"The best we can hope for, while our politicians wrangle over the businessman’s debt and securities, is to return to the same stupefying jobs we once held and to pay for the privilege of turning ourselves into brands."
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”—I mean, we already knew this of course, but, you know, now science.
“We need to fight against our human instinct to deify our role models, but also fight against our instinct to subjugate our own individuality in the process. Star gazing is one of the most profoundly human things one can do. But perhaps we must more frequently tear ourselves away from the mystery and beauty of the starry heavens above, and rather inspect, admire and foster the moral law within.”—
Jack Gleeson (aka King Joffrey in Game of Thrones) on celebrity.
I strongly encourage you to watch/listen to the entire talk here. Or read a partial transcription here. It is an extremely cognizant, intelligent and humble take, from someone with recent first-person experience.
“Unlike a rusting highway bridge, digital infrastructure does not betray the effects of age. And, unlike roads and bridges, large portions of the software infrastructure of the Internet are built and maintained by volunteers, who get little reward when their code works well but are blamed, and sometimes savagely derided, when it fails. To some degree, this is beginning to change: venture-capital firms have made substantial investments in code-infrastructure projects, like GitHub and the Node Package Manager. But money and support still tend to flow to the newest and sexiest projects, while boring but essential elements like OpenSSL limp along as volunteer efforts. It’s easy to take open-source software for granted, and to forget that the Internet we use every day depends in part on the freely donated work of thousands of programmers. If open-source software is at the heart of the Internet, then we might need to examine it from time to time to make sure it’s not bleeding.”—The Internet’s Telltale Heartbleed : The New Yorker (via new-aesthetic)
Squeaky Ball (2013). A twenty-minute performance piece.
London-based artist Bettie Chicago dives headfirst into the performance art world with her newest work. With Squeaky Ball (2013),the artist eats a brand new squeaky Kong ball in a public park within viewing…