And that’s the sense in which the line about mistaking the plate for the food makes perfect sense to me. It’s not that nice plates aren’t nice. But they’re not the same thing as the food. They’re an additional pleasure, certainly, but they neither increase nor detract from the pleasure provided by the food… It’s also nice to read a book in a nice room, with a nice view out the window and with good music on the stereo and wearing comfortable clothes etc. etc. etc.—all those things are pleasant. But they’re not “the book.” Anyone who insists that they’ll “never read a book on an e-reader, because that’s not real reading” (or what have you) strikes me as making a statement that is as absurd as saying “I’d never read a book in a room I didn’t find attractive, or if I didn’t have a nice view to look at when I lifted my eyes from the book, or if there wasn’t nice music playing in the background, or if I didn’t have a pleasant incense burning in the room” or what have you. Those are all things you might, or might not, find to be additional pleasures (just like a well-designed book), but they’re not “the novel”… — “Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.” | MetaFilter
Imagine yourself a child. Imagine yourself given one of these books: not merely a story of exploration and adventure, but a manual to such. Imagine yourself acquiring the keys to a mutable world in which you can explore caves, fight spiders, build castles, ride pigs, blow up mountains, construct aqueducts to carry water to your summer palace… anything. Imagine yourself a child, in possession of the secret knowledge. —
The secret of Minecraft — The Message — Medium
This article is the best explanation for Minecraft’s appeal I’ve seen.
But that has to come about through challenging the general economic privilege we bestow on the rich, not by making it easier to prosecute crimes in general. Precisely because it’s very unlikely that this will make it harder on the rich, and more likely to make it harder on the poor. I worry about procedure because principle and procedure matters, yes. But also because the consequences of threats to due process and the presumption of innocence will overwhelmingly be borne by those in our culture who lack social capital. I fear that undermining the commitment to due process in these high-profile but small-in-number cases will filter down to the poor people who are typically the target of our judicial process and police. — carceral progressivism | Fredrik deBoer
Long live the new flesh.
Doctor Who S8E4: Listen
From “We’re All Nerds Now” in The New York Times, 9/14/2014.
The article was terrible, Munroe being the exception.
(Source: The New York Times)
I’ve always been interested in the gay community because they were so on the fringe. Now, the identity of it seems to be a little muddled for me—probably because the struggle is dissipating, which is great and positive, of course, but… —
Chloe Sevigny - The Daily Beast
THE FLOOR IS MADE OF HOT LAVA AND THE GIRLS ARE RUINING IT. — I’m A Gamer
Cedarwood Road”: This was cool when I thought it was a Sisters of Mercy cover, but it turned out to be a U2 song that maybe the band thinks is metal. I’m pretty sure that nobody in the band has ever listened to metal, so it seems to be a Red Hot Chili Peppers song about a cherry tree that leads to the sky. Not as good as “Rocket. — U2’s Forgettable Fire - The New Yorker
(Flowchart: Should You Catcall Her? | Playboy via Metafilter)