Re/code: Monica Lewinsky Gives Poignant TED Talk on Cyberbullying.
“A marketplace has emerged. [snip] Shame is an industry. [snip] The more shame, the more clicks. The more clicks the more advertising dollars.” And she’s right. No link, Re/code? Shame.
Project MUSE/Postmodern Culture: Zombie Apocalypse as Mindfulness Manifesto (after Žižek).
“The terror of the zombie apocalypse is not the xenophobic fear of alien invasion, but the horror of our own radical (and contagious) dehumanization (perhaps resulting from foreign contamination); it is precisely our imagination of the human condition after the death of the ego.” A distant acquaintance discussed arming themselves for the ‘coming zombie apocalypse’ the other day. Some people really believe this stuff. I’ve only had time to skim the article, linked for my audience and for deeper reading later. I feel like a zombie myself sometimes, what with the seeming lockhold of corporations over government. Via always surpassingly excellent wood s lot.
On the uses and abuses of ‘charity’.
Lance Armstrong. Will Ferrell. Compare, contrast. For the TdF, I can see how they wouldn’t want Armstrong and his legacy anywhere near their event, charity or no. Because a given effort benefits a ‘charity’, does that automatically make it ‘right’?
Modern Mechanix: Unique Bus of Future to Duplicate Speed of Railroads.
‘Cruise ship of the prairies’. I like it.
c|net: Apple extends iPhone 5’s on/off button replacement program.
Battery replacements, too. Bookmarked for my 5s.
JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project: Group #jumpforjoyphoto with fun International Students at the beach!
Made me smile, after a physically exhausting week.
Bike EXIF: The Amazing Motorcycle Models of Pere Tarragó.
Mashable: 11 Wesleyan students hospitalized after apparent Molly overdoses.
Molly often gets cut with compounds that ... compound .. the negative effects. It’s all an affair of the heart - you’ll go from feeling love for everything, into full cardiac arrest.
Flavorwire: Depressing Philosopher Motivational Posters.
Mashable: 1-800-Flowers is doing major damage control after a Valentine’s Day fail.
Normally, being deflowered on Valentine’s Day would be romantic ...
KOAT: Chimayo man spots Virgin Mary in his truck.
Kickstarter: Chop-E - probably the coolest electric bike ever built.
ArtDaily: Sotheby’s unveils an extraordinary 100-carat perfect diamond unlike any offered before.
Oh, to be an international cat burglar.
NPR: With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia.
Don’t miss the comments.
Guardian.UK: How George RR Martin is helping stem Santa Fe’s youth exodus.
“The youth exodus is variously blamed on the city’s high cost of living, lack of affordable housing, uninspiring nightlife and limited employment options.” As fun as this sounds, it does very little to alleviate any of these situations other than hire a double-handful of young folk. The elephants in the room are not addressed. PR flacks are making lots of money, the politicians are buying it ... existing businesses aren’t seeing it.
Matador: 9 American habits I lost when I moved to Germany.
The Millions: Calendars, Timelines, and Collages - Mapping the Imaginary
How some authors lay out a book.
BBC: How do US cities get rid of snow?
NYC can be miserable in the snow, but after a day or two, it all goes in the Hudson and East River. Nice to have a dump at both ends of the cross-streets.
Viral meme speed.
Amazes me how fast “Left Shark” has entered conversations around the world. Ms Perry and her sharks seem ‘the only bait in town.’ No Wikipedia article, so far.
c|net: Pilot was taking selfies just before plane crash, say investigators.
Today’s Darwin Award winners: “The Cessna 150K crashed while Singh was practicing nighttime takeoffs and landings.” Practicing night landings and takeoffs while taking selfies with flash enabled. Beyond stupidity.
Google LatLong: Google Earth Pro is now free.
SF New Mexican: Flying Star Cafe closes in Santa Fe, Bernalillo.
“She said the higher minimum wage in Santa Fe is not a factor in the closing; the lack of foot traffic around the Railyard and the still-sluggish Santa Fe economy is.” The Railyard has not performed as promised. With Flying Star gone, how long will REI last? Will the Railyard return to abandoned hulks, once again?
Further, everyone keeps talking about how “#NewMexicoTrue” is revitalizing Santa Fe. I beg to differ. The campaign is bringing more people in aggregate - that is a success, certainly - but not the right demographic. Social media is not the best spot to engage the affluent tourists that Santa Fe requires. Gallery and store owners are not impressed. Lots and lots of foot traffic, uninspiring sales for the amount of people passing through. You need big spenders, not cheap-tchotchke-buying tourists who gawp at all the expensive artwork, take selfies, leave naught but footprints and a bit of wrapper from a bargain burrito.
It’s a terrible thing when you see a fine art gallery selling postcards, keychains and gag gifts to help pay the rent. $5.00 purchases next to $50,000 artworks. Just terrible. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
NY Mag: Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say.
Playing Devil’s Advocate seems to fly over more and more peoples’ heads these days. And that’s almost the whole fun of conversation/civil argument.
AVweb: Two Airplanes Successfully Ditch In Pacific.
GadgetFlow: KeyMouse™ Re-invents the Keyboard and Mouse.
This is the kind of gizmo I’m usually a sucker for. Not at this price, though.