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Links 1 through 10 of 155 by Anil Bawa-Cavia tagged reading

"Graduate education is the Detroit of higher learning. Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills for which there is diminishing demand (research in subfields within subfields and publication in journals read by no one other than a few like-minded colleagues), all at a rapidly rising cost (sometimes well over $100,000 in student loans)."

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"From my perspective, the central theme of FOO this year was: big data will save us... Overall, there seemed to be a pervasive worldview that, if stated reductively, might be expressed thusly: Now, with so much of human behavior taking place over the web, mobile devices, and through other information-producing systems, we are collecting so much data that the only rational way of approaching most decision-making is through rigorous data analysis. And through the kind of thorough data analysis made possible by our new massive cloud computing resources we can finally break through the inherent irrationalities and subjectivities built into our individual observations, mental models, worldviews, and ideologies and into a new more objective data-driven representation of the world that can improve and rationalize our decision making."

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"On the heels of finishing Greg Lindsay's "Aerotropolis" I read Ballard's 'Super Cannes' which is not an awesome novel but cast a useful shadow not so much on the Rainbow Pony Airport City described in Lindsay's book as it did on the social and physical and emotional machinery that needs to built in order to accomodate it."

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"It took all of Cameron's replicant smarm to get through this morning's astonishing press conference. Events have moved so swiftly this week that it's easy to overlook how momentous some of his admissions were. Many are rightly sceptical about whether Cameron will act on what he said today. Sometimes, however, words are acts, and the ultimate significance of what Cameron said today is that it constituted an official acknowledgement - from the very mouth of the beast - that there is indeed a corrupt system involving the press, the police and other politicians, and that he is implicated in it. We're all in it together, he ruefully observed, another iteration of the fateful phrase that will define his wretched premiership."

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"Alain Robbe-Grillet's first two novels, The Erasers (1953) and The Voyeur (1955), were ignored by the public and dismissed by the critics. But his third and most famous novel, Jealousy (1957), was enthusiastically reviewed by Roland Barthes—already one of the most serious and influential voices in Parisian literary circles—who called it “objective,” giving the word Littré dictionary's definition as “turned toward the object.” From then on, the word was used to designate a group of novelists working along the same lines: Michel Butor, Claude Ollier, Claude Simon, Robert Pinget, and Nathalie Sarraute."

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"Two conflicting ideologies continue to subject preservation to a systematic schizophrenia between RUIN and RESTORATION..."

"You would think that preservation is to save things from the economy, but actually it becomes more of a single entity...'

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"What more could possibly be said about XML that hasn't already been said? It turns out, quite a bit. While there's nothing particularly interesting about XML itself, its relationship to Lisp is fascinating. XML is the all too familiar concept that Lisp advocates need so much."

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"And with that drive into modernity MIT has played no small part in building western, and particularly US, global dominance. Its explosive innovations have helped to secure America's military and cultural supremacy, and with it the country's status as the world's sole superpower."

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A reappraisal of JG Ballard's oeuvre. “People within the Science Fiction world never regarded me as one of them in the first place. They saw me as the enemy. I was the one who wanted to subvert everything they believed…. I’m some sort of virus who got aboard and penetrated the virtue of Science Fiction and began to subvert its DNA.” JG Ballard

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"When I first encountered Judd's site-specific Untitled (Topographical Sculpture), a work from 1970, it appeared to be an inert rectangular solid resting on a gently sloping lawn."

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