We are doing, for example, cutting edge research on the dynamics of radicalization, because detecting violent extremists isn’t enough. We need also to understand them – to understand how seemingly ordinary young men or women can grow up in Canada yet come to reject the Western democratic values that underpin Canadian identity, instead replacing them with the nihilist ideology of al-Qaeda.
2010-2011 Public Report | CSIS
Hmm, yeah thatʼs tough. I wonder if I can just Google this one:
Enough with the rhetoric of obliviousness. This isnʼt a Western security problem, itʼs a global equality, justice and welfare problem.
The new Offscreen came in for the weekend, and I had gotten nos. 2 and 3 previously. I passed over Offscreen when it was first published because I’m really hesitant to buy things, especially printed things. I ended up ordering some when I saw no. 4 would include an interview with Loren Brichter (nerd crush, I guess).
The three issues I’ve gotten have been better than I expected. It’s ad-free, save for a few pages in the middle to mention sponsors, and although being an easy read the interviews are very substantial. It’s nice to learn about the people and decisions behind some of the biggest products and services on the web, and Offscreen does a really good job of focussing on that. Lately I’ve been subscribing to Newsstand periodicals on my iPad but it can be even more relaxing to lay on the couch with some print. I’d go pick up the latest issues before they sell out.
Blood On My Hands (Ricardo Villalobos Apocolypse Now Mix)
I was listening to Ricardo Villalobos’ new Dependent and Happy (only released as a 5x12” and mixed CD, seriously) yesterday and it reminded me that this song happened. Ricardo is popular for his extremely long-running minimal style, and in 2007 he remixed this track by Shackleton who is popular for his part in the Skull Disco label and the early dubstep scene. Later Shackleton remixed Villalobos’ “minimoonstar”, the original version of which was nearly 32 minutes long. The two songs mark a convergence of genres at a specific point in time, and are one of the happenings that I love about music.
I’ve been feeling a need to be more politically active for a long time, beyond just absorbing news and having opinions. I wanted a way to make it easier for everyone to follow how their elected officials are voting as soon as it happens. The Parliament makes quite a bit of information freely available, but it’s not always available in the best way. I wanted to change that.
So I made Today’s Vote. It is always up to date with House of Commons vote information as soon as it’s published, and makes it available via Twitter, RSS and JSON feeds. I hope you’ll follow @todaysvote and that it helps you become more aware of how your representative is voting.
If you want to make our governments more open and accessible and want to chat about it, I’m all ears. I already have some ideas for election time.
The internet sure was fun while it lasted.
I’m not surprised that this is from a business based on compiling personal analytics from social networks (*swoon*) and that fits nicely into Twitters favorite quadrants. To say nothing of having one in the first place, I deleted my account.
Update (2013/1/25): http://corp.klout.com/blog/2013/01/moving-past-brogramming/. Good on Klout for recognizing that that sign was wrong, and bad on me for acting on a knee-jerk reaction.
Teenage Engineering - OD-11
What a product shot! I also really like that the website for this is laid out just as a print brochure would be, but with little web touches like the responsive layout and image slideshows.
Only the best results, please.
I was lucky to get a copy of my friend Ben’s photo book, Non-Fiction, in the mail today. Ben’s an award-winning photojournalist that I’m humbled to know, and I really enjoy the stories he tells through his work.
Look what was inside of an old Kodak Brownie flash. They are actually leakproof, thankfully.
Got the new Romka, cozy night in together.