Oct 14, 2016

All of which goes to show that external constraints aren’t antithetical to fun, but rather a precondition of it: a game with no limiting rules is no game at all. One curious consequence of this is that fun isn’t always, or even usually, pleasurable. Ask any serious player of chess, golf or video games, and they’ll concede it’s often a struggle – otherwise, why bother playing? Fun, from this perspective, isn’t a matter of enjoying yourself in the moment, but of looking back with satisfaction at having found creative new possibilities in whatever constraints you’re facing.

Sep 7, 2016

These children, who are at our mercy, are well aware of our power over them, and aware too of the things in us which can do them harm. There’s little sense in our saying to them, “Now be a good child.” Better for us to say to each other, “Be a good adult.”
— Caroline Pratt, I Learn from Children: An Adventure in Progressive Education, 1948 (via Orange Crate Art: “Be a good adult”)

Sep 6, 2016

„You talk as if a god had made the Machine,“ cried the other. „I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that.“
— E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops (1909)

Aug 29, 2016

Ultimately, the Levitt experiment may echo that weather-beaten advice often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Faced with two seemingly equal options, choose the scarier. Not because the universe will respect your courage and grant you Unlimited Power, as Robbins would probably tell you. But because fear is almost certainly skewing your judgment.

Aug 25, 2016

Bryne: Suppose it's all true, and you walk up to the pearly gates, and are confronted by God. What will Stephen Fry say to him, her, or it?

Fry: I'd say, bone cancer in children? What's that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault. It's not right, it's utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain. That's what I would say.

Byrne: And you think you are going to get in, like that?

Fry: But I wouldn't want to. I wouldn't want to get in on his terms. They are wrong.

Aug 24, 2016

Jensen has written that people sometimes ask him why he doesn’t just kill himself, if things are as bad as he says. “The answer is that life is really, really good. I am a complex enough being that I can hold in my heart the understanding that we are really, really fucked, and at the same time that life is really, really good. I am full of rage, sorrow, joy, love, hate, despair, happiness, dissatisfaction, and a thousand other feelings. We are really fucked. Life is still really good.”

Aug 9, 2016

Sport ist mir eigentlich egal. Ich empfinde wenig bis gar nichts, wenn fremde Menschen einen Ball in ein Tor schießen, mit dem Auto im Kreis fahren oder einander ins Gesicht schlagen, bis einer umfällt. Großveranstaltungen wie die Olympischen Spiele sind für mich nichts weiter als ein Schaulaufen der Sponsoren, für die ein paar hundert Sportler vor der Kamera ein gedoptes Theater namens "Wettkampf" aufführen, während wenige Straßen weiter Panzer die Favela befrieden und zwanzig Stockwerke höher IOC-Funktionäre eine Koks-und-Nutten-Party schmeißen.

Jul 6, 2016

In September, Angela Merkel met the head of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg at a UN summit on the environment in New York. Not aware that the microphones were picking her up, Merkel asked what could be done to restrict people who were writing things on Facebook which were critical of her migration policy. “Are you working on this?” she asked him. “Yeah”, Zuckerberg replied. Oh, is he working on this!

Jun 24, 2016

These days, thanks largely to technology, we’re more aware than ever of all the exciting things other people are up to, in other places. The result is an edgy, distracted state of worry that undermines the pleasure of whatever we’re doing: what if we could be doing something better?

Jun 21, 2016

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
— Steve Furtick
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