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Steven Wright Quotes

"My girlfriend does her nails with white-out. When she's asleep, I go over there and write misspelled words on them." " I filled out an application that said, "In Case Of Emergency Notify (blank)". I wrote the word "Doctor"...What's my MOTHER going to do?" "Why is it, 'A penny for your thoughts,' but, 'you have to put your two cents in?' Somebody's making a penny." "He asked me if I knew what time it was. I said, 'Yes, but not right now.'" "I saw a bank that said '24 Hour Banking', but I don't have that much time." And many, many more!

CD-Recordable FAQ

It seems there are almost as many questions about CDRs as there are players and disks. It is certainly no coincidence that the entire affair is rife with complications --if they designed a flawless player everyone would be free to copy damn near everything with ease-- but there are ways to lessen your level of frustration. The detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions tells you which software is best, which CDR to buy for Mac or PC, details on buffer over-runs and much more.


Technorealism is an attempt to assess the social and political implications of technologies so that we might all have more control over the shape of our future. There is probably nothing new in this study of technology and its effect on our lives, but then again we have never lived in a society so obsessed with not only the power of the almighty buck, but a way of life in which large segments of society seem to have embraced the notion that the workday never ends. This site features a wonderful overview on the subject of technorealism, a list of related readings and a pair of newsletters.

Russian Prison Tattoos

We learn here that it is "not known when tattooing first became a common practice in Russian prisons and Stalinist Gulags" but that "1920s photographs of prisoners from that period suggest an already elaborate and highly developed subculture." The tattoos are not merely decoration, but serve to proclaim the prisoner's place in the world, both inside and outside of prison. Photos of some of the more than 20 million tattoos are sampled here. "In life, only count on yourself," says one. A picture of a single cat indicates that the criminal acted alone, while a spider or spider's web symbolizes drug addiction.

AC Acoustics

After hearing AC Acoustics for the first time it is impossible to imagine how it is that this group has escaped our attention for 10 years. Indeed the group formed in Glasgow in 1990 and while they have achieved a strong and loyal following, their popularity does not even begin to measure up to this band's potential. "Understanding Music," their third and latest CD, is 60 minutes of exceptional sonic rock and folk-inspired music produced with the conviction of musicians who know they have hit the mark dead on. This is one of those CDs that strikes the listener as being quite remarkable on the very first listen and then simply continues to grow more and more inviting. Learn about the history of the band at their Website, plus reviews, sound clips and a message board.
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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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