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

The Great Stink

23 February 2018

Laurie Penny has some advice for men in the current cultural moment, and it is good advice. This passage, near the end, caught me right where it was aimed: Suck it up and let go. Let go of your resentment at women’s lack of patience, let go of your wounded pride, let go of your […]

Why AeroFS offers parental leave

27 January 2015

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.

“The Next Steve Jobs Will Totally Be A Chick”

23 November 2011

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, […]

Bruce Sterling’s State of the World 2010

07 January 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,” […]

TONIGHT: Dancing Bear Benefit for Lorraine in #Sweatshop

27 October 2009

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

08 October 2009

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

05 October 2009

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.

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