AMERICA Tyler Cowen: Why are Americans so loud? I can think of a few hypotheses: 1. At least originally, Americans had much more space than did Europeans, and this is still true to some degree. That induce norms of loudness, which have to some extent persisted. 2. America is a nation of immigrants, with English-language
CALIFORNIA Bay Area Residents Who Live in Vans Not to Travel, but to Contend with Housing Costs: The threat of a “knock on the door” looms constantly for those who live in their vehicles, and it can inspire paranoia. A recent discussion in a Facebook group devoted to local RV lifers quickly became split between
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE What If the AI Revolution Is Neither Utopia nor Apocalypse, but Something in Between? We need to be wary of the millenarian narrative when we’re considering technological developments and the Singularity and existential risks in general. Maybe this time is different, but we’ve cried wolf many times before. There is a more likely,
I’ve assembled a small list of music videos featuring dogs. Please share with dog lovers. Bonus: Check out this ANIMAL PLANET segment with Shellac drummer Todd Trainer and his Excellent Italian Greyhound, Uffizi (segment begins at the 2:54 mark).
Some of the best writing on “sensemaking” online comes via Jordan Greenhall, who runs an assortment of blogs at Medium. Greenhall’s “Situational Assessment” posts are a must-read for anyone attempting to understand the information chaos of our day-to-day lives. The gist of Greenhall’s position seems to be that World War III has been underway for
MYSTERIES This piece is a little old (from last spring) but interesting: Cicada 3301: The Mysterious Recruiting of the Intellectual Elite. Cicada 3301 is ultimately a think tank. They do no advocate illegal activities, nor do they involve themselves in hacking of any kind. The group is exclusively dedicated to researching and developing
Kai Ziehl, Intersection#500pxrtg #landscapephotography #500px #blackandwhitephotography pic.twitter.com/xBRELP1LRq — BOO (@shoelessnewt) January 27, 2018
In the deep dark #woods A post shared by MC (@tundra__michael) on Aug 9, 2017 at 6:48pm PDT
A few favorite personal photos from the past year. Some definite faves come via Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. There are way too many of those to put in one post, but Marissa and I will discuss Meow Wolf a bit more in the podcast we’re recording tomorrow. “Wolf Brother,” says Chip. “Where is the
#CAVETWITTER —What is #CaveTwitter? Plato begins to weep as he shackles himself to the wall, praying to the shadows. You walk on by, each step algorithmically ticcing in time with the nothingness suffocating you; the Cave loves you, kinda. A group of pagans greet you. They’ve stopped already, pure deceleration to the point of minus-death.