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
Month: January 2018
BILLIONAIRES Elon Musk is making $600 flamethrowers. CHAOS AND ORDER Quillette interviews Jordan Peterson. An excerpt: Q: How do I go about meditating on my shadow? A: I think you consult your resentment. I think you can do it in the normal confines of your life. There are things that confront you, that
Kai Ziehl, Intersection#500pxrtg #landscapephotography #500px #blackandwhitephotography pic.twitter.com/xBRELP1LRq — BOO (@shoelessnewt) January 27, 2018
GOOD vs. EVIL Why is modern-day pop culture obsessed with good vs. evil themes? Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and they’re useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations. Their values feel like morality, and
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AFFLUENCE The world of selling and renting private jets: DEBT How one couple paid off $44,000 in student-loan debit in one year: We decided we would just basically go all in together, we would have our joint account. We would still have personal accounts for small stuff, but all of our bills and
A brief note on some cool stuff happening down in the desert. If you like Shakespeare and skateboarding — or either of the two! — consider donating to the new project of my friend Veronica Everett in Santa Fe, who is merging those worlds: Can you be an arts revolutionary? We want to Skateboard Shakespaere!
BELIEF A review of author Jeffrey J. Kripal’s new book, “Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions”: Above all, Secret Body is about the perennially controversial, yet inescapable topic of belief. As a critical theorist, Kripal prompts us to reflect on our personal assumptions, as well as the shared assumptions
BUREAUCRACY Lucy Steigerwald on the bureaucratic protocols that recently sent Hawaii into a state of panic: Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, 86, is best known for the Pentagon Papers leak. However, at the time, he also snatched thousands of documents on nuclear policy, because everything he had learned about it during his career as a civilian
AESTHETICS Photomontages that trace light through overgrown countrysides and abandoned interiors. BIRDS Australia’s pyro-birds: …firehawk raptors congregate in hundreds along burning fire fronts, where they will fly into active fires to pick up smouldering sticks, transporting them up to a kilometre (0.6 miles) away to regions the flames have not yet scorched. “The
Ricky Sprague is a prolific writer, cartoonist, and animator, whose short films have appeared at festivals all over the world. He’s the author of the novels Whimsical Doctor Shoe, Arsole Fantüme: Gentleman Immoralist, and the webcomic Senator Surprise. He gives us the low-down on the world of comic books. Q: Can you explain the difference between