They’ve included links to various social networking bookmark sites and enabled embedding. Here’s a 2008 movie by Murray Siple, Cart of Darkness, about “a group of homeless men in North Vancouver who’ve married their love of shopping-cart racing with their business of bottle picking.” (NSFW for language).
They still have some kinks to work out, like the embed code linked to the wrong video and it isn’t standards compliant by default (nobody else does that yet either) — but in general it looks like they’re on the right track.
Malcolm Gladwellâ€™s new article Late Bloomers is up at the New Yorker.
Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocityâ€”doing something truly creative, weâ€™re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth. Orson Welles made his masterpiece, â€œCitizen Kane,â€ at twenty-five. Herman Melville wrote a book a year through his late twenties, culminating, at age thirty-two, with â€œMoby-Dick.â€ Mozart wrote his breakthrough Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat-Major at the age of twenty-one. In some creative forms, like lyric poetry, the importance of precocity has hardened into an iron law.
Are you still a genius if itâ€™s only later in life that you do anything truly brilliant?
If you’ve got an hour to spend, this Google Tech Talk by David Weinberger is worth a listen. In it he explains how the breakdown of categorization designed for physical objects when applied to digital or abstract objects (such as thoughts) can be overcome through new kinds of categorization—ie. tagging.
I just finished watching â€œThe Hippiesâ€, a made for TV documentary about the Hippie culture of the 60â€™s and 70â€™s that aired on the History Channel. Though flawed with its overarching, borderline ridiculous right-wing condemnations of hippie culture, it offers a fascinating glimpse at the drug-fueled, youth-driven counterculture of the era.
Too much time, unfortunately, is wasted on sensationalist, irrelevant side-stories and not enough is spent on the substantive contributions of the hippie aesthetic to the culture at large. There are also a few glaring historical accuracies; for example, one could easily conclude from the film that the Vietnam War ended after 1969 â€” which would certainly come as a surprise to the soldiers who served there from 1970-1973. But at least the film, at its end, correctly, if only briefly, touches upon some of the many lasting contributions of the hippie ethos to the culture at large; these include the consciousness movement, the environmental movement, and the computer/technological revolution which led to the democratization of information by the Internet.
The mention of famed â€œsatanistâ€ Aleister Crowley caught my ear, especially when the narrator explained how his image was â€œfeaturedâ€ on the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Pepperâ€™s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Truth be told, Crowley is merely one of the 85 people and objects featured on the cover.
The commentary also claims Sgt. Pepperâ€™s was â€œthe greatest masterpiece of the psychedelic eraâ€. As any Beatles fan will tell you Sgt Pepperâ€™s was Paulâ€™s baby and while Lennonâ€™s Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds* or Georgeâ€™s Within You Without You have that psychedelic sound, Paul didnâ€™t embrace the drug scene in the same way that the others did and while it may truly be a masterpiece of musical genius, Iâ€™d venture to say that later albums like Magical Mystery Tour are more psychedelic.
*Fun fact: Lennon always denied Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was about LSD despite rumours to the contrary.