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23 September 2013

culture & business

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless and they have a great (if unnecessary) tagline.

culture & business

How to hire

15 August 2013

culture

On a Wednesday

5 August 2013

culture & north-america

Please Don’t Commodify My Culture

Saying something stereotypical about Mexicans is widely considered racist. For example, in most big cities a person would look like an ignorant asshole if they said all Mexicans are day laborers or they drink a lot of tequila. And if someone had the audacity to say it anyway, there’s a good chance that a person of Mexican descent would be nearby to put him in his place. Don’t get me wrong, racism against Mexicans happens all the time, but it’s much less blatant than what I deal with every day from non-Natives. I can’t seem to stop people from comparing me to whatever vision of Indian stereotypes they have put together in their head – from history books and frequent viewings of Pocahontas – and there aren’t enough Native Americans in the world to teach the offenders a lesson.

12 July 2013

culture & sports

When Inner-City Kids Hit the Surf

10 July 2013

music & culture

Beatbox Brilliance: Tom Thum at TEDxSydney

8 July 2013

religion & culture

A new exposé of Mother Teresa shows that she—and the Vatican—were even worse than we thought

5 July 2013

photography & culture

Dogs Dressed As Their Owners

2 July 2013

art & culture

This is how you promote your museum reopening!

26 June 2013

sports & culture

Who’s The Highest-Paid Public Employee In Your State?

Hint: It’s probably the football coach.

25 June 2013

culture

An incredible story: Duct Tape Surfing

24 June 2013

design & culture

Who Made That?

culture & parenthood

10 more rules for dating my daughter

Rule Three:

I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don’t take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots.

Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose his compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants three sizes too small, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your ass.

21 June 2013

business & culture

Now that’s how you make an apology: We were wrong

food & culture

Why Tipping Should Be Outlawed

Did a server work less because I ordered a $40 bottle of wine than if I had ordered a $400 one? Should I feel a little bit bad when I’m a party of three on a table for four, as the waiter is getting stiffed on 25 percent of his or her optimal tip?

sustainability & culture

Six Things We Learned From Patagonia’s Founder Yvon Chouinard

I’m not optimistic at all. I’m a total pessimist. I’ve been around long enough, traveled around enough, and been around a lot of smart people to know that we’re losing. In every single category, we’re losing. In the [United] States, I think saving the planet was number 19 on peoples’ priorities, and now I hear its number four again. Number one is personal security. We have a nation of… scary people. Look at all these conservatives that want to arm the whole country. They want to be able to walk in restaurants with their guns and that’s because they’re cowards.

Every empire collapses. The American empire is probably on its way to collapse now. Nature doesn’t like empires. It doesn’t like accumulation in one place, it doesn’t like monoculture. It’s always trying to make diverse species. It wants to spread everything out. And we’re constantly trying to hold everything in.

20 June 2013

web & culture

This is a web page.

There’s not much here.

Just words.

And you’re reading them.

7 June 2013

technology & culture

The Internet Is a Surveillance State

The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked all the time. Google tracks us, both on its pages and on other pages it has access to. Facebook does the same; it even tracks non-Facebook users. Apple tracks us on our iPhones and iPads. One reporter used a tool called Collusion to track who was tracking him; 105 companies tracked his Internet use during one 36-hour period.

4 June 2013

technology & culture

The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s go back.

I am signed into Facebook right now. At a quick glance, the entire list of posts on the first screen are irrelevant to me. If I scrolled down I can find 4 stories I actually care about, from a list of about 30. The most important page on Facebook has more than three-fourths of absolutely useless content.

Surprising. Facebook is a company with a very large number of talented people. They know a lot about me. Yet, their product looks like one of those spam filled mailboxes from the nineties.

3 June 2013

culture & technology

The Banality of Don’t Be Evil by Julian Assange

This book is a balefully seminal work in which neither author has the language to see, much less to express, the titanic centralizing evil they are constructing. “What Lockheed Martin was to the 20th century,” they tell us, “technology and cybersecurity companies will be to the 21st.” Without even understanding how, they have updated and seamlessly implemented George Orwell’s prophecy. If you want a vision of the future, imagine Washington-backed Google Glasses strapped onto vacant human faces — forever. Zealots of the cult of consumer technology will find little to inspire them here, not that they ever seem to need it. But this is essential reading for anyone caught up in the struggle for the future, in view of one simple imperative: Know your enemy.