- book review: invisible man by ralph ellison
A review of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man includes discussion questions.
- the parasocial wars
Charged with the solemn duty to record the stories, but erase the names of the departed, the Archivist journeys the remains of a world undone by technology-mediated connections.
- words in spades
Can the incorrect perception of a word or phrase redetermine its meaning?
- Why erase people from photos?
Interest in editing people up and out of photos is as old as photography, but how common is it and does it affect our experience of the past?
- The decay of imagination in a decade of memory
How Thomas Hobbes predicted the rise of artificial intelligence in Leviathan and why that’s helpful to understand the present, but insufficient for a new political vision.
- the function of the forbidden name
This post is an exercise in the kind of tactics used by regular people in a country where censorship is a $6 billion industry and where the published image of the name of the nation’s leader is controlled. This leader… Continue reading the function of the forbidden name
- a very brief history of the streak
I’m proud to report that I’m on a 250 day streak of learning Spanish on Duolingo, a language education app. As I arrive at this momentous occasion that will earn me another achievement badge recognizing that I’ve devoted at least… Continue reading a very brief history of the streak
- note from the deep – the subscriber
The subscription desk has really shrunk. It is basically just me and Roberta left. There used to be this huge team based in Southeast Asia, but since our customers have all become really comfortable managing their subscriptions online, management realized… Continue reading note from the deep – the subscriber
- day 5 – walking lucile street – georgetown
Today we walked from 15th Ave S by Flora Bakehouse all the way west to the end of Lucile Street at East Marginal Way South. We connected the two segments of Lucile Street on Airport Way S. Joining us for… Continue reading day 5 – walking lucile street – georgetown
- book review: gramophone, film, typewriter by friedrich a. kittler
A summary of Friedrich Kittler’s Gramophone, Film, Typewriter – technologies of authorship that seem increasingly submerged in the information communication stack.
- day 4 – walking lucile street – the lucile street stairs
Walking Seattle’s Lucile Street with my daughters. This post documents the segment between 25th Ave S and 15th Ave S.
- day 3 – walking lucile street – a neighbor’s path
Walking Seattle’s Lucile Street with my daughters and our neighbors. This post documents the segment between Martin Luther King Jr Way S and Dearborn Park.
- day 2 – walking lucile street – the inception segment
Walking Seattle’s Lucile Street with my daughters. This post documents the segment between Rainier Ave S and Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
- day 1 – walking lucile street – the hillman city p-patch
Walking Seattle’s Lucile Street with my daughters. This documents the segment between Wilson Ave S and Rainier Ave S.
- in the rushing sound – investigating failure, performing leadership, & lookout kid
On the possession of control in Christianity Today’s The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Ann Wroe’s obituary of Peter Brook, and a music video by Arcade Fire.
- book review: the naked don’t fear the water by matthieu aikins
A review of Matthieu Aikins’ The Naked Don’t Fear the Water includes discussion questions.
- day 1 – walking our street from end to end
For the summer break, my daughters Ms M (7), Ms A (9) and I are planning a walking expedition of our city. Our aim is to walk the entire length of Lucile Street from one end of Seattle to the… Continue reading day 1 – walking our street from end to end
- letting the balloon go
Today is my last day on the job at a company that I have been with since 2007. I resigned in mid April and accepted their proposal to stay on for another two and a half months for an orderly… Continue reading letting the balloon go
- in the rushing sound – asylums, flow, games, & don’t give up
Dark nights bring on the desire for an early bed time. An atmospheric river washed over the Pacific Northwest this week. Equivalent to the Mississippi River dumped several times over the region, the deluge of water flooded communities and washed… Continue reading in the rushing sound – asylums, flow, games, & don’t give up
- the new puritan’s progress
All of a sudden it appeared all over the internet, like a remarketing campaign for an idea that I had added to cart and failed to checkout. I came across a blog post and two magazine articles comparing progressive ideology… Continue reading the new puritan’s progress
- friend request
First day of school. Dropped off the kids at their elementary school. They are in class for the first time since the pandemic closed in-class learning. Hit the road to the shop. By chance, two different podcasts I follow feature… Continue reading friend request
- program break
The car was on the road by 9:00pm, heading south to the mountains. No freeways. It was city streets to rural routes via every traffic light until the lights of the city fell back with the suburbs like surf receding… Continue reading program break
- noise of memory
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