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I’m afraid that avoiding the Grim Meathook Future might require the dismantling of American-style corporate capitalism. I’m not a Communist or anything, but it seems to me that corporate capitalism as it’s played in my country is a lot like throwing a hundred sharks and a hundred minnows into a small tank. Sharks are machines that eat minnows: they’re incapable of doing anything else, even of keeping a few minnows around to make more minnows to eat later. So they’ll eat and eat until there’s nothing to do except eat each other, and the last one left alive in the tank isn’t the winner: he’s just the shark who gets to die slowly and horribly of starvation. People can only buy so much shit until they run out of money or space to put it in, and then what?

Please won't you be...my patron?

saladinahmed:

WHO I AM
Hello! Most folks reading this probably know me already, but for those who don’t: I’m Saladin Ahmed, fantasy writer and author of articles on geeky subjects, as well as of the odd twitter rant.

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If you’ve enjoyed my novel, my FREE ebook of Arab/Muslim-themed science…

Wil Wheatons response to a little girl on how to deal with being called a nerd (by CGPhotogcom)

Positive thinking is a truly helpful tool in so much of life, but sometimes, just sometimes, you want the perfect blond movie star to stand back and say, This is the pits. My feelings are smashed across the floor like a broken bottle of cooking oil. The future is gray. My brain aches. I’m through.
Startups are local. They are about the circulation of talent and ideas at speed, through invisible personal networks. Scattering Silicon Roundabout’s startups to the winds may not kill all of them, but it forecloses on many of the startups that are yet to come. The conversation at the pub and in the sandwich shop that leads to the next big thing will now never take place, because the conversants are working in offices at opposite ends of Stratford.

Good Looking Parents Sing Disney’s Frozen (Love Is an Open Door) (by samuel8955)

Noel Gallagher slags his own music videos and it is epic.
(by nutsngum2)

I had a debate with my friend about this recently," says Grace Woodward, a fashion stylist. "We were talking about those tiny denim shorts they wear." The ones so short and cut at such an angle that they resemble denim nappies? "Yes! Those! We couldn’t work out if it was a bad thing, because they’re so small and so revealing, or good, because girls of all shapes and sizes are wearing them and clearly not plagued by body issues. So are we meant to say, ‘You go!’ or, ‘But you can’t possibly go out dressed like that’?

Why I Hate Sportsball

marksussman:

I don’t hate sports, I hate “sportsball,” the mildly derogatory, condescending word used by people who are not into sports to signal a) their lack of knowledge of all things sporting, and b) their sense that all things sporting are by definition beneath their attention. It’s a dumb word disguised…

Let’s watch Her

theworkben-ch:

Movie: Her by Spike Jonze

When:
Tuesday 28th Jan 2014
At: Hoyts Broadway
Time of Meeting: 6.00pm

There’s a tech-based movie out now and it’s called ‘Her.’ The film follows a lonely man who falls in love with a OS. Think of the OS as a super hot version of Siri (voiced by Scarlett…

I’m afraid that avoiding the Grim Meathook Future might require the dismantling of American-style corporate capitalism. I’m not a Communist or anything, but it seems to me that corporate capitalism as it’s played in my country is a lot like throwing a hundred sharks and a hundred minnows into a small tank. Sharks are machines that eat minnows: they’re incapable of doing anything else, even of keeping a few minnows around to make more minnows to eat later. So they’ll eat and eat until there’s nothing to do except eat each other, and the last one left alive in the tank isn’t the winner: he’s just the shark who gets to die slowly and horribly of starvation. People can only buy so much shit until they run out of money or space to put it in, and then what?

Please won't you be...my patron?

saladinahmed:

WHO I AM
Hello! Most folks reading this probably know me already, but for those who don’t: I’m Saladin Ahmed, fantasy writer and author of articles on geeky subjects, as well as of the odd twitter rant.

biophoto

If you’ve enjoyed my novel, my FREE ebook of Arab/Muslim-themed science…

Wil Wheatons response to a little girl on how to deal with being called a nerd (by CGPhotogcom)

Positive thinking is a truly helpful tool in so much of life, but sometimes, just sometimes, you want the perfect blond movie star to stand back and say, This is the pits. My feelings are smashed across the floor like a broken bottle of cooking oil. The future is gray. My brain aches. I’m through.
Startups are local. They are about the circulation of talent and ideas at speed, through invisible personal networks. Scattering Silicon Roundabout’s startups to the winds may not kill all of them, but it forecloses on many of the startups that are yet to come. The conversation at the pub and in the sandwich shop that leads to the next big thing will now never take place, because the conversants are working in offices at opposite ends of Stratford.

Good Looking Parents Sing Disney’s Frozen (Love Is an Open Door) (by samuel8955)

Noel Gallagher slags his own music videos and it is epic.
(by nutsngum2)

I had a debate with my friend about this recently," says Grace Woodward, a fashion stylist. "We were talking about those tiny denim shorts they wear." The ones so short and cut at such an angle that they resemble denim nappies? "Yes! Those! We couldn’t work out if it was a bad thing, because they’re so small and so revealing, or good, because girls of all shapes and sizes are wearing them and clearly not plagued by body issues. So are we meant to say, ‘You go!’ or, ‘But you can’t possibly go out dressed like that’?

Why I Hate Sportsball

marksussman:

I don’t hate sports, I hate “sportsball,” the mildly derogatory, condescending word used by people who are not into sports to signal a) their lack of knowledge of all things sporting, and b) their sense that all things sporting are by definition beneath their attention. It’s a dumb word disguised…

Let’s watch Her

theworkben-ch:

Movie: Her by Spike Jonze

When:
Tuesday 28th Jan 2014
At: Hoyts Broadway
Time of Meeting: 6.00pm

There’s a tech-based movie out now and it’s called ‘Her.’ The film follows a lonely man who falls in love with a OS. Think of the OS as a super hot version of Siri (voiced by Scarlett…

"I’m afraid that avoiding the Grim Meathook Future might require the dismantling of American-style corporate capitalism. I’m not a Communist or anything, but it seems to me that corporate capitalism as it’s played in my country is a lot like throwing a hundred sharks and a hundred minnows into a small tank. Sharks are machines that eat minnows: they’re incapable of doing anything else, even of keeping a few minnows around to make more minnows to eat later. So they’ll eat and eat until there’s nothing to do except eat each other, and the last one left alive in the tank isn’t the winner: he’s just the shark who gets to die slowly and horribly of starvation. People can only buy so much shit until they run out of money or space to put it in, and then what?"
"Positive thinking is a truly helpful tool in so much of life, but sometimes, just sometimes, you want the perfect blond movie star to stand back and say, This is the pits. My feelings are smashed across the floor like a broken bottle of cooking oil. The future is gray. My brain aches. I’m through."
"Startups are local. They are about the circulation of talent and ideas at speed, through invisible personal networks. Scattering Silicon Roundabout’s startups to the winds may not kill all of them, but it forecloses on many of the startups that are yet to come. The conversation at the pub and in the sandwich shop that leads to the next big thing will now never take place, because the conversants are working in offices at opposite ends of Stratford."
"I had a debate with my friend about this recently," says Grace Woodward, a fashion stylist. "We were talking about those tiny denim shorts they wear." The ones so short and cut at such an angle that they resemble denim nappies? "Yes! Those! We couldn’t work out if it was a bad thing, because they’re so small and so revealing, or good, because girls of all shapes and sizes are wearing them and clearly not plagued by body issues. So are we meant to say, ‘You go!’ or, ‘But you can’t possibly go out dressed like that’?"

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