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via internetting with Amanda Hess. What a song!
milk  music  tv 
5 days ago
Jian Ghomeshi, John Hockenberry, and the Laws of Patriarchal Physics | The New Yorker
Jia Tolentino does the Lord's work of reading the essays so you don't have to:
The worst thing about this accursed genre of personal essay—“My Year of Being Held Responsible for My Own Behavior”—may be that it consists, almost necessarily, of terrible writing. It is hypothetically possible for such an essay to model a path forward that does not require dissembling and absolution, for a man to grapple with a history of specific wrongdoing without insisting on his own centrality for several thousand words. But the Venn diagram between serial harassers and abusers and people capable of fundamental honesty may not produce much of an overlap.
essay  metoo  feminism  misogyny 
7 days ago
At the Met Museum, the Grand Enigmas of Delacroix - The New York Times
Roberta Smith on Delacroix:
He seems to have been an incessant draftsman, doodling in the margins of print proofs, always with much on his mind. In one of the show’s most stupendous drawings, “Studies of Tigers and Men in 16th-Century Costumes,” Delacroix repeatedly draws, in brown ink and watercolor, both the animal at rest and its regal head. But in the upper corner, several Dutch burghers are lightly sketched in graphite, as if thoughts of Rembrandt and Hals had suddenly intruded.
art  crit  delacroix  painting  doodling 
8 days ago
Paper monuments to human effort
One thing I love about working on paper is that you literally end up with these gigantic piles of your effort. (Evidence of your days.) At some point, I started collecting photos of other people’s paper output.
writing  paper  work  archives 
10 days ago
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Hip to this video from Internetting with Amanda Hess. What a video. All the little regional Wisconsin details make it, the repetition of “Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay,” the Packers, the vowels. And peach Bellini is just such a funny serious of sounds.
internet  complaining  video  candles  youtube  consumerism 
11 days ago
Proposal for a book to be adapted into a movie starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson
Robin Sloan at it again.
The office is transformed; the game is new. Dwayne Johnson could rise to the presidency without taking a position on anything, running 100% on bluster and myth, a category 6 candidate, long theorized but never observed in nature, the most profane ever and also the squeakiest-clean. This guy is amazing! Who cares what he thinks about health care?

But finally -- there is no escaping it -- if he's the president of the United States, he will have to make decisions. And so we plant a seed. The memory of a novel, a movie set, an Oscar night. Maybe it won't be 2028 when he runs. Maybe it will be later. Maybe he'll be an old man, recalling the plots of his movies as if he lived them. He'll remember standing on the border with those people.


Love the printed-out-email pagination.
writing  politics  art  books  email 
11 days ago
The YouTube Icon Next Door | Scout Somerville
potter puppet pals person lives in somerville, naturally
11 days ago
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leaving St Louis with fresh energy, ideas, & an obligatory conference selfie. Thanks, !
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test “nano-Köhler” theory: could early clustering and growth be simplified as like cloud activation? activation by…
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kinetic limitations: described by accommodation coefficient. MD simulations show no evidence of non accommodation.…
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fundamentally, thermodynamics of smallest clusters need to be understood quantum mechanically. pushing limits of ho…
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shoutout to Uli Krieger et al.’s work measuring saturation vapor pressures of polyethylene glycols! nice agreement…
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prelude to this talk: 🚂 tour around Europe while postdoc, leading tutorials about particle formation and growth at…
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Q&A points toward big challenges with pulling all these aspects together: compliance monitoring, health studies, ch…
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18 days ago
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in 2️⃣ lots of hard work trying to get PM2.5 monitoring network filter measuremenrs as reliable as possible. evapor…
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2-parter plenary this morning: 1️⃣ Jun Kanno, Japan Bioassay Research Center, on inhalation toxicity testing of nan…
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(Monet’s beloved London fog/smog, St Louis riverboat black carbon, Dust Bowl dust storm, ice nucleated cirrus cloud…
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good morning ! Visited the amazing St. Louis art museum yesterday to take a break from aerosol but couldn’t…
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during awards program learning about August Schmauß, who may have coined the term “aerosol” in a 1920 paper. Wrote…
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19 days ago
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important question about challenges with asking people to change long-standing cultural practices, and requirement…
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moved on to evaluating residential coal substitution campaign in northern China. (Aggressive implementation led to…
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have worked to disentangle yearly variability in emissions and meteorology. Helps regulations target *average* PM2.…
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absolutely massive nationwide survey of rural energy use: almost 35k households over 20 years, 1600 24 h measuremen…
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this morning: Shu Tao, PKU, on air quality trends in China and highly sectorially resolved emission inventories…
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delighted by the time lapse videos in Cari Dutcher’s talk (U of MN) on using microfluidics to watch aerosol droplet…
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20 days ago
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really exciting talk by Rachel O’Brien, William & Mary, about coupling mass spec to infrared absorption to glean mo…
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& a shameless plug for my talk this afternoon at 3:45, 6AC.4, about our first work using mass spec to see chemistry…
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this morning at : learning about fine particle industrial materials from Yakov Kutsovsky of Cabot Corp (not…
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20 days ago
It's Story Time | By Joel Embiid
Even when people hear the story, they think like, “Oh, they discovered this crazy talent in Africa, and this guy came over and started killing it. Kansas. NBA. Boom.”

Nah. You don’t even understand.


motivation. (h/t tcarmody/kottke and ahp)
motivation  basketball 
20 days ago
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enjoyed dropping into the instrumentation session to learn about Dylan Leigh-Manuell’s -flavored undergrad…
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ended up being an excellent talk about all the cool things Hering & collaborators can do with a new “cold–hot–cool”…
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checked out historic Campbell House yesterday, where the guide mentioned the history of smog in St. Louis due to co…
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21 days ago
An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More - The New York Times
good use of embedded examples here, demonstrating crazy sounds of the Tangetenflügel in pieces by CPE Bach
piano  music  crit 
23 days ago
Expressive temperature
If I repeated the exercise above but substituted samples of audio for text, you would recognize the same pattern: at low (“cool”?) temperatures, caution and repetition; around 1.0, a solid attempt to represent the diversity of the training data; beyond, Here Be Dragons.

It occurred to me, deep into some experiments with audio, that it should be possible to change the temperature not just between samples, but during them. In other words, to treat sampling temperature the way you might a filter knob on a synthesizer, sweeping it up or down to lend your sound movement and drama.


So there for Robin Sloan shop talk on machine learning-derived music.
machinelearning  music 
27 days ago
Work (2018) | MILES OKAZAKI
all 70 Monk compositions on solo guitar. here are the liner notes.
guitar  jazz  music 
4 weeks ago
Sounding the Bow – blprnt – Medium
Herald/Harbinger is a living wake. In fifty years or so the Bow Glacier will have receded up to the level of our seismic station. In the years after that, the signal from the mountain will start to grow quiet. Eventually the sounds of the ice will fade, and the plaza will again sound only with the sounds of our footsteps and the thrum of our vehicles.


via blprnt newsletter
environment  glacier  sensor  publicart  climate 
4 weeks ago
Control city - Wikipedia
A control city is a city or locality posted on a series of traffic signs along a particular stretch of road indicating destinations on that route.</blockquotes>
transportation  signs  highways  design  geography 
4 weeks ago
Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges
Locals have long scoured fields and river banks for arrowheads and bits of pottery, amassing huge collections. Then there were those murky tales of a sprawling city on the Great Plains and a chief who drank from a goblet of gold.

A few years ago, Donald Blakeslee, an anthropologist and archaeology professor at Wichita State University, began piecing things together. And what he’s found has spurred a rethinking of traditional views on the early settlement of the Midwest, while potentially filling a major gap in American history.

Using freshly translated documents written by the Spanish conquistadors more than 400 years ago and an array of high-tech equipment, Blakeslee located what he believes to be the lost city of Etzanoa, home to perhaps 20,000 people between 1450 and 1700.

They lived in thatched, beehive-shaped houses that ran for at least five miles along the bluffs and banks of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers. Blakeslee says the site is the second-largest ancient settlement in the country after Cahokia in Illinois.
archaeology  midwest 
5 weeks ago
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - The New Yorker
"I wonder if you’re like me, if you collect and squirrel away in your soul certain odd moments when the Mystery winks at you, when you walk in your bathrobe and tasselled loafers, for instance, well out of your neighborhood and among a lot of closed shops, and you approach your very faint reflection in a window with words above it. The sign said “Sky and Celery.” Closer, it read “Ski and Cyclery.”"
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5 weeks ago
Yale Climate Opinion Maps - U.S. 2016 - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
These maps show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels.


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climate  map  scicomm 
5 weeks ago
6, 89: Risky time
Think of art that you care about. To make work that is not some kind of hackery or pandering, artists have to bring us along. They have to lead us to their understanding, or their feeling, or whatever it is. Even if what they have to show us is hazy and self-contradictory, and whether or not it’s presented as Proper Art, it’s real in them. Things made in this way tend to have a texture that makes them interesting even if you don’t get them. And they can appear anywhere, in slam poetry or AAA video games. There are econometrics papers with this texture and paintings in the Louvre without it. It’s the texture of someone caring enough about something to build a path for you into their understanding of it – or even to the edge of their understanding, to see the thinking as it happens.
newsletter  climate  art 
5 weeks ago
Wounder And Wounded
"In his writing, Naipaul is simultaneously the colonized and the colonist, in part because he never seriously imagines that the colonized would ever want to be anything but the colonist, even as he uses each category to judge the other"
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6 weeks ago
Opinion | Monuments for a New Era - The New York Times
Rather than sticking a monument to an African-American hero atop the structure that was once a pedestal for a racist, I would lay the upended column across the road — which is still called Lee Circle — making it impassable. This broken and shattered ruin would be an intentionally inconveniently placed eyesore, disrupting travel and commerce. The placement would demand that visitors confront how slavery and the ideals that maintained and rationalized it continue to stand in our way. A 84-foot-10-inch-deep hole (representing the height of the former monument including the now removed statue of Lee) would create a gaping abyss. There would be no barriers to protect people from falling in.
history  monuments  slavery  america  sculpture 
6 weeks ago
Some Online ‘Mobs’ Are Vicious. Others Are Perfectly Rational. - The New York Times
Amanda Hess with some careful thought and analysis:
Mob members are also often styled as an underclass, armed with a peasant laborer’s pitchfork and torch — as though the primal fear is that society’s discontents, a mass of people “beneath” you, will rise up, and not in a spirit of reason, fairness or mercy. Just about everyone, these days, seems eager to claim that underdog status — but there are those who lack institutional power because of discrimination, and then there are those who are kept out of polite society because they are amoral ghouls. The true nature of a mob becomes a lot clearer once you differentiate between the two.
twitter  internet  culture  mob  sociology  politics 
6 weeks ago
Rednex - Wikipedia
what an *insane* and cynical band-in-name-only. wikipedia page includes a timeline of 20+ members in the lineup (!?) (h/t switched on pop)
music  capitalism 
6 weeks ago
Chapter in Western Literature - Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature
"Although the chapter was sometimes discarded within modernism (as in the work of Samuel Beckett) or occasionally reified into something far more hard-edged (as in the distinct stylistic worlds of the chapters of James Joyce’s Ulysses), it remains a familiar aspect of narrative fiction; chapter titles may come in and out of fashion, chapter lengths may be entirely flexible, but the idea of a textual unit that is also a temporal unit—a unit that is oblique to the agency of characters within a fiction—has persisted; it is perhaps the most notable, if usually invisible, debt the novel has to premodern textuality."
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6 weeks ago
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