Category: systems failures
“In interviews, a number of parents and school-board members used the word ‘distraction’ to describe the local debate over “Islamic indoc­tri­nation.” “We have a shortage of bus drivers,” said a school-board member, Robert Hullett, at that October working meeting. “We have a problem with substitute teachers. We have things that are affecting our kids right now, and we’re fooling around with this.” The Atlantic

The Fear of Islam in TN Public Schools

I cannot even with self-righteous hyper-conservative hillbilly conservatism in my home state.

From Whole Foods to Red Lobster: Stores, restaurants sell shrimp peeled by slaves, AP finds

Chicago Tribune

slaves in the farming trades

What constitutes modern-day slavery is often seen as an accepted way of doing business in Thailand’s seafood export capital. Shed owners say they are providing jobs to poor migrant workers. Police may be paid to look the other way.

So the premise of It Doesn’t Suck—that Showgirls is a criminally misunderstood masterpiece—depends on our ability to change our minds. If money is any indication... the shift has already taken place. While Showgirls flopped theatrically, those ironic viewings have made the film one of MGM’s top 20 all-time bestsellers, with more than $100 million in home sales. Whether people are laughing at the film or laughing with the film might be irrelevant. People are watching the film. People are thinking about the film. And people are still reading about the film. The Awl

“Showgirls” Is A Good Movie

apparently it’s time to take Showgirls seriously as a piece of satire? I mean I did when it came out, but whatever.

the sad economics of internet fame


too liked to fail

The disconnect between internet fame and financial security is hard to comprehend for both creators and fans. But it’s the crux of many mid-level web personalities’ lives.

The Path To Expertise


expertise takes time

The bottom line: Universities have neither the time nor the resources to accomplish what we demand of them with respect to computer science education. Once the problem has been laid bare like this, it is obvious that there’s really only one solution—we need to start teaching computer science earlier.

Why I Quit Ordering From Uber-for-Food Start-Ups

The Atlantic

The food was decent, but the vibes were dystopian

Josephine doesn’t prepare any meals itself. Instead, it screens home cooks and takes orders on their behalf. On the day I’m writing this, I can get carrot soup ($11) from Lisa in Oakland or pho ($13) from Hai in Emeryville. That’s it for tonight. Tomorrow, there’s chicken and dumplings ($11) from Suzie in Albany or veggie enchiladas ($8) from Afiba in Fruitvale. The menu extends out two weeks; Josephine is less “I’m hungry now” and more “I expect to be hungry on Thursday, so I’d better line something up.”

Change Isn’t Cheap

Lucky Peach

money in the world of food

Jason Hammel, who owns Lula, a mainstay here in our neighborhood, on the necessary changes happening in the restaurant industry that need to happen to stop the collapse of public food into a morass of cheap, shitty pizza and burger joints.

yes Virginia, there is a left-wing reform movement

Fredrik de Boer

Fredrik deBoer criticizing the un-criticizable

What do these people object to? They’re tired of the prioritization of the symbolic over the substantive; of the ever-more-obscure left-wing vocabulary; of the near-total silence on class issues; of the abandonment of labor organizing as a principal method of political action; of the insistence that people who aren’t already convinced must educate themselves…

The Propaganda of Pantone

via Loki Design

Colour & Subcultural Sublimation

In the case of colour, Pantone Inc. holds incredible influence with their increasingly marketed and mediatised Colour of the Year campaigns. Purportedly determined through a prescient reading of the cultural zeitgeist (by a select cabal of colour specialists), it is important to understand that the company, and the industry it serves, have their own specific interests and agendas that drive these selections. Pantone’s choice of “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” as the 2016 Colour of the Year is the most insidious move by this colour-industrial-complex since “Blue Iris” in 2008. As with “Blue Iris”, Pantone has once again mined the subcultural landscape and used their monopoly within the creative industries to propagate their colour properties to the world.

Benjamin Shaykin asking the important questions, via Instagram

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