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 […]
But Is That Ethical? Ask This App. – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education “The Ethical Decision Making app is an attempt to bring applied ethics into 21st century. It is not so much a Magic 8-Ball as a pocket Socrates,” #thoughtvector technology, ethics, patterns of thought, and a magic 8 ball reference http://t.co/6dUafwnbzJ — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) May 16, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly ethics irony app 8ball thoughtvectors $2 Undecillion Lawsuit “Maybe people just aren’t that valuable. The EPA currently values a human life at $8.7 million, although they go to great lengths to point out that technically this is not actually the value any specific person places on another person’s individual life. In any case, by their measure, the total value we place on all the world’s humans is about $60 trillion—less than the total value we place on all the world’s oil.” Another beautiful What if? by @xkcdComic http://t.co/bx6wrCaJw3 #thoughtvectors — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) May 16, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly money worth humans thoughtvectors xkcd whatif scale Barnstorming – Futility Closet “Perhaps, like a poem, it provides its own reason.” tags: flying rooster weekly plane patent The Latest Hitman Game Was Inspired By The Rich Kids Of Instagram tags: hitman instagram videogame socialmedia weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my […]
more than 95 theses – Stanley was extraordinarily logical, inclined to… ” this basically involved the actors going so far beyond just being actors that they were either living the role by then in a Zen state of hypnosis, or they might go crazy and do something completely original, fresh and strange.”” tags: weekly stanley kubrick acting Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think | Science | The Guardian “But the most staggering result was yet to come. To check whether people might actually prefer something bad to nothing at all, the students were given the option of administering a mild atomic shock.” h/t Maria Funes tags: think research stimulus weekly We can, and will, destroy the world tags: weekly destruction machine tweet Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.