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Opinion | The Good-Enough Life - The New York Times - Avram Alpert, Feb 2019
"The desire for greatness can be an obstacle to our own potential"

"The following essay was chosen as the winner of the Brooklyn Public Library’s 2019 Night of Philosophy Op-Ed Contest. "

It is by borrowing from D.W. Winnicott, an important figure in the development of psychoanalysis, that we get perhaps the best name for this other ethics: “the good-enough life.”


And its legacy is attested to in the poem “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye: “I want to be famous to shuffling men / who smile while crossing streets, / sticky children in grocery lines, / famous as the one who smiled back.”
NYTimes  opinion  advice  essays  ethics 
february 2019 by pierredv
Uncannily real: volumetric video changes everything | New Scientist Dec 2017
Wonderful essay by Simon Ings - neat twist in the tail, I love the open to close:

"<open> OUTSIDE Dimension Studios in Wimbledon, south London, is one of those tiny wood-framed snack bars that served commercial travellers in the days before motorways. The hut is guarded by old shop dummies dressed in fishnet tights and pirate hats. If the UK made its own dilapidated version of Westworld, the cyborg rebellion would surely begin here.
<close> Jelley walks me back to the main road. Neither of us says a word. He knows what he has. He knows what he has done. Outside the snack shack, three shop dummies in pirate gear wobble in the wind."

"Truly immersive media will be achieved not through magic bullets, but through thugging – the application of ever more computer power, and the ever-faster processing of more and more data points. Impressive, but where’s the breakthrough?"

"The cameras shoot between 30 and 60 times a second. “We have a directional map of the configuration of those cameras, and we overlay that with a depth map that we’ve captured from the IR cameras. Then we can do all the pixel interpolation.” This is a big step up from mocap. Volumetric video captures real-time depth information from surfaces themselves: there are no fluorescent sticky dots or sliced-through ping-pong balls attached to actors here."
NewScientist  writing  video  essays  *  FX  movies 
september 2018 by pierredv
I am tugged into the past by a string - Feb 2018, Murr Brewster, illustration John Kehe
"Mom saved string, although I don’t believe she’d save it if it were less than two feet long."

Great illustration by John Kehe
CSMonitor  essays  writing  memoirs  **  illustration 
february 2018 by pierredv
Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy – CRASSH
"James Williams won the inaugural Nine Dots Prize with his entry Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy. Here are some sample extracts from his 3,000-word response to the question 'Are digital technologies making politics impossible?'."
essays  writing  technology  attention 
september 2017 by pierredv
Hannah Arendt: thinking versus evil | Features | Times Higher Education - Jon Nixon Feb 2015
"Jon Nixon asks what Arendt’s work can tell us about the value of universities as places of thinking together"
essays  Hannah-Arendt  education  thought  8  morality  ethics  philosophy  * 
april 2015 by pierredv
“Poetry & Truth” by David Yezzi - The New Criterion
"Indeed, it could be argued that this sort of knowledge—the kind regularly imparted by a newspaper column or a search engine—is almost incidental to the real work of the poem, whose ultimate object is the education of the emotions."
NewCriterion  poetry  essays  David-Yezzi  Anthony-Hecht  holocaust  truth  knowledge  philosophy 
april 2015 by pierredv
Why God Will Not Die - Jack Miles, The Atlantic, 17 Nov 2014
"In my 20s, I was a sucker for such stuff. Worse, I was painfully slow to notice my own posing. Only after the passage of some time and the small, salutary shock of having my wallet stolen did I examine these three professions of secular faith and realize, with an inward blush, that what I had wanted was simply closure, a way to stop thinking about questions whose answers were beyond my reach." - "Science keeps revealing how much we don't, perhaps can't, know. Yet humans seek closure, which should make religious pluralists of us all." - "Ignorance was a great human breakthrough, perhaps the greatest of all, for until our prehistoric but anatomically modern ancestors could tell the difference between ignorance and knowledge, how could they know they knew anything? "
philosophy  religion  belief  god  essays  **  theAtlantic  ignorance 
march 2015 by pierredv
How science made an honest man of God – Dallas G Denery II – Aeon
"Until the Scientific Revolution, God’s power included a licence to deceive. How did science make an honest man of Him?"
lying  religion  science  god  moral-philosophy  philosophy  *  AeonMagazine  essays 
march 2015 by pierredv
Losing Our Memory and Finding Each Other | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.
By Michelle Marie Wallace "A battle with Lyme Disease decimated my memory right as Alzheimer’s did the same to my grandfather—but surrendering our thoughts brought us closer together than ever."  alzheimers  Lyme-disease  stories  ageing  essays 
march 2015 by pierredv
Trade your gun for milk: enter the scarcity games – Will Wiles – Aeon
"... an exquisite example of what Jesper Juul ... calls ‘the paradox of failure’, arguably the central mystery at the heart of computer games as a medium. The paradox has three parts: 1. We generally avoid failure. 2. We experience failure when playing games. 3. We seek out games, although we will experience something that we normally avoid." - "Juul calls video games ‘the art of failure’ – the singular art form that sets us up for failure and allows us to experience and experiment with it." - "In a strange way, the survival genre is a sort of disempowerment fantasy, and this opens up genuinely fascinating narrative possibilities, at last breaking away from the technicolour militarist bloodbaths that dog the reputation of computer games." - "Perhaps this combination of exquisite attention to environmental detail and nature, combined with the harshness of the game machinery, can be interpreted as a new strain of romanticism in game design."
games  AeonMagazine  scarcity  narrative  essays 
march 2015 by pierredv
General Principles | Burners.Me Burning Man commentary blog
essay starts slow, about Wesley Clark at Burning Man, but becomes a fascinating meditation on how much generals hate war
history  US  Lee  capitalism  Sherman  essays  BurningMan  war 
september 2013 by pierredv
Modern boys and mobile girls | William Gibson | The Observer Mar 2001
Presicence in this quote, given the fashionable meme of web curating in 2011-2012: "Understanding otaku-hood, I think, is one of the keys to understanding the culture of the Web. There is something profoundly postnational about it, extra-geographic. We are all curators, in the postmodern world, whether we want to be or not."
Wiiliam-Gibson  Sci-Fi  essays  Japan  TheObserver 
march 2013 by pierredv

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