These are the things I've written that are tagged "culture"

Why AeroFS offers parental leave

10 weeks paid maternity and paternity leave at 100% salary, up to 8 more at 50%. It’s not perfect but it’s a start. One of the reasons they mention for enacting this policy is to attract more senior-level candidates. I hope more tech companies follow their lead. Good on them.

Jocks .vs. Nerds

Weird to see adults clinging to "jocks vs. nerds" when the sports industry & videogame industry are just the same dude in different T-shirts— Maddy Myers (@samusclone) December 16, 2014

“The Next Steve Jobs Will Totally Be A Chick”

Comedian Louis C.K.: The next Steve Jobs will totally be a chick, because girls are No. 2–and No. 2 always wins in America. Apple was a No. 2 company for years, and Apple embodies a lot of what have been defined as feminine traits: an emphasis on intuitive design, intellect, a strong sense of creativity, […]

Some People Can’t Read URLs

Serving as a follow-up to the “Facebook login Quandry“. Also by the same author: A tutorial level for the internet. He uses Metroid as an example, so I am bound by law to link to it. (Via Shawn Medero)

Bruce Sterling’s State of the World 2010

Sterling is, as always, a funny-but-teriffying doom-prophet, but without the thin hope for mankind that Bill had in his heart. Okay, you’ve treated your future as an “unpredictable lurching thing…” and now you’re all morose about that… You and your generation CREATED that situation! Ever heard of “disruptive innovation,” “disintermediation,” “offshoring,” “small pieces loosely joined,” […]

Jason Louv: Is 4chan the Future of Human Consciousness?

He seems to think so, and it’s hard to argue with points like this: Yet what the media has failed to grasp is what 4chan can tell us about where we’re headed. The Chans aren’t the freak sideshow of the Internet. They are the heart and soul of the Internet. via Waxy

“We’re whittled down to aggregates, now.”

Eliza Gauger: I can’t get it out of my head, a comment Warren Ellis made months ago about the blog being, effectively, dead. The blog as a medium unto itself, that is. He may have been paraphrasing Bruce Sterling in turn, but I find myself agreeing.

TONIGHT: Dancing Bear Benefit for Lorraine in #Sweatshop

Eliza Gauger: The nose is all wrong, but this graceful creature is nonetheless my friend Lorraine, who has just suffered a grievous accident in which she fractured her spine. She is a dancer and a model and is now bedridden, totally unable to support herself. Tomorrow I will be running a tipjar marathon in which […]

Graffiti from Pompeii

This is, apparently, not a joke. Recall that these must all have been written before AD 79, when Pompeii was covered by molten rock from Mt. Vesuvius. It is simply humanity doing what we do. Personal favorites include: II.2.3 (Bar of Athictus; right of the door); 8442: I screwed the barmaid and If anyone sits […]

Trust Art

Trust Art is a social platform that is commissioning ten public artworks over the next year. People are invited to become shareholders with $1, share with interested friends, and renew culture.

Jason Scott: Saving 4Chan

Jason’s acquired about 5 years worth of expired threads from the internet’s House of Awful Shit and Meme Factory, 4chan. Yes, this is culturally important. Just trust me. via Andy Baio.

Last Year’s Model

Their tagline is “Saving the planet through sheer laziness,” but I think “and not having tons of expendable cash” counts, too. via, as it so often is, Andy Baio

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