links for 2007-10-19
How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections | Brain Pickings “Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.” tags: einstein thought creativity connections weekly School for poetic computation “school for poetic computation is an artist run school launching this fall in New York. A small group of students and faculty will work closely to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory — focusing especially on artistic intervention. It’s a 10 week program, a hybrid of residency and research group, that will happen multiple times per year to be a powerboost for creativity. Our motto is: more poems less demos.” h/t Gardner Campbell tags: code poetry language beauty programming computer english weekly 10 Rules of Internet – Anil Dash “Most websites treat “I like it” and “This is good” as the same thing, leading to most people on the Internet refusing to distinguish between “I don’t like it” and “It’s not good”. When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the need for change based on the moral importance of its work, rather than trying to understand the social underpinnings. “ tags: rules internet society weekly Why Life in America Can Literally Drive You Insane | Alternet ” Many of us, sadly, are ashamed […]
Between the Words – C82: Works of Nicholas Rougeux data viz posters showing only the punctuation from famous novels tags: punctuation english weekly A primer on the damaging movement to privatize public schools – The Washington Post “If challenged, test fans often quote the late Dr. W. Edward Deming, the world-famous quality guru who showed Japanese companies how to build better stuff than anybody else. In his book, “The New Economics,” Deming wrote, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Here’s the whole sentence as he wrote it: “It is wrong to suppose that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it — a costly myth.” “ tags: weekly education quote Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Ruminations from the Test-Prep Industry: How Dare You? Or: Supply, Demand, and Diatribe. “What I think but don’t say is that we “dare” charge what we do because a critical mass of people are willing to pay that much. As someone who thinks capitalism is on the whole pretty icky, it makes a definite amount of sense to me that if what we’re offering is essentially a luxury service, we would charge as much as people are willing to pay. If what we’re offering isn’t food or water or medicine or a foundational education (which, don’t get me started), as long as it’s a sidecar, an add-on, an optional addition to those necessities, why shouldn’t we charge what people will pay, so long as they’re happy with the results? And then I cringe, listening to my own thoughts.” tags: weekly test prep capitalism essential supply demand TCS – Robot Heart: Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana (covered by Kawehi) – YouTube I don’t know how I feel about the song but the way it all works technically is pretty fascinating. tags: music loops technology weekly youtube video Thomas Christiansen on Learning from 60,000 Observations | Quantified SelfQuantified Self “It’s an iterative process. I’m peeling an onion, and I can continue peeling that onion for the probably the rest of my life. How […]