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Saying No and Yes―Bill Murray Interview

SR: A lot of folks worry that if they aren’t available or don’t say yes, they’ll stop getting asked. BM: If you keep saying yes, they’ll stop asking you, too. That’s a much more likely event. I think we’re all sort of imprisoned by — or at least bound to — the choices we make, and I think everyone […]

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Václav Havel on the Temptations of Political Power

Politics is work of a kind that requires especially pure people, because it is especially easy to become morally tainted. https://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/vl/notes/havel.html

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The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism

So it is for me and perhaps for you: The bare facts of surveillance capitalism necessarily arouse my indignation because they demean human dignity. The future of this narrative will depend upon the indignant scholars and journalists drawn to this frontier project, indignant elected officials and policy makers who understand that their authority originates in […]

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Aaron “tenderlove” Patterson

Aaron “tenderlove” Patterson http://usesthis.com/interviews/aaron.patterson/ Firefox has an extremely nice feature that I like for web development: if you hit ‘ (single quote) it will bring up a search box, but the search box only searches through links on the page. Then you can hit enter to navigate to that link. That way I can avoid […]

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Addicted to Distraction – NYTimes.com

Except for brief moments, she didn’t succeed and after a while, she glumly gave up. The silence felt deafening. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/opinion/sunday/addicted-to-distraction.html?_r=1&referer= This reminds me of the Martin Seligman research on learned helplessness. What an awful lesson to learn, that nothing 4-year-old you does is more interesting to your parent than whatever is on their smart phone.

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to be productive—start with heart

Where is the heart? Often we describe it as being on the canvas, in the lilt of a voice, or left on the stage. But where is our own heart? We attribute superhuman qualities to creative people. We construct chasms between their accomplishments and our abilities. We manufacture fear, uncertainty, and doubt about our own […]

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Alex Buono | HOW WE DID IT — SNL Title Sequence

It’s pure in-camera trickery…EUREKA! — suddenly we had our approach. The often overlooked approach. This was a fun read with lovely images. via Alex Buono | HOW WE DID IT — SNL Title Sequence.

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Spotify Doesn’t Hurt Artists: My Band Would Be Nowhere Without It | WIRED

I hope artists will pause and realize that misplaced blame and oversimplification of the issues could set us back. Physical album sales are not the long-term solution (case in point: the laptop I’m typing on doesn’t have a CD drive)… …and he’s not even trying to be funny. via Spotify Doesn’t Hurt Artists: My Band […]

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On Lichtenstein and “theft” | parker higgins dot net

Or: What is it that [“original” artist] doesn’t have that s/he would have if [other artist] had never appropriated the[ir work]? What is it that Heath doesn’t have, that he would have if Lichtenstein had never appropriated the panel? via On Lichtenstein and “theft” | parker higgins dot net.

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Amazon Echo | Hacker News

The doorbell rings. Young daughter answers. Nobody is there. She looks down. There’s a package. From Amazon . . . Be sure to make the video on the left fullscreen after clicking this link. Take note if the simple, aural addition of strings is enough to evoke an emotional response in you. How scary is […]

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Neil Gaiman: How I learned to stop worrying and love the duplicator machines – Boing Boing

Agreed. …humans are bright enough to think our way out the problems we think ourselves into. via Neil Gaiman: How I learned to stop worrying and love the duplicator machines – Boing Boing.

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INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE by Cory Doctorow | Kirkus

I’m excited to find out about this book. I wasn’t aware that Cory was working on something non-fiction. The second quote below defines the internet as “one great big copy machine” which is amusingly accurate. I had the opportunity to ask an interviewee for a one-word definition of the internet. Her response was the word […]

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Superintelligence

This article pointed me toward the book Superintelligence which pointed me toward a quote from a shorter document by the author from which I’ve quoted below. Anyone wondering what to gift me this Christmas can look into the linked book above. I enjoy being terrified by other people’s thoughts. Two things are striking from the below quote: The […]

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Well, I’m not saying I’m like, ALLOWED to do this…

An awesome, educational, fair use-using post about studying, recognizing, and appreciating components of visual storytelling. So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process […]

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An email signature to encourage encryption use | parker higgins dot net

ToDo list: added. I prefer to use encrypted email. My public key fingerprint is 4FF3 AA1B D29E 1638 32DE C765 9433 5F88 9A36 7709. Learn how to encrypt your email with the Email Self Defense guide. via An email signature to encourage encryption use | parker higgins dot net.

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Being the Worst

What a great idea. “I don’t have anything against Yelp. The idea is fantastic, but the blackmailing thing is ferocious,” says Cerretini. “I think I should be the one deciding if I’m on the site or not. At least I can be there on my terms. The only power they have is they make you […]

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Hypo-quandary of the Week

♥ — 5 Useful Articles is great. While on an expedition in Indonesia, a nature photographer’s equipment is hijacked by a roving band of artistic monkeys. One of them snaps a photograph of herself. The photographer recovers his camera and posts the picture to the internet. A designer creates a 3D model based on the […]

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algorithms are values.

What a terrifying—and true—statement about our times: algorithms are values. via Twitter Respected Our Choices Until It Didn’t – My Linux Rig.

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Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing – NYTimes.com

Very interesting quotes on the proper balance of study and practice. The article relates the idea that pre-testing (i.e. failing) primes the brain for future success by opening different neural pathways than studying a single question:answer relationship. The quickest way to master that Shakespearean sonnet, in other words, is to spend the first third of […]

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Non-Ambiguous Tasks

The dishes clearly need to be washed. There’s no ambiguity about whether it’s a necessary task and when you’re washing the dishes, it only takes a tiny portion of your attention — a tiny portion of your mind — and so the rest of your mind just wanders around drifting and stumbling across all sorts […]

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The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection – Boing Boing

I’m relieved to learn that someone has taken the time to codify terms and phrases related to pre- and post-web. There are currently—and increasingly will be—reasons to mourn what we have already lost. We should also celebrate the many advantages. Straddle Generation Neither Digital Natives nor wholly Digital Immigrants; they were born in the 1980s […]

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Being obsessive about detail is being normal | Spiekerblog

Every craft requires atten­tion to detail. … Unless you are obsessed by what you’re doing, you will not be doing it well enough. via Being obsessive about detail is being normal | Spiekerblog.