- I love this Apple canary. The idea that the federal government (the super-trustworthy federal government who would never lie to us about anything or use information for personal or partisan purposes) can coerce people into not revealing that they were forced to provide information to the federal government is ennerving.
- In the meantime, a number of companies complicit in PRISM are lobbying the Senate to change the NSA’s practices. I would have had more respect for the people at these companies had this happened before all of that PRISM information came out.
- Bruce Schneier has more on how companies are starting to push back (ever so gently) against the surveillance state.
December 4, 2013
October 11, 2013
And people say Urban Dictionary isn’t good for anything.
October 10, 2013
July 30, 2013
From xkcd’s archive.
I will be going to Russia in just a couple of weeks, in a totally unrelated matter.
April 9, 2013
Anthropogenic global warming is dead. Time for money-grubbing politicians, scientists, and institutes to latch onto a new wacky theory.
October 31, 2012
America’s Best-Dressed Blogger* gives you hints on how you’re doing it wrong.
* – The $15 to create your own award is definitely worth it, that’s all I’m saying.
January 21, 2012
And, like most art, these plans (and their originating queries) should be framed, stored in a museum, and never made practical use of…
August 11, 2011
October 2, 2010
It’s only two months since the event, but we finally have wedding photos available. The photos include the ceremony at the Whestone Park of Roses, followed up by the reception at the Clintonville Woman’s Club. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day, with rain in the morning giving us a cool, overcast afternoon.
June 20, 2010
Ordinarily, I’m not a fan of art. I divide all art into three categories: stuff, not-stuff, and weird stuff. I like some of the stuff in the stuff category, less than half of the stuff in the weird stuff category, and none of the stuff in the not-stuff category.
If your brain just exploded, I’ll wait for a minute.
I was thinking on a comment the professor I TA for mentioned during a lecture on the Counter Reformation. She emphasized that the reason the Church used art to win converts was because of low literacy rates. In order to make things understandable to silly peasants, they used pretty pictures.
Now, modern society (at least in the US) is almost totally literate. Therefore, paintings of stuff aren’t really needed. If somebody from the Catholic Church wants more recruits, they can go on facebook and say “HEY EVRY1, WE NEED MOAR CATHOLICS KTHXBYE.” So instead, we turn to abstract art for the same reason the Catholic Church did — to express the otherwise inexpressible. The reason people (like me) don’t get abstract art is because abstract art isn’t necessarily made for public consumption. The artist has something to express, but he or she can’t do it in words. Ultimately, while stuff (or representational art) is designed for a purpose (representing something), the real intended audience for a piece of abstract art is the artist. I would argue the list of things that are inexpressible in words is much shorter than the list of those that can be expressed in words, so if we guessed, we could probably figure out what the artist was trying to say. But that’s not the point. The point is this.
We aren’t really meant to understand abstract art. That’s my point. I think.
In conclusion, I still don’t like or get abstract art, but having reasoned it out, I don’t feel like I’m missing much anywhere. Also, anybody (besides the artist) who says they get abstract art is probably a lying piece of crap. Not definitely — maybe you know the artist personally or just think the same way — but probably. And probably is plenty good enough for 1:50 AM on a Sunday morning.