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Reflections on the MP3 Format: Interview with Jonathan Sterne : Computational Culture ” First, thank you for asking all these great and difficult questions. And to readers, thanks for plowing through what’s about to be a lot of prose. Brevity in print is not one of my strong points.” tags: weekly mp3 questions Fidelity Investments Tries Virtual Reality | MIT Technology Review “Fidelity is not claiming to have solved any actual problems with the app. “ tags: weekly virtual virtualreality oculustrift oculus 3d tweet Mahatma Gandhi’s List of the 7 Social Sins; or Tips on How to Avoid Living the Bad Life | Open Culture ” On October 22, 1925, Gandhi published a list he called the Seven Social Sins in his weekly newspaper Young India. Politics without principles. Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Worship without sacrifice.” tags: weekly sins gandhi Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer | Science | The Guardian “Experiments on 18- to 42-year old men and women on active duty found that half an hour of electrical brain stimulation improved their performance twice as much as caffeine, and the effect lasted three times as long. “ tags: brain stimulation caffeine weekly What Became of India’s Corpse-Eating Turtles? | Atlas Obscura “Back […]

Photography – Week 50

  This was at the train station around 5:20 AM. I like the dull colors and almost stupor like gaze of the man against the open-mouthed-hyper-enthusiasm of the TV “personality.” I didn’t get quite as close as I wanted. I shot fairly quickly because I couldn’t believe he’d keep holding that awkward pose.   Another early AM train station shot. She just oozed bored resignation.     This one just felt a bit surreal to me. The older gentleman in the background hit the light in an interesting way and the double glass doors lent some interesting reflections.   Just a leaf plastered to some glass in the VCU engineering building but between the colors and the patterns of the water and background I found it to be interesting. Photographs earlier this week were pretty hard to come by because of lots of rain.   The pipes made this alley wall feel a bit like lined paper.   Just lots of black and white shapes.    

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Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie – Aeon “Night-waking, he told me, was different in nature from waking during the day, at least according to the documents he found. The third US president Thomas Jefferson, for example, read books on moral philosophy before bed so that he could ‘ruminate’ over them between his two sleeps. “ tags: sleep weekly patterns technology [1411.2190] Interactive Art To Go “Traditional artworks like paintings, photographs, or films can be reproduced by conventional media like printing or video. This makes visitors of museums possible to purchase postcards, posters, books, and DVDs of pictures and/or movies shown at the exhibition. However, newly developing arts so called interactive art, or new media art, has not been able to be reproduced due to limitation of functionalities of the conventional media. In this article, the authors report a novel approach of sharing such interactive art outside the exhibition, so that the visitors of the museum can take a copy to home, and even share it with non-visitors. The authors build up their new projector-and-camera (ProCam) based interactive artwork for exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) by using Apple’s iPhone. The exactly same software driving this artwork was downloadable from Apple’s App Store — thus all visitors or even non-visitors could enjoy […]

Photography – Week 49

This one was made entirely by the book covers. I liked the glimpse it gave of how she spent her time on the bus. I’m not exactly sure where this bus comes from but it drops off a number of people each day and it is an interesting group. “That mother . . . . just took our picture.” Closest to drama I’ve gotten thus far although I have been accused of being with the FBI and/or police with the stranger photo series. I still find the colors of the leaves to be impressive. I particularly like them over bricks and cobblestones. Lots of personality in that stride. The lens flare may be a bit over the top but I liked the imperfections in combination with the sic semper tyrannis in the background. We found this snake while wandering around in the woods. It was one that releases a rather unpleasant musk when it’s unhappy. The kids handled it for a while anyway. I like the mix here of the curve of the snakes neck, the pattern of the scales, and the variety of textures. The brightness of autumn leaves and rain slick cobblestones . . . There’s so much properness here. She is headed someplace, probably church. There’s also something about vines and bricks. A lot of the things […]

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As we may understand — Medium “However, in applying some of the (nicer!) ideas in practice, particularly towards influencing more sustainable behaviour at work and at home, around issues such as office occupancy and food choices, as well as energy use, it became clear that the models of people inherent in many kinds of ‘intervention’ are simply not nuanced enough to address the complexity and diversity of real people, making situated decisions in real-life contexts, embedded in the complex webs of social practices that everyday life entails. (This is, I feel, something also lacking in many current behavioural economics-inspired treatments of complex social issues.)” tags: weekly design think understand thoughtvectors univ200 Visions of a Future, Drawn From the Past — Vantage — Medium tags: art landscape weekly future technology nature Social Anxiety: Why Artist Amalia Ulman’s Fake “Middlebrow” Instagram Is No Different From Yours | The FADER “Indeed, probably the most intriguing thing about Ulman’s project is watching the artist construct a convincing illusion of a real-life person’s real-life Instagram feed. Of the 100,000+ followers she has as of this writing, I can’t imagine that all of them are “in on the joke.”” tags: social anxiety artist instagram sociology weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Man Regrets Jumping Onto Whale Being Eaten By Sharks – Business Insider “Even the parents of this Perth, Australia, man who jumped onto a whale circled by hungry sharks say their son is an idiot. “ tags: whale sharks choices weekly Intoxicating machines – O’Reilly Radar ““Mr. Frankel, who started this program, began to suffer from the computer disease that anybody who works with computers now knows about,” [Richard] Feynman later explained. “The trouble with computers is you play with them.” — George Dyson, describing the beginning of the Manhattan Project’s computing effort in Turing’s Cathedral. “ tags: weekly technology potential computers play #thoughtvectors altlabtwitter In Defense of Technology “And so it goes. No contest. The infant experience of the easy life can only ridicule the idea that patience and effort used to be fine. But I’ve been trying to examine the problem from a new angle, and I keep coming back to the same truth: Life is better. In some nostalgic, carefree, totally invented Mississippi River of the mind, we were always floating downstream in a vessel of our own making, always happy to have nothing, living high on our wits and our basic decencies. But was it nice? Was life as good as it is now? One is almost programmed, if over the age of 35, to say […]

Photography – Week 48

A number of attempts at street photography . . .   I liked the mix of colors and lines and the mix of people who noticed the camera and those who were oblivious. I am making more of an effort to frame the shot despite the fact that it tends to alert people a bit more than I’d like. There is something interesting in the moment people notice the camera and the eye contact but I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable.     I’m not sure about pictures like these. I like the hat in combination with the sun glasses but I’m not sure the actual photograph is any good. There’s some interesting echoes of shape and color. The light is a bit harsh but I liked the contrast.   I had two shots like this. The other had the lady in the wheelchair in focus. The light was nice. The background is distracting but I like her face enough to keep it.   This was from across the street at 35mm which was  a bit far. I like the no hands casualness and the circles vs rectangles enough to keep it. This is one of the examples of a person noticing the camera and it improving the picture.   This was part of the crowd watching the two […]

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Tangle: a JavaScript library for reactive documents This is awesome. I love this. tags: js javascript interactive documents data infographics visualization weekly Ipsos MORI | Poll | Perceptions are not reality: Things the world gets wrong tags: univ200 truth lies perception reality weekly stats We Are All Confident Idiots – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society “In many cases, incompetence does not leave people disoriented, perplexed, or cautious. Instead, the incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence, buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge.” tags: weekly univ200 truth lies competence confidence Why Ear Candling Is Not a Good Idea Sometimes . . . you just can’t win. “Alaska Fire Marshall Gary L. Powell has reported two instances of significant fires associated with ear candling., one of which led to the user’s death. On January 27, 2005 a 59-year-old woman ignited her bedding when she dropped an ear candle that she was attempting to use the ear without any assistance. The candle ignited the bedding and quickly spread to curtains and other combustibles in the room. The woman did escaped but suffered an asthma attack and died in a hospital emergency room [4]. “ tags: ear candling fire death weekly The Author of White Noise Reviews Taylor Swift’s White Noise – The Atlantic “MEGAN GARBEROCT 22 2014, 12:22 […]

Photography – Week 47

I’ve cropped this just about every way possible but keep coming back to this one. There is a chunk of empty asphalt. It also isn’t going to do as well in a small view as it’s easy to miss the kid on the handlebars and the cigarette- the very things that make the picture. I posted it for some feedback in one of the Flickr groups I like about street photography. This is an excerpt of one of the comments. There is absolutely nothing of interest on the entire left side of the frame. It is hard to imagine composing a photo so unbalanced. Whatever you edited out surely was more interesting than that huge expanse of empty asphalt? If cutting out whatever it is you cut out seems an improvement to you, then the original must have really really sucked. A bit rough I thought. I don’t mind direct feedback but still feel like basic manners1 ought to apply in most things in life. All that being said, I still really like this photograph. It may be that I can claim no credit for what makes it good as that was all in the moment and the content. I was there and I saw what was happening in time to take the shot. There’s a part of me that […]