code drawing 25, created on 2013-11-30 between 22:40 – 22:50.
As the weather turned chilly, I thought about putting out the word on Twitter about my annual turtleneck vision quest. But that seemed both inefficient and potentially annoying to those followers (the vast majority no doubt) who didn’t care to hear my concerns about cuff length and fabric heft. What I needed was a way to reliably crowdsource my shopping with a community of people who were, in essence, agreeing to accompany me on a shopping trip and expecting me to return the favor. That’s when I joined the Prowl, a social networking site founded last August by the creators of the popular parent-networking sites CafeMom and its spinoffs, Mamás Latinas and the Stir. (via The Prowl: A shopping social network and new rival to Pinterest.)
November 29, 1972: Video Game Pong Is Released
On this day in 1972, American game manufacturer Atari, Inc. released Pong, which became the first commercially successful video game to gain mainstream popularity. Allan Alcorn designed Pong as a training exercise under the direction of Nolan Bushnell as co-founded Atari. The game featured a ball that players bounced between two paddles using manual knobs.
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Photo: Pong, Rush N’Attack, Astro Fighter and Frogger (Rob Boudon/Wikimedia Commons)
Some of the MFJS faculty and staff remember this game well!
This is a revolutionary shift. Once upon a time, medicine was a discipline based on the nuanced diagnosis and treatment of sick patients. Now, Big Data, networked computers and a culture obsessed with knowing its numbers have moved medicine from the bedside to the desktop (or laptop). The art of medicine is becoming the science of an insurance actuary.
“There are moments in our lives that stand still in time while all the frantic hours and years surrounding them have blurred into an obscurity of grayness. One such moment remains vivid in my mind after more than thirty years, a luminescent spot of time, as clear as if it had happened only yesterday. It was in one of those dark, cavern-like vaults of a lecture hall in college where Art History was offered as a slide show, and it was a perfectly ordinary lecture on American artists, clicking through shadowed images of Cubism and Futurism until a huge close-up of an iris glowed from the screen. “Black Iris.” Georgia O’Keeffe. A simple polarity of translucent light petals reaching upward and dark falls cascading downward made the flower look like a cathedral illumined from within. Breath stopped, mind stopped, and I felt myself dissolve into beauty, passing through painted veils of titanium white and dove gray mist, suspended over waves of amethyst, troughs of onyx. It was as if a thread of light flowing through the moment pierced me to the soul, connecting me to a higher realm.”
On this day in 1997: Kathy Acker died from complications due to breast cancer at an alternative cancer clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. She was in Room 101. She was 50 years old.
Today’s book club: BLOOD AND GUTS IN HIGH SCHOOL, DON QUIXOTE: WHICH WAS A DREAM, PUSSY, KING OF THE PIRATES, and her pieces in RE/SEARCH magazine.
Today’s soundtrack: Kathy Acker with the Mekons’ PUSSY, KING OF THE PIRATES.
Today’s screening: WHO’S AFRAID OF KATHY ACKER?
Today’s quote: ”Literature is that which denounces and slashes apart the repressing machine at the level of the signified.”
Today’s required reading: “Kathy Acker vs. Spice Girls”
Today’s ill-advised tattoo: http://tinyurl.com/c8vlkgh