A personal weblog by Paul Bausch, a web developer in Corvallis, OR

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Philosophize This

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:47:38 -0700

I stumbled on this great podcast about philosophy that you should check out if you also like things such as philosophy and podcasts. (I didn't so much stumble on it as Spotify's recommendation algorithm put it in my path and then I stumbled on it.)

Each episode is about 20 minutes of host Stephen West walking us through some problems that philosophers have tackled through years. For example, are we condemned to be free as Sartre thought or are we limited by the structure of our cultural mythologies as Barthes thought? If you need a place to start, you can't go wrong with his look at Simone De Beauvoir's The Ethics of Ambiguity. West has a real knack for making dense, often technical philosophical ideas accessible.

When the prescription for fixing our dystopian techno-hellscape is often adding more humanity, I think it's worthwhile to take some time to think about what it means to be human. Philosophize This is an entertaining way to see how that question has been answered in many radically different ways.


Barn Cat

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:26:03 -0700


Hello Oregon

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:50:56 -0700



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Hello Seattle

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:58:46 -0700


Saturday Links

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:53:10 -0700

I have about 30 articles related to the Facebook Trainwreck bookmarked but I'm going to skip them this week. (I don't have to tell you things are bad — everybody knows things are bad.) Instead, here are some other links:

I have watched this video about aluminum cans a few times over the last week or so and I keep sharing it with people in person. It has five million views on YouTube so I'm not alone. I think it's so fascinating because we are alienated from many of the things around us and this video undoes a small piece of that:

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Corvallis Corner

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:08:22 -0700


Stopped Motion

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:26:27 -0700


Belt Dressing

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:19:47 -0700


Shop Light

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:18:29 -0700



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Sunday Links

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:06:33 -0700

So many links, friends. Don't read them all in one sitting. Check the videos at the bottom for a mental chaser or just skip ahead to that. Read These First Anil Dash: 12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech Data & Society: The Promises, Challenges, and Futures of Media Literacy danah boyd: You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You? - "I’m not convinced that we know how to educate people who do not share our epistemological frame." John Maeda: Design in Tech Report Erika Hall: The 9 Rules of Design Research Facebook Trainwreck The Guardian: ‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower New York Times: How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions Facebook: Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook The Intercept: Facebook Quietly Hid Webpages Bragging of Ability to Influence Elections Social Media New York Review of Books: Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction Democracy Journal: The Future of Leisure The Atlantic: Huge MIT Study of ‘Fake News’: Falsehoods Win on Twitter New York Times: YouTube, the Great Radicalizer Seth Radley: The Broccoli Tree: A Parable - I'm conflicted about this one. Sharing a tragedy together isn't necessary better than avoiding the tragedy in the first place? Etc. umair haque: Why America Should Have Had the World’s Best Social Contract (Instead of Settling For the Worst) Paul Ford: Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous - This had me empathizing with the blockchain folks? PetaPixel: How Two Photographers Unknowingly Shot the Same Millisecond in Time - Some nice photographic forensics here. Emoji Archives - Writing down how we use emoji takes some of the fun out of it. Panic: The Mystery of the Slow Downloads - So great to see Panic clean up a corner of the Internet that seems untouchable. Hurry boys it's waiting there for you: Toto- Africa (playing in an empty shopping centre) via New Yorker via Lia. The best thing from last week was this Travel Oregon video in the style of Studio Ghibli: width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> After that, watch actual Studio Ghibli background artist Kazuo Oga paint: width="640" height="360" src="" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> [...]