The weekend’s bookmarks…
Mon, 11 Jun 2012
Shit, guess this is what happens when I don’t update regularly; all the left over tabs and bookmarks get to be so numerous, they have to be herded into a single, over-sized aggregated post. My bad. Good stuff to read and check out though. Honest.
- Boston teacher’s incredible speech to graduating class: ‘You are NOT special’ (brilliance)
In a moment of pure untamed brilliance English teacher David McCullough went off on the graduating class of 2012 at Wellesley High, critiquing modern parenting techniques by saying that children are “pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble wrapped… nudged, cajoled, wheedled .. feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie.”
(transcript here and video here)
- Being the ‘good’ kind of narcissist
- P-p-p pick up a perverted penguin
Newly discovered documents from Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic have revealed their shock at the “astonishing depravity” and sexual habits of the Adelie penguins they encountered around the South Pole.
- Scientists to Use Venus Transit to Hone Alien Planet Search Techniques
Plus: video observations from the SDO and collected photos on the Big Picture.
- Toward a Dissident Architecture?
The question posed by Wang’s Pritzker selection could be articulated like this: If you provide a particularly humane or humanist built environment within the context of occasionally inhumane political or economic conditions, to what extent are you reinforcing or resisting those conditions? Are you offering a tangible alternative or a mere respite?
- The Pirate Bay evades ISP blockade with IPv6, can do it 18 quintillion more times
- How search engines will develop sentient responses?
- Radiolab: The Art and Science of Digital Shamanism
- Why Great Television Is More Like A Novel Than A Play
Why do still watch plays by Euripides, born some 2,500 years ago, or Shakespeare, who is nearly 450 years old? Writer orthodoxy says it’s because the fundamental rules for drama have never changed, since they are eternal, rooted in human nature.
- Why Americans See Racism Where The French See No Problem
- Wes Anderson: Whimsical Like a Fox
See also: his collaborator’s radio interview on how he soundtracks his movies.
- Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration
Finally, was pointed to an upcoming Ubisoft game titled “Watch Dogs”. Not much details have been released yet, but based on this E3 trailer, it looks to be one of those rare high concept, modernist thinking games that only get produced once in a blue moon. Plus the trailer itself is a magnificently designed video.