If it is not, all echoes are the same
In such eternity. Then tell me, love,
How that should comfort us—or anyone
Dragged half-unnerved out of this worldly place,
Crying to the end ‘I have not finished’.”
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
— François-René de Chateaubriand, born on this date in 1768
"Only an artist can tell … what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it,” James Baldwin wrote in contemplating the artist’s struggle for integrity. “Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio,” Teresita Fernández argued half a century later in her spectacular commencement address on what it means to be an artist. “The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote … will also become the raw material for the art you make.”
Centrelink urges clients to stay away on Friday ahead of public service strike
Fair Work decision throws public service workplace bargaining in disarray
On the left, "the worker" is sacred. So is a belief in solidarity and equality. But amid rapid economic fragmentation, does the left have a future? Enterprise Agreement
Open plans, glass walls, communal table-desks, exposed brick: The carefully curated aesthetic of the modern office and the grim fate of the "knowledge worker"... Exposed Strikers
“In March, 49 people were put on trial charged with organised theft, conspiracy to commit a crime and handling stolen goods. … Their scam was rumbled following an anonymous tipoff, which led to a police operation that recovered thousands of paintings, sculptures and other objects stolen from auctioneers Hôtel Drouot.” Paris auction house porters jailed for stealing objects worth millions
How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart media dragons and their children Nature
Political comebacks road well travelled to redemption
Ars Technica: “In January, the New York State DMV enhanced its facial recognition technology by doubling the number of measurement points on a driver’s photograph, a move the state’s governor says has led to the arrest of 100 suspected identity thieves and opened 900 unsolved cases. In all, since New York implemented facial recognition technology in 2010, more than 14,000 people have been hampered trying to get multiple licenses.”
Seven Inspirational Steve Jobs views in life ...
When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through. [Steve stole this sentiment from my late father carpenter who always said that the biggest room in every house is the room for improvement ...)
Apple, after all? Apple is about people who think ‘outside the box,’ people who want to use computers to help them change the world, to help them create things that make a difference, and not just to get a job done.
Being Different is Good: Shakespearean Actresses Are Getting Nude Again, In The Name Of Free Expression
John Hatton's double as in the Underbelly John Waters once observed: "If you're angry at 20, you're sexy. If you're angry at 50, you're an asshole."
“Being like everybody is like being nobody.” If you simply try to emulate other writers, you won’t stand out on your own. If you try to copy scripts and movies that have already been successful, your work won’t stand out either. You need to showcase what you can bring to the industry, not how you can write like the others PostHumously The Making of Cold War River
Who got rich off the student debt crisis Reveal
So You’re Going to Playtest a Roleplaying Game Adventure
The celebrity Z-list (NYT)
“Criminalizing Entrepreneurs: The regulatory state is also a prison state” [F.H. Buckley, American Conservative]
“The Godfather” and “The Wire,” have brought criminal slang to millions of noncriminal ears. Writers often seek slang lexicographers to give the shows an air of realism True crime slang
OS that's used by millions of corporate and government networks around the world. One of Austin's motives for the intrusion, prosecutors allege, was to "gain access to the software distributed through the www.kernel.org website."
My Escape Story Influenced this Ad, but I did not write the ad except for few crazy suggestions on the forums ;-)
Theresa May's £3150 lunch shows that democracy is still for sale
“I am innocent. I have never been a spy. I never allowed any action against the Soviet Union. I accused myself falsely. I was forced to make false accusations against myself and others . . . I am asking for only one thing -- let me finish my work.” I have not finished ...
Revolving Doors: IFS chief joins Office for Tax Simplification board
Bank executives frequently proclaim that Wall Street is vital to the nation’s economy and performs socially valuable services by raising capital, providing liquidity to investors, and ensuring that securities are priced accurately so that money flows to where it will be most productive. There’s just one problem: the Wall Street mantra isn’t true Does Wall Street Do “God’s Work”? Or Even Anything Useful?