Pacific Standard: We Are All Confident Idiots.
“The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise.” Sticking people in front of a camera requires folks to multi-task - even those who know better can begin babbling in order to portray themselves in a way they feel is ‘good’. I don’t think it’s a fair test of ‘ignorance’. Certainly not a scholarly study of the phenom.
CNet: Pope says evolution doesn’t mean there’s no God.
Been this way for a long time; as long as you don’t touch God as ‘prime mover.’
OneDrive Blog: OneDrive delivers unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers.
Well, now. That’s going to hurt the other drive vendors. Many of us have to get an Office365 account just to have a current copy of MS Word to open client docs with. Smart.
Mashable: Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars.
Dapper. Obviously Napoleon supported a clandestine ‘army’ larger than his actual army ... the army of tailors and seamstresses to clothe all these soldiers.
Bare Bones Software: BBEdit 11.
Automatic purchase! BBEdit still does things noone else does; I use it daily, and have for over a decade - no exaggeration. Note that I also use mine as a way to store text docs with client server specs, serial #‘s, etc. I don’t trust the modern password progs by themselves. I like having plain text backups in multiple secure spots.
NY Times: Toxic Partisanship? Bill Clinton Says He Had It Worse, Yet Got Things Done.
For those who lived through it, yes - Bill had it worse. Much worse. The Fairness Doctrine was shredded shortly before, and talk radio had just hit its stride. The wave of conservative partisanship (Gingrich’s GOPAC memo, that document and philosophy that shaped our modern news media and political culture) was to hit hard in the run-up to the ‘94 Congressional elections. These wolverines didn’t just go after Bill, but Hillary as well. Turning on the radio took a great deal of grit and bravery, given the millions of cubic feet of methane being generated.
Obama is the butt of racist attacks (veiled and otherwise), even I look askance at his lack of experience prior to the Presidency ... but the level is dialed down significantly in comparison. Who could forget the weeks of Republican ravings over the Vince Foster suicide? And the insinuations that Hillary and Foster had an affair, and that she offed him? Pound a conspiracy theory hard enough on radio in multiple markets, people start to accept it.
The conservatives hated Clinton because he was the most Centrist Democrat to ever win the Party’s nomination. Even longtime Dems were concerned. The Repubs feared losing a portion of their Southern/Midwestern bloc, as well as corporate donors ... feared it so, they pulled out every stop. Satan and Lilith were in the White House!
I suppose this is part of growing older. Seeing the facts as we lived them get challenged, watered down into a haze of ... ‘history.’
Mashable: No (Country) Strings Attached - Swift’s ‘1989’ Proves Her Pop Prowess.
You don’t actually have to read the link; just a lever for an opinion. In spite of the little young innocent routine, Ms Swift is a canny businesswoman already. Did you know “Swift earned $18 million in 2009, $45 million in 2010, $45 million in 2011, $57 million in 2012, $55 million in 2013 and $64 million in 2014.” [Wikipedia] Hadn’t occurred to me. I look at her completely differently knowing that. With over a hundred million bucks in the bank, I could ‘shake off’ a whole lot too.
NY Times: South African Prosecutors Say They’ll Appeal Pistorius Conviction and Sentence.
I’m still not buying the burglar theory. I suspect the prosecution simply couldn’t construct, from available evidence, a convincing enough alternate scenario in the time they had. In a private two-person relationship, the trail is thin on the ground.
If I were a young lady, I would never ever date a prominent sports star. The odds are against you.
NY Times: Nurse Held in Ebola Quarantine Will Be Allowed to Go Home, Christie Says.
One has to ask, why is the CDC not involved, getting this poor lady out of the clutches of Christie?
Again, only the tip of the iceberg of how inhumane officials can get. In the meantime, if you’re flying back from Africa ... don’t land in Newark.
Vimeo: SPAZUK fire painter.
Forgot to post this last night.
NY Times: The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45’.
I’m betting he will. In spite of media assumptions, Hillary is no shoe-in. If he campaigns center and moves right after election, he has a strong chance. Question is, what can he do about the bozos in his own party? Hefty baggage.
Past Horizons: Romano British burials show less gum disease than modern population.
“We were very struck by the finding that severe gum disease appeared to be much less common in the Roman British population than in modern humans, despite the fact that they did not use toothbrushes or visit dentists as we do today.”
365/2: 298. Post-thunderstorm.
The cottonwoods are pretty much peaking here today and this week. Any rain at all will denude the trees. Some gorgeous yellow specimens all over town right now.
She winked at me.
Mental Contrasting – Effectiveness, Uses, and Precautions.
Saw a related article on the NY Times, but couldn’t link because of the paywall. Hopefully this will be of interest.
DiscoverMag: Most Autistic People Have Normal Brain Anatomy.
365/2: 297. Just took off my boots, padded onto the carpet in my socks, and got this in my arch.
Some believe cowboy boots are all pretense. This little bastard is part of the reason for having a pair or twelve. These don’t stick and stay in hard leather soles. My Skechers, however ... pick up every one of Nature’s sharp implements and deposits them with deadly efficiency in any padded or plush floor covering. Not even a bath mat is safe.
CosmosUp: Historic Breakthrough: Dark Matter may have been Detected.
BBC: Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies, aged 71.
We all now reside in the white room with black curtains. RIP, man.
NY Times: Joan Quigley, Astrologer to a First Lady, Is Dead at 87.
“... an astrologer had set the time for summit meetings, presidential debates, Reagan’s 1985 cancer surgery, State of the Union addresses and much more. Without an O.K. from the astrologer, he said, Air Force One did not take off.” The unelected woman who ran the US government. We all knew about this, yet noone really wanted to believe it. No wonder politics is so screwed up.
How to start a Birdcage in near darkness, in a suit (success was enjoyed).
365/2: 296. Yeah, I’ve lost the thread ...
Been proc’ing so many car pix, I can’t tell good from bad anymore.
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Hinted: “Calm breeds calm.” How to handle #stress.
“If you’re always running around with your hair on fire, I promise you’re stressing those around you out and diminishing performance.” Perhaps. After many years in the workforce, I’ve noticed there is a particular kind of person who cannot — will not — calm down until you get as unhinged as they do. If you don’t, they feel you’re not recognizing the severity of the situation and you become a target for their rancor. There’s naught you can do but feign a freakout, and then de-escalate them slowly using the same calmness you would have had otherwise.