Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)
Terasem, Transhumanism and the Singularity: Technology and Religion – TIME “These are satellite dishes, but they aren’t for TV. They’re meant for dispatching “mindfiles,” the memories, thoughts and feelings of people who wish to create digital copies of themselves and fling them into space with the belief that they’ll eventually reach some benevolent alien species.” Flinging mindfiles in to space in pursuit of immortality http://t.co/PHkFcvCzzj h/t @DavidRCroteau #english #philosophy #writingprompt — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) April 18, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly technology self immortality Planning to Share versus Just Sharing (FROM 2008) “(This is a long post, born out of years of frustration with ineffective institutional collaborations. If you only want the highlights, here they are: grow your network by sharing, not planning to share or deciding who to share with; the tech doesn’t determine the sharing – if you want to share, you will; weave your network by sharing what you can, and they will share what they can – people won’t share [without a lot of added incentives] stuff that’s not easy or compelling for them to share. Create virtuous cycles that amplify network effects. Given the right ‘set,’ simple tech is all they need to get started.)” tags: weekly sharing Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life – Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic […]
Obfuscation. A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest | We Make Money Not Art “Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest is an important and straight to the point book that reminds us that, ultimately, we’re up against intimidating asymmetries of power and knowledge. Stronger actors -whether they are corporations, governmental bodies or influential people- have better tools at their disposal if they want to hide something. What we have is obfuscation. It might require time, money, efforts, attention but it gives us some leverage as well as some measures of resistance and dignity. “ tags: weekly sociology How the CIA encouraged citizens under occupation to sabotage their workplaces during World War II. I cannot believe this is real. The CIA’s WWII Guide to Sowing Office Dysfunction Perfectly Describes Your Toxic Workplace https://t.co/Qd9U6yyhDk https://t.co/fFmzQJv8es tags: #fav weekly Resist and Thrive — Medium “Approaching your work with thoughtfulness at the core is challenging. You’re going against the grain. Your tools of measurement are very different from your peers. It’s easy to doubt yourself?—?I do it all the time.” tags: weekly measurement Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
ISSUE 83: That Chop on the Upbeat :: Oxford American – The Southern Magazine of Good Writing “You can’t have the objects—it’s perfect for the collectors; you still get the special feeling of exclusivity and possession; you get to sit there and make the whole world listen to your records—but the benefit for the scholar or passionate listener can’t be overstated, because of course, everything is out there, all of the basements and attics are being streamed, and it’s possible now, when you’re chasing some footnote across the filaments, to find yourself on a routine basis outdoing even the most reliable discographies, the same way you can sit there on the Web and predate OED first usages, if you want to, not through any ability of yours, much less any wisdom, but because the robots have gathered such vast harvests, made them accessible, searchable, unavoidable. What has been gathered at a nonhuman speed we are digesting at a human one.” tags: weekly records culture internet McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Retail Therapy: Inside the Apple Store: Customer Service is the New Cold War. “We miss the Cold War, because we miss having the Soviet Union as our rival, especially knowing that we already won. In comparison to today’s problems—the polluting Chinese juggernaut who owns our national debt, or the shape-shifting Al Qaeda […]