No, no, not you in particular. I’m thinking about a more general “you” — the American “you,” the Western “you,” and even the 18- to 22-year-old “you” who enrolls in my introductory African history classes.
When I allow myself to think about it, it seems as though I spend as much time un-teaching African history as teaching it.
Sometimes I find myself spending an inordinate amount of time crafting the language behind error messages. Software development can be a lot like what I imagine being an archeologist is like. You spend a fair amount of time, without a ton of information, trying to decipher what the scribblings of…
“You have to assume that existential malaise — which is not quite the same as boredom, incidentally — is a constant of modern life, and live accordingly.”—
Matthew Gallaway, The Metropolis Case (via mar-see-ah)
Matthew Gallaway: I’m reblogging this because I thought I’d take the chance to say that (in light of some of the debate crossing my dashboard today), I’m 44 yo and I FUCKING LOVE TUMBLR. <3 <3 <3 (Srsly.) Like whatever number of books I would have sold otherwise, I’m sure I sold AT LEAST ten times more thanks to tumblr, which isn’t to say it’s just abt being a self-promoting whore (although there’s some of that in my case; let’s be honest), but actually meeting some other fucked up children of the earth (via Spacemen 3) and relating to each other in a way that is sometimes serious and often not. Yeah, cat pix might be involved, so fucking what. CLOTU 4ever u guys. Twitter’s okay — I mean, I’m not great at it, but I admire ppl who are — and yeah, FB is ugly and gross but good for keeping up with high-school friends, so who cares, whatever, I’m not going to be like, OMG social media is destroying civilization because there are worse things, and I find that people doing the alleging about social media are, generally speaking, insiders who don’t seem to understand what it means to be really alone (or they’ve forgotten) and how sometimes a few kind words or a lol or a hot gay bear or whatever else crossing your dash can really make the difference between the total shit and not-quite-total shit that so often passes for life.
We’re discarding our usual all-black outfits, shining up the cowboy boots and packing our bags for sunny Austin, because SXSW Interactive starts this Friday! New York City is making an even bigger splash this year at the ultimate emerging technology festival. Will we see you there? Join us at…
“If the scientific community were to declare free will an illusion, it would precipitate a culture war far more belligerent than the one that has been waged on the subject of evolution. Without free will, sinners and criminals would be nothing more than poorly calibrated clockwork, and any conception of justice that emphasized punishing them (rather than deterring, rehabilitating, or merely containing them) would appear utterly incongruous. And those of us who work hard and follow the rules would not “deserve” our success in any deep sense. It is not an accident that most people find these conclusions abhorrent. The stakes are high.”—Sam Harris: Is Free Will an Illusion? (via kateoplis)