Scholars are increasingly using the analytical techniques of the social sciences to examine the meaning of pop culture. I think we’ve all had that moment, seeing something new and supposedly cool ... when inside our heads, we hear our brains screaming, “but what does it mean?!!!”
Heavy TV viewing under 2 is found. Not all toddlers are sensitized, but if you watch a gaggle of ‘em, you’ll see a couple who will stop stock still when commercials come on, rapt attention, unresponsive, until the commercial ends. Increased volume? Flashing? I never did figure it out. I wonder what the long-term effects of never-understood graphic symbolism are.
Design That Solves Problems for the World’s Poor. Speaking from an American throwaway society is hardly innocent, but it seems like these ideas incorporate a lot of disposables.
I suppose, over Bush’s moves against Sudan, we have to say better late than never.
NY Times Health:
For the Tiniest Babies, the Closest Thing to a Cocoon. Replicate the environment of the womb, preemies do better. It would seem common sense.
SF New Mexican:
That ain’t much time to lay track, kids.
Researchers find big batch of breast cancer genes. No mention of possible gene therapy.
Senators who OK’d war didn’t read key report. How much worse to have not read the report, and still voted for the war powers resolution.
Fed Plans to Revise Credit Card Rules. Hilarious that the photo is of charge cards, not credit cards.
SF New Mexican:
Spring snow and rain tempers summer fire season. No closures, that’s excellent. Santa Fe Baldy’s melting fast, though.
Now, I’m never going hiking in Georgia or Alabama ever again ... or at least, not without an 11-year old with Kentucky windage ...
Very busy again today,
nothing here until early afternoon. Play around elsewhere in the metacosm.
Nothing quite like ...
mis-setting not only the time of your morning alarm, but the volume as well. The crescendo of the “1812 Overture” wakes one up with a particular violence ...
Green Cine Daily:
Cannes, “The Flight of the Red Balloon.”
Driving me nuts.
Over the last three days, charity and spam calls (“You’ve been accused of having a soft heart”, “The International Business Yellow Pages is updating your listing”, “The Policeman’s Benevolent Association”, ad nauseam) have quadrupled. Every time the phone rings, it’s like Pavlov’s dog. Except I don’t slaver, I just get mad. Especially when they speak a version of English I can’t freaking understand.
Straying power. “Of course, the survey may just as well be a measure of varying levels of honesty in the different countries.”
US Army and armor-maker embroiled in debate over body-armor safety. 47 pounds of armor, in the heat of Iraq. And that’s just one aspect of what our soldiers must wear and carry.
“When evolution skeptics want to attack Darwin’s theory, they often point to the human eye.”
Hit by high prices and fees, some gas station owners stop selling fuel. Hmmm, I better buy that Tennessee Walker I saw over the weekend ...
The SF New Mexican site
is back up, but dead slow from my neck of the woods. Apparently a crow caused a major power outage in Santa Fe city this morning. See Kahunaburger for more details.
Guardian.UK: The Blog, Books.
The shocking truth about the slush pile “Often, the most awful stuff was written by aspiring children’s authors. It appears to be a widely-held notion that anthropomorphising pavements, natural disasters or household appliances is the way to secure a place in the children’s canon.”
Sydney Morning Herald.AU:
OK, looks like I’ll have to pick up a ‘blook’ and see what the hype is about (or not). If you have a particular recommend, drop it in the comments ... I’d appreciate avoiding the dreadfuls.