It’s that time again, people.
I’ve destroyed two more office chairs this year. Anyone found the Holy Grail of low-cost, sturdy office chairs? Wheels, lower back support … recline and arms not necessary. Thinking of going for a Banker’s Chair (wooden) this time.
With the Sound of Music, a Teacher Helps His Student Overcome Stuttering and Read Poetry.
Open Culture. This fact has been observed and known for *ages* … one can speak along with another person fluently, follow a rhythm, or sing over blockages. Miraculous to see, but something of a parlor trick. Long term - legato speech … though this is quite interesting.
kottke.org: R.I.P. The Blog, 1997-2013.
This echoes something I’ve noticed lately. Chronology is truly on the wane. I can post an item days before others become aware of it, but getting there first brings neither kudos nor traffic. Mere discovery no longer scores points. Having something incisive to say - and posting it in optimal channels during the peak of particular subject’s brief half-life - is now the most efficient move you can make.
The thing is to gauge popularity/freshness/importance accurately. Sometimes it feels like taking a sawed-off broomstick as a bat, and trying to hit a supersonic jet with a dented soda can. None of the modern tools feel particularly well-suited to how information is being consumed.
I hear that rumble. It’s the Model T’s flying past this horse-drawn cart. Wait until they finally pave all the roads ...
Back with you soon.
Links in a coupla hours. Everyone’s getting ‘jiggy’ to have changes up by Xmas.
Tonight’s sunset was kinda nice.
There’s a second photo, too.
Holiday posting schedule.
Obviously, my posting schedule is going to become more and more spastic. With Thanksgiving occurring so late this year, pre-Xmas and end-of-year tasks must happen in accelerated fashion. As per usual, you’ll see me when you see me! That’s not to say I won’t be posting. I will. I just felt an explanation of the ‘long quiets’ might be necessary.
Friday the 13th.
Gee, need to do some system adjustments. To risk it, on the ‘unluckiest’ of days … ?
Youtube: The Sound of Music - Sierra Boggess.
Nice price, find a good tailor to take it in properly. Via Valet Magazine.
AE Tuts+: How to Shoot and Edit a Hyperlapse Video.
If it warms up a bit, I may try this out on Santa Fe’s Plaza.
I just realized it’s been decades since I’ve heard “male chauvinist pig” used in casual conversation ...
The desert apres-dessert.
Shopping bags destroy your finger capillaries.
We all carry too many bags, way too heavy, and have their handles cutting into our inside finger joints. I’ve just done it again, and bruised a vein in my middle finger. No more. I want to be able to type in perpetuity. Looking at these, and the various alternatives.
The Art of Manliness: How to Pull an All-Nighter - Tips from the Special Forces.
Interesting. When I used to have to pull multiple all-nighters, naps and caffeine saw me most of the way through. Excitement did the rest (my A/V work was stimulating, at that time). So I’d add ‘thrill’ to the recipe.
Another pause for shovelling.
Pardon the snow cruft.
Trunk Club: Men’s Clothes Selected By Personal Stylists Shipped Free.
euansemple/The Obvious?: Using the iPad Air as my main machine.
Great to know. Euan travels a great deal, has similar writing requirements, so I’ve been waiting for his judgment before diving for an Air. I daresay the post is even more well-formatted than Euan’s usual posts, with lovely little subheads.
[Now The Fully Intended needs the same setup … right, Mollie? Excuse me while I hide behind my Xmas tree, real quick. No throwing Scotch eggs.]
SciAm: Bacterium Reverses Autism-Like Behavior in Mice.
Of course, more research needs to be done. There’s always that little (big) caveat.
Note the mention of leaky gut syndrome, which is commonly felt not to be a ‘real’ medical diagnosis. See Wikipedia for a quick overview.
Before you turn up your nose, as I almost did, I dug a little further on reputable research sites, and found that studies for my gluten intolerance - and other autoimmune disorders - are uncovering intestinal permeability as being a legitimate testable medical condition. So it is not, apparently, voodoo. Doctors (and alternative medicine, in spite of claims) are unable to, as yet, figure out how to treat it.
I tell you, once again, if I had life to do all over again, I’d get into research on gut bugs.
Later: Another study pointing to intestinal permeability as being one of three preconditions to onset of autoimmune disease.
NY Times: 36 Hours in Kauai, Hawaii.
Sounds like it’s gotten much more commercialized, since I was last there. They used to ship food over to Kauai on an old WWII landing craft.
Forecast was for 1-3”; the evening saw a slight adjustment to those figures. Woke up this morning to 4-5”, and it is still falling hard. Postings will be slowed for … you easily guessed … shovelling. Better to get it before it reaches 8”, and just do two go-rounds.
Photos to come, time allowed basis.
Medium: Medium 1.0 - Beautiful Stories.
“Now, all collections are moderated by their creator (whom we call “editors”). For readers, this means when you follow a collection, only stories approved by the editor will be published to the collection. For collection editors, it gives you a chance to build a following by being a great curator or solicitor of content.” Ouch! Right below the belt (curationly speaking). I’ll have to stew over this, to figure out how to leverage the power. But really … crowdsourced curation. Medium doesn’t have to lift a finger. Brilliant solution. Just brilliant.
Guardian.UK: Winter storm blasts western US prompting safety warnings for residents.
Not since the ‘90’s? Where’ve you folks been? We had below-zero temps for an extended period just a couple of years ago. Water systems were freezing up spectacularly all over New Mexico. Got the insulation caps on my outdoor taps. I’m ready (I hope).
Amazon.com: Snow Wolf SW0310 Wheeled Snow Shovel.
Forget the snow blower … this may be the answer to my snow shoveling nightmares. Do watch the video to understand how it’s used.