Tag: the future

paying the angels

→LINKS↵ A Selection of Optograms from the Private Collection of Willia A. Abbotts These retinal images—retrieved by a complex optochemical process that fixes the photosensitive pigment (rhodopsin) found in the rods of the retina—capture the last image seen before death. Most of these optograms are believed to have been extracted at St. Albans County morgue

evidence of a struggle

LINKS David Chapman: Desiderata for Any Future Mode of Meaningness: The atomization of culture, society, and self has liquefied experience. This mode contributes the critical realization that perfect coherence is neither necessary nor even desirable. At a practical, intuitive, kinesthetic level, we have become much more tolerant of nebulosity: of paradox, volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and

INTERVIEW: Justin Murphy #WeirdPoliticalTheory

For the past several months, I’ve been drawn to a cluster of Twitter users who employ the #CaveTwitter hashtag, which has led me down a rabbit hole of some of the funniest, strangest, and smartest discussions in social media. “Weird Political Theory” might be the most apt descriptor for this particular corner of online life,

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LINKS Atlas Obscura: Ghost Dunes on Mars IT’S NOT A GREAT IDEA to sunbathe on Mars. But if you really wanted to, and you lived a few billion years ago, we now know where you might have gone. In a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research, planetary geomorphologist Mackenzie Day and astrobiologist David

Evening Link Aggregations

BLOCKCHAIN There’s a new religion based on blockchain: …there’s now a religion built on the Ethereum blockchain. Its founder, Matt Liston, is the former CEO of Augur, a blockchain-supported prediction platform. Liston’s departure from Augur was contentious, and just last week he filed a lawsuit for $152 million against his former employer. Liston unveiled his

LINKS April 12, 2018

FEAR At Social Matter — > The Disenchanted Forest: How We Lost Our Fear Of The Woods: For millennia, people have found in the Wilderness not just God, but demons, demigods, monsters, spirits both benign and malicious, and the human acolytes, hunters, and tamers of these various beings and creatures. Europe in particular is full

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/17/18

  CALIFORNIA Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the condition of some of California women’s prisons: Women imprisoned at California’s Santa Rita Jail say they’re being housed in filthy conditions, denied basic hygiene products, pressured to have abortions, subjected to incessant strip searches, and forced to endure many other manners of cruel and inhumane treatment from guards

IMPORTANT SHIT: Yukio Mishima

You may have noticed on my website’s home page, I feature this quote in a sidebar widget: True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys. The line is from Japanese author Yukio Mishima. I’m not sure how I first happened upon Mishima’s work — I may have noticed author Jack Donovan reference

What the Hell is Going On In the World? LINKS 10/01/17

Jordan Greenhall on understanding crisis: “A crisis is a threshold between an old system and a new system. From the point of view of the old system, the crisis is death. This is why the old system always struggles like hell to stave off the crisis. I don’t want to be uncharitable here. Systems are