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russell davies: coming top at culture
"watching the telly and following twitter I thought I recognised something else happening - I thought I saw a generation realising that it was now Top at Culture. 30/40 somethings were suddenly seeing the stuff they liked, that they grew up with, was now the dominant cultural stuff. Their favourite things are now 'officially' mainstream, dominant culture. It's not alternative. It's it.

It made me think of Things Can Only Get Bitter and its hypothesis that a generation turned away from politics and decided, instead, to get good at culture.

It made me think of the global success of house music. It's so good and so overwhelming because it can absorb anything, any musical culture, in a way that rock never could.

It made me realise that the boomers have been gently elbowed aside. The sixties stuff was given a roughly equivalent prominence to Tiger Feet and Macca seemed a grudging concession to the grandparents; like playing some Mrs Mills at the end of a party…"
housemusic  music  politics  attention  taste  uk  generationx  genx  babyboomers  boomers  geektriumphalism  geek  geeks  dannyboyle  frankcotrell-boyce  timberners-lee  london  olympics  2012  culture  dominance  power  generationalpower  generations  adulthood 
august 2012 by robertogreco
The myth of “programming is the only creativity”
"The geeks – the people who have, so far, been the dominant part of culture in technology and the Internet – are like priests of a religion that finds themselves no longer the centre of their culture’s world. They are displaying all the standard behaviours of a dying religion: Flocking to new prophets, who aggresively promote their message; lashing out bitterly at the heretics who are “betraying” them; and even trying desperately to preserve their way of life by saying “look how easy it is to become a priest!”"
via:timo  apple  creativity  culture  development  engineering  ipad  open  technology  geek  programming  computing  computers  coding 
july 2010 by robertogreco - Thank you, internet
"After a weekend of vacation-forced brainfreeze & dealing w/ immense family drama, it’s incredibly nice to get back to my life of being surrounded by intelligent people doing great things & always challenging me to become a better person.
culture  geek  identity  internet  cv  people  interactions  relationships  marcoarment  lifeonline  challenge 
july 2010 by robertogreco
dy/dan » You Have No Life
"We have watched some incredible videos lately—Rube Goldberg machines & time lapse photography—& if video smacks even slightly of concentrated effort or advance planning, someone will inevitably scoff that subject has "too much time on his hands" or "no life."...I would so much rather my students understood the value of turning stupid ideas into reality than the entire sum of Algebra1. It's so obvious to me that the kind of person who would create a cocktail-mixer from balsa wood & twine is simply blowing off steam that life will eventually focus in a direction that will be extremely constructive and/or profitable. I can't make this obvious to my students. After six years I lack a succinct, meaningful response to my students' defensive, clannish embrace of mediocrity, though I'm grateful for this tweet, which comes pretty close: dwineman: You say "looks like somebody has too much time on their hands" but all I hear is "I'm sad because I don't know what creativity feels like.""
attitudes  creativity  geek  criticism  lifehacks  motivation  productivity  ingenuity  persistence  danmeyer  fun  mediocrity 
june 2010 by robertogreco
FINALLY: The Difference between Nerd, Dork, and Geek Explained by a Venn Diagram
"To all of you nerds and geeks who–like me–have been unfairly and inaccurately labeled “dorks,” only to then exhaustively explain the differences among the three to a more-than-skeptical offender, I say:
dork  dweeb  nerd  geek  humor  venndiagrams 
march 2010 by robertogreco the making of: On Rotating The Dishes
"And this is what I sometimes worry about: do I put them back on top of the stack? Do I put the bowls back in the empty front spot on the shelf? Because if I do that, then guess which dishes are going to get reached for the next time? That's right, the same ones. So do I rotate them, put the dishes away at the bottom of the stack? Because the glass dessert plates are underneath the glass dessert bowls, and that means lifting the entire thing up and/or out to put the plates underneath. And the dinner plates are kind of snug under a rack that holds the salad plates, not so easy to get--anyway, I'm rationalzing now; the reality is, I don't really rotate the dishes that much. Not as much as I feel I should."
humor  life  geek  ocd  glvo  cv  dishes  rotation  via:kottke 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Rands In Repose: Gaming the System
"As I said before, geeks are system thinkers. We see the world as a very complex but knowable flowchart where there are a finite number of inputs, which cause a similarly finite set of outputs. This impossible flowchart gives us a comfortable illusion of control and an understanding of a chaotic word, but its existence is a handy side effect of a life staring at, deducing, and building systems. It’s also why we love games — they’re just dolled up systems — and the more you understand this fascination with games, the better you’ll be at managing us.
geek  games  gaming  thinking  programming  coding  michaellopp  bugs 
december 2009 by robertogreco
A 19th-Century Mathematician Finally Proves Himself : NPR
"Charles Babbage, the man whom many consider to be the father of modern computing, never got to complete any of his life's work. The Victorian gentleman was a brilliant mathematician, but he wasn't very good at politics and fundraising, so he never got the financial backing to finish any of his elaborate machine designs. For decades, even his fans weren't certain whether his computing machines would have worked.
history  computers  charlesbabbage  adalovelace  engineering  geek  math  npr  calculators  victorianage 
december 2009 by robertogreco
'Wondrous Life' Explores Multinationality : NPR
"Novelist Junot Diaz's first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao explores the complexities of living in two cultures at once. Set in both the United States and in the Dominican Republic, the novel follows the story of Oscar Wao in prose that frequently mixes Spanish and English in the same sentence."
culture  literature  ethnicity  latinos  multinationality  junotdíaz  toread  geek  nerds  thirdculture 
december 2009 by robertogreco
YouTube - Jonathan Zittrain's Commencement Address to the Shady Side Academy Class of 2009
"Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law, Harvard Law School and Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, is a 1987 graduate of Shady Side Academy. He returns 22 years later to deliver the commencement address to the 2009 graduating class!"
jonathanzittrain  commencement  education  life  wisdom  geek  nerds  humanity  wikipedia  schooling  schools  learning  people  behavior  law  advice  commencementspeeches  commencementaddresses 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Raph’s Website » The perfect geek age?
"Was being born in 1971 the perfect time to be born a geek? ... [long list of examples here] ... Looking back on it, it makes me feel a bit sorry for those born ten years later. And I can’t judge ten years earlier, but so much of that seemed to hit at the right age. Looking back at history, it seems like the last big waves of popular invention like this were decades ago. Teens with hot rods? Engineering in the 20s? I see my kids now, and they are so clearly getting the finished products of so much, not the products in the process of invention… Am I wrong?"
1971  cv  history  childhood  transformation  videogames  dungeonsanddragons  libraries  internet  web  online  wikipedia  computers  programming  geek  via:blackbeltjones  raphkoster  mac  education  learning  culture  popculture  gamechanging  flux  google  sciencefiction  futureshock  starwars  comics 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Pinkwater's EDUCATION OF ROBERT NIFKIN: zany and inspiring tale of taking charge of your own education - Boing Boing
"The first half of Robert Nifkin is your everyday Pinkwater: convulsively funny, zany, biting. There's plenty of biting, zany and funny in the second half, too, but what distinguishes it is the slow, delightful realization on Nifkin's part that learning -- especially eclectic, self-directed learning undertaken with your peers and with engaged teachers -- is incredibly fun.

This section sings. It vividly recalls my own alternative school history, which consisted of a fairly long period of horsing around and goofing off, followed by an equally long period of dedicated, intense, serious study inspired by all the exciting things I learned by horsing around."
danielpinkwater  novels  books  corydoctorow  reviews  unschooling  deschooling  homeschool  alternative  education  tcsnmy  learning  geek  nerd  passion  lcproject  self-directedlearning  self-directed  autodidacts 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Ignite Show
"Ignite captures the best of geek culture in a series of five-minute speed presentations on topics ranging from The Best Way to Buy a Car to Hacking Chocolate. Imagine that you're on stage in front of an audience of hundreds of people, doing a five-minute presentation using a slide deck that auto-forwards every 15 seconds, whether you're ready or not. What would you do? What would you say? Could you stand the pressure? Every week, find out how some of the smartest minds on the planet dealt with this situation as your host, Brady Forrest, highlights a different talk from Ignites around the world."
pechakucha  presentations  talks  geek  via:preoccupations 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Buttons for Mouse: Mandelbrot the Fractal Bear
"Continuing my mutant teddy bear theme, a gift for my brother: the fractal bear.

His name is Mandelbrot."
plush  math  fractals  softies  glvo  mandelbrot  geek  toys  sewing 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Libertarianism « Stuff Geeks Love
"Geeks enjoy being Libertarians for 2 reasons. First, it allows them to be Conservative w/out having to belong to one of the 2 mainstream parties that regular sheep are part of. 2nd, it gives them a political party that is just as self-absorbed as they are. Conservatives don’t care if you think they’re selfish pricks. Libertarians wonder why you don’t admire them for it. Since many geeks are unable to care about or even imagine the existence of the feelings of anyone other than themselves, the fact that Libertarianism ignores the unpleasant reality that we live in a society that requires certain things to function is not a problem to them. As far as geeks are concerned, society is lost anyway since it refuses to respect geeks as superior members. (collapse of society is perfectly fine with geek since it would allow him to act out his post-apocalyptic fantasies ...dune-buggy driving, grenade launching warlord, in defiance of all the evidence that demonstrates a more probable outcome.)"
politics  libertarianism  geek  government  freedom  religion  humor 
november 2008 by robertogreco
The Hacktory
"The Hacktory promotes the use of technology in the arts through: * Classes * Community Events * Shared Facilities and Equipment * Artist in residence program * Art and Technology promotion * Materials Exchange The Hacktory is incubated as a project of the Nonprofit Technology Resources."
lcproject  hacking  make  machineproject  philadelphia  nonprofit  technology  art  electronics  learning  arduino  physicalcomputing  howto  diy  hacks  geek  classes  interaction  nonprofits 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Wired: Q&A: John Hodgman on Perfecting the Illusion of Expertise [Borges, writing, film, geekdom, comics...]
"[Chose Spanish as second language for his degree in literature at Yale]...primarily to read Latin American literature. And then that quickly became a focus on Argentine literature. And that quickly became a maniacal focus on Borges only. Who himself had to learn Spanish in order to become literate...He never read or wrote in Spanish when he was growing up, or at least if you are to believe his fable of his own life that he told. Spanish was considered to be — that was a house language that you would speak, you know, among your family. But the written languages were English or German. Wired: Oh, so he was — so Borges thought he was writing in the, in the — what do you call it? Hodgman: The vernacular." ... Borges discussion continues a bit further, but that is only part of the interview.
borges  johnhodgman  literature  language  spanish  humor  writing  comics  geek  watchmen  darkknightreturns  books  film 
october 2008 by robertogreco
WarGames: A Look Back at the Film That Turned Geeks and Phreaks Into Stars
"It was the year Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire"; the year the United Nations implored the Russians to withdraw from Afghanistan; the year ABC aired The Day After, a TV movie about the wake of a nuclear attack on the US."
movies  film  wargames  geek  nostalgia  programming  history  digitalculture  videogames  computers  sciencefiction  scifi  80s 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Postcards From Yo Momma
"Does your mom still have an AOL account? Does she email you her random, yet charming, thoughts on life and love? Does she wish you called more often?"
email  blogs  humor  families  technology  geek 
april 2008 by robertogreco
ME3DIA - February 26 2008: Hex silliness.
"The realization that l33tspeak could be applied to hex values in Photoshop led to a few minutes of frivolity. UPDATE: A few more, based on your suggestions (I can't believe I missed #C0FFEE the first time!) and some additional ones I came up with"
humor  geek  css  html  hex  numbers  color  webdesign  coding  webdev 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Conceptual Trends and Current Topics: Subterranean Tutoring
"I make stuff because I love to, and because it is also subterranean tutoring. Kids don't miss much. When tinkering is part of the household pattern...gets set in unconscious level. When tools are ever present, there's permission to make a mess. When pare
children  childhood  education  geek  parenting  science  teaching  tutoring  learning  environment  enthusiasm  leadership  modeling  kevinkelly  lcproject  osmosis  gamechanging  unschooling  deschooling  tinkering 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Web 2.0 workplaces [PICS] - UADDit
"Web 2.0 is special. And so are the places that make it happen. Here's how the offices of web 2.0 companies look like. I've also added descriptions to each site in case you've been living in a bubble and don't know what they do."
web2.0  workplace  workspace  productivity  space  design  work  flickr  twitter  lastfm  digg  linkedin  offices  photography  business  facebook  ethnography  interiors  geek  furniture  craigslist  mozilla  joost  jaiku  netvibes  reddit  workspaces 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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