NY Review of Books: Literature and Bureaucracy.
Having grown up next to Princeton University, I have to say bureaucracy cracks at the seams, and those seams can be very colorful and entertaining. In a utopian view, things could always be better. But a university is far from utopia.
Metafilter: Is the Affordable Care Act a ‘Republican’ Health Plan?
Apparently hyperbole. The individual mandate is shared by the Heritage Foundation concept, little else. Perhaps that explains the Roberts/Supreme Court opinion. The comment thread on this one is less helpful than usual.
PNHP: Reviving the Fight for Single-Payer.
“It’s possible hospital groups can reduce costs [snip] but I look at the consolidations going on and ask myself, ‘Are we going to wind up with hospitals that are too big to fail? Are we going to have hospitals so powerful that we cannot not give them what they want?’ It’s going to be the government against the medical-industrial complex, which is developing very rapidly.” And what a mighty arm the medical-industrial complex is going to wield. Perhaps not as powerful as the military-industrial complex on paper … this one you’ll feel directly in your wallet, in your creaking joints.
The Observer.UK: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’.
A worthy read. I believe the only way to cure this is on the micro-level. Almost to the point of having local community ‘debates’ about politics, where everyone can listen, shout, gesticulate, foam at the mouth … and perhaps a more reasonable future can be realized. The question is, how to arrange such a device.
Serious Eats/The Food Lab: How to Roast Fall and Winter Vegetables.
NJ.com: Princeton University dismayed by leaking of J.D. Salinger’s unreleased stories.
“The school disclosed last week that the short story ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’ was one of three unpublished manuscripts sold on eBay and scanned and uploaded to a file-sharing site Nov. 27 without the authorization of the Salinger Literary Estate or knowledge of the university library …” Ruh-roh. Ties to The Catcher in the Rye.
Cell: Targeting a Dual Detector of Skin and CO2 to Modify Mosquito Host Seeking.
Finding compounds that turn off mosquitos ability to detect odor. Interestingly, CO2 is not the only attractant; the same receptors detect human odor. Via ars technica.
SciAm: Blame Heat Waves on Loss of Arctic Sea Ice.
“The loss of sea ice leads to a weakening of winds high in the atmosphere. The reduced temperature difference between the Arctic and lower latitudes diminishes the jet stream as well. It also moves the jet stream north, letting hot air sit longer.” In Santa Fe, ceiling fans used to be plenty. No more. We’re now on the cusp (some say beyond) of needing A/C for the summer months. As I’ve expressed repeatedly, we’re becoming Phoenix.
Flickr jour noir.
Some are choosing today to protest the new Flickr image designs, and the new (using their terminology) ‘Twickr’ direction. I wish I’d known about this sooner. There is much to discuss. For instance, photo tagging is not necessarily congruent with social hashtagging. Commenting could be made more useful for critique, but instead it’s being pulled back to basics. And more.
NY Times: The Case for Filth.
“The solution to the gender divide in housework generally is just that simple: don’t bother. Leave the stairs untidy. Don’t fix the garden gate. Fail to repaint the peeling ceiling. Never make the bed. A clean house is the sign of a wasted life, truly.” My relieved italics.
Guardian.UK: WWII bomb discovered underground in Belgrade.
And it looks like he’s digging with a *metal* shovel. Lordy. I hope he got hazard pay. Didn’t they remove the TNT with steam while the bomb was in-place, back in WWII?
ataxingmatter: Does Lowering Corporate Tax Rates Create Jobs?
Slate: Creativity is rejected.
Gifpop! Custom Gif Cards for Everyone.
Turn your animated GIF into a lenticular card.
RationalWiki: List of scientists who became creationists after studying the evidence.
SlashGear: “Christmas Tinner” goes viral: authenticity unconfirmed.
Hilarious, even if theoretical.
AZStarNet: Feds stymied probe into fire deaths.
“The probe determined state fire officials put protection of property ahead of firefighter safety, even though they knew the area couldn’t be defended. The report found commanders lacked key personnel at critical times, including officers focused only on safety, and that they knew a thunderstorm was brewing that likely would push the fire toward crews.” As everyone suspected.
Justin Duke: How to make $800/mo from three lines of code.
Death and Taxes: Google is now funding numerous Tea Party groups.
NPR: Don’t Call It Fanfic - Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories.
Fun. I’ve rewritten parts of beloved books in my head for years; perhaps I should commit some to paper.
Youtube: The Aokigahara Suicide Forest in Japan.
Heartrending, but wisdom within.
The desert apres-dessert.
ArtDaily: Bob Dylan guitar sells for nearly $1mln in New York.
“An electric guitar on which Bob Dylan performed a legendary set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 sold for a record $965,000 at an auction in New York on Friday.” Worth every penny. Virtually a holy relic, that is.
Lucky Bums: Made In USA Toboggan.
Thought this was pretty neat, until I clicked “Tech Info.” Note the bottom bullet: “Imported.” Made in USA. Imported. Best guess: the wood is imported, but the sled is made here?
Collectors Weekly: What Mannequins Say About Us.
“At the turn of the 19th century, you had bustier mannequins with tiny waists. Suddenly, going into the teens, they got a little more slender. Close to World War II, female mannequins had these broad shoulders. After World War II ended and the soldiers were coming home, all of a sudden the female mannequins were very voluptuous, almost like sirens calling them home.”