Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Talent Loves English - NYTimes.com

Talent Loves English - NYTimes.com



The Magna Carta helped usher in government with a separation of powers.
It helped create conditions in which centralized authority could not
totally control fiscal, political, religious or intellectual life. 



Less than a decade ago, six Mexicans migrated to the United States for
every Indian or Chinese. But as Mexico has prospered, immigration has
dropped. Meanwhile, as India and China have gotten richer, the number of
Indians and Chinese living abroad has doubled.

While at War, Female Soldiers Fight to Belong - NYTimes.com

While at War, Female Soldiers Fight to Belong - NYTimes.com



Even as women distinguish themselves as enlisted soldiers, many struggle
with depression and a sense of alienation in an intensely male military
world. 



In the months to come, that sense of exclusion would deepen into depression. Halfway through her deployment, she sent an email to a friend at home saying she was determined not to kill herself.

Book Review: Milan Kundera's The Festival of Insignificance | The New Republic

Book Review: Milan Kundera's The Festival of Insignificance | The New Republic



Milan Kundera's latest novel becomes a “hymn to insignificance,” an ode to the ephemera of personal and political life.



In an interview with Philip Roth from 1980, he enumerated some of
the elements of his fiction: “Ironic essay, novelistic narrative,
autobiographical fragment, historic fact, flight of fancy.” The novel
that made him famous,
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, is
a meditation on philosophy, politics, and polyamory that employs all of
these elements to narrate the intermingled stories of four lovers.

America cannot lock its poor in debtor's prisons to fund its police departments | Corrina Regnier | Comment is free | The Guardian

America cannot lock its poor in debtor's prisons to fund its police departments | Corrina Regnier | Comment is free | The Guardian



It all started, according to a lawsuit that settled in March 2015, when a small debt became a death sentence in the spring of 2011.



Unable to pay an outstanding debt of $409 in court fines, Mr Staten
was arrested and sentenced to 16 days in Mississippi’s Harrison County
Jail. Shortly after being booked at the jail, Mr Staten fell seriously
ill. Despite his obvious symptoms and his cellmates’ cries for help, the
jail’s privately-contracted medical staff allowed his condition to
worsen until – on the fifth day of his sentence – he collapsed in his
cell and, upon being transported to a medical center, could not be
revived. He had suffered acute peritonitis, a life-threatening infection
of the abdominal lining for which early treatment is essential.




Whenever the government locks someone in jail, it has a
constitutional duty to provide adequate medical care, a responsibility
that can’t be evaded simply by contracting it out to a for-profit
company. Unfortunately, Mr Staten’s is a familiar story: the ACLU is
currently litigating a case in a Mississippi prison that challenges, in part, the dangerously inadequate health care provided by Health Assurance

Does our terror of dying drive almost everything we do? - Living in Mortal Terror

Mortal Motivation - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Here's How Mind-Blowing the Lawn on D Maze Will Be - Public Art - Curbed Boston

Pentalum - The Lawn On D





Here's How Mind-Blowing the Lawn on D Maze Will Be - Public Art - Curbed Boston



The maze will be open from May 28 to May 31, and will cost $5 to enter.

· Website: Pentalum [Architects of Air]

Monday, May 25, 2015

This Week in Fiction: Alejandro Zambra - The New Yorker

This Week in Fiction: Alejandro Zambra - The New Yorker:



Story in this week’s issue, “Camilo,” is about a boy who becomes close to his father’s older godson.

These 3D maps of coral reefs are totally rad | Grist

These 3D maps of coral reefs are totally rad | Grist:



“It’s crazy how behind the times we are,” says Sly Lee, a former biological science technician for the US National Park Service and founder of the Hydrous, a science communication non-profit. “We can decode coral genomes, but we can’t accurately track how fast the corals are degrading.”

How I tried to quit the liberal guilt machine and failed — The Coffeelicious — Medium

How I tried to quit the liberal guilt machine and failed — The Coffeelicious — Medium

Friday, May 22, 2015

Stone tools found in Kenya are the oldest ever discovered | The Verge

Stone tools found in Kenya are the oldest ever discovered | The Verge



at 3.3 million years old — pushing the record back by around 700,000 years. That places these tools before the birth of Homo, the genus that includes modern humans; as such, it calls into question the conventional belief that it was species within Homo that first learned how to work with stone tools. The findings are being published today in Nature.

"Five Eyes" intelligence agencies built tools to spot Google, Samsung app protocols

There’s an app for that: How NSA, allies exploit mobile app stores | Ars Technica

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I Quit Drinking 5 Years Ago Today and I’ve Been Insufferable Ever Since — Matter — Medium

I Quit Drinking 5 Years Ago Today and I’ve Been Insufferable Ever Since — Matter — Medium



During the past five years I’ve really grown as a human being. I watch
documentaries on Netflix. I eat kale. I get 10,000 steps in every day.
But most of all, I’ve learned that Jack Kerouac was a terrible writer.
Don’t read and drink.

“What’s one thing you’ve learned at Harvard Business School that blew your mind?” — TheLi.st @ Medium — Medium

“What’s one thing you’ve learned at Harvard Business School that blew your mind?” — TheLi.st @ Medium — Medium



What is my worst self?
When does my worst self come out?
My
worst self: critical, impatient, stubborn, cynical, and sarcastic. It
comes out when I feel like I’m not in a position to make an impact, and
when I feel undervalued in a situation. It also happens if I think I’m
fundamentally “right” and someone disagrees. If it goes on for too long I
become incredibly apathetic and don’t do anything.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Brief History of Spacefarers—How We Imagine Our Astronauts

A Brief History of Spacefarers—How We Imagine Our Astronauts



In the second century CE, Lucian of Samosata imagined
travelers going to the moon and fighting a war with its inhabitants. In
Jules Verne’s immensely influential 1865 novel, From the Earth to the Moon, the word astronaut is
never used, but three men seal themselves into a metal capsule in order
to fly to the moon. Many of the details Verne came up with were so
outlandish as to invite ridicule if they had not become reality a
hundred years later in the Apollo program, including a launch from
Florida and a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. 

The only technique to learn something new - Boing Boing

The only technique to learn something new - Boing Boing



I had a friend who wanted to get better at painting. But she thought she
had to be in Paris, with all the conditions right. She never made it to
Paris. Now she sits in a cubicle under fluorescent lights, filling out
paperwork all day. 

Good Kill, Easy War - The Awl

Good Kill, Easy War - The Awl



he Truman
Show
, which he wrote and co-produced, presaged both the rise of
reality TV and the near-ceaseless documentation and performance of
our lives with tiny cameras that follow us everywhere, while
Gattaca, the first project Niccol and Hawke worked on
together, was released in 1997, and its vision of a future society
carved by eugenics

Meet The Man Who Solved The Mysterious Cicada 3301 Puzzle | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Meet The Man Who Solved The Mysterious Cicada 3301 Puzzle | Fast Company | Business + Innovation



It's the most baffling and enigmatic mystery on the Internet with
promises of "epiphany" if you solve it. But just how hard is it to crack
the Cicada 3301 puzzle and who's behind it?

The Trouble With Scientists

How One Psychologist Is Tackling Human Biases in Science



In 2005, medical science was shaken by a paper with the provocative title “Why most published research findings are false.”1
Written by John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford
University, it didn’t actually show that any particular result was
wrong. Instead, it showed that the statistics of reported positive
findings was not consistent with how often one should expect to find them. 

Malcolm Gladwell on the Surprising Upsides of Being a Loser | WIRED

Malcolm Gladwell on the Surprising Upsides of Being a Loser | WIRED



Take heart. The bestselling author of books like Blink and The Tipping Point
thinks that people tend to view advantages and disadvantages in
black-and-white terms, but that in reality a seeming disadvantage often
turns out in your favor. It’s an idea he explores in his recent book David and Goliath, which he thinks will help reassure geeks and nerds that being unpopular isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

No Benefits, No Toilets For India’s Neglected Saleswomen   - The Quint

No Benefits, No Toilets For India’s Neglected Saleswomen   - The Quint



the story of six saleswomen who waged a 106-day strike against Kalyan
Sarees in Thrissur, Kerala. Their demands were simple – the right to sit
at work and to use the toilet. 

On Bombay Velvet: How internet is killing the movie and the curse of being Anurag Kashyap. #NotaReview | The Tanejamainhoon Page

On Bombay Velvet: How internet is killing the movie and the curse of being Anurag Kashyap. #NotaReview | The Tanejamainhoon Page



Anurag Kashyap’s ambitions with this film, the film compared to his
other work, the film with respect to other gangster film, the budget of
the film, the expected box office, the negative buzz around it, etc etc
etc. You’d be surprised if you find a review that only talks about the
film and nothing else but the film because Anurag Kashyap is intricately
linked to this film, but is that really fair? Why isn’t it only about
the film anymore?

The rise of the Internet police - CNET

The rise of the Internet police - CNET



For decades, the Internet has been like the Wild West, with anonymous
users creating racist or hate-filled posts. Now the world's largest
social networks are doing something about it.



victim of "revenge porn" after her ex-boyfriend posted her photos to more than 300 websites.



Those operating in the shadows can now connect to billions of users
through Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, and disseminate racist and
hate-filled messages. Some publish disturbing images of murder, child
exploitation and sexual abuse while others resort to so-called revenge
porn to humiliate former lovers.  

Feminism and Islam: Why Muslims Need a Sexual Revolution

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution



Mona Eltahawy, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. This book expands upon her wildly popular and controversial 2012 Foreign Policy essay
on Middle Eastern gender relations, in which she asked: "Why do they
hate us?" Now, please note, if you think "they" and "us" refer to
Muslims and Americans, you'd be wrong. "They" are the Arab men and the
"us" she refers to are Arab women. 

KV Shailaja Translations: Tamil Works

19. டி.எம்.சாரோனிலிருந்து...: செய்திகளின் நாற்றம்



மொழிபெயர்ப்பு
: கே.வி.ஷைலஜா

C Abilash on Tamil Literary Politics and Small/Alt zine circles

மின்னற் பொழுதே தூரம்: பட்டியல்

Director Jeyabharathy Book: Gudisai: Movies and Films: Alternate Tamil Cinema

உலாத்தல்: வாசித்ததில் நேசித்தது - இயக்குநர் ஜெயபாரதியின் "இங்கே எதற்காக"

India Pakistan War and Relations: British Bhrat and Gandhi

பிரிவினை மோதல்கள் | தமிழ் பேப்பர்



தொடக்கப்புள்ளிகள் | தமிழ் பேப்பர்

இந்தியா பாகிஸ்தான் போர்கள் / அத்தியாயம் 3

Tamil Poems: Modern Literature in India: Anand and Devadachan

ஆனந்த்—தேவதச்சன் கவிதைகள் அவரவர் கைமணல்–தொகுப்பை முன் வைத்து… | திண்ணை

Those Mythological Men and Their Sacred, Supersonic Flying Temples | The New Republic

Those Mythological Men and Their Sacred, Supersonic Flying Temples | The New Republic



What tales of ancient Vedic aircraft tell us about India’s place in the modern world.



the annual Indian Science Congress 



“Ancient Indian Aviation Technology.”The Congress,



Bodas had said that his paper was based on an ancient Indian treatise
that had been forgotten because of “the passage of time, foreign rulers
ruling us, and things being stolen from this country.”



birth of Sanskrit, the Indo-European language of pastoralist nomads who
settled in northern India and who composed the central religious and
poetic texts—including the Vedas—of what later came to be called
Hinduism. As the Vedic culture spread deeper into the Indian
subcontinent, giving rise to monarchies and republics, it produced much
in the way of philosophy, poetry, and religion, interacting with Greek,
Arab, Chinese, and indigenous cultures. There were substantial critiques
of the Vedic texts along with the texts themselves, Buddhism emerging
from the most influential of these, and significant achievements in the
fields of mathematics, medicine, and astronomy.

Avant-garde Literature is Starting to Resemble Conceptual Art | The New Republic

Avant-garde Literature is Starting to Resemble Conceptual Art | The New Republic



We don’t live like nineteenth-century French novelists anymore, so we should stop writing according to their conventions.



Ben Lerner, Sophie Calle, Teju Cole, Tom McCarthy, Alejandro
Zambra, Siri Hustvedt, Michel Houellebecq, Sheila Heti, W.G. Sebald,
Orhan Pamuk, and Enrique Vila-Matas




the Reality Hunger
generation, after David Shields’ ingenious and prophetic 2008 manifesto
on contemporary writing. For Shields, novels that employ the
traditional conventions of narration, plot, and story no longer make
sense. Reality is fiction, and fiction is reality. 




Zambra’s Ways of Going Home and Lerner’s 10:04
become poems, while other novels dialogue with music and theater. Many
of these novels include moments of essayistic prose or literary
criticism within themselves—the sadly untranslated Jorge Carrión even inserts a fictional piece of literary criticism in his novel The Dead. 

The Pleasure of Do-It-Yourself Slow Computing | The New Republic

The Pleasure of Do-It-Yourself Slow Computing | The New Republic



Anthropologist Christopher M. Kelty, in his study of the free-software movement, Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software, called creating these sorts of Emacs scripts “one of the joys of my avocational life.”



server owned by May First/People Link, a democratic membership organization



joined May First about a year after the Edward Snowden leaks, when it
became clearer how the NSA had deputized corporate cloud services for
blanket surveillance.



Nathan Schneider’s most recent book is Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Poor Little Rich Women - NYTimes.com

Poor Little Rich Women - NYTimes.com



Anthropology teaches us to take the long and comparative view of
situations that may seem obvious. Among primates, Homo sapiens practice
the most intensive food and resource sharing, and females may depend
entirely on males for shelter and sustenance. Female birds and chimps
never stop searching out food to provide for themselves and their young.
Whether they are Hadza women who spend almost as much time as men
foraging for food, Agta women of the Philippines participating in the
hunt or !Kung women of southern Africa foraging for the tubers and roots
that can tide a band over when there is no meat from a hunt, women who
contribute to the group or family’s well-being are empowered relative to
those in societies where women do not. As in the Kalahari Desert and
rain forest, resources are the bottom line on the Upper East Side. If
you don’t bring home tubers and roots, your power is diminished in your
marriage. And in the world. 



A writer and social researcher in New York and the author of the forthcoming memoir “Primates of Park Avenue.”

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Child Themes « WordPress Codex

Child Themes « WordPress Codex:





  • Theme Development

  • How to Modify WordPress Themes the Smart Way (four part series)

  • How To Make Your Own Child Theme - Includes Screencast

  • The Doublespeak of Parenting and the Double Blade of Ambition in Silicon Valley

    Training for Discontent — The Synapse — Medium:



    The stated goal is for me to thwart self-destructive and peer bullying behavior. I’m supposed to encourage positive personal skills and relationships, something the majority of Silicon Valley kids — according to studies, and despite all their immense privilege — aren’t on track to develop.
    Menlo Park is an Oz-like bubble of privilege and possibility filled with egg-headed tech wizards, quirky characters (most, despite press about rampant greed and moral bankruptcy, with big brains and big hearts), and shiny red Teslas. We believe in “free to be you and me,” same-sex marriage, and philanthropy over proselytizing. We also enjoy an ever-present, yellow brick sun. I swim and run outside all year round, and though the startup world can be stressful and a dump of a house costs a million dollars, there is no chance I’ll come down with seasonal affective disorder.