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economy history philosophy slow theory

Memetic Turn

[Original German Blog Post] > “The Hanged” from the Tarot Deck of Charles VI., Paris, early 15th century. The symbolism of Tarot – similar to that of alchemy – forms a pre-modern memetic system. Tightly knit into other more or less esoteric programs of meaning, like Qabbalah or astrology, its images are at first illustrative […]

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computer science philosophy religion science and mathematics

>digital<: to finger sth.

[Original German Blog Post] Arno Schmidt: Zettel’s Traum. The detail shown above read: (dug from ‘dig’ & this from ‘digital’ : to finger sth. digital (not comparable) [1] Having to do with digits (fingers or toes); performed with a finger. [2] Property of representing values as discrete numbers rather than a continuous spectrum. – digital […]

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science and mathematics

“How I Killed Pluto” by Mike Brown

Original German Blog Post] “Good science is a careful and deliberate process. […] The discovery itself contains little of scientific interest. Almost all of the science […] comes from studying the object in detail after discovery.” Mike Brown Astronomy’s objects – planets, stars, galaxies – may in fact race through the universe at unimaginable speed […]

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art slow theory

The Idiot – a topical figure again?

ἰδιώτης,idiōtēs I) N. 1) the individual man, private citizen in oposite to the state, att.Pr.; b) the common, ignoble man 2) a) the ignorant, layman in oposite to the trained person, e.g. in oposite to a physician b) someone ignorant to poetry, a prosaic person. […] Totski muttered to himself: “He may be an idiot, […]

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“Modernism is our Classical Antiquity”

[Original German Blog Post] (1) “A Vernacular is like a crumbled street version of a classic language. Like Italian is a vernacular language and Latin is a classic language. What does actual vernacular online video sound like, that’s native to the Internet and speaks vernacular Internet ease? I’ll just read you the categories of an […]

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economy web service

The Illusion of the Free Internet

[Original German Blog Post] Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — PayPal Inc., the payment processor owned by EBay Inc., cut access today to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.org for violating its acceptable use policy. (www.businessweek.com) Earlier this year, I wanted to order a book at an Indian publisher. When trying to pay via the PayPal-link on the publisher’s […]

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everyday life web service

“Everything is turned into a highway”

(three weeks without Google) [Original German Blog Post]

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philosophy religion

Qohelet: Time and Happiness

[Original German Blog Post] Turn! Turn! Turn! To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a […]

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everyday life web service

Digital Literacy
My fourth day without Google.

[Original German Blog Post] “Ask any kid what Facebook is for and he’ll tell you it’s there to help him make friends. […] He has no idea the real purpose of the software, and the people coding it, is to monetize his relationships. He isn’t even aware of those people, the program, or their purpose. […]

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economy everyday life web service

Cenorship?!
My third day without Google.

[Original German Blog Post] Leave aside the fact that Google was happy to censor results for China until its servers were hacked. The fact is, Google still censors search results in other countries at the request of their governments. […] Censoring results for years, shifting course for entirely unrelated reasons, and then vilifying competitors who […]