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. ”
FastCoDesign: How Spritz Redesigned Reading, Letting You Scan 1,000 Words A Minute.
Would you want to read LoTR this way? Dry factual textbooks, perhaps. Certainly not novels.
Slate: Jonathan Livingston Seagull - new edition with fourth section is dumb as ever.
Foisting the ills of our modern world on the back of Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a bit much. I wonder what the author would make of Zhuangzi.
ArtDaily: Rare Martin Bros. stoneware birds set to take flight at Morphy’s March 8 auction.
Man, are they hideous or what? I’ll take two.
New Republic: Technology’s Mindfulness Racket.
vowe dot net: Streaming music has replaced my music collection.
A great deal of options.
Fancy: Conceal Vertical Display for books.
The Verge: Keurig is locking down its coffee makers to keep out cheap refills.
365/2: 062. Textures.
Sort of how I feel right now: Dead, dry and blue. Working too much.
The Nation: The United States Has ‘Zero’ Options in Ukraine.
BikeEXIF: How To Build A Cafe Racer.
Great post. Bookmarked. I’d add ‘texture’. Whether to use knobbies or slicks. Ground metal or painted. Etc. etc.
Scripting.com: Why blogging is an amateur thing.
“We need a word for what we do because it is an important activity. You can’t understand how news works today without understanding the role that bloggers play. So in a sense professional reporters hurt themselves by usurping a term that meant something before they applied it to themselves.” Hear, hear.
SciAm: Exosuit Pushes Limits of Undersea Exploration.
I sort of expected something like this thirty or more years ago. Not complaining, mind you. Just a bit surprised it’s taken this long.
SciAm: Can Acupuncture Reverse Killer Inflammation?
“A research group at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School, Newark, reported online in Nature Medicine on Feb. 23 that stimulating ST36 Zusanli with an electrical current passed through an acupuncture needle activated two nerve tracts in mice that led to the production of a biochemical that quieted a sepsis-like inflammatory reaction that had been induced in mice.” Now, now … don’t go hooking your knees up to truck batteries, please.
Telegraph.UK: Heavy rains bring down Pompeii wall.
If they can’t afford to repair it, perhaps they should re-bury it. Preserve it for a future generation that can afford to keep it in good shape.
SciAm: Methane Pollution from Gas and Oil Proves Cheap to Fix.
Youtube: World’s first manned RC Helicopter flight.
Next up, drone gymnastics in the Olympics?
FirstWeFeast: 25 Quotes About Whiskey from the Famous Drinkers Who Loved It Best.
WSJ: No Signs of Stock Froth in the Tea Leaves.
“Inflation isn’t a problem, market interest rates as reflected in bond yields have been remarkably contained, and stock prices haven’t been hot since the end of last year.” Counterpoint to a link I placed earlier.
Valet: Miserable Men on Instagram.
Equal time is necessary. Ever notice the faces of ladies in, say, Best Buy?