It’s important to remember that most of your electronic devices just barely work.
Play Anything by Ian Bogost
First, pay close, foolish, even absurd attention to things. Then allow their structure, form, and nature to set the limits for the experiences you derive from them. By refusing to ask what could be different, and instead allowing what is present to guide us, we create a new space.
… creativity reveals itself to have far less to do with our own desires and vision and imaginations, and more to do with the world outside us, and how seriously we are willing to take it.
To stave off ironoia, we need not resist the crass material world nor transform it into artisanal affectation. A gentler touch is needed, a more careful physical therapy: to spend time with things, to visit with them, to give them a chance to be exactly what they are. To shut up for a minute and allow the universe to hum without recourse, without appeal to moralism or nihilism, without trying to take it as a petting zoo or a Death Star, without always caging it in Instagrams or problematizing it in think pieces or strip mining it to fuel the ovens of our own contentment.
Dumb app idea: an alarm app that syncs with your work Outlook calendar and sets your alarm an hour and a half before your first meeting the next day. I’d call it EightThirty.
Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek
Set in context, the lean platform economy ultimately appears as an outlet for surplus capital in an era of ultra-low interest rates and dire investment opportunities rather than the vanguard destined to revive capitalism.
I just submitted my last exam for my last class in OMSCS. I’m done.
Sometimes I think numpy ruined a perfectly good language.
intersection = ((pixels_0 < 255) & (pixels_1 < 255)).sum()
If you struggle to concentrate in a meeting about your company’s acquisition because the coffee shop is playing a deep cut by your favorite band, then being a CEO may not be for you.
And you = me.
CSCW 2019 was “Champion Sponsored” by Facebook, and their closing keynote was from an EFF rep. 🤔
I’m reading an article comparing ant colonies to the human brain for class. The article is fine; the comment section is GOLD. Pure, too-bad-about-the-Internet gold. I want ReplyAll to find these two guys and interview them.
This goes for PAGES. ReplyAll mid-episode plot twist: they’re the same dude.
Not sure if it’s more unhealthy to write little quips with the possibility that no one ever reads them or to write little quips with the hope that millions of people of who didn’t ask for them read them.