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  • For many years, Mann taught painting at Camberwell School of Art, where he had himself been schooled in looking by Frank Auerbach and Euan Uglow. His real education, though, came from watching his sight diminish, and learning to compensate for it. It was Mann’s lived understanding that perception occurred not in the eyes, but in the brain. The day he came home blind he went to his studio, picked up a brush and his palette and “saw” a great flood of cobalt blue; he never looked back.
  • “His talk was going to be essentially about how painters teach us to see,” Peter says. His father’s defining example of this capacity was Monet, with his ability to “turn off” macular vision. Sargy experienced that shift for himself. “His loss of sight became like a mechanic taking an engine apart,” Peter said. “It doesn’t work any better but you can understand its constituent parts.”
Jan 04, 16

This is an interesting conversation to me, and makes me sad that I have neglected web design things the last few years/not diven deeper already

  • I see this pattern of rooting the dynamics of current conflicts too deeply in backstory a lot – I see it in myself & my own history, I see it in Letter Writers here who include details about childhood or past relationship dynamics to explain the current, adult ones, I see it in friends, and it is SO COMMON and SO HUMAN and SO NATURAL and yet it doesn’t quite work as a way to resolve current conversations and I have a hypothesis as to why.
  • For another example, there is a (bad) cultural narrative that victims of certain kinds of abuse are less able to be objective when they spot red flags in other situations, when in fact their experience makes them more likely to spot manipulation and coercive behaviors.
  • Accepting this might mean taking Darryl off his pedestal, relative to Kris, and I think that’s a very good thing.

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Jan 03, 16

I have not read this but sounds interesting, want to read later.

  • January 2016

    One advantage of being old is that you can see change happen in your lifetime. A lot of the change I've seen is fragmentation. US politics is much more polarized than it used to be. Culturally we have ever less common ground. The creative class flocks to a handful of happy cities, abandoning the rest. And increasing economic inequality means the spread between rich and poor is growing too. I'd like to propose a hypothesis: that all these trends are instances of the same phenomenon. And moreover, that the cause is not some force that's pulling us apart, but rather the erosion of forces that had been pushing us together.
  • Worse still, for those who worry about these trends, the forces that were pushing us together were an anomaly, a one-time combination of circumstances that's unlikely to be repeated—and indeed, that we would not want to repeat.

    The two forces were war (above all World War II), and the rise of large corporations.

  • Automation isn’t a neutral, inevitable part of capitalism. It comes about through the desire to break formal and informal systems of workers’ control—including unions—and replace them with managerially controlled and minutely surveilled systems of piecework. An entire political and legal infrastructure has been built up to make these so-called tendencies seem like the natural progression of capitalism, rather than the effects of fights—sometimes simple, sometimes violent—to deprive people of whatever sense of control they have over their work. The only reason such work has ever not been totally shitty is that some attempt to preserve such control was made. This — not some implausible notion of a fully automated postwork future—still remains the surest of utopian impulses, the one most likely to deliver the things we want.
  • found that quote fitting in that it points to one of the major weaknesses of Srnicek and William's argument for full automation: before any job can be automated it has to be ordered algorithmically (think: Taylorism, the Efficiency Movement, rationalisation, business process reengineering, audit cultures, neoliberal accountability mechanisms in the public sector and what not) long before anything we would usually identify as a machine has been introduced into the labor process. I would agree with the n+1 author that this ordering of the labour process as a first step toward its automation, and its attendant loss of worker autonomy, is one of the major sources of alienation, and has to be resisted rather than uncritically taken for granted. Unfortunately the accelerationist argument against "drudgery" has little to say about how spheres of (re)productive activity are made unbearable in the first place, and how they might be different. It would seem to me that a much better hashtag for the left's engagement with automation than #accelerate would be #shittyrobots as a way of identifying the dehumanising bullshit jobs most of us are forced to do with the crappy and reductive tech that is supposed to subsitute for them. /rant
  • All I am saying is that for the left to gain any traction outside of academia it better engage with alienation as it is actually experienced and realised in the workplace. Hence my argument for looking at the specific devices ordering the labour process and stripping workers of agency instead of naturalising production per se as drudgery when it becomes such only under specific social relations.
Jan 03, 16

This is the evil phone that I have stupid desires for. ca. 2x as expensive as my current one, with 70 % less features -.-

  • Aus Sicht der Täter   

      Für den "Islamischen Staat" haben sie getötet – aber dann flohen sie in die Türkei. Dort sprachen die beiden syrischen Kämpfer mit unserem Autor.
  • Als mein Bruder starb, riefen sie mich ins Krankenhaus und zeigten mir seine Leiche: im Kampf gefallen. Aber ich war lange genug im Krieg. Man hatte ihm von hinten in den Kopf geschossen. Ich hörte mich um: Er wollte gegen Assad kämpfen, nicht gegen Minderheiten. Das war sein Todesurteil. Danach durfte ich zu meiner Familie in Majadin. Ich organisierte einen Fahrer, der uns in die Türkei brachte. Zwei Tage danach setzten sie unser Haus in Brand.
  • Wenn die Türkei es ernst meinen würde, wäre der IS in ein paar Monaten erledigt. Aber die Grenze war immer offen für den IS. Wir sahen es so, dass die Türkei uns hilft. Sie ließen uns gewähren gegen die Kurden. Jetzt sind Tausende IS-Kämpfer in der Türkei, und ich weiß, dass die Türkei begonnen hat, sie festzunehmen. Wenn es so weitergeht, wird der IS die Türkei angreifen.  


      Nein, ich sehe den IS nicht als sunnitische Armee, denn in Syrien bringt er mehr Sunniten um als Schiiten oder Alawiten. Der IS ist ein gottloser Geheimdienststaat unter dem Deckmantel der Religion. Die Ideologen haben uns unseren Krieg gestohlen. Sie sind radikal. Sie kommen, um zu sterben. Sie wollen nicht siegen, sie wollen zu Gott.

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  • too liked to fail

    Get rich or die vlogging: The sad economics of internet fame

  • t was all so painfully awkward. That night, Brittany Ashley, a lesbian stoner in red lipstick, was at Eveleigh, a popular farm-to-table spot in West Hollywood. The restaurant was hosting Buzzfeed’s Golden Globes party. For the past two years, Ashley has been one of the most visible actresses on the company’s four YouTube channels, which altogether have about 17 million subscribers. She stars in bawdy videos with titles like “How To Win The Breakup” or “Masturbation: Guys Vs. Girls,” many of which rack up millions of views.


    The awkward part was that Ashley wasn’t there to celebrate with Buzzfeed. She was there to serve them. Not realizing that her handful of weekly waitressing shifts at Eveleigh paid most of her bills, a coworker from the video production site asked Ashley if her serving tray was “a bit.” It was not.

  • Why would someone with 90,000 Instagram followers be serving brunch?

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  • It was Alexander Berkman’s life-long habit to keep diaries. Even during the fourteen years’ purgatory he had endured in the Western Penitentiary in the United States, Alexander Berkman had managed to keep up his diary which he succeeded in sending out sub rosa to me. On the S.S. “Buford” which took us on our long perilous cruise of 28 days, my comrade continued his diary and he kept up this old habit through the 23 months of our stay in Russia.


     Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, conceded by conservative critics even to be comparable with Feodor Dostoyevsky’s Dead House, was fashioned from his diary. The Kronstadt Rebellion and his Bolshevik Myth are also the offspring of his day-by-day record in Russia.

  • Scorched Earth, 2200AD 


     Climate change has done its worst, and now just 500 million humans remain on lifeboats in the north. How do they survive?

  • Our political structures have shifted, too. The religious and sectarian violence that dominated much of humanity’s history, in places such as the Middle East, Africa, southern Europe and even the US, are a relic of history, mainly because those parts of the world no longer exist. Autocratic nations such as China and Russia weathered the climate calamity best because they imposed the Draconian measures – closing borders to desperate migrants, rationing water and food, forcing relocation of millions. ‘Countries will fortify themselves against what they see as invaders, making it more likely that authoritarian states, like China, with all their bad properties will wind up winning,’ says Erik Conway, a science historian at Caltech and co-author with Naomi Oreskes of The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future (2014).
  • This might sound like a fevered nightmare, but climate change has triggered the collapse of advanced civilisations dating back nearly 3,000 years. Around 1200 BCE, a perfect storm of calamities – including earthquakes, famines, and a drought that lasted 150 years or more – set in motion the breakdown of the late Bronze Age kingdoms clustered around the eastern Mediterranean in an area that includes much of what is now Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Syria.

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  • Indigenous delegates who had travelled from the Pacific Islands and from the Sami Nation in Sweden were invited to join the London Climate March after the attacks in Paris meant they could not attend there. Our communities, in both the global south and the global north, bear the heaviest burden of climate change and environmental degradation. This is through the deprivation of water and food, and the destruction of culture and life itself. The impacts of climate change are continuous with, and a consequence of, colonial and imperial violence that sees these lands and lives as expendable. Our place at the front of the march was therefore rightful, because we are from and of frontline communities.
  • However, the agreement it seems was contingent upon us merely acting out our ethnicities – through attire, song and dance, perhaps – to provide a good photo-op, so that you might tick your narrow diversity box. The fact that we spoke for our own cause in our own words resulted in great consternation: you did not think that our decolonial and anti-imperialist message was consistent with the spirit of the march. In order to secure our place at the front, you asked us to dilute our message and make it ‘palatable’.
  • To repeat: the place of indigenous, black and brown people was stolen and given away to people dressed as animals. Let’s say it again: so long as indigenous, black, and brown people were unwilling to merely add decorative value they were replaceable by animals.

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  • Gaslighting does not require deliberate plotting. Gaslighting only requires a belief that it is acceptable to overwrite another person’s reality.
  • The distinguishing feature between someone who gaslights and someone who doesn’t is an internalized paradigm of ownership. And in my experience, identifying that paradigm is a lot easier than spotting the gaslighting.
  • Gaslighting tends to follow when intimidation is no longer acceptable.

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  • a multi-part work on a huge scale that will be installed in every one of the Tube’s 270 stations.
  • This personal relationship with the Underground has informed his interest in public transport and fuelled a fascination with the idea of being ‘transported’ in an imaginative or spiritual sense. This idea gave rise to the ancient symbol that lies at the heart of this commission: the labyrinth, which represents this idea of the spiritual journey in many different traditions across the globe. An example of a significant labyrinth from the 13th century can be seen today on the floor of Chartres Cathedral, where visitors are invited to walk its circuitous path as a form of pilgrimage. For Wallinger, the labyrinth is a fitting analogy for the millions of journeys that are made across the Tube network every day.

  • #17: Dialing Down 


      November 17th, 2015 · 124 minutes  


    Grey takes time away from the Internet, Myke takes time away from Twitter, and they both get an iPad Pro.

  • #14: Conflicted About Email 


      October 5th, 2015 · 92 minutes  


    Myke makes judgments about Grey's musical choices, Grey explains how he is working with his personal assistant to manage email, and they both lament the current state of email apps.

  • #11: 0% Entertaining 


      August 28th, 2015 · 93 minutes  


    This week Grey and Myke get very excited about their new computer mice, before sharing more of their views on if it's easier to become an internet personality today, and what you need to do to get there.

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