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Boston Review — Richard Nash and Matt Runkle: Revaluing the Book [Bit about preferences, maligning, and extrapolations applies broadly]
"It has been a fascinating phenomenon in the discussion around publishing how adversarial people get around other people’s choices. So if someone says “I like an ebook,” a person will respond “Ohhh, I can’t believe—how can you do that?” It’s like that obnoxious person who you don’t want to go out to dinner with anymore because they can’t just order what they want, they have to comment on what you’re eating as well. What’s been epidemic in this discussion is that when both camps talk about their own preferences, they have to malign other people’s preferences too, and make grandiose extrapolations about the consequences of other people’s preferences for their own. If they like printed books, they should be buying the damn things instead of whining about other people’s preferred mode of reading. So I’m tremendously optimistic about the future of the book as an object. I think the worst years of the book as an object have been the last 50 years."
future  books  literature  publishing  vision  perspective  via:frankchimero  richardnash  mattrunkle  via:ayjay  preferences  defensiveness  offense  attack  discussion  politics  2011 
september 2011 by robertogreco
On Parenting, Learning, and Possibilities of the City | A Space for Learning
"I will never be comfortable in my own skin in a city. I need to be able to see the sky without a multi-story building obscuring the view. Walking in a forest sans the cacophony of taxis and emergency vehicles always feels safer than venturing deep into Olmsted’s well planned Central Park woodlands.<br />
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However, I’ve also learned to appreciate cities from my son. He views cities as places of delight; intersections of rich cultures and an artistry of space.<br />
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I’ve grown up as a parent while observing my millennial grow into an adult. I feel he’s learned some important life lessons from me, but I’ve also learned many critical lessons from him as well. I learned the power of Skype when he lived in Valencia, Spain. I learned don’t call, just text when he spent time in Mexico City. And, I learned to experience, not reject, buildings, people, sidewalks, dogs, parks, graffiti, museums, sounds, smells, and the sky of cities."
pammoran  differences  urban  rural  cities  parenting  preferences  appreciation  2011 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Raglan sleeve - Wikipedia [Formerly know to me as "the type of sleeve that I prefer."]
"A raglan sleeve is a type of sleeve whose distinguishing characteristic is to extend in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone. It is popular in sports- and exercise wear, and named after the 1st Baron Raglan, probably because it was designed to fit his coat for the arm lost in the Battle of Waterloo. These sleeves are often shorter, usually half- or three quarter-length. A "Raglan Tee" might also be called a "baseball shirt.""
clothing  glvo  wearable  sleeves  raglansleeves  preferences  cv  wearables 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Comments on Car thefts in America: Grand theft American | The Economist [Comment on chart indicating thieves in US prefer American cars:]
"If I'm going to steal a car, I'm going to steal an Escalade. Why?<br />
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It's a cool ride. As soon as I steal it, I'm putting aftermarket rims on & fake license plate. I'll do drug run or 2 & take new washer to my old grandma & then I might be able to impress chic or 2 for couple of days on my way to & from football game: I'll tell her I'm 3rd round draft pick linebacker, wide receiver, quarterback for Dolphins visiting grandma. That will explain why grandma's pad looks like trash when I take girl back to her place…& I haven't gotten all my affairs in order to put grandma up in style (but I will…it'll make me look sensitive).<br />
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After I'm done w/ chick & by then ride will be way too hot, I'll put old wheels back on & take it to uncle's chop shop & have it torn down…parts are pretty much interchangeable with Yukon, Suburban, H2, any other large GM SUV. Btwn car & cocaine run, I'll take my short-term chick to Vegas for some more fun.<br />
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That's how I'd roll. If I rolled that way that is."
economics  cars  gm  preferences  markets 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing | Video on
"Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions."
choices  choice  economics  culture  psychology  motivation  sheenaiyengar  via:carwaiseto  ted  social  preferences  research  self  success  independence  collaboration  interdependence  interdependency  tcsnmy  learning  options  identity 
july 2010 by robertogreco
MAGIC MOLLY - Brain Wilson
"When you’re a kid, the fact that different people like different music is novel. Not the bare fact of it (duh) but the sheer scope of difference. I’d bet that a lot of kids reach the age of eight or so stubbornly believing that some music is objectively good (the Beach Boys) and some music objectively unlikeable (whatever Tipper Gore advocates) and some music aspirationally palatable (whatever older brother likes). Shedding this bewilderment happens whenever you realize that people select music based on all kinds of criteria and not just, say, catchiness. Some people want music that mirrors the contents of their brain; others want music to counteract their thoughts and feelings; some like to find analogues in music, and some (like me) reach for orderly obliteration—songs whose basic structure, audible lyrics and repetition acts like an atom bomb for the mind. So, still the Beach Boys! Or alternately, surf rock.""
mollyyoung  children  kids  preferences  perspective  perception  purpose  differences  taste 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Subtraction: Preserving Preferences
"Elevating preferences preservation to another level would be a meaningful first step towards that kind of deeper bond between users and software...You should only ever have to set up...once; the rest of the time...get[ting] your work done — and liking
design  software  preferences  customization  photoshop  mac  osx  windows  portability  upgrades 
september 2007 by robertogreco

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