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Facebook's friend problem | The Verge
In the following days, even a passing meeting guaranteed that a friend request would pop up the next time I logged on to Facebook. I felt popular and informed, at all times abreast of what my hallmates, friends, and peers were up to each day.
8 hours ago
Douglas Rushkoff | Dark Rye
We live in a different now than has ever been known. Now is not the now of your grandma’s careful attention to detail and rhythm. Today, the world pours in through our beeping mobile device’s calendar, emails, text messages, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.
10 hours ago
AngelList’s Newest Experiment: a $25 Million Fund to Invest in Angel Investors - Digits - WSJ
A new experiment in startup funding could have widespread ramifications for the way venture capitalists place bets on young companies.
tech  business 
18 hours ago
100 best animated movies ever made
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff of childhood.
film 
18 hours ago
Seth's Blog: "How do I get rid of the fear?"
Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters.
process 
18 hours ago
A few accumulated thoughts on media — Tech News and Analysis
A few days back my friend Pip Coburn, who runs an investment advisory service, and his colleague Brynne Thompson asked me to discuss what I have learned about media after spending nearly 12 years on Gigaom, pretty much most of my working life in various aspects of media, and two decades on the inte
tech  publishing 
22 hours ago
Cloudy Snake Oil
Cloudy Snake Oil I have nothing against Amazon S3, but I was astonished today to find this claim on their FAQ page: Amazon S3 is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability of objects over a given year. This durability level corresponds to an average annual expected loss of 0.
tech 
yesterday
Bohemian Coding - Sketch 3
Sketch is built for modern graphic designers, and it shows in every fibre of the app. From a flexible workflow with support for Multiple Pages and Artboards, to advanced Export Options that can export your layers to any size.
tools 
yesterday
The Cloud of Unknowing Index
This is Evelyn Underhill's translation of the medieval spiritual guidebook called The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an anonymous English monk. At the core is a mystical approach to Christian prayer, in which God is found not through rote knowledge, but through 'blind love.
religion  literature 
yesterday
Rising: Mutual Benefit - Pitchfork
Listening to Mutual Benefit's gorgeous orchestral-folk debut, Love’s Crushing Diamond, it's pretty easy to get an idea of what bandleader Jordan Lee might be all about.
music  process 
yesterday
MoMA Plans a Robert Gober Retrospective
It seems almost inconceivable that there has never been a Robert Gober retrospective in an American museum.
art 
yesterday
Fugazi's sound and fury, now on demand - The Verge
“I’m still in the middle of these fucking taxes, but yeah, I can take a break.” Ian MacKaye is on the phone.
music  business 
yesterday
Conquering Displacement With Words
BARCELONA, Spain — When he was just 22, the Spanish-Argentine writer Andrés Neuman was anointed by no less a luminary than the Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño, who had a discriminating eye for talent and wasn’t lukewarm when he found it.
literature 
yesterday
Method of loci - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Method of Loci (plural of Latin locus for place or location), also called the memory palace, is a mnemonic device introduced in ancient Roman and Greek rhetorical treatises (in the anonymous Rhetorica ad Herennium, Cicero's De Oratore, and Quintilian's Institutio oratoria).
yesterday
Inferno (Dante) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Inferno (Italian for "Hell") is the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. It is an allegory telling of the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil.
literature 
yesterday
Shipping is a Feature: Some Guiding Principles for People That Build Things - Andreessen Horowitz
In the back of my head I always have that product manager view of accountability and so rather than “advise” I much prefer to have a dialog in context and make sure accountability stays with the person asking.
business  process 
2 days ago
How William Faulkner Tackled Race — and Freed the South From Itself
Of course, it’s the kind of book a person would put first in a poll like that. You can feel reasonably confident, in voting for it, that nobody quite fathoms it enough to question its achievement.
literature  art  process 
2 days ago
Apophatic theology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Apophatic theology (from Ancient Greek: ἀπόφασις, from ἀπόφημι – apophēmi, "to deny")—also known as negative theology, via negativa or via negationis[1] (Latin for "negative way" or "by way of denial")—is a theology that attempts to describe God, the Divine Good, by negation, to speak only in terms of what may not be said about the perfect goodness that is God.[2] It stands in contrast with cataphatic theology.
religion 
2 days ago
The Cloud of Unknowing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Cloud of Unknowing (Middle English: The Cloude of Unknowyng) is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century. The text is a spiritual guide on contemplative prayer in the late Middle Ages.
history  religion  form 
2 days ago
Reflections: Within the Context of No-context : The New Yorker
Wonder was the grace of the country. Any action could be justified by that: the wonder it was rooted in. Period followed period, and finally the wonder was that things could be built so big.
culture  art  process 
3 days ago
Amazon and Google are in an epic battle to dominate the cloud—and Amazon may already have won – Quartz
In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent. Google is now trying to do something similar in cloud computing.
tech  business 
3 days ago
Advanced Stats Love Jackie Robinson - FiveThirtyEight
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the 67th anniversary of Robinson eradicating baseball’s color barrier. The eponymous event, which fills baseball fields with the spectacle of countless players sporting No. 42, is a great reminder of Robinson’s legacy.
culture  sports  history 
3 days ago
Ageless Iraq Reel 2 (1950-1959) - YouTube
Reel 2. 01:00:08 Landscape shots in Iraq. A ziggurat. Cuneiform writing in C/U. Scenes in "Ur" - broken domestic pots on the ground. Ruins of Babylon. Animal...
form  history  video 
3 days ago
Lagos - Towards A True Democracy (1940-1949) - YouTube
Lagos, Nigeria. 1949? Various aerial views of the island of Lagos, Nigeria. Pan along bridge over river. Various shots of the busy streets. Several panning s...
form  video  history 
3 days ago
The complete guide to structuring your ideal work day – Quartz
Optimizing your work day to maximize your productivity and happiness admittedly isn’t a hard science. Differences in body chemistry, sleep routine, personality, profession, and office culture mean that one person’s ideal day is another’s productivity nightmare.
business  process 
3 days ago
Chris Ware - Graphic Novel and Comic Book Creators in New York City - Graphic NYC
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Chris Ware on Building a Better Comic Book Words: Christopher Irving Pictures: Seth Kushner “I feel that a book influences, and has as much of a contributing effect, on the story as the drawings, ink, colors and paper,” Chris Ware observes.
art  literature  process 
3 days ago
Can Facebook Innovate? A Conversation With Mark Zuckerberg
For my column this week about Facebook’s new approach to creating social apps, I spent some time talking to Mark E. Zuckerberg, the company’s co-founder and chief executive. We met in a conference room at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on a sunny Friday earlier this month.
tech  business 
4 days ago
Ants Build Complex Structures With a Few Simple Rules - Simons Foundation
Give a colony of garden ants a week and a pile of dirt, and they’ll transform it into an underground edifice about the height of a skyscraper in an ant-scaled city.
science  process 
4 days ago
Vintage Audio: William Faulkner Reads From As I Lay Dying - Open Culture
William Faulkner wrote his seventh novel As I Lay Dying in the last months of 1929, almost immediately after another stream-of-consciousness masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury.
literature 
4 days ago
by alice lee - carousel
Carousel is the new gallery from Dropbox that helps you organize, share, and save your photos and videos with friends and family (remember having to individually send every photo in a set over iMessage? Yeah, no more!).
design  process 
5 days ago
The Internet's Telltale Heartbleed - The New Yorker
The cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, who has been writing about computer security for more than fifteen years, is not given to panic or hyperbole.
tech 
5 days ago
Verso Books
Verso is proud to introduce the 8th set of our Radical Thinkers series. The latest set of books includes classic works from Gillian Rose, Étienne Balibar, Sheila Rowbotham, Jean Baudrillard and others.
publishing 
5 days ago
Bay-Area Residents: Rent Responsibly, by The Editors - Model View Culture
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is unique in uniting technology and grassroots activism to fight Bay-Area evictions in the midst of a tech boom.
tech  culture 
5 days ago
The Curious Case of David Fincher - Esquire
He is a director with a reputation for darkness. Now comes the story of the Zodiac killer. Just who is David Fincher? And how did he get that way? David Fincher sometimes slips into theaters for early screenings of his movies and listens for the gasps and laughs.
film 
6 days ago
Software eats software development - chris dixon's blog
Software is eating the world, and doing so using smaller and smaller teams. WhatApp was able to disrupt the global SMS industry with only a few dozen engineers. Small teams can have a big impact because software development (and deployment) has improved dramatically over the past decade.
tech 
7 days ago
Designing in the Borderlands by Frank Chimero
In April 2014, I was invited to speak at Harvard University by the History Design Studio and the Graduate School of Design. This page is an adaptation of my talk.
design  process  speech 
7 days ago
Are You a C.E.O. of Something?
This interview with Mark Pincus, founder and chief executive of Zynga, a provider of online social games, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant. Q. What are the most important leadership lessons you’ve learned?
business  tech 
7 days ago
Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say
WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed
tech 
7 days ago
On the Scene as Tech Protests Escalate in San Francisco - Re/code
In San Francisco, the recent spate of playful but targeted anti-eviction demonstrations are growing in both size and frequency. Hundreds gathered for the second time yesterday to protest Google attorney Jack Halprin, a landlord who, protesters say, is evicting teachers.
tech  culture 
8 days ago
8 great public spaces hidden in downtown San Francisco - Urban Landscapes – John King
San Francisco has more than 65 privately developed spaces that are open to the public. No two are alike, and not all are readily apparent. Some are on rooftops; some are tucked inside buildings. Others are hidden in plain sight, easy to walk by without a second glance.
8 days ago
Privately-Owned Public Open Space and Public Art
Privately-owned public open spaces (POPOS) are publicly accessible spaces in forms of plazas, terraces, atriums, small parks, and even snippets that are provided and maintained by private developers. In San Francisco, POPOS mostly appear in the Downtown office district area.
8 days ago
To grow your company and make millions, start working four days a week – Quartz
Is it possible for an entire company to work a four-day week, grow revenue by 120% per year and do millions of dollars in yearly sales? At Treehouse, the online school I founded in 2010, we figured out how.
business  process 
8 days ago
The Genius Of The Crowd - Bukowski
there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day and the best at murder are those who preach against it and the best at hate are those who preach love and the best at war finally are those who preach peace those who preach god,
poetry 
8 days ago
Are all Great Founders Crazy? — Medium
I’ve been thinking a lot about this exchange between two successful investors that popped up in my Twitter feed last week. To make money as an investor, must you back unreasonable, mercurial, irrational entrepreneurs? This feels on the surface like it has a grain of truth to it.
business 
8 days ago
‘An Addict With Friends’ - Philip Seymour Hoffman
The night the police came for Robert Aaron, he was at home in the Mott Street apartment where he has lived for the last quarter century, making a coconut pudding called tembleque. Mr.
8 days ago
Taiwan’s “Sunflower Movement” will be preserved forever on Google Maps – Quartz
Demonstrations in Taiwan over a trade pact with mainland China are winding down, and just a few dozen student protesters remain inside the parliament building in Taipei, after reaching an agreement with officials that ended their three week occupation of the building.
tech 
9 days ago
Memories of Steve
A version of this article about Steve Jobs first appeared in The Loop Magazine on his birthday during February of this year. Jim Dalrymple edited the original down in size and split it into two parts — decisions that didn’t bother me in the least and probably made it easier to read.
tech  business 
9 days ago
The Making of "Journey" on Vimeo
Illustrator and author Aaron Becker describes his process for making "Journey", his first children's book.
illustration  process  form 
9 days ago
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - Rolling Stone
We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive. ...
journalism  form 
9 days ago
David Foster Wallace: Five Common Word Usage Mistakes
I’m a big David Foster Wallace fan. His 2005 commencement speech will go down as one of the best ever. If you’re aware enough to give yourself a choice, you can choose to look differently … You get to decide what has meaning and what doesn’t.
writing 
10 days ago
More time is better than more money. – Ronda, Spain — Kevin Kelly - A Hi Moment
I’ve traveled extensively for 40 years. In almost every style there is. Been pampered in first class: I remember a time in Bangkok where they put me up in the Grand Orient Hotel on the river and I was assigned a personal butler who sat outside my room awaiting my wishes.
travel  process 
10 days ago
Supersonic Visits Mario Hugo - Supersonic Art
Supersonic Visits Mario Hugo. Supersonic Electronic recently had the pleasure of visiting Illustrator Mario Hugo’s “studio” which is actually the offices of Hugo & Marie, a world renown creative agency located in New York City.
video  design  illustration 
10 days ago
Font Size Idea: px at the Root, rem for Components, em for Text Elements - CSS-Tricks
Me, for the last year or so: "rem's are so cool! I'm gonna size everything with them, that way I can adjust the font-size on the root element and everything will scale with it!" It was a nice dream. And it wasn't a disaster.
webdev 
11 days ago
Seth Godin — The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating - On Being
An original and helpful voice on this landscape of digital connection for which there are no maps. Seth Godin is a singular thought leader and innovator in what he describes as our post-industrial, post-geography "connection economy.
audio  business  process 
11 days ago
Jean-Michel Basquiat - Vanity Fair
Much has been written about the heroin-linked death of Jean-Michel Basquiat. But one voice was missing—that of the wildly talented, wildly extravagant painter himself.
art 
11 days ago
Daring Fireball: Rethinking What We Mean by 'Mobile Web'
People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop. And more of their mobile time using apps, not the web. This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing.
tech 
11 days ago
The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain
I worked on the Genius Bar for almost two years, and the most difficult issue to solve was short battery life. It was extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why someone's battery was draining. I made it my mission to discover the specific reasons for iOS battery drainage.
tech 
11 days ago
Scan animations reveal the insides of everyday fruits and vegetables - Mail Online
They might look like a cluster of microbes, or even pictures of distant galaxies. But these black and white moving images reveal the inside of fruit and vegetables in a whole new way.
science 
12 days ago
Why the Web Still Matters for Writing - Matt Mullenweg
Many were quick to once again declare “The Web is Dead,” but I’m not sure that conclusion makes sense, at least for writing. First off, Flurry’s numbers don’t account for webviews within mobile apps.
tech  publishing 
12 days ago
Uber’s new service reflects the rise of downtime in America—and the fall of full-time jobs – Quartz
Uber has demonstrated that it can cheaply and efficiently deliver cars to specific addresses (provided it’s neither a snow storm nor a national holiday), so now the company is going meta and getting into the delivery business for everything else.
business  tech 
12 days ago
Creative People Say No — Thoughts on creativity — Medium
Secretary to composer György Ligeti: “He is creative and, because of this, totally overworked. Therefore, the very reason you wish to study his creative process is also the reason why he (unfortunately) does not have time to help you in this study.
art  process 
12 days ago
The decline of the mobile web - chris dixon's blog
This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing. Moreover, there are signs that it will only get worse. Ask any web company and they will tell you that they value app users more than web users.
tech 
12 days ago
The Lost Pilot by James Tate : The Poetry Foundation
...All I know
is this: when I see you,
as I have seen you at least

once every year of my life,
spin across the wilds of the sky
like a tiny, African god,

I feel dead. I feel as if I were
the residue of a stranger’s life,
that I should pursue you.

My head cocked toward the sky,
I cannot get off the ground,
and, you, passing over again,

fast, perfect, and unwilling
to tell me that you are doing
well, or that it was mistake

that placed you in that world,
and me in this; or that misfortune
placed these worlds in us.
poetry  form 
12 days ago
Denis Johnson Interview - Yale Literary Magazine
At 19, Denis Johnson published his first book of poetry, Man Among Seals. A couple of years after that, he got a BA from University of Iowa and MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where he studied under Raymond Carver. Johnson is prolific.
literature  process 
12 days ago
Human Universals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Human Universals is a book by Donald Brown, an American professor of anthropology (emeritus) who worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was published by McGraw Hill in 1991.
science 
12 days ago
Courier Prime - A Courier made for screenplays. - Quote-Unquote Apps
FAQ Is this free? Yes. It’s free like beer and free like liberty. You can use it to your heart’s content. Why did you make this? Screenwriters shouldn’t spend their lives looking at an ugly typeface.
tools 
13 days ago
Matthew Gunson Talks Advertising With Jobs-to-be-Done on JTBD Radio - Jobs-to-be-Done
It’s been clear to many of us in the #JTBD world that having a better understanding of the emotion that a consumer experiences related to a purchase will not only help us develop better products, but will also help us message better, market better, and design advertisements better.
audio  business  design 
13 days ago
Donald Barthelme: The Beloved Writer on the Art of Not-Knowing and the Not-Knowing of Art - Brain Pickings
“Our devouring commercial culture… results in a double impoverishment: theft of complexity from the reader, theft of the reader from the writer.” “We try to see in the dark,” Annie Dillard offered in her superb meditation on writing, “we toss up our questions and they catch in the trees.
literature  process  art 
13 days ago
Riding an Uber With Sam Biddle - Daily Intelligencer
Sam Biddle stands outside the high glass door of the Tesla dealership in Chelsea, squinting through the shiny pane. He pulls it open with a flourish to survey the showroom. Two model cars are crouched like a pair of bionic panthers. “Wow,” he says ­quietly, exhaling.
tech  journalism 
13 days ago
‘Skin’ Deep: Jonathan Glazer, Scarlett Johansson, and the Incurious State of Sci-Fi in Hollywood
There isn’t a stitch of exposition in Under the Skin. Not a monologue about the state of the universe. Not a title card explaining the stakes of an ancient war. Not even a conversational flutter spring-loaded with useful information. And yet, it is the clearest science fiction film I can remember.
film 
13 days ago
A Closer Look At Chorus, The Next-Generation Publishing Platform That Runs Vox Media - TechCrunch
The modern online newsroom is a 24/7 operation. It needs power tools to work efficiently, like modern carpenters need electric drills to build houses.
journalism  publishing  tech  business 
13 days ago
Vox Takes Melding of Journalism and Technology to a New Level
WASHINGTON — Ask Ezra Klein what prompted him to leave a high-profile position at The Washington Post to start a new website, and the answer is a little wonkish, even for the founder of the newspaper’s Wonkblog, a mix of politics, economics and domestic policy that had become must
journalism  publishing  tech  business 
13 days ago
Rudolf Steiner - Fortean Times UK
The most enigmatic figure to emerge from the 'occult revival' of the early 20th century was also the most successful: the Austrian 'spiritual scientist' Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).
philosophy 
14 days ago
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