Originalspin http://sett.com/originalspin Musings on culture, technology, media, politics and the intersections between them en-us Sat, 17 Apr 2021 09:54:43 -0700 http://sett.com Sett RSS Generator Are you in L.A.? Headed there NOW to present MARVELS AND MONSTERS: UNBOUND tonight at the Japanese American National MuseuM! http://sett.com/originalspin/are-you-in-la-headed-there-now-to-present-marvels-and-monsters-unbound-tonight-at-the-japanese-american-national-museum

MARVELS AND MONSTERS: UNBOUND is a showcase of amazing short works inspired by the Japanese American National Museum's opening of the exhibition I curated for NYU A/P/A Institute, Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986. The showcase features eight works by seven artists (Maritess Zurbano, queen of magic, is represented TWICE) and each piece is a punch in the gut to one of the eight ugly stereotypes that have shadowed Asian Americans since time immemorial: The Lotus Blossom, The Alien, The Brute, The Manipulator, The Brain, the Kamikaze, The Temptress and The Guru.

Congratulations to the creators of our showcase:

  • Robert Allison, “Overwrite”
  • Mark Brown, “Evil Is a Yellow Face”
  • Carin Chea, “The Jumper”
  • Joey Damiano, “The Audition”
  • Raymond Hui, “X-Wings of Defeat”
  • Deanna Myers, “Cute Asian Girl”

and

  • Maritess Zurbano, who submitted two winning entries, "Magical Girl" and "Tommy the Adequate"!

Also, on Saturday (Target Free Admission Day!) I'll be doing a Curator Walkthrough and free Build a Hero/Build a Villain sessions with A.L. Baroza and Jeremy Arambulo...bring the kids!

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Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:29:49 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/are-you-in-la-headed-there-now-to-present-marvels-and-monsters-unbound-tonight-at-the-japanese-american-national-museum
Not just stereotype: Asian American kids do the most homework. Thanks #TigerMom http://sett.com/originalspin/not-just-stereotype-asian-american-kids-do-the-most-homework-thanks-tigermom

The Atlantic has a story on kids and homework. Naturally, Asian Americans do their Tiger Momz proud:

Asian students spend 3.5 more hours on average doing homework per week than their white peers.

Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/09/how-much-homework-do-american-kids-do/279805/

But wait! That article is, weirdly, based on 2007 data--e.g., BTM (Before Tiger Mom). There's more recent data out there (PDF) — So what does it say?

Holy cats! Asian Americans do TWICE as much homework as other kids. (And still manage to play the hell out of computer games, I might add.) What they don't do? Socialize, chores or jobs.

Some stereotypes have a little truth behind them. My kids seem intent on dropping an anvil on that curve, however.

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Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:25:50 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/not-just-stereotype-asian-american-kids-do-the-most-homework-thanks-tigermom
And here's a pic of "averaged" guys: Composite male images from around the world http://sett.com/originalspin/and-heres-a-pic-of-averaged-guys-composite-male-images-from-around-the-world I think the average women are more attractive. But maybe it's just my make heteronormativity speaking? Note: Apparently our tendency to see averaged-out faces as attractive is a thing--an evolutionary biology thing. Koinophilia is the name of the phenomenon and it is]]>

I think the average women are more attractive. But maybe it's just my make heteronormativity speaking?

Note: Apparently our tendency to see averaged-out faces as attractive is a thing--an evolutionary biology thing. Koinophilia is the name of the phenomenon and it is explained by the notion that extreme or odd features may represent harmful mutations. But how does that explain the perception of "exotic" looks as beautiful?

Link: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koinophilia

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Sat, 21 Sep 2013 14:22:00 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/and-heres-a-pic-of-averaged-guys-composite-male-images-from-around-the-world
"World of Averages": Country-by-country composite portraits of "average" women. Apparently, the average woman in every country is pretty hot. Sucks to be an average guy. #wayoutofourleague http://sett.com/originalspin/world-of-averages-country-by-country-composite-portraits-of-average-women-apparently-the-average-woman-in-every-country-is-pretty-hot-sucks-to-be-an-average-guy-wayoutofourleague LINK: http://awkwardsituationist.tumblr.com/post/48531981038/world-of-averages-composite-images-culled-from ]]>

LINK:

http://awkwardsituationist.tumblr.com/post/48531981038/world-of-averages-composite-images-culled-from

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Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:53:26 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/world-of-averages-country-by-country-composite-portraits-of-average-women-apparently-the-average-woman-in-every-country-is-pretty-hot-sucks-to-be-an-average-guy-wayoutofourleague
Move over, Rush: The GOP has a new spiritual leader. Rand Paul says Republicans are "winning--like Charlie Sheen " http://sett.com/originalspin/move-over-rush-the-gop-has-a-new-spiritual-leader-rand-paul-says-republicans-are-winning-like-charlie-sheen This actually explains a lot. Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/rand-paul-republicans-charlie-sheen-97108.html ]]>

This actually explains a lot.

Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/rand-paul-republicans-charlie-sheen-97108.html

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Sat, 21 Sep 2013 08:05:22 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/move-over-rush-the-gop-has-a-new-spiritual-leader-rand-paul-says-republicans-are-winning-like-charlie-sheen
The coming "#GlucoseEconomy"? Researchers are developing artificial photosynthesis in the lab: sun+H20+CO2 = energy+O2 = awesome http://sett.com/originalspin/the-coming-glucoseeconomy-researchers-are-developing-artificial-photosynthesis-in-the-lab-sun-h20-co2-energy-o2-awesome I heart this so much. Over the past few decades, there have been many attempts at the artificial leaf, including the ongoing project at Harvard conducted by Nocera, whose goal is to create a low-cost system that produces hydrogen fuel. But JCAP’s researchers ar]]>

I heart this so much.

Over the past few decades, there have been many attempts at the artificial leaf, including the ongoing project at Harvard conducted by Nocera, whose goal is to create a low-cost system that produces hydrogen fuel. But JCAP’s researchers are going beyond hydrogen; they want to use photosynthesis to make a hydrocarbon fuel like gasoline that can fill your car’s tank.

LINK: http://orsp.in/1gIElC7

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Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:59:23 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/the-coming-glucoseeconomy-researchers-are-developing-artificial-photosynthesis-in-the-lab-sun-h20-co2-energy-o2-awesome
Ballmer calls Google a "monopoly" that authorities should control #trytheirony #itsdelicious http://sett.com/originalspin/ballmer-calls-google-a-monopoly-that-authorities-should-control-trytheirony-itsdelicious LINK: http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4751516/ballmer-calls-google-a-monopoly ]]>

LINK: http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4751516/ballmer-calls-google-a-monopoly

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Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:50:08 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/ballmer-calls-google-a-monopoly-that-authorities-should-control-trytheirony-itsdelicious
It always brings a tear to a father's eye when his son does his first robot dance. #botmitzvah #todayyouareaman http://sett.com/originalspin/it-always-brings-a-tear-to-a-fathers-eye-when-his-son-does-his-first-robot-dance-botmitzvah-todayyouareaman ]]> Hudson

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Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:24:45 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/it-always-brings-a-tear-to-a-fathers-eye-when-his-son-does-his-first-robot-dance-botmitzvah-todayyouareaman
Reuters cancels its hugely expensive and ambitious consumer-facing Journalism 2.0 launch "Reuters Next" after project lead decides to run for Canadian Parliament http://sett.com/originalspin/uid/72854 Though, to be fair, Chrystia Freeland's departure was simply the last straw — with the real issue being the costs and lack of near-term revenue potential associated with the project, which was seen as doomed when new CEO Andrew Rashbass came on board.

From Dylan Byers of Politico's report:

Reuters wanted to take its massive pool of resources and journalists from across the world and turn their wire services into a digital product with seamless multimedia integration – a stream of information. People familiar with the project had high hopes, and initial media reports gave it rave reviews. It wasn’t just a redesign, they said, it was supposed to totally change Reuters’ digital product and make it the number-one news organization in the world.
But Thomson Reuters is a behemoth of a company and Reuters Next was costing money and time. Even if it had been successful, it would not have made enough money to affect the company’s bottom line by more than a rounding error, one source said. Cutting Next is valid from a business standpoint, the source said, but a shame for the news industry....
“Rashbass is spinning some nonsense about how the product wasn’t ready for primetime — well no, what it wasn’t ready to do was to make money, because that had never been the plan till six months ago…that was not the direction we had been given,” one insider said. “This was supposed to be about branding and user experience.”

The project was heralded by Nieman Lab, among other forward-thinking news insiders, as revolutionary, though its "river of news' format is not too dissimilar to a number of existing news platforms, including The Atlantic's successful Quartz (disclosure: I contribute to Quartz on occasion) and Yahoo's new home page.

Here's what Reuters Next looks like, based on the preview that's already live on the web.

It's obviously a finished project. The only thing missing is a way of making money from it. Advertising — if it was allowed to clutter the new page's clean look — wouldn't generate more than a "rounding error" in Reuters's P&L. But apparently, that wasn't originally a concern:

“Rashbass is spinning some nonsense about how the product wasn’t ready for primetime — well no, what it wasn’t ready to do was to make money, because that had never been the plan till six months ago…that was not the direction we had been given,” one insider said. “This was supposed to be about branding and user experience.”

I can't be the only one who thinks this approach is horribly misguided. The core problem with inventing the future of journalism without attaching a business model to it is that journalism, without a new business model, has no future. Building pretty websites doesn't fix the reality that an entirely new approach is going to be necessary to

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Fri, 20 Sep 2013 01:27:55 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/uid/72854
Clearly we need a national registry of people who've dated Asian women. http://sett.com/originalspin/uid/65912 Because guns don't kill people; Asian ex-girlfriends kill people! Moronic Telegraph UK story about Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis's string of failed relationships with Asian women. Possibly the only thing less relevant to his murderous spree than his penchant for playi]]>

Because guns don't kill people; Asian ex-girlfriends kill people! Moronic Telegraph UK story about Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis's string of failed relationships with Asian women. Possibly the only thing less relevant to his murderous spree than his penchant for playing video games.

They'll reveal he's an anime fan next, no doubt.

Link: http://orsp.in/19gKOQv

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Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:39:35 -0700 http://sett.com/originalspin/uid/65912