Links for 13th February 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The Ultimate Collection Of Free Photoshop Patterns

    Does what it says on the tin.

    Tagged with: designresourceslistgraphicsphotoshoppatternsbackgroundstextures

  2. Brain thinks ‘your pain, my gain’ (and vice versa)

    "New research from Japan shows that the human brain treats feelings of envy like physical pain, while schadenfreude — the pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune — triggers the brain’s reward circuits." That's the appeal of reality TV shows solved, then.

    Tagged with: psychologybrainneuroscienceschadenfreudeenvy

  3. Legal Guide for Bloggers | Electronic Frontier Foundation

    "Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don't want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that's under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office. The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help – in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven't yet decided how it applies to bloggers." US-centric; could be worth researching a UK clone.

    Tagged with: USbloggingjournalismlegalguidelawlibelmediaEFF

  4. Transhumanist misgivings

    "My doubts regarding the future scenario espoused by Kurzweil are based, in part, on the amount of time necessary to construct the technologies in question — and our seeming inability to make the deadline. The deeper and harder I look into the future — or at least my mind's necessarily incomplete approximation of it — the more I'm convinced that the latter half of the century will be spent scrambling for resources. We may well find ourselves squeezed into an evolutionary bottleneck, with relatively few of us securing safe havens against a disintegrating climate and collapsing biosphere." Mac Tonnies

    Tagged with: transhumanismfuturismSingularityposthumanismskepticism

  5. Mutualism: Free Market Anti-Capitalism

    "Mutualists belong to a non-collectivist segment of anarchists. Although we favor democratic control when collective action is required by the nature of production and other cooperative endeavors, we do not favor collectivism as an ideal in itself. We are not opposed to money or exchange. We believe in private property, so long as it is based on personal occupancy and use. We favor a society in which all relationships and transactions are non-coercive, and based on voluntary cooperation, free exchange, or mutual aid. The "market," in the sense of exchanges of labor between producers, is a profoundly humanizing and liberating concept. What we oppose is the conventional understanding of markets, as the idea has been coopted and corrupted by state capitalism."

    Tagged with: philosophypoliticseconomicsmarketanarchismcapitalismfree-marketmutualism

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