barely concealed nuance

yo, it's gabi.

July 21, 2014 at 5:15pm
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A Denny’s Haiku


That sexy sizzle, though.
Makes me feel like I’m the cook.
Skillets. Am I right?

July 17, 2014 at 3:28pm
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This animation from Moonwalk One shows all the stages of the Apollo 11 mission, which launched 45 years ago on July 16, 1969.  As designed, the only component to return to Earth was the Command Module Columbia.

Moonwalk One, ca. 1970

From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

via Media Matters » Stepping Stones to the Moon

July 15, 2014 at 9:15am
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But the pitfall of data devices – and the external sharing of information that they encourage or require – is that they hijack your reward pathways. Instead of walking because it makes you feel good, or because it gets you out in the air or (my personal favorite reason) because sometimes there is bonkers stuff to see in between point A and point B, you walk in order to improve your stats. This sometimes means you walk even if it’s a bad idea – if your shoes hurt, if you’re not feeling well, if it’s dangerously hot, if you’re running late – because doing otherwise will mean a black mark on your record. Your stats will slide, and your stats (and the ability to brag about them on social media) are your reward.

There’s a fitness tracker for vaginas. Quantifying your life has gone too far

Jess Zimmerman

July 11, 2014 at 9:00pm
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Far from being neutral or objective, data can be stockpiled as a political weapon that can be selectively deployed to eradicate citizens’ ability to participate in deliberative politics

— No Life Stories – The New Inquiry (via nathanjurgenson)

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Good lord, this is the most stark portrayal I’ve seen of this.

Holy crap, over nine years?


(Source: giannis-antetokounmpo, via politicalprof)

July 10, 2014 at 10:15am
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A cartoon by Farley Katz. For more cartoons from the magazine this week:


A cartoon by Farley Katz. For more cartoons from the magazine this week:

July 9, 2014 at 12:50pm
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“We’re still pretending that we’re inventing a brain when all we’ve come up with is a giant mash-up of real brains. “… “People are unwittingly feeding information into the Cloud for automated services, which they’re not being paid for.” [Jaron Lanier] said. “You have this fantasy that it’s machines doing it without people helping. We are throwing people out of work based on a fantasy.”

In a digital update of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” Silicon Valley is siphoning and pilfering human intelligence to feed Mr. Roboto to replace us.

— NYTimes - Silicon Valley Sharknado (via algopop)

July 8, 2014 at 10:47am
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Keeping algorithms secret is central to their cultural-economic power, which is the capacity to employ quantification in the service of qualification. Numbers have disappeared from view

— potlatch: against quality (via nathanjurgenson)

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July 1, 2014 at 10:19pm
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Like the priests whose celibacy, fasting, and vigils purified them for direct contact with the godhead and made them fit vessels for divine truth and worldly power, the self-restraint of the scientists purified them for direct contact with nature and made them fit vessels for natural truth and worldly power.

— The Image of Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, 1992

June 25, 2014 at 1:03pm
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Uber, like Amazon, has allowed a small number of people to become extremely rich by evading regulations and/or taxes that apply to their middle class competitors. Amazon and other Internet-based retailers have used their tax advantage to put tens of thousands brick and mortar stores out of business


Dean Baker | The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality

current technolibertarianism:
taxes, regulation, government, institutions themselves as merely a momentary impediment, “middlemen” heavy and solid with history to be inevitably washed away by the fast, fluid efficiency of “high tech”

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