What is this place?
I was inspired to name this "place" by Andy Warhol's place of creation (The Factory). Andy would invite
intellectuals, prominent drag queens, playwrights, and influential musicians throughout
NYC to this cultural hub of his. Andy's goal was to create a collective community of like-minded individuals who saw the world from
a radically different perspective from conservative 60s American Culture. As a result of creating this space, Andy was able to
expand past his previous creative reach of just making pop art. Eventually he was able to make and showcase everything from photo galleries, live performance art,
experimental films, and avant-grade rock concerts (like the Velvet Underground).
I've always considered myself a "jack of all trades". I have lot of interests and perspectives
in my life but I never felt I was proficient in anything to a greater extent (maybe that's my lack of self-confidence).
I want this site to be a digital manifestiation of my mind and to showcases all my "trades", my thoughts, my interests,
my troubles, my ambition, and in time my humanity in this digital realm. I relate to Andy's goal in wanting to create a space that solidified his artistic desire
to do more then what he could previously do and ultimately to showcase who he really was.
Renovation ideas for The Factory
- Redesign the Guest Book
- Create Blog post structure (have a previous, current, next like structure?)
- Add interactivity and links to vinyl art (Youtube or Spotify?)
- Remove all headers and replace with new font
- Add neocity labels at the bottom
- Add Vinyl Collection link under albums on my wall
- Create Vinyl Collection page
- Create memory page for each Vinyl you care about
- Restructure the entire css/style of the site (ask darkroom for tips)
...and everything in-between
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Records on my wall right now
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Wanna see the rest of the vinyls I have?
- Gravity's Rainbow by: Thomas Pynchon
- Reading this book is like listening to a 37 hour and 21 minute jam session by Ornette Coleman and not understanding anything once he's done
- Algorithms To Live By by: Brain Christian & Tom Griffiths - As someone who is a lover of both social science and computer science, this book provides a unique blend of how algorithms can be used as a personal lens into our modern and complex lives
- Are Prisons Obsolete by: Angela Y. Davis - While this book maybe a turn-off for anyone whose not a leftist/progressive,
the key principle that this book presents is truly universally and surprisingly essential to any problem-solving individual
- SAPIENS: A Brief History of Humankind by: Yuval Noah Harari - This book offers an immense amount of history and context towards our evolution as humans, up until today.
It provides clear descriptions and DNA-backed origins of some of our most primal habits that we constantly question why they are present in our lives such as anxiety, depression, love, and so much more.
- Life's Boring by: Gunner Stahl - This was the "art book" that I had ever personally bought, with it not just being a cultural landmark in my life, but also a historical depiction of the modern hip hop scene.
Gunner Stahl provides an incredibly personal, textured, and flashy depiction of musicians in their natural habits. For example Tyler, The Creator standing by his McLaren or the A$AP family pouring some alcohol over A$AP Yams's grave, just to name a few.
- I Have So Much To Tell You by: Gunner Stahl - While Life's Boring was Gunner Stahl's "photographic EP", I Have So Much To Tell You is the LP. This book contains most of the content included in Life's Boring but with so many more photos of musicians, artists, small interviews from rappers, and ziny sketches/drawings.
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by: Paulo Freire - Let's just state the facts, school sucks, specifically modern schools. Mr. Freire a Brazilian educator and philosopher offers a radically new perspective on how to structure our broken education system.
- The Responsibility of Intellectuals by: Noam Chomsky - In the current US political climate, we are constantly in a state of post-truth where we are constantly questioning the authority and intellectuals around us that say that they are in our best interest. Chomsky offers a different take by examining intellectuals throughout history and deciphering who they really cared about (surprise surprise not the public good of the society), and offers a guideline of principles that future intellectuals should recognize and adapt to, to ACTUALLY serve the public and the needs that they desire.
- The Fire Next Time by: James Baldwin - This may seem "off" but listen to the audiobook of this short novel. The voices and accent distincts create an incredible auditoral atmosphere that enhances your connections to Baldwin's experiences with racism as a child in 1940s Harlem.
- They Say/I Say 4th Edition by: Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein & Russel Durst - This book taught me how to write properly, simple as that. No I did not read this in elementary school or in middle school or even in highschool. It wasn't till my freshmen year in college that I read this book, with it completely eradicating any past notions of what writing was for me. In addition to building a solid foundation for having calm and collective discourse on any topic that I desired to write about. It was truly liberating for me
- The Art of Doing Science and Engineering : Learning To Learn by Richard W. Hamming
- This is probably the quintessential book for any computer science person, regardless if you are a student, junior developer, or a industry senior/veteran. Trust me it's that good of a book
- more to come...
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