Resisting Reduction Manifesto: against the Singularity, for a “culture of flourishing”

Joi Ito's Resisting Reduction manifesto rejects the idea of reducing the world to a series of computable relationships that will eventually be overtaken by our ability to manipulate them with computers ("the Singularity") and instead to view the world as full of irreducible complexities and "to design systems that participate as responsible, aware and robust…

Weatherman loses his head, but still manages to deliver the weather forecast

Things got pretty spooky over at the United Kingdom’s Met Office yesterday during weather reporter Alex Deakin's forecast. He lost his head, but fortunately managed to hold on to it, at least to the end of his report. Happy Halloween! Here's your spooky headless forecast for today & trick or treating tonight #Halloween https://t.co/0NJKMlwPvc 🎃👻🧙‍♀️…

A million dollars in a rug store – and other ways Paul Manafort spent his allegedly ill-gotten fortune

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, recently indicted on federal criminal charges, allegedly laundered $18 million in money he earned illegally lobbying for Ukraine. CNN has a breakdown on how he spent it: --Home improvement company in the Hamptons, in New York: $5.4 million. --Home lighting and entertainment company in Florida: $1.3 million. --Antique rug…

These digital marketing skills can help your career

With so many communication channels available on the web, knowing how to leverage each platform’s strengths is key to developing businesses online. To help you hone your digital marketing skills, we’re featuring the new Digital Marketing 22-Course Masterclass.  In this masterclass, you’ll get introduced to a variety of relevant concepts and techniques by acclaimed instructors Phil…

31 days of horror film PEZ dispensers

Toy artist Jesse Wroblewski of Chainsaw Estates challenged himself to sculpt a horror movie-themed PEZ candy dispenser for each day in October. Here's a look at some of his horribly-creative sculptures, from Pennywise to Pinhead: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaT_qWoADut/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BZv6K2hggxY/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BaMDlveg76G/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ81ywRgt0i/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BaSQHYWgreM/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BaZD3fvgs7-/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BaWk18GgcjK/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/Bag-RPigq0I/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BaFNeU0gxbC/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BZtbACqgC-s/?taken-by=chainsawestates https://www.instagram.com/p/BaeaWmYgVNz/?taken-by=chainsawestates See the rest at his Instagram feed. Source: Boing Boing (published…

After 121 Years, the First Indigenous Singer Performs at Brazil’s Teatro Amazonas

Djuena Tikuna during her performance at the Teatro Amazonas. Image: screenshot, Jornalistas Livres (Youtube) On 23 August, Djuena Tikuna became the first indigenous singer to perform on the stage of the Teatro Amazonas (“Amazonas Theatre”) — a bastion of European culture in the middle of the world’s largest tropical forest. The 32-year-old artist produced and starred…

The “other” JFK assassination footage, stabilized

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQE8Cj_495g You've likely seen the stabilized, enhanced panoramic edit of the famous Zapruder film of JFK's assassination. Here's another angle—the less well-known Orville Nix film—with the same treatment. Though it's not as clear or as long as Zapruder, it's recorded from the other side, showing the grassy knoll and a ground-level view of the assassination.…

Shadow of the Colossus remastered in 4K

Shadow of the Colossus, one of the most beautifully gloomy games of all time, is being remastered in 4K. Here's the trailer. Unlike the hideous new edition of Secret of Mana, they didn't fool with the artwork. It still has that dreamy, dialogue-free crepuscular atmosphere to it. I'm eager to experience it again, but something…