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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 
11 days ago
'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 
15 days ago
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 
22 days ago
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 
22 days ago
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 
23 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
27 days ago
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 
27 days ago
workman's tumblr -
womaninterrupted: If you need me I’ll be watching this on a loop all day.
brilliant
but by whom?
machinery 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
'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 
4 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
Alan Jacobs. Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future
Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future
Alan Jacobs
IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 1 (Spring 2018)
8 weeks ago
Ferlinghetti speaks out at 99, his voice as vital as ever - San Francisco Chronicle
John McMurtrie. March 19, 2018
. . . . .
the son of an Italian immigrant doesn’t let a visitor leave without sharing an Italian proverb — “wisdom for future generations,” as he puts it: “Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto.” (“Eat well, laugh often, love a lot.”) To which he adds, chuckling, “And don’t screw up.”
8 weeks ago
Poet Anne Boyer’s Recommended Read: Sanora Babb’s ‘Whose Names are Unknown’ | Frieze
CULTURE DIGEST - 19 MAR 2018
Poet Anne Boyer’s Recommended Read: Sanora Babb’s ‘Whose Names are Unknown’
Gazumped by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, a story of Dustbowl climate refugees who rise up against their oppressors

BY ANNE BOYER
Anne.Boyer  Sanora.Babb 
8 weeks ago
Text and Textile | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Text and TextileThursday, May 3, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018

Even as the Fates spin the thread of our lives, text and textile enshroud the body in the fabric of myth, the costume of the domestic or the exotic, the imperatives of the industrious or the industrial. This exhibition draws on Yale University’s extraordinary collections to explore the intersections of text and textile in literature and politics, from Eve spinning in a thirteenth-century manuscript to the mill girls of New England in the nineteenth century. Particular highlights include: Gertrude Stein’s waistcoat; manuscript patterns and loom cards from French Jacquard mills; the first folio edition of William Shakespeare’s plays; the “Souper” paper dress by Andy Warhol; American samplers; Renaissance embroidered bindings; Christa Wolf’s “Quilt Memories”; Zelda Fitzgerald’s paper dolls for her daughter; Edith Wharton’s manuscript drafts of “The House of Mirth”; an Incan quipu; poetry by Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe, and Walt Whitman; and the Kelmscott Chaucer by William Morris.

Curators: Kathryn James, Melina Moe, Katie Trumpener
8 weeks ago
Thomas Guide maps: The rise and fall of Los Angeles' directional holy grail | 89.3 KPCC
Thomas Guide maps: The rise and fall of Los Angeles' directional holy grail
KPCC / AirTalk transcript, Natalie Chudnovsky. March 7, 2018
los.angeles  maps  cartography 
10 weeks ago
Typographica 6
December 1962

Reading by touch, by Donald Bell
bibliography at p24

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

March 6, 2018
good advice.
sara.hendren 
10 weeks ago
40 Years of Data Suggests 3 Myths About Globalization
40 Years of Data Suggests 3 Myths About Globalization
Lucas Chancel. HBR. March 2, 2018

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

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

. . . . . . . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and this weird comment —
cameron tonkinwise‏
@camerontw

if you write something like this, you have either undermined your credibility ('everything that follows is whatever was easiest for me to say without research because I don't even have integrity wrt my coffee values') or you are lying
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/sunday/tyranny-convenience.html
18 Feb 2018
https://twitter.com/camerontw/status/965186365305511937
Tim.Wu 
february 2018
Met Office still 'best forecaster in galaxy' despite BBC rejection
Caroline Davies. The Guardian. 10 February 2018

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

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

http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/1740/20160507?etoc
mathematics  number  counting 
february 2018
Was Australopithecus an Artist? / Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both?
Was Australopithecus an Artist?
Jason Farago. NYTimes. February 1-2, 2018

better title in print edition —
Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both?
but.is.it.art?  Australopithecus  paleolithic  paleolithic.art 
february 2018
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
conferences 
january 2018
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
january 2018
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 
january 2018
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
Cartoonist
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 
january 2018
Deep Space Nine’s Revolutionary Look at Black Fatherhood
Deep Space Nine Is TV’s Most Revolutionary Depiction of Black Fatherhood
Angelica Jade Bastién
vulture.com
January 19, 2018
DS9  race 
january 2018
“It just became so obvious” – Snakes and Ladders
JANUARY 19, 2018 / AYJAY
When Colleen Malloy, a neonatologist and faculty member at Northwestern University, discusses abortion with her colleagues, she says, “it’s kind of like the emperor is not wearing any clothes.” Medical teams spend enormous effort, time, and money to deliver babies safely and nurse premature infants back to health. Yet physicians often support abortion, even late into fetal development.

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

— Emma Green
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/pro-life-pro-science/549308/
abortion 
january 2018
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.

via
https://twitter.com/camerontw/status/953074104357208065
design.theory  design.philosophy 
january 2018
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 
january 2018
The Women the Abortion War Leaves Out - The New York Times
Michelle Oberman. NYTimes. January 11, 2018

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

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

The price of motherhood is set by our government’s policies. It will, at some level, always be cheaper for a woman to have an abortion than to have a baby. But if anti-abortion campaigners truly want to decrease the numbers of abortions, rather than passing laws designed to drive up the costs of abortion, they would do far better to invest in the kinds of economic supports that make becoming a parent a realistic possibility for struggling women.
abortion 
january 2018
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)
aeon
10 January 2018
mathematics 
january 2018
The Looming Digital Meltdown
Opinion
The Looming Digital Meltdown
Zeynep Tufekci, NYTimes, January 6, 2018
Zeynep.Tufekci  security  end-of-the-web-as-we-imagined-it 
january 2018
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 
january 2018
大三島.net
2017年度 第1回 島デザイン部 活動報告①
2017.05.08
Omishima  大三島  design  graphic.design  japan 
january 2018
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 
december 2017
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". 
dowsing 
december 2017
Haffenden House
Name: Haffenden House

Client: private

Year: 2014

Status: built

Type: residential

Location: Syracuse, NY

Program: writing studio/library
via
http://cinoh.tumblr.com/post/168694073836
architecture 
december 2017
In 2017, an angry public demanded the removal of controversial art works. Could the debate limit artistic freedom? - LA Times
In 2017, an angry public demanded the removal of controversial art works. Could the debate limit artistic freedom?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nellie Bowles. NYTimes. December 4, 2017

. . . . .

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

University of Minnesota copy, digitized August 26, 2010

. . . . . . . .

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

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

http://www.shropshirelifemagazine.co.uk/homes-gardens/the-life-and-times-of-condover-hall-1-1957020
emblemata  Alice.Cholmondeley 
december 2017
In Praise of the ‘Career Romance’ / A Long Affair With Career Romances
In Praise of the ‘Career Romance’
The Enthusiast
Sadie Stein. NYTimes. November 30, 2017

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

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

note 27 :
Some ‘‘anecdata’’ for what it’s worth: The five years I spent running an inter-disciplinary seminar on culture and cognition continually ran into this differ-ence in sensibility, with the humanists interested in getting to a point where the problems could be stated and the social and natural scientists (and their fellow travelers in philosophy) wanting to solve problems once stated. This was met with good cheer.
problem.definition  problem.solving  discipline  disciplinarity 
november 2017
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writing.technologies  writing  tools 
november 2017
In Search Of The Perfect Writing Font – iA
If you give 150% to the letters w, W, m, and M, you get a text image that has almost all benefits of a monospace font, but the text flows nicely. And born was the duospace concept.
Duospace is a notion familiar from Asian fonts where there are single and double width characters. Our candidate is a bit different. It offers single and four 1.5 width characters.
typography 
november 2017
“Beards, Sandals, and Other Signs of Rugged Individualism”: Masculine Culture within the Computing Professions: Osiris: Vol 30, No 1
Nathan Ensmenger, "“Beards, Sandals, and Other Signs of Rugged Individualism”: Masculine Culture within the Computing Professions," Osiris 30 (2015): -.
https://doi.org/10.1086/682955

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

via @shannonmattern
gender  beards 
november 2017
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