notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-07-22

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likeafieldmouse (via notational):

Marco Cadioli - Squares with Concentric Circles

(Source: likeafieldmouse)

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“ The reason sickness is undesirable is not that it causes distress or discomfort but that it results in what is often called “lost productivity”. This is a sinister and absurd notion, predicated on the greedy fallacy of counting chickens before they have hatched. “Workplace absence through sickness was reported to cost British business £32bn a year,” the researcher claimed in Metro: a normal way of phrasing things today, but one with curious implications. The idea seems to be that business already has that money even though it hasn’t earned it yet and employees who fail to maintain “productivity” as a result of sickness or other reasons are, in effect, stealing this as yet entirely notional sum from their employers. ”

Steven Poole: Why the cult of hard work is counter-productive (via toffeemilkshake)

In the US there are companies that take sick days and personal time off from the same pool of days. I had fifteen total in a year, and that’s regarded as pretty generous. Of course, if I actually did have anything that didn’t physically stop me getting in to work, I’d do so - it’s better for me to sit at my desk unproductive (and possibly infecting co-workers) than lose a holiday day.

Well done for reverse incentives there, free market capitalism.

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City skylines, from Apple’s “Sticker" advert for the MacBook Air.
It’s interesting to me that this is a tacit acknowledgment that Apple devices are pretty bare and that most people like to customise them. Personally, I’m a no-sticker person, but the gallery on that page makes it clear that lots of others aren’t.

City skylines, from Apple’s “Sticker" advert for the MacBook Air.

It’s interesting to me that this is a tacit acknowledgment that Apple devices are pretty bare and that most people like to customise them. Personally, I’m a no-sticker person, but the gallery on that page makes it clear that lots of others aren’t.

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Ladybird Leaders: Bridges, from an eBay auction.

Ladybird Leaders: Bridges, from an eBay auction.

2014-07-21

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Three photos from my visit to Flåm in Norway, July 2010: the valley seen from a waterfall, the harbour, and the church of the old village behind a turf-roofed house in front.

The main reason I stopped there for a night between Bergen and Oslo was to ride Flamsbana, the railway that climbs over eight hundred metres in just twenty kilometres. It meant that i missed the Bergen-Myrdal section of the Bergensbanen, but I think it was the right decision.

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flavorcountry:

helenadagmar:

Once the day winds down and boats stop hopping from place to place, the fjord waters become as still as glass and perfectly mirror whatever’s above it. It’s the biggest puddle I’ve ever seen.

Flåm, June 2014.

I have to do serious work to convince myself that the last picture isn’t actually a gateway to another reality,

I stopped in Flåm for just one night on my Norwegian trip in July 2010. As soon as I left I regretted that it hadn’t been for longer.

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paglen:

Here’s the story behind the National Reconnaissance Office’s “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach” spy satellite patch. 

Documents on the NROL patch, thanks to Paul Szoldra’s Freedom of Information request.

paglen:

Here’s the story behind the National Reconnaissance Office’s “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach” spy satellite patch. 

Documents on the NROL patch, thanks to Paul Szoldra’s Freedom of Information request.

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quote 18:28:17
“ it would be silly to expect the national-security story of the decade to break in a California business publication. Swisher and fellow panelist Alexia Tsotsis, the co-editor of TechCrunch, spoke of the non-investigative nature of the bulk of their coverage—fundings, job changes, new product features. Tsotsis was especially abject, suggesting that even if she’d received the Edward Snowden documents, she probably “would have succumbed to the pressure of the Obama administration now”; TechCrunch “is just a cheerleader,” she said, and “a lot of tech media is sort of in the pockets of the people we cover … We’re inviting them to our parties. We might be dating some of them. We are right in the middle, in the thick, of the tech industry.” ”
 in New York Magazine, as part of a profile on Kara Swisher, who was also on the panel.

2014-07-18

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From the Disobedient Objects How-to guides,  as seen on To the Street, My Friends! by Quinn Norton on Medium.

From the Disobedient Objects How-to guides, as seen on To the Street, My Friends! by Quinn Norton on Medium.

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“ I hate to be the one to break it to Joe, Nate, and Brian, but prior to the Industrial Revolution, one way people “belonged” to other people was through chattel slavery. Another was through marriages that made women the property of their husbands. It’s less funny than a doodle of a vagina, but perhaps more evocative of the limited viewpoint of the company’s three white, male founders. ”
Julia Carrie Wong on the voiceover of the AirBnB video introducing their (not good) new logo.

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