If 20 Day Stranger had forked in the collective consciousness of a couple billion people it might have become Somebody (the app) but in fact I think Somebody is all its own. I mean, Miranda July. Say no more. But it makes me happy we didn’t name our experience “there is another” … Which almost happened. Cc @darrellwhitelaw @cheewee2000

If 20 Day Stranger had forked in the collective consciousness of a couple billion people it might have become Somebody (the app) but in fact I think Somebody is all its own. I mean, Miranda July. Say no more. But it makes me happy we didn’t name our experience “there is another” … Which almost happened. Cc @darrellwhitelaw @cheewee2000

This is hard to watch, and then at a certain point, after the camera goes black, it’s almost impossible to listen to.

It’s 6 minutes long, and no one gets ice water dumped on their head.

But if you have to choose between ice bucket challenge videos, and videos like these — and they’re being broadcast with roughly the same frequency — try this one, today.

Interestingly, while the Post has, like most mainstream outlets, typically been reluctant to call methods such as waterboarding “torture” when it was practiced by Americans, the paper had no apparent problem calling what ISIS did to Foley “torture.””

dolly-snow:

Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 1 

rebloggging because the show is good, and because the tumblr is EA1 working with BBC/Starz. And because this is lovely.

check out the show — couple of Emmys, written by David Goyer, no slouch (works with the Nolans on Batman et al) and also it’s a show in which Vlad the Impaler plays a role, and it doesn’t seem out of place. That alone makes it better than almost any show without Vlad the Impaler.

Tumblr here, you can watch the show here.

As the world continues and spin, shake, and catch fire sporadically, as people dump ice water on their heads, as people are decapitated, as some people get shot and killed, and others get paid to do the killing, it’s important to be reminded of what culture is for, which is to produce antibodies.

To allow us to experience stuff that we know is happening, but not to us.

"I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord savior, but I’m also a killer. I’ve killed a lot. And if I need to, I’ll kill a whole bunch more," Page said. "If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me, it’s that simple. I have no problem with it. God did not raise me to be a coward."

[…]

Page also had some choice words for victims of domestic violence (“Don’t be wasting cops’ time. Just shoot each other and get it over with”) and Muslims (“Passive until they gain parity with you or they exceed you in numbers and they will kill you”) and LGBT people (describing their lifestyle as “sodomy”).

He also expressed disdain for hate crime legislation.

“We have no business passing hate crime laws,” he said, “because we’re setting aside a group of people special.”

— St. Louis/St. Charles, Missouri police Sergeant Major Dan Page. Worked crowd control in Ferguson. For example.

Suspended, because this video exists. So I believe the big lesson for Missouri PD is : don’t make videos.


"These names, Mohamed and Yousef, don’t they sound kinda familiar? Well, you know what? Everyone is — wants to be politically correct. The political correct thing of this whole thing is, we have to find out of allegedly all these Muslim students that are in our country, are they here really studying or are they here for something else.
We know there’s a war by fundamentalists and terrorists to kill us. So we have to be able to profile. And I’m sorry, if I see two guys that look like Aba Daba Doo and Aba Daba Dah, I’m gonna pull ‘em over, and I wanna find out what you’re doing.”


That’s Bo Dietl, newly hired by Cooper Union to “provide comprehensive campus safety services” including “a framework for ongoing training and supervision of guards” and “strike a good balance between more systematic security and a campus environment that feels comfortable to our own community…”

"These names, Mohamed and Yousef, don’t they sound kinda familiar? Well, you know what? Everyone is — wants to be politically correct. The political correct thing of this whole thing is, we have to find out of allegedly all these Muslim students that are in our country, are they here really studying or are they here for something else.

We know there’s a war by fundamentalists and terrorists to kill us. So we have to be able to profile. And I’m sorry, if I see two guys that look like Aba Daba Doo and Aba Daba Dah, I’m gonna pull ‘em over, and I wanna find out what you’re doing.”

That’s Bo Dietl, newly hired by Cooper Union to “provide comprehensive campus safety services” including “a framework for ongoing training and supervision of guards” and “strike a good balance between more systematic security and a campus environment that feels comfortable to our own community…”

When the Tribune Company recently got rid of their newspapers, the New York Times ran the story under a headline “The Tribune Company’s publishing unit is being spun off, as the future of print remains unclear.”

The future of print remains what? Try to imagine a world where the future of print is unclear: Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide “Click to buy” is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really.

From the inimitable Joe Riley, “Always good, not always serious. Dedication in John Edward Allen’s ‘Tales of the Print Shop’, 1923”

From the inimitable Joe Riley, “Always good, not always serious. Dedication in John Edward Allen’s ‘Tales of the Print Shop’, 1923”

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”

-Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years.

I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me. - The Washington Post

Wow.

cyberpunk-culture:

The Peripheral by William Gibson will be published on October 28, 2014 by Putnam Adult. 

I know how this ends.

cyberpunk-culture:

The Peripheral by William Gibson will be published on October 28, 2014 by Putnam Adult

I know how this ends.

Reblogged from Surfing With The Alien

cactesse:

thesoftghetto:

Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.

people complain sooo much about social media and “twitter activism” completely ignoring that without social media the only way anyone would know whats going on is through media controlled by straight, white, capitalist men

Sometimes you forget that media answers to any interests outside of quarterly results. There are still people to remind you, tho.

(via Location-Based Light Painting by Philipp Schmitt, Interaction Designer)

Video here, worth watching to see what’s going on, which is beautiful. Via Timo.

(via Location-Based Light Painting by Philipp Schmitt, Interaction Designer)

Video here, worth watching to see what’s going on, which is beautiful. Via Timo.