After some thought, I am seriously considering leaving Tumblr. Personal words of mine or translations used without credit; a continued series of harassing idiocies on the part of one user whom many of my own followers follow (making this space no longer comfortable for me); and the creative drive…
“Mr. Malick’s work has long been discussed in philosophical terms — his background as a Heidegger scholar is often invoked — but increasingly his films bespeak an unfashionably overt interest in spirituality. Biblical references run through the films, and “The Tree of Life” opens with a quotation from the Book of Job. But Ms. Chastain, who prepared for her role by studying paintings of the Madonna and practicing meditation, said she does not see it as a film about Christianity. “I consider him more of a spiritual person than a religious person,” Mr. Fisk said.”—
Sometimes 500, usually D, was written as I followed by Ɔ, while 1,000, usually M, was written as CIƆ. Sometimes CIƆ was reduced to a lemniscate symbol (ↀ) for denoting 1,000. Similarly, 5,000 (IƆƆ) was reduced to ↁ; and 10,000 (CCIƆƆ) was reduced to ↂ.- Wikipedia
So I’m new to Tumblr and haven’t figured out just yet how to embed visualizations. That means we’re stuck with screengrabs for now until I can get some help next week. The Tableau chart above performs a useful role in the meantime, and another version is available here.
These numbers come…
Let me/us know how we can help make Tumblr a better publishing platform for data.
Come to MoMA this weekend for a Pop Rally Event! A music/performance collective called SSION is performing tonight (Friday), Saturday, and Sunday. It’s probably worth going just to see what kind of person can make this kind of website. Tickets are 15 dollars in advance.
“Chan then described the climatic moment. “[Sergey] looks at me and says, ‘Why would I want this risk? We have a team capable of building the carrier, we have the users, we have hundreds of millions of Gmail users, why do we need to have Skype?’ And at that point, Sergey gets up and says, ‘This is the dumbest shit I’ve ever seen.’ And Eric gets up and walks out of the room, and I’m like, okay, the deal’s off.” And it was.”—From Stephen Levy.
“There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics. Cretins don’t even talk; they sort of slobber and stumble. Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation. Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent. Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark, and cats are pets, too, therefore cats bark. Morons will occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason. A lunatic is easily recognized. He is a moron who doesn’t know the ropes. The moron proves his thesis; he has logic, however twisted it may be. The lunatic on the other hand, doesn’t concern himself at all with logic; he works by short circuits. For him, everything proves everything else. The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars. There are lunatics who don’t bring up the Templars, but those who do are the most insidious. At first they seem normal, then all of a sudden.”—Umberto Eco (via niveous-)
“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”—Jorge Luis Borges (via claerwen)
Metaphors are one among many things which make me despair of writing. Writing’s lack of independence of the world, its dependence on the maid who tends the fire, on the cat warming itself by the stove; it is even dependent on the poor old human being warming himself by the stove. All these are…
At the link is an excellent example of a map drawn from the online collection of the Gulf/2000 project that I manage at Columbia Univ. It appeared in the Sunday New York Times. The entire collection, prepared by our mapmaster, Michael Izady, is at http://gulf2000.columbia.edu/
This map reference section is being used increasingly by a wide variety of academic and journalistic publications, in addition to the many thousands of private individuals who visit this very popular section of the website on a regular basis.
If you have not looked at it recently, I encourage you to do so. It is an extraordinary collection of original maps by our map master Michael Izady.
Radical Islam has recently suffered two massive body blows. Although the killing of Osama bin Laden had great symbolic impact, it pales in comparison to the events of the Arab Spring. When Arabs across the Middle East took their destiny in their own hands and launched a series of massive,…
The Law & Order BrigadeTM — the folks who routinely carp at cyclists for not stopping at stop signs and red lights (and presumably also disapprove of the behavior of the millions of curfew-breaking citizens in the Middle East — outlaws!) — and even some cycling ‘advocates’ (not me, of course)…
” … Mr Ryan’s plan adds (by its own claims) $6 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, but promises to balance the budget by sometime in the 2030s by cutting programmes for the poor and the elderly. The Progressive Caucus’s plan would (by its own claims) balance the budget by 2021 by cutting defence spending and raising taxes, mainly on rich people. Mr Ryan has been fulsomely praised for his courage. The Progressive Caucus has not.”