Our need for quiet has never fully gone away, because our practical achievements, however spectacular, never quite fulfill us. They are always giving way to new wants and needs, always requiring updating or repairing, always falling short. The mania of our online lives reveals this: We keep swiping and swiping because we are never fully satisfied. The late British philosopher Michael Oakeshott starkly called this truth “the deadliness of doing.” There seems no end to this paradox of practical life, and no way out, just an infinite succession of efforts, all doomed ultimately to fail.

I Used to Be an Human Being, by Andrew Sullivan. Read it, now. Forget about your cellphone, close all other tabs and turn off your notifications and read it. Better yet, print it. We do too much.

Tweets for September 6th – 29th

Tweets: September, 6th - September, 29th

I Used to Be a Human Being  

On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit  

What every coder should know about gamma  

Escaping Reality: the Iconography of Vaporwave  

On Refusing to Read  

Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives  

Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful https:[email protected]/mental-models-i-find-repeatedly-useful-936f1cc405d#.ukz8uetnd  


September 5th – 9th

Tweets for September 4th – 5th