Friday, February 23, 2018

'Hello world": Journalism is going to keep changing. Learn when to change, too

If technology is increasingly a place where we live, it needs to have space for the soul
~ Frank Chimero

Don’t Want a Robot to Replace You? Study Imrich and Tolstoy

Why having explored the humanities is a career plus

No reason to make Cold River kind of films in Australia, Ausfilm wants more tax breaks ...

Rupert Murdoch still bedridden after New Year's fall on Lachlan's yacht

For those who came in late, Rupert Murdoch had a slip up on Lachlan Murdoch's yacht early in the New Year and had to be helicoptered out and spent some time in hospital with a back injury

Sydney's population set to grow to seven million in next 30 years

Sydney's population is set to grow by 2.6 million people in the next 30 years to 7.3 million, adding even more strain to road, health, education and open ... In a major report to be released today, federal government research body Infrastructure Australia warns Sydney is not prepared for the magnitude 

Pan Macmillan will publish a book from former FBI director James Comey on "ethical leadership" a year after he was dismissed by US president Donald Trump.
Why Altered Carbon is not about the future – nor is any other science fiction:
Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi "Kovacs" (Slavic for "Black Smith") is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order.
By making our everyday world into something strange and alien, science fiction hopes that we will question and change our society. Science fiction does not invite us to be prophets, but anthropologists making sense of a complex and troubling foreign culture – which we may eventually come to recognise as our own. And so when reading or watching science fiction, look for the moments when the future seems shocking, repulsive, and alien to everything you hold dear. Ask what these moments correspond to in your world 
Why Altered Carbon is not about the future – nor is any other science ...

Iconic Icebergs Dives Into A Proud New Era

Nikon F2

The 1971 follow up to the Nikon F was the Nikon F2. Still aimed at the professional market and still a "go-to-war" tough camera. The F stayed in production until 1974, a testament to the quality of the F more than a criticism of the F2. Production of the F2 finally ended in 1980.


I seem to have completely missed all the announcements ... , but apparently they announced the fifteen French Voices Award 2017 grantees a while ago, and yesterday they announced the winning title -- Alexia Trigo's translation of Mohamed Mbougar Sarr's Terre Ceinte (still "seeking an American publisher"; see also the Présence Africaine publicity page). 


 Quite a few non-fiction works among the other finalists, but the one that most stood out (just from the descriptions -- I haven't seen any of these) -- and not in a great way -- is Martin Page's L'Apiculture selon Samuel Beckett. Hmmmm. See the Starling Bureau information page .....

       The fact that this is the Martin Page who wrote The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection and How I Became Stupid does not reassure me. I wonder what the Beckett-estate had to say about this. 

How Emma Alberici stared down the ABC on tax 'analysis'

After a bitter dispute, Emma Alberici has succeeded in getting the ABC to repost her 'analysis' of the Turnbull government's tax cut plans with the help of lawyers, The New Daily can reveal. ABC sources told The New Daily that lawyers were involved as the former Lateline presenter, now the ABC's chief economics ...

From PwC tax lawyer to photographing the doormen of New York: Alina Gozin'a — Alina Gozin'a didn't pick up a camera for the first time until her late 20s. She had just quit her job as a tax lawyer at PwC and decided she wanted to be a filmmaker. The Sydney-sider liked the detective-like aspects of solving problems using tax law – but working in a corporate structure didn't gel with her. "You felt like just a number," she says. Her father was a photographer but he didn't help. "He kept away the camera from me. He did not want me to become a creative at all."  

Atlas Obscura asked readers to send in the best things they found pressed between the pages of old books

Kafka Was A Terrible Boyfriend” is a sentence that is simultaneously unsurprising and revelatory. But it gives us a chance to dive into Kafka’s letters, which are, along with the stories, unfinished novels, and the conversation slips he passed back and forth at the end of his life when he could no longer speak, among his most treasured works.

  The Norwegian century continues (WSJ): “When Norwegian athletes take to the ice and snow at the Olympics, they don’t mess around: the Scandinavian nation of just 5 million has won the most medals of any country in the history of the Winter Games.”

It's not me, it's you: Why I'm breaking up with Sydney

It was love at first sight when Sydney and I met properly a dozen years ago. I fell hard with the sort of giddy infatuation that makes it easy to overlook the odd flaw or two, and to blithely ignore those flaws even as they crumbled into mighty chasms over the subsequent years. But now I'm ending things and moving out...   
Frank Chimero has a long, insightful essay about how commercial imperatives have creeped in on the public commonwealth of the web, creating a bunch of pseudo-public spaces whose experience continually degrades (think a negative stereotype of NYC’s Penn Station) as opposed to free and open public spaces (think a positive stereotype of NYC’s main public library).
"Remember: the web is a marketplace and a commonwealth, so we have both commerce and culture; it’s just that the non-commercial bits of the web get more difficult to see in comparison to the outsized presence of the commercial web and all that caters to it. It’s a visibility problem that’s an inadvertent consequence of values."

A NATiONWIDE DEMONSTRATION: The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor compiled this collection of photos  around the U.S. of people supporting the students of Parkland and calling on American officials to protect school kids.
A REMINDER: The NRA is under FBI investigation of funneling Russian money to Trump in the 2016 campaign.