21 Nov 2012

The point of all this is that it is not the existence of knowledge but the convergence and cross-pollination of knowledge that drives progress.

Now, the challenge with the internet is that it’s a medium increasingly well-tailored for helping us find more of what we know we’re looking for, but increasingly poorly suited to helping us discover what we don’t yet know exists and thus don’t yet care to be interested in.

This creates a kind of “filter bubble” - to use internet activist Eli Pariser’s term - that only deepens our existing interests rather than broadening our intellectual horizons and filling our mental libraries with precisely the kind of diverse pieces that we can then combine into new ideas.

Maria Popova

Via BBC: http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20415707

31 Oct 2012



(Source: nevver, via lukehackney)

12 Sep 2012

cbssports:

When you fall down while running onto your home field for the first game, it can’t be a good sign for the season…
Other lowlights from Week 1 of college football

Yay, Mississippi State was on the featured Tumblr window … featured for tripping. *sigh*

cbssports:

When you fall down while running onto your home field for the first game, it can’t be a good sign for the season…

Other lowlights from Week 1 of college football

Yay, Mississippi State was on the featured Tumblr window … featured for tripping. *sigh*

Mississippi State Tripping CBS

21 Aug 2012

Recommended Reading: "Living Outside History" by Noel Polk (The American Scholar)

This long essay from 2010 by preeminant William Faulkner Noel Polk reflecting on the past, his relationship with his home state of Mississippi and his father is stellar.

My war, finally, then, certainly: it of course always had been, it and all its afterglow, and I never feel that it is mine more bitterly, and bemusedly too, than when I travel and meet people who type me because I am a Mississippian. I’m bemused because I know better; bitter because I know our accusers have so often had ample reason to think of all Mississippians that way, given how often we shoot ourselves in our social and cultural and political feet; and over the years when candidates for jobs came to my campus for interviews and were still surprised that we had sidewalks and McDonald’s and Porsches and BMWs, and reported, with some shock, how many of their friends and family had questioned their intelligence, not to say sanity, by presuming to seek employment in savage, redneck, racist Mississippi. It was my war, my history, most galling of all in my recognition that I was going to be tarred with it no matter what I said or did or was or tried to be: I was redneck, racist, ignoramus.


1 Aug 2012

Atlanta to Georgia: “It’s time to break up.”

Dear Georgia,

No one can deny we’ve had a long run. You were one of the original 13 colonies, and while I was started more than 50 years later at the intersection of some of your railroads, we’ve been inseparable ever since. Sure, I got burned when you tried to secede with the confederacy, but those things happen and I was happy to start over again while taking in many seeking refuge after that messy ordeal.

From there we grew together, you and I, through dark times and prosperity, through depressions and growth. But after World War 2, I started noticing something was wrong. More of my people started moving from me to you. At first I thought this was normal and fair - people move after all! When we added interstates across both of us, I had some complaints, but surely it would just be a better way to have your people and mine enjoy both of us more, but sadly that hasn’t been the case.

In the 70s when MARTA was created and later when the airport began to boom, I looked to you for support, and instead was spurned. I had become a refuge for people treated with disdain and sometimes violence with you, but I continued to be happy to take them in. While we had our differences, I was shocked to find you actively working against the initiatives and investment that I needed to grow. You were proud to brag about the economic growth I brought to you, and I thought I was happy to share, but it seemed like the seeds of discontent were planted and at times I felt we were going in two different directions.

It turns out those feelings were correct. Even though we’ve shared so much (1996 Olympics!?) - whenever I try to improve myself, I’m now met with resistance from you. When I try to improve my transportation - I’m blocked. I hoped that we could get on the same page, but it appears that you’re only happy to use me - letting people work at the business I’ve brought in, only to send that money and opportunity out to your suburbs, while leaving many of the people in me underrepresented and sometimes in dire need.

I hoped we could come to an understanding - to realize that our fates and futures are linked, but it may be better if we go our own ways - you can keep being a largely agrarian state, sure the suburbanites will be jobless without me, but they didn’t want to help me, so why should I care if I stop helping them. I’ll continue to be a huge city full of culture, but I will only become more hollow and more neglected than before. It seems like that’s what you’ve always wanted, so even though It’s the worse thing for both of us, it seems like our only option.

If you decide you want to work together, if it seems like you realize how much I help you, and how much you help me, maybe we’ll be able to work things out, but until then I think this is best for both of us.

Don’t call, I won’t answer and if you see me hanging out with other states, please don’t interrupt us. Maybe they will be more interested in supporting me than you have ever been.

XOXO

Atlanta

17 Jul 2012

Despite it’s exotic colors and scary name, dragon fruit is a deceptive disappointment. The product of a certain breed of South and Central American cacti, the beautifully thorny pink fruit screams “I’m different and delicious,” but it’s dalmationesque flesh peppered with little black seeds tastes less like it’s cousin the kiwi and more like cold pulpy paper. My dreams of discovering a new fruit and all of the potential for augmenting my diet with the cool delicious sweetness have been ruined.
Before you buy a dragon fruit, know this: It’s not worth it, save yourself time and money by buying 8 kiwis instead. You can thank me later. 

Despite it’s exotic colors and scary name, dragon fruit is a deceptive disappointment. The product of a certain breed of South and Central American cacti, the beautifully thorny pink fruit screams “I’m different and delicious,” but it’s dalmationesque flesh peppered with little black seeds tastes less like it’s cousin the kiwi and more like cold pulpy paper. My dreams of discovering a new fruit and all of the potential for augmenting my diet with the cool delicious sweetness have been ruined.

Before you buy a dragon fruit, know this: It’s not worth it, save yourself time and money by buying 8 kiwis instead. You can thank me later. 

4 Jul 2012

Some runners on 10th St. in Atlanta from this year’s Peachtree Road Race. It’s one of the most popular 10K races in the world.

Some runners on 10th St. in Atlanta from this year’s Peachtree Road Race. It’s one of the most popular 10K races in the world.

28 Jun 2012



(Source: starvingbaker, via fuckyeahhst)

28 Jun 2012

Sunset Deck Walk on Flickr.Shot from this past weekend at Chickamagua Lake near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sunset Deck Walk on Flickr.

Shot from this past weekend at Chickamagua Lake near Chattanooga, Tenn.

28 Jun 2012

People will tell you that you can’t do things because they think they can’t do them either.

— Somebody, but I forgot. 

19 Jun 2012

15 Things Charles and Ray Eames Teach Us

mostexerent:

  1. Keep good company
  2. Notice the ordinary
  3. Preserve the ephemeral
  4. Design not for the elite but for the masses
  5. Explain it to a child
  6. Get lost in the content
  7. Get to the heart of the matter
  8. Never tolerate “O.K. anything.”
  9. Remember your responsibility as a storyteller
  10. Zoom out
  11. Switch
  12. Prototype it
  13. Pun
  14. Make design your life… and life, your design.
  15. Leave something behind.

Solid. 

(Source: nevver)


18 Jun 2012

Newsweek: America's 25 Most Crime-Rattled Colleges (According to Science)

newsweek:

1. University of Alabama, Huntsville

2. Johnson & Wales University, Providence

3. University of San Francisco

4. Northern Illinois University

5. University of Central Arkansas

6. Morgan State University

7. Tennessee State University

8. University of…

Mississippi State is #12.


15 Jun 2012

Notice that Apple products are never labeled “Microsoft Killers”? As long as Apple is focused on developing new tech instead of wringing it’s hands about the competition (and has the cash to afford it) things will stay that way.
Instead of going head-to head with the iPad,  think Microsoft would be wise to continue its focus on XBOX/Kinect - a multimedia platform that Apple hasn’t been able to monopolize. When (since it’s basically inevitable) Apple releases it’s iTV or whatever, there will definitely be some sort of Kinect-like interface, so  Microsoft has a chance to create (and possibly own) the interactive home entertainment center field before Apple jumps in. 
The XBOX experience needs some work (like not having to pay a pricy Gold subscription fee to stream Netflix, HBO, etc.), but the opportunity is there if Microsoft wants it.

Notice that Apple products are never labeled “Microsoft Killers”? As long as Apple is focused on developing new tech instead of wringing it’s hands about the competition (and has the cash to afford it) things will stay that way.
Instead of going head-to head with the iPad, think Microsoft would be wise to continue its focus on XBOX/Kinect - a multimedia platform that Apple hasn’t been able to monopolize. When (since it’s basically inevitable) Apple releases it’s iTV or whatever, there will definitely be some sort of Kinect-like interface, so Microsoft has a chance to create (and possibly own) the interactive home entertainment center field before Apple jumps in.
The XBOX experience needs some work (like not having to pay a pricy Gold subscription fee to stream Netflix, HBO, etc.), but the opportunity is there if Microsoft wants it.

5 Jun 2012

I’m proud to present: “So You’re Tired - A handy workflow”

I’m proud to present: “So You’re Tired - A handy workflow”

24 May 2012

thomaswheatley:

For 35 years, Your DeKalb Farmers Market, the 140,000-square-foot grocery store with more than 800 employees from more than 40 countries, has changed the way metro Atlanta has shopped and cooked. It will only get bigger. Much bigger. 
(Photo by the wonderful Dustin Chambers)

Read of the day.

thomaswheatley:

For 35 years, Your DeKalb Farmers Market, the 140,000-square-foot grocery store with more than 800 employees from more than 40 countries, has changed the way metro Atlanta has shopped and cooked. It will only get bigger. Much bigger. 

(Photo by the wonderful Dustin Chambers)

Read of the day.