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Kurt Vonnegut Jr-Breakfast of Champions, 1973

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Breakfast of Champions (or No More Blue Monday) what a universe of characters that one book sprung forth.

Art in Fiction

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And I made an invisible duplicate on my Formica tabletop of a painting by Rabo Karabekian, entitled The Temptation of St. Anthony. My duplicate was a miniature of the real thing, and mine was not in color, but I had captured the picture’s form and the spirit, too. This is what I drew.

Kurt Vonnegut The Temptation of St Anthony

The original was twenty feet wide and sixteen feet high. The field was Hawaiian Avocado, a green wall paint manufactured by the O’Hare Paint and Varnish Company in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. The vertical stripe was day-glo orange reflecting tape. This was the most expensive piece of art, not counting buildings and tombstones, and not counting the statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the old Nigger high school.

It was a scandal what the painting cost. It was the first purchase for the memorial collection of the Mildred Barry Memorial Center for the Arts. Fred T…

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July 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm

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Social Media is like a sewer

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Robert Rauschenberg,
Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953

I have without a moment’s hesitation deleted, unliked, cleaned my presence on that Grand Ole Platform known as Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook. Using a free utility somewhat creepily known as Facebook Seppuku (that’s the Japanese word for ritual suicide) and much clicking of Delete/Done, I got rid of all the entries, mentions, likes I accumulated since 2006 when I joined. It was kind of fun to see the wave of activities as people, nay a whole wave of FB immigrants took hold in 2008 when Zuck opened the floodgates to the world.Prior to this it required an .edu email address to join, and further back still your College campus had to be one of the elites to allow Facebook registrations, and then from bona fide student email accounts. But I digress.

What really shed a great deal of light on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook operations was this movie shared on YouTube: Facebookistan

One sees an utter lack of acccountability and standards too which even the smallest businesses are held. Facebook is allowed a free ride by EVERYONE. Nobody is enforcing any rules or practices, Facebook is the law of its own land. It decides and worse yet, you don’t even know WHAT it has decided. The rules are not published, the process is not documented and every employee is under a gag order upon being hired. Nothing is allowed to let the cold light of day creep in on the operations at Facebook. You have to understand Facebook is not an ISP, is not a Service Provider. It is an advertising business. It collects data, watches you click thru ads, looks at what you share and  begins filing you into generalized hoppers to then sell you to a manufacturer, supplier, service provider (in other words a “REAL” business). They don’t judge, they don’t really enforce a whole lot of rules. People can make spoof accounts and masquarade as anyone nearly anonymously and Facebook doesn’t care. Why? Because they have as of today 1.7Billion users. Even Twitter cannot overcome that lead (read NYTimes story below)

Facebook Casts a Giant Shadow Over Twitter

Add to this my own personal aggravation, I just got suspended on Twitter as of Tuesday morning this week! As much as I like Twitter, their appeal process is EVERY bit as obscure, unsure and murky as the day-to-day operations at Facebook. There’s no explanation as to WHY you got suspended other than the EULA and rules for being a member, and possible infractions that may cause a suspension. Getting ANYTHING like detail or actionable steps to unsuspend your account is impossible. You can do searches on this to find out more. The extent of what you can do is send an appeal in email asking “why”? And see if they respond, when they respond. It’s been 48 hours for me now. So I’ve been without Facebook, without Twitter for that full length of time. I have great hopes for stealing back all the time these two “free” services have stolen from me. And they won’t have this datapoint to kick around anymore. This is my declaration of intellectual independence.

Let Freedom REIGN!

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July 28, 2016 at 12:55 pm

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Stanford to Showcase Learning, Design and Technology Student Master’s Projects — Campus Technology: All Articles

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Students from the Stanford Graduate School of Education’s Learning, Design and Technology master’s program will showcase their master’s projects on July 29 at the LDT Expo on the Stanford campus.

via Stanford to Showcase Learning, Design and Technology Student Master’s Projects — Campus Technology: All Articles

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July 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm

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The anatomy of an information architecture — All – O’Reilly Media

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Properly organizing information is essential, but it can be hard to know where to start. Learn the fundamental building blocks of a modern information architecture. We are searching for some kind of harmony between two intangibles: a form which we have not yet designed and a context which we cannot properly describe. Christopher AlexanderContinue reading…

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July 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

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We Declare The Grandmaster Of Pokemon Go GPS Cheats — Hackaday

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Since Pokemon Go blew up the world a couple of weeks ago we’ve been trying to catch ’em all. Not the Pokemon; we’ve been trying to collect all the hardware hacks, and in particular the most complete GPS spoofing hack. We are now ready to declare the first Grandmaster GPS spoofing hack for Pokemon Go.…

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July 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

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Service Integration Via a Distributed Ledger — Phil Windley’s Technometria

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Summary: System integration by writing and reading claims on a distributed ledger solves some big problems. Consider a distributed ledger that provides people (among other principles) with an identity and a place to read and write, securely and privately, various claims. As a distributed ledger, it’s not controlled by any single organization and is radically…

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July 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

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Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication — 9to5Mac

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One of the options available when using Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) is to have a code sent to you via SMS. The US National Institute for Standards and Technology, which sets the standards for authentication software, says that text messaging is not sufficiently secure, and that its use for two-factor authentication will in future be barred. more…Filed under: Apple

via Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication — 9to5Mac

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July 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

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