The Hanging Indent: Week of November 28, 2015



I am hoping that I can do this every Saturday morning, perhaps it will become a newsletter although I am not sure whether that is just more added noise than the lord allows. Just thought that in the multimodal, #digiwrimo spirit I would cast my net of interests just as widely.

Music — Listen up. Drink up. Get to callin’ and respondin’ with Nathan Rateliff and the Night Sweats’ “S.O.B.” Alternatively, sip a little bit of  the driving Bluegrass of The Railsplitters and the fine high vocals of Leif Cole as she sings “Tilt-a-Whirl”.

Article I’m Jonesin’ OnA medical love/horror story?  Yep, the tall tale of “Phil Kennedy, a 67-year-old neurologist who  paid a Belizian surgeon $25,000 to implant electrodes into his brain in order to establish a connection between his motor cortex and a computer.”  I wonder how many teachers who would be willing to follow their heart-of-hearts like Kennedy.

Website I Am Also Jonesin’ OnThis Finnish culture site.  There do be a lot of Finnish culture.  Immerse, but make sure you have Google Translate handy.  Here is one its most charming attempts to translate:  “Away, away defense forces – this is expected!” Exploring sites like this that live on the translated edge of sense are very fun.  Try stress testing your noggin.

Book I’m Living With — Just started reading Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics by Henry Jenkins, Mizuko Ito, and danah boyd. Interesting words from the Index: counterpublics, FOMO, hashtag activism, latent publics, moral panic, and TwitterZen.  Hoping some folks can get together over the holidays to read along, maybe under the #digiwrimo auspices?

Quote — “We think in generalities, but we live in details.”
Alfred North Whitehead

What I’m watching/hearing —  VSauce, my favorite YouTube Channel.  And this episode especially, The Zipf Mystery.  Podcast fav? Radio Berkman’s episode “Technology on Trial” about the fear and loathing behind the Silk Road trial.  Inspiring work of Sarah Jeong.

What I’m buying — My wife and I were early FitBit adopters. We both lost our FitBits about three weeks ago and went through “quantified self” withdrawal until we decided to go ahead and get the new heart rate versions.  It is the wristband that sells me, but the little haptic jolt I get at 10,000 steps is also a big deal.  Check out a review on Wirecutter.  No, I do not get an affiliate kickback on this.  Hulk say, “Trust me. You like.”