Monthly Archives: May 2012

High Tech Big Business

As reminded by this article in the NYT about FB’s IPO, let’s also not forget the dirty business of high tech and big science. The trick is how to keep enthusiam and critical bearings all together, if not simultaneously, then … Continue reading

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Religion & Technology (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism and the Internet)

Much (most?) of the press about the recent rally at Citi Field Stadium by ultra-orthodox Jews focused on its “anti-modern” “strangeness” by highlighting [1] the exclusion of woment from the event and [2] expressions of extreme rejection of the internet … Continue reading

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Techno-ecstasis (Mark Hansen’s Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing)

(Lost in the Static 1.1 “is a simple Little game that uses some surprising aspects of the human perceptual system to Create a visible world out of animating static. Please note that this display is not suitable for everyone! Some people … Continue reading

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Ethics & Aesthetics (Margaret Olin, Touching Photographs)

A lot of you out there are going to like this one. I just finished Margaret Olin’s Touching Photographs.  Handsomely put together, it’s a generous book that covers lots of ground (Roland Barthes, Sebald, James VanDerZee, 9/11 memorial photos, Abu … Continue reading

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New Jersey Greenspace.

Demography is destiny. The difference between an urban park and this suburban one in Cranford, New Jersey has probably only to do with relative population density. But the effects are quite striking. In an urban park on a sunny day, … Continue reading

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Reading Haaretz (Voyeurism)

Online Zionism (and online anti-Zionism) is getting dirtier and dirtier. I have two sets of mixed feelings about the recent decision by Haaretz to charge for online content, the second more serious than the first. One is practical-pecuniary. The second one … Continue reading

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Recessed Fire Escapes (Inside-Outside) (Architecture)

Normally, these are latched onto the façade of a building. I like the unusual recessed fire escapes on a suite of old buildings (turn of the 20th C.?) on Morningside Drive in NYC, near Columbia University. Of particular note is … Continue reading

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religion & science (response to Norbert Samuelson)

I was invited to respond in a special edition on Judaism and science in the Reform Jewish Quarterly to an essay by Norbert Samuelson, who is one of the few scholars in modern and contemporary Jewish philosophy to take contemporary … Continue reading

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LSD, Religion, & Religious Studies (Aesthetics)

  I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, and thought about it again the other rainy day. The Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” followed by Levon Helm’s “When I Go Away” were on the radio. I really want to edit a book … Continue reading

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animal life, political power, and “the spiritual in art” (Dawn of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

I don’t like Egyptian art. Or at least I thought I didn’t. I still don’t like the dynastic art with which most of us are most familiar. But the show of pre-dynastic and early dynastic stuff at the Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading

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