Especially East Jerusalem!
Especially East Jerusalem!
"Our engineering team has been working around the clock to manage and monitor increasing amounts of data as our userbase continues to grow past 15 million. WeÃÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬re lucky to have a stellar team of HBase specialists ÃÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬" including Michael Stack, one of the creators of HBase (an Apache project), and Jean-Daniel ÃÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬oeJ-DÃÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬Ã,Â Cryans, database engineer and HBase committer ÃÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬" that helps StumbleUpon manage 2.5 billion data points every week. (Since there are only eight HBase committers in existence, Michael and J-D take their jobs very seriously!) We couldnÃÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬t manage our data without open source projects like HBase and Hadoop ÃÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬" theyÃÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬re critical to our ability to build a fast and reliable user experience."
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back
-- Lewis Carroll.
Foucault in watermelon.
I also hope to become a subject of fruit sculpture once I am dead.
Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song.
Jorge Luis Borges, The Divine Comedy
Thor Slaying the Midgard Dragon - Henry Fuseli
...Then Thor was angered, and took upon him his divine strength, braced his feet so strongly that he plunged through the ship with both feet, and dashed his feet against the bottom; then he drew the Serpent up to the gunwale. And it may be said that no one has seen very fearful sights who might not see that: how Thor flashed fiery glances at the Serpent, and the Serpent in turn stared up toward him from below and blew venom.
(Prose Edda, Brodeur Trans.)
Truth is always strange -- stranger than fiction.
Lord Byron, Don Juan
The work of art that says something confronts us itself. That is, it expresses something in such a way that what is said is like a discovery, a disclosure of something previously concealed.
-- Hans-Georg Gadamer, Aesthetics and Hermeneutics
Like that bicycle.
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind--
-- Emily Dickinson
[in case anyone (especially the documentary writers) missed the parallel with another profoundly artistic recluse famous only after her death.]
"In this case, Sr Don Alejandro Gomez, allow me to tell you..."
"Say anything you want, but be careful of your words, for I have another bottle handy."
"Then Sr Don Alejandro Gomez," he said raising his voice, "you are not a gentleman."
"Why of course not; of course I'm not a gentleman. I, a gentleman? Since when? How? I was brought up an ass-keeper and not a gentleman! And I didn't even bring lunch to the man who called himself my father, riding upon a donkey, but walking on foot. Of course I'm no gentleman. Gentlemanliness and me--come now, how absurd!"
-- Miguel de Unamuno, Three Exemplary Novels
The problem is when you start applying particular cultural relevancies to topic groups you end up with category overload. As it is the number of categories are too many and relate to a world-view of 20-something, technology-oriented users. I have no doubt that is a significant number of stumblers, but it also leaves out the perspectives of other age groups and cultures.
For example, your suggestion of separating tattoos and piercings might be valid from your perspective. But from my perspective why are there no categories for other language literatures such as Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Arabic, each of which have their own very rich traditions well represented in SU. As well there is a single category for Philosophy without considering branches and subcategories which are traditional in academe. Graphic Design is meant to cover a very broad range of graphic arts topics, but Fonts alone is a particular area of interest with broad appeal which Graphic Design is asked to cover. My own personal interests include Rhetoric, and there is no place for this very important field in SU, except perhaps under Philosophy.
Meanwhile AI and Cognitive Science are prominent because these are of high applicability to the SU algorithm, though not really to the general public, and could just as easily be folded into Technology. Linguistics, Sociology, Psychology, and Economics are sitting within Sci-Tech rather uncomfortably because there is no category for "Social Sciences" to which certain pages in "Politics" might just might feel more comfortable in.
I wouldn't really mind that there isn't a Spanish literature category if there weren't two separate English language ones and none for any other. And yet Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda is extremely visible on SU. As well I see plenty of Hafiz and Rumi, probably more than most English poets (perhaps simply because I am biased I see them) and yet there is no section of Arabic poetry. I'd be perfectly content with a single top level category of "Literature" with sub-topics such as Poetry, Classical Literature, Modern Literature, Novels etc.
But that is from my own cultural perspective. Everyone has one and it is biased accordingly. So let there be less categories, not more.
I could go on and on, but the point is, if SU wants to attract a user base from the wider perspective of society, they'd have to broaden the population they are studying when creating categories. I don't know what the actual demographic of SU users is, but I'm certain it does not match the interest of the category system currently in place. And the category system does not match the potential population of SU users.
Sub-topics can be covered with tags, which SU should promote to the mass of users as a better alternative than the currently clumsy system we have in place at the moment.
Why did I choose this one?
Zappa Does Bolero
"The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse"
-- Frank Zappa interview 1984
If you speak your mind with creativity and integrity, you might also get to have an asteroid named after you
Frank Zappa always managed to slip in a sort of sloppy, ironic sensibility to all his creative work. He knew better than to take whatever he was doing too seriously. But by so doing, he reminded Rock and Roll that music was meant to be fun.
The lack of safe water and proper sanitation in the developing world is felt most by rural dwellers and the urban poor. With few medical resources at their disposal, the poor are particularly vulnerable to chronic illnesses that hinder their productivity, making the escape from poverty even more difficult.
Images courtesy of http://www.insideafricanart.com/
Once'pon -- a midnight dreary,
While I pondered weak en weery, over
many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
(forgotten lore, forgotten lore)
While I nodded nearly nappin'
suddenly! there came a-tappin'
*drum beats tapping*
as if someone gently rappin'
(rappin' a-rappin, a-rap rap rappin')
a-rappin at me chamber door.
cat with painter