“If we remain in awe of modernity, only seeing the bright future and forgetting the immediate past, we forgo our control of the present.” —Planned Obsolescence or Our Smartphone Leashes, Robert Cicetti at Hyperallergic
“If you’re unhappy with your lot, the Culture Trust tells us, if you feel you must rebel, take your cue from the most disgruntled guy of all: Lift weights! Work hard! Meditate in your back yard! Root out the weaknesses deep down inside yourself! But whatever you do, don’t think about who controls power or how it is wielded.”—Commodify Your Dissent, Thomas Frank (A 1997 article turns out to be highly relevant as a lens for thinking about things like Steve Jobs’ life or the Occupy protests)
Ways to reuse those tiny jars of [jelly/jam/capers] in your home, including both functional and decorative ideas. (via Hometone)
“Anything that makes you unique later will get your chocolate milk stolen and your eye blackened as a kid… Uniqueness is wasted on youth. Like a fine wine or a solid flossing habit, you’ll be grateful for it when you’re older.” —I was Told There’d Be Cake, Sloane Crosley.
“Few of us question the contemporary construction of copyright. It is taken as law, both in the sense of a universally recognizable absolute, like the law against murder, and as naturally inherent in our world, like the law of gravity. In fact, it is neither. Rather, copyright is an ongoing social negotiation, tenuously forged, endlessly revised, and imperfect in its every incarnation.” —The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem.
“I like a bit of simmering. Time for all those flavours to really come out.” —Andrea Joseph’s Sketchblog
“But if vegetarianism really is some kind of urban faith, this is me throwing my hands together and renewing my vows to vegetables. The words are secondary to the sentiment. Praise be to wheatgrass. Artichoke me with okra and baptize me in beet juice. Juice saves.” —I was Told There’d Be Cake, Sloane Crosley.