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).
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.
Vox: Winter is coming, in one gif.
Stop that. I love summer.
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.
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.
Cool Tools: Learning Tower Kids Step Stool.
This is a totally neato idea.
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.
New Statesman: The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech.
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.
Youtube: Ohio Amish Barn Raising.
It’s good to have people.
Slate: A brilliant cellist embraces the Devil’s Music.
It’s gonna be one of those days, methinks. Dracula, Devil’s music ...