“The balloon prospect, as the author Jesse Taylor put it, spoke to “the Victorian fantasy of rising above the obscurity of urban experience.”” – On the Poetics of Balloon Music (Part One): Sounding Air, Body, and Latex
“In one poll asking people why they considered themselves Anglican, the three top answers had nothing to do with God: the faith was deemed “integral to English culture”, “an ethical voice in society” and “part of our heritage”.” – The odd connection between Brexit and lukewarm religion – Anglicanism, evangelicalism and Brexit
“Bosworth sent around a remarkable internal memo justifying some of Facebook’s “ugly” physical and social effects as the trade-offs necessary for growth: “Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people. The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good.”” – Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?
“In 2011, the company asked the Federal Election Commission for an exemption to rules requiring the source of funding for political ads to be disclosed. In filings, a Facebook lawyer argued that the agency “should not stand in the way of innovation.”” – Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?
“At an event in November, 2017, Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, called himself a “conscientious objector” to social media, saying, “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” A few days later, Chamath Palihapitiya, the former vice-president of user growth, told an audience at Stanford, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works—no civil discourse, no coöperation, misinformation, mistruth.”” – Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?
“Canada’s financial system is even more opaque than Russia’s or China’s” – ‘Dirty money’ is destroying Vancouver’s civic fabric—and causing lasting damage – Macleans.ca
“By focusing on net art as a medium and reproducing the look and feel of browsers and sites where the featured works were originally created and experienced, the Anthology does what the internet show fails to do: it presents each work with a sensitivity to its context.” – Broken Links: The Internet Show – Art in America
“That’s the other thing about being from New Zealand: there’s no industry there to speak of, so everyone does a lot of different jobs,” says McKenzie, whose father was an actor, singer, lawyer and horse trainer” – Flight of the Conchords: ‘We’re retired sex symbols’
“In his 2014 book, Excellent Sheep, William Deresiewicz, a former English professor at Yale, summed up the situation nicely: “Our new multiracial, gender-neutral meritocracy has figured out a way to make itself hereditary.”” – The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy
“We have figured out how to launder our money through higher virtues.” – The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy
“But for those of us for whom the New Testament is not merely a record of the past but a challenge to the present, it is occasionally worth asking ourselves whether the distance separating the Christianity of the apostolic age from the far more comfortable Christianities of later centuries — and especially those of the developed world today — is more than one merely of time and circumstance.” – Opinion | Are Christians Supposed to Be Communists?
“While there are always clergy members and theologians swift to assure us that the New Testament condemns not wealth but its abuse, not a single verse (unless subjected to absurdly forced readings) confirms the claim.” – Opinion | Are Christians Supposed to Be Communists?
“the Bitcoin network is consuming power at an annual rate of 32 TWh—about as much as Denmark” – Bitcoin’s insane energy consumption, explained
“The bias against model-based design, sometimes known as model-driven engineering, or MDE, is in fact so ingrained that according to a recent paper, “Some even argue that there is a stronger need to investigate people’s perception of MDE than to research new MDE technologies.”” – The Coming Software Apocalypse
““Creators need an immediate connection to what they’re creating.” The problem with programming was that it violated the principle. That’s why software systems were so hard to think about, and so rife with bugs: The programmer, staring at a page of text, was abstracted from whatever it was they were actually making.” – The Coming Software Apocalypse