links for 2009-07-24

  • "Settlers of Catan, the award-winning resource-allocation and strategy board game, will have a version on the iPhone and iPod Touch "this summer," …"
  • "The baseless arrest of one of the nation's most esteemed scholars is wrong and unfortunate, whether racism or simple abuse of authority is to blame. Professor Gates was publicly humiliated and spent several hours confined in a jail cell for, at most, asserting himself against a mistaken policeman. He deserves the apology he has asked for and apparently won't receive. But the larger problem of racial disparity in law enforcement is not caused by individual misconduct, and it will not be solved by apologies extracted under pressure or the threat of litigation. It's a symptom of the way we have chosen to deal with poverty and racial isolation in this very wealthy and supposedly egalitarian society. And it makes all police scapegoats for the failed and callous social policies that we have all chosen or acquiesced to."
  • "Because you see, everything really is about sex, by which I mean, it is about the libido, of which sexuality and sex practices are only one powerful manifestation. We might recall here that for Freud, in the words of Jonathan Lear, 'sexual energy is not at bottom sexual energy,' but is, perhaps, 'a manifestation of a more fundamental force permeating nature.' For Freud, the libido was not as much a sex-force as it was a life- or 'love-force,' and in Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, he wrote, 'The nucleus of what we mean by love naturally consists . . . in sexual love with sexual union as its aim. But we do not separate from this—what in any case has a share in the name of ‘love’—on the one hand, self-love, and on the other, love for parents and children, friendship and love for humanity in general, and also devotion to concrete objects and to abstract ideas.'"
  • "Republic Bike assembles custom bicycles based on shared design. We offer component and color selection curated for quality, value and aesthetics. Pick, choose, swap and decide and we'll build it, box it, and ship it out. Built by us and you."