It's a fact, no time left for eternity. Peripatetic tumblog of Kevin Slavin.
*This is personal; nothing to do with MIT or any companies or projects I'm associated with. I don't endorse everything I'm posting, I don't like everyone I follow. No carts, no horses, no pearls, no swine.
So much of my high school worldview was shaped by listening to recorded lectures and spoken word albums by the likes of bell hooks, Malcolm X, Alan Watts, Noam Chomsky, and this guy, Jello Biafra.
Highly recommended (although dated): Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police.
I love my friend Kenyatta — not for the fact of this, but maybe partly for the varied personal effects of this.
A suburban Philadelphia school district is agreeing to pay $610,000 to settle two lawsuits brought by students who were victims of a webcam spying scandal in which high school-issued laptops secretly snapped thousands of pictures of pupils.
Prosecutors and the FBI opened an inquiry following a February privacy lawsuit accusing administrators of spying on students with webcams on the 2,300 district-issued MacBooks. The lawyers who filed lawsuits on behalf of two students acquired evidence in pretrial proceedings showing that the district secretly snapped thousands of webcam images of students, including pictures of youths at home, in bed or even “partially dressed.”
The original suit was based on a claim by Robbins, a sophomore at the time, that school officials reprimanded him for “improper behavior” based on photos the computer secretly took of the boy at home last fall. One picture shows him asleep at home last October.
That “behavior” turned out to be pill popping. The family said their son was eating Mike and Ike candy, his lawyer claimed.
In all, about 400 photos were taken of Robbins. The tracking software on Hasan’s computer snapped as many as 469 photographs and 543 screenshots of the former senior.
God how I would love to start an agency focused entirely on False Flag operations. You can do whatever you want, and it is likely to be seen by more people than the signal it is masking.
Man I am so happy the curtain has lifted on Electric Objects.
I have been advising @jrlevine on this but it’s most certainly his poetry and code, along with his team. You might miss it in this picture, which is exactly the point: that Nick Knight photo of the flower there, that’s actually a screen, a beta version of Electric Objects.
I have been housebound for 3 months and mostly lying on a couch watching the world scroll past me on the internet. But every once in a while, when something beautiful came to mind or caught my eye, I would throw it to the slow screen on my wall.
The flower has been there for a week or so, from the first day I went outside. Later I might shift it back the 1972 NASA photograph that Charles Duke took on the moon.
So much of the connected home is about utility this and efficiency that. Some part of it has to be about pleasure. This is that part.
96th and Lex, 1983
Old stomping grounds
This is where I got off the subway for junior high.
Is it a fact that anyone will have a strong visceral reaction to seeing impersonal images from their late childhood/early adolescence, or is it really just that NYC really was that special?
"Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.
"Coal Rollers" are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, "rolling coal" has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.
"The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal," a roller named Ryan told Vocativ. "I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me."
Weigel spoke to a seller of coal rolling customization equipment who described why some drivers see spewing smoke as a political protest.
"I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all," the salesperson said. "If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you."
This is, in a very real sense, why we can’t have nice things.
Transformer assembly, China.