By adopting the incentives of the algoritihm as our own, what M.S.I. has done is invert the relationships between humans and the technological tools we're meant to use. We have now become a tool used by the algorithm to perpetuate itself. It's not just that the algorithm is nudging us towards sharing more articles or posting more hot takes, we now enforce that logic on one another. The idea that digital silence equals violence is a perfect illustration of this dynamic, becuase it equates the life you share through the algorithm as being equivalent to your material existence. You are what you post, so you can never stop posting.
he's doing ok! finishing up his post-doc at upenn in philadelphia and applying to academic jobs/professorships around the country. hoping to visit him next month!
this past week was a bit of a roller coaster for both of us: last tuesday we learned we have four half-siblings, so we've been digesting the news together, slowly. it's been an emotional ride spanning shock, confusion, anger, sadness, excitement, anticipation, and joy.
— @sara.haven Instagram story reply to an ask me anything question "How's your brother doing?"
The patient should not talk or chew gum for 30 minutes.
— Something Lily was reading
People won't add any because of masks.
— Lily on if I counted the number of noses in each room.
A fourth person — a lobbyist who has spoken with Republican aides to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Breitbart’s advocacy — expressed surprise about the company’s level of outreach to lawmakers, especially given most news outlets’ efforts to separate their business and editorial operations. “With the amount of contacts they’ve had on the Hill, it seems like they should be registering to lobby,” said the lobbyist, who was granted anonymity to discuss private conversations.
— Emily Birnbaum, "Split on the right: Breitbart joins Facebook and Google in opposing news media bill," Politico
“So we will get the unusable merchandise from both the AFC and NFC Championship games, as well as from the Super Bowl. And we work with our network of nonprofits, the Good360 network of nonprofits, to place those items where they can have the most impact. And of course, they go outside of the United States because of the nature of the donation.”
— @thekansascitystar, "Here's what will become of the KC Cheif's AFC championship T-shirts and caps"
One of the strangest things in the library's extensive collection is a vast array of menus.
— @nyplpicturecollection
Freud and his theories, the patient riposted, were manifestations of the same materialism that he himself completely rejected in his own work in logic and philosophy. The mind was based on far fewer physical foundations, and far more spiritual inflences, than the twentieth century wanted to believe.
— Stephen Budiansky, Journey to the Edge of Reason: The Life of Kurt Gödel
In a 2004 argument over whether the federal government could regulate homegrown medicinal marijuana, Justice Breyer imagined a farmer who “grows heroin, cocaine, tomatoes that are going to have genomes in them that could, at some point, lead to tomato children that will eventually affect Boston.”
— Adam Liptak, "With Breyer’s Exit, a Farewell to Marshmallow Guns and Tomato Children," The New York Times
A pod of orcas taking down a blue whale is “the biggest predation event on Earth, maybe the biggest one since dinosaurs were here,” said Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University and an author of the paper.
— Annie Roth, "Orcas Are Able to Kill and Eat Blue Whales, Scientists Confirm," The New York Times
Great idea.
— Person to us as we cross country skied by
The person who controls access to the president is to a degree president.
— John Milton Cooper, Jr., Woodrow Wilson
Priorities. Love it.
— Jonathan after I texted that David and I would be delayed 5 minutes to get ice cream
In China, before the explosions, a message now says the police foiled the plot, arrested the criminals and sent Durden to a "lunatic asylum". The new finale tells viewers: "Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding. After the trial, Tyler was sent to lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012."
— "China changes Fight Club film ending so the authorities win,"
— @rishibagree's reply to @Delta's tweet "Name a city that changed your life."
— @tomlxndr, This is Lazy Dog - a small text plaything made of card. Push and pull the sliders to create new variations on the phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
A friend texted me the other day asking me for my father's first name, saying he remembered a conversation from almost a decade ago when I'd mentioned that my father works at the New School. I expressed surprise that he had retained this information, and he said that it had served its job now, and he could let it go. I teased him about what he would do with the song lyrics he'd memorized in middle school. He told me he was holding onto those for the apocalypse.
— Excerpt from #sky #nofilter: Meditations on a year when I sometimes thought I was dying, Chloë Bass, 2017, in Daily Ritual at Center for Book Arts
The whole point is I earned these for you and you keep them.
— Lily to Ken on sports trophies
It was unfortunate—perhaps tragic—that such great consequences could hang on such ordinary things as timing, fatigue, and personal engagements.
— John Milton Cooper, Jr., Woodrow Wilson
This wasn't even a human anymore. I think they called it like biological waste or something like that, and it was now the property of them. It was no longer my property, and that was just... I couldn't even accept that. They don't want you taking your leg, and, and mailing it to the president or something. So, um... there's a liablilty there, and it's understandable.
— Guy with prosthetic leg who has the bones from his original leg preserved as a model, "How To Throw Out Your Batteries," How To With John Wilson