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Low - I started a Joke (by izubellu)
Kurt Koller reminded me that I don’t listen to enough Low these days.
Hugh Herr gave his presentation at TED last week. I get to see Hugh and his work often, and that makes it easy to forget how radical, ambitious, and important his work is.
You’ve probably heard about this talk by now and can dismiss it because you keep hearing about it, or because TED whatever.
But I will urge you to give this your 18 minutes, because this is sort of what time is for, whether it’s yours, Hugh’s or anyone else’s.
I think I favor this over the “Segway for Your Face” description for Glass.
Game Theory - Dripping With Looks (by echoplus2020)
Just found out Scott Miller passed away last year. Lolita Nation got me through a rough spell in post-adolescent adolescence.
"Twenty years ago, when Matarasso first opened shop in San Francisco, he found that he was mostly helping patients in late middle age: former homecoming queens, spouses who’d been cheated on, spouses looking to cheat. Today, his practice is far larger and more lucrative than he could have ever imagined. He sees clients across a range of ages. He says he’s the world’s second-biggest dispenser of Botox. But this growth has nothing to do with his endearingly nebbishy mien. It is, rather, the result of a cultural revolution that has taken place all around him in the Bay Area.
Silicon Valley has become one of the most ageist places in America. Tech luminaries who otherwise pride themselves on their dedication to meritocracy don’t think twice about deriding the not-actually-old. “Young people are just smarter,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told an audience at Stanford back in 2007. As I write, the website of ServiceNow, a large Santa Clara–based I.T. services company, features the following advisory in large letters atop its “careers” page: “We Want People Who Have Their Best Work Ahead of Them, Not Behind Them.”
If there’s anything we’ve learned from Wall Street, it’s that trading in “experience and wisdom” for “youthful innovation” leads to greater stability, profit and success for everyone in the system.
"WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.”
Photographs by Thom Sheridan
In 1986, the United Way attempted to break the world record for balloon launches, by releasing 1.5 million balloons, which resulted in two deaths, millions in lawsuits, and a devastating environmental impact.
You forgot the part about using up the finite store of helium, what we can use for cryogenics, superconducting magnets for medical research, or YOUR 1.5 MILLION FUCKING BALLOONS.
NCAA Bracket 2014: The Mathematician vs. the Matildas | The New York Times (by The New York Times)
No specific commentary here. It’s just kind of a charming little video.