Articles Archive for November 2012

Marginalia »

November 28th, 2012 | One Comment | Category: Marginalia
The Tao of Tetris

Stack away, not up.
Asymmetry reigns.
Spin the square.
Build structures, not buildings.
Think negative (space).
See not color but line.
Wait for no shape.
Don’t block the blocks.

With thanks to Alexey Pajitnov.

Essays »

November 25th, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Essays
Ennui Go: Pop Culture’s Irony Fatigue

Broadly speaking, irony is the rhetorical strategy of saying one thing yet meaning another, usually the opposite. It also might be the most abused trope of our time. It has exceeded substance surpassing style and elevated into the absurd over the authentic. It’s been a “get out of judgment free” card for as long as I can remember. It’s an escape route, an exit strategy, a way off the hook in any situation, and it’s become the dominant mode of pop culture.
In his book, The Comedian as Confidence Man: Studies in …

Essays »

November 24th, 2012 | No Comment | Category: Essays
Metaphors Be With You: Slinging the Slang Online

Marshall and Eric McLuhan’s Laws of Media (1988) opens with the claim that each of our artifacts is “a kind of word, a metaphor that translates experience from one form to another” (p. 3). For a man of letters to use a linguistic premise upon which to build the laws of media is not surprising. It was McLuhan (1951) after all who pointed out that advertising employs the same strategies as poetry. If we treat software (specifically microblogging platforms) and cities as artifacts, the emergent form seems to be the evolution …

Announcements »

November 13th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Category: Announcements
Surreal Estate: Reclaim My Domain

Somehow the registration for my main domain name lapsed. I don’t know how it slipped by me, but it did. Since my website gets a decent amount of traffic, it showed up on various radars, and someone snagged it. The guy who now owns my name told me via email, “I am planning to put in on Sedo for $2000 USD. These type of domains usually sell fast, because they have high PageRank.” The only reason this particular domain name has a high PageRank is because I have spent the last …