• Nossa pátria está onde somos amados
  • But at least when a new Netflix show drops now, it creates the shared context that the physical world can't currently provide.
  • Face-to-face interactions would surely expose us to viewpoints even more parochial and dubious, many of which originated online and filtered through individuals' fallible brains. But we'd be consuming far less media and spending much less of our time thinking about distant events, which would paradoxically make us less solipsistic.
  • There was a desire for something preindustrial or at least pre-internet.
  • "It was a little hard to concentrate at first," he admitted. "But you just have to keep at it." None of this did I ever think I stood a chance of understanding, of course, like really truly understanding. But guess what. It is a little hard to concentrate.
  • You're the only person I know who ever went to Europe for a reason.
  • Hence the ambivalence of the relation of work, which is shameful insofar as it makes us strangers to what we are doing, and — at the same time — adored, insofar as a part of ourselves is brought into play.
  • It's an age of fusions, of muzak, telescoping police batons and cotton candy.
  • The more time I spend online, the more I feel my brain turning ocher and seafoam, with beveled edges and a sans-serif internal monologue.
  • Such mobility only ever means uprootedness, isolation, exile. It would be insufferable if it weren't always the mobility of a private space, of a portable interior.
  • When an individual is frugal, property serves its function perfectly, which is to allow the individual to enjoy his or her own life sheltered from public existence, in the private sanctuary of his or her life.
  • Eddie and Patsy swill Champagne and smoke at the kitchen table, desperately trying to be part of a fashion in-crowd, without realising the fun part is just being with each other.
  • When caught up in that feeling - rain falling through the beam of a streetlight or the moon surrounded by an ice-crystal halo - I am more real because I am less obvious to myself.
  • We've been given a neutral idea of friendship, understood as a pure affection with no consequences. But all affinity is affinity within a common truth.
  • The need to assemble is as constant among humans as the necessity of making decisions is rare. Assembling corresponds to the joy of feeling a common power.
  • It's a real good world up there: well-earned, self-sufficient, and hardly dependent upon the variables.
  • I became resentful of myself, and thus, resentful of everyone who wasn't me.
  • The history of a community is most often the history of its language and the turns of phrase developed therein.
  • While I would prefer to have a full analysis of 4chan's history rather than merely a collection of terms and events important to it, this project has gone on for long enough and has absorbed my interest to the detriment of my personal affairs.
  • With that thin of a border, it does not feel like I am even watching a television, but instead some video that's just magically floating in the air. You might argue that the most important part of a TV is the screen, and that the current-day designs are simply emphasizing it, but I disagree - there is more to a TV than its screen, and a TV that, by its design, tries to look like a floating screen does not feel like a proper TV to me at all.
  • I now realize that such bias is almost inevitable in any history of the site written in 2020 by a single person.
  • The big problem for so many of us is turning the temptations of magick from power trip to magical mystery tour.
  • They lob it onto you, you suck it in, and for an icky while, it's yours.
  • On the Web, navigation is rarely a life or death issue.
  • Places force you to live the life that goes on there.
  • The quality, but also the problem of the digital world is that you can have a huge amount of bits, but if you want to use them in a meaningful way, you have to select some of them and frame them as a document.
  • There's an ambiguity here: if the game signals that you've made an irreparable mistake, you know to back up and try again. But signals are a matter of convention and culture.
  • People are creating an internet that is less about connections and feedback, and more about quiet spaces they can call their own.
  • The art of memory is like an inner writing.
  • Weirdly enough, AGs are probably the only thing in this world I can enjoy as-is.
  • The harvest of the quiet eye
  • AAA is all about immaculately detailed hallways.
  • Hotel event centers are dark temples.
  • Adam Curtis, the poet of the Wikipedia binge
  • Ideas aren't summoned from nowhere: they come from raw material, other ideas or observations about the world. Hence a two-step creative process: collect raw material, then think about it. From this process comes pattern recognition and eventually the insights that form the basis of novel ideas.
  • Goethe intimated this in his habitually veiled manner when, in a conversation about Shakespeare, he said to Chancellor von Müller: "Everything which has produced a great effect can really no longer be judged." No statement is more suited to evoke that state of unrest which constitutes the beginning of any contemplation of history that has the right to call itself dialectical.
  • Ultimately, it feels like I'm getting to know the platforms rather than the people on them.
  • Would it not be true that the study of individual disciplines, once the illusion (Schein) of unity has been removed, flows together into the study of cultural history as the inventory which humanity has preserved to the present day?
  • Our traditional binary here is "open vs. closed". But honestly that's not the most interesting question to me anymore. I know why textbook companies are closed. They want to make money.
  • Senti a necessidade - como desde menina, quando conversava com ele - de também me encerrar numa rede de proposições gerais formuladas com arte, que me impedisse de prosseguir me perdendo.
  • You don't want to know what I'll do if I am nine years old again
  • I believe there should be no dating apps at all; not because I am against dating, but because I think that people can date using general purpose software, they can date in email, in chats, you can date in Excel and Etherpad.
  • Wo es bei der RHPS um Community geht, macht sich Shock Treatment darüber lustig.
  • Nothing much has happened here; provincial life drags its weary way through the hours and days and months and years, I think it’s time I left the library, Baz.
  • I personally doubt that we have an exact knowledge of the end users' interests.
  • Cock-fighting, for example, has not found its way into mass art.
  • It's got a backbeat, you can't lose it.
  • Most people use keyword and subject tags (and other metadata) to find information on the web, but not enough people are actively involved in the creation and assignment of tags to pieces of information.
  • No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone... you cannot value him alone; you must set him, for contrast and comparison, among the dead
  • That's a slick little maxim - while the hand is rocking the cradle it won't be rocking the boat
  • Because my baseline for what was considered normal technology each console generation was set by the consoles themselves, platforms capable of FM Synth seemed unnaturally advanced, just a bit spooky.
  • My definition of a text game is pretty broad. In a nutshell, it means games you'd rather share excerpts from than screenshots.
  • It's a good day to be alive! And hey, we're all alive together on this earth right now, so that's pretty neat. I think about that a lot.
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