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I think I’ve figured out a Fedex/UPS routine ...

They deliver largest packages first, smallest last. I seem to consistently receive large stuff first thing in the morning, and bitty little ones just before 8 PM.

09/26/14 • 10:55 AM • ConsumptionGeneralHome & Living • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Why grammar pedants miss the point.

Personally, I simply want to be able to understand what I’m reading. Spelling and grammar have a minimum-acceptable level, IMHO. If someone’s in a rush, I’ll forgive mistakes. News agencies with editorial and proofing staffs ... I’ll be ruthless.

09/24/14 • 11:10 AM • GeneralPsychologyScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PodioBlog: Stop giving me productivity tips.

For me productivity is all about getting started, and getting started is all about motivation. So I make sure that I actually want to do most of the things that I have to do, and they are relevant and interesting for me. I check regularly that I am happy with what I am doing (you don’t need any tools for that).

09/18/14 • 09:31 AM • GeneralPsychologySmall BusinessSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Should gentlemen still open doors for women? Pragmatism and patriarchy, considered.

On this, I open. 99% of the time, I get a verbal “thank you”. 1% of the time I get “misogynist bastard.”  I can handle that - I’ve been called worse. Besides, I’m somewhat equal-opportunity. I do it for encumbered and aged men, too.

09/17/14 • 04:33 PM • GeneralPersonal • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Science of Us: It’s (Mostly) Smart to Trust Your Fellow Humans.

In other words, over time, the gains you get from choosing more often to trust your fellow humans tend to outweigh the rarer losses.”  Hmmm. Maybe we should ask Richard III (see previous link in today’s blog-scroll).

09/17/14 • 11:05 AM • GeneralPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wired: Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means.

I sort of disagree. Coding is nice and all. I find logic and problem-solving skills, disconnected from specific programming languages, are more important.

I’ve told the story of a group of my interns before [All from art or science/technical colleges]. I asked them to create a soft-edge circle mask for use in a video project.  Then I went to a meeting for four hours. After, I walked down to find all three banging their heads against the monitor trying to do it with the primitive software we had at the time. They said, in a group, that “It is impossible.”  Disgusted, I sat down at one of the workstations, turned on the video camera we used as a scanning device, put a piece of white paper down, threw a lens cap on it, pulled the lens out of focus, and took a scan. I then cut out the black portion of the image, reversed the colors, and I had a perfect soft-edge circle mask to use in an alpha channel. Took me two minutes. It was a valuable lesson for the interns - “don’t just think inside the box.”  Coding and coding languages can be just as restrictive a box.

Analog thinking dovetails beautifully with digital literacy. Don’t forget it.

09/16/14 • 10:55 AM • ChildhoodGeneralPersonal • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Winter is coming, in one gif.

Stop that. I love summer.

09/16/14 • 10:32 AM • DesignGeneralNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Have Fun/Do Good: Text Your Big Vision Buddy

I really like the Big Vision Buddy concept. Would work really well for short-term low-commitment mentoring.

09/15/14 • 08:26 PM • GeneralPsychologyWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly.

There’s absolutely no reason an e-book couldn’t display complex formatting, other than because of cheap-to-produce maximize-profit laziness. This is where Apple’s book offerings can be better.

09/15/14 • 07:15 PM • ArtsBooksDesignGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Cool Tools: Learning Tower Kids Step Stool.

This is a totally neato idea.

09/12/14 • 10:46 AM • ChildhoodGeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wikipedia - use of the term ‘Shipping’ (fandom).

I ran across this a while ago in a discussion about a book series; a term I hadn’t heard at the time. Thought others might appreciate the clue.

09/11/14 • 10:34 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Statesman: The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech.

There is hardly anything in the world that some robot cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this robot’s lawful prey.

09/10/14 • 09:50 AM • EconomicsGeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Aeon: The warped world of 1950s marriage counselling.

We’re used to thinking of the 1950s ‘housewife’ as a vague, happy caricature on gift-shop mugs and postcards – vacuuming in pearls, offering a post-work martini to the returning husband. In its intimate individual details, this advice column resurrects a sharper history, showing the array of cruelties that this kind of marriage could entail, the number of wives who resisted their roles, and the way that mainstream culture tried to put them in their place.” Hence “mother’s little helpers.” A wife not far down the street used to get cases of Johnny Walker Red delivered weekly. When she pulled out of the driveway, we all knew to hide behind something substantial.

09/08/14 • 10:04 AM • GeneralHistoryNewsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Ohio Amish Barn Raising.

It’s good to have people.

09/05/14 • 01:28 PM • GeneralHome & LivingReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: A brilliant cellist embraces the Devil’s Music.

It’s gonna be one of those days, methinks.  Dracula, Devil’s music ...

09/05/14 • 07:57 AM • GeneralMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FFFFOUND!: Spoof of classic O’Reilly geek book cover.

Hilarious. Warning: some may find it offensive.

09/03/14 • 01:27 PM • ArtsBooksGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BarnFinds: Siamese Oddball in Ohio.

Automotive Pushme-Pullyu.

09/03/14 • 01:24 PM • GeneralVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TechCrunch: When Does Uber Become Cheaper Than Owning A Car?

Interesting. Not in Santa Fe, yet.

09/03/14 • 12:20 PM • GeneralHome & LivingTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 240. Bark beetle damage in one of my dead junipers.

365/2: 240. Bark beetles killed one of my junipers.

Stunning, the amount of hidden damage in this one section of wood.

I also invested in a new hat, to replace my skanky straw. Picked up one o’ these. Worked a treat out in the sun while sawing up dead wood. I was surprised that the crease suits my face ... I never really liked that style in catalogs.  Sandra approves, so it’s a keeper.

Later: Sorry, I was out all day. Link to hat, fixed.

08/30/14 • 06:34 PM • GeneralPersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Newsweek: Shipwreck of S.S. Central America Yields More Gold.

Yeow. I suppose every teen of my generation dreamed of someday diving for treasure. Captures the imagination, both the history and the haul.

08/30/14 • 06:03 PM • GeneralHistoryScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Burning of Zozobra at approximately 9PM MST tonight.

You can watch it here. Before the burn ... iffy bands, iffier dancing. You need alcohol to handle it. The burn is a great catharsis.  History here.  Santa Fe did it long before Burning Man.

08/29/14 • 06:08 PM • GeneralSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Design You Trust: Moose Comes to Work in Dresden, Germany.

Bullwinkle wanted to know more about Germany’s ‘glass ceiling’, but found glass walls are more problematic ...

08/28/14 • 02:52 PM • GeneralNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Coolist: NASA Space Launch System Is The Biggest Rocket Ever.

“Is the?” Will be. If/when built.

08/28/14 • 10:46 AM • EconomicsGeneralPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Coolist: Trakke Jero Yurt is a 21st Century Cabin for Cool Camping.

Replacing the traditional lattice and cloth with thin plywood. Kinda brilliant. Best for temporary use, of course. I like it.

08/27/14 • 11:01 AM • ConsumptionDesignGeneralTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Cool Tools: Car2Go.

A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).

08/27/14 • 09:54 AM • EconomicsGeneralHome & LivingTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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