99U: Do Antidepressants Stifle Creativity?
Yes. But. And it’s a very big “but.” Depends on individual tolerance. Both of depression and medication.
New MAMP Pro out, too.
Wow. Getting fancy.
Supercharged: 2014 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante in green & gold.
CNN: Baby left in toilet now 27, curious.
Born in ‘87. Middle of the crack cocaine epidemic in a state that suffered particularly badly throughout. There were many worse outcomes than being left in a bathroom.
Ghost in the Machine: Ryan - Still Clownshoes.
Kevin needs a segment on NewsHour.
ReadWrite: Flipboard Acquires Social Magazine Zite From CNN.
“Flipboard said that it would not continue to evolve Zite and that Flipboard would integrate the technology of Zite into Flipboard.” Sad, sad day. Zite was my favorite iPad random newsgatherer. Flipboard was interesting until I found Zite. Totally bummed over this. Totally.
CodeKit 2 is out, and looks awesome.
Macworld: How to get old OS X installation discs.
NY Times: Recently Attributed Leonardo Painting Was Sold Privately for Over $75 Million.
“heavily restored”. And yet it still brought 75 mill. Wow.
ArtDaily: Very first Wolverine artwork, not known to exist, surfaces for auction at Heritage.
Letterology: Press Kit.
“Various model press kits included tiny rubber type, spacers, ink, adhesive back picture dies, tweezers for handling type, an inking brush, ink ribbon, mounting slugs, the rotary press and paper. Instruction manuals encouraged kids to print up handbills and postcards to advertise their yardwork and baby-sitting services, and to write and publish home, school and club activities in newspapers.” This one’s before my time; but I remember one of my friends had a press like this. Very cool then ... still cool today.
ProPublica: Drilling for Certainty - The Latest in Fracking Health Studies.
The Awesome Thing That Will Eat Upworthy’s Brains ...
365/2: 063. “Canon fodder.”
Lens cleaning time. Take my word for it - a push/pull zoom is NOT a lens to have in the Southwest. [Read: manual vacuum for dust.] If you need one - RENT IT. Don’t own it.
Shift: Episode 020 - Radical Transparency.
Later: One other thing. The concept of leadership. More people are capable of being leaders than most perceive; leaders are common. The greater problem is a dearth of ‘worker bees’; folks happy to work at their respective grindstones. Even worse in today’s ‘personal branding’ environment; noone’s content to be a “B-actor.” How do you lead when everyone’s fighting to be a leader? Do flat heirarchies work when everyone’s at the top?
Guardian.UK: Animal protein-rich diets could be as harmful to health as smoking.
“The apparently harmful effects of a high-protein diet might be down to one or more other substances in meat, or driven by lifestyle factors that are more common in regular red meat eaters versus vegetarians.” Needs more research. From my reading, IGF-1 is the likely culprit, but research conflicts over whether protein from red meat is a direct influence. Dairy intake is pretty unequivocal. Plant-based proteins may actually reduce IGF-1. The elephant in the room is livestock supplementation; rBST gooses the IGF-1 in dairy products; jury’s out on meat itself. It would be very interesting to see them repeat this with organic foods. Overall, the studies need to be targeted better; comparing to smoking is purely to generate a knee-jerk reaction.
Later: Others noted the sensationalist, misleading nature of these stories.
Flytenow: Ride Sharing for Small Planes.
99U: How to Effectively Manage Your Inner Critic.
A couple of good suggestions. I like “I’m not really going to do x, I’m just getting ready for it.”
Guardian.UK: Nikola Tesla’s ashes spark row between Serbian scientists and Orthodox church.
Mother Jones: Matthew McConaughey Is Right - Science Does Prove the Value of Gratitude.
“A decade of research has defined gratitude as a social emotion that, while related to empathy, is nonetheless distinct from it. Feeling gratitude helps bind us to our groups and communities and enhances social relationships.” An unexpected messenger.
Guardian.UK: Vikings at the British Museum - great ship but where’s the story?
The Guardian finds the recent exhibition wanting: “Just to reel off some nicknames is to get a taste of their vivid humanity: Ragnar Hairy-Breeches, Ivar the Boneless, Eric the Red, Thorstein the Black, Olvir Hump. The Vikings left a legacy of stories in which legend and truth mingle. They’d have told this exhibition as a story.”
Public Books: Stop Defending the Humanities.
“This negative stereotyping takes wing, in part, from the sense that humanities academics and the students whom they send into the professions acquire their privilege too easily, exempt from the hard scrabble of working in small business, farming, factories, supermarkets, and so on.” Yet the ‘liberal arts’ universities are the crucible for future captains of industry. Bite (and amputate) the hand that feeds you. Go figure.
USA Today: New Mexico sets deadlines for handling nuke waste.
It’s a definite risk, esp. as our spring winds kick in. I suspect some are rueing the day they approved single-wall containers over the safer double-walls.
As far as the continuing radiation leak issue, don’t they have remote robot/drones to drive into the radiated areas? Every bit of news seems to confirm that this is a threadbare operation, a hole in the ground with security guards and forklift operators … and not much else. They had to expect this might happen? There had to be contingency plans?
The Big Picture: Your Broccoli Is Way Too Thirsty.
Rice, and orchards, are the biggest users of water … by a long, long stretch. This infographic is misleading.
nakedcap: What Good Are Children?
“Recent work by Benjamin et al (2013, 2014) confirms that people do not exactly maximise their wellbeing when making life decisions, but they often come very close. If so, those whose wellbeing will be improved by having children will have children, and those whose wellbeing would be worsened by having children will not. ”