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'SNL' Alum Colin Quinn Offers Update After Suffering Heart Attack On Valentine's Day

Leave it to a sketch comedy star to suffer a serious, yet comedically tragic health scare.

Colin Quinn, 58, had a heart attack on Valentine’s Day 2018, breaking the news on Twitter with a light-hearted tweets. 274 more words

Celebs

If it can go wrong, it will. Facebook, privacy and Murphy's Law.

Human experience is that technology is born filled with promise and usually quickly subverted to less than honorable ends. Wired reports on the way big tech, specifically Facebook, recognized what it had done, and what it thinks it can do to respond: 209 more words

Religion

用新Kindle讀了一本新書:Self-Tracking

Gina Neff是華盛頓大學的社會學家與資深資料科學家,Dawn Nafus是劍橋大學畢業的人類學博士,在Intel Lab擔任研究員,兩位資深的研究員聯手在MIT的核心知識系列中擔綱書寫了Self-Tracking這本書

這是一本輕鬆好讀可以很快建立基本知識、思考架構與問題意識的入門書,兩位都是在科技產業現場實作多年的資深研究員,在Self-tracking的社會實作圈也按照學科慣性做了許多田野參與觀察,對這樣一個DxS的前緣領域提供了非常適切而及時的研究/實務現狀耙梳。

他們對於心理學與行為主義的分析架構保持了警戒的距離,也直接間接地與這些後設架構主導下的self-tracking研發實作做了溫和卻也不含糊的批評,並且提供了社會學/人類學的替代觀點與論辯。閱讀這本書,對我這個在設計學院教書又對self-tracking(不只是透過wearable device做紀錄還包括其他)情有獨鍾的社會學家而言,有許多遇著知音的驚喜、也有很多質疑對話的衝動,總之是個很好的思考起點。如果有空再來寫寫書評分享。

MIT在Self-Tracking這樣一個當紅的課題上讓社會學者與人類學家一起負責書寫定義新領域的入門專書,再配合兩個人遊走於產業與研究間的經歷背景,很容易就可以嗅出我們跟國外的距離:

台灣的社會學圈什麼時候才會有這類型學者的出現?不容易,因為我們沒有那種學術生態的土壤,弔詭地可能還是因為我們太想要擺「學術先進」姿態了。台灣的設計圈也還未能比較平衡地吸收知識養分,坦白說,我們還在想方設法「用美學想像脫代工」的掙扎中,對研究的排斥強、胃口也低。兩面合起來,D與S之間繼續目前這樣沒社會學家能夠供給、沒設計師願意吸收的負面循環局面恐怕還要很久。這個問題看起來小事一樁,但其實是台灣產業、教育、學術也是文化體質一時之間難以克服的深刻問題。

Books

Composer Class Manager

Yesterday I made a rant about the Composer system for managing PHP dependencies.

I went a bit overboard, I understand that. Composer does make a lot of things easier for developers of reusable PHP classes, and also makes it easier for users to install them on operating systems that do not have good quality package management. 1,009 more words

WebTech

Why I do not like Composer

I really really like PHP.

For several years now, more and more PHP applications are moving to composer for installation and it really bothers me. It is fucking dangerous, and I would like to explain why. 834 more words

WebTech

Minifying Webfont CSS

This morning I wrote a small script to both unify and minify CSS files that define web fonts.

Don’t mind the picture, it is an artist rendition of what we think the common ancestor of all current members of the canine family looked like, and it is here so that twitter does not just post a blank image when I share this page there. 1,217 more words

WebTech

Look Who's Talking Now, Former White Aide Omarosa

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Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman is talking about her time with Trump on the premiere of ‘Celebrity Big Brother last night. 99 more words

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