Category Archives: Quote Time

Wil Shipley on John Carmack’s Code

Carmack’s code at the time was kind of amazing. In the most complimentary way possible, I call Carmack a “coding insect.” Like how a bee knows how to build a hive, Carmack codes with a complete picture in his head … Continue reading

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Lyotard on the landscape

Whether or not you ‘like’ a landscape is unimportant. It does not ask you for your opinion. If it is there, your opinion counts as nothing. A landscape leaves the mind DESOLATE. It makes lymph (the soul) flow, not blood. … Continue reading

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James Stanescu on the Posthumous Critiques of Mandela

And I worry about the kneejerk reactions of radicals to take the death of someone like Nelson Mandela and go, “Yeah, well, he didn’t topple capitalism while he was at it, so I don’t know what the big deal is.” … Continue reading

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Claire Colebrook on the Anthropocene

That notion that one could completely achieve this moment of a completely flat ontology where I speak as if from nowhere seems to be promised by the anthropocene but is also crossed out by it. So it is always going … Continue reading

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Marcom in A Brief History of Yes

So now it is Maria’s turn to laugh. She laughs. And the girl opens her mouth and all of the laughing animals and not-animals run out of her mouth and into the air–which butterflies and sandhill cranes which hillside songbird … Continue reading

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Samantha Allen on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

On November 20th, we cannot mourn the past without interrogating our present. It’s easy to grieve the dead; it’s harder to come to terms with our complicity in their oppression, with the parts of ourselves that would still regard a … Continue reading

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Lyotard on the human in humans

What shall we call human in humans, the initial misery of their childhood, or their capacity to acquire a ‘second’ nature which, thanks to language, makes them fit to share in communal life, adult consciousness and reason? That the second … Continue reading

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Henricks on “the crucible of human experience”

Consistently, in Marxian thought society is seen as something of a workshop. That is, the world is less an object to behold or contemplate than an artifice that has been created and then inhabited. The setting–with its machines, sawdust, and … Continue reading

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Guild Wars 2 and Economics

Unfortunately for us players, it’s in ArenaNet’s best interests to ensure the vast majority of players are not wealthy. This would entirely undermine their buy-to-play model and their reliance on you purchasing gems. Were gold readily available they would inevitably … Continue reading

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Adrienne Shaw on the lost queer potential of Fable

All of these choices and changes are clearly tied to programmatic decisions. How NPCs react to and form relationships to my character are coded into the characters’ artificial intelligence. Arguably the goal in some of the NPC reactions is to … Continue reading

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