The Worst Job I Ever Had: Working in a Call Center for a Cell Phone Company

by John McDermott It was four straight hours of listening to complaints, a lunch break, and then another four hours on the phone. Lucas McDaniel, 31, Bloomington, Indiana Current Job: IT Technician at Indiana University Worst Job Ever: Customer service representative for a large cell-phone plan provider How I got in I was just out of college, struggling to find a job, and expenses were piling up — student loans, rent, utilities, food, car insurance. I felt the walls closing in and knew I had to find a job, any job. I decided to apply for a job at a call center, answering customer service … Continue reading The Worst Job I Ever Had: Working in a Call Center for a Cell Phone Company

Radical Kuwaiti sheikh claims Photoshop is against Allah: video

By Leith Fadel BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Salafi Sheikh ‘Uthman Al-Khamis of Kuwait told an audience earlier this week that using Photoshop or any photo editor is forbidden because it goes against Allah. A member from the audience asked the radical sheikh “can we add effects to our photos?” Sheikh ‘Uthman then replied that editing any part of a photograph is forbidden and not allowed, adding that the photo must stay as it is. The radical sheikh is well-known for his constant attacks against Shia Muslims on his TV network and his unorthodox religious claims. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/radical-kuwaiti-sheikh-claims-photoshop-allah-video/ Continue reading Radical Kuwaiti sheikh claims Photoshop is against Allah: video

Wikileaks’ Timely Reminder of our Digital Panopticon

“The Panopticon must not be understood as a dream building: it is the diagram of a mechanism of power reduced to its ideal form.” – Michel Foucault by Kit the late eighteenth century English Utilitarian philosopher and social-theorist Jeremy Bentham devised what he called the “perfect prison” – The Panopticon. The design is simple, a circular prison with one guard in the central room, and all the cells facing the guard tower. In this way the gaoler can have a line of sight to every cell at once, and no inmate can ever be sure he’s not being observed. Bentham … Continue reading Wikileaks’ Timely Reminder of our Digital Panopticon

Mind over matter

Bits of stuff called matter. Photo by Peter Marlow/Magnum The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground Adam Frank is professor of astronomy at the University of Rochester in New York and the co-founder of NPR’s blog 13.7: Cosmos & Culture where he is also a regular contributor. He is the author of several books, the latest being About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang (2011). Materialism holds the high ground these days in debates over that most ultimate of scientific questions: the nature of consciousness. When tackling the problem of … Continue reading Mind over matter