Articles Archive for May 2011

About, Book Stuff »

May 26th, 2011 | Comments Off on Follow for Now on Brain Pickings | Category: About, Book Stuff
<em>Follow for Now</em> on Brain Pickings

My interview collection Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes (Well-Red Bear, 2007) got some updated shine thanks to cognitive curator Maira Popova and her excellent site Brain Pickings. Here are a few excerpts:
The book was originally published in 2007, which makes it a rare, paradoxical and infinitely fertile cross between sort-of-contemporary cultural critique of the present and near-prophetic time-capsule of the recent past, swiftly fluttering across disciplines and ideologies to deliver a powerful cross-pollinator of modern intellectual and creative curiosity…
The time elapsed since …

Reviews »

May 20th, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Reviews
We No Longer Have Roots, We Have Aerials: <em>Insect Media</em>

With the recent finding that ants’ social networks are similar to our online social networks, “insect media” sounds like less of a metaphor and more of a direct analogy, but Jussi Parikka’s Insect Media: An Archeology of Animals and Technology (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) is much more than either. He hedges from writing metaphorically preferring to show how the evolution of technology is a system of assemblages and flows, much like those found in the insect world. Conflating the two presents its own problems (see my own rather cavalier …

Marginalia, Talks, Videos »

May 19th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Category: Marginalia, Talks, Videos
How to Do Stuff and Be Happy (Again) — Video

Here’s the latest version of my “How to Do Stuff and Be Happy” talk, this time for Laura Brown’s “Professional Communication Skills” class at The University of Texas at Austin on April 29, 2011. The last few times I’ve done this talk, I’ve incorporated my thoughts on Tyler, The Creator and Odd Future, including his “Yonkers” video as an example of many of the things in the talk. The sound is still not great, but this is the best version I have so far.

Many thanks to Laura Brown for recording …