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All Hallow’s Read recs

All Hallow’s Read recs

Last year, Neil Gaiman & Co decided that for the Halloween season, people should give out spooky books in addition to (or in lieu of) candy. They called it All Hallow’s Read. However, I was far too absorbed in my own problems last October to notice this development, much less contribute recommendations. I’d likely have chosen these titles, however. I read all of these as a child, and loved them to bits.

Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Last night, I attended the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s performance of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a one-man monologue written and performed by Mike Daisey. Go see this show. It’s like watching Lewis Black narrate the adventures of Michael Moore in the setting of a Cory Doctorow novel. It’s a comedy. It’s a call to action. It’s a firestorm.

The most magical thing I've heard in a while:

The most magical thing I've heard in a while:

Yeah, I said it. Wu-Tang Clan vs. The Beatles. 27 glorious tracks of it, in fact, collected in Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers. So far it utterly pwns The Grey Album, but maybe I just like Wu-Tang better than I like Jay-Z. Your mileage may vary. Special thanks to Kay Thaney, she of Science Commons fame, for recommending this.

If you read one post tonight, read this one:

If you read one post tonight, read this one:

No, not mine, Amanda Palmer’s. I spent my day thinking about the future. I sat surrounded by designers and programmers, people with better clothes and longer resumés, and we talked about two kinds of future: long and short. Long is foresight: picturing a problem a year or ten away. Short is preparation: doing my homework. Wondering what my role in the classroom will be. Normally I start things off, I ask uncomfortable questions, I summarize, and things move on. But…

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"Like fucking a burning dolphin"

"Like fucking a burning dolphin"

Via Making Light, we have a foully erudite, fantastically observed explanation of why people still love Silent Hill 2, including why the story needed to be told via a game rather than a book, film, or zoetrope. (Wait until he mentions imperialism. Make sure your drink is well away from your keyboard.) God, I have such a serious urge to go kick the shit out of some vomiting ghost babies, right now. Which is sad, because I’m woefully bad at…

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the rules of fitness

the rules of fitness

I’ve been thinking about natural selection a lot, lately (and not just because I picked up Natalie Angier’s The Canon the other day). Turns out Bruce Cohen explains Darwin’s concept of “fitness” pretty well: Survival or mortality selection – Organisms that survive at least to the end of their reproductive phase are fitter than those who don’t, because they’re likely to have more offspring. Mating success or sexual selection – Many species have some form of mate selection process which…

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post rec: Coilhouse vs. the Matrix

post rec: Coilhouse vs. the Matrix

I can’t help but second most of what’s in this post about The Matrix ten years later, especially this bit: The movie also tapped into the anger a lot of people feel but never quite express, the pent-up resentments of our world that lead a packed theatre in the rural South to cheer a fetish-clad woman pounding the police into pulp. It fed the part in all of us that not only felt there was something deeply wrong with the…

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Post rec: AFP and unexpected art

Post rec: AFP and unexpected art

Amanda Palmer has a great post up regarding the discovery of art in everyday existence. i used to think that being a street performer (i was a living statue for five years….i should really write a book about it) was the ultimate act of art, because NOBODY would ever recognize my art in any way that was acceptable, nobody would ever applaud, no reviewers would ever come, no critics would ever ponder whether i had a good or bad performance…….

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