Guardian.UK: The half-life of disaster.
“As long as disaster capitalism reigns – which no doubt will be as long as capitalism itself reigns – the world will be caught in a vicious circle: that of responding by increasingly draconian and ill-advised means to a threat environment whose dangers the response only contributes to intensifying.” Via wood s lot.
bruegel: Uber Economics - There is no such thing as bad publicity.
Be circumspect how you oppose. I’ve contemplated this for ages, particularly during Presidential elections years. Some things I just won’t blog, in order to keep the signal level lower.
Aeon: The shame of poor teeth in a rich world.
Hmmm. Isn’t the European joke, “You must be from America. That’s the only place they manufacture such perfect teeth.”?
FOX6: Toddler crawls his way into toy vending machine.
TechDirt: Have Drone Will Travel — Slow-Moving Regulators Force Innovation Overseas.
“In response to slow-moving U.S. domestic policy on commercial drone use, innovators are moving abroad, to jurisdictions where regulations have been updated to delineate when drones may be used in the commercial context.”
Jaguar Heritage Experiences.
Drive (or ride) a vintage Jag.
NY Times: Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
“If there is such a thing as divine justice or karmic retribution, the world we live in is not the place to find it. Instead, the events of human life unfold in a fair and just manner only when individuals and society work hard to make this happen. We should resist our natural urge to think otherwise.” My italic emphasis.
Vanity Fair: Why a Street Criminal Stole a Multi-Million-Dollar Violin.
“If you look at it another way, there was something dangerous and almost deranged about it, the kind of crime Abbott and Costello might plan, after consultation with Cheech and Chong and Martin and Lewis.”
Boston Review: Conservatives Are Driving Americans Away from Religion.
SF Reporter: Santa Fe’s Newly Improved Caboose.
The orphan caboose at St Francis and Cerrillos roads enjoyed a makeover.
PS Mag: Planning to Do Good Tomorrow Gives Us Permission to Be Bad.
Amazon: Vapur Element Bottle.
Pretty cool idea. The included carabiner is a nice touch. I’m always trying to figure out better ways of carrying water while shooting.
Wrong Hands: wasting timeline.
I was rather good with a yo-yo. Still have one, somewhere; an original Duncan Butterfly.
The New Yorker: Actually, People Still Like to Think.
“This past July, Science published a paper with an alarming conclusion: most people would rather give themselves an electric shock than be alone with their thoughts.” A mentality I simply cannot grok. So many people seem to make themselves as busy as possible to run away from solitary contemplation. I’d die. As an introvert, I cannot function without ‘alone time’, ‘recharge time’.
NY Times: Highway Guardrail May Be Deadly, States Say.
If the ends aren’t properly installed and maintained, they become spears. It is truly amazing how many people manage to skewer themselves on the ends of guardrails. There’s been an uptick with smartphones and texting, in my observations.
TomDispatch: Laura Gottesdiener, Adrift in Oil Country.
Yep, Farmington, NM knows most of this already. Even before fracking.
Slate: Annie Baker’s The Flick and the joy of reading plays.
One of the things I still do to stay fluent (in case my stutter ever comes back) is to read plays aloud. It’s fun. We used to have a small group of literati in college who’d get together every so often and just read (and act, of course) something off-the-cuff. Beats Trivial Pursuit. I was once told I sound like a mix between Robert Goulet and Yogi Bear when reading “Hamlet.”
‘Tis the season ...
... to unsubscribe from accumulated crap. Didn’t realize it had gotten so bad. Another 30+ attention-takers, gone.
Aeon: My adolescent daughter and the mirror of self.
“All of this rings true to me, especially the idea, central to adult development theory, that there is no single self, only multiple selves, or a succession of selves; that we keep changing, keep growing.” I agree with this. I seem to find new personalities within myself about every six to eight years. Like one of those nesting Russian dolls.
NY Times: How to Stop Time.
“By the mid-60s, passive-aggressive personality disorder had become a fairly common diagnosis and ‘procrastination’ remained listed as a symptom in several subsequent editions. ‘Dawdling’ was added to the list, after years of delay. While passive-aggressive personality disorder has been erased from the official portion of the manual, the stigma of slothfulness remains.” Gawd, I remember when ‘passive-aggressive’ was on every psych major’s lips. Glad it’s gone.
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.
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.
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).”
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.
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).