Category Archives: Culture

Kim Stanley Robinson On Why Novels Are So Beautiful

During the past year my schedule has undergone some radical changes. I don’t have much time to watch TV or video these days, but I listen to several hours of audio every day, both radio and podcasts. The Coode Street … Continue reading

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You Are Entitled To (Post) Your Informed Opinion

I stopped going to Medium regularly a long time ago. I had the impression that there was quite a lot of click bait there and it seemed like many contributors were simply using the hype around the platform to advertise … Continue reading

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The Death Of The Letter

I enjoy the website Letters of Note, which is full of gems such as this letter from Albert Camus to his school teacher, written just after Camus had been awarded the Nobel Prize. French speakers can find the original in … Continue reading

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Market Day

Yesterday morning I had an appointment in town and had the opportunity to walk through the pedestrian district afterwards on the way to work. Wednesday is market day, and it had been a while since I’d had the chance to … Continue reading

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Real Life People Don’t Care About Apple’s Design Philosophy

I saw Apple’s Designed By Apple In California ad on TV yesterday. When you have to explain your design philosophy to people, when you have to explain to them that your products are special because of how they make people … Continue reading

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Saving History: Lessons From The People Of Timbuktu

The destruction of thousands of valuable Islamic manuscripts held in the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu was one of the top stories on French TV on Monday and Tuesday, including video from reporters inside the library. According to the reports, … Continue reading

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New World For Ancient Eyes

The Free Music Archive and WFMU are holding a remix contest to demonstrate the potential of open digital libraries, inviting users to remix the Public Domain. While I don’t have a great deal of free time, this idea has great … Continue reading

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J.K. Rowling At The Grocery Store

The woman in front of me in the checkout line bought J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy at the grocery store yesterday. I wasn’t prepared for this opportunity and wasn’t able to get my iPhone out of my purse in time … Continue reading

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Vacation: Photos From Provence

My vacation pictures seemed to generated some interest, and since I have a few unpublished ones I really like, I thought I’d do another post. They also give me the opportunity to follow up on some interesting comments from Corinne … Continue reading

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Advertisement: Join The One Percent

The gym where I work out recently added Bloomberg TV on the overhead monitors. I was surprised to see a parody of the Occupy Wall Street movement in this tongue-in-cheek commercial suggesting that viewers could use Interactive Brokers and join … Continue reading

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