Thursday, November 2, 2017

Songs from the last calendar year

But this doesn't mean they were necessarily songs released in the last year. In no particular order, this is some of the stuff I bumped into:

The Rulers, I Want My Ramones Records Back
The Whiffs, Forget Your Name from Take a Whiff.
Dany Laj and the Looks, Woody/Dreamers from Word on the Street.
Grim Deeds and the song Underground
The Rocket Jocks, Next Stop Moon: Crazy for You and What Can I Do
The Barreracudas, Can Do Easy, and the song Promises
Death By Unga Bunda, from Fight! and the song I Wanted Everything
I finally was able to stop compulsively playing Reaction and Can't Erase that Feeling by Warm Soda sometime in early 2017.

Data structure and resilience properties

In my 2017 article in Geomorphology, I describe more of the theoretical basis for linking the multivariate data structure of state space to its resilience properties. It could be considered a followup to my 2005 paper in Geomorphology. I wasn't in a rush, but back then the availability of lidar data and the software tools to manipulate these data weren't quite as on hand as they are today. I had thought about making topographic state space back in 2005, and added a preliminary figure in my Ecological Complexity paper.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stop pretending you're not rich

From an editorial by Richard Reeves in the NY Times,  June 2017: The rhetoric of “We are the 99 percent” has in fact been dangerously self-serving, allowing people with healthy six-figure incomes to convince themselves that they are somehow in the same economic boat as ordinary Americans, and that it is just the so-called super rich who are to blame for inequality.

Progressive policies, whether on zoning or school admissions or tax reform, all too often run into the wall of upper-middle-class opposition. Self-interest is natural enough. But the people who make up the American upper middle class don’t just want to keep their advantages; armed with their faith in a classless, meritocratic society, they think they deserve them. The strong whiff of entitlement coming from the top 20 percent has not been lost on everyone else.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Albert Borgmann, Holding on to Reality

Back in the early 2000's I had an interest in the digital representations of animals online, and how animals cams create an imaginary biogeography. I read this 1999 book below, "Holding On To Reality" by Albert Borgmann. It has a lot to say then about the importance of the context of information, and how the internet separates us from that context and creates a slippery slope of ambiguity. I am struck now by its prescience and how it anticipated the rise of fake news and alternate facts.