From an interview with designer/artist/soul searcher Elle Luna:
So I was using Uber all the time in San Francisco, even though I hated the design. And then I went to the Crunchies awards ceremony and at a post-ceremony event, where I was in a ball gown, I saw the CEO of Uber, Travis…
“To begin a new novel, I look for the biggest problem in my life that I can’t solve or tolerate. Something that drives me nuts, but I can’t fix. Then I find a metaphor that allows me to explore the problem, exaggerating and expanding it beyond reason. I build it up to the worst scenario possible and then find a way to solve it. By the time the book is done, I’ve exhausted all of my emotions around the original problem. Whatever it was, it no longer bothers me. And typically, during the time of writing, the problem has resolved itself. It’s like magic. Try it. It will keep you alive in this world of bullshit.”—Chuck Palahniuk
Declarative data binding is what all the cool kids are doing right now. If you want the indie coffee house to the Starbucks of Angular.js then check out Rivets.js.
Unlike the absurdly powerful capabilities of Angular we’re talking one-way binding from model to view only. That said it’s small, simple, configurable, uses standard data- attributes and provides an adapter API so it’s simple to hook up to whatever you’re using to manage your data model whether it’s backbone, spine or your own artisanal, locally sourced framework.
“A startup is like a mosquito. A bear can absorb a hit and a crab is armored against one, but a mosquito is designed for one thing: to score. No energy is wasted on defense. The defense of mosquitos, as a species, is that there are a lot of them, but this is little consolation to the individual mosquito.”—
The Cleanup, excerpted from a novel by Ravi Kotecha, narrated by Russil Tamsen. 13 mins. Written version here.
A couple of young dudes from India - runaways from an earlier chapter - have inserted themselves into the business of smuggling guns and opium. They are now wandering around the rutted back tracks of Afghanistan, haggling and trying to spend as much of their arms trade money as possible buying up as much opium as their rickety vehicles can carry.
Wow, this is a vocal actor’s challenge. Trying to jump between several Indian and Arabic voicings, phew! Very cool story, however, I love picturing these exotic locales… And it’s a nerve-wracking tale too: we’re just waiting for the shoe to drop and their hubris to catch up with them! That, however, would be part of a later chapter.
I initially voiced the narrator as an Indian, but I decided to go with my regular voice. It’s a hard call when you have a first person narrator, but it seemed like too much Indian the other way. What do you think?
All rights reserved. Russil Tamsen is a narrator, comic improv actor, book editor, and author of 21 ebooks. Please visit his ebookstore at QuirkEbooks.com and follow pimpmysilence.
I don’t really write about writing. I don’t really write about me, because I’m not sure there’s enough to say, and it seems like an easy way to spill words without really creating anything - the act of writing, without any meaningful content. Indeed, when I first wrote For Sale at the end…
The British government is finally moving towards marriage equality, a very good thing in my opinion and a long time coming too. This should just be a rubber stamping exercise as far as I’m concerned. There are people against the idea and their main argument being is that gay couples don’t want marriage equality. That gay couples in a civil partnership have 99.9% of the legal privileges that heterosexual couples have.
I have no time of this line of reasoning. There is a direct parallel to be drawn with the civil rights movement in 1960’s America. Nobody was denying that black people had the right to travel by bus, they got 99.9% of the benefit that white person got when travelling by bus.
The problem was the indignity of having to travel at the back of the bus, the blatant discrimination taking place, every day, right in their face.
We have a situation right now that relegates gay couples to the back of the relationship bus, not only that but unlike 1960’s America, it denies the right of straight couples to enter the same type of civil partnership as gay couples do. Imagine a world where not only did black people have to sit at the back of the bus, White people were disallowed from sitting at the back of the same bus in solidarity.
This is the situation gay couples are living in now, and no doubt, it’s better than what we had 15 years ago, but I’m sure black people were also triumphant for a while when they were first permitted to ride on the bus at all.
The solution could be any of the following:
Allow black people to sit where they like; or in the case of marriage allow gay couples to have a civil marriage.
Allow white people to sit where they like by abolishing the legal definition of the front of the bus; in the case of marriage this is equivalent to making all civil marriages equivalent to civil partnerships and abolishing the concept of marriage under law (but keeping a state monopoly on civil partnerships).
Privatise the bus company. People can go where they like, how they like; this is akin to removing both civil partnerships and marriages as a part of law. Marriage would be handled by contract law, religious organisations could mandate a fixed contract, others could deny to take part in gay marriages all together. People could make an informed decision on what’s right for them.
Option number 3 is my preferred option but not something palatable to the public who have grown up with the concept of state sanction marriage.
So we’re left with option number 1 or number 2; and the weak government doesn’t want to pick a fight with religious organisations at the moment they are trying to bring about option 1. To allow gay or straight couples to have a civil marriage. This is commendable and I support it.
Unlike most votes in Parliament this vote is a free vote from both the Government and the Labour party. This is an issue where your MP can vote freely. So get in touch with them and tell them if this means anything to you. It might actually make a difference this time.
There’s a kind of inherent loneliness in the world of photography, a subtle hunger that underlies all still frames. There’s almost a sense of loss, as if whatever has been captured with the click of a button is gone forever. If a photographer falls in love with you that sense of loss will be…
Built using Python slurping in tweets over 24 hours (around 21k tweets in total), dumped into couchdb. On which I ran map and reduce functions to get word frequencies and then finally put into a word cloud using d3.js
From time to time the UK government has a need to remove people whose continued existence poses a risk to the effective conduct of public order. So we require particularly skilled professionals who are prepared to work on a non-attributable basis to deal with these problems.
The role will involve international travel to a number of countries where individuals need to be removed.
The ideal candidate will need to have no particular distinguishing features so as to blend in and be able to take on new identities as required. They will need to be resourceful in finding ways to accomplish their missions and, in some cases, to leave foreign countries by non-conventional means. The role would suit candidates with prior military experience, particularly in the use of sniper rifles.
The job holder will receive all necessary equipment, including passports, special watches, jet packs, mini-submarines and a Walther PPK.
This role is particularly appropriate for those who like their martinis shaken and not stirred.
To apply for this role, please express your interest somewhere in the vicinity of the large and rather fake-looking rock in Regent’s Park.