“When I was first learning perfumery, a lot of people related it to music, and they’d talk about top note, middle note, back note,” he said. “I’m tone-deaf, so I started to talk color. And then it started to wake up the neurons in my brain.” He was wearing a purple paisley shirt, a wide floral necktie, and a rainbow-striped cardigan with Teddy-bear elbow patches
The poet, computer scientist, and philosophy Brian Christian exhorts us in his book The Most Human Human that in the face of technology becoming ever better at imitating us, we should resist imitating the machines and work to raise our (most human) game: “For everyone out there fighting to write idiosyncratic, high-entropy, unpredictable, unruly text, swimming upstream of spell-check and predictive auto-completion: Don’t let them banalize you.”
Temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen, heart rate, breathing rate, steps, floors climbed, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, sleep time, sleep quantity, biphasic shift, basal body temperature… Instead of embodied knowledge and insight, we are able to subcontract the work to our smarter, more objective, more dependable devices. Thanks to them our bodies are now trackable, hackable entities capable of being understood as data points we can optimise. “Self-knowledge through numbers” in the words of the Quantified Self website.
Gray asserted a home was a living organism, and had irritated Le Corbusier by questioning his thinking that a home was a “machine for living in.”
No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend's Or of thine own were: Any man's death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
The first newspaper astrology column was commissioned in August, 1930, in the aftermath of the stock-market crash, for the British tabloid the Sunday Express.
The popularity of astrology is often explained as the result of the decline of organized religion and the rise of economic precariousness, and as one aspect of a larger turn to New Age modalities. Then, there’s the matter of political panic. In times of crisis, it is often said, people search for something to believe in
In 1843, John Goffe Rand invented the tin paint tube. Where before paint was mixed in the studio and dried out quickly, preserving the paint in a tube allowed artists mobility for the first time. So, paradoxically, while the Industrial Revolution drew millions into cities and urban centers, it sent artists outside