“Her has the same defiantly wistful manchild regression Jonze showed in his version of Where the Wild Things Are – a singular exercise in imagination, almost a postmodern pastoral.”
“Internet addicts like me will see the film as a bang-on indictment of how so many of us use technology as a form of escape from our lives, while trying to convince ourselves it enhances it. In the film, everyone is bent over their phones, avoiding eye contact. And when I came out of the cinema, what did I immediately do? Bend over my phone and look for people online to talk to instead of talking to the actual people next to me with whom I’d gone to the cinema. But that was OK because they were doing the same: staring at their screens, white buds in their ears, blocking out the world. We all know this, of course, but sometimes you need to see a film about a man having sex with data for it to clarify.”

onethingwell:

Droopy is a mini Web server whose sole purpose is to let others upload files to your computer.

This was the 2012 performance of the year for NPR’s “Snap Judgment.” If you try to find Noah St. John on the Innerwebz, you will see that there’s some motivational speaker guy with that name. That is NOT this guy. Try Googling Noah Silverman St. John instead. You’re welcome.

[via This Kid Thought His Parents Were Breaking Up After 20 Years, But He Was So Wrong]

Odyssey. A simple way for journalists, designers, and creators to weave interactive stories.

The odyssey.js library is being developed to help journalists, bloggers, and other people on the web publish stories that combine narratives with maps and map interactions. The library is open source and freely available to use in your projects. It is initially being built to work with most modern browsers.
“This is a big deal—it’s a big, official reinterpretation of what it means to be Christian and married. That’s the interesting thing about churches: They’re in the business of teaching truth, but that truth is open to cultural change. There was a nod to this in the General Assembly’s vote: The new “authoritative interpretation” of marriage would include a note saying something along the lines of “in ‘tradition,’ those two people were only opposite-gender loving people or heterosexuals,” according to the LGBT advocacy group More Light Presbyterians. The Church can change, but it still has a history; it can wrestle with modernity only by acknowledging its past.”

Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life. …

If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother.

You never feel a hundred percent okay. You never get your sea legs — you are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost, something is always missing.

—Shonda Rhimes ‘91 Delivers Dartmouth’s Commencement Speech (by Dartmouth) [via Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement | Brain Pickings]
Ghost, is my idealistic and fictional concept for a WordPress-lite fork. It has one purpose, and only one purpose: enabling digital publishing for the masses. Enabling people with more important ideas and things to say than I ever will to publish content online - quickly, easily, beautifully and efficiently. Ghost is about breaking down the same barriers that WordPress originally did
—John O’Nolan
There’s no fuzzy middle ground. You either believe that women are people or you don’t. It’s that simple.

—Joss Whedon at ‘Make Equality Reality’ (by Equality Now) [via Jezebel: Watch Joss Whedon Make the Perfect Speech About the Word Feminist]

ted:

Comedian and journalist Stella Young is tired of people telling her she’s an “inspiration” just for getting up in the morning. In a hilarious, hard-hitting, and thought-provoking talk at TEDxSydney, she explains why.   

Watch the full talk here»

(via hanniballecktor)

creativemornings:

5 Ways to Be a Designer From Heaven by Clients From Hell

From the folk that brought you Clients from Hell comes a poignant and useful column over on the Shutterstock Blog. Check out these five tips on working with clients, from those who know best what doesn’t. Read on.

Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | Talk Video | TED.com)

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”

“Perhaps the strange and incalculable ascendancy of Cumberbatch from a man the BBC initially didn’t think was sexy enough to play Sherlock Holmes to one of the biggest stars in the world is a sign that our culture is maturing, and no longer considers classical good looks to be paramount. The 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant drew distinctions between things that are evidently beautiful because we can see they’re beautiful, and things that are sublime because they demand an intellectual response.”
Here is my Katas for creating BASH programs that work. Nothing is new here, but from my experience pepole like to abuse BASH, forget computer science and create a Big ball of mud from their programs. Here I provide methods to defend your programs from braking, and keep the code tidy and clean.

oupacademic:

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Having grown up in the US and the UK, I am acutely aware of how American English and British English are different, and it’s especially interesting when the difference is so subtle. As we’ve recently added snacky to our online dictionary, we thought this would be a good opportunity to…