"One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation."
ATTRIBUTION:Victor Hugo (1802–1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Les Miserables, pt. 2, bk. 7, ch. 8 (1862).
“Common to most anthropologists is a contrarian readiness to search out diverse, improbable kinds of patterning, to be skeptical of commonly accepted categories or boundaries, and to employ varying temporal and geographic scales as tools of inquiry.”
Robert McC. Adams
Paths of Fire: An Anthropologist’s Inquiry Into Western Technology, 1996.
"Then she opened up a book of poems And handed it to me
Written by an Italian poet From the thirteenth century.
And every one of them words rang true And glowed like burnin' coal
Pourin' off of every page Like it was written in my soul from me to you,
Tangled up in blue." Bob Dylan Album: Blood on the Tracks (1975)
I love this: “Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.”
...its by D.H. Lawrence as far as I can tell but I tell ya, I can't find a cite for it to save me life. I mean Garrison Keillor quoted it on the Writer's Almanac on 9/11/07 but offered no cite. Anybody got it?
"Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of
mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one
at random, "memex" will do. A memex is a device in which an individual
stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is
mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and
flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory."
"I will argue here against the idea that convergence should be understood primarily as a technological process bringing together multiple media functions with in the same devices. Instead convergence represents a cultural shift as consumers are encouraged to seek out new information and make connections among dispersed media content."
"Cognitive science has taught us a great deal about thinking as a mental act taking part in an individual's head. For various reasons, however, these views less strongly inform how teaching and learning work in today's schools than they used to. This is so, in part, because the views about thinking current in cognitive science stress the importance of active inquiry and deep conceptual understanding, things that are not politically popular any longer in schools, driven as they are today by standardized tests and skill-and-drill curricula devoted to 'the basics'." James Paul Gee What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy 2003, pg. 3
"The hallmark of revolution is that the goals of the revolutionaries cannot be contained by the institutional structure of the society they live in. As a result, either the revolutionaries are put down, or some of those institutions are transmogrified, replaced, or simply destroyed. We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic."