I find technology and how people communicate with it endlessly fascinating. This blog is where I express myself in more than 140 characters.
People have a funny way of remembering where they’ve been, who they were. Facts fall by the wayside. Depending on their temperament they either remember a golden time when all was better than well, better than it can be again, better than it ever really was…Or they focus on the bad, blow little incidents all out of proportion, hold grudges for years, or maybe they really did have some unlucky times, but now they’re reliving them forever in their heads instead of moving on.
But the brain plays tricks on us all, doesn’t it? We go by what it tells us, have to I suppose, because what else do we have to use as touchstones? Trouble is we don’t ask for confirmation on what the brain tells us. Things don’t have to be real, we just have to believe they’re real, which pretty much explains politics and religion as much as it does what goes on inside our heads.
— Charles de Lint in “Crow Girls”
The journey of thousand miles begins with one step
— Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism
This week’s New Yorker cover eloquently capturies various trends in media today. Having just done a course on Visual Media and Global Politics, I feel sorry this image did not appear earlier so we could analyze it in detail with the whole class.
So many layers of meaning, including a riff on the debated iPhone holiday ad, in this New Yorker cover by the one and only Chris Ware, who is truly one of the greatest graphic artists of our time – here’s the most revealing interview this reticent and reserved genius has ever given.
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A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
"I am tired of the cult of youth. The cultural rejection of old age, the stigmatization of wrinkles, grey hair, of bodies furrowed by the years. I am fascinated by Diana Vreeland, Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, women who have let time embrace them without ever cheating. Society today condems this, me, I celebrate it. For this session of fine jewellery, I imagined a man and a woman who had been together for a long time, faithful to each other and always incandescent with desire."
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Richard noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once
— Neil Gaiman, “Neverwhere”