Tweets: November, 13th - November, 17th
The Unbelievable Skepticism of the Amazing Randi www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/magazine/the-unbelievable-skept... @instapaper Nov 17th, 10pm
Against Productivity — The Message — Medium https://medium.com/message/against-productivity-b19f56b67da6 @instapaper Nov 13th, 10pm
What It Means to Live in a Holographic Universe — Facts So Romantic — Nautilus nautil.us/blog/what-it-means-to-live-in-a-holographic-univ... @instapaper Nov 13th, 10pm
While too many forces — most of all family and advertising — try to pass the idea each one of us is special or different and that we should 'express ourselves' or something, it’s always worth reminding that we are not so special. Nobody is; and there is a very real sense of safety in numbers in embracing the possibility of being trite and the clichéd, and in recognizing people similar to us most certainly had the same ideas. This seems like a recipe for conformity, but therein lies the real challenge: not in expressing our (not so) unique selves, but in maintaining critical freedom from the twin desires of fitting in and of being unique.
While we’re on the subject, here’s an amusing scientific paper titled The hipster effect: When anticonformists all look the same (PDF). And so it may be asked, why shouldn’t anticonformists look the same? And why should we care — as long as the anticonformists are true anticonformists? Boing Boing
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Tweets for November 8th 2014
Work It Harder Make It Better Do It Faster Makes Us Stronger — Matter — Medium https://medium.com/matter/work-it-harder-make-it-better-do-it-faster-makes-us-stronger-65c137c79aeb @instapaper Nov 8th, 4pm
Jean Baudrillard — Simulacra and Simulations — VIII. The Implosion of Meaning in the Media www.egs.edu/faculty/jean-baudrillard/articles/simulacra-an... @instapaper Nov 8th, 12pm
A couple of weeks ago I led a workshop on ‘analog software’ during the FuturePlaces media lab here in Porto. Influenced by Casey Reas’ articulation between creative coding and conceptual art I had expected participants to be interested in sketching procedural graphics on paper or canvas. Instead, I seemed to have struck a deeper chord by mentioning in passing SocialFiction’s .walk. Participants became more interested in ‘coding’ performative behaviour and questioning the way software is eating the world, which was a very welcome surprise.
A more detailed debriefing is up at the FuturePlaces website. Please also be sure to read Sara Moreira's Coding as Cooking essay which is a very interesting personal testimony, relating the Analog Software workshop with the great Frugal Food Challenge we had both attended and had a lot of fun at.