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I happened across this image the other day at

Given just how overwhelming it is to understand how data is changing and influencing our lives, I love the way this ‘sketch’ so simply reminds me to rethink my relationship to data of all kinds.


History as “… a thin thread stretching over an ocean of the forgotten.”

— Milan Kundera, The Joke (cited in Waltzing in the Dark by Brenda Dixon Gottschild)


Surrenders to conventionality are what disciplines are. The disciplines are social systems that raise their partial ‘as if’ perspectives from mere conventionality to mythic proportions… We will find them all, these rites de passages, in examinations, in selection, promotion, and establishment, in the residence rules of departments and schools, in the special languages, in the professional taboos. These are ways of making a blinkered view of the world seem mythically true.

– Greg Dening, cited in Mark Minchinton, The World is Turning to Pus,

refuses to disappear

For the body cannot be easily contained by the consumption imperative. It discovers its own sexual and political being and overflows autonomously in many other directions as well. Or, as in the case of the state policies of economic and cultural austerity that have increasingly been imposed upon a recalcitrant underlying population, the body refuses to disappear as a subject.

– Stanley Aronowitz, foreward Martin, Randy. 1990. Performance as a Political Act. New York: Bergin and Garvey Publishers. p.viii