Bloggers’ Week in Review: The Web’s Best Writing
The weekend couldn’t have come at a better time.
Now that work’s been put to bed, those of us whose jobs revolve around technology in 250-word slices can put aside the endless stream of press releases and tech company announcements and turn our attention to real blogging — the kind of blogging that existed before news went online. The kind of blogging that displays introspection, critical thinking, diversity of interests, and even personality.
Here are a few post that my good friends on the Internet and I read and loved this week. Give ‘em a glance, click through, and in the comments, let us all know which posts really stood out for you over the past few days.
BLOGGERS’ WEEK IN REVIEW
“Computers are embedded in almost all of our devices, and most of them are digital. Information at the low levels is stored as binary. Biology, in contrast, often makes use of analog systems… Fuzzy logic, probability and other soft computing approaches could go a long way to cover the role of adaptive interfaces in the computer code of a cyborg. “
“So I’m listening to all these mothers bitch and moan about Ms. [Katy] Perry’s perky pair in her golden corset, and I can’t help but think ‘what a bunch of hypocrisy.’ How many of these mothers let their kids watch The Little Mermaid? Have you seen what that chick wears? Pasties! She wears pasties!… When the entire world goes into an uproar because Katy Perry was shown to have boobs, we teach girls everywhere that they should be ashamed of the fact that they have boobs.”
“It sounds romantic, even utopian, but I really believe pickup basketball has the power to bring humanity together as one… Fresh off the sobering experience of turning 30, I decided to throw myself into some quality basketball time. It had been too long and the fresh air would do me good. Sure I was out of practice… But never mind. I would visit a few of the many wonderful courts in San Francisco and find a game that suited my talents.”
“The current educational paradigm of rigid disciplinary separation is one that denies the basic ecological principle of interconnection, one that inhibits our students’ ability to productively participate in a rapidly changing world beset with challenges that are transdisciplinary by nature.”
” Over time, I found my place and then in exploring the [LGBT] community further found that regardless of the outer trappings — whether butch, boi, femme or what have you — our stories, our experiences, or sense of being ostracized were decidedly similar. What then of those whose sense of connection is thwarted because they belong neither here nor there? What of those who may appear to be one thing, but don’t feel they fit in that place?”
“Don’t worry about numbers. Worry about relationships. If you have one person completely devoted to helping you because they believe in you, that’s so much better than thousands of people that barely even know you’re there. Once you have a large audience, keep in mind you have to shout really loud to get everyone to hear!”
“As I become more mature, I realize that ‘God’ had nothing to do with the negative aspects of that religion. God was not present in the beatings, the hatred, the repression. I have come to understand God as the good that exists between and within people. When I see unconditional love or kindness to strangers, I see the face of God in those acts.”