Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

  • This is awesome. I love this.

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  • “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.”

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  • 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].

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  • “MEGAN GARBEROCT 22 2014, 12:22 PM ET

    Steve Marcus/Reuters
    This morning, “Track 3” from Taylor Swift’s new album, “1989,” rose to No. 1 on Canada’s iTunes. This would not be notable—yet another Swift song, catapulting to the top of the charts—except for the song itself: “Track 3,” it turned out, was simply eight seconds of … white noise.

    You could see the whole thing as a simple glitch (and, of course, as a commentary on the deep loyalty of Swift’s fan base, in Canada and in the U.S.). But you could also see it as something more meaningful, something in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons and, of course John Cage: Taylor, an expert in the agonies of love and loss, extending her reach to explore technology and nihilism and the entire human condition. “White Noise” may be the great song of our time. So we asked for a review of it from Don DeLillo, the author of one of the great novels of our time.

    Taylor Swift
    “Track 3,” 2014

    Reviewed by Don DeLillo

    It is possible to be homesick for a place even when you are there. “Track 3,” the latest release from Taylor Swift’s 1989, explores the dropped pin, uniting the past and present—the now, the then—with the sharp pangs of its own absence. White noise. Black hole. The gravitational pull of nothingness. The silence’s soft ecosystem, nourished by Apples and Cokes and plotted upon plastic products whose names begin with i. On the Internet, it is always spring. It is every season. It is any season. It is the time of year, the time of day, for a small insistent sadness to pass into the texture of things. Dusk, silence, iron chill. Something lonely in the bone.”

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  • I wonder a lot about the space between The Circle and FOIA.

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