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I started seriously pursuing music in my mid-teens. I was lucky to find myself in an environment where I had support and guidance to do this. I have not ended up quite where I expected to. There are lots of reasons for this. In my case one of those reasons is my mental health and how long it has taken me to begin to understand the role that has played (and is playing) in my life. In the 2013 UK…
In a highly significant judgment released today, The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has found that the UK’s intelligence agencies were secretly and unlawfully collecting bulk data on people in the UK without adequate safeguards or supervision for over a decade.
If you don’t think this stuff matters I would suggest you read Cory Doctorow’s YA novel Little Brother. Mass surveillance profoundly alters the nature of our social contracts with those who would govern us.
[I]n order to heal the great divide in the United States we’re going to have to admit what Trump’s popularity is all about: a fading, racist white majority is struggling to maintain primacy.
The reframing of a privileged majority as an oppressed (soon to be) minority is perhaps the defining concept of this post-truth campaign.
“— Daring Fireball: Is Donald Trump Actually Trying to Win?
As proof that Trump knows the job itself would bore him, note that The New York Times reported the following:
One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?
When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.
Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?
“Making America great again” was the casual reply.”
This is a really interesting phenomenon. If you watch to the end of the video Mr Tokieda discusses how each individual ball is still behaving as you would expect it to if it were in isolation, but the balls together create an aggregate behaviour that is the opposite of that.
I wonder if there are parallels in social psychology to do with perceived intention and group interactions?
Redditors of r/the_donald were upset that their hero’s AMA wasn’t very visible on r/all and that postings of Illma Gore’s drawing Make America Great Again were more visible. This seems similar to me to the outcry by followers of Milo Yiannopoulos at his banning from Twitter.
Twitter has been justly criticised for failing to deal with the waves of ignorant, horrible and sometimes scary nonsense that many women have to deal with on their platform. Perhaps having a racist misogynistic shitshow blow up was more than they could face justifying?
The objection is that Mr Yiannopoulos didn’t break any explicit rules. It’s a bit like a bully grabbing your arms and using them to hit you claiming they aren’t actually striking you, you are hitting yourself. It’s all a bit lower-sixth really.
The Reddit fandango is similar except this time it’s about how the algorithms that promote content on the site work. If you are pro Mr Tiny Hands then either they are broken or someone put their fingers on the scale. Regarding the drawing of the presidential nominee naked, the response has been to create and post similar pictures of Hillary Clinton. The hope being that they will be banned and then an inconsistency can be revealed.
It’s all about rules. Rules must be consistently applied, is the howl. Why is my stupidity worse than their stupidity? It’s all very tiring and that this is part of a debate about who runs the preeminent superpower in the world today is very sad indeed.
In the past couple of weeks, I have been asked twice about my opinion on studying composition as an undergraduate. First by friends of mine who have a son that is developing into a fine young musician and once on Reddit. Studying music is a tricky thing, and studying composition is even trickier. You are putting your development as a creator of music in the hands of a few people. This is a big…
I. Thy lamps shall have large, obvious switches that are not obscured by the shade nor hidden on their bases, nor their power-cords.
II. Thy wall-switches shalt be labeled with the parts of the room they correspond to.
III. Never shall thine electrical outlets be controlled by light switches, lest they cause a device to go uncharged overnight.
IV. Thine faucets shall be as plain as fuck.
V. Yea, and thou shalt label them, with large, sans-serif writing, HOT and COLD, in red and blue, for an icy shower at 4AM doth enrage a traveler and lo, first degree burns art a liability for thee and thine underwriters.
VI. Thy shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer shalt be labeled in the largest type that will fit on the bottles, for travelers may not be able to find thine goddamned lightswitches, and yea, may not wear their glasses to take a shower and thus be incapable of reading the tiny curlycue type used to label the bottles.
VII. Thine housekeepers shall never leave the TV on, even if thy in-room entertainment system has a muzak channel it can be turned to.
VIII. Thy TVs shall have large, obvious, front panel off buttons.
The realisation of imaginary bicycles. Gianluca Gimini creates 3d models of people’s bicycle sketches.
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