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A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age - Ross Andersen - Technology

A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age - Ross Andersen - Technology
Meet Jason Silva, the fast-talking, media-savvy "performance philosopher" who wants you to love the ecstatic future of your mind. I want to introduce you to Jason Silva, but first I want you to watch this short video that he made. It will only take two minutes, and watching it will give you a good idea if it's worth your time to read the extensive interview that follows: If you ever wondered what would happen if a young Timothy Leary was wormholed into 2012, complete with a film degree and a Vimeo account, you have your answer: Jason Silva. If Silva, who was born in Venezuela, seems to have natural screen presence, it's because he's no stranger to media; he worked for six years as a host at Current TV before leaving the network last year to become a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk. Like Leary, Silva is an unabashed optimist; he sees humankind as a species on the brink of technology-enabled transcendence. Silva: Definitely. Right. You can even go beyond that.

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The Looking Glass Gallery I am shutting down the worldwide operations of the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation For Sensitivity To Orientals Or Whatever… The saddest part is because of all the attention, we raised a lot of money over the weekend, money that will now be donated to Dan Snyder’s The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation which Twitter seems to be fine with because I haven’t seen shit about that. Stephen Colbert Amusing, but kind of weird quotes... A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother. What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. -- Richard Harkness, The New York Times, 1960 Slogan of 105.9, the classic rock radio station in Chicago: "Of all the radio stations in Chicago ... we're one of them." With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress. -- Ransom K.

Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble With ‘Curation’ A few years later, I reluctantly lent my collection of magazines to a (now former) friend. He had just bought a house that he had no idea what to do with. I, on the other hand, had nothing but ideas. O.K., they weren’t strictly mine, in the sense that these ideas were acquired, arranged, styled, photographed, published and distributed by entities bearing no relation to me whatsoever.

10 Kinds of Headlines to Try On Your Blog The message is loud and clear: Search is social. So when it comes to creating content that generates traffic and ranks for your target search terms, it’s not just a matter of optimizing your blog posts for the right keywords. Your content must be intriguing enough for your audience to click those little Shareaholic icons and spread your content to their social networks. It all starts by hooking your readers’ interest with a great headline. What makes a great headline? It’s similar to writing a great subject line for email marketing. Pictures It just keeps going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going… Moar trippy gifs. [ I heard Imgur likes perfectly looping gifs ] posted by respondcreate on Mar. 18, 2013 in Pictures | tags: animated gif, lol, lolwat, loop, trippy, wat Betz & Sainer are two Polish artists (from Łódź and Turek, respectively) who collaborate under the ETAM Cru moniker and are just as comfortable creating screen prints and canvases as they are painting huge-ass murals. Ishmael Meet IshmaelComments and Reviews of IshmaelThe Ishmael Companion -- Ishmael in the classroomThe Annals of Ishmael -- History and Memorabilia of Ishmael Ishmael excerpts Meet Ishmael Ishmael is a half ton silverback gorilla. He is a student of ecology, life, freedom, and the human condition. The Clutter Culture - Feature - UCLA Magazine Online By Jack Feuer Published Jul 1, 2012 8:00 AM "For more than 40,000 years," write the authors, "intellectually modern humans have peopled the planet, but never before has any society accumulated so many personal possessions." Edward S. Herman: Linguistic Somersaults in an Age of Aggression and State Terrorism - PIWP [ 1 ] Adlai Stevenson used this term in a UN speech in 1964 as he explained the basis for U.S. intervention in Vietnam. The United States was then furiously resisting all efforts at a negotiated settlement, knowing full well that the political support of our chosen agents in South Vietnam was minimal; hence the need to make the indigenous population aggressing against itself. See Chomsky and

40 maps that explain the world Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they're no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog, with others from a variety of sources. I've included a link for further reading on close to every one. Don't Feed the Trolls! How to Manage Negativity in Social Media Don't Feed the Trolls! How to Manage Negativity in Social Media Halloween is the day made for fantastically mucky creatures like the witch, the ghoul, the black cat and the troll.

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