Someday These Bones Will Be Worth Saving

by John Dedeke

Inseparable

"Our pain is so rooted in our lopsided view of reality. Who ever got the idea that we could have pleasure without pain? It’s promoted rather widely in this world, and we buy it. But pain and pleasure go together; they are inseparable. They can be celebrated. They are ordinary. Birth is painful and delightful. Death is painful and delightful. Everything that ends is also the beginning of something else. Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward.
-Pema Chödrön

Via Matthew Allard


A Sweet Answer For A Library Desert in Spanish Lake | St. Louis Public Radio

A white van travels though the Spanish Cove apartment complex in North St. Louis County. On top of the vehicle a loud speaker blasts classic ice cream truck tunes. The van pulls over on the side of the road. The driver flings open the doors to reveal a wide selection of … books.

A lot of pain in St. Louis this weekend; glad to have this to temper it. Be sure to check out the shot of my buddy Kevin and his sweet “book gloves.”

A Sweet Answer For A Library Desert in Spanish Lake | St. Louis Public Radio

A white van travels though the Spanish Cove apartment complex in North St. Louis County. On top of the vehicle a loud speaker blasts classic ice cream truck tunes. The van pulls over on the side of the road. The driver flings open the doors to reveal a wide selection of … books.

A lot of pain in St. Louis this weekend; glad to have this to temper it. Be sure to check out the shot of my buddy Kevin and his sweet “book gloves.”



My lady friend Lola is internet famous. 

My lady friend Lola is internet famous. 


These Are Your Parents →


Over the last few weeks I’ve been a little addicted to Chuck Palahniuk’s feed, which he’s using to relentlessly answer questions from seemingly anyone who contacts him.
His frequent references to book tours and readings reminded me that I once saw him read live at the Mad Art Gallery, which in turn inspired me to go digging for this shot of my friend Amanda and me with Chuck (and his blow-up doll). This is actually the first photo in which I was tagged on Facebook, a largely irrelevant fact that for some reason still amuses me. 

Over the last few weeks I’ve been a little addicted to Chuck Palahniuk’s feed, which he’s using to relentlessly answer questions from seemingly anyone who contacts him.

His frequent references to book tours and readings reminded me that I once saw him read live at the Mad Art Gallery, which in turn inspired me to go digging for this shot of my friend Amanda and me with Chuck (and his blow-up doll). This is actually the first photo in which I was tagged on Facebook, a largely irrelevant fact that for some reason still amuses me. 


Welcome to Dataland: Design fiction at the most magical place on earth

Disney properties have more often been scorned as “false” than celebrated as tentative. But Walt Disney always saw them as provisional and speculative, even if his successors haven’t always followed his lead. Endeavors like Tomorrowland and EPCOT and their ilk are undoubtedly tactical, sponsored, corporate speech. But they are not just cynical commercial products. Like World’s Fairs, Disney parks are spaces where people negotiate with alternate experiences. They are mass-market examples of what the science-fiction writer Bruce Sterling has called design fiction, a kind of design that “tells worlds rather than stories.”

One of the most beneficial and timely reads of the year, at least for me. As far as I know this is the first piece to look at this Disney World MagicBand thing in the context of how the resort was originally envisioned. 
While I’ve been hesitant to get too invested in any perspective on the MyMagic+ initiative until I’ve had a chance to use it myself, I’ve certainly read a good amount of praise and criticism (more the latter than the former) — mostly split between shades of “this makes planning so easy and efficient” and “I don’t want to plan every minute of my vacation and/or be tracked by a computer 24/7.” Both of which are legit. 
But far more interesting to me is how, as Ian Bogost points out here, through MM+ Walt Disney World is — finally? — testing “future” technology in a dynamic, everyday living environment, as the original EPCOT city concept was intended to. The planned execution may have differed, but the scale and uniqueness of the initiative are essentially the same. No one is doing what Disney is doing with MM+. It is a “living blueprint of the future,” whether we like the implications of that future or not. 
Thanks to Foxxy for the link.

Welcome to Dataland: Design fiction at the most magical place on earth

Disney properties have more often been scorned as “false” than celebrated as tentative. But Walt Disney always saw them as provisional and speculative, even if his successors haven’t always followed his lead. Endeavors like Tomorrowland and EPCOT and their ilk are undoubtedly tactical, sponsored, corporate speech. But they are not just cynical commercial products. Like World’s Fairs, Disney parks are spaces where people negotiate with alternate experiences. They are mass-market examples of what the science-fiction writer Bruce Sterling has called design fiction, a kind of design that “tells worlds rather than stories.”

One of the most beneficial and timely reads of the year, at least for me. As far as I know this is the first piece to look at this Disney World MagicBand thing in the context of how the resort was originally envisioned. 

While I’ve been hesitant to get too invested in any perspective on the MyMagic+ initiative until I’ve had a chance to use it myself, I’ve certainly read a good amount of praise and criticism (more the latter than the former) — mostly split between shades of “this makes planning so easy and efficient” and “I don’t want to plan every minute of my vacation and/or be tracked by a computer 24/7.” Both of which are legit. 

But far more interesting to me is how, as Ian Bogost points out here, through MM+ Walt Disney World is — finally? — testing “future” technology in a dynamic, everyday living environment, as the original EPCOT city concept was intended to. The planned execution may have differed, but the scale and uniqueness of the initiative are essentially the same. No one is doing what Disney is doing with MM+. It is a “living blueprint of the future,” whether we like the implications of that future or not. 

Thanks to Foxxy for the link.



Somewhere between the climb and collapsewe sit around a fireand talk about growing up and growing old,about marriage and divorceand grandparents who’ll never understand,about skipping school but attending school reunions,about work, and the people who make it work,and how our parents always made it work. We talk about these things and we don’t talk about other things,but mostly we talk about Joy Division and the Clash.

Somewhere between the climb and collapse
we sit around a fire
and talk about growing up and growing old,
about marriage and divorce
and grandparents who’ll never understand,
about skipping school 
but attending school reunions,
about work, 
and the people who make it work,
and how our parents always made it work. 
We talk about these things 
and we don’t talk about other things,
but mostly we talk about Joy Division and the Clash.



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