I have written papers on existential philosophy that is easier to bullshit which by the way is basically a class about a horny French philosopher by the name of Sartre who wanted to basically justify all the stupid shit he has done in his life.
Student deserves an unironic A for this.
I have written papers on existential philosophy that is easier to bullshit which by the way is basically a class about a horny French philosopher by the name of Sartre who wanted to basically justify all the stupid shit he has done in his life.
Great, a bunch of disgusting male computer scientists want to regulate women’s bodies. How innovative.
Microsoft researchers have developed a bra-mounted sensor system that measures boob sweat and heart activity in order to detect emotional triggers for overeating.
The research is based on the idea that people eat not just when they are hungry but also for a host of emotional and habitual reasons. The goal was to provide a system that could intervene before the person turns to food for emotional support.
Microsoft researchers teamed up with colleagues from the University of Rochester and the University of Southampton to develop a range of interventions that go a step further than activity trackers such as FitBit and Nike's Fuelband. In their paper, the researchers mention other systems that have been developed that include heart rate monitors, earpieces to track chewing and swallowing, and augmented reality glasses to capture the food consumed.
Vincent Washington, senior business development manager at RIM from 2001-2011, in Businessweek’s “The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History”:
One thing we missed out on was that Justin Bieber wanted to rep BlackBerry. He said, “Give me $200,000 and 20 devices, and I’m your brand ambassador,” basically. And we pitched that to marketing: Here’s a Canadian kid, he grew up here, all the teeny-boppers will love that. They basically threw us out of the room. They said, “This kid is a fad. He’s not going to last.” I said at the meeting: “This kid might outlive RIM.” Everyone laughed.
When someone of Nelson Mandela's stature, historic significance and personal greatness dies, there's really nothing to say for most of us that isn't trite or unneeded. That seems especially so in this case in which Mandela's passing has elements of a blessing in human terms, given his great age and deep enfeeblement and apparent suffering. But after a day of absorbing this expected news, there is one thing I would like to add: violence. And I mean that in a good way.Read More →
Santorum: Fight against Obamacare like Mandela's battle against Apartheid.
Seeing this artist live on Monday and I am so psyched.
Andy Beaumont, regarding his Tab Closed; Didn’t Read website:
What we’re witnessing here is the first wave of the second world pop-up war. Those of us who lived through the first one can only describe the horrors to our disbelieving children. This time though, the pop-ups are winning because we don’t yet have the tools to fight back. The web has seemingly evolved into something that actively antagonises people — why would anyone in their right mind hide the content that visitors are there to see?
In short, maybe they’re not in their right mind. This is what happens when analytics make decisions for you.
Whole piece is simply brilliant.
Cubist statue of Marx and Engels in Budapest by György Segesdi.
This is the first coherent definition of neoliberalism I have seen.
Mirowski argues that neoliberalism is best seen not as an ideology that aims at “free markets” – that is, at getting government out of the regulatory game, but rather as a system in which the government sets up markets that favor capital over labor. By contrast, Konczal argues that neoliberalism is better seen as class warfare, tout court.
I don’t find the term neoliberalism useful, especially not the way that it is used in works such as David Harvey’s A Brief History of Neoliberalism. But I am convinced that it reflects something. To know what that is, we need a definition of neoliberalism, not the conceptual mess that currently exists. I have settled on the following:
Neoliberalism is an ideology that rests on the assumption that individualized, arms-length market exchange can serve as a metaphor for all forms of human interaction.
I find this definition clarifying for several reasons. First off, it tells us what class of things to which neoliberalism belongs: it is an ideology, not a policy or an outcome. As a consequence, neoliberalism is applies to people, not countries or systems (or universities or academic literatures; I’m looking at you, political economy).
Second, it tells us what neoliberalism is not. Neoliberalism is not the same as capitalism, or privatization, or even the Washington consensus. Additionally, contra both Konczal and Mirowski, it is not class warfare, nor an attempt to get government out of the way of free markets. Those are things that might follow from acting on behalf of a neoliberal ideology, but they are not themselves neoliberalism.
Third, and following from above, it allows neoliberalism to be a cause. Collections of people who subscribe to neoliberal ideas may adopt what we call neoliberal policies, but it is the ideology that is neoliberal rather than the policies that follow. Neoliberalism can be identified separately from what might follow from it.
Fourth, it also allows neoliberalism not to be a cause. For example, one may favor the privatization of state-owned enterprises, or regulatory forbearance, or abolishing anti-competitive policies, all without subscribing to neoliberalism. Some of the sloppiness in the usage of neoliberalism comes down to the tendency to consider neoliberalism as an uber-cause of anything that an author associates with it. I want to live in a world in which our terminology does not allow us to attribute everything that we find distasteful to an abstraction.
Fifth, because neoliberalism is an ideology, it is subject to the same well-studied phenomena that apply to any ideology; here, I am thinking especially of contestation, exploitation, and false consciousness. I am part of this right now by contesting the use of neoliberalism by people who have political objectives. This is also where I part with many “critics of critics of neoliberalism,” for my definition certainly makes clear that neoliberalism can be used to maintain hegemony. The running example in my mind is the ways that personal responsibility becomes a dominant narrative in felon rehabilitation, following Lerman and Weaver’s important new book on crime control and citizenship. And I can even go further: one may quite literally be a neoliberal without knowing it.
Sixth, it captures (to me at least) the essence of why neoliberalism is seen by many as troubling: it entails the extension of logic of market exchange outside of that domain, and it is reasonable to object to that. So education reform is neoliberal just so far as it conceptualizes the appropriate state of education as a market in which students and parents consume a product sold by educators who are the agents of education companies, not because it’s reform that some people don’t support. Neoliberalism also entails that the abstract notion of individualized, arms-length market exchange is valid even within the domain of markets, something to which many careful analysts of the structure and function of complex economic systems object as well.
Finally, this definition tells us what the “hard core” of neoliberalism is: an assumption. Take away the assumption that arms-length exchange can serve as a metaphor for other human interactions, and neoliberalism no longer coheres as an ideology.
So there we have it: a definition of neoliberalism that is clear, specific, and distinct from related concepts. What did I miss?
Ampersand is pretty amazing.
As part of Adobe’s ongoing mission to help support the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, several members of our team have been digitizing antique typefaces for the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry (a partnership between the Hamilton and P22 type foundry). My co-worker Frank Grießhammer threw his hat into the ring, so to speak, unleashing one of those strangely wonderful “circus types” onto the world. In celebration of its release today, I’m happy to share with you a little insight into the making of HWT Tuscan Extended. Although Frank has not yet been able to visit the Hamilton—a “wood type wonderland,” as he imagines it—he feels strongly about the importance of the museum, and its mission to preserve and promote such a rich part of typographic culture.
“Wood type is this genre of type that very much has its own rules, and I think that is great,” Frank said. “I imagine it like this big guy, just doing his own thing, not caring about what anybody else will say (please understand that this is supposed to be a compliment!).”
“Leafing through Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type, I have yet to find one page which is not awesome,” Frank continued. “Often, I will laugh when seeing the specimen of a wood type alphabet—something that does not happen very often with digital fonts.”
In choosing which type to digitize for HWT, Frank decided to work on a less-than-typical design, focusing on the fun and challenging aspects of reviving a little-known antique face. “I wanted to digitize the craziest typeface Rich [Kegler of P22/HWT] had to offer; first, because I wanted to have a bit of fun while working, and also for the sake of drawing something I had not drawn before.”
A wild hybrid fluctuating between a Gothic Tuscan and an Antique Tuscan, HWT Tuscan Extended is an extremely wide face, abundantly decorated with spikes and crossbars. Although this Tuscan is not overly ornate, each letterform is a study in complexity—unique combinations of spikes and bars dress each character’s outrageous curves with cheeky exuberance.
“Creative freedom is much more of a possibility in wood type; I can imagine it is quite a different way of working with large-scale patterns than it is with the file and a metal punch,” Frank said. “The sheer size of wood type letters allows for decorations and solutions impossible in metal type.”
HWT Tuscan Extended is closely based on the 1872 William Page & Co. cut, but also resembles versions from Morgans & Wilcox, Tubbs Manufacturing Co., and Heber Wells. (All four of these competitors were eventually acquired by Hamilton Manufacturing as it became the dominant producer of wood types in the United States.)
Frank worked primarily from photos of specimen books and of the actual wood sorts taken by Rich Kegler and Adobe type team member Miguel Sousa. Luckily, Frank also found some photos on Flickr. “This was a great resource just for checking how some characters actually looked like in print, outside of the specimen books which do not always include the whole alphabet,” he said.
Page from the 1872 type specimen of Wm. H. Page & Co. at the Newberry Library.
A drawer of Tuscan Extended, photographed by Richard Kegler
Frank’s digitization of Tuscan Extended was a fairly straightforward revival, although he did encounter some minor difficulties along the way: “In some of the photos (especially of the wood sorts), it sometimes was really difficult to see where the actual border of the letter would be. I sometimes just drew a very rough digital outline and then refined it based on information from other glyphs.”
Frank’s first iteration over the alphabet was quite literal. He then refined the outlines and matched the proportions of the letters to better work with one another. “It is still a pretty crazy typeface,” Frank said, “but since I had prints of various very different point sizes as samples, it was necessary to unify the shapes somewhat.”
A technical point of pride for Frank is that HWT Tuscan Extended is his “first 100% UFO-project.” (UFO stands for Unified Font Object—a cross-platform/cross-application format for storing font source data.) “I worked in [Frederik Berlaen’s] Robofont from start to finish. A very pleasant experience.”
Weighing in at just over 300 glyphs, HWT Tuscan Extended contains “enough characters for your next circus poster, and then some,” Frank said. As with most antique types, a number of essential glyphs were naturally absent from the original design. Frank drew several new forms in order to make the font usable, including the “German Sharp s” (ß); the Icelandic Thorn and eth glyphs (Þ,ð), and the Pound Sterling symbol (£). With this slightly fleshed-out character set, the font now supports a large subset of Western languages.
“You just have to arrange travel plans for your circus in a way that it does not stop in countries where the language uses unsupported glyphs,” Frank recommended.
When asked how this wacky Tuscan might be used, Frank suggested, “Everywhere from encyclopedias to phonebooks; on labels for nutritional information; and, of course, also engraved on coins and jewelry. And on stamps.” But, seriously!? “This is a pretty unusable design, but I am confident it will find a place somewhere,” Frank said. “You can see some of the Adobe Wood Type designs in the craziest applications. Maybe in 25 years, that will also happen to Tuscan Extended! It would be funny to see it cut in wood.”
Frank Grießhammer works in Type Design and Font Production at Adobe. In between drawing type, programming, and admiring photos of glamorous lettering, he’s pondering the possibilities of metal type—he’s heard it’s the “next big thing.”
The ampersand from above, digitized.
Browner feels very good about his case, will take it to court if need be.
Brandon Browner is vigorously fighting his one-year suspension from the league for violations to the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy. According to ESPN's John Clayton, Browner may have a good chance to win his appeal and he's already turned down one potential deal, which points to the idea that Browner has some leverage in the situation with the threat of potential federal litigation.
Here's some background on the situation:
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com,
Browner was advanced to Stage 3 of the program for "failure to cooperate," according to a source with knowledge of the situation, for missing a series of drug tests back in 2006 and 2007, when he was in fact out of the league. Sources say Browner claimed he never received any letters notifying him of the missed tests, and, was unaware that he was responsible to continue taking drug tests long after being released by the Broncos and through his time in CFL.
Browner was unaware of the requests for further tests, but it was those missed tests that advanced him deep into the program to the point where he was facing more lengthy suspensions. Browner faced a four-game suspension back in 2007 (he was released by Denver in July of 2006) but many of the letters and other communication were sent to an old address of a former girlfriend.
Obviously, the Seahawks then signed Browner in 2011, but per La Canfora, both the Hawks and Browner were unaware that he was in Phase 3 of the program.
Browner ended up back in the NFL in January of 2011, unaware he was in an advance stage of the drug program, and, according to his official NFL player transaction page, there are no suspensions recorded from his time in Denver. The Seahawks did not know of his status in the program either, upon signing him, sources said, nor did any of the handful of teams who brought Browner in for tryouts prior to him signing in Seattle. Only in August of 2011 did Browner receive a letter from the league notifying him that he was in fact in Stage 3.
Here's where it gets interesting:
Browner was tested roughly 200 times while back in the league, but did not have a positive result until very recently, when he had a small amount of marijuana in his system, according to a source. However, had he not been escalated to Stage 3 for his missed tests when out of the NFL -- if he was in Stage 2, for instance -- two years of clean tests would have be enough to get him out of the program entirely.
The meaning here is that with so many clean tests over two years, in any normal circumstances, Browner would not have even faced suspension for the latest failed test. He'd likely have been given a slap on the wrist, a fine, and put into a more frequent testing process, as a Stage 1 or Stage 2 player would see (generally speaking).
Browner's argument is logical: he should be treated in the same manner as the rest of the players in the NFL in terms of the drug testing process and escalation process for Phase 1 and 2, because his elevation to Phase 3 (and subsequent lifetime membership) was unjust and unwarranted.
Simply put, because of the 200-odd drug free tests over the last two years, Browner maintains he should not be facing the terribly burdensome and overkill year-long ban for this recent failed test, particularly because he was only put into Phase 3 because he was in Canada trying to make a living and get back to the league. The NFL's lax reporting and disclosure of the information to Browner is a big factor too.
As La Canfora points out:
Browner is fighting his one-year suspension vigorously and with his future earning potential as the top corner available in free agency greatly impacted by any suspension, is prepared to sue the league for its handling of how it notifies and handles a player's drug status once he is terminated. That could have potentially huge ramifications for any other players who have experienced a similar set of circumstances while out of the league and failing to miss tests they were unaware of. Many players might naturally assume that once out of the league, they would no longer be subject to testing from a past employer.
ESPN's John Clayton gave an update on the situation on Tuesday, and it looks like some possibly good news for Browner. Said Clayton, per examiner.com:
"I think he has been offered one deal and has turned it down. The one year I think is going to be off the table. But I don't think he settles for anything less than a four-paycheck, no-suspension type of arrangement. If not, I think he takes it to federal court. I think he feels very good about his case."
As for the timelime?
"He had three days of hearings last week, all done by phone, and he's still awaiting a verdict. He's still not anticipating anything very quickly."
This sort of goes along with the Seahawks' decision to cut Perrish Cox a day after signing with him, a move that Pete Carroll said was to wait and see what would happen with Browner. I'm guessing Seattle would have just put the currently injured Browner on the IR if they believed strongly that he would be suspended (to open up a roster spot), so they have to believe Browner's chances at winning the appeal are pretty good.
Today at noon the bells at Sather Tower on the UC Berkeley campus will play a very special concert. Photo by Liam Quinn
Something rather special is happening today at noon on the UC Berkeley campus. The bells of Sather Tower will ring out to the first ever participatory concert of its type at Cal.
The performance has been conceived as a novel way to communicate about climate change. And, if you show up with your cell phone, tablet or laptop and an internet connection, you will be one of those creating the musical score.
“It’s warning people about sea level changes,” said Professor Greg Niemeyer, explaining the thinking behind the event. “But it’s not a fire alarm. It’s more of a thoughtful, slower approach.” Niemeyer is professor of new media and art practice, and faculty co-director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative, and one of the key players behind the project.(...)
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Truly this student understands Literature.
"Fresh Vigor" may mean many things, however, since Cloris is a virgin, I believe it may allude to her virginity and perhaps "fresh vagina". That way this could be interpreted as vile and disgusting, and somewhat beautiful.
NEWS FLASH: Rich people spend more money on stuff.
According Branding Brand, iOS sent 66.62% of mobile site visits on Black Friday, while Android sent just 32.97% of the 9.3 million total visits accounted for across the sample 152 smartphone-optimized websites. These visits produced 174,111 orders, with a $93.20 average order value – an increase of 22.08% in average order value over Black Friday 2012.Black Friday kicks off the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, continuing today with Cyber Monday.
Another restaurant makes a glasshole policy.
I mean, I like Sam Amidon, but WTF.
This article examines cultural manifestations of the sacred in the work of the indie-folk artists Sam Amidon and Alasdair Roberts. It places Jean-Yves Lacoste and Jacques Derrida’s contrasting conceptions of religious experience into conversation with one another through a discussion of the ways in which the creative practices of Amidon and Roberts draw into question distinctions between religious and secular experience. By focusing on the role of the musician as bard, this article highlights the extent to which the folk artist occupies a liminal space on the borders between religion and secularity. Consequently, it argues that the creative practices of Amidon and Roberts may serve as a model for articulating a more productive relationship between religious and secular life in what may currently be regarded as a post-secular age.
A third myth is that the poor are drug addicts. Unfortunately, the poor cannot afford to buy drugs.
Shoot your books.
The Library of Congress posted a photo:
Bain News Service,, publisher.
[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]
1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).
Format: Glass negatives.
Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain
Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.21168
Call Number: LC-B2- 3773-3
Three consecutive days of actual weather in Berkeley (first rain, now wind). It's almost like it's a real place or something.
Downed tree at Oregon and Fulton in Berkeley on Thursday Nov. 21. Photo: Pete Rosos
Strong winds throughout the North and East Bay are taking down trees, knocking out power and sending debris, branches and leaves swirling through Berkeley streets Thursday night.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory this afternoon for the East Bay hills and the Diablo range that will be in effect through 10 a.m. Friday. At 10:40 p.m., PG&E reported 37 outages affecting 7,561 customers in Berkeley.
Residents around Thousand Oaks, near Peralta and Gilman, and on Oregon Street near Sacramento reported being without power.(...)
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If you can have a married male Anglican priest “back-convert” to Catholicism and maintain his marital ties as a Catholic priest, I wonder how Rome will craft a response to a female Anglican bishop who asks to return to the Romish church. Probably won’t happen, but man it would be fun to see the doctrinal game of Twister such a move would occasion.
Clay Shirky has some interesting thoughts on the launch failure of HealthCare.gov.
GitHub is experiencing an increase in user account hijackings that's being fueled by a rash of automated login attempts from as many as 40,000 unique Internet addresses.
The site for software development projects has already reset passwords for compromised accounts and banned frequently used weak passcodes, officials said in an advisory published Tuesday night. Out of an abundance of caution, site officials have also reset some accounts that were protected with stronger passwords. Accounts that were reset despite having stronger passwords showed login attempts from the same IP addresses involved in successful breaches of other GitHub accounts.
"While we aggressively rate-limit login attempts and passwords are stored properly, this incident has involved the use of nearly 40K unique IP addresses," Tuesday night's advisory stated. "These addresses were used to slowly brute force weak passwords or passwords used on multiple sites. We are working on additional rate-limiting measures to address this. In addition, you will no longer be able to login to GitHub.com with commonly-used weak passwords."
by Matthew Cobb
Have you ever had that dream (or trip) where you’re watching TV, and every channel you flip through – the shopping channel, the bad made-for-TV movie channel, the History channel, etc – has people singing Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’? Me neither. But the makers of this astonishing artefact clearly did, as that’s exactly what happens. I can’t embed the thing on the page, so you’ll just have to click on the link below, wait a few seconds for the thing to load, and then flick through the channels. During that fantastic churning Hammond organ opening sequence, the programme shows you the various options, then you’re on your own. They’re all great, but the guy on Channel 121 is pretty poor, I thought.
Click here: http://video.bobdylan.com/desktop.html
As the science writer Adam Rutherford tw**ted:
There's really no point in doing anything else now. Ever. Well done everybody.
Caravaggio, which opened this weekend in Berkeley, says it offers real-deal Italian gelato. Photo: courtesy Caravaggio
This weekend saw the soft opening of a gelateria with a difference. Caravaggio, at 1797 Shattuck Ave., a stone’s throw from the heart of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, is as much a science lab as an Italian ice-cream store. You only need to check out those gleaming stainless steel vats and copper pipes at the back of the shop to see why.
Co-owner Emiliano Cecchetti said the reason Caravaggio’s kitchen looks more like a lab is because he takes a scientific approach to making gelato.
“It’s more work, but we have total control over our product,” he said, adding that the goal he shares with his business partner and co-owner Mauro Bernocchi is that customers have “the same experience here as having gelato in Italy — or possibly even better.”(...)
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