Ashley Elander is a Chicago-based illustrator who was tapped to create the intricate chalk mural that serves as the visual focal point of the Bow Truss’s River North location, set to open later this week. The mural, seen above, displays batch brewing and pour-over techniques, the two…
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When we talk about “searching” these days, we’re almost always talking about using Google to find something online. That’s quite a twist for a word that has long carried existential connotations, that has been bound up in our sense of what it means to be conscious and alive. We don’t just search for car keys or missing socks. We search for truth and meaning, for love, for transcendence, for peace, for ourselves. To be human is to be a searcher.
In its new design, Google’s search engine doesn’t push us outward; it turns us inward. It gives us information that fits the behavior and needs and biases we have displayed in the past, as meticulously interpreted by Google’s algorithms. Because it reinforces the existing state of the self rather than challenging it, it subverts the act of searching. We find out little about anything, least of all ourselves, through self-absorption.
“And if I have to listen to one more grey-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is, I’m going to lose my mind.” — Tina Fey speaking at the Center for Reproductive Rights Inaugural Gala.
Never Been Done Before of the Day: Even if the words “Broadway Musical” make you shiver uncontrollably, a new technique for the upcoming film version of Les Miserables is a cinematic milestone, even though it’s a bit of a no-brainer.
Movie and TV musicals all the way up to today (Glee included) suffer from the use of pre-recorded tracks and lip-synching, preventing actors from well, acting. Les Mis is hoping to change that with completely live vocals and hidden earpieces — check it out.