Sam's notebook

Urbex Preservationism September 21st, 2013, 5PM


I have a new name for my hobby… Then there are the self-styled “guerilla preservationists”, deep into heritage theory, and genuinely committed to creating a coherent photographic and textual record of buildings that would otherwise crumble unnoticed until a developer arrived to raze all trace of them. —The strange world of urban exploration, Robert Macfarlane, […]

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Facebook is NOT the web March 25th, 2013, 6AM

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Facebook wants to get people into their clutches, and obscure the fact that there is a world-wide web of stuff out there. They will probably succeed, too; more’s the pity. Still, I’ll continue to avoid them, just in case they do require my participation to ensure full world-domination. Facebook and Google spread ‘their’ net across […]

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George Steiner, a certain idea of knowledge January 5th, 2012, 8PM


Trees have roots; I have legs. And believe me, that is a huge advantage. […] Is it possible to read Plato while wearing a Walkman? […] Books are a great bulwark for private life. […] Imagine a world where neuro-chemistry could explain Mozart… It is conceivable, and I find it frightening. From Telerama, via Presseurop […]

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32GB of public domain Royal Society articles now available July 21st, 2011, 12PM

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18,592 public domain (i.e. pre-1923) scientific papers from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society are now available for anyone to download. An extract from the README: […] Several years ago I came into possession, through rather boring and lawful means, of a large collection of JSTOR documents. These particular documents are the historic back […]

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