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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times
While Mr. Zuckerberg conducted a public apology tour in the last year, Ms. Sandberg has overseen an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat Facebook’s critics, shift public anger toward rival companies and ward off damaging regulation. Facebook employed a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros. It also tapped its business relationships, persuading a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic.
facebook 
6 hours ago
Job Map - DLF Job Board
local maps of digital library job postings
jobs 
yesterday
They’re Always Borrowing His Stuff [on Thomas Adès] | NY Times 2015
fantastic roundup of new music composers, and their debts to Adès

Minimalism and pop are often cited as the foremost influences on this country’s eclectic younger composers. But Mr. Adès, with his strong commitment to both classical tradition and the avant-garde, complicates that narrative. Teasing out his place in American music reveals much about how today’s composers absorb influence and forge a dialogue with one another. Mr. Adès’s trans-Atlantic reach might hark back to the role Stravinsky once played in reshaping American music. But unlike that of Stravinsky (and his American acolytes), the impact of Mr. Adès has been felt across multiple aesthetics and even genres.
classical 
6 days ago
Why We Need Utopian Fiction Now More Than Ever
“No work of dystopian fiction has ever stopped the scenarios it portrays from happening,” he argues. “1984 didn’t prevent the surveillance state, and Blade Runner didn’t hinder corporate destruction of our environment.” Barrett feels that while dystopia is reactive, utopia is proactive. “If we present hopeful futures, then I genuinely believe we increase their likelihood.” Barrett theorizes that inspiration is a powerful force for change, and we can already see how fictional utopias have inspired real life innovations.
utopia  sf 
6 days ago
What Makes Superstar Conductor Gustavo Dudamel So Good? - The New York Times
You also need a keen analytic intelligence to decode the structure of a piece, to ascertain how its parts fit together. If the first violins play a phrase in the fifth minute of a movement and an oboe plays a variation of the same phrase in the 12th minute, neither the violins nor the oboe may know they are part of a pattern, but the conductor has to know, because it is through the development of such patterns that the form of a piece, the story, expresses itself. This means you have to be able to hear the music before a single note has been played. In some irreducibly mysterious way, your philosophy and your technique have to turn the dots on the page into an interpretation that will say something to listeners. You have to imagine the music meaningfully.
music  classical 
7 days ago
Schüll, N.: Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (Paperback and eBook) | Princeton University Press
In Addiction By Design, Natasha Schüll shows how therapy for video-poker addiction can take the same format as the gambling itself, namely, “ongoing technological self-modulation to maintain equilibrium” (250).
addiction  porn 
8 days ago
Paper Minds: Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness, Kramnick
How do poems and novels create a sense of mind? What does literary criticism say in conversation with other disciplines that addresses problems of consciousness? In Paper Minds, Jonathan Kramnick takes up these vital questions, exploring the relations between mind and environment, the literary forms that uncover such associations, and the various fields of study that work to illuminate them.
Opening with a discussion of how literary scholarship’s particular methods can both complement and remain in tension with corresponding methods particular to the sciences, Paper Minds then turns to a series of sharply defined case studies. Ranging from eighteenth-century poetry and haptic theories of vision, to fiction and contemporary problems of consciousness, to landscapes in which all matter is sentient, to cognitive science and the rise of the novel, Kramnick’s essays are united by a central thematic authority. This unified approach of these essays shows us what distinctive knowledge that literary texts and literary criticism can contribute to discussions of perceptual consciousness, created and natural environments, and skilled engagements with the world.
method  Humanities  literature 
9 days ago
The Digital Communications Circuit | The Book Unbound | AHRC and University of Stirling
See Darnton's original "communications circuit" from 1982 article, and how it's been updated over the years. Discussed it in Asheesh's colloquium
Screenreading 
9 days ago
Eric Gill, An Essay on Typography (1931)
Eric Gill's opinionated manifesto on typography argues that 'a good piece of lettering is as beautiful a thing to see as any sculpture or painted picture'. This essay explores the place of typography in culture and is also a moral treatise celebrating the role of craftsmanship in an industrial age. Gill, a sculptor, engraver, printmaker and creator of many classic typefaces that can be seen around us today, fused art, history and polemic in a visionary work which has been hugely influential on modern graphic design.
typography  wordprocessing  webdev 
10 days ago
Salted Roasted Peanut Old Fashioned in a Bottle Recipe | Serious Eats
Individual 6oz bottles [seems fun but unnecessary], ballpark peanuts, summery
cocktail 
10 days ago
American Prison Writing Archive | DHi - Digital Humanities Initiative
The United States holds 2.2 million citizens in its prisons and jails—a higher number and constituting a higher percentage of its population than in any other nation on earth. Yet there remains widespread ignorance of conditions inside. This ignorance leads to indifference to how incarcerated Americans and prison workers experience those conditions. This disregard does a disservice to free-world citizens, policy makers, students and scholars, as well as to those who work and live in incarceration. We suffer effective censorship of the foremost resource for understanding the realities of imprisonment today.

The American Prison Writing Archive is a place where imprisoned people and prison staff can write about and document their experience. It is a site where all who live or work inside can bear witness to what is working and what is not inside American prisons, thus grounding public debate about the American prison crisis in lived experience.
dh_projects  mass_incarceration  islandora 
12 days ago
American Panorama
American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.
mapping  inequality  dh_projects 
12 days ago
GITenberg - Maintaining our Cultural Heritage in eBooks
Gitenberg is a collaborative, open source community curating and publishing highly usable and attractive ebooks in the public domain. Our books are free to use by anyone for any purpose. They contain detailed metadata and are accessible in a wide variety of formats.
datasets  archive  dh_tools 
13 days ago
Weather will be much warmer by 2050. See how these US cities will change.
America is warming fast.
See how your city’s weather will be different in just one generation.
climate_change  datavisualization  mapping 
13 days ago
Grawemeyer Award (Music Composition) - Wikipedia
Grawemeyer prize, perhaps the most prestigious award for contemporary music
classical 
14 days ago
‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Tool Doesn’t Do Anything
“Do Not Track” is like spray-on sunscreen, a product that makes you feel safe while doing little to actually protect you.
privacy 
16 days ago
How to Break Bad Habits (And Why That's More Important Than You Think) | GQ
You might not spend much time thinking about your habits. They are, after all, mindless. James Clear, on the other hand, has made something of a living on it. His newsletter on human behavior has nearly 500,000 subscribers and more than 10,000 people have enrolled in The Habits Academy, a course he designed for people trying to incorporate better routines and practices into their lives. He's also the author of the new book Atomic Habits.
habit 
17 days ago
Game Theories | J.C. Hallman
How your X-Box may be creating art.

By essayist JC Hallman
essay  Game 
19 days ago
Habitual User | Lauren Oyler
Why don’t I just delete my accounts? Well, I agree I should. But I don’t want to. I mean, I want to, but I don’t want to. There are two activities you can participate in on social media, giving and seeking attention, and both feel very urgent. I look at Twitter because I want to know what’s happening, when it happens, what people are saying about it, and what people are saying about what I say about it. I grew up being told it was important to read the news—remember that guy in the Times who refused to read any news, at all, after Trump was elected? Don’t want to be like that! And out of some quixotic obligation to collectivity I still believe that knowing what is happening in the world is important, even if the consequences of that knowing are just better party conversation and an erased sense of not-knowing. The news happens on Twitter, too: politicians hoping to control their narratives follow the president’s lead and tweet their statements instead of giving them to reporters, and those of us on Twitter respond in a way you can’t trust reporters to faithfully transcribe—I want to see for myself. In addition to mourning celebrity deaths and maligning absurd presidential decrees and fretting about nuclear war, I also want to be there when they announce the experiment is finally over and we can all throw our phones out the window. It’s as easy to imagine the total collapse of Twitter as it is my own nervous breakdown (which I would probably tweet about).
socialmedia  techlash  twitter  pop_media_theory  essay 
19 days ago
Designed for Hi-Fi Living
book on vinyl record design 1950s 60s
gifts 
21 days ago
AI IN 2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW – AI Now Institute – Medium
AI Now co-founders Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker opened the Symposium with their customary short talk about the the year in AI. It began with a large visualization that sampled just some of the major events that have happened in the last 12 months. Below is an excerpt from that talk.
ai  ethics  2018 
21 days ago
Establishing an AI code of ethics will be harder than people think - MIT Technology Review
"Now imagine marrying facial recognition technology to the development of a database that theoretically presumes you’re in a gang," Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense fund, said at the AI Now Symposium in New York last Tuesday.

Lawyers, activists, and researchers emphasize the need for ethics and accountability in the design and implementation of AI systems. But this often ignores a couple of tricky questions: who gets to define those ethics, and who should enforce them?
ai 
21 days ago
Men's ReNew | Everlane
made from recycled plastic bottles
clothing  gifts 
21 days ago
RescueTime : Time management software for staying productive and happy in the modern workplace
With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it's easy to get scattered.

RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.
mindfulness  self-help 
21 days ago
SOJOURNERS FROM SALLY HEMINGS TO BEYONCE: LAUNCHING AN IMMERSIVE DH STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM MAPPING BLACK AMERICAN CULTURE IN LA & PARIS
RL Barnes's Princeton digital history course

This course required students to digitally archive, curate, and map artistic & institutional representations of the forced &elective migration of African American life in Paris from Haitian Rev & Sally Hemings to Obama with Douglass featured as the central anchor. #AADHUM20181 reply 3 retweets 10 likesRL Barnes, Ph.D.‏ @DigitalHistory_Oct 1919th-century unit retraced what Douglass read & saw abroad. Students read Narrative of William Wells Brown & Clotel paired with Hemings of Monticello & explored sites related to both texts. #AADHUM20181 reply 3 retweets 7 likes
dh_pedagogy  dh_projects  critical_race  Paris 
22 days ago
The Student Loan Debt Crisis Is About to Get Worse - Bloomberg
Federal student loans are the only consumer debt segment with continuous cumulative growth since the Great Recession. As the costs of tuition and borrowing continue to rise, the result is a widening default crisis that even Fed Chairman Jerome Powell labeled as a cause for concern.

Student loans have seen almost 157 percent in cumulative growth over the last 11 years. By comparison, auto loan debt has grown 52 percent while mortgage and credit-card debt actually fell by about 1 percent, according to a Bloomberg Global Data analysis of federal and private loans. All told, there’s a whopping $1.5 trillion in student loans out there (through the second quarter of 2018), marking the second-largest consumer debt segment in the country after mortgages, according to the Federal Reserve. And the number keeps growing.
student_debt  university 
23 days ago
Is It Possible to Know Too Much About Basketball? - The Ringer
Augmented graphics existed before CourtVision. The NFL has used yellow first-down markers for three decades, and MLB has featured strike zones for nearly as long. But those graphics focus on numbers such as speed, distance, and location. Second Spectrum is using computers to process information that is far more illustrative of performance. “What we wanted to do required a machine to understand the game like a coach or a human, then augment it,” Maheswaran said. “John Madden taught us a lot about football, and, because of the breaks in the game, he drew a lot on the screen. We want to bring the same thing to basketball.”
basketball  machinelearning 
26 days ago
Our New (hidden) Living Room Projector System - Emily Henderson
The projector cost $850, which isn’t cheap. But it’s also around the same cost of a higher-end TV, but with a MUCH bigger screen possibility. A lot of the items we got are technically “to the trade”, and were bought directly by our tech guy, but here is the pricing on the items we used so you can get an idea of how much the whole job cost (and links in case you, or someone you know is in the AV industry):

Wall Mount: $80, Wirepath Cat-6 Unshielded Wire: $85, Jumpers: Cat-6: $85, Power Cord: $25, Points Alarm Wire (similar): $35, Wire Moulding: $65, 100″ Inland Projection Screen: $140, HDMI Extender: $380, Projector Hardware: $40, Sonos Connect: $350, Sonos Play 1 (Quanity: 2): $400, Instal./Programming: $1000
stuff  homesteading 
26 days ago
Finding Lost Apples and Reviving a Beloved Cider - The New York Times
ASBURY, N.J. — Ironbound Hard Cider may seem an odd name for the business Charles Rosen has built here on 108 acres in central New Jersey. The farm, where a new taproom offers pastoral views of the still-ripening fruit, doesn’t appear to share much with the Ironbound, an industrial neighborhood 50 miles to the east in Newark.



Newark cider was both a point of pride and big business for the region — requested by name, reportedly lauded by George Washington and produced by dozens of Newark-area cideries with acres of orchards. The secret wasn’t a recipe, but the blending of a quartet of superior apples born in the region: Campfield, Poveshon, Granniwinkle and Harrison, the most celebrated of the four.
cider  cocktail 
27 days ago
Music and Media in the Dutch East Indies, 1903-1942 | Dissertation Reviews
hilip Yampolsky’s dissertation, dense of information and refreshing in its approach, demonstrates the dynamic potential of a massive data set expertly applied to humanistic inquiry. In this particular case, Yampolsky has aggregated, over the course of decades, a discographical corpus from which he is able to draw compelling arguments within a predominantly ethnomusicological context, that reveal much regarding the evolution of mediated music performance in the former colonial Dutch East Indies (now mostly, though not completely, Indonesia).
indonesia  musicology 
28 days ago
The Official NoPhone Store
The NoPhone is a technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact. With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device.
tactics  digital_detox  smartphone 
29 days ago
IRL Glasses Block All the Screens Around You | WIRED
Blew brought the prototype to his friend Ivan Cash, an artist, who thought the glasses were brilliant. Now, Cash and a small team are turning that concept into a real product. Their IRL Glasses, which launched on Kickstarter this week, block the wavelengths of light that comes from LED and LCD screens. Put them on and the TV in the sports bar seems to switch off; billboards blinking ahead seem to go blank.
screen  Screenreading  digital_detox  tactics  self-help  media_art 
29 days ago
Introduction: A Return to Classical Film Theory? | October | MIT Press Journals
When cinema studies was institutionalized in the Anglo-American academy starting in the late 1960s, film scholars for the most part turned away from preexisting traditions of film theorizing in favor of new theories then becoming fashionable in the humanities, principally semiotics and psychoanalysis. Earlier, so-called “classical” film theories—by which I mean, very broadly, film theories produced before the advent of psychoanalytic-semiotic film theorizing in the late ′60s—were either ignored or rejected as naive and outmoded. Due to the influence of the Left on the first generation of film academics, some were even dismissed as “idealist” or in other ways politically compromised. There were, of course, some exceptions. The work of pre-WWII left-wing thinkers and filmmakers such as Benjamin, Kracauer, the Russian Formalists, Bakhtin, Vertov, and Eisenstein continued to be translated and debated, and, due principally to the efforts of Dudley Andrew, André Bazin's film theory remained central to the discipline, if only, for many, as something to be overcome rather than built upon. Translations of texts by Jean Epstein appeared in October and elsewhere in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and Richard Abel's two-volume anthology, French Film Theory and Criticism 1907–1939 (1988), generated interest in French film theory before Bazin. But on the whole, classical film theory was rejected as a foundation for contemporary film theorizing, even by film theorists like Noël Carroll with no allegiance to semiotics and psychoanalysis.
cinema  film_theory 
4 weeks ago
The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete. Here's What's Next. - The Atlantic
In a compelling story for The Atlantic, James Somers argued that Jupyter notebooks may replace the traditional research paper typically shared as a PDF.
python  typesetting  scholarly_editing  wordprocessing 
5 weeks ago
Economics Nobel laureate Paul Romer is a Python programming convert — Quartz
Economist Paul Romer, a co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in economics, is many things.

He is one of most important theorists on the drivers of economic growth. He is an ex-World Bank chief economist. He is a supporter of clear academic writing. He is the chief evangelist for charter cities—small jurisdictions within a country that operate autonomously of the national government—as a way to encourage better governance. But perhaps most notably for a 62-year-old economist of his distinction, he is a user of the programming language Python.
python 
5 weeks ago
National SEED Project - White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" first appeared in Peace and Freedom Magazine, July/August, 1989, pp. 10-12, a publication of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia, PA.
privilege  gender 
6 weeks ago
Why I Won’t Give You Ten Tips to Manage Your Privilege
Privilege is never having to explain to your child how to survive being stopped by a police officer or feeling confident they won’t be stopped at all. Privilege is never having to discuss your sexual attractions or correct your gender pronoun. Privilege is being late and no one attributes it to your race. Privilege is forgetting something, being reminded of it, and the other person doesn’t assume it happened because of your age. Privilege is feeling physically safe regardless of where you are walking or what you are wearing. Privilege is never being asked what country you are from even though you were born in the United States.

Privilege is never being called a racial slur or having that slur be the name of a professional sports team. Privilege is being able to express disagreement without being perceived as “emotional” or “angry.” Privilege is not being accused of using bad judgment because of the size of your house or because you bought the car you actually want. Privilege is knowing the only reason you didn’t get the job is because someone else was better qualified. Privilege is not having to explain your religious holidays and knowing they are legally observed. Privilege is not having to ask for an able-bodied accessible room when you check into a hotel. Privilege is knowing that your rights were written into the original version of the Constitution, not retrofitted as an amendment, and they can’t ever be threatened or overturned.

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Equity is the New Privilege

Say what? Equity is fairness, not defined subjectively but instead defined by whatever is necessary to get to the best possible outcome for each person.

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No one can bequeath someone with power they already have.

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If you have privilege, you are better positioned to be heard, acknowledged, and believed by others with power and privilege. Your privilege grants you access to people who make decisions and take actions that either reinforce oppression or dismantle it. This is the best place to focus your energy because oppressed people have been advocating for themselves forever, supporting others experiencing oppression, and doing what they can to influence the powerful and the privileged. They have covered their bases, now you can cover yours. Deal with your own people, the ones that share your privilege. Talk about it. Explore it. Challenge it. It’s time to disrupt the dangers of privilege and co-opt its power in order to create an equitable society.
privilege  race  activism 
6 weeks ago
Machine Learning: A Primer: A DH Review - Digital Humanities @ Pratt Institute School of Information
These issues appear in reality, extant in the penal system (https://www.propublica.org/article/machine-bias-risk-assessments-in-criminal-sentencing). Computer learning algorithms exist in our justice system, assessing risk of re-offense by incarcerated individuals, across a number of factors (race not explicitly included). The results are staggering.

predictionpropublica

The study done by ProPublica finds that the algorithm assigns an overwhelming majority of inaccurate higher risk to the the black defendant population, in relation to the white counterpart. When risk scores see such wide use in all levels of the justice process, one would hope that these computational methods would help to alleviate bias, not hide it. This study evidences the contrary.
machinelearning  dh 
6 weeks ago
Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours
A recreation of the original 1821 color guidebook with new cross references, photographic examples, and posters designed by Nicholas Rougeux
color 
6 weeks ago
Project Jupyter | Home
The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more.
dh_tools  python 
7 weeks ago
What Did Ancient Greek Music Sound Like?: Listen to a Reconstruction That's ‘100% Accurate' | Open Culture
Between 750 BC and 400 BC, the Ancient Greeks composed songs meant to be accompanied by the lyre, reed-pipes, and various percussion instruments. More than 2,000 years later, modern scholars have figured out--at long last--how to reconstruct and perform these songs with (it's claimed) 100% accuracy.
music  antiquity  greece 
7 weeks ago
China’s leaders are softening their stance on AI - MIT Technology Review
This new, softer approach to artificial intelligence comes just over a year after the Chinese government announced an ambitious and aggressive AI plan. This blueprint called for Chinese AI researchers to lead the world by 2030, and for domestic companies to build an industry worth more than $150 billion. China’s tech industry has already embraced machine learning and AI at an impressive rate (see “China’s AI awakening”).
china  ai  information_economy  information_policy 
7 weeks ago
Just Don’t Call It Privacy - The New York Times
In a surveillance economy where companies track, analyze and capitalize on our clicks, the issue at hand isn’t privacy. The problem is unfettered data exploitation and its potential deleterious consequences — among them, unequal consumer treatment, financial fraud, identity theft, manipulative marketing and discrimination.

In other words, asking companies whose business models revolve around exploiting data-based consumer-influence techniques to explain their privacy policies seems about as useful as asking sharks to hold forth on veganism.
privacy  surveillance  techlash  regulation 
7 weeks ago
Browse | Nickels and Dimes
The Johannsen Project and NIU Libraries recently completed digitization of Beadle’s New York Dime Library, the longest running dime novel series published by Beadle & Adams. The collection contains 1,097 issues (99% complete) and can be found on Nickels and Dimes here: https://tinyurl.com/y7xoajmp



Beadle's New York Dime Library spanned twenty-eight years and seven months between May 1877 and December 1905. Frontier and Western stories predominate early on, with detective stories much more common toward the end of the series. Major recurring characters include Buffalo Bill, Dick Talbot, Thad Burr, and Joe Phenix. Prentiss Ingraham, Joseph E. Badger, and Albert W. Aiken are the main contributors. Several of the Buffalo Bill novels were likely written by William F. Cody himself.
dime_novels  archive  19th_century 
8 weeks ago
Opinion | Piano Lessons in the Panopticon - The New York Times
My favorite teacher was a pianist from St. Louis named Peter Martin, a virtuosic player regarded in jazz circles as one of the finest pianists in the world. His early lessons were brief, shaky clips recorded on an iPhone. As Mr. Martin’s following grew, some of his video tutorials began to incorporate a lot of technological gadgetry. Multiple cameras provided different angles of the keyboard; transcriptions of the music scrolled along as he played. Viewers could loop sections of video and change their speed, studying the teacher’s flying fingers in slow-motion like football players reviewing tapes of past games.
piano 
8 weeks ago
Sara Cwynar makes something new from anything old | Photography | Agenda | Phaidon
NY photographer uses old images to make new ones that resemble “that junk drawer everyone has in their house"
artists  collage  photography 
9 weeks ago
Isaiah Zagar - Wikipedia
Isaiah Zagar (born 1939) is a Philadelphia mosaic artist. He is notable for his murals which are primarily in or around Philadelphia's South Street.
philadelphia  artists 
9 weeks ago
Products – eteeshop
reusable food wrap, instead of plastic wrap
gifts  kitchen 
9 weeks ago
Electroclash - Wikipedia
Electroclash (also known as synthcore, retro-electro, tech-pop, nouveau disco, and the new new wave[3]) is a genre of music that fuses 1980s electro, new wave and synth-pop with 1990s techno, retro-style electropop and electronic dance music.[4][8][9] It emerged in the later 1990s and is often thought of as reaching its peak circa 2002/2003. It was pioneered by and associated with acts such as I-F, Miss Kittin & The Hacker and Fischerspooner.[10][11]
music 
9 weeks ago
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