Animation Obsessive has a great write-up on The Diary of Tortov Roddle. Great source for finding interesting animation. Also, Kunio Kato did the short, The House of Small Cubes.
Make America Great Again by Pussy Riot
Princess Arête (Free to December 2, 2022)
The ABC of Contemporary Capital by David Harvey
“As a part of this course, I’m sharing rough drafts of pieces of a manuscript I am working on, a sort of textbook on Marx’s political economy.
I’m experimenting with crowd sourcing the revision process.”http://davidharvey.org/2022/01/new-course-the-abc-of-contemporary-capital/
I’ve talked about Hypothes.is for annotating in the past. I haven’t watched this particularly series, but I have read some of Harvey’s books and have found them useful. Bookmarking for later.
Deadtime Stories for Big Folk: Deadsy by David Anderson
Deadtime Stories for Big Folk: Door by David Anderson
Michael Levin: Anatomical Decision-Making By Cellular Collectives
Bookmarking. h/t Hacker news.
The Invitation to Critique
“To build a prototype and expose it to critique is to make yourself very vulnerable…But you invite people in because you know that you can’t do the thing you want to do without their honest response…
…By contrast, Davey worked very hard on restoring that little Norfolk church, but he also sought help of every kind along the way. He gave up complete control of the project in order to draw friends and strangers into his endeavor. His motto seems to have been that great phrase from Wordsworth: “what we have loved, / Others will love, and we will teach them how.” He made a bet on mutuality.
That surely meant having to hear other people tell him “You’re doing it wrong” — something Justo, it seems, couldn’t bear to hear. But if we want to repair the world, or any part of our little corner of it, we’ve got not just to accept but invite that possibility. We have to discipline ourselves to welcome it. And we have to encourage those others to stick with us through multiple iterations of whatever we’re prototyping.-Alan Jacobs, “the invitation to critique.” ayjay..org. July 23, 2022.
This strike me as a skill that we all desperately need to cultivate. But, the challenges are often insurmountable.
As people, it is often difficult to admit that we are wrong, or even admit the possibility of it. Some of that is a function that so much of our modern lives are controlled by others. We want to feel, at least where we are making decisions, that we are in control. We are operating independently and that we are in control of our lives. We don’t want to hear criticism because criticism is everywhere. We have had our fill of it.
Further, I think “honest response” is a key issue. Often, in a social context, people are trolling. They are not giving an honest response, but one that is designed to serve some agenda, whether that is create social boundaries, create differentiation of status or what have you. There’s even the unintentional. There are people that are too busy thinking about what they are going to say next or trying to guess what you are trying to say that they are not even responding to you, but half formed conceptions or their own mind.
How does on open oneself up and invite critique when this is the social and cultural environments most of us live in?
And, it makes me remember this bit from John Cleese quoting another (below), “If people can’t control their own emotions, they they have to start trying to control other people’s behavior.” And, I think this points to a larger issue is that in order to open ourselves up to critique and in order for that critique to have value, everyone involved has to be both able to control their emotions and be invested in the improvement of whatever is the object of critique. Whenever you add in some other agenda, such as trying to control the behavior of others, relative prestige, or what not, you cannot have honest critique and their is no point inviting it.
The question is: how do we get to a place of constructive critique, or a constructive dialogue, with the people in our lives about the things we care about?
The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo
“…if you’ve never watched Brian Jordan Alvarez’s The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo, please do. I’m comfortable saying it’s probably the best scripted YouTube series that’s ever been made.”—Ryan Broderick, “Anti-crypto Media Personality.” Garbage Day. June 8, 2022.
That’s a pretty strong recommendation. Bookmarking and adding here unseen.
Disabled But Able To Rock! The Danger Woman Story
“‘Disabled But Able To Rock’ follows the life of Betsy Goodrich, a high-functioning autistic woman and her superhero alter-ego, Danger Woman. Danger Woman fights the Tri-phobes (Race-ophobia, Homophobia, and Disable-phobia) with her high-octave, karaoke crime-fighting superpowers.
Meanwhile, the real Betsy contends with a severely autistic and schizophrenic older brother and a diabetic mother wrestling with the burden of caring for two disabled children on a daily basis. Once that all changes, however, the true challenge becomes finding the balance between freedom and care.
Using home movies, interviews, old photographs and performance footage, the film peers beneath the veneer of its subject’s disability and examines the hopes and dreams of a woman who gets older, but cannot grow up.”–Disabled But Able To Rock! The Danger Woman Story
Bookmarking for later.