I am just so compelled by the notion of a text editor that possesses a deep, nuanced model of… what? Everything ever written by you? By your favorite authors? Your nemesis? All staff writers at the New Yorker, present and past? Everyone on the internet? It’s provocative any way you slice it.I should say clearly: … Continue reading Robin Sloan & Writing With The Machine
https://vimeo.com/22053820 I was reminded of this talk recently. Thought it was worth adding since the advice is timeless, even though it is relatively old. The only thing I don't like is the use of the word, "fuck," and the cutesy obscured spelling of it. Here's an idea, if the word "fuck," is inappropriate, don't use … Continue reading F*ck [Fuck] you. Pay me.
The small print publisher 404 Ink's discussion of their finances, particularly the portion on the cost to small press publishers to have their books sold via Amazon, is a bit of an eye-opener. On some level, I was aware that the discounts that Amazon is able to offer on books had to be squeezed from … Continue reading Amazon & The Cultural Landscape of Books
"Ogawa says an android deity isn’t a normal experience for the Japanese and is still an alien concept. But Japanese people don’t carry stereotypical thinking when it comes to robots and don’t hold any prejudices. 'They just think 'oh, what’s happened here' and then just accept it,' he laughs." —Thisanka Siripala, "An Ancient Japanese Shrine … Continue reading Buddhist Android
"'As a concept,' Wang writes, 'the schizophrenias encompass a range of psychotic disorders, and it is a genus that I choose to identify with as a woman whose diagnosis is unfamiliar to most — the shaggy, sharp-toothed thing, and not the wolf... ...'the liminal' as a space in which 'thin-skinned' individuals — those who 'have … Continue reading The Shaggy, Sharp-Toothed Thing With Thin Skin
I was reading How to Think by Alan Jacobs, and he makes this really insightful comment: "Genuine community is open to questioning from people of good will." He makes a distinction between cliques and in-groups, where conforming to certain ideas are the condition for acceptance, and genuine community, where the communities are open to dialogue … Continue reading The Spirit of Good Will