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edwardshepard:

A beautiful hand lettered tag on the side of a rusty train. Spotted while walking on the #btv bike path.

edwardshepard:

A beautiful hand lettered tag on the side of a rusty train. Spotted while walking on the #btv bike path.

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"There is an idea preva­lent in our cul­ture that if we just find the right sys­tem, we can ride it out in per­pe­tu­ity. We can gam­ify so­cial in­ter­ac­tion. This idea is man­i­fested most promi­nently in the de­part­ments of psy­chol­ogy, so­ci­ol­ogy, law, po­lit­i­cal sci­ence, and eco­nom­ics. More­over, there are now ac­tual game de­sign­ers who have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in tin­ker­ing with pub­lic pol­icy. I want to sug­gest that the very idea of try­ing to de­fine an all-en­com­pass­ing sys­tem, no mat­ter how fair you try to make it, will al­ways pro­duce sys­tems whose rules ben­e­fit the mak­ers, and whose ex­ter­nal­i­ties they can at best ben­e­fit from, and at worst ig­nore."

— Dorian Taylor, Toward a Theory of Design as Computation

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nevver:

Know your double, a doppelgänger field guide -
John Martz

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brucesterling:

UFO typologies, 1967

brucesterling:

UFO typologies, 1967

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edwardshepard:

This would make an epic ‘Missed Connection’ on Craigslist

edwardshepard:

This would make an epic ‘Missed Connection’ on Craigslist

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"That, my friends, is what ended the terrorism of the south. Confronting your worst fears, living through it, and breaking out in a deep throated freedom song. The jailers knew they had lost when they beat the crap out of these young Negroes and the jailed, beaten young people began to sing joyously, first in one town then in another."

Daily Kos :: Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did

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…at Phoenix Books in Burlington on 2/1 at 3pm. You should come down and check it out. (Yes, you.)

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"That increased satisfaction, however, may merely mask the fact that younger workers also suffer in open offices. In a 2005 study, the psychologists Alena Maher and Courtney von Hippel found that the better you are at screening out distractions, the more effectively you work in an open office. Unfortunately, it seems that the more frantically you multitask, the worse you become at blocking out distractions."

— Maria Konnikova, The Open-Office Trap