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The Art of Noticing - The Art of Noticing, No. 23: The Collective Bio Exercise; "Look At Art. Get Paid"; New Icebreaker; More
But maybe the best thing we did was the "Collaborative Biography" exercise from the book — an idea I borrowed/adapted (with credit of course) from Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Lenka Clayton, described in Amy's 2016 book Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

The short version of how it works: A group of people figures out what things they have in common. Are we all from the United States? Do we all like sushi? Do we all dislike the Boston Red Sox? Whatever you can come up with through asking questions and conversing. "Assemble your statements," Krouse Rosenthal wrote. "Call it your Short, Collective Biography."

At this workshop, I gave the 10 groups of 10 people each just 10 minutes to come up with a minimum of three facts in common. These teams gathered people from different offices and departments who didn't necessarily know each other, so everybody had to start asking and interacting immediately. The room was instantly buzzing, and the results (presented along with the outcomes of the "noticing mission") at the end of the session were really fun
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september 2019
The magical thinking of guys who love logic | The Outline
This might not seem surprising at first — when it comes to contentious beliefs, it’s not uncommon for people to act as though their view is the inherently superior one. But what’s remarkable is how ridiculously confident these men became, in a relatively short time, in their unique philosopher-king-like possession of objective truth and superior analysis… all while copying their arguments from an echo-chamber of poorly cited webcam videos and anonymous internet comments.
september 2019
That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection by Gerard Manley Hopkins | Poetry Foundation
Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, | wherever an elm arches,
Shivelights and shadowtackle ín long | lashes lace, lance, and pair.
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september 2019
Get Started: Why Getting Started is More Important Than Succeeding
But according to Davenport, you don’t need to be a professional to learn the most important lessons in sports. You just need to bust your butt as an athlete, regardless of the level you're playing at. I’d say it’s that way in the rest of life as well. Mastering your craft isn’t nearly as important as pushing yourself.

To put it another way, you'll learn more from the process of pursuing excellence than from the products of achieving it.
september 2019
The Deceptive Platform Utopianism of Google’s Sidewalk Labs - Failed Architecture
The Deceptive Platform Utopianism of Google’s Sidewalk Labs
Matthew Stewart

The company’s “innovative” plan for Toronto’s waterfront puts radical spatial practice, participatory ideals, and romanticism to work for a regressive marketization scheme.
september 2019
Tarot Mythology: The Surprising Origins of the World's Most Misunderstood Cards | Mental Floss
Even the earliest known tarot decks weren’t designed with mysticism in mind; they were actually meant for playing a game similar to modern-day bridge. Wealthy families in Italy commissioned expensive, artist-made decks known as “carte da trionfi” or “cards of triumph.” These cards were marked with suits of cups, swords, coins, and polo sticks (eventually changed to staves or wands), and courts consisting of a king and two male underlings. Tarot cards later incorporated queens, trumps (the wild cards unique to tarot), and the Fool to this system, for a complete deck that usually totaled 78 cards. Today, the suit cards are commonly called the Minor Arcana, while trump cards are known as the Major Arcana.
september 2019
I Feel Like We Don't Meaningfully Have Much Of An "Underground" Right Now": An Interview With Evan Dahm | The Comics Journal
I was just talking to a friend about a parallel thing! Like how we inherit our sense of narrative from the novel, a basically bourgeois form that is equipped mainly to build a socially isolated image of a person-as-character, and not as deeply equipped to talk about big systemic and ideological questions.
september 2019
New Model Protest • Buttondown
Compare this to Taber’s account of the Hong Kong protesters:

Another element to the protesters’ resilience was the decision to abandon the occupation strategy used in Occupy Central protests of the Umbrella Movement in exchange for a highly fluid approach. The protesters package and sell this guerilla approach with the phrase “Be Water,” coined by Bruce Lee. With this phrase, the protesters are making a counter-intuitive strategic insight into crisp, elegant, and motivating message. Having arisen from people’s fear of being arrested, the subtext of the phrase is that being strong and effective doesn’t mean standing your ground. It means retreating to fight another day. The reason the Umbrella Movement was not more successful was, in part, its rigidity. Protesters stayed mostly in one place where they could be identified, monitored, and eventually arrested. The protesters saw that a fluid approach, where swift retreat from momentary danger is not seen as cowardice, would be a stronger one under Hong Kong’s undemocratic conditions. This insight, which the protesters are putting to great practical use, is the legacy of ancient Chinese philosophy for governance and military strategy. Lao Tsu said, “Nothing is softer or more yielding than water. Yet, given time, it can erode even the hardest stone. That’s how the weak can defeat the strong, and the supple can win out over the stiff.”
september 2019
#DilettanteInChief on Twitter: "Questions I regularly ask myself when I'm outraged about injustice: 1. What resources exist so I can better educate myself? 2. Who's already doing work around this injustice? 3. Do I have the capacity to offer concrete supp
Questions I regularly ask myself when I'm outraged about injustice:
1. What resources exist so I can better educate myself?
2. Who's already doing work around this injustice?
3. Do I have the capacity to offer concrete support & help to them?
4. How can I be constructive?
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september 2019
The Form of Formats ht busters newsletter
How to play a game that doesn't exist

In the same way that nobody invents a medium, truly vital and living formats are discovered organically. Nobody sits down to write the rules of the game until after the game has been established; even game designers (who represent the most intentional, authorial version of creating games) rely heavily on play-testing to understand and shape the game before committing to anything. Other types of media makers, however, are not primarily in the business of defining formats or genres: they are in the business of making standalone works.

The first work made in a new format usually only intends to be standalone, or weakly continues the conversation about an existing format (the first movies were just filmed stage plays). To borrow some more wisdom from Improv Theater: the game only begins on the second move, and is cemented on the third—It doesn't become a game until a new pattern of expectations is established, and a back-and-forth conversation is started. A meme is just a standalone funny image until someone fills it in with new content and establishes it as a format. The problem is not actually how to create a game—it's as easy as striking up a conversation—the problem is finding people to play that game with.
september 2019
Mark Blyth - A Brief History of How We Got Here and Why - YouTube
This lecture is part of the McMaster Department of Philosophy's Summer School in Capitalism, democratic solidarity, and Institutional design
https://www.solidaritydesign2019.com

This lecture sets out a brief history of two versions of capitalist software. The first drove the capitalist hardware during the period known as the Great Compression—1945 to 1980. The second did the same for the period many refer to as the era of neoliberalism—1980 to 2008. This lecture describes the bug in the system that crashed the first version of the capitalist software and the subsequent design of the neoliberal software. It also describes the bug that led to the 2008 Great Recession, landing us in the current transitional period that we might describe as the era of neonationalism or Global Trumpism. A key idea is that the emergence of contemporary populist politics, both left-wing and right-wing Trumpist variants, are attempts to rewrite the software of capitalism once again.
september 2019
The Incredible Creative Power of the Index Card
I'm talking about the index card. 4-by-6. 3-by-5. Ruled. Blank. Colored. You're probably familiar with the variations.

As unassuming as index cards are, they've managed to produce:

the brilliant novels of Nabokov.
the provocative documentaries of Erin Lee Carr.
the powerful books of the strategist Robert Greene.
the speeches of Ronald Reagan, that ended the Cold War.
the research and theories of German sociologist Niklas Luhmann.
the classifying and naming of all organisms and minerals by Carl Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy.
the Oscar-winning movies of screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
september 2019
Degrowth: A Call for Radical Abundance — Jason Hickel
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can call a halt to the madness – throw a wrench in the juggernaut. By de-enclosing social goods and restoring the commons, we can ensure that people are able to access the things that they need to live a good life without having to generate piles of income in order to do so, and without feeding the never-ending growth machine. “Private riches” may shrink, as Lauderdale pointed out, but public wealth will increase.

In this sense, degrowth is the very opposite of austerity. While austerity calls for scarcity in order to generate growth, degrowth calls for abundance in order to render growth unnecessary.

Degrowth, at its core, is a demand for radical abundance.
ht https://thoughtshrapnel.com/2019/06/18/symmetry/
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september 2019
Don’t ask forgiveness, radiate intent - Elizabeth Ayer - Medium
Here are 4 reasons that radiating intent is better than begging forgiveness:

Radiating intent gives a chance for someone to stop you before you do a thing, in case it’s truly harmful
Radiating intent gives people who have information, or want to help, an opening to participate
Radiating intent leaves better evidence of your good will
Radiating intent shows others that adventurous behavior is acceptable in the org.

ht https://thoughtshrapnel.com/2019/07/05/friday-frustrations/
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september 2019
Good Bones by Maggie Smith | Poetry Foundation
Good Bones
By Maggie Smith
Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine
in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least
fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative
estimate, though I keep this from my children.
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world
is at least half terrible, and for every kind
stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children. I am trying
to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,
walking you through a real shithole, chirps on
about good bones: This place could be beautiful,
right? You could make this place beautiful.
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september 2019
Frank Chimero on causing 'good trouble' and re-imagining the status quo to combat achievement culture | Creative Boom
I’ve never really thought about sitting down and defining good trouble, so let me take a stab at it. Good trouble is questioning and re-imagining the status quo, and having your actions stand in contrast to the norm. Maybe it’s society’s status quo. Maybe it’s your own – all fair game. There’s usually a fair amount of cleverness in it. Civil disobedience for social causes is good trouble – consider the criticism offered by the peaceful protests of MLK, Gandhi, and their supporters.

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world", and all that. But that’s a big form of good trouble, and I just have my little life, so I’m particularly interested in the small version – how the smallest thought can get under your skin and make you re-evaluate, you know? It’s the mischievousness of changing how you think by finding a new lens.

There’s a quote from the Brazilian entrepreneur Ricardo Semler that I like. He says: "We’ve all learned to answer email on Sundays, but none of us has learned to go to the movies on Monday afternoon." Good trouble is a re-negotiation of the rules, creating a little pocket of autonomy where it is safe to ask yourself the question, "How would I have it if I could choose?"
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september 2019
How to Make Friends, According to Science - The Atlantic
So what should you do if your social life is lacking? Here, too, the research is instructive. To begin with, don’t dismiss the humble acquaintance. Even interacting with people with whom one has weak social ties has a meaningful influence on well-being. [7] Beyond that, building deeper friendships may be largely a matter of putting in time. A recent study out of the University of Kansas found that it takes about 50 hours of socializing to go from acquaintance to casual friend, an additional 40 hours to become a “real” friend, and a total of 200 hours to become a close friend. [8]
september 2019
Benefits of Weight Training: 3 Reasons Why You Should Lift Weights
Just had a great talk about the value of sports vs. reading in life. Have you learned more from pushing yourself physically or mentally?

Many of you sent in great answers, but I particularly liked this one from Tom…

Not sure which — there's tremendous value in each. Mental teaches you about others, physical teaches you about yourself.

Tom explained what I hadn't quite been able to put my finger on: there is an incredible amount to be learned from both reading and playing sports, but you'll learn more about yourself when you push yourself physically. [evidently Shopclass as soulcraft makes a similar argument - when you must work with material that will not give]
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september 2019
The Situationist International Text Library/Formulary for a New Urbanism
And you, forgotten, your memories ravaged by all the consternations of two hemispheres, stranded in the Red Cellars of Pali-Kao, without music and without geography, no longer setting out for the hacienda where the roots think of the child and where the wine is finished off with fables from an old almanac. Now that's finished. You'll never see the hacienda. It doesn't exist.

The hacienda must be built.

All cities are geological; you cannot take three steps without encountering ghosts bearing all the prestige of their legends. We move within a closed landscape whose landmarks constantly draw us toward the past. Certain shifting angles, certain receding perspectives, allow us to glimpse original conceptions of space, but this vision remains fragmentary. It must be sought in the magical locales of fairy tales and surrealist writings: castles, endless walls, little forgotten bars, mammoth caverns, casino mirrors.
september 2019
Ivan Chtcheglov - Wikipedia
Ivan wrote Formulaire pour un urbanisme nouveau (Formulary for a New Urbanism) in 1953, at age nineteen under the name Gilles Ivain, which was an inspiration to the Lettrist International. and Situationist International The following quotation from the text was used as the inspiration for the famous Manchester nightclub, the Haçienda:

"And you, forgotten, your memories ravaged by all the consternations of two hemispheres, stranded in the Red Cellars of Pali-Kao, without music and without geography, no longer setting out for the hacienda where the roots think of the child and where the wine is finished off with fables from an old almanac. That’s all over. You’ll never see the hacienda. It doesn’t exist.

The hacienda must be built."[1]
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september 2019
A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay - Poems | Academy of American Poets
A Small Needful Fact
Ross Gay

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.
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september 2019
Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Sit Down. – Afroculinaria
The Old South may be your American Downton Abbey but it is our American Horror Story, even under the best circumstances it represents the extraction of labor, talent and life we can never get back. When I do this work, it drains me, but I do it because I want my Ancestors to know not only are they not forgotten but I am here to testify that I am their wildest dreams manifest.
september 2019
Design Principles
ht kottke quick links August
september 2019
How Geometry, Data and Neighbors Predict Your Favorite Movies | Quanta Magazine
“Taxicab distance” also shows up in abstract contexts, as do other kinds of distance, like “edit distance” (a measure of how different two strings of words or symbols are) and graph distance (the length of the shortest path between two nodes of a graph). The ability to model distance in different ways in different spaces is a source of great mathematical power, but it also has the potential to make each kind of partitioning problem complicated in its own unique way. ht kottke quick links
september 2019
technology-budgeting/handbook.md at master · 18F/technology-budgeting
De-risking custom technology projects
A handbook for state grantee budgeting and oversight
designed for government but applies to others opensource
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september 2019
GitHub - jvns/pandas-cookbook: Recipes for using Python's pandas library
pandas is a Python library for doing data analysis. It's really fast and lets you do exploratory work incredibly quickly.

The goal of this cookbook is to give you some concrete examples for getting started with pandas. The docs are really comprehensive. However, I've often had people tell me that they have some trouble getting started, so these are examples with real-world data, and all the bugs and weirdness that entails.

I'm working with 3 datasets right now

311 calls in New York
How many people were on Montréal's bike paths in 2012
Montreal's weather for 2012, hourly

It comes with batteries (data) included, so you can try out all the examples right away.
august 2019
Time anxiety: is it too late? - Ness Labs
Define what “time well spent” means to you: sit down, and think about what really makes you happy and gets you in the flow, without overthinking about how feasible the final outcome would be. Just think of your output and how it makes you feel to work on producing it. For example, don’t think about happy it would make you to publish a book. Ask yourself if you really enjoy writing. Don’t think about how proud you would be to run a marathon. Question whether you like running. Create a short list of activities you really enjoy and that bring value to yourself or to the world.
Make space for these moments: this does not mean making time for them. Instead, think of where you will incorporate these moments into your life. Maybe on your way to work. Maybe at home, after the kids are asleep. Or maybe spending time with your kids is the activity you want to make space for. If you happen to have less time than expected, that’s completely fine. It’s more about designing a space dedicated to your “time well spent” activities. As the prolific writer Maria Edgeworth said, “If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”
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august 2019
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Tabula: Extract Tables from PDFs
If I haven’t yet, please allow me to sing the praises of Tabula

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Meritocracy Is Killing High-School Sports - The Atlantic
The deeper story is that the weed of American-style meritocracy is strangling the roots of youth sports. As parents have recognized that athletic success can burnish college applications, sports have come to resemble just another pre-professional program, with rising costs, hyper-specialization, and massive opportunity-hoarding among the privileged.

Before kids enter high school, they tend to participate in youth sports leagues, which have become one big pay-to-play machine. It’s now common for high-income parents to pull their kids out of the local soccer or baseball leagues and write thousand-dollar checks to join super-teams that travel to play similar kids several counties away. As I wrote last year, it’s not a crime for parents to spend money on their children. But as travel teams hoard talented (and, typically, high-income) kids, they leave behind desiccated local leagues with fewer resources and fewer players. As a result, many low-income children lose the sports habit (or never gain it to begin with), and simply stop playing altogether by the time they get to high school.
august 2019
ecosigmasquared.com/hurricane_preparation.html
In 2017 my family and I lived through Hurricane Maria, a strong category 4 hurricane that crossed Puerto Rico. In the aftermath, we spend four months without power, but luckily we didn’t suffer much physical damage. In our preparation, there were things that we did right and things we didn’t. We always thought, “at least we know what to do next time”. Below are some tips based on our experience.
BEFORE THE STORM…

The preparation before the storm is the most important process. Overpreparing costs money and sweat, but it will likely result in peace of mind in the end.
august 2019
Power - macwright.org opensource
Well, nothing.

No, that’s not right: they get power.

They can delete projects, like how Azer Koçulu deleted left-pad, and cause some chaos. They can ban bad companies from their communities, like how entropic might ban Palantir. They can add whatever they want to their projects, like ads that fund their work, as Feross tried. They can ban those people with license text, like Jamie Kyle did.

Or maybe they can’t. NPM will intervene to make sure that the interests of companies are protected. The open source license that took a political stand is reverted to one that’s loose and company-friendly. The message is clear: keep working for free. Don’t quit: that would be irresponsible. Don’t protest: that’s disruptive. Your power, your control of your work, will disappear if you try to use it.
august 2019
Final Boss Form — jonic: allhailthegodofbugs: ...
And what many people don’t realize is that this subculture was born as a way for young girls to express themselves in their own way. And it was also used as something against the adult life and the traditional culture, often seen as dull and boring and oppressive. By embracing cuteness, these young girls (and adult women, after a while) were showing non-conformation with the current standards.
august 2019
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