The Longest Now

“I want Happiness”
Thursday September 27th 2012, 2:14 am
Filed under: poetic justice,wikipedia

A man once said to Buddha: “I want Happiness.”
Buddha said: “First remove ‘I‘, that is ego.
Then remove ‘want‘, that is desire.
Now you are left only with Happiness.”


Brand the Internet: Miss Manners’ Dos and Donts For the Internet
Wednesday September 26th 2012, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

A case study by Tom Morris.  (Previously: slowly learning to say ‘yes’ )

!!!!! Move over, Makmende! Aki Ra is Love
Tuesday September 25th 2012, 5:26 pm
Filed under: fly-by-wire,indescribable,international,null,Too weird for fiction

Love and death and hope. Here’s wishing him a fruitful and productive year.

Please, template authors: don’t rewrite Wikidata with some template hacks
Sunday September 23rd 2012, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized,wikipedia

Tim Starling asks template authors and geo-mavens to be patient.

It Gets Better … Anatole Broyard’s daughter puts Roth in his place
Friday September 21st 2012, 7:19 am
Filed under: Blogroll,chain-gang,poetic justice,wikipedia

Via the New York Observer and Salon.   Zounds.

Acrocats unite to face down a blue menace
Thursday September 20th 2012, 12:50 am
Filed under: popular demand

via sebastian.

Homeless vocalist Sung-bong Choi brings down the house, leaving no eye dry
Wednesday September 19th 2012, 5:17 pm
Filed under: Glory, glory, glory,international

Painfully awesome.

Prepare for the end, apocalyptically, of… the calendar year
Tuesday September 18th 2012, 5:13 pm
Filed under: chain-gang,Uncategorized

On December 21 this year we should all make text posts that sound really apocalyptic but aren’t, like

because I turned up the heater


from my tv

or even

the dancefloor


I might lose this game of hide-and-seek

via unwinona

Gyrovague muses on fast-food franchises in…
Tuesday September 18th 2012, 1:52 pm
Filed under: chain-gang,citation needed,meta,Uncategorized

the age of lawsuits.

you thought this would involve SPACE, didn’t you?

XOXO Rocked! Honoring togetherness as it transforms the world
Monday September 17th 2012, 3:49 pm
Filed under: %a la mod,Blogroll,chain-gang,Glory, glory, glory,popular demand
This sounded amazing when the idea was floated months ago.  And by all accounts that sound catalyzed all who felt similarly to come make the sort of ambiently generative meeting that every physical gathering aspires to be.  A few recaps:

Dubstep to sleep to: Mike Tompkins – Ezra Keshet’s fantasy artist
Monday September 17th 2012, 10:09 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Dynamite Fireworks via PBP

5¢ense / Decodex: Decoding Serafini from his own home town
Monday September 17th 2012, 6:55 am
Filed under: Blogroll,Glory, glory, glory,international,Seraphic

This rambling illustrated reflection on Serafini, with translations of some of the writings in the Decodex and posted from across the street from Luigi’s house, is a perfect example of why I love 5¢ense. (Throw in some of the monomania of Kane X. Faucher and you’d have a dangerous decoding machine for all of mod society.)

Amanda Palmer on the subtleties of pride for working artists
Sunday September 16th 2012, 9:51 pm
Filed under: gustatory,meta,poetic justice,popular demand

A great multi-sided discussion from the AFP blog, with at least three incompatible views worth considering (and unifying in one moral code, if you’re looking for a challenge).  

How should artists set expectations for how large popular shows and venues play out, when they each draw on dozens of performers, from pick-up –> auditioned one-night –> well-known drop-ins from past collabs –> long-term tour staff?

Play that song I like, giant iPod.
Sunday September 16th 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: international,poetic justice,Uncategorized

PLAY IT NOW. from unwinona (and un coeur)

Not a Paper (of the totimorphous) – an audio L.S.*
Sunday September 16th 2012, 2:01 am
Filed under: Blogroll,indescribable,Seraphic

Listen and enjoy.

* Here written S.L., but no less superterrestrial

Libby Bulloff: art, photographs and cabaret exoskeleta
Sunday September 16th 2012, 2:00 am
Filed under: %a la mod,poetic justice,Uncategorized

Two of my favorites from her portfolio:

For more, see the Exoskeleton Cabaret.

“What Wroth Roth Wrought” by Virginia Hefferman and Oliver Keyes
Saturday September 15th 2012, 5:51 pm
Filed under: international,metrics,Uncategorized,wikipedia

We may have a national drought, but a bumper crop of brilliant essays of, by, and for Wikipedia are turning up this weekend.

Oliver Keyes / Ironholds turned out this gem of an essay deconstructing, line by line, how many claims and statements in the original New Yorker piece fell somewhere between confused and false.  In particular, he highlights that Roth has already been cited in the article at the time as disputing the claims by many critics that Broyard’s life was an influence on his character.

And he points out how credulous our traditional media are, when dealing with respected authors: how few outlets made an effort to check statements Roth made before repeating them, and often assumed they were true in coming up with social and factual analyses.

But these are the institutions that we – Wikipedians an everyone else – look up to for fact-checking and peer review in the first place.   How to make sense of this communication gap?

Enter Virginia Hefferman, stage right.  She published an insightful piece, with stylish patter to match the subject matter, on how the Rothroversy illustrates a digital culture war. An excerpt:

At least two Americas, then. Each with its own civilizations, its own holy artifacts, its own shamans. For contrast: Wikipedia is an open-source encyclopedia, born in 2001; it has some 365 million readers in 265 languages. The New Yorker is an American general-interest weekly, born in 1925. It has a circulation of almost 1.05 million, in a single language. Wikipedia America and New Yorker America are so dug into their hierarchies of values that, really, they can only cultivate blindness about the other lest they implode in madness.
The East Coast establishment, for its part, is still so sure of itself that when Roth, one of its most esteemed denizens, finds himself narcissistically bugged in the usual way with something on Wikipedia, he doesn’t do what the rest of us do when Wikipedia narcissistically bugs us: learn the supremely learnable procedures for submitting changes to that populist and infinitely flexible document.
Roth doesn’t read enough on the site to learn that at Wikipedia, nothing is left “on author” (as we used to say of the very rare uncheckable fact when I did my own time at The New Yorker). Everything must be sourced… 

“The Human Stain,” as a novel, might rise or fall on its status as a fictionalization of the life of this or that obscure intellectual. But Wikipedia, as the near-miraculous open-source document that defines knowledge on the Web, lives or dies on the strength of its traditions of anonymity, proceduralism, humility and collaboration. Once it knuckles under to power—literary, political, any kind—it cracks. Wikipedia as it stands is chaotic and error-ridden, although anything but soulless: It breathes with the intelligence of the hundreds of millions of people, around the world, who use it and contribute to it and take pride in it and maintain it.
Hefferman was recruited away from the New York Times to the increasingly impressive Yahoo! News earlier this year.

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