‘Kant Is a Moron’: Vandals Mark Philosopher's Former Home “With Arthur Schopenhauer dead for 155 years, authorities start off with few strong leads.”
Top MLB prospect lives in a van behind Walmart, after receiving a 2 million dollar signing bonus. “To me this is the way that makes sense.”
Alex Payne joins Jacobin and deftly explains the value of Democratic Socialism “I’m a socialist because I want to live in a just society. More than that, I want to live in a survivable society.”
What is Good Business? (8:37) “It’s become easy to feel that all businesses are somehow bad and corrupt. Far from it. So long as they follow these six principles, any business can be good....”
Justice Department to Fault Ferguson Police, Seeing Racial Bias in Traffic Stops Most of St. Louis County's poorer municipalities generate significant income from excessive traffic stops and fines. Hopefully change will happen in Ferguson and it's neighbors.
BBC Radio 1 Documentary on the Roland TR-808, TR-909, and TB-303 There was a time when I thought $200 for an 808 was ridiculous. They go for 3 to 4 grand now.
Google and tech’s elite are living in a parallel universe Perspective is not a quality the tech world values.
The Shadow Side of the Mindfulness Revolution More on mindfulness without context and community.
Meditation and Performance Meditation is a tool for self awareness. Self improvement is simply a by-product.
Anil Dash on being labeled a Good Guy “Most of my errors are due to simple ignorance and arrogance. And most of my learning has been due to the kindness of people, often strangers, who want to see me do the right thing.”
Why We're All Becoming Independent Contractors I like Reich's test for seeing who's an employer and employee, though it fails for non-service worker / high rate situations. IE: A tech contractor with a single on-going contract .
Ethan Hein: Designing a constructivist iOS rhythm tutorial system for beginners Recommended if you enjoy music and UX nerdery
Salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression Ryan Maguire recreates “Tom's Diner” from the sounds lost during mp3 compression
The Art Of Contemplation by Alan Watts “Nature, that is, our own true nature, is bringing these preoccupations to a stop by coming forth with the technical power to pursue them on a colossal scale, hitherto unknown. Pursued and magnified with such power, they come swiftly to absurdity and catastrophe – so that their innate contradictions become obvious to all.”
An introduction to John Rawls and his thought experiment: The Veil of Ignorance (6:32) Putting fairness and justice into perspective
What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address The recording of Teresita's address has earned a spot on my road trip playlist
A thoughtful and inspiring new manifesto from @dsearls and @dweinberger “The Net’s super-power is connection without permission. Its almighty power is that we can make of it whatever we want.”
Very Much Money (Ice King Dream) by Open Mike Eagle All of “Dark Comedy” has been on heavy rotation around these parts
Senator Bernie Sanders outlines a genuinely progressive platform I could do without the Fox News baiting, but can absolutely get behind labeling wealth inequality as “the great moral, economic and political issue of our time”
In praise of Neil Postman “The most important media observer of our time died a decade ago -- but saw our superficial, silly side taking over”
Who Killed Adulthood? “Adulthood isn’t an inevitability; it’s an ideal. And it’s a feminist ideal, too, which is perhaps why it’s been so fiercely repressed, for so long, by pop culture.”
On Nerd Entitlement “[S]mart people try to rationalise their own failure to be better, to be cleverer, to see the other side for the human beings they are.”
Unexamined Privilege is the real source of cruelty in Facebook’s “Your Year in Review” Diversity matters
Let’s abandon the Democrats: Stop blaming Fox News and stop hoping Elizabeth Warren will save us “The vital task for progressives isn’t reelecting Democrats but rebuilding a strong, independent progressive movement.”
Mindfulness Mitigates Biases You May Not Know You Have According to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science
Startups fighting over the word ‘zen’ “There are presently 724 live trademarks containing the word “zen” registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.”
School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson St. Louis is a sad, disgusting, inhumane place.
Assata Shakur Is Not a Terrorist “The former Black Panther has become the first woman placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list and reminds us that the struggle for freedom is far from over.”
The median white household was worth $141,900. The median black household, just $11,000. Systemic economic oppression
Oakland Wants You to Stop Calling It the “Next Brooklyn” Susie Cagle's insightful look at gentrification in Oakland