The Economist: Paramilitary police - Cops or soldiers?
“Peter Kraska, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies, estimates that SWAT teams were deployed about 3,000 times in 1980 but are now used around 50,000 times a year. Some cities use them for routine patrols in high-crime areas. Baltimore and Dallas have used them to break up poker games. In 2010 New Haven, Connecticut sent a SWAT team to a bar suspected of serving under-age drinkers.” I think we’d all prefer the neighborhood ‘flatfoot’.
... And now we’ve lost Lauren Bacall too.
For most of my adult life, I’ve been a ‘brunette man’, but Lauren was always AOK by me.
365/2: 223. Didn’t have time to shoot anything else today.
[Adopt appropriate Southern accent] “Too much work, honey.”
Alert.Websecurity.ATT.com, using ScanSafe, thinks my site is malicious.
Simply because, according to the following: “Currently, the site is not categorized by Scansafe and it is HIGHLY LIKELY that it is malicious.”
Since when is ScanSafe categorization a basic requirement for a website?
First, Google. Now third-party spam filters. How do I “get categorized” by ScanSafe? Anyone know?
TAOM: How to Undo the Damage of Sitting - 7 Simple Exercises.
Pigeon pose and couch stretch get my heartiest approval. Careful with the couch stretch if you have a sore back - I find it the most beneficial, but trickiest to get in and out of.
Macworld: Flight Cases for iMac review: Heavy duty protection for your traveling iMac.
Take it from me, a dude who used to fly with PCs just about every other week. Check the baggage insurance on flights, and have separate insurance to cover your computer. And have a source for a local replacement. Commercial airlines do not baby baggage. When you read the fine print on your ticket, you may find the replacement rates for lost luggage are comically low (they were $20 on some airlines in the 80’s).
Also, I would travel with four (4) duplicates of the hard drive’s content. One on the travelling computer. One on the backup computer. One Bernoulli removable disk in my carryon, and the last left at the office. Out of those four backup options, only twice did I have to resort to the carryon backup; never had to get the one from the office. Cloud solutions today make this easier, of course. But I thought the circumstance would be of interest to you all.
Youtube: Top 10 Best CGI Moments from Last Century!
ekathimerini.com: Samaras expects ‘exceptionally important find’ at Ancient Amphipolis.
Doubtful that it is Alexander the Great; supposedly he was preserved in honey for the trip from Babylon, diverted to Alexandria and entombed there ... and have history lose that location.
Later: A photo here, and more information. Very significant, whoever it turns out to be.
BldgBlog: The Spacecraft Cemetery.
“Wreck-diving the fallen airlocks of the International Space Station!” More like sinking in a bathyscaphe to see gnarled, barbecued chunks of metal.
Pacific Standard: What Has Neuroscience Taught Us About Free Will?
“Broadly, they were trying to figure out if all the reasons we think we’ve made a decision are actually just after-the-fact rationalizations. The underlying theory they were testing holds that our brain has a bunch of automatic responses to the choices we face everyday—cream or sugar, left or right, Democrat or Republican, to be or not to be—pre-programmed by our genes and by the environment around us.”
Valet.: Black denim.
Robin Williams apparently committed suicide today.
Shazbot. Apparently he’d been battling depression for a while.
Later: Cracked, Why Funny People Kill Themselves. Having worked around show business in NYC [A/V and Industrial Theatre share resources with Broadway and Television], I have to agree with this assessment - even though I balk at the portrayal of great artists as having psychological issues. The comedians I have been friends with, all had particular foibles that made their lives difficult. Writing skits, interestingly enough, seemed to tame the savage mind. The process of writing seemed to add needed stability and outlet.
Even later: You know, as I cross the many social media channels, there’s something very appropriate about having Robin Williams virtually eulogized by ever-moving animated gifs.
365/2: 222. Happier squash blossoms today.
Posted early, because in spite of storms all around, the rain has managed to miss us ... which means I have to go out and water the entire yard (couple dozen trees, etc.) tonight. Bleh.
SciAm: BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous.
“... recent research reveals that a common BPA replacement, bisphenol S (BPS), may be just as harmful.” I switched to stainless steel bike bottles. They get hot way, way too fast, so they’re not really a good working replacement. But I use ‘em anyway.
Bicycling: 6 Tough American Climbs.
Paris Review: The Professor and the Siren.
“... Lampedusa gives his immortal heroine the body of a fish from the waist down; in this he is following the more familiar northern folklore tradition of fish-tailed mermaids; of Mélusine, seal women or selkies; and of water spirits, called undines by the alchemist and philosopher Paracelsus. But both species share the special charm of an irresistible voice.” Reminds me, if you’ve not seen Ondine (with Colin Farrell et al), you should.
BarnFinds: Cobras in Barns?
Oh, heck yeah.
Cool. Notice how it just wouldn’t be the same without the music.
Tangential: I’ve been running across a lot of folks posting ‘how-to’ videos, using completely inappropriate music to intro their vids. Dynamic music, lots of aural ‘movement’ — to be followed by a person talking in a monotone against a blank background. The word ‘appropriateness’ comes to mind.
365/2: 221. Squash blossoms, not at all happy with intense sunshine.
365/2: 220. My gorgeous niece and her dashing husband are visiting for the weekend.
Took ‘em for hike.
365/2: 219. Just noticed the Santa Fe Southern track is getting all spruced up for new train trips.
I’ve missed the blowing of the train horn in the evening. That lonesome call on the wind ...
Thoughts on personal branding, Charo, and Q Scores.
Long story to set this up.
I ran across a version of Malagueña on Spotify, played by María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, a student of Segovia’s. Sounds impressive on its face, right?
Wait. You’ll recognize her more readily under her stage name, Charo. The Segovia link probably surprised you - it surprised me. As did her playing (on this version). And after perusing her Wikipedia entry (the 1970’s), I became acquainted with her Q Score.
This, of course, brought Technorati, Klout, personal branding to mind.
The story for Charo is that because of ill-advised overexposure, her recognition factor is as high as Clint Eastwood’s, but her popularity factor is in the single digits.
Everyone knows you, not many care about what’s going on with you. No ability to generate any buzz, except through sensationalism ... which requires ever-greater levels of personal exposure, allying with strategic larger brands, or creation of false personas.
Personal branders, beware. This is a metric you may not be paying attention to. One can expose themselves quite thoroughly, score well on the social media measurement charts, link all the trending subjects, and have no popularity. Oh, you can have ‘influence’ — you talk to a lot of people — but do you really have ‘likeability’? It’s that polarity thing I keep railing about. I’ve tested Klout over and over, and it has no method for judging a positive thread vs. a negative thread ... the same failing Technorati suffered from. Numbers without context, that blow up into a fantasy.
So, to put it gently — counter to Klout or other measurement services — perhaps less recognition and greater likeability should be the general goal ... ?
My opinion. Take it or leave it. I’ll sign off on a totally ironic note ... sounds like folks should start blogs rather than social media empires.
Neil Young, Sugar Mountain.
Archaeology News Network: Eleventh warship ram recovered in the Egadis.
The Register: World’s only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs.
Neat. Will make for great photo ops.
Medium: What Kind of Logo Do You Get for $5?
You get what you pay for. Print design is still taking it on the chin.