“… throughout The Formula, Dormehl signals that he wants us to think carefully about what it means to be human in an age where algorithms increasingly tell us who we are, what we want, and how we’ll come to behave in the future. Indeed, Dormehl goes so far as to declare that our age is marked by a ‘crisis of self,’ where the Enlightenment conception of ‘autonomous individuals’ is challenged by an algorithmic alternative. Individuals have become construed as ‘one categorizable node in an aggregate mass.'” Evan Selinger onThe Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems — And Create More, by Evan Selinger, LA Review of Books, February 17, 2015
Gosh, the self in a node of aggregate mass; are we doomed or what?
I love the internet, but I’m not sure I’m ready for nodehood (yet).
Margo is so bossy, she must be an Aries. Maybe a Leo, but she’s not egotistically generous enough (Leos will borrow money to lend it to make themselves look good). And she’s not enough of a party girl to be a Sagittarius. So if she’s not an Aries, maybe a Capricorn or Scorpio, but I still vote for an Aries. Oh, and who doesn’t Margo’s mother’s psychic/astrologer, Diane Devine, remind you of? Artwork anyone?
Oh, yeah, Hanna? Good riddance, and live happily ever after.
Collage on paper
2014 Arroyo Arts Collective Tour
2014 was not a great year for collage. I only made eleven, and half of those were at the 2014 Arroyo Arts Collective Tour where I was graciously hosted in Suzanne Siegel’s studio.
I think part of the problem was I tried to convince myself I could work in a 10×10′ room with no natural light. Hah! This year I moved the studio to a larger, better lighted space, and have already made 3 collages. So things are looking up already.
So please enjoy what I did manage to get done in 2014. And thank you for continuing to look at my collages.
“America and Penelope are first-generation Latina students who are majoring in Computer Science at different schools. Penelope is a student at California State University, Los Angeles. America attends Los Angeles City College. They both were recently accepted to an accelerator program in Silicon Valley known as Women’s Startup Lab.”
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“LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Union Pacific’s Piggyback Yard sprawls over approximately 125 acres between Mission Road and the L.A. River. The busy rail yard would be transformed into parkland and wetlands next to the L.A. River IF the city manages to raise enough money and the Union Pacific ever decides to sell. Tom Carroll, in his Tom Explores Los Angeles YouTube series, explores the history and economic significance of one of the city’s last major freight rail yards in a new video.”
(via) (It’s worth 6 minutes of your life to watch this.)
Or, if Union Pacific doesn’t sell, we can be even more the hellish overcrowded filthy megacity we all love to hate and continue to live in against all odds, reason, and plain old good sense. Up to you LA, it’s all up to you.
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