Re: Extended cognition and feminism

Interesting article on extended cognition and feminism here. I came to figure out why e-cog seems to come with so much ethical baggage for a theory about how to understand cognition. I’m satisfied. The main point, that dualism and its descendants are really only plausible with a certain privileged position in the world. Elisabeth and Amo wrote at the same time as Descartes and couldn’t shake … Continue reading Re: Extended cognition and feminism

Some media is better than other media

This article is excellent. I don’t agree with everything in it, but I think it has two very good and important points:   1. If you give up on things like value judgements and expertise, you lose almost all ground you have to say much with oomph. Some things are better than some other things. Aesthetically as well as politically. Media created with nuance and … Continue reading Some media is better than other media

Enough LaTeX for basic logic typesetting

I’m currently taking a (meta)logic class. There are assigned problem sets. A lot of people either don’t know how to type logical symbols or else cannot be bothered to fight with Word. I’m a fan of LaTeX. I like it for several reasons, one of them being easy use of logical symbols. There are a lot of guides to using LaTeX. To my knowledge, none … Continue reading Enough LaTeX for basic logic typesetting

The pirates are ready for more Netflix removals

Well, another batch of popular shows are being removed from Netflix. And quite a few people are ready to just pirate the shows. I’m not quite sure whether the network execs aren’t thinking this sorta thing through or just assume everyone forgot how to acquire things for free. Piracy rates plummeted when Netflix, Spotify, etc. got big because, sure, you could download things one by one … Continue reading The pirates are ready for more Netflix removals

Letting phones live longer is actually kinda nice…

Well, apparently Apple apologized for allegedly sabotaging the phones they make. It’s almost funny since if anything their tactic lengthened the lives of old iPhones. I’ve had beverage containers with taps that stop dispensing before the container is actually empty and also containers that can actually be emptied via the tap, and I prefer the latter. Also I’ve had printers that will keep going regardless … Continue reading Letting phones live longer is actually kinda nice…

Pervasive technological problems don’t get solved by just opting out

Interesting article, if you ignore the stupid headline. The mentioned studies connecting screen-based activities and unhappiness is of note. (Though I wonder how ebooks compare to books.) “As teens have started spending less time together, they have become less likely to kill one another, and more likely to kill themselves.” Is, well. Something. (Reminds me of the meme showing 80s/90s rock screaming “I kill motherfuckers” … Continue reading Pervasive technological problems don’t get solved by just opting out

Reflections on the quick fall of Sarahah

Well, that anonymous platform fad seems to have risen and fallen in record time. (Several months ago.) Thoughts, observations, responses, etc. ~ I would guess the very low lifespan of the fad can be mostly blamed on a lack of interaction. You send something and then it’s sent. That’s totally unsatisfying. Earlier platforms allowed people to publicly post the messages and respond to them. This … Continue reading Reflections on the quick fall of Sarahah

Silencing Hate Doesn’t Make It Go Away (Response to Ryan Chapin Mach’s “Why Your College Campus Should Ban Yik Yak”)

In the past year or so Yik Yak has stormed the phones of college students across the country. The app doesn’t ask for any personal information, so it’s entirely anonymous, and which posts you see is determined entirely on your current location. Like many other anonymous online forums that become mainstream, Yik Yak has attracted a negative reception, especially as it targets students. Ryan Mach provides … Continue reading Silencing Hate Doesn’t Make It Go Away (Response to Ryan Chapin Mach’s “Why Your College Campus Should Ban Yik Yak”)