Goodbye Sister Disco

What are you doing?

Why are you doing it?

And how?

What am I talking about?
Two articles. Sterling’s (first), rant about the web 2.0 thing. Not fair to call it a rant. He paraphrases Kant, Marx, probably Debord, and I don’t know who else… this piece needs rereading. Because he’s saying something.

Second link: a dissertation. I think it falls short of what it should be, but I understand that — writing a thesis is a bitch. ‘Bout Cali, and the generative attitudes of the world we live in today. Worth thinking about because we need to know how we got here. And if we like it.

Rambling Man

I have a headache. I’m seeing an uptick in ukulele postings on the internet. I read too many of the wrong feeds. I have things to say that are perhaps politically unsound about the industry, and need a long weekend staring at rocks or something.

I don’t want a Kindle but I think book worship is one of my greatest sins and should probably find a way to start reading in a less environmentally and fetishistic format.

I’ve read a very good paper recently in that it attempts to bring some rigor to the whole “cloud” idea: Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing. I think it will not prevent the overuse of the term.

I don’t think creativity is dead in advertising, but I question the relatively recent, relatively short worship of it as a distinct practice. Wool gathering, craftless and ‘idea generating’. Worry that all signs point to working with your hands as a good way of actually gettin’ ‘er done and also point to that not being valued ‘traditionally’ or somesuch…
You should be able to build a thing, not the thing, a thing. You should say “How?” as much as “Shall”…

Consider: Tendency of the rate of profit to fall

Consider: On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection