links for 2009-08-27

  • "The glee of Senator Kennedy’s enemies and ours will be unbounded over the next few days. I’m sure the birfers, astroturfers, industry shills, talibangelicals, Blue Dog DINOs, glibertarians, neocons, and general malefactors of great wealth will weep crocodile tears as they lament that Teddy’s death should not be used as an opportunity by crass liberals to pass the kind of serious health care reform he spent the last thirty years championing. And that, my friends and President Obama, is why it’s time to come back after Labor Day with a single coherent Senator Edward M. Kennedy Health Care Reform Bill, and to twist whatever arms, ears, or other parts are necessary to get a good strong comprehensive bill passed and signed, NOW. We owe the memory of a great man no less."
  • "Besides his cartoons and cover art Crumb has managed to create card decks featuring obscure blues and country music artists inspired by his 78rpm record collection and 3D statuettes of his drawn characters.

    He has also done illustrations showing the past and future of America."

  • "This is not a form letter. The other one was. Sorry. Lots of requests. You know what I mean. I did sign it."
  • "There is another possibility: that, in most instances, depression should not be thought of as a disorder at all. In an article recently published in Psychological Review, we argue that depression is in fact an adaptation, a state of mind which brings real costs, but also brings real benefits."
  • "Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one's aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you."
  • "Public Domain Super Heroes is a collaborative website about comic book characters in the Public Domain."
  • "While setting sail on a river of beer might seem enticing, many people are wary of homebrewing because it appears to be overly complex and scientific—but the truth is that basic beer and winemaking isn't much more difficult than making soup. And the best part is that doing it yourself can have you enjoying a better quality of beverage at a substantially reduced cost."
    (tags: diy alcohol)
  • "A blonde hides her supernatural powers from the rest of the world while her show deals with social issues through metaphor and analogy… Sounds like Joss Whedon's Buffy, but Elizabeth Montgomery was there thirty years earlier with classic sitcom Bewitched."
  • "How can we have a participatory democracy – or a civil movement – if people don’t participate? How can we achieve a sustainable future when our political and economic systems are driven by corporations seeking to maximize short-term profits at the expense of social and environmental wealth?"
    (tags: activism)
  • (tags: blogs science)
  • (tags: blogs law)
  • "Prepare your mind for boggling as we explore the how, why and where of dimensions."
    (tags: science)
  • "Hitler's deluded view of himself as a genius is based on the confused system of thought emerging in the late 19th century, which centered on the idea that a genius — a strong personality who outshone everything else — could do anything and could do anything he pleased."

    "In fact, his love of art led directly into the heart of evil."

    "He needs a community of admirers. His conviction that he was a genius, in my interpretation, was at the center of his entire worldview."

    "At the time, talent was not the main focus. A genius had to have a strong personality. He was a larger-than-life talent who was permitted to do anything, including evil things. The genius has outstanding ideas, and they must be implemented, even if they are completely amoral."

    "The amorality of the Nazis represents taking this position to its unthinkable extreme."

  • "If most people are good and their needs are simple, all you have to do to serve them well is build a minimal infrastructure allowing them to get together and work things out for themselves. Any additional features are almost certainly superfluous and could even be damaging."

    "During the company's first years, Newmark approved nearly every message on the list, and in the decade since he has spent much of his time eliminating offensive ones. Even by the most conservative accounting, he has passed judgment on tens of thousands of classified ads. Very few people could do this and thrive."

    "These all signal Newmark and Buckmaster's wariness about what humans, including themselves, might do if given the chance. There may be a peace sign on every page, but the implicit political philosophy of craigslist has a deeply conservative, even a tragic cast. Every day the choristers of the social web chirp their advice about openness and trust; craigslist follows none of it"