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[READING] Interesting articles, books, and prose.
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[READING] Interesting articles, books, and prose.

159 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 04:18
160 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 04:21
I don't think it's just because of that even though it's a large reason why people are looking inwards. Even before 2009 the internet was booming with the minimalist and life experience crowds. You could say that it's been here since the hippie movements but I don't know much about those times to comment, I can only speak for what I have experience in which is the internet era.

I think a large part of the reason for all of this too is that lots of people have grown up in broken homes that were made that way due to money issues and parents working all the time and have no inclination to repeat the experience.
161 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 07:41
No, I don't think it's the only reason, but I think it's probably the simplest and most widespread. In the past, I imagine people who simply had "no inclination" to join the rat race were more likely to fall in line because the job market was much easier than it currently is.
I suspect the hippies laid the groundwork, at least in the West. I don't know if there were/are hippies in Asia. But, I feel like the idealism of the hippies has been turned into nihilism.
162 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 09:48
Lots of hippies weren't really idealists, in fact lots of them were much like that article described.
There was a 70s film that's pretty famous in Italy, called Ecce Bombo, in which one of the characters stays in her brother's house and doesn't pay rent, lives on friends' food, gets clothes and all from friends who travel, and generally does nothing but "go around, see people, do stuff", and then goes on about how she's happy just to be sitting in a lawn, chilling with her friend.
I also remember my mom telling me about this apartment close to where she lived in her 20s, owned by a man who lived abroad for 6 months a year due to work, which was "occupied" by a young couple who also had no money, no job, and mostly spent their days doing nothing. They broke into the apartment, changed the lock, and used it to their hearts' content for a few months or so. When the owner came back the couple was out; he saw that the door was locked and called some people to change the lock, and then threw all their stuff out in the street. The couple came back while he was still throwing their stuff out and they even had the nerve to complain!
This lifestyle is nothing new; that it's coming back en masse just means that we're probably going through a down phase as a society.
163 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-01 22:30
Interesting. I had thought of it as a modern thing. I'm going to poke around and do some reading. As a Sang-sympathizer, this sort of thing is fascinating to me.
The couple came back... and had the nerve to complain
That takes a serious sense of entitlement to steal something and then complain when the owner takes it back. It's a funny story, though.
Ecce Bombo
I've never heard of this movie, but it sounds interesting. I'll try to find it.
down phase as a society
Yeah, I feel like sensitive misfits and dropouts are sort of the canary in the coalmine of modern society. I have a lot of friends who are NEETs and the like, and I think it means we're in for a rough decade or two.
164 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-02 01:21
People occupying buildings illegally was a common thing at the time, at least here in Italy; it was partly a good thing, IMO, because people used to actually take care of the buildings and turn them into useful places, in fact there's an old huge building in the middle of my town that was recently occupied by a group of young people, and they started organizing all sorts of things in it, I think they made a pretty good job.
Then again, there were also people like the ones I described. I think the owner even told them that he would've considered letting them live there while he was away (but still making them pay the water and electricity bills on their own) had they asked him, while he was throwing away their stuff.
I don't really know about the future, and it's hard to understand the times you're living in without the benefit of hindsight, but it kinda feels like things are gonna change in the coming years. I'm really interested to go through it and see how it plays out, though.
I'll try to find it.
That movie's pretty funny and it probably gives you an idea of what it was like in the 70s though. But out of the movies by Nanni Moretti I'd recommend Bianca, La Messa è Finita or Palombella Rossa over Ecce Bombo.
165 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-02 06:47

Another article that was super interesting that I just remembered about. It's called the Gervais Principle and it's basically a simplification(albeit one that I think holds merit) that theorizes what exactly makes companies tick. It's made all the more fun in that it uses personalities from the show The Office to set up different types of people that exist in organizations and what their purpose is.

The rundown is that there exists three main types of people in every organization and that the interactions between these types determine anything from company health to possibilities of promotion between the ranks. I HIGHLY recommend that you read this even if you haven't watched the show although you will get more of a kick if you have watched it.
166 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-09 14:54
On everything wrong with the current internet.


Article is two years old, but even more relevant now.
167 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-10 04:34
Articles like that always make me sad because I don't think there's anything to be done to stop it. All we can do is hunker down and try to preserve a few nice places on the web.
168 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-10 10:38
The development arc of pretty much any successful technology involves it becoming easier to use and appealing to more people. Unfortunately, this often comes at the cost of power and flexibility.
169 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-11 11:39
I was about to post about the resurgence of decentralized internets, but then again I'm not sure they will change much. I'm not sure anything like the birth and early years of the internet will happen again in our lifetimes.
I think the best we can do with these P2P internets is hope that they will have a barrier of entry that's not too high for people who look for them, but high enough to discourage the rest.
170 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-12 01:16
You should post anyway. That sounds like an interesting read.
171 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-12 12:25
Well, the point was that decentralized internets would probably feel like the early internet did at first, but if I think about it now, that wouldn't really be the case. It'd probably be a lot like the current internet, and you probably wouldn't even notice the change.
It builds up on many of the same technologies that the current internet is built upon, so it would bring very little new stuff to the table.

What would really be neat is something using technologies that people haven't figured out yet. The web is a boring and "safe" place by now because everything seems like it's already been tried out, and nothing feels new. All of this contributes to making the web more appealing to the general public, which is a double-edged sword; on one hand, more people might bring new perspectives on all matters; on the other, groups are at their best when they're small, as further explained by >>155.
I really don't know if you could make something out of VR/AR, which right now only feels like an expensive gimmick made to sell expensive hardware, or maybe something else entirely, but it should probably be something that makes people interact with each other in ways that they've never experienced before, and that encourages emergent behaviors.

On this topic, I hope you'll forgive me if it's not exactly text, but I'd like to recommend a lecture by Brian Moriarty, one of the authors of some of the best adventure games of the 80s and early 90s. It's mostly about videogames, but also partly about how environments like MMOs and the internet itself (used to) encourage emergent behavior, and it's also just a very good lecture by itself:
(On a side note, you can easily play this with streamlink if you'd rather not use flash.)
Here's the transcript, if you'd rather just read, but it's definitely better to listen!
172 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-12 20:02
Most speeches of Brian Moriarty are gems, i love listening to this guy. I'd recommend anyone interested in games and play to listen or read a transcript of An Apology for Roger Ebert and The Secret of Psalm 42, both available at the site posted earlier
173 Name: >>171 : 2017-07-12 20:17
I meant youtube-dl, not streamlink in >>171.

Yes, his other lectures too are great, and I love his games.
174 Name: Anonymous : 2017-08-07 14:43
The Viridian manifesto by Bruce Stirling is a good albeit weird read: http://www.viridiandesign.org/manifesto.html
A better way of trying to sell reducing your impact.

"Pacific Edge" by Kim Stanley Robinson falls to the normal KSR issues towards the end, but depicts a pretty good eco-utopia too. The ideas in it about transitioning the military-industrial complex to civilian/public usage are interesting.
175 Name: Anonymous : 2017-09-23 21:42
A good and easy introduction to the fundamental insights on information by Claude Shannon.

176 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-20 01:11
the midwit obsession over trifles may just be the most loathesome fate a man could come to
177 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-03 12:44
Books remain readable for hundreds of years but the lifespan of the average URL is only 44 days. Can we trust machines with our memories?
178 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-08 14:10
Learn English if you want to make money; learn Esperanto if you want to make friends.
179 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-08 15:24

I actually wanted to attend a local Esperanto meeting (in Munich) the other day but decided not to last minute because I was too anxious.
Learning Esperanto (besides Haskell) would be a good new years resolution indeed, thanks for the nice read.
180 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-12 17:56
This whole site, really. Its very good. Not every detail of every article is right, but the overall ethos about technology and the design of our tools is spot-on.
181 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-13 12:48
It's the pair of the one in >>111 . Both good sites, though pretty off on a lot of the technical details. Great for thought experiment stuff though, especially notech - is there a way to do this without a technical solution?
Weird that they have comments enabled on lowtech but not notech, too.
182 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-15 00:16
Certainly misses the mark with a lot of details, but I give them slack for the really broad range of fields the sort of stuff they talk about involves, and the fact that thinking about these broader matters of design philosophy isnt likely from many tech nerds who're just really into whatever their chosen field, and revel in the complexities.
I like the general message- that problems should be solved in the simplest way its viable to do so, and additionaly that the boundries of 'viable' really should be expanded in a lot of areas. That complexity of tools and methods should be limited as much as possible while still achieving the given task, and tasks that really require a lot of advanced things should be chosen thoughtfully.
Also, more slack for the fact that their message is very contrary to the prevailing attitudes towards technology. They're maybe liable to make some arguments that take it too far or dont consider everything, but its in part because the message beh ind it is under-spoken and under-heard. I wouldnt agree that we should mandate Dial-up internet speeds, because it would gimp online video games, voice communication, and downloads of art and video, but there are a lot of other things high internet speeds are used for which are either worthless(javascript) or actively harmful(tracking, etc).
183 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-26 17:14
"Being Poor", by John Scalzi

184 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-03 07:18
The moral of that article is: don't have children if you are poor.
185 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-10 17:59
[i]Essays in Idleness[/i], by Yoshida Kenkō.

Although it was written in 1330, it is honestly like reading a collection of posts from this board. A lot of the essays are about impermanence and loss, in a very early mono no aware sense.
To while away the idle hours, seated the livelong day before the inkslab, by jotting down without order or purpose whatever trifling thoughts pass through my mind, truly this is a queer and crazy thing to do!
186 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-12 17:01
Elmo Gonzaga - Anomie and Isolation. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Ghost in the Shell, Serial Experiments Lain, and Japanese Consensus Society.
Susan Napier - When the Machines Stop - Fantasy, Reality, and Terminal Identity in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Serial Experiments Lain.
Napier - The Problem of Existence in Japanese Animation.
Some interesting reading on japanese animation and culture. Looking for more similar stuff.
187 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-25 20:52
A radio amateur has recently spotted that a "dead" earth observation satellite is transmitting again - the article is a good read, but it's especially worthwhile to scroll to the bottom and see the comments from the IMAGE team talking about restarting their project.
188 Name: Anonymous : 2018-03-02 22:41
189 Name: Anonymous : 2018-04-17 20:23

Gustafson descends one last time to the store's lower level, the part of the bookstore stuffed with volumes on cooking and gardening, travel and history. And he sits down at an old typewriter to read the notes the day's customers have left behind.
On busy days, there are dozens and dozens of them.
190 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-12 20:55
An interview about the loss of night, and the experiences of it, around the world.
191 Name: Anonymous : 2018-09-01 20:27
I've just read my first mystery novel (Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None") and I absolutely loved it! I'd never read a mystery novel before, I always thought they'd be silly, but it has really caught me off guard.
For those who'd never read mystery like the week-ago me, it's really worth giving a try!

Now that mystery piqued my interest, I want some recommendations from you guys. I don't know any author besides Christie and Holmes, so I was wondering if there's anything I should prioritize over Holmes. Thanks in advance!
192 Name: Anonymous : 2018-09-02 08:37
Do you mean the Sherlock Holmes novels (whose author was Arthur Conan Doyle), or another series of books authored by someone called Holmes?
Regardless, the Sherlock Holmes stories are still very good reads!

I'm fond of "The Thirty-Nine Steps" (published 1915), although it's really the proto-thriller novel it draws a lot from mystery writing. "The Riddle of the Sands" (1903) is great too, although it's an early spy novel it's like a mystery novel set on a tiny yacht.
193 Name: Anonymous : 2018-09-02 11:07
The Sherlock Holmes short stories are so much better than the novels. I recommend starting with Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Since you enjoyed Christie, try her novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; it should blow your mind.
It's not really a "proper" mystery, but The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler is one of my favorite detective novels.
194 Name: Anonymous : 2018-09-02 13:15
I meant Doyle, LOL. Should've said "names" instead of authors, hahahah. I'll definetly check out those titles when I get home. The Riddle of the Sands seems good, I like spy stuff.
I'll try to read the Adventures on the bus when I go home, then, since they're short stories.

Thanks for the recommendations, guys. I'm almost out of data so I'll report in a week or so.
195 Name: Anonymous : 2018-09-09 07:56
196 Name: Anonymous : 2018-10-21 15:48
This story seems so relevant! Things are headed in exactly same direction as described in the short story. I recommend everyone in here to read this short story. It really is surpringly significant. The story shows great concern for humanity.

My contribution to this thread would be this :
197 Name: Anonymous : 2019-02-17 21:58
Fascinating, now I really want to go for a walk. Too bad I have work tomorrow morning.
198 Name: Anonymous : 2019-02-18 11:34
I've been puzzled by this for a while now, I don't live in a city but on the few days the sky isn't cloudy, there's barely anything resembling a start left.
It makes me feel like the earth is covered in some kind of dark globe at night instead of floating through an endless space, sometimes when I ponder over it too deeply, it even makes me feel slightly claustrophobic.

Thanks for sharing the article. Maybe I should go on a trip to experience a "real" night sky once.
199 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-16 06:48
I have a blog on neocities but since it would be advertising to link to it I will just share a series written by a person I follow on the platform.

It is about Windows. Nice reading.

200 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-16 18:42
This was a long but very good article. Don't be put off by the title.

201 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-20 20:12
This is really cool. I don't use Windows much anymore, but I grew up with it. I like reading about the classic versions.
202 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-11 05:17
Is “Huh?” a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items

Evolution of Complexes from LEGO™ Bricks in a Washing Machine
203 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-19 08:52
Turns out he wrote a book based on this essay. I'm reading it. It's good. Pop academia that is very funny while covering some depressing topics.

Speaking of essays that were expanded into books:

Where the author imagines four possibly scenarios for our (Western presumably) political/economic environment without getting stuck too far up his ass.
204 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-19 09:11
Thank you for sharing this.
205 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-20 02:40
Here's an article about companies that post memes and get into stupid fights:
206 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-28 20:05
207 Name: Anonymous : 2019-06-11 20:29
Great little book, it tells exactly what is in it's name. From the first cup of coffee drunk in Japan to the first coffee shop, into modernity.
208 Name: Anonymous : 2019-07-16 19:52

Illuminati Tinder sounds interesting, but it's no post office.

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