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  • Chronicle: Delving Into Democracy’s Shadows

    September 17, 2004

    From Arts & Letters Daily: The article Delving Into Democracy’s Shadow explores the books of Michael Mann, a sociology professor at UCLA. He’s the author of The Sources of Social Power, a yet-unfinished set of books that “chart the emergence of four distinct forms of power (ideological, military, economic, and political)”.

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  • Why pursue Art? Sean Kernan knows!

    September 17, 2004

    My buddy Jeff over at Scintus Images forwarded me this link to a graduation address by Sean Kernan. He’s a well-known photographer, though I am shamefully ignorant of such things. Anyway, Jeff said that he respected this guy a lot — “He says a lot of what I also believe in, expressed very well”.

    It’s long, but worth the read if you have wondered what happened to the joy you used to feel in your creative work. His article has given me hope that I’ll find it again, if I just continue what I’m doing. Go on, read it.

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  • Beset by Fleas!

    September 16, 2004

    Recommendations are at the bottom of this post.

    Damnit, the house has erupted in fleas or something that leaves tiny bite marks. The cats have been scratching themselves all day, and I’m itchy too.

    The cats don’t go out, so it’s something that either crawled over from the outside or I brought them back with me from somewhere else.

    I have a big day planned tomorrow, involving the mass deployment of chemical agents

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  • Desktop Manufacturing

    September 16, 2004

    Wired has an article on Fab Labs. The Fab Labs, a project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, has “about $20,000 dollars worth of equipment — a 3-D milling machine, a table-top laser cutter, a computerized system for cutting and shaping plastic and other materials, along with associated computers, software, small electronics tools and component parts.”

    The idea of being able to design and output working 3d objects at your desk is pretty damn cool. I wonder if MIT gives tours? They’re just an hour from here.

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  • The MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

    September 16, 2004

    I’ve always been curious about how the mind works, and in theories of how things work in general, so when I found a whole book filled organized by cognitive concepts I was tempted to order it right then and there. I became aware of its existence in this article on Automaticity. Why was I looking up Automaticity? Because someone used the word in an online forum, and I didn’t have a clue what it meant…

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