Links For January 30, 2015

Eddie Huang on Seeing His Memoir Become a Sitcom

After 18 months of back and forth, I had crossed a threshold and become the audience. I wasn’t the auteur, the writer, the actor, or the source material. I was the viewer, and I finally understood it. This show isn’t about me, nor is it about Asian America. The network won’t take that gamble right now. You can’t flash an ad during THE GAME with some chubby Chinese kid running across the screen talking shit about spaceships and Uncle Chans in 2014 because America has no reference.... People watching these channels have never seen us, and the network’s approach to pacifying them is to say we’re all the same. Sell them pasteurized network television with East Asian faces until they wake up intolerant of their own lactose, and hit ‘em with the soy. Baking soya, I got baking soya!

The Cruel Waste of America’s Tech Talent

This ragtag group from Carl Hayden Community High School in West Phoenix constructed the robot out of cheap plastic tubing and garbage. It smelled so bad, they called the machine Stinky. The other entrants — almost all college students — had corporate sponsors and serious budgets. This was an underwater robotics contest, but Carl Hayden didn’t even have a swimming pool. Nonetheless, Stinky came in first place. After the event, lower ranked contestants went on to rewarding jobs at tech companies and research institutes. Meanwhile, the Carl Hayden students struggled to afford tuition for college.

The Day the Purpose of College Changed

A farmer reading the classics or an industrial worker quoting Shakespeare was at one time an honorable character. Today’s news stories lament bartenders with chemistry degrees. “Where once these ‘incongruities’ might have been hailed as signs of a healthy republic,” Mr. Roth writes, “today they are more likely to be cited as examples of a ‘wasted’—nonmonetized—education.” Reagan rose to power by highlighting how colleges had veered dangerously away from mainstream values.... The new governor didn’t spend time talking about the tension between Jefferson’s and Franklin’s visions. There was little political payoff in nuance. Reagan, one of his campaign aides told The New York Times in 1970, doesn’t operate in shades of gray: “He lays it out there.”

Don’t try too hard to please Twitter — and other lessons from The New York Times’ social media desk

Times journalists take great pride in the work that we do to report the news and tell stories. In addition to the skilled journalism that goes into the work, there’s a prodigious vocabulary that goes into describing what is special and unique about the finished product. And sometimes all the effort to describe our hustle can get in the way of telling potential readers about the great story they’re about to be exposed to.

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Novice Art Blogger

I’m experiencing Art for the first time, here are my responses. I try my best to decode abstract art using state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms. I sometimes see things hidden in noise.

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