“The pressure is in people trying to categorize you. They kind of go, “…well, that’s what that person does.” I suppose that’s what we do as human beings. We identify things and classify things because that makes us feel more comfortable and it gives us a sense of control over the world. But I think it’s a very 20th Century notion to go, “that’s what that person does.””
— Angus Wall, Creative Director of Elastic (the people who made the True Detective and Game of Thrones title sequences)
#game of thrones
#art of the title
#individuals vs. systems
6:20 pm • 23 February 2014 • 2 notes
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That quite bothered me too, ok scenes with Audrey seem apparently just functional for Martin family background, but from a show so details focused, these scream loud “plot-device linked to the YKing”. I even wonder if the abuser is actually Martin…
I tend to not think it’s Martin, just because he seems so genuinely surprised and disturbed by much of what’s happening, but that doesn’t rule him out.
Something struck me, though: in a larger sense, I think the theme of abuse relates to Cohle’s comments about the horror of circularity, and in turn to the King in Yellow references. (Shortly after I had this thought, I saw this post, which I think is working on a similar theme.)
"The King in Yellow," in Chambers’ book, is a play that drives everyone who reads it insane, because of the horrifying truths that it reveals. “Carcosa” is a lost and haunted city in the play: dim, strange, and full of shadows. In this episode, Ledoux tells Cohle that he is now “in Carcosa,” with Ledoux himself. I wonder if Hart, too, is “in Carcosa;” I’m tempted to put the moment of his entering it at his opening of the door, and the revelation of the children. (For a moment, I thought the camera was not going to show us the “it” that was behind the door, the sight that seemed to be the ultimate horror for Hart, so bad that he could not let its creator live.)
4:24 am • 18 February 2014 • 9 notes
More like me being this way made me right for the job.
About a year ago, I was at a baby shower at a relative’s house. They had just bought the house, and they asked if I wanted a tour. Without thinking, I politely refused.
Later, I realized this was incredibly rude.
I then found out that my relative’s commentary on this was “Yeah, a lot of programmers get that way. It’s from spending hours in isolation every day.” That’s not entirely true. Most of my work actually involves talking to people and mentoring new hires these days. But as an introverted child, you become drawn to things that make sense to you, that accept you regardless of what you’re like. In my case, it was television (or more generally speaking, fiction) and Internet.
A big part of software development is investigation and detective work. For example, many of my days are spent debugging a small piece of a larger system, and I have a specific set of tools and skills that I use. Some of it is procedural and tedious, but the most important parts involve hunches and pivots in perception of the problem. As you gain more experience, you more easily make connections to previous issues you’ve worked on, and your hunches become increasingly accurate. I see a lot of this in fiction involving criminal investigations.
It makes the 7-year-old in me feel giddy that I’m doing detective stuff in a way.
(Source: volimtedzeko, via septembriseur)
3:26 am • 17 February 2014 • 1,155 notes
[There is a] general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I’ve described elsewhere as “stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence” and which leads us to expressions like “feels,” “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can,” and “because reasons.”
Contrast this with first-generation internet language, demonstrated by LOLcat or 1337speak, and in general characterized by abbreviations containing numbers and single letters, often in caps (C U L8R), smilies containing noses, and words containing deliberate misspellings.
We’ve now moved on: broadly speaking, second-generation internet language plays with grammar instead of spelling. If you’re a doomsayer, the innovative syntax is one more thing to throw up your hands about, but compared to a decade or two ago, the spelling has gotten shockingly conventional.
In this sense, doge really is the next generation of LOLcat, in terms of a pet-based snapshot of a certain era in internet language. We’ve kept the idea that animals speak like an exaggerated version of an internet-savvy human, but as our definitions of what it means to be a human on the internet have changed, so too have the voices that we give our animals. Wow.
A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow.
This is my favourite part, if I do say so myself. See also the summary doge macro. (via allthingslinguistic)
12:27 am • 16 February 2014 • 11,653 notes
What You Learn About Tech From Watching All 456 Law & Order Episodes
20 pounds of DVDs, 319 hours of tape, 11,000 screenshots: how the ultimate binge-watching project documented the invisible culture of computing.
11:39 pm • 14 February 2014 • 18 notes
Luke and I were looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights and discovered, much to our amusement, music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended to represent Hell. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era.
so yes this is LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell
2:10 am • 12 February 2014 • 67,119 notes
“I am conscious of myself and become myself only while revealing myself for another, through another, and with the help of another. The most important acts constituting self-consciousness are determined by a relationship toward another consciousness. The very being of man (both external and internal) is the deepest communion. To be means to communicate; to be means to be for another, and through the other, for oneself. A person has no internal sovereign territory, he is wholly and always on the boundary: looking inside himself, he looks into the eyes of another. I cannot manage without another. I cannot become myself without another. I must find myself in another by finding another in myself (in mutual reflection and mutual acceptance).”
— Mikhail Bakhtin, Theory of Socialization (via heteroglossia)
9:12 pm • 9 February 2014 • 485 notes