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Willem de Kooning: What Abstract Art Means to Me (1951)
"Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. I always seem to be wrapped in the melodrama of vulgarity. I do not think of inside or outside—or of art in general—as a situation of comfort. I know there is a terrific idea there somewhere, but whenever I want to get into it, I get a feeling of apathy and want to lie down and go to sleep. Some painters, including myself, do not care what chair they are sitting on. It does not even have to be a comfortable one. They are too nervous to find out where they ought to sit. They do not want to “sit in style.” Rather, they have found that painting—any kind of painting, any style of painting—to be painting at all, in fact—is a way of living today, a style of living, so to speak. That is where they form of it lies. It is exactly in its uselessness that it is free. Those artists do not want to conform. They only want to be inspired."
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Willem de Kooning: What Abstract Art Means to Me (1951) | #ASX
"Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. I always seem to be wrapped in the melodrama of vulgarity. I do not think of inside or outside—or of art in general—as a situation of comfort. I know there is a terrific idea there somewhere, but whenever I want to get into it, I get a feeling of apathy and want to lie down and go to sleep. Some painters, including myself, do not care what chair they are sitting on. It does not even have to be a comfortable one. They are too nervous to find out where they ought to sit. They do not want to “sit in style.” Rather, they have found that painting—any kind of painting, any style of painting—to be painting at all, in fact—is a way of living today, a style of living, so to speak. That is where they form of it lies. It is exactly in its uselessness that it is free. Those artists do not want to conform. They only want to be inspired."
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Her Left Hand, The Darkness | Alison Smith | Granta Magazine
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This is what Boogie gets for saying he wants to be the 3rd Splash Brother 🤣 pic.twitter.com/UUUecQwkDg

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 19, 2019
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Putting on some wait - Signal v. Noise
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Hitman Runner Mark Fellows Convicted of Mob Murder on GPS Watch Data
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How to Fix Social Media by Injecting A Chunk of the Blogosphere
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Erik Erikson knew that self-invention takes a lifetime | Aeon Ideas
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There's something I'd been wanting to write for months, but I was nervous, because I thought I couldn't do justice to the subject. I was probably right! But oh well—you need to know what the great Gene Luen Yang did, and what cultural repair can look like. https://t.co/9PFJ5B9xLy

— Robin Sloan (@robinsloan) January 18, 2019
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Just one more thought on Mary Oliver: Her themes--nature, desire, making one's life count--are so often bowdlerized and commercialized in American life, & so massively in her decades, that the social world presented a huge aesthetic problem: /1

— Jedediah Purdy (@JedediahSPurdy) January 18, 2019
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Opinion | What Time Is the A.F.C. Championship Game? - The New York Times
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Order! Order! Order! pic.twitter.com/WjvKZWGTPu

— tagesschau (@tagesschau) January 16, 2019
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How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution
"There are really two environments governing the evolution of sentient creatures: an external one, which they inhabit, and an internal one, which they construct. To solve the enigma of beauty, to fully understand evolution, we must uncover the hidden links between those two worlds."
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Reckoning with Detective Comics
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Week 3, he wakes up kicking
One year ago, 😱, I launched a project called Penumbra’s New Fiction . It was to be a kind of zine. I began with a very specific vision and, through great…
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Anni Albers’s Many-Threaded Masterpieces
Weaving is a tradition older than the concept of art itself, but in applying the realm of abstraction to a handloom, Anni Albers created thoroughly modern…
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Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants | HuffPost
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Every time something like this happens I am reminded that it is insane how cloud computing and SAAS means that huge companies can reach into your computer and change things at will

— nilay patel (@reckless) January 17, 2019
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Ashbery pic.twitter.com/tZlbNhcRt6

— Bethany Hindmarsh (@bthmrsh) January 17, 2019
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Why I ignore the design industry on purpose – Signal v. Noise
I’ve been a designer for nearly twenty years now ( ), with the last seven years spent happily at Basecamp . I enjoy my work and I care about it a lot . Since…
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Turning Type Sideways | News, Notes & Observations | Hoefler & Co.
Typeface design has a lot of discarded bycatch: small discoveries and observations that aren’t large enough to develop, but are nonetheless interesting and…
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Quavo invites Clemson Tigers for dinner to show Trump how 'champs are supposed to be treated' | TheHill
Rapper Quavo offered the national champion Clemson University Tigers an open invitation to dinner to show President Trump “how champs are supposed to be…
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Been talking to CTOs and Product Managers about their processes. Themes: low morale among engineers and the feeling they aren’t making meaningful changes to the product.

Two-week sprints, Scrum and JIRA contribute to a high-overhead, low-productivity culture of micromanagement.

— Ryan Singer (@rjs) January 15, 2019
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"Three years ago we embraced an exciting new publishing platform called Medium. It felt like a new start for a writing community, and we benefitted immensely from the boost in reach and readership those early days brought. But alas it was not to last", https://t.co/447ZRFEEM6

— DHH (@dhh) January 15, 2019
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Signal v Noise exits Medium – Signal v. Noise
Three years ago we embraced an exciting new publishing platform called Medium. It felt like a new start for a writing community, and we benefitted immensely…
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Goodbye, New York. Adam Moss Is Leaving the Magazine He Has Edited for 15 Years. - The New York Times
“I just want to do something new,” Adam Moss, 61, said. He worked at The New York Times, 7 Days and Esquire before settling in at New York, which he plans to…
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Interview: NYPL’s chief digital officer says public is better off when libraries are ‘risk averse’ about tech – GeekWire
Tony Ageh, chief digital officer of New York Public Library. (Wikipedia / Maxim Thompson Photo) First: It’s not just about digitizing books. That’s the biggest…
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Start Up No.980: the vitamin D myth, how smart TVs pay, Brexit’s paranoid fantasy, where Apple stumbled, and more | The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say
Norma Jean Dougherty, as she then was, working on a drone (really) in 1944. Haven’t got it? Put it this way: she isn’t winding a candle. Now we have some…
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The Bleak Brilliance of Nick Drnaso’s Graphic Novels | The New Yorker
Drnaso, drawn by Chris Ware, a friend of his from Chicago’s cartooning scene. Illustration by Chris Ware This past September, at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the…
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Let's say it again: broad acceptance of a multilingual America has nothing to do with the "bilingual advantage" or w/ the role of languages in a capitalist economy (from which most languages are excluded, anyway) but with greater openness and solidarity. https://t.co/Y4QHhUfp3G pic.twitter.com/GN4n1i9AaI

— Yuliya Komska (@ykomska) January 14, 2019
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Senior Front End Developer | Clearleft
We’re looking for an experienced front-end developer to join our friendly and supportive team here in Brighton. You should have a solid understanding—and years…
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The reason why Vizio smart TVs are so affordable: They track your data - Business Insider
The vast majority of televisions available today are "smart" TVs, with internet connections, ad placement, and streaming services built in. Despite the added…
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The Rise and Demise of RSS - Motherboard
About a decade ago, the average internet user might well have heard of RSS. Really Simple Syndication, or Rich Site Summary—what the acronym stands for depends…
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One tech billionnaire's take on @AOC shows how we got here and why change has been so slow 👀 pic.twitter.com/jsh9Brmy7G

— Ellen K. Pao (@ekp) January 13, 2019
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this Chinese four generations meme is so wholesome omg pic.twitter.com/bozR6rB93w

— kassy cho (@kassy) January 4, 2019
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How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution - The New York Times
"There are really two environments governing the evolution of sentient creatures: an external one, which they inhabit, and an internal one, which they construct. To solve the enigma of beauty, to fully understand evolution, we must uncover the hidden links between those two worlds."
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Towards the Future Book
Writing in Wired, Craig Mod expertly dissects both the e-book revolution that never happened and the quieter one that actually did : The Future Book was meant…
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This horrible, miserable exhibition by the @MuseumModernArt showcases every that is wrong with the elite world of design-as-fashion - a slap to the face of millions of humans who've lived and toiled in conditions of poverty, precarity and abjection,https://t.co/JecUcAb9JP

— अहमद अंसारी || احمد انصاري (@aansari86) January 12, 2019
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Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion Was Radical Enough to Redefine Indie Music. Why Didn’t It? | Pitchfork
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Following President Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, the bureau grew increasingly concerned about whether the president’s actions…
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‘Now I will do nothing but listen’ – Walt Whitman on how sound shapes the self | Aeon Videos
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One of the most most unbelievable inventions to come out of Silicon Valley recently is a process that turns high margin software products into negative margin businesses. How you can lose money selling business software to thousands of customers is beyond me.

— Jason Fried (@jasonfried) January 11, 2019
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For Owners of Amazon's Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching
The “smart home” of the 21st century isn’t just supposed to be a monument to convenience, we’re told, but also to protection, a Tony Stark-like bubble of…
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Are you a man who has built their career on taking credit for the work of younger women of color who get paid less than you? Now there’s an app for that! pic.twitter.com/DziGXqPj8l

— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) January 10, 2019
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All the Work Without the Workers: Appreciating Sleep Dealer On Its Tenth Anniversary | Filmmaker Magazine
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A Simple Way to Better Remember Things: Draw a Picture - The New York Times
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This year, Uber turns 10. Twitter turns 13. Facebook turns 15. Google turns 21. Netflix turns 22. eBay turns 24. Amazon turns 25. Dell turns 35. Apple turns 43. Microsoft turns 44. Intel turns 51. IBM turns 108.

— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) January 8, 2019
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Are Smartphones Necessary Anymore? - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Are Smartphones Necessary Anymore? January 8th, 2019 · One comment When I was researching Digital Minimalism , I came across an interesting article written by…
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I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone - Motherboard
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GitHub - hendricius/pizza-dough: This recipe is dedicated to helping you make the best possible pizza dough for Neapolitan pizza.
This recipe is dedicated to helping you make the best possible pizza dough for Neapolitan pizza. My personal motivation has always been to recreate one of my…
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Studio D 2018 End of Year Report – Jan Chipchase – Medium
Jan Chipchase Dec 27, 2018 What we do and why, and what’s on the horizon. Studio D is a design, research and strategy consultancy based out of San Francisco. We…
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The practical value of semantic HTML Bruce’s guide to writing HTML for JavaScript developers It has come to my attention that many in the web standards gang are…
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A one-of-a-kind marketplace from Steven Soderbergh. - Extension 765
SEEN, READ 2018 Jan 07, 2019 All caps, bold: MOVIE All caps, bold, asterisk: SHORT* All caps: TV SERIES Italics: Book Quotation marks: "Play" Italics, quotation…
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Shelf life: novelist Hanya Yanagihara on living with 12,000 books | Books | The Guardian
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Gentle addition to the “millennial burnout” convo: what if it has less to do w the generation you were born to and more to do w being raised to be a useful and attractive component to capital

— Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira) January 6, 2019
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This is the future I want and am very excited about. https://t.co/Wjc9xEg0V6

— Eva (@evacide) January 5, 2019
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ketchup stains on a treasure map

a goldfish trapped in a cereal bowl

an apocalypse so satisfying you clap

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frat boys snorting birth control

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amnesia at the end of a victory lap

— mark leidner (@markleidner) January 4, 2019
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Understand both views. I like to let them know they can't intimidate me. If that gives them some moment of idiot glory, oh well. I can't defend against idiot glory. https://t.co/wbLUu6VMLm

— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) January 4, 2019
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