"On this road there are no godspoke men. They are gone and I am left and they have taken with them the world. Query: How does the never to be differ from what never was?"
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
- 2 years ago
"That is to say, the sounds weren’t a sign that data was being transferred: they were the data being transferred. This noise was the analog world being bridged by the digital. If you are old enough to remember it, you still knew a world that was analog-first."
- Alexis Madrigal - The Mechanics and Meaning of That Ol’ Dial-Up Modem Sound (via thisistheverge)
- 2 years ago
"I don’t think the argument in favor of libraries is especially ideological or ethical. I would even agree with those who say it’s not especially logical. I think for most people it’s emotional. Not logos or ethos but pathos. This is not a denigration: emotion also has a place in public policy. We’re humans, not robots. The people protesting the closing of Kensal Rise Library love that library. They were open to any solution on the left or on the right if it meant keeping their library open. They were ready to Big Society the hell out of that place. A library is one of those social goods that matter to people of many different political attitudes. All that the friends of Kensal Rise and Willesden Library and similar services throughout the country are saying is: these places are important to us."
Stock photos: everyone’s white, usually trite, lots of smiles. But something powerful when it’s all mashed up. There’s something true buried in the cliche? Let’s watch it again.