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cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward I wrote this in response to Gardner’s post here and in particular this quote from Thomas Merton that Gardner referenced. “[A publisher asked me to write something on ‘The Secret of Success,’ and I refused.] If I had a message to my contemporaries, I said, it was surely this: Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success. … If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted. If a university concentrates on producing successful people, it is lamentably failing in its obligation to society and to the students themselves.” On reflection, this is a bit much for a comment (so now it’s a post) and probably somewhat hyperbolic but maybe it’ll spur some interesting conversation. My response certainly sounds like a keynote (not enough gray).I’m happy to take your money for saying ridiculous things. I can also claim I give homework so you’re kids will be like the responsible farm children of yore. Just send the checks. I read it more as an indictment of the definition of “success” in a corrupt/broken system as a kind of failure rather than advocating allowing for failure as a way […]
This is a guide for instructing posthumans in Dadaism ” In such times Dada objects amuse everybody, and since these objects are (mostly) made collectively, they are a strong community bond. Amusement (of oneself and others) and the making of art communities are the goals of Dada. Dada is a priori against everything, including goals and itself, but this creative negation is very amusing and is meant to be shared. For one whole century, Dada has delighted in uncovering and using contradictions, paradoxes, and negations, the most important of which are: 1. most people read signs, Dadas make signs, and 2. most people are scared of scary faces, Dada makes scary faces.” “ tags: dada weekly ds106 thoughtvectors dadaism tweet Open Payments Data Doctors and their payments . . . tags: data medicine government Health Care Big Pharma weekly Texas alligator attack: Man killed in Orange County – CNN.com “”He removed his shirt, removed his billfold … someone shouted a warning and he said ‘blank the alligators’ “ tags: weekly alligator attack texas Six reasons the blanket octopus is my new favorite cephalopod | Deep Sea News ” Young female blanket octopuses literally rip the tentacles right off portuguese man-o-war jellies, and uses them like little octopus nunchuks. Octopuses hold onto these tentacles with their suckers, and the scientist who accidentally discovered this “experienced […]
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.