Drago is skinny, with a beard that doesn’t fully connect to his mustache, and a rumpled coolness. Ask him his favorite book and he’ll grin and say, “I play Grand Theft Auto V.” He wears a plaid shirt, with a long chain for his medallions of a dragon and of St. George. Jack Daniel’s neat is his drink, when somebody else is buying. He’s the grandson of the best-looking whore in the blue-collar town of Belo Horizonte.
His life story mirrors that of his generation, cycling through alienation, anger and hope.
From a pretty good long read on the protests in Brazil leading up to the World Cup:
Although he turned every discussion into the verbal equivalent of a fight, and appeared to become almost uncontrollable with rage, and would tremble with anger, there is no doubt that he found a deep satisfaction in it all. He was always keen for us to meet again for more.
Bryan Magee on being friends with Karl Popper
Technology, in contrast to the adaptation of the individual to the medium, is the adaptation of the medium to the individual.
José Ortega y Gasset, “Man the Technician”
Stumbled on this in an old notebook — part of my back-to-basics thinking about the meaning of technology. Of course, Ortega wasn’t around for Apple, Amazon.com, or Facebook.
Use language with as little precision as possible. Engage heavily in malapropism and category mistakes. Refer to claims as “arguments” and to arguments as “claims”. Frequently describe sentences as “valid” and arguments as “true”. Use the word “logical” to mean plausible or true. Use “infer” when you mean “imply”. Never use the expression “begging the question” with its correct meaning but use it incorrectly as often as possible.How to Write a Crap Philosophy Essay
Unfortunately, recognizing that the problem isn’t essentially connected to the smartphone leads some to discount the problem altogether. That would be a mistake. The problem is no less real. It’s just that smashing our smartphones is not a solution. If only it were that simple. That promise of simplicity, in fact, might be why it is so tempting to causally link personal and social problems to certain technologies. It offers a certain comfort to us because we don’t have to look to our own crooked hearts for the source of our problems, and it holds out the promise of a relatively painless and straightforward solution.
Navigating that space between blaming technology and discounting the problem isn’t easy but Michael Sacasas does it well.
Why not an outline? Well, for my taste outlines are useless, fettering, imbecile. Sometimes, when you find yourself writing in circles, it may help to write down a sketch outline of the topics (or in a story, of the phases) so far covered. You outline, in short, something that already exists in written form., and this may help to show where you started backstitching. To be sure, a memorandum listing haphazardly what belongs to a particular project is useful. In fact, if you would be a”full” man as you undertake a new piece of work, you should have before you a little stack of slips bearing the ideas that have occurred to you since the subject first came to life in your mind. … It is jottings of this sort that fill the “Notebooks” at the end of “The works.” When I say slips or notebooks, I mean the any congenial form of memorandum, for I doubt whether a self-respecting man with a lively flow of ideas can constrain himself to a uniform style and form of note taking until the sacred fires have begun to cool—say around the age of fifty-oneTaking note: Barzun on Outlines versus Notebooks
When evening comes, I go back home, and go to my study. On the threshold, I take off my work clothes, covered in mud and filth, and I put on the clothes an ambassador would wear. Decently dressed, I enter the ancient courts of rulers who have long since died. There, I am warmly welcomed, and I feed on the only food I find nourishing and was born to savor. I am not ashamed to talk to them and ask them to explain their actions and they, out of kindness, answer me. Four hours go by without my feeling any anxiety. I forget every worry. I am no longer afraid of poverty or frightened of death. I live entirely through them.Niccolò Machiavelli (letter to Francesco Vettori)
Our whole problem,” said the physicist John Wheeler, “is to make the mistakes as fast as possible.” This liberating thought is more obviously true in theoretical physics than in situations where mistakes hurt. A mistake in a military operation, or a surgical operation, can kill. But that only means that whenever possible we should make the mistakes in theory, or in the laboratory; we should “let our theories die in our place,” as Popper put it. But when the enemy is at the gates, or the patient is dying, one cannot confine oneself to theory. We should abjure the traditional totalitarian assumption, still lurking in almost every educational system, that every mistake is the result of wrongdoing or stupidity. For that implies that everyone other than the stupid and the wrongdoers is infallible. Headline writers should not call every failed military strike “botched;” courts should not call every medical tragedy malpractice, even if it’s true that they “shouldn’t have happened” in the sense that lessons can be learned to prevent them from happening again. “We are all alike,” as Popper remarked, “in our infinite ignorance.” And this is a good and hopeful thing, for it allows for a future of unbounded improvement.Why It’s Good To Be Wrong - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus
Fifteen seconds of beautiful video,
Clip by clip. Everyone in the world
Can see what you’re trying to show them.
Android as well.
No more pointing people
At the mobile app.