PS Mag: Trigger Warnings on College Campuses Are Nothing but Censorship.
“Rather than engaging in dialogue about how these writers viewed their world, students want to see only that which supports their own point of view.” Is this something the internet’s exacerbated?
LinkedIn/T. Boone Pickens: Let’s Find a Better Way to Elect Our President.
“My big idea for 2016 is to put together a bipartisan screening committee that vets presidential candidates like we do anyone else applying for a job and recommends the best candidates possible. We have people running for president now who don’t even have experience running a lemonade stand.” One would hope the DNC and RNC would do such things.
DIY fun. Flavor of Pop Mech projects from the 60’s.
Open Culture: Creativity, Not Money, is the Key to Happiness.
“As Csikszentmihalyi strongly suggests in his books and talks, the more we can lose ourselves intensely in creative activities that bring us fulfillment, the closer we come to being in harmony with ourselves and our world.” I have to agree.
Guardian.UK: Warm weather melting millions off winter gear retailers’ bottom lines.
When do the ‘fire sales’ start? I’d like to pick up a new winter parka for a song. To go with a cut-rate VW diesel, perhaps.
Guardian.UK: Could more gun control have stopped 2015’s deadliest mass shootings?
Nice overview. Revolvers were the bee’s knees before roughly 1990. Semiautomatic pistols have raised the stakes. Thank goodness their failure/jam rate is higher than for revolvers.
Productivity. Real and feigned.
At a meeting the other day, talking with a planner, the planner said, “Oh, I spend like 90% of my time organizing. By the time I’m organized, I’m super-productive for the last 10%”.
Needless to say, the product reflected that work ethic. Beautiful charts, graphs and memos.
The work sucked.
Like having an impeccably and expensively coiffed interior designer walk into your living room ... scan the room, harrumph to themselves, and then turn one pillow 90 degrees on the couch declaiming “That’s perfect! Quelle magnifique! Here’s your invoice.”
WaPo: Study confirms that ending your texts with a period is terrible.
Excuse the French ... f_ck this. I’ll be insincere and heartless. I enjoy punctuation. Get over yourselves already, kids.
MessyNessyChic: Keeping up with a Time-Travelling Victorian Couple.
The wife gets all the points here, for wearing a corset.
DailyMail.UK: Cleveland Centre Santa uses sign language to ask girl what she wants for Christmas.
Hmmm. Using Dropbox tomorrow morning? Go check their site.
Apparently they’ll be doing some maintenance between 8AM and noon. You might want to plan for a lack of access.
Shooters. What do to?
Here’s an idea. We should all carry bear spray (pepper spray). Better than a gun. If someone near the door had whipped out a pepper spray and nailed the shooters - even better, more than one ‘victim’ spraying - we wouldn’t have a casualty list. We’d have two idiots tied with electrical cords and writhing on the floor. They make mace in purse sizes, too. Innocuous, effective. Call it being ‘pro-active.’ The reason I like the bear spray idea is, it’s designed to shoot a good distance with a gout of evil stuff.
[I want all my readers safe.]
Only one “Adele” article today. Amazing how fast they fade.
Meantime, the consistent Taylor Swift appears with a bird ... she seems to do something social-media-wise about every three days.
I find the manipulation (or not) of social media fascinating ...
IHS Engineering360: Adhesives Undergo a Revolution in Materials Applications.
Says: “Dead” Chinese Girl Was Actually Playing Games And Living In Cafes For The Past 10
DYT: This Man Spent 25 Years To Create The ”World Map” in Lake Klejtrup, Denmark.
The New Yorker: E-Mail Legal Disclaimer.
HuffPo Science: 18 Habits Of Highly Creative People.
A little too ‘new age’ for my taste. I’d like to see a definition of a ‘highly creative person.’
Every day, I seem to come across another link with a jetpack video. Flying with planes. Flying with cranes. Flying with statues. Flying with other jetpacks. Enough.
Vimeo: The Race of Gentlemen 2015.
By the Jersey shore. I need to haul my camera gear over thataway sometime soon.
Vox: Are Democrats doomed or dominant? Yes.
*Sigh*. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’ve heard this and the obverse before. Must be a slow news week. Red cup Christianity and political poopnostication is at the fore. One assumes red Solo cups are suspect, also ... ?
Paris Review: How Terrifying a Ship on Fire Is.
Imagining a backstory to a famed painting.
Slate: Against subtlety - The case for heavy-handedness in art.
I assume the grotesque use of stock imagery was to make a point?
FishbowlNY: Layoffs Hit National Geographic.
A Fox in the henhouse ... ? Waiting for the syrupy spin to start.
The Atlantic: How to Beat Surge Pricing.
“The researchers therefore suggest a method for beating the surge when requesting an Uber. Look at the surge map, figure out where the nearest adjacent pricing area is, and then change the location in the Uber app to request a car from inside that area. There’s a good chance the price offered will be cheaper. If so, and if it’s close enough to where you actually are, you should be able to request a car and walk to the new pickup point by the time it arrives.” Being a pedestrian saves you $$.