Skills

You may recognize Cab Calloway. He’s not the real draw here. Wait for them.

[via Tim Carmody @ Kottke]

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September 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Constellations

It’s probably too early in the day for this, but here’s Tim Carmody on constellations:

After the Coper­ni­can rev­o­lu­tion, a con­stel­la­tion isn’t even a con­stel­la­tion. Instead, it’s a two-dimensional flat­ten­ing of a three-dimensional real­ity. Actu­ally, we should prob­a­bly say a FOUR-dimensional real­ity. The light from stars at vary­ing dis­tances, leav­ing their sources at var­i­ous times in the dis­tant past, gets mis­taken, from our earth­bound point-of-view, as a simul­ta­ne­ous two-dimensional pattern.

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August 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Smarts. 3 comments.

Kottke Love

Tim Carmody is a brand new guest writer for Kottke.org and he’s just wonderful.
I have hundreds of syndicated websites constantly gushing into my RSS reader. It doesn’t take much negligence to have thousands of unread posts. Most of the time, I’m forced to skip much of the content.
I never skip Kottke.
In fact, you may have noticed that I frequently rehash their wares. It’s become one of the few sites that I consider required reading. Here’s Tim:
Most popular blogs, like most popular media, regardless of genre, spend 99.9% of their time reacting to and arguing about something that’s just happened, or is about to (maybe) happen. Jason’s aesthetic has always been different, because he’s always been just as excited about older things that have just been uncovered or rediscovered, marvelous objects and ideas in weird corners of the web that nobody’s paid attention to, or that have only just made the transition from analog to digital to become part of the web conversation.  […]
So this week will be devoted to things you’ve either forgotten about or have never seen before. I’ll be highlighting posts, articles, and projects that do this well wherever I see them, and rummaging through some dusty card catalogues myself (including some right here at kottke.org) to find things that deserve to be back in circulation.
[via Kottke]
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August 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. 2 comments.