathryn Schulz
Dept. of Speculation
The New Yorker
November 6, 2017 Issue

. . . . .

This last category of being opens up a whole new can of orms.…
Kathryn.Schulz  Aristotle  beasts 
11 weeks ago
Preserving a Cluster of Fishing Shacks From Hudson’s ‘Forgotten’ Past
Preserving a Cluster of Fishing
Shacks From Hudson’s ‘Forgotten’ Past
The 17 shacks, once used as year-round residences by fishermen, are considered one
of the last remnants of “Old Hudson.” Efforts are underway to save some of them.

Written by William Shannon; Photographs and Video by Tony Cenicola
NYTimes. October 31, 2017
shacks  ruins  ruination 
12 weeks ago
A Seed Artist Germinates History
A Seed Artist Germinates History
An exhibition using plants brought to New York
in ships’ ballast illuminates the city’s hidden past
using stinging nettle, milk thistle and amaranth.

written by Annie Correal; photographs by Karsten Moran
October 31, 2017
seeds  orts  ballast 
12 weeks ago
Grin and bear it: mirror invented for cancer patients forces them to smile | Technology | The Guardian
Grin and bear it: mirror invented for cancer patients forces them to smile
Introducing one of this year’s stupidest tech inventions: a mirror for people with the disease which only reflects if you smile at it

Hannah Jane Parkinson. The Guardian. 25 October 2017
october 2017
Maze on Vimeo
Scottish Ballet dancers Madeline Squire and Javier Andreu discover each other as they explore a labyrinthine derelict Glaswegian swimming pool. A high-energy piece choreographed by Sophie Laplane, with music by British-born, Boston-based electro musician John Xela.

Maze was created as part of the Scottish Ballet: Creative scheme: https://www.scottishballet.co.uk/scottish-ballet-creative

dance  swimming.pools 
october 2017
Gertrude Stein: The Complete Writings (2017) — Monoskop Log
“Requested by the readers of transition magazine, Gertrude Stein published “Bibliography” in 1929. This chronological list of her writings was revised and updated by Robert Bartlett Haas and Donald Clifford Gallup in 1941 (Yale University Library, New Haven), extended by Julian Sawyer in 1948 (Bulletin of Bibliography), and updated again by Richard Bridgman in 1970 (Gertrude Stein in Pieces, Oxford University Press), which, with some additions, forms the basis of this anthology.

Rare texts are still missing and will be added if I or someone else can find them. Texts have been obtained from various online sources and proofed, whenever possible, against scans of the books, but as the majority of books weren’t available in digital form, I have scanned, ocr’ed and corrected them myself. All texts have been formatted to resemble the original (and often quite idiosyncratic) layout as closely as possible, so you might want to refrain from choosing the font size too big. An alphabetical index and one by book publication should make it easy to find texts.” (note from editor)

Compiled by pynch
Self-published in January 2017
via editor

HTML (single page, 16 MB)
october 2017
Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name
Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name
Parent company Alphabet would provide services in response to data harvested

Evegeny Morozov. The Guardian. 22 October 2017
zoning  Evgeny.Morozov  cities 
october 2017
The ancient craft of silversmithing - in pictures
Craft / The Artisans
A modern-day silversmith – in pictures
Shona Marsh creates jewellery and lifestyle objects out of fine metals, woods, crystal and gemstones. The modern and timeless designs are made by hand using traditional silversmithing skills in her studio in Deptford, south-east London

Christopher Thomond for the Guardian. 20 October 2017
silversmithing  craft 
october 2017
'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim
'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim
Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters

Charlotte Simmonds. The Guardian. 20 October 2017
. . . . .

What does one think about while swimming for 17 hours? Chambers says there are periods she can’t recall – “You enter this dream state. I tell people it’s like being in space” – but that she calmed her nerves by thinking of those she loved on the boat beside her. “I’ll run through a scenario where I was hanging out with each of them. I’ll replay that day in my head. People say these swims are 80% psychological and 20% physical.”

She admits it’s a lonely sport. More than 4,000 climbers have summited Everest; Chambers was just the fifth person to complete the Farallones swim. Her training regimens are brutal. In preparation for the North Channel, between Ireland and Scotland, she gained 65lb and refused to take a hot shower for six months; before her unsuccessful 2016 attempt to swim 93 miles down the Sacramento river, she swam the equivalent of an English Channel every Friday night for three months, staying up through Saturday to prepare for sleep deprivation.

Despite the extraordinary endurance, Chambers says she doesn’t consider her swims athletic events. “They are personal journeys of the self. When I get out of the water, I’m a different person than the one who jumped in.”
october 2017
How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets
How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets

Do the volunteers behind Unicode, whose mission is to bring all human languages into the digital sphere, have enough bandwidth to deal with emojis too?

Michael Erard. NYTimes Magazine. October 18, 2017
unicode  Michael.Erard 
october 2017
Brown Bag - Fiona Hackett - Creating the Geological Imagination
Creating the Geological Imagination: Photographs from Field Work in Geologist Ralph Arnold’s Early 20th-Century Albums

Fiona Hackett
Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

This paper explores the role which photography played in developing a ‘geological imagination’ as geologists became photographers ‘in their own right’ around the turn of the 19th century. Focusing on the geologist Ralph Arnold’s albums held at The Huntington, the analysis explores how photography served geological science. Echoing claims that photography became a tool of the ‘geographical imagination’, these albums show that photography’s discourse of truth and objectivity, was also being used to feed a geological imagination. It is evident that Arnold enthusiastically embraced the medium to support geological fieldwork. But the ‘guise’ of pursuing science is thinly veiled and despite his methodical approach, the images made served not only to document facts but also create imaginings.

October 24, 2017

Ralph.Arnold  Fiona.Hackett  geology 
october 2017
Stephen Sparks / What did he read? Patterns. Strings. Never books. Books were just zoos where you went to look at paragraphs. (Robert Kelly)
"What did he read? Patterns. Strings. Never books. Books were just zoos where you went to look at paragraphs." - Robert Kelly

Kelly, Robert, 1935-
Title : LinkDoctor of silence : fictions / by Robert Kelly.
Edition : 1st ed.
Published : Kingston, N.Y. : McPherson, 1988.
october 2017
Sketch Model: Creative Residency | Olin College
Call for Applications: 2018-19

Olin College of Engineering is pleased to announce its creative residency program, an initiative that’s part of Sketch Model, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring artists and other creative practitioners to Olin’s campus to awaken the political and cultural contexts for technology. We’re seeking individuals or collectives whose work is significantly housed in the arts and humanities and whose interests might intersect in provocative and convivial ways with a small undergraduate college where all students major in engineering.

october 2017
Due Nov 10 | CFP – The Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity – Renaissance Studies
Beyond Words: The Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity
Friday 1st June 2018,
CREMS, University of York
This conference will explore the parameters of the Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity. It will range across the theological, the literary and the scientific, to attend to what early modern thinkers deemed beyond what they could find words for. If this apophatic inheritance – the language of what can’t be said – was a theological-mystical mode of thinking, what happened to it in the post-reformation climate of thought? Did natural philosophy understand the knowable limits of nature in the manner of the apophatic? How did emergent science negotiate the edges of what could be thought? What uses did early modern writers find for the apophatic traditions, Dionysius, Cusa, or John Scotus Eriugena? How did early modern poetry attend to the ineffable and that which was beyond words? The conference invites papers on the unknowable, the unutterable, the unthinkable and the unsayable, all broadly considered, in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, whether English or European.

Keynote speaker: William Franke (Vanderbildt)
Author of ‘On What Cannot be Said’ and ‘A Philosophy of the Unsayable’ (among others).

Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) to Kevin Killeen (kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk), by Friday 10th November (or send expressions of interest).

This symposium is part of the lax and diffuse Thomas Browne Seminar series



wikipedia :
Apophasis (Greek ἀπόφασις from ἀπόφημι apophemi, "to say no") is a rhetorical device wherein the speaker or writer brings up a subject by either denying it, or denying that it should be brought up. Accordingly, it can be seen as a rhetorical relative of irony.
CFPs  apophasis  unknowable  unutterable  unthinkable  unsayable 
october 2017
Mirror Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975 (youtube)
low rez, no matter (through a glass darkly)

42:08 hands (in book, and not the first... see a few second earlier)

48:38 (condensation from removed teacup)
earlier, linotype machines, at publishing house

1:23:00 burning hand (not the first)
october 2017
a pond of live koi fish which survived the Tubbs fire
Karen Balestieri and Heidi Facciano (left to right) marvel at a pond of live koi fish which survived the Tubbs fire in the neighborhood referred to by locals as 'old fountaingrove' in Santa Rosa, Ca. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

photo, Alex Washburn. The Chronicle
fish  fire  california 
october 2017
What happened when a poet was sent to the biggest US mall to write for shoppers | US news | The Guardian
What happened when a poet was sent to the biggest US mall to write for shoppers
Brian Sonia-Wallace was selected to pen poems at the Mall of America. In a shrine to consumerism, he regularly brought visitors to tears

Brian Sonia-Wallace, The Guardian. 10 October 2017
poetry  poetical.engines 
october 2017
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
Weekend magazine technology special
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention

Paul Lewis. The Guardian. 6 October 2017

. . . . .

Rosenstein, who also helped create Gchat during a stint at Google, and now leads a San Francisco-based company that improves office productivity, appears most concerned about the psychological effects on people who, research shows, touch, swipe or tap their phone 2,617 times a day.

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.”

But those concerns are trivial compared with the devastating impact upon the political system that some of Rosenstein’s peers believe can be attributed to the rise of social media and the attention-based market that drives it.

. . . . .

All of which, Williams says, is not only distorting the way we view politics but, over time, may be changing the way we think, making us less rational and more impulsive. “We’ve habituated ourselves into a perpetual cognitive style of outrage, by internalising the dynamics of the medium,” he says.


It is against this political backdrop that Williams argues the fixation in recent years with the surveillance state fictionalised by George Orwell may have been misplaced. It was another English science fiction writer, Aldous Huxley, who provided the more prescient observation when he warned that Orwellian-style coercion was less of a threat to democracy than the more subtle power of psychological manipulation, and “man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”.

Since the US election, Williams has explored another dimension to today’s brave new world. If the attention economy erodes our ability to remember, to reason, to make decisions for ourselves – faculties that are essential to self-governance – what hope is there for democracy itself?
405F17  social.media 
october 2017
Berlin’s ‘Newspaper Poet’ Walks in a Long Line of Eccentrics
Berlin’s ‘Newspaper Poet’ Walks in a Long Line of Eccentrics
For 20 years, Holger Bleck has made poems from the day’s news to sell papers, becoming a cult figure in the bars and restaurants of the German capital.

Sally McGrane. NYTimes. October 6, 2017
october 2017
'I'm dumbfounded!' … Neave Brown on bagging a RIBA award for the building that killed his career | Art and design | The Guardian
'I'm dumbfounded!' … Neave Brown on bagging an award for the building that killed his career
It was late, over-budget and ended his career. But 40 years on, Neave Brown has just won British architecture’s top award for the Alexandra Road estate and similar masterpieces of social housing

Oliver Wainwright. The Guardian. 6 October 2017

this comment in particular
londinium  architecture  Neave.Brown 
october 2017
This reclusive life: what I learned about solitude from my time with hermits
This reclusive life: what I learned about solitude from my time with hermits
When the chaos of the big city began to drag, Paul Willis wondered if solitude might be the answer. Would his encounters with hermits yield what he wanted?

Paul Willis. The Guardian. 6 October 2017
Paul.Willis  solitude 
october 2017
The Giveaway Artist / The stealth artist hides images all over the city
Alex Vadukul. NYTimes. September 28 (online) October 1 (print), 2017

The Giveaway Artist
For more than a decade, the photographer Fred
Cray has been hiding his “Unique Photographs” —
more than 30,000 so far — all over New York City.


(much) better images at this link (than in the print version)
Fred.Cray  photography 
october 2017
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