laurence turner

the random musings of a fool

3 things…

1. The dark side of the internet, guardian.co.uk

2. Romanian president Traian Basescu punches a kid in the face, youtube.com

3. Lastly, something nice – Bill Frisell Trio: Spontaneous at Kennedy, npr.org

Filed under: music, politics, stupidity, tech

giving thanks

Loudon Wainwright Looks ‘High’ For Inspiration, npr.org / What If Steve Jobs Hadn’t Returned To Apple In 1997?, techcrunch.com / America, the beautiful? – Roadside Architectural Wonders, howstuffworks.com / Solar System Scale Model, phrenopolis.com

Filed under: architecture, history, music, tech, thanks

earworms

the songs stuck in our heads, baltimoresun.com / Not Funny: Reporter detained in Iran for ties to the Daily Show, harpers.org / Harry Reid, and What Happened to the Public Option, talkingpointsmemo.com / Before I Vote, Let Me Check My Portfolio, harpers.org / Microsoft Offers To Pay News Publishers To Pull Content From Google, paidcontent.org / Demons and beefcake – the other side of Francis Bacon, guardian.co.uk / the internet as playground and factory, digitallabor.org / ABA President’s Curious Means of “Advancing Rule of Law”, harpers.org / Homeless on the Home Front, nybooks.com

Filed under: economics + finance, music, news, politics, science, stupidity, tech

Weekend Reading Assignment

Catching up… been a little hectic around here of late. Sorry for my absence, O’ Mighty Web!

“It’s so terrible, it induces an entirely new emotion: a blend of vertigo, disgust, anger and embarrassment that I like to call “shitasmia.” It not only creates this emotion: it defines it. It’s the most shitasmic cultural artefact in history. Watch it for yourself. Still, bad though it is, I vaguely prefer the clumping, clueless, uncool, crappiness of Microsoft’s bland Stepford gang to the creepy assurance of the average Mac evangelist.” – Posted this Charlie Brooker piece a while back when it was first published by The Guardian, but it’s still funny: Better the broken Windows than life with the Mac monks, smh.com.au

Some wind in the sails of the Green Movement? Perhaps… Spain gets 53% of its energy from wind!, greenmonk.net / Sarah Palin Suggests Coin Conspiracy In Wisconsin Speech, huffingtonpost.com / With Berlusconi in the Soup, nybooks.com /  Barack Obama ‘risks Suez-like disaster’ in Afghanistan, says key adviser, guardian.co.uk / The Frightening Beauty of Bunkers by Paul Virilio, themorningnews.org / Robotic Tightrope Walkers for High-Voltage Lines, spectrum.ieee.org / I am become Death, destroyer of worlds, economist.com / The Nerd Handbook, randsinrepose.com / Big news? Twitter and LinkedIn Status Updates Are Now Synced, mashable.com / ‘Pirate Radio’ Tunes Into Rock-Revolution Nostalgia, npr.org / Be afraid, be very afraid… your privacy ended in 1994: User Tracking, philipgreenspun.com / Another step towards the Fourth Discontinuity: Bare, bareconductive.com

We took our daughter to see Where the Wild Things Are the other day. Go see it before we are all turned into robots of the hive mind.

Filed under: architecture, environment, film, music, news, politics, tech

you are what you eat

the gut response to what we eat, npr.org / Rock (and oil production) are dead, good.is

Filed under: health, music, science, tech

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