A shameless self-plug of a comment I made on another blog:
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In my mind, the same way that a religious background isn’t the necessary cause of morality, a specific belief system (religious or non-religious) is not a direct cause of immorality. Dogmatism exists with almost any belief system. It’s more obvious if that system is more exotic. Yet the belief system under much of Anglo-Saxon Protestant (Weberian work ethic) culture cuts so deeply into mainstream U.S. society (including many secular dimensions) that many people fail to see its impact and dogmatism.
Actually, they’re more like late September links, but still…
- History of the Internet
- ZERO SECONDE: Les 6 cultures d’Internet (par Martin Lessard)
- Military personnel (DARPA)
- Academics (universities, colleges)
- Programmers/Coders (Alpha Geeks)
- Virtual communities (BBS)
- Entrepreneurs (Web 1.0)
- “Web 2.0” (bloggers, social networking, user-generated content…).
- Of course, there’s a lot of overlap, some categories could be reshaped, and the term “culture” is applied somewhat loosely, but it’s an interesting perspective.
- It’s hard for me not to think of the specific cultural turn there as it seems that the West Coast of the United States has had a tremendous impact through this history. Still have to read the article but some people are making connections between “geek culture” (linked to the third step above), specialty coffee (Peet’s, Starbucks), and the “craft beer revolution.” The thlot pickens.
- Celebrity Chefs, Culinary Philosophy, Personality
- NewAcademic Journals Online
- Now online, CMoS: The Chicago Manual of Style Online
- As the printed manual is a bit bulky and costly, having an online version can be very useful.
- Academic Podcasting
- Editing structured texts
- My Wandering Wiki: MultiMarkdown
- From a simple email-like syntax to XHTML, LaTeX, PDF, RTF…
- We really need a new approach to editing and “word processing.” XML is likely to be a key in this respect.
- Canadian Politics: Stéphane Dion
- Stéphane Dion, candidat à la direction du PLC
- My own personal opinion: he does seem to be on a “charm” campaign but his ideas sound like a rather rigid application of Leviathan instead of a principled take on direct democratic representation.
- Jane Elliott’s discrimination experiment (1968 through 2006)
- Religious tolerance, atheism/secularism/agnosticism, multiculturalism, and peace
Is that Disparate enough for you? 😉
[Drafted this a while ago. Seems like The Brights are becoming quite active these days.]
A critique of the “meme coining” centred on the negative connotations of the “bright” adjective:
Brights: Not Too “Bright” (Doubt and About)
A few scattered thoughts.
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