Don Draper pitches Facebook Timeline (via Kottke and @drfabulous’s FB)
Doesn’t the integrity of the critic become compromised when their writings are...– V MAGAZINE / GAGA MEMORANDUM NO. 3
Silence: the never spoken, the yet to set itself into language, the unique, the...– Patton, Cindy. “Power and the Conditions of Silence.” Critical Quarterly 31.3 (1989): 26-39.
punk-infused hip-hop queer twins Elephant
Elephant is a punk-infused hip-hop duo, Jackson and Coleman Vrana. I’m digging this song, “Queer Nation,” quite a bit. Lyrics very NSFW: Check out interviews with Jackson and Coleman at One Angry Queer and at Gaydar Nation. From the OAQ interview, on the name “Elephant”: We always feel eyes on us when walking down the street together, and un-suspecting crowds...
Putting the Auto in Autobiography
2105: “Facebook’s version of autobiography is very specific. It is data-driven. It is simple: Alexis likes the iPad. Alexis eats a hamburger. Alexis reads The Innovator’s Cookbook. It is a ranked, chronological database of a life. It is technically complex but grammatically simple. It is multimedia, but not rich. It is autobiography without aesthetic effort. It is a story without words.” — ...
Has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state...– I had to check the news to make sure this quote was authentic (and it is) President Barack Obama (via fromrighttoleft)
The Day After “Friday” →
alexweisler: “I am sitting on the edge of the booth trying to interview Rebecca Black, but Rebecca Black is not looking at me. We’re in a trendy West Hollywood café, and she is sitting with her forehead pressed to the table, her long charcoal hair obscuring her face. She lets out a sigh and, without lifting her head, turns her face toward the cell phone clutched in her hand and begins to...
Respectable gays like to think that they owe nothing to the sexual subculture...– Laruen Berlant and Michael Warner, “Sex in Public,” via Pennies in a Jar: from Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner’s “Sex in Public”
Tori Amos on the future of the music industry
tylah: Vanity Fair: So where is the industry heading? Tori Amos: You’re not gonna have a musician culture. You’re going to have a celebrity culture that’s fixed by technology. You won’t have a Jimi Hendrix; you won’t have a Joni Mitchell. I’m not sure what she means by “fixed,” but I think she’s generally right. (Vanity Fair interview)
Live-in iPad Experience at U of Kentucky
cool program reported on at Chronicle Wired Campus: Students moving into a newly renovated dormitory at the University of Kentucky signed up for a hyperwired college experience: Each one was given an iPad and required to take a series of tech-themed courses. The unusual program is called A&S Wired Residential College and is housed in a dorm of 177 freshmen, who plan to major in a variety...
Visualization of Worldwide Foursquare Checkins
Via @cplong, here’s a great video visualizing worldwide Foursquare checkins for a week, made to commemorate a billion checkins! It’s way cool in full screen. (read more at ReadWriteWeb) A Week of Check-ins on the Path to One Billion from foursquare on Vimeo.
"The Re-Education of an Amnesiac" →
alexweisler: Su Meck writes, “I’m not your typical undergraduate. I am a 46-year-old wife and mother with three adult children. Depending on how you count, I may be twice as old as the traditional students or essentially the same age as they are. After all, my life as I know it began 23 years ago, when, in a freakish accident, I was hit in the head by a ceiling fan in our home in Fort...
Ruling with a Sequined Fist is out!
My friend Dan wrote this book, which I’m excited to read (when I get time away from so much work): The blurb: Congratulations Mary, you’re gay! But now that the coming out process is ending, how will you conquer queer culture? Are you having trouble fitting in with the glamorous gays you see out and about? Do you need some skills to show the world how fierce you really are? Then...
The End Of Books: Ikea Is Changing Shelves To... →
ebookporn: If you needed any more proof that the age of dead-tree books is over take a look at these alarming style changes at Ikea: the furniture manufacturer’s iconic BILLY bookcase – the bookcase that everyone put together when they got their first apartment and, inevitably, pounded the nails wrong into – is becoming deeper and more of a curio cabinet. Why? Because Ikea is noticing that...
Now Playing: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
I’m listening to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s new CD Hysterical on NPR (thanks to Frank for linking to it from Facebook) as I read through some journal articles about mobile devices and public spaces. I’m liking it so far. After a great first CD back in 2005, and a disappointing sophomore album, it’s good to listen to them again. NPR’s review puts it well: ...
Radiolab on games
This episode of Radiolab is one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve heard. The description: A good game—whether it’s a pro football playoff, or a family showdown on the kitchen table—can make you feel, at least for a little while, like your whole life hangs in the balance. This hour of Radiolab, Jad and Robert wonder why we get so invested in something so trivial. What...
college football in university towns
Jim Aune on college football in university towns: If you’ve ever wonder what life is like in a totalitarian state (say, Nazi Germany or North Korea), you can get a taste of it by living in a university town during football season.
Against Equality critique equality rhetoric,...
GayRVA has an interview with Ryan Conrad, member of Against Equality and editor of the collection Don’t Ask To Fight Their Wars: Does the jubilee around DADT repeal upset you? The repeal of DADT doesn’t necessarily upset me, but the U.S. Military and U.S. foreign policy make me absolutely furious. What is upsetting about the DADT issue specifically is how it became the issue, along...
rhymeswithleather: minnpost: This is a fascinating visualization of how newspapers grew in the United States. Watch the video, or check out the interactive map here. All told, the Library of Congress has indexed close to 140,000 publications (read some of the Minnesota papers here). It goes a little slow, but this is pretty neat.