Computers On Law & Order

Jeff Thompson’s Computers On Law & Order includes 11,000 screenshots of all 456 episodes of the classic drama, and will trace the history of the computer across set design in the series. Just amazing. Found here.

Craigslist Mirrors

Undoubtedly the most important thing I’ve seen in days: a Tumblr dedicated to photographs of mirrors on Craigslist. Just incredible.

Gabriele Galimberti’s Mirrors & Windows

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Mirrors and Windows is a beautiful look at the bedrooms of women across the globe. Some beautiful, some wanting, some not work safe. The collection is a stunning glimpse into the complexity of the woman’s life and space, as well as the dramatic cultural differences between women of the same age living in different worlds.

Source Code in TV & Film

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Source Code in TV & Film is wonderful, even if you don’t care much for or understand code. Find out what all those blackboard formulas have been lifted from and why it makes no sense, or find the guy who actually wrote code to demonstrate the use of Raw Sockets in writing Packet Injection programs. The image above shows code used in White House Down when they were, of course, hacking into a mainframe. :)

Nico Muhly’s Loving Review of Beyonce

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“In the strange video, Beyoncé walks out of her apartment past some Dickensian children who turn out to be paparazzi. There is a straight couple (of which the man is actually a gay I know from my gym) making out in what I presume to be TriBeCa. Then I can’t figure it out — it looks like she goes to meet a man in a hoodie on the Upper East Side, which can’t be true, because nobody would ever wear a hoodie on the Upper East Side. I love this song.”

Read the whole thing, please.

Endangered Links

Can you help to save the endangered hyperlink?

Door Amnesia

Why you forgot what you’re doing in this room.

On Obituaries

“Not all obituaries are created equal. As a genre of occasional writing, some are composed without intimate knowledge of the deceased or deep reflection about their contributions. But the best of the obituaries written about these and other towering thinkers command our attention, for they invite us to reckon once again (and ever anew) with the political work and social location of what the historian Christopher Lasch referred to as the “intellectual as a social type.” Some are just a paragraph long; others go on for pages. But at their finest, obituaries of intellectuals attempt to resituate these thinkers and their ideas in the historical conditions from which they came and to which they spoke. And they invite us to recall how we put them to work in our own intellectual biographies.”

“Over Our Dead Bodies” –Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Beckett Documentary

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“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it’s the most comical thing in the world.”

BlackBook has kindly put together all six parts of the tremendous Beckett documentary, Waiting for Becket, via YouTube together in one post. Treat yourself!

You Can Rely on Me

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I’ll always let you down.

Kronos on Sesame Street

It sometimes works that way.

Coda to Piano Man

If you want to know the real reason he never married it’s because he’s been too busy changing the face of publishing. For Zac.

And Now, Pandora’s Algorithms

“It’s becoming quite apparent to us that the world of playing the perfect music to people and the world of playing perfect advertising to them are strikingly similar,” says Eric Bieschke, Pandora’s chief scientist.

“Listen to Pandora, and It Listens Back”

Felix Salmon: Netflix’s Dumbed-Down Algorithms

The original Netflix prediction algorithm — the one which guessed how much you’d like a movie based on your ratings of other movies — was an amazing piece of computer technology, precisely because it managed to find things you didn’t know that you’d love. More than once I would order a movie based on a high predicted rating, and despite the fact that I would never normally think to watch it — and every time it turned out to be great. The next generation of Netflix personalization, by contrast, ratchets the sophistication down a few dozen notches: at this point, it’s just saying “well, you watched one of these Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life, here’s a bunch more”.

Read the rest here.

Jenny McCarthy, Don’t Speak for Me

If you have been following the Jenny McCarthy news the last week or so, you probably already have an opinion about her politicking around a particularly unscientific strand of autism therapy and spreading false information about vaccines. My son has high functioning autism (I post related stories I find informative here), and while most of my energy goes towards his therapy and development, I find myself becoming more and more angry about McCarthy’s narcissism masked as thought leader and family representative. It’s selfish, dangerous, and now with this latest thing, pretty presumptuous, as she bundles “many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder” into her talking points. As though we’ve all chosen her as our speaker. It’s infuriating. This morning, I read this wonderful (and concise) response, “Jenny McCarthy, Autism Families Are Not Your Shield”, and wanted to share it here as well.

To paraphrase:

Stand up and distance yourself from your previous stances on vaccines. That would be leadership. Tell your organization and your parent convention that some of these “therapies” are harming children and you won’t promote them. That would be leadership.

Using autism for self promotion, like you are doing here, that’s not leadership.

Thank you.

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