Saturday, November 22nd

Thursday, November 20th

Tweets for November 13th – 17th

Tweets: November, 13th - November, 17th

The Unbelievable Skepticism of the Amazing Randi  

Against Productivity — The Message — Medium  

What It Means to Live in a Holographic Universe — Facts So Romantic — Nautilus  

BBC — Blogs — Adam Curtis — HAPPIDROME — Part One  

Tuesday, November 11th

Vemödalen (the fear that everything has already been done) from John Koenig’s Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows  Studio Daily

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

Tweets for Saturday, November 8th

Tweets for November 8th 2014

Work It Harder Make It Better Do It Faster Makes Us Stronger — Matter — Medium  

Pop Culture and Power  

Jean Baudrillard — Simulacra and Simulations — VIII. The Implosion of Meaning in the Media  

Tuesday, November 4th

Monday, November 3rd

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.

Tweets for Monday, November 3rd