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The Nicest Place on the Inernet
"Having one of those days? Yeah, been there too. And sometimes, a little pick-me-up is hard to come by. So come on by to turn the sad into happy and the happy into a celebration. Cause this is a nice place to visit on days like today."
hugs  internet  youtube  via:rodcorp 
september 2014 by robertogreco
On ‘institutional wabi sabi’ | Fresh & New(er)
"Wabi-sabi is a challenging concept for Westerners raised on a diet of Modernism. It celebrates impermanence, imperfection, and incompleteness. It celebrates the small and the intimate. It is the rough hewn bowl, not angular refined box.

Importantly, though, it is not an excuse for incompetence.

Consider how your museum could be ‘a bowl’, rather than ‘a box’. A tumble of objects rather than a grid."
sebchan  corporateculture  art  government  language  wabi-sabi  via:rodcorp  moderinism  impermanence  ephemeral  imperfection  unfinished  incompleteness  small  intimate  audiencesofone  rough  2013  design  craft  museums  museudesign  glvo  tumblr  messiness  grids  perpetualbeta  ephemerality  institutions  canon  openstudioproject  tcsnmy8  tcsnmy  aaronstraupcope 
april 2013 by robertogreco
Evgeny Morozov: 'We are abandoning all the checks and balances' | Technology | The Observer
"Do we want [technological devices] to obviate problem solving? To make our lives frictionless? Or do we want these new devices to enhance our problem solving – not to make problems disappear but assist us with solving them?"

"I have bought myself a type of laptop from which it was very easy to remove the Wi-Fi card – so when I go to a coffee shop or the library I have no way to get online. However, at home I have cable connection. So I bought a safe with a timed combination lock. It is basically the most useful artefact in my life. I lock my phone and my router cable in my safe so I'm completely free from any interruption and I can spend the entire day, weekend or week reading and writing. [...] To circumvent my safe I have to open a panel with a screwdriver, so I have to hide all my screwdrivers in the safe as well."
evgenymorozov  google  howwework  disruption  concentration  2013  attention  via:rodcorp 
march 2013 by robertogreco
The portable-infinite: David Markson interview
On Reader's Block: "I had all these bits of cultural and literary history, and all these quotes, which I have in the previous books. I sat here for a couple months just writing notes. I would wonder what crazy piece of information do I know about Freud? I had about three feet of file cards in no order. Then I started typing them down. I had to think about the context. Being alone is obviously crucial for me. The first draft, which is always the case with me, was a lot bigger. Although all this cultural bricolage is interesting, I didn't use stuff that I had used before."
2010  howwewrite  books  davidmarkson  writing  context  notetaking  via:rodcorp  reader'sblock 
september 2012 by robertogreco
Lance Armstrong and Livestrong | Lance Armstrong |
"If Lance Armstrong went to jail and Livestrong went away, that would be a huge setback in our war against cancer, right? Not exactly, because the famous nonprofit donates almost ­nothing to scientific research. BILL GIFFORD looks at where the money goes and finds a mix of fine ideas, millions of dollars aimed at “awareness,” and a few very blurry lines."
misrepresentation  fraud  awareness  via:rodcorp  billgifford  fundraising  charity  nonprofits  2012  cancer  livestrong  critique  lancearmstrong  gregmortenson  charitableindustrialcomplex  philanthropicindustrialcomplex  nonprofit  capitalism  power  control 
august 2012 by robertogreco
potlatch: the sociology of 'Team GB'
"We are not good at business, and we may not actually be very good at sport. But we have some extraordinary gift for applying management philosophy, to new fields, so long as those fields a) treat inequality as a good thing (i.e. they are competitive) and b) do not reduce that inequality purely to money."
olympics  london  2012  sport  publicsector  uk  management  money  inequality  competition  via:rodcorp 
august 2012 by robertogreco
The Single Most Awesome Photographer at the Olympics
"Saturday night, at the end of the last event at track and field, we put all of our equipment down in one of those carved-out paths on the side of the track, and some photographers run a lap" - this seems like a bookend to Dan Thompson's [former] stadium record
olympics  via:rodcorp 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Godly Locks: Inside L.A.'s Bizarre Human Hair Business - Jean Lasker Gottlieb - The Atlantic
Hair as the seat of the ego... "Removing the hair had been a means of ego eradication; adding it serves now as an ego boost."
hair  film  via:rodcorp 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Only cameras can see through Black-Ops Plastic |
"The material is black in color and cannot be seen through with the naked eye. However, if you point a black and white camera at a sheet of Black-Ops Plastic, it becomes transparent allowing the camera to record whatever is on the other side."
politics  security  surveillance  cctv  via:rodcorp 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Iran is sitting on a modern-art goldmine | Art and design |
"To prove their liberalism to the west – as that trenchant observer of Tehran's 1970s art splurge saw it, watching from New York – the autocratic rulers of what is now the Islamic Republic of Iran went overboard for modern art."
art  iran  via:rodcorp 
august 2012 by robertogreco
[this is aaronland] "an index of reality"
"it turns out that in 10.7 + file vault not only encrypts your disk but rewrites the firmware
so if you forget your password (like me on my ... laptop last week) you're basically fucked"
mac  apple  filevault  security  aaronstraupcope  via:rodcorp 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Why Olympic Records Are Broken (or Not) -
"the more open to competition a sport is, the harder it may be to break records or to post extraordinary statistics. The .400 hitter disappeared in baseball once the color barrier was broken, and black Americans and players from Latin America were allowed to compete in the major leagues. This raised the average level of performance — but also made it harder for any one athlete to stand out quite as much relative to his peers"
sport  olympics  london  2012  records  londonolympics  competition  performance  sports  via:rodcorp 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Mapping Workshop, Guimarães |
"It turned out that, because of the passage of the sun, their local knowledge was entirely bound to an East-West axis, rather than the North-South common on regular maps. Turn the maps 90°, and the farmer’s local knowledge snapped into focus."
maps  farms  stml  via:rodcorp 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Gerhard Richter: The Top-Selling Living Artist -
Wealth-demonstrable art: "Collectors want an iconic work in a format that everyone recognizes"
art  gerhardrichter  via:rodcorp 
march 2012 by robertogreco
Anagnorisis - Wikipedia
"Anagnorisis ( /ˌænəɡˈnɒrɨsɨs/; Ancient Greek: ἀναγνώρισις) is a moment in a play or other work when a character makes a critical discovery. Anagnorisis originally meant recognition in its Greek context, not only of a person but also of what that person stood for. It was the hero's sudden awareness of a real situation, the realisation of things as they stood, and finally, the hero's insight into a relationship with an often antagonistic character in Aristotelian tragedy."
culture  writing  language  literature  realization  anagnorisis  aristotle  plays  drama  theater  discovery  insight  definitions  greek  via:rodcorp 
june 2011 by robertogreco » Measuring with purpose
"it does show that the specific, concrete purpose does influence exactly what you measure, and conversely that having no such purpose makes it impossible — certainly in this case"
via:rodcorp  observereffect  observation  purpose  government  policy  influence 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Wake In Progress
"FINNEGANS WAKE is a comedy about language and human nature…dream in which a psyche fragments and battles itself…history of dublin, humanity, and a family played out simultaneously, consecutively and concurrently.<br />
There’s no book like it, but if you had to make comparisons, you might say it’s like a chaotic blend of the Metamorphoses and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Oh, and the Bible. And the The Divine Comedy. The Book of the Dead. The Life of the Buddha. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy...<br />
Oh, just forget it. <br />
this site records my foolhardy attempt to illustrate finnegans wake.  Actually, I’ll be happy to finish chapter one for now. The curious may peruse the fruit of my hubris via the blog, the slideshow or the index.<br />
nothing that appears in finnegans wake is ever just one thing.  How exactly do you draw a talking fox which is also a mouse, one of two arguing brothers, a pope, and modernist author Wyndham Lewis?…"
finneganswake  literature  books  illustration  art  via:rodcorp  jamesjoyce  language  humannature 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Pop-up stores are becoming an overnight sensation - Los Angeles Times
"Major chains are legitimizing the phenomenon. It lets merchants move quickly, opening up shops to test a new product or market and closing them without much fuss."
tcsnmy  lcproject  pop-upstores  flexibility  retail  impermanence  ephemeral  via:rodcorp  popup  pop-ups  ephemerality 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Interactive fiction novels for mobile phones
"mifiction is an exciting new concept in publishing interactive fiction for mobile phones for the teenage market.
mobile  writing  fiction  storytelling  bookfuturism  via:rodcorp 
january 2010 by robertogreco World Cup Qualifying Graphic
"England are going to the Next World Cup. That's good news for us Englishmen. It is good to have qualified early - good to avoid the stress of playoffs (always used to be against Poland it seemed). The victory stirred my general WC2010 interest. Who were we going to play? Who would we need to beat? But also who is having the kind of trouble we used to have? Which 'fancied teams' are giving their fans a rough run-in? The sports-media had these kind of details in text and the odd table on view - but I felt something was missing. It turns out there are quite a few big teams that are having difficulty but no way of working out the scale of this upset - or if the 'mighty' were indeed falling. So I thought of an idea for a graphic (the basic idea of which could fit any media). The Story Idea is "are big teams having difficulty qualifying for the word cup?" To do this, the graphic would need to show two main variables in it's search for a correlation - Strength Of Team and Qualifying Status."
football  sports  worldcup  2010  soccer  charts  infographics  via:rodcorp  futbol 
september 2009 by robertogreco
dev2ops: delivering application change: Tools are easy. Changing your operating culture is hard.
"Did you ever notice that our first inclination is to reach for a tool when we want to change something? What we always seem to forget is that web operations, as a discipline, is only partially about technology.
technology  tools  organizations  behavior  change  psychology  via:rodcorp  teams  leadership  management  administration 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Principles of the American Cargo Cult
"I wrote these principles after reflecting on the content of contemporary newspapers and broadcast media and why that content disquieted me. I saw that I was not disturbed so much by what was written or said as I was by what is not. The tacit assumptions underlying most popular content reflect a worldview that is orthogonal to reality in many ways. By reflecting this skewed weltanschauung, the media reinforces and propagates it.
society  culture  politics  economics  us  sociology  religion  wisdom  psychology  media  debate  logic  cargocult  philosophy  life  critique  rhetoric  fallacies  crisis  catastrophe  fail  ruins  via:rodcorp 
march 2009 by robertogreco
A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Confident or Delusional?
"Confident writers work to get the words right. Delusional writers think they got the words right the first time. ...Confident writers know when to move on, and learn from their failures and successes. Delusional writers keep doing the same things, over and over, hoping for different outcomes. ... Confident writers work within the system, even though the system is flawed.

Delusional writers work outside of the system, even though they long to work within the system. ... Confident writers believe in persistence.
Delusional writers believe in talent."
writing  via:rodcorp  howto  tcsnmy  confidence  persistence  self-esteem  publishing 
march 2009 by robertogreco
A Lethal app for your iPhone - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
"Lethal (click opens iTunes) from Elany Arts takes a location from either the iPhone's built-in location services or a list of 300 cities or parks throughout the USA, then provides you with a "lethal index" number. This number ranges between 0 and 400, with 400 being an extremely dangerous location.
iphone  applications  statistics  crime  gps  locative  mobile  humor  safety  via:rodcorp  lethal  csiap  ios 
february 2009 by robertogreco
25 Famous Librarians Who Changed History | Best Online Colleges
"Have you ever wondered the past life or secret dreams of your local librarian as they helped you find research paper resources and swiped the bar code on your books? As it turns out, a lot of world leaders, famous authors and legendary philosophers and scholars had careers as librarians. Read below to find out who."
librarians  libraries  borges  bejaminfranklin  maozedong  marcelduchamp  lewiscarroll  marcelproust  education  learning  via:rodcorp  proust 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Studies Find Reward Often No Motivator
"a 1982 study...showed that any task, no matter how enjoyable it once seemed, would be devalued if it were presented as a means rather than an end...when verbal feedback is experienced as controlling, the effect on motivation can be similar to that of payment. In a study of corporate employees...those who were told, "Good, you're doing as you should" were "significantly less intrinsically motivated than those who received feedback informationally." There's a difference...between saying, "I'm giving you this reward because I recognize the value of your work" & "You're getting this reward because you've lived up to my standards." A different but related set of problems exists in the case of creativity. Artists must make a living...but..."the negative impact on creativity of working for rewards can be minimized" by playing down the significance of these rewards & trying not to use them in a controlling way. Creative work...cannot be forced, but only allowed to happen."
education  teaching  learning  schooling  rewards  motivation  productivity  alfiekohn  psychology  economics  management  philosophy  administration  leadership  via:rodcorp  creativity  brain  hiring  unschooling  deschooling  endsandmeans  parenting  glvo 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective, founded in 2004.
"After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a "readymade artist" and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people's work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today. But if the artist herself is the subjective equivalent of a urinal or a Brillo box ... there is always the possibility of what she calls the "human strike." Only two years old, Claire Fontaine uses her freshness and youth to make herself a whatever-singularity and an existential terrorist in search of subjective emancipation. She grows up among the ruins of the notion of authorship, experimenting with collective protocols of production, détournements, and the production of various devices for the sharing of intellectual and private property."
art  clairefontaine  via:rodcorp  glvo  paris  france  artists 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Robert Rauschenberg, who died this year, achieved an electric linkage of art and life |
"He was one of the few artists who found a perfect, lucid verbal formula for his own enterprise. He said he wanted to "act in the gap" between art and life; and this is what he did. His own formula describes the power of his art at his best and also allows for its failures – even raises the question whether failure exists in an art so open to reality. Life itself involves failure and disaster, so an art that always "got it right" could not by definition be truly open to life."
robertrauschenberg  art  via:rodcorp 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Online Advertising without Douchebaggery
"This is just one of many examples that show you can participate in online community without having to pretend to be something you’re not. In fact, participating with authenticity is not just morally good, it’s measurably more effective. The “view” is YouTube’s only real measure of currency. Bike Hero’s fake ad has chalked up 1.6 million views. The EA Tiger Woods video scored 2.5 million. Maybe honesty really is the best policy."
viral  advertising  youtube  ea  tigerwoods  marketing  guitarhero  community  participatory  media  via:rodcorp 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Dieter Meier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Dieter Meier (born March 4, 1945 in Zürich) is a Swiss musician and conceptual artist who is probably best known for the electronic music group Yello he formed with music producer Boris Blank. He is a vocalist and lyricist, as well as manager and producer of this music group."
music  art  conceptualart  via:rodcorp  yello 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Q&A: 'Watchmen' creator Alan Moore | Alan Moore | Comic-Con Q&A | Books | Entertainment Weekly | 1
"Terry [Gilliam, who aborted his attempted adaptation of the book] eventually came to agree with me. There are things that we did with Watchmen that could only work in a comic, and were indeed designed to show off things that other media can't."
comics  alanmoore  watchmen  interviews  film  adaptation  books  via:rodcorp  thewire  davidsimon 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Tom Hume: Going mobile - "Yes, the iPhone and iPod Touch are ways to access the Internet, but every mobile device has two states: online and offline...
"..And you either take offline into account, or you’re forgetting 50% of possible use cases."..."Battery life, intermittent connectivity, input constraints, context of use... all different, all unavoidable, all vital to consider when going mobile."
via:rodcorp  iphone  mobile  location  interaction  mobility  constraints  offline  online  internet  design  context 
july 2008 by robertogreco
¡Mapa Gigante!
"¡Mapa Gigante! is a web site that lets you make high resolution GIANT MAPS!"
via:rodcorp  maps  google  printing  googlemaps  mapping  papernet 
july 2008 by robertogreco » Blog Archive » My old man: a voyage around our fathers
"it always seems to me that we come to know our same-sex parents through the bodily and the involuntary through a kind of fossicking of our own physical strata. As we come to resemble our fathers, so we re-encounter the individual who reared us"
family  history  memory  willself  via:rodcorp 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Ian Bogost - Twittering Rocks
"Last year, Ian McCarthy and I puppeted over 50 characters from the Wandering Rocks chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses on the microblogging platform Twitter."
twitter  ulysses  jamesjoyce  literature  books  via:rodcorp  writing  microblogging 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Extract from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami | Health and wellbeing | Life and Health
"Author Haruki Murakami loves the loneliness of the long-distance run. Which is how he found himself tackling his 24th marathon. But what about his dodgy knee? Has he trained enough? And will the Rocky theme tune be playing in his head?"
harukimurakami  howwework  via:rodcorp  writing  running  japan  literature  discipline  concentration  method 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Category:Fictional cities and towns - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [see also:]
"This category contains fictional towns and cities. If on Earth, they are found in the subcategories by real-world location (state or country), so that those categories may connect with their real-world counterparts."
via:rodcorp  maps  mapping  cities  fiction  literature  writing  books  classideas 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 196: Kazuo Ishiguro
"I went to the local state primary school where they were experimenting with modern teaching methods. It was the mid-sixties, and my school rather complacently had no defined lessons. You could muck about with manual calculating machines, or you could mak
howwework  education  learning  writing  books  kazuoishiguro  via:rodcorp  creativity  imagination  storytelling  unschooling  deschooling  homeschool  glvo  lcproject 
june 2008 by robertogreco
All Over the Place: All You Must Understand About America
"Against Custer’s obsolete guns, Sioux Nation had modern ones. Sold to them by Whites, of course."
culture  history  poetry  us  custer  nativeamericans  economics  via:rodcorp 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Milton Glaser: Ten Things I Have Learned
"1. You can only work with people you like.

2. If you have a choice, never have a job.

3. Some people are toxic. Avoid them.

4. Professionalism is not enough. OR The good is the enemy of the great.

5. Less is not necessarily more.

6. Style is not to be trusted.

7. How you live changes your brain.

8. Doubt is better than certainty.

9. On aging.

10. Tell the truth."

[Note 15 May 2012: Kottke has been updating this link: ]
via:rodcorp  miltonglaser  advice  aging  life  work  careers  failure  success  people  society  innovation  inspiration  yearoff  complexity  simplicity  psychology  productivity  wisdom  philosophy  design  lifehacks  creativity  ideas  observations  ethics  employment  living  business  learning  howto 
february 2008 by robertogreco
100 Items to Disappear First
+ "From a Sarajevo War Survivor: Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks."
us  anxiety  war  via:rodcorp  survival  howto  crisis  paranoia  autonomy  emergencies  lifehacks  lists  security  food  farming  agriculture 
january 2008 by robertogreco
New year resolution? Don't wait until New Year's Eve | Science | The Guardian
"for men, the secret of success lies in setting specific goals and focusing on the rewards you will get if you achieve them; for women, the best way to keep a resolution is to tell the world about it."
via:rodcorp  psychology  gender  social  competition  focus  rewards  resolutions  society  goals 
december 2007 by robertogreco

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