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Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom: Raising Really Good Hell for People Who Cannot - Guernica
Tressie McMillan Cottom is a consummate public intellectual. She is sharply intelligent, curious, passionate, and in everything she writes and researches she is rigorous, expansive, and incisive. via Pocket
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yesterday by bschlagel
Elite Colleges Make Low-Income Students Feel Unwelcome - The Atlantic
Last Tuesday, the Justice Department charged 50 people with involvement in an elaborate scheme to purchase spots in some of the country’s top schools. via Pocket
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yesterday by bschlagel
New Zealand Shooting Realizes White Supremacy’s True Aim.
Police at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of a mass shooting that claimed 49 lives on March 15, 2019. At least 49 people were killed on Friday in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a man whose name — by his own admission — is irrelevant. via Pocket
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4 days ago by bschlagel
Nadia Eghbal | Making money with licenses
I’m often asked about the role of licenses in open source: e.g. would a commercial license help pay maintainers for their work? I figured I should write a quick post summarizing my thoughts. Disclaimer: broadly speaking, I’m always in favor of running more experiments. via Pocket
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4 days ago by bschlagel
How 'Creativity' Became a Capitalist Buzzword | Literary Hub
“Creative” and its variants are a versatile part of the vocabulary of contemporary capitalism, able to link imagination, aesthetic practice, and religious faith in the pursuit of private gain. via Pocket
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5 days ago by bschlagel
The Software That Shapes Workers’ Lives | The New Yorker
This past December, the workers’-rights organization China Labor Watch published a report about conditions in Chinese toy factories. via Pocket
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5 days ago by bschlagel
The world pulls the Andon Cord on the 737 Max - The Air Current
The 737 Max was born in the Admirals Club Lounge at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. On July 20, 2011, American Airlines was announcing it was buying 460 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to renew its fleet. via Pocket
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9 days ago by bschlagel
Ilhan Omar’s 16-year-old daughter is co-leading the Youth Climate Strike | Grist
Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is championing one of the boldest climate policies in America. via Pocket
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9 days ago by bschlagel
College Sports Help Rich White Students Get Admitted - The Atlantic
Quick, think of a college athlete. Chances are the person who comes to mind is a football or basketball player at a powerhouse Division I school like Louisiana State University or the University of Kentucky. via Pocket
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10 days ago by bschlagel
Women in antiquarian bookselling: interview with Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers | AbeBooks' Reading Copy
To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March and that March is Women’s History Month, we asked Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, New York, about the current situation for women in antiquarian bookselling. via Pocket
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10 days ago by bschlagel
The Economics of Used Books, part 1:: Eureka Books: New, Used, and Rare Books in Old Town
Due to the number of spam comments we receive, we’ve had to turn off comments, but feel free to visit our home page and send an email. A couple of years before he died, Peter Howard of Serendipity Books, in Berkeley, was hired to appraise a small, general used bookstore in the greater Bay Area. via Pocket
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10 days ago by bschlagel
THE GENERATIVE BEDROCK OF OPEN DESIGN / MICHEL AVITAL | Open Design Now
A shift in communications infrastructure is an important factor in how open design has taken shape and the possibilities it offers. It is a transition from the ‘internet of things’ to the things of the internet. via Pocket
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11 days ago by bschlagel
The Climate Change Paper So Depressing It's Sending People to Therapy - VICE
What if I told you there was a paper on climate change that was so uniquely catastrophic, so perspective-altering, and so absolutely depressing that it's sent people to support groups and encouraged them to quit their jobs and move to the countryside? Good news: there is. via Pocket
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16 days ago by bschlagel
New York’s Medicaid Reimbursement Plan for Doulas
On the December day I found out I was carrying a baby, the only thing I could think about was my own mortality. Weeks before I got the news, I’d read a blockbuster report by NPR on black maternal death. via Pocket
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16 days ago by bschlagel
Adventures of a Man of Science | Issue 3 | n+1
A specter is haunting the academy—the specter of close reading. But don’t worry: as the New York Public Library had the Ghostbusters, the academy has Franco Moretti. Of course, Moretti is not the first or the only critic to object to close reading. via Pocket
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17 days ago by bschlagel
New Technology Is Built on a ‘Stack.’ Is That the Best Way to Understand Everything Else, Too? - The New York Times
In 1990, when computers were still merely in the process of taking over the world, John Daugman, a computer scientist and researcher at Harvard University, published an article titled “Brain Metaphor and Brain Theory,” noting a habit he had observed among his peers. via Pocket
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17 days ago by bschlagel
Free Shipping — Real Life
We are increasingly surrounded by boxes. A new online purchase arrives on the doorsteps of one-third of American consumers each week. The volume of packages express-shipped by Amazon (more than 5 billion deliveries in 2017) shares an order of magnitude with the earth’s population (approximately 7. via Pocket
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22 days ago by bschlagel
The 500-Year-Long Science Experiment - The Atlantic
In the year 2514, some future scientist will arrive at the University of Edinburgh (assuming the university still exists), open a wooden box (assuming the box has not been lost), and break apart a set of glass vials in order to grow the 500-year-old dried bacteria inside. via Pocket
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22 days ago by bschlagel
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: U.S. Congresswoman on Fixing the Country – Rolling Stone
If Democrats had wanted to troll the GOP, they could hardly have cooked up a better legislator than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She, of course, is the Northeast-educated, Bernie-supporting, wall-protesting, community-organizing daughter of a working-class Puerto Rican family. via Pocket
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22 days ago by bschlagel
Can Scientists Do TV?
Our culture has two types of forgetting. A few years ago a student walked into the office of Cesar A. Hidalgo, director of the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab. Hidalgo was listening to music and asked the student if she recognized the song. She wasn’t sure. via Pocket
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22 days ago by bschlagel
Philosopher and digital artist Mat Dryhurst on redesigning the system – The Creative Independent
A lot of the questions I have for you issue from your Twitter mini-essay about mental health, which I found helpful. First off, in the contemporary meshwork of ideological pressures and design/technological apparatuses, how do you as an artist and a thinker functionally proceed? via Pocket
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25 days ago by bschlagel
On what it takes to sustain a creative life financially – The Creative Independent
As I write this, I am my own boss at Anchor & Orbit, a company I founded that helps creative businesses expand their vision and meet their goals. I wasn’t always running my own business, however, and it wasn’t an easy road to get here. via Pocket
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25 days ago by bschlagel
The Rise of the Full-Stack Freelancer | Praxis
In the past, being a freelancer meant being a specialist. The only way you could generate enough income to make it as a free agent was to focus on a single, highly monetizable skill. For example, copywriting, coding, graphic design, photography, journalism, or language translation. via Pocket
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27 days ago by bschlagel
DRMacIver's Notebook: What even is a number?
Context: A philosopher friend asked me this question. This is my attempt to answer. Attention Conservation Notice: It may not be a very good attempt to answer. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago by bschlagel
Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction
“I read books to read myself,” Sven Birkerts wrote in The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago by bschlagel
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