I’m still getting over 7 years on the rails between Baltimore and DC, but this “residency” on long-haul routes sounds like a fantastic idea. Just the other day, I was thinking about how I used to get so much writing and thinking done while rolling along Long Island Sound or passing the night time skylines of Northeastern cities. I wonder how I could “apply” to +Amtrak? Hmm.
"What really bothered me is, the whole idea is that at a liberal arts college, we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion."
Students protesting against a discussion of what it means to engage those with different views. It’s bullshit wrapped in dogmatism served on a platter of self-righteousness. And at no less than the “#3 National Liberal Arts College” according to U.S. News. Disgraceful. Ridiculous. Appalling even after seeing/reading about this kind of stuff for many years.
Misty Melton is the organizer of the new Baltimore chapter of Girl Develop It - an international organization that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.
I have always felt that the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where the edges meet. I like shorelines, weather fronts, international borders. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in these places, and often, if you stand at the point of tangency, you can see both sides better than if you were in the middle of either one.
- Anne Fadiman in the preface to The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Our good twins at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance encourage technologists to become Ruby Award winners.
The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is excited to announce the launch of the Rubys, project-based grants that provide funding of up to $10,000 directly to individual artists. The grants support the region’s gems - the local creative community of performing, visual, media, and literary artists.
In 2014, $120,000 will be given out in two granting cycles. The first cycle is currently accepting applications for projects based in the Performing Arts and Media Arts, which includes all forms of media, animation, game design, graphic design, and digital art. Applications are submitted via an online form and the deadline to apply is February 2, 2014.
Mike Subelsky is an extremely busy startup cofounder, but he’s also a leader (in thought and action) of the Baltimore’s tech scene. Over the holidays, Sharon Paley and I took advantage of a lull in all the local hubbub to reflect with Mike on the last year and near future of tech, business, and innovation in our city. Enjoy…
“Sometime in the past few years, the blog died. In 2014, people will finally notice. Sure, blogs still exist, many of them are excellent, and they will go on existing and being excellent for many years to come. But the function of the blog, the nebulous informational task we all agreed the blog was fulfilling for the past decade, is increasingly being handled by a growing number of disparate media forms that are blog-like but also decidedly not blogs.
Instead of blogging, people are posting to Tumblr, tweeting, pinning things to their board, posting to Reddit, Snapchatting, updating Facebook statuses, Instagramming, and publishing on Medium. In 1997, wired teens created online diaries, and in 2004 the blog was king. Today, teens are about as likely to start a blog (over Instagramming or Snapchatting) as they are to buy a music CD. Blogs are for 40-somethings with kids.”—
Someday soon we just might catch a glimpse of Aristotle’s dialogues and other lost works of the ancient world. Medical imaging technology, extreme patience, and maybe some digging around in volcanic ash could do it.