publishes a new, printable PDF featuring an original poetry & visual art collaboration every month; they've beeing doing it since 2005.
You can even become a vector
for this distributed, "serendipitous" press.
World Book Night in the USA, UK, Germany
Readers, give away free books you love! Encourage reading! [more inside]
Life on Matinicus Island
: "Matinicus lies 23 miles out to sea, the most remote inhabited island on the Atlantic seaboard... one of a vast necklace of islands, more than 3,000 in all, spread out along the Maine coast as far north as the Bay of Fundy. A century ago, 200 or more of them were fishermen's communities; today, only 14 are inhabited year-round... Today, two years after putting a bullet into the neck of another lobsterman, in defense, he says, of his daughter, Vance Bunker is a pariah on the island: legally acquitted but privately unforgiven, widely but quietly reviled." (via longform)
A society where the lucky few reap prodigious financial rewards is one where many will fall short of their dreams through no fault of their own. We must insure all people against disability, against sickness, against hunger, and against homelessness.
I realize that these things cost money. I believe that the costs of building and maintaining a great country should be shared by all of us, beginning with the people who benefit the most from our society. I believe that people like me (and people who are far wealthier) should pay more in taxes.
So-called "job creator" acknowledges that he lives in a society and owes a debt to it, as a response to (seemingly in agreement with) a satirical Job Creator Manifesto
published in the Washington Post. [more inside]
This NYT slideshow of Cuba photographs
does an excellent job of portraying Cuba's mood: "like the most beautiful slum ever." [more inside]
"Once universally praised for founder Brad Fitzpatrick’s open-source platform and commitment to a free userbase—he once vowed that LiveJournal would always have basic (non-paying or ad-supported) accounts—LiveJournal is known these days mostly for being popular in Russia (the Russian name for blogging is “LJ.”) and Singapore, and for housing gossip blog Oh No They Didn’t."
Chimp Fights and Trolley Rides
from Radiolab's morality episode
: "try to answer tough moral quandaries. The questions--which force you to decide between homicidal scenarios--are the same ones being asked by Dr. Joshua Greene. He'll tell us about using modern brain scanning techniques to take snapshots of the brain as it struggles to resolve these moral conflicts. And he'll describe what he sees in these images: quite literally, a battle taking place in the brain. It's 'inner chimp
' versus a calculator-wielding rationale
The history of the Sikh Diaspora in USA and Canada
goes back to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. Emerging as a casteless alternative
to the ongoing Hindu Muslim wars
in India, the Sikhs
have always been known
as a martial tribe, their prowess and courage
respected by the British
and others alike. Colloquially addressed respectfully as Sardarji, the men take Singh (lion)
as their middle name while the women bear the name
Kaur (princess). This custom further confirmed the equality of both genders as was the tradition set
by the founder of Sikhism
, Guru Nanak.
The first Sikh Organization
was The Pacific Coast Khalsa
Diwan Society organized in the spring of 1912. [more inside]
How an apology from someone I had never heard of left me in tears.
Bill Corbett (MST3K's Crow T. Robot) apologizes
to the transgender community, in a damn classy fashion.
"We will make amends ere long; / Else the Puck a liar call; / So, good night unto you all.
" Brian of Britanick
(also the team responsible for Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses
) tries to recite the final lines of A Midsummer Night's Dream
with a little help from his friends Nick Kocher and Dani Puddi [more inside]
Alison Brie gives a candid interview
[YT, 29:41] with film critic David Poland as part of his DP/30
series. Topics covered include her schooling and early career, landing roles on Mad Men
[YT, 0:54] and Community
[YT, 4:52], developing as a comedy actress, interacting with a cult audience, what it's like to be the internet's favorite subject of titillating animated GIFs
, and how to pronounce "GIF" for that matter.
In Praise of Leisure
- "Imagine a world in which most people worked only 15 hours a week. They would be paid as much as, or even more than, they now are, because the fruits of their labor would be distributed more evenly across society. Leisure would occupy far more of their waking hours than work. It was exactly this prospect that John Maynard Keynes conjured up in a little essay published in 1930 called 'Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren
.' Its thesis was simple. As technological progress made possible an increase in the output of goods per hour worked, people would have to work less and less to satisfy their needs, until in the end they would have to work hardly at all... He thought this condition might be reached in about 100 years — that is, by 2030." (via
) [more inside]
19-year-old Kelly Hofer grew up in a Hutterite
colony in Manitoba, and his photography
captures his life as a Hutterite
. Recently, Kelly left
to start a new life in Calgary.
Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne
is a playable platform game based on the 3rd season finale episode of Community, Digital Estate Planning
. Built with love
, it runs on Windows, Linux, and OS X. A work in progress...
"when i went into cyberspace i went into it thinking that it was a place like any other place and that it would be a human interaction like any other human interaction. i was wrong when i thought that. it was a terrible mistake." Pandora's Vox: On Community in Cyberspace [more inside]
The Opposite of Loneliness
Graduating Yale senior Marina Keegan wrote a column for the commencement edition of the paper celebrating "tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers — partner-less, tired, awake." She died in a car crash on Saturday
. The column she wrote is a poignant eulogy.
Isaac Butler’s excellent blog Parabasis
(previously noted in MeFi conversations about Mike Daisey
) usually centers on issues in the US nonprofit theater. Occasionally, he takes on a different topic in depth with a series of guests. This past week, he hosted the Fandom Issue
I am less interested personally in whether the Rise of the Fan is good or bad for our culture, and much more interested in what it means. This week, we assay the Fan from a number of different angles. Who are these fans? And what does it mean to be one? What happens to love when it becomes a communal activity? And what happens to it when the beloved cannot or will not respond?
We are the artistically creative authors of the truths we live by. We must then, if we are honest, live more tentatively in relation to the security and consistency we achieve through language. The effect of this conclusion, at least for me, at least most of the time, is bracing.
It is not bracing for everyone.
Scott Abbott examines the violent, funny, and philosophically distressing fictions
of Brian Evenson
, one of our most accomplished dark fantasists and genre-bending authors. [more inside]
Why don't you like Community?
"Community isn’t a hit under the usual means, but it’s a big fish in a new TV comedy ecosystem, one where the way you make money isn’t by attracting the largest audience, but the most passionate one. " A point-counterpoint from the Onion AV Club.
As fans of Community
get ready for the show's return from hiatus tomorrow night, AV Club writer Todd VanDerWerff, who writes the weekly episode reviews
of the show, drew attention to something odd that happened while the show was off the air. The discussion in his review of the last episode before the break Regional Holiday Music
, didn't die down after people had put in their two cents about the episode and his review. People kept talking
, and not just about the show. The show's fans developed their own self-contained piece of the web. Last week, the post passed 30,000 comments (now at 35,000): [more inside]
"The thing that is unique about [Britta Perry] is that she is never the subject of slut shaming. Like, she’s one of the only female characters that doesn’t ever get punished for having an active sex life." The Daily Beast interviews the female stars of Community (and one of its female writers).
is a community for writing, sharing, and playing interactive fiction games (aka “text adventures”) entirely from your browser. [more inside]
At reddit we care deeply about not imposing ours or anyone elses’ opinions on how people use the reddit platform. We are adamant about not limiting the ability to use the reddit platform even when we do not ourselves agree with or condone a specific use. We have very few rules here on reddit; no spamming, no cheating, no personal info, nothing illegal, and no interfering the site's functions. Today we are adding another rule: No suggestive or sexual content featuring minors.
- After much complaint, Reddit gets rid of /r/jailbait
and selected subreddits
with similar content.
As fans of the television show Community wait through a Whitney induced hiatus
of indeterminate length, they might be wondering what the cast and crew has been up to. At least one of those things was squaring off for a game of Trivial Pursuit
hosted by Dan Harmon.
In honor of Christmas, Splitsider's Mike Drucker
runs down twenty Christmas TV episodes, new and old. It all starts with The Dick Van Dyke Show... [more inside]
"One thing about life in New York: wherever you are, the neighborhood is always changing. An Italian enclave becomes Senegalese; a historically African-American corridor becomes a magnet for white professionals. The accents and rhythms shift; the aromas become spicy or vegetal. The transition is sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy. But there is a sense of loss among the people left behind, wondering what happened to the neighborhood they once thought of as their own." For Sophia Goldberg (98), Holocaust survivor, change has meant the end of a way of life.
Dan Harmon shares pics of the notes and diagrams from the writers' room for this week's highly praised
Community episode, "Remedial Chaos Theory."
It's a ring-tone! It's place-based community art!
Well, you don't have to choose any more. In Locally Toned
, artist T. Foley
sources sound in the wild to create hundreds of unique ringtones.
Last week's season premire of Community
featured a bumper crop of pop-culture parodies, including a Glee-style opening number
, a 2001 homage (with excellent use of Old Chevy Chase)
and most significantly, the Instant Meme of a 22-second take-off of Doctor Who
*. In the few days since, the intersection of Community fans and Who fans have been reverse-engineering the 49 year run of "Inspector Spacetime"
with a forum board
, a TV Tropes page
, and, of course, a tumblr
* overshadowing the addition to the show's cast and college's faculty of John Goodman and Michael K. "Omar Little" Williams. [more inside]
Not in Our Town [autoplay 1hr PBS video]
: the story of how the community of Patchogue, NY responded to the murder of Marcelo Lucero [more inside]
The Professor is Dead. Long Live Netflix!
As Netflix rebrands itself as a cable TV alternative rather than a by-mail video rental service, it's killing off
its user community and anonymizing reviews. Top reviewer The Professor is philosophical about the change (see main link), others less so
The A. V. Club has an exhaustive and revealing four-part interview with Dan Harmon
, creator of Community, in which he discusses the conception and production behind every episode of the show's ambitious and flawed second season.
There is an inspiring mural
on the back of the Micro Center building
in Cambridge, MA
. It commemorates the freeway revolt
against the proposed I-695 Inner Belt
. There are usually cars parked
of it, but some
have managed to get
Screen on the Green
, an Atlanta tradition, to be cancelled. [more inside]
is a free political simulation game founded by author Max Barry
back in 2002 (previously
). Loosely based on his dystopian corporate thriller Jennifer Government
, the game starts
by asking players to provide some national trappings and answer a few civics questions, then generates a virtual country with a matching political outlook. Periodic policy decisions
like mining rights and compulsory voting allow players to further modify their country along axes of social, political, and economic freedom
, arriving at one of twenty-seven colorful government types
like Tyranny By Majority or Scandinavian Liberal Paradise. There's also a healthy roleplaying community -- players can discuss current events in the General forum
, practice wargaming in International Incidents
, form cooperative Regions to debate internal affairs (many of which form their own communities
), and elect Delegates to send to the World Assembly
(so renamed after an amusing cease-and-desist from the real-world U.N.
). Their collective history is thoroughly recorded in the 35,000-article NSWiki
, which provides a detailed legislative record
, gameplay guide
, and profiles on many of the 90,000 active nations
, 8,000 player regions
, and countless characters
that currently make up the game world.