About Erik Swedlund

Mildly solid, fervently didactic.

Public Notes


Recent Activity

  • Erik shared from Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Kenneth Cukier
    When the floor is datafied, there is no ceiling to its possible uses.
    Note: ugh
  • Erik shared from Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) by Christian Rudder
    I spent years touring in a band My band is called Bishop Allen; Justin Rice is the band’s other half. You can find our songs on Spotify, or on the nearest torrent, or on iTunes. For anyone interested, my personal recommendations are the songs “Like Castanets,” “Click Click Click Click,” “Chinatown Bus,” “Start Again,” and “Little Black Ache.
    Note: Christian Rudder recommends these of his songs.
  • Erik shared from The Magician's Land: A Novel (The Magicians Book 3) by Lev Grossman
    It’s turtles all the way down.”
    Note: Good grief, it's a running gag.
  • Erik shared from Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99% by Kari Lydersen
    “The impact on the political climate I think was significant,” Marc Mauer, executive director of the nonprofit justice reform group the Sentencing Project, told longtime Chicago journalist Curtis Black.
    Note: I just found out my next-door neighbor is a journalist.
  • Erik shared from Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
    If it’s just that we naively expect geniuses-in-motion to be also geniuses-in-reflection, then their failure to be that shouldn’t really seem any crueler or more disillusioning than Kant’s glass jaw or Eliot’s inability to hit the curve. For