The Steadfast Tin Soldier, here, via @SlateVault on Twitter. I am tempted to re-post pretty much everything on the 50 Watts site,
1955 Maserati 300S Sports-Racing Spider
I just wish that we could talk about books as if they are for use, not as symbols of enduring knowledge that must be preserved against the ravages of digital barbarians or as emblems of obdurate and blinkered resistance to inevitable change. — Throwing the Books at Each Other | Inside Higher Ed (via infoneer-pulse)
Frank Lloyd Wright in front of model of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1956
sad presidents are sad
Instead of a second car, when we move to Waco I want one of these.
Oratio dominica in CLV. linguas. Parma: Typis Bodonianis, 1806. The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology
Polyglot typography, collected by Ari Davidow
Three-dimensional typography by Oded Ezer
The dome of the Sheikh Lotfallah mosque, Isfahan, Iran (1618). A tile put in the wall by the engineer, Ustad Mohammad Reza, describes him as ‘a poor small man in need of the mercy of God’.
Teletype advertisement, 1957
MOOCs are a kind of entertainment media. We are living in an age of para-educationalism: TED Talks, “big idea” books, and the professional lecture circuit have reconfigured the place of ideas (of a certain kind) in the media mainstream. Flattery, attention, the appeal of celebrity, the aspiration to become a member of a certain community, and other triumphs of personality have become the currency of thinking, even as anti-intellectualism remains ascendant. MOOCs buttress this situation, one in which the professor is meant to become an entertainer more than an educator or a researcher. The fact that MOOC proponents have even toyed with the idea of hiring actors to present video lectures only underscores the degree to which MOOCs aspire to reinvent education as entertainment. — Ian Bogost
To my mind, conservatism is gratitude. Conservatives tend to begin from gratitude for what is good and what works in our society and then strive to build on it, while liberals tend to begin from outrage at what is bad and broken and seek to uproot it.
You need both, because some of what is good about our world is irreplaceable and has to be guarded, while some of what is bad is unacceptable and has to be changed. We should never forget that the people who oppose our various endeavors and argue for another way are well intentioned too, even when they’re wrong, and that they’re not always wrong.
But we can also never forget what moves us to gratitude, and so what we stand for and defend: the extraordinary cultural inheritance we have; the amazing country built for us by others and defended by our best and bravest; America’s unmatched potential for lifting the poor and the weak; the legacy of freedom—of ordered liberty—built up over centuries of hard work.
We value these things not because they are triumphant and invincible but because they are precious and vulnerable, because they weren’t fated to happen, and they’re not certain to survive. They need us—and our gratitude for them should move us to defend them and to build on them. — Yuval Levin’s Bradley Prize Remarks | Ethics & Public Policy Center