Links For May 4, 2014

How to Be a Successful DIY Artist

The Maker culture and true DIY enthusiasts are great. I certainly don’t want to knock the wonderful world of learning and creating and making. It’s when we conflate “DIY” with professional independent artists that the term starts to lose meaning. The persistent use of “DIY” as it refers to musicians and artists is offensive and infantilizing, because “DIY” means “non-professional.” When an artist has made a career for themselves they should be recognized for their astute business savvy as well as their talent. (Béyonce is so “DIY.”)

Two Sentences About Getting Older and Working on the Web

Making Games in a Fucked Up World

And yet here we are now, academia, disruptors from the education industry, DARPA creeps, venture philantrophists, noprofit bureocrats, technocrats, game fundamentalists… We are working for all kinds of change. Therefore we cannot really talk about change. We use euphemisms like social good, values, and other progressive terms that don’t offend or scare anyone (especially funders and sponsors). But we can only really talk about games. It’s the only common denominator. We are discussing games as general purpose instruments. And in doing so we are putting the means ahead of the ends.

Project Naptha

You can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.

The History of Pain

So, I would want to suggest that we lack a lot of good evidence for the claim that even “mild” and “systemic” pain did not occupy the attention of healers in the West during the 18th c., and we have an increasing historiography suggesting that in fact such pain occupied a good deal of attention both in those who experienced it and in those from whom the pain sufferers sought relief.

Video: Blazers G Damian Lillard Hits Buzzer-Beating, Series-Clinching Three-Pointer Vs. Rockets

KORG volca 16 keys / performed by Seth