Monthly Archives: March 2008

Electromagnetic Baby Onesies

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Electromagnetic Onesies Gold, Yellow, Orange + Brown on White 

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Eva’s Complex Mind

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Eva Eun-Sil Han favors collage as the ideal medium for exploring her subconscious (and our own, let’s face it).

The collage featured in this post is called Complex Mind.

Much more of her work can be viewed here. Page after page of visually stunning juxtapositions, all handmade.

Her collection truly stands apart, even in our over-saturated, hyper-visual world.

Found at Paintalicious

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Flying Off the Shelves by Paul Constant

There’s an underground economy of boosted books. These values are commonly understood and roundly agreed upon through word of mouth, and the values always seem to be true. Once, a scruffy, large man approached me, holding a folded-up piece of paper. “Do you have any Buck?” He paused and looked at the piece of paper. “Any books by Buckorsick?” I suspected that he meant Bukowski, but I played dumb, and asked to see the piece of paper he was holding. It was written in crisp handwriting that clearly didn’t belong to him, and it read:

1. Charles Bukowski

2. Jim Thompson

3. Philip K. Dick

4. William S. Burroughs

5. Any Graphic Novel

This is pretty much the authoritative top five, the New York Times best-seller list of stolen books. Its origins still mystify me..

I asked the man whether he preferred Bukowski’s Pulp to his Women, as I did, and whether his favorite Thompson book was The Getaway or The Killer Inside Me. First the book chatter made him nervous, but then it made him angry…

Continue reading Flying Off the Shelves by Paul Constant | via The Stranger

Any booksellers reading this?  I’m curious about the how the lists might compare from store to store, city to city… Not surprised Buk is at the top of this one, however.  But where is Hoffman?  Surprising omission.

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Hard-wired for the ups and downs

I’m here not to praise elitism but to understand it, not so much through a history of elites but by talking about elites in prehistory.

Human beings are naturally hierarchical and they like arranging themselves into hierarchies of skill, age, wealth, competence, experience, whatever. We can deny it if we want, but we all know that when the chips are down and the anarchists have formed the anarchists’ association, the first thing they do is elect a governing committee.

 Hierarchies, writes Denis Dutton, are intrinsic to human society, and resentment of elites can be traced back to prehistory.

Read the rest of Hard-wired for the ups and downs by Denis Dutton

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How to Survive in America

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This post on Flickr caught my eye as I was skipping rocks in my Netvibes universe today.

Scanned cover of a book I found dumped in a box on a street in Berlin, from the Cambridge University Press printed in 1983. Love the dramatic title and the strangely psychedelic imagery.

Oh, btw, this is a language book for Germans

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The Museum of Snow by Emma Wieslander

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More of Emma’s intriguing work can be viewed here.

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The Beauty, Secrets and Utility of Twitter

The Beauty, Secrets and Utility of Twitter for Business

Lots of people laugh at Twitter, call it a waste of time and worse, and, that’s just fine with me. While they’re laughing, I’m learning, listening, meeting, and enjoying a global view of an endless flow of creative thought – 140 characters at a time…[Continue reading here.]

via What’s Next | B.L. Ochman

The above is from B.L. Ochman’s business blog, but I’m posting here with the hope that those who aren’t in marketing, tech, or business per se might be moved to sign up and join the conversations, offer their sage advice, and share a little of the priceless mundane with the rest of us.

Follow me on Twitter if you’d like.  I’ve taken to calling it Twitter University after my uninformed, inexperienced knee-jerk reaction upon first hearing about the service.  Now I consider it an essential learning and communication tool (and then some).  Highly recommended.

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Moses: Stoned Immaculate

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High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.

Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

“As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don’t believe, or a legend, which I don’t believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics,” Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the “burning bush,” suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

“The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon,” he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to “see music.”

He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil’s Amazon forest in 1991. “I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations,” Shanon said.

He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.

via Breitbart

hat tip Adam B | KSU Quorum

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You Weren’t Meant to Have a Boss

You Weren’t Meant to Have a Boss

A few days ago I was sitting in a cafe in Palo Alto and a group of programmers came in on some kind of scavenger hunt. It was obviously one of those corporate “team-building” exercises.

They looked familiar. I spend nearly all my time working with programmers in their twenties and early thirties. But something seemed wrong about these. There was something missing.

And yet the company they worked for is considered a good one, and from what I overheard of their conversation, they seemed smart enough. In fact, they seemed to be from one of the more prestigious groups within the company.

So why did it seem there was something odd about them?

I have a uniquely warped perspective, because nearly all the programmers I know are startup founders. We’ve now funded 80 startups with a total of about 200 founders, nearly all of them programmers. I spend a lot of time with them, and not much with other programmers. So my mental image of a young programmer is a startup founder.

The guys on the scavenger hunt looked like the programmers I was used to, but they were employees instead of founders. And it was startling how different they seemed.

So what, you may say. So I happen to know a subset of programmers who are especially ambitious. Of course less ambitious people will seem different. But the difference between the programmers I saw in the cafe and the ones I was used to wasn’t just a difference of degree. Something seemed wrong.

I think it’s not so much that there’s something special about founders as that there’s something missing in the lives of employees. I think startup founders, though statistically outliers, are actually living in a way that’s more natural for humans.

I was in Africa last year and saw a lot of animals in the wild that I’d only seen in zoos before. It was remarkable how different they seemed. Particularly lions. Lions in the wild seem about ten times more alive. They’re like different animals. And seeing those guys on their scavenger hunt was like seeing lions in a zoo after spending several years watching them in the wild.

Read the rest of the article here.

via Paul Graham | hat tip Hugh MacLeod [gapingvoid.com]

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Quick vs. Slow (Quality Control in Art and Business)

Roskilde Univ. Prof says: Quick working = low quality (like fast food), slow working = high quality (fine food).

Interesting analysis. [via steverubel | Twitter University]

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