Friday, July 11, 2014
Slog commenter raku knows the score:

"Tech dude culture is obscene.

These people have been told their entire lives that they're smarter and more valuable than anyone else. In grade school, they were cared about more because of what they looked like. In college, they were praised for fitting in with engineering culture and denigrated everyone else and other fields that they weren't good at. In the job force, they get paid ridiculous amounts because the people who hand out money are older versions of themselves. Socially, they live in echo chambers in their workplaces, tech websites that they look at obsessively for positive feedback, and whole online communities like Reddit where they literally get little 'praise' buttons for thinking like everyone else in that harmful culture.

It's terrible and toxic. It's hurting society. It limits who can participate in tech fields by being hostile to different types of people. It increases income inequality by devaluing work by women, immigrants, and men who don't follow their culture. The tech industry is becoming even more unethical because ethics and morality and equality and even anti-cruelty are devalued as something people outside the culture ('stupid people') care about. Entire cities and neighborhoods (like Capitol Hill) are being torn down to become their playgrounds.

It's so important to call these people out on their nonsense and not play along with them. They are not more valuable, more intelligent, and not contributing to society more than anyone else. In many cases, they're actively damaging society.

However, they do have more money and more influence than most everyone else, so it's important to actively fight back against them."
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Recent reading: A Friendly Guide to the Riemann Hypothesis, by Thomas Wright.  Chapter 1 is full of congested attempts at humor, but the term-by-term equation exegeses in Chapters 2 -> are actually super useful.

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Peggy Rathmann's Good Night, Gorilla

"That Good Night, Gorilla has been lulling children to sleep for 20 years, Rathmann said, 'is gratifying beyond words. The other day, a lovely bookstore owner told me that her grandson, who has cerebral palsy, would wiggle and giggle when [he] turned to the "eyeballs page," and that his very first words were, "Good night, good night, good night." It made my year. Heck, it made my life.'"
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Detail from something else I'm working on. Corona, 2014.  Worth enlarging.  I don't know who made this amazing photograph and would properly credit them here if I did.  At first I worried that such an autonomous, visibly authored picture would overwhelm my own composition.  But after adding and removing this particular slab of content a half a dozen times I'm inclined to think that collage can contain such density of thinking & feeling & judgment, with no disrespect to, or diminishment of, its source.

Street View sketch for something I'm working on right now.  Straight out of the printer, which explains the quick-'n-dirty levels & blocky left hand sky.  Likely resting place: taped to my tripod on location.

"Although some people neglected to understand those early pieces as works in an oeuvre, he had already been exhibiting as an artist before 2006, only with a low profile."

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