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Speed Bumps: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Cheaters in Track and Field — ProPublica — Ever since reading about the rampant blood doping during the cross-country skiing at the 2002 Olympics, I’ve been fascinated about doping in sports. I know it’s not legal and probably bad for the long-term health of the athletes but it’s amazing what lengths people will go to to win a sports competition.

How Origami Is Informing Structural Engineering - CityLab — This is a very cool marriage of an ancient Japanese art form and cutting-edge engineering. This article is from 2015 and I know there have been even more advances in origami-based engineering, robotics, and space exploration.

62 People Now Own As Much Wealth As Half Of The World’s Population — Just a reminder that we’ve been talking about this bullshit for at least the last 4 years and nothing has changed. And something has to change soon. Capitalism harms too many people to be able to continue on its current course. (Plus this article has some cool interactive graphs as a bonus.)

Pirate Bay Founder: ‘I Have Given Up’ - VICE — A 2015 interview with Peter Sunde where he discusses the problems with the centralization of the internet, how capitalism is ruining society (and therefore also ruining the internet), and how too many people don’t care enough to fight against the continuing corporate control and user tracking as long as they continue to get their free services and social media sites. I can’t say I’ve done anything about it either but seeing how many articles from 4-5 years ago about how the internet is broken that I’ve saved makes me realize that we’ve all been talking about these problems for a while and there have been very few reforms or changes on how the big internet and social media companies do business.

This Trumpzilla Cartoon Won’t Fix a Thing | David Rees — David Rees describes an incredible political cartoon of Trump (after he won Super Tuesday). And then tells us why a political cartoon isn’t going to change anything and we need to get out and talk to people if we don’t want Trump to be President. Classic.

An Afternoon With the World’s Most Powerful Rocket Booster - VICE — I’m no rocket scientist but rocket testing is very cool. Plus, we drove by this test site in Utah on our way to the Golden Spike National Historic Park and the long, winding, bumpy drive to see Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty.

Networked Disruption. An interview with Tatiana Bazzichelli – We Make Money Not Art — I’m disappointed that I haven’t followed Bazzichelli since I assume I read this in 2015. I will from now on and also I’m planning on learning more about the Disruption Network Lab, her curatorial project on art, hacktivism, and disruption. I enjoyed this interview because she calls bullshit on tech companies using terms like hacker and disruption and I love seeing the photos of the install of the exhibition she curated, Networked Disruption.

Hello World!!!

That's right, after years of silence I'm blogging again. Not sure what I'm going to be writing about but I'm sure you'll find it interesting and want to share it with all your virtual friends.

Peace.

The Second Post

This is my second post. It's basically only a test to try to make this wonky navigation work the right way. As with most everything I do, it's probably more trouble than it's worth.

Top 25 Albums of 2013

Here's my list -- in order as always because if it's not in order it's just a collection. I've linked what I could to SoundCloud. Let me know if you want to hear something and can't find it or have Spotify blocked in your office like I do, I'd be happy to share.

  1. M.I.A. - Matangi
  2. No Age - An Object
  3. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
  4. Foxygen - We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  5. Dean Blunt - The Redeemer
  6. Vic Mensa - Innanetape
  7. DJ Hennessy Youngman - CVS Bangers
  8. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
  9. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
  10. Wavves - Afraid of Heights
  11. Body/Head - Coming Apart
  12. Danny Brown - Old
  13. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
  14. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
  15. Quasi - Mole City
  16. James Ferraro - NYC, Hell 3:00 AM
  17. Flatbush ZOMBIES - Better Off DEAD
  18. A$AP Rocky - Long Live A$AP
  19. Cults - Static
  20. Kelela - Cut 4 Me
  21. arca - &&&&&
  22. The Underachievers - Indigoism
  23. Mikal Cronin - MCII
  24. Disclosure - Settle
  25. Le1f - Fly Zone

Doing Nothing

A couple of days ago I enabled the little badge on Instapaper to show my unread count. My kids laughed at me when they noticed it was 358. I'm not sure they'd still be laughing when they saw my newsfeed unread count or my Tumblr unread count or my Pinboard unread count. Plus I'm sure the amount of time I spend reading Twitter everyday could be considered problematic.

I don't even want to think how many hours (probably days) it'd take for me to read all those articles. I've read about 20 over the past couple of days. One of them, a profile of Natalie Jermanjinko was great. A couple of others were interesting and another group would have been interesting if I had read them two years ago. Right around half were not interesting at all.

I could try to get through all those articles and links and bookmarks but to what end I don't know. I haven't discussed any of the articles - good or bad - with anyone this week. I haven't posted links on social media. They haven't inspired blog posts or further research. I've just marked them off a list.

Of course, reading is not bad. Obsessively collecting potential reading material is. I don't want my kids laughing at me anymore (at least not for this) so I'm going to make a switch. It's time for me to start doing. I want to learn Processing and p5.js, I want to code some tiny node.js apps, I want to write poetry. Obviously I'm going to keep reading but from now on I'm going to focus on reading the things that will show me how to do other things.

My day will be ruled by unread counts no more!

A Really New Direction

Trying to get everything to cooperate. I've switched over to Netlify and I'm thinking about moving off of Jekyll. We'll see if I have the energy for that.

My Old Bookmarks

I’ve been using Pinboard for my bookmarks for as long as I can remember — probably almost 15 years. With my current free time I’ve been reviewing some categories just to see what I had bookmarked. My explorations revealed a “blog” category of pages and posts I wanted to share that has over 100 links in it.

Tomorrow I’m going through them year by year starting with the oldest from June 2014. I’m not sure what I’ll find but I know I saved them because I felt like I had something to say about them. If nothing else we’ll get to see what time has done to the relevancy of the links and to the strength of my convictions.

Stay tuned!

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I figured now would be as good time as any to start going through the 100s of links I bookmarked with the intention to read later but have never looked at let only read. So here’s the first installment of what I’m calling “Read, Watch, Listen.” Hope you find something enjoyable. Disclaimer: some of these are pretty old but hopefully still relevant or at least serve as interesting recent history.

Year in Review: Museum admission should be free: The state of art in 2014 - Los Angeles Times — Christopher Knight writes about why museums should be free. I’ve agreed with this idea for years. And although museums look to be one of the many industries who are going to suffer financially, individual admission fees are not going to help them get back in the black. When they can reopen, museums should be waive admission fees, become a place of art and community, and find different revenue streams for their funding.

The dark future of American space exploration - Vox — This article is from 2015 so a lot has changed since then but NASA should be better funded because no other country can do space exploration like NASA can.

Night trailer for “Hippias Minor” exhibition by Paul Chan (June 15 - Sept 30, 2015) - YouTube — Drone footage of a Paul Chan exhibition for DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art that includes three of those inflatable dancing guys and is soundtracked by a DJ Screw version of “In the Air Tonight.” Can’t miss.

Sarah Sudhoff | Point of Origin | grayDUCK Gallery — I like the worlds that Sarah Sudhoff creates and explores. I honestly don’t know much about this current exhibit but the install looks great and I’m using this as a reminder to actually get out see art and get involved and support artists in Austin.

Emory Douglas: The Art of The Black Panthers on Vimeo — Although this short is about 5 years old, it does a great job capturing some of what Emory Douglas, the first Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, is about and showcasing some of his better-known images. I included Douglas in my undergraduate honors thesis and could find very little information about his work at the time (early 90s). I was glad to see when he started getting more recognition and wider appreciation a few years back.

Arts And Tech Non-Profit Gray Area Is A Symbol For A Changing City – TechCrunch — Even though it’s from 2014 and Gray Area has come a long way since then, this article does a great job of highlighting the work and effort — and especially the work and effort of Josette Melchor — that goes into starting a new nonprofit arts organization.

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Speed Bumps: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Cheaters in Track and Field — ProPublica — Ever since reading about the rampant blood doping during the cross-country skiing at the 2002 Olympics, I’ve been fascinated about doping in sports. I know it’s not legal and probably bad for the long-term health of the athletes but it’s amazing what lengths people will go to to win a sports competition.

How Origami Is Informing Structural Engineering - CityLab — This is a very cool marriage of an ancient Japanese art form and cutting-edge engineering. This article is from 2015 and I know there have been even more advances in origami-based engineering, robotics, and space exploration.

62 People Now Own As Much Wealth As Half Of The World’s Population — Just a reminder that we’ve been talking about this bullshit for at least the last 4 years and nothing has changed. And something has to change soon. Capitalism harms too many people to be able to continue on its current course. (Plus this article has some cool interactive graphs as a bonus.)

Pirate Bay Founder: ‘I Have Given Up’ - VICE — A 2015 interview with Peter Sunde where he discusses the problems with the centralization of the internet, how capitalism is ruining society (and therefore also ruining the internet), and how too many people don’t care enough to fight against the continuing corporate control and user tracking as long as they continue to get their free services and social media sites. I can’t say I’ve done anything about it either but seeing how many articles from 4-5 years ago about how the internet is broken that I’ve saved makes me realize that we’ve all been talking about these problems for a while and there have been very few reforms or changes on how the big internet and social media companies do business.

This Trumpzilla Cartoon Won’t Fix a Thing | David Rees — David Rees describes an incredible political cartoon of Trump (after he won Super Tuesday). And then tells us why a political cartoon isn’t going to change anything and we need to get out and talk to people if we don’t want Trump to be President. Classic.

An Afternoon With the World’s Most Powerful Rocket Booster - VICE — I’m no rocket scientist but rocket testing is very cool. Plus, we drove by this test site in Utah on our way to the Golden Spike National Historic Park and the long, winding, bumpy drive to see Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty.

Networked Disruption. An interview with Tatiana Bazzichelli – We Make Money Not Art — I’m disappointed that I haven’t followed Bazzichelli since I assume I read this in 2015. I will from now on and also I’m planning on learning more about the Disruption Network Lab, her curatorial project on art, hacktivism, and disruption. I enjoyed this interview because she calls bullshit on tech companies using terms like hacker and disruption and I love seeing the photos of the install of the exhibition she curated, Networked Disruption.

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Badlands Unlimited — I knew Badlands was closing. I didn’t realize they were gone. It was an interesting publishing project and it’s too bad it was no longer sustainable.

After 15 years, a forest, a pig and a giant tongue, Echo Park alternative arts space Machine Project is closing its doors - Los Angeles Times — Mark Sears, director of the Machine Project, talks about five of his favorite projects from the organization’s history. Machine Project is definitely one of the models for the nonprofit arts space I dream of planning and running — a space that can help emerging artists produce exhibits and projects and is “about coalescing large groups of artists who weren’t represented by galleries and who weren’t being shown in museums.” Maybe one day I can find the time and partners to make something like it happen here in Austin.

God Bless Russell Westbrook, May He Never Change | GQ — Even though he plays for the Rockets now (one of my least favorite teams in the league), Westbrook is still one of my favorite players because he plays hard every game and is willing to take the risks the make him brilliant even though he knows those risks might not always work and he’ll end up being called out for it.

A History of Violence: Jordan Wolfson on His Shocking Foray into VR at the Whitney Biennial – ARTnews.com — Wolfson makes art that makes audiences (including myself) uncomfortable with looking at it. Creating a work in VR that subverts the traditional thinking that VR experiences can help us gain empathy with other people and perspectives is a brilliant concept.

Here are three articles about people with face-blindness which I have at least a mild case of and might be a result of the bike accident I was in a number of years ago. But I always say that’d I’d be the world’s worst spy because all you’d have to do would be to put on sunglasses and I’d never recognize you. It’s lead to a couple embarrassing social interactions and I can normally figure it out but I really on picking up other characteristics than someone’s face in order to identify them.

Will the Retail Apocalypse Be Good for the Arts? — I’m all for using empty store fronts for temporary art spaces. I know it’s happened in Austin but not recently. Most spaces don’t need too much work to be useable for an art exhibit or performance and it’s a win-win as art organizations need the space and realty holding companies have empty buildings that they aren’t making money from anyway. Not sure what the future holds but it seems like a way to get people back into downtown or other areas of the city once we’re all done with this quarantine.

How Spikeball became mainstream — Quick story about how Spikeball gained popularity so quickly. They’ve been playing it at my kids’ middle school for at least three years now but I was still surprised to start seeing people playing in parks around Austin.