Will: "Why School? The Movie" Update - Got video? →
willrichardson: A few weeks ago we posed a big question: Could our little edu-network make a REAL full-length documentary feature that incorporates kids in every aspect of the production process? It appears we’re going to find out. Within days, hundreds of you volunteered to help make this admittedly…
Happy Record Store Day, Philadelphia (and the...
Will: "Why School?" - The Movie (?) →
We’re going to make a movie about education, and change the world. Want in? willrichardson: So here’s the question: You think our little edu-network could make a movie? Like, a REAL full-length documentary feature? As in the next (and better) “Waiting for Superman?” One that kids had a big role in producing? If your interest is piqued, read on… A couple of weeks ago, I got an…
Will: Destructive Change and How to Resist It →
willrichardson: Joi Ito: What you need to do is understand these changes are happening, and build systems and governments and ways of thinking that are resilient to this kind of destructive change that is going to happen. It’s a kind of change that is really hard to predict, it’s really hard to control, so…
My 15 Best Tom Waits Songs
A few days ago, Pop Matters contributor, Alexander Heigl, posted “The 15 Best Tom Waits Songs”, prompting a Twitter discussion between myself and fellow Waits fan, @BenMorse. Ben challenged me to create my own list of 15 songs and he has done the same. Here are a few notes about the creation of my list: I created the list by scrolling through my mp3 collection. I’m fairly...
Down There By The Train: Waits - pre-notes →
benmorse: So, @JWPhilly has found an article stating people are either Raindogs or Bone Machine. I’ve got to disagree. The Waits catalogue is a broad church. Dependent on your system, it’s Grand Weepers and Grim Reapers, or Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. Jazz or Weird. My top 15 keeps changing. I had to…
When it comes to the rather expansive catalog of Tom Waits, there tends to be...– Soon, @benmorse and I will be publishing our “15 best Tom Waits songs” lists. Since everyine is obviously quivering with anticipation over that, here’s a little teaser. One of us is a Raindogs guy, the other a Bone Machine guy. Who is who should be clear very soon, if its not already. Quote from:...
One of the things that happens in schools is that people think they can divorce...– Chris Lehmann http://practicaltheory.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/1346-Everything-Matters.html
The gun is not a mere tool, a bit of technology, a political issue, a point of...– Our Moloch by Garry Wills | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
We have grown accustomed to what will happen next. The President will likely...– David Remnick on Newtown and what Obama must do about guns: http://nyr.kr/UGJBMA (via newyorker)
Homework is an institution roundly disliked by all who participate in it....– http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2012/12/17/121217taco_talk_menand#ixzz2El2mBpso And lots of other interesting points and observations. Read it.
When asked to explain why they serve so many veggies, the French parents...– So what, exactly, do French parents feed their babies? Leeks and pumpkin, endive and chard…& more! | Karen Le Billon Good eating habits are learned from a young age. It’s a lot easier to prevent childhood obesity than to cure it. Plus, there has to be some satisfaction in raising a child...
Seventy-one per cent of the people in this country want strict controls over all...– A Gun-Control Debate, Forty Years Ago: Click-through to read more from Richard Harris’s Comment piece in August, 1972 http://nyr.kr/MUmSaC (via newyorker)
This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period...– Message on mimeographed copies of lyrics distributed by Woody Guthrie to fans in the 1930s (via oracionessucias)
"It's all about story.": MCA. →
benmorse: It’s awkward being white and middle class. Nothing we create is “authentic”. It’s a copy. It’s cringeworthy. It’s mainstream. Which is why the Beastie Boys are such a significant force. White rap has been done by lots of folks. But the Beasties made it legitimate. No Sleep ‘till Brooklyn wasn’t…
White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race in Hunger... →
An interesting look at how bias plays out in people’s perception of media products.
Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online →
nprfreshair: This is awesome Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It’s part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet. Related: Alan Lomax on Fresh Air
Bruce Springsteen's new album Wrecking Ball: track... →
“No one else could sing a cliché like “This train carries saints and sinners” and still sound not just like they mean it, but that they are reminding us of something vital.” Click the link for a great track by track review of the new album. I agree with most everything in it. I think the classic rock Springsteen fans won’t find much here to celebrate, but the fans who also...
Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend On...
Support for Republican candidates, who generally promise to cut government spending, has increased since 1980 in states where the federal government spends more than it collects. The greater the dependence, the greater the support for Republican candidates. Conversely, states that pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits tend to support Democratic candidates. And Professor Lacy found that...
Young people, ages 12 to 34, are spending less time in front of TV sets, Brian...– The Breakfast Meeting: Young People Drift From TV Sets (Which Are Getting Huge!) - NYTimes.com
Newly discovered mushroom eats plastic! →
But if we unleash it on our trash will we be able to stop it before it eats, well, everything?
What You (Really) Need to Know - Lawrence Summers →
The expectations of leading universities do much to define what secondary schools teach, and much to establish a template for what it means to be an educated man or woman… . Yet undergraduate education changes remarkably little over time. My immediate predecessor as Harvard president, Derek Bok, famously compared the difficulty of reforming a curriculum with the difficulty of moving a...
Pick up the pitchforks: David Pogue underestimates... →
The American media industry tries to stifle user freedom. Every time. Every single time.
The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA By using [Apple’s...– Dan Wineman (Venomous Porridge) via Scott McLeod’s Mind Dump
[A large media company] would have charged you about $20 for the video. They...– Louis CK Louis CK’s DRM-free direct-sales video experiment pays off - Boing Boing
Be a Jerk: The Worst Business Lesson from the... →
The erosion in the paid media pyramid →
Seth Godin (@thisissethsblog)
Elvis Costello asks you not to buy his new box... →
After all, Louis Armostrong is much better.
Early in the morning, iPod dock plays Brahms Man rises from bed and puts on his...– “Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Factory’ If His Dad Had Been a Brooklynite Working in Transmedia Platforming” by DC Pierson
Do A Barrel Roll →
“The Eagles,” said Ronel, “are like your pop that you’ve...– http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20111005_Phillies_are_the_heart_of_the_matter.html
"Buzzsaw Yowl" →
LOW CUT CONNIE
xkcd: Connoisseur →
Hard work vs. Long work →
via Seth Godin (@thisissethsblog)
How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden →
Smarter, Happier, More Productive - Jim Holt →
A great response to and review of The Shallows. An even-handed, evidence-based look at the internet’s implications on the human mind. This is the article that should be expanded into a book.
Redesign the Recipe →
Food + Design = New kind of recipe