Monday, April 10, 2006

Sunday morning gazette

The Cultivation of Idiosyncracy. (Thanks jaceee!)

Making the case for neologisms: Screensucking. EMV. Frazzing. Gemmelsmerch. Spammified. Cellopain. Regurgimailer. Reverberon. Logonorrhea. Bluetooth fairy. "A world transforming itself at an almost cancerous pace requires an exponentially new vocabulary." And people love chaos because it gives them the chance to bring it to order.

Jodi Dean looks to amputees to understand wholeness, excess and lack. And Thorstein Veblen on The Barbarian Status of Women, circa 1898.

Mr. Potter’s Curious Dioramas and more exotica from Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society: The Piraha "have no creation myths, tell no fictional stories and have no art". See, no such thing as cultural universals.

The debate over public shaming goes mobile. Take a picture and put it on flickr--it'll last even longer! (via) Maybe all we need to do is discourage the bad behaviour with "an unpleasant sticky substance"?

"Virtuous stewards treat nations and tribes as enduring entities with sacred rights to time-honoured legacies." Is this resisting mobility? MigMap: Mapping European Politics on Migration: Places and Practices (via critical spatial practice) But what are museums for anyway?

Obituary: Stanislaw Lem. Solaris. Microworlds. Tale of the Computer that Fought a Dragon.

Public intellectuals are thriving in the United States. Merde! Who's plotting the assassinations this time?

Roots of the Rúntur looks at the changing lives of Icelandic fishing communities. Apparently teenagers there look like magazine models and spend a lot of time in their cars. (via wmmna)

What those numbered stickers on your fruit and veg mean: "Conventionally grown has four digits; organically grown has five and starts with a nine; genetically engineered has five numbers and starts with an eight."

If teenagers prefer MySpace to diaries tucked between mattresses and notes stuffed in old books, does this mean we'll no longer find hard confirmations like Duran Duran Rules? And is it the lack of physical presence or the public-ness of online journals that lead mothers to wonder if it's not okay to peek?

"Alex acknowledged that his people had settled there for several years, but he didn't describe it as a place they had lived. 'Here,' he said simply, 'is where we survived'." (via things) And what do you get when you cross a wonderful, magical animal and a gummi Venus de Milo? Why bacon gummies, of course. Update: These are the best bandages I've ever seen.


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