The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful | JR Hennessy | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Without comment.

23 July 2014 ·

thecomicscomic:

Prison isn’t funny, but prison rape is? Another blistering report from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Doing the comedy lord’s work, Oliver is.

thecomicscomic:

Prison isn’t funny, but prison rape is? Another blistering report from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Doing the comedy lord’s work, Oliver is.

22 July 2014 ·

"This kind of eradication program was far beyond anything that anyone had ever done anywhere in the world."

~ What do you do when your island is overrun by goats? Something drastic. (via wnycradiolab)

Listening to this today. It’s great.

21 July 2014 ·

99percentinvisible:

In Seattle, there’s an elevated section of highway jutting out of SR 520, left over from a connector that was never completed. 

Over the years, Seattle residents have covered it in graffiti and transformed it into a dance floor, skateboard park, a swimming hole, and a kayaking course. Lovers have even been married under it. 

Now the city is scheduling the removal of the ramp. In tribute, a group of architects and designers have coated it with curved acrylic that will stay with the structure until its end.

Nooooooooooooooooooo

21 July 2014 ·

slaughterhouse90210:

“Basically, I realized I was living in that awful stage of life between twenty-six to and thirty-seven known as stupidity. It’s when you don’t know anything, not even as much as you did when you were younger, and you don’t even have a philosophy about all the things you don’t know, the way you did when you were twenty or would again when you were thirty-eight.” ― Lorrie Moore, Anagrams

slaughterhouse90210:

“Basically, I realized I was living in that awful stage of life between twenty-six to and thirty-seven known as stupidity. It’s when you don’t know anything, not even as much as you did when you were younger, and you don’t even have a philosophy about all the things you don’t know, the way you did when you were twenty or would again when you were thirty-eight.”
― Lorrie Moore,
Anagrams

16 July 2014 ·

NPR Anchor or Minor Star Wars Character? - Even Jabba the Hutt Is Disappointed

jordanmorris:

My opus.

Love this.

16 July 2014 ·

"Volunteers were asked whether, if given $5, they would spend some of it to avoid getting shocked again. The ones who said they would be willing to pay to avoid another shock were asked to sit alone and think for 15 minutes but were given the option of giving themselves that same shock by simply pushing a button."

~

Would you rather sit and think or get shocked? You’d be surprised

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0F827V20140703?irpc=932

7 July 2014 ·

(via PWYM 2.0: Peter Gabriel and a New Crew - The People of P2PU)

(via PWYM 2.0: Peter Gabriel and a New Crew - The People of P2PU)

5 July 2014 ·

(via WATCH: Iran Shoots Modern Family Scenes Almost Frame for Frame | TIME)

2 July 2014 ·

"The ever-increasing pace at which we consume images is undoubtedly intesified by websites such as Tumblr and Instagram. On social networks such as these, the extent of our reflection upon each image is limited by the narrow margin of time it takes for it to appear at the bottom of our feed and disappear beyond the top margin of the browser window. Using a mouse-wheel, this may take a maximum of a few seconds, but when using a Macbook’s trackpad or swiping on an iphone this window of opportunity is reduced even further, oftentimes to less than a second. This tempo effectively strips images of the content they were intended to embody; through this process of aestheticization they are neutralized and nullified. This Tumblr theme was created with the aim to disrupt this rhythm and force reflection. That said, it is more of a symbolic gesture than anything else. Right now the theme only handles image and text posts, but if you are interested, you can download the html here."

~ From my to-read list: a Tumblr theme that forces slower consumption.
Greg Ponchak

30 June 2014 ·

What's the art?

"To live sanely in Los Angeles (or, I suppose, in any other large American city) you have to cultivate the art of staying awake. You must learn to resist (firmly but not tensely) the unceasing hypnotic suggestions of the radio, the billboards, the movies and the newspapers; those demon voices which are forever whispering in your ear what you should desire, what you should fear, what you should wear and eat and drink and enjoy, what you should think and do and be."
Christopher Isherwood