American Rhetoric

While looking for the long quote from “Network” that I put into the previous entry I came across a very interesting resource that I’m noting here because every once in a while I get interested in the verbal rhetoric of politicians and others. The site American Rhetoric appears to be the perfect place to find recordings and transcripts of famous speeches made by public figures and speeches taken from great movies.

Your Weekly Juxtaposition: Fallows and Beale

Last week I started reading James Fallows article “The Age of Murdoch” in the September 2003 Atlantic Monthly. I put the article down for a time to see what was on television and found “Network” on Turner Classic Movies. This was one of the craziest juxtapositions I’ve experienced recently. So for your edification here are some quotes to compare. James Fallows: In the world beyond the FCC’s purview the idea that the news business differed from other businesses had started to erode as early as the 1970s.

Design Style Change

I finally changed the default design of Eccentric Eclectica. I basically combined the default clean style from MovableType with some of my own ideas about the sidebar, dropping the calendar, rearranging the lists of recent enties and the list of archives. The change is pretty simple and already I can see some tweaks I might make over the next few days. One credit where it’s due for the use of Adam Kalsey’s ArchiveDateHeader plugin.

Open Source and Anarchism

I love this title by Michael Truscello, The Architecture of Information: Open Source Software and Tactical Poststructuralist Anarchism. (culled via wood s lot). This is another essay I have yet to peruse, but the skimming is interesting. Most of the text seems to focus on Eric Raymonds’ famous Cathedral and the Bazaar essay. One of the parallels drawn between Truscello is the similarity between Cathedral and Brooks’ Mythical Man-Month. In part this links back to my previous post about language design.

Language, and the Limits of the Web and Thought

Paul Ford of Ftrain has produced 4,500 words (Processing Processing via wood s lot) on a topic that has fascinated me since I argued about whether language or thought came first in Mr. Borgerding’s high school English class. How, in particular, do the languages we use to program computers affect the way we think? I took a class in Scheme two years ago, when I was toying with the idea of going back to school to get a computer science degree, and was blown away by the elegant recursive structures you could create.

Mapping the Technology Debate

Virginia Postrel links to an article at Tech Central Station entitled “Mapping the Debate Over Technology” by Eugene Miller. I haven’t read the entire thing yet but it interacts with some new books I just got from Amazon: Questioning Technology by Andrew Feenberg and Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World by Bruce Schneier. More thoughts to come.

extropian and interactive math

Experimenting with New Blog Tools - Zempt

After seeing Zempt mentioned on a couple of weblogs where my peripatetic interest occasionally alights. I decided to download it and give it a try. I’ve tried two other Windows desktop blog clients, w.bloggar and another whose name eludes me, but was disappointed by both, either because of the interface or the lack of connection to MovableType. Zempt appears to be designed for MT exclusively. I did have some luck with the blogging client in my newsreader of choice, NewzCrawler.

New Science, Technology, and Society Blogs, with some further connections

Gustav Holmberg, Imaginary magnitude, has collected a couple of blogs by people in Science and Technology Studies, a field I’ve often considered for graduate school.STS blogs. One of the blogs on this list is by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, an STS program graduate who works at the Institute of the Future.  Earlier, on May 26, Holmberg cited a paper Alex on working in forecasting after having studied the history of science.  That paper STS at Work: Applying Science and Technology Studies in Technology Forecasting and Scenario Planning looks very interesting.

AnarchistU: Toronto free school

Now this is a very interesting idea.  I have been toying with the idea of a think-tank, university-public cooperation project for some time.  Here’s a simple idea to take an free university and run it through the web. AnarchistU: Toronto free school My former school-chum, roommate, and co-worker Erik “Possum Man” Stewart is hard at work on building a free-school called AnarchistU in Toronto, coordinated via Wiki. The Anarchist U is a volunteer-run collective which organizes a variety of courses on social science and the humanities.