You are so beautiful and I am a fool to be in love with you is a theme that keeps coming up in songs and poems. There seems to be no room for variation. I have never heard anyone sing I am so beautiful and you are a fool to be in love with me…
“…My main focus is on the three major artists whose Mormon connection is uncontested—and for the most part, unconsidered: Wayne Thiebaud, Paul McCarthy, and La Monte Young. Typing those three names next to each other, I can’t think of a more dissimilar-seeming bunch. It seems the only thing they have in common is that they grew up Mormon in the West—Thiebaud in Los Angeles and Southern Utah, McCarthy in Salt Lake City, and Young in rural Idaho—and they all left the Church.”—greg.org: the making of: On Mormon [sic] Art, 31 Jan 2009
“The arts have historically received short shrift from our political leaders, who all too often seem happy to offer bland endorsements of our work without backing those words with financial appropriations. But the arts in the United States provide 5.7 million jobs and account for $166 billion in economic activity annually. This sector is at serious risk. Because the arts are so fragmented, no single organization’s demise threatens the greater economy and claims headlines. But thousands of organizations, and the state of America’s arts ecology, are in danger.”—Michael Kaiser - No Bailout for the Arts? - washingtonpost.com
“Amazon customers ordered more than 6.3 million items on Dec. 15, compared with roughly 5.4 million on its peak day last year, the company said. It shipped more than 5.6 million products on its best day, a 44 percent rise over 2007, when it shipped about 3.9 million on its busiest day.”—
“Twitter solved the filter problem in its architecture with the idea of asymmetric follow. … Basically the idea is that by allowing others to follow you without following them, you can maintain a manageable volume of input while still engaging in a conversation that reaches beyond your personal network, because the @user function allows anyone on the network to reach you in context at anytime.
What’s at stake here: conversation or broadcast? When you become a celebrity in the world of Web 2.0, do you only listen to other celebrities, thereby corrupting the democratic nature of the Web? Or do you actively engage with the interesting but unknown voices? Have the revolutionaries become the establishment?”—Web 2.0 Expo Blog » Blog Archive » One Good Rant Deserves Another