Telegraph.UK: Will the 2nd Great Machine Age be a frightening jobless dystopia?
“For those tempted by cry Luddism, hold your thought. This is nothing like the switch from agricultural revolution to the first machine age. The new displaced cannot migrate into textiles mills and great manufacturing hubs on the 19th Century. Labour-saving technology is now sweeping all sectors, including services.” Fear and panic link o’ the day. I’ll learn to fix robots, then.
Vice: On Turning 30.
“Shooting your forehead with botulism can look lovely, or at least help maintain your place in ageist capitalism. But why hang on to that know-nothing, white-girl vulnerability? Staying alive has power.” Gray hair and ‘net work don’t seem to mix either. Hitting more prejudice as time goes by. Even if one git-s and grunt-s with the best of ‘em.
The Economist: Emerging markets - the perils of denial.
“The broader question is whether these sell-offs are just ‘little local difficulties’ or are a herald of a 1997/1998-style collapse?” Or is the market in a self-flagellating mood, intent on blackmailing the Fed.
NPR: A Parenting Paradox: How Kids Manage To Be ‘All Joy And No Fun’.
“We assume that children will improve our happiness. [snip] That’s why babies are called bundles of joy. But what’s so interesting is that one of the most robust findings in the social sciences — and it’s been this way for about 50 years — is that children do not improve their parents’ happiness.”
RealMenRealStyle: 11 Masculine Ways To Tie Scarves.
Handy. After a day of running around, mine tends to end up in the classic “Hangman’s noose”, with attendant strangulation sounds ...
ABC News: NTSB - Oil Train Crash Risks ‘Major Loss of Life’.
Infrastructure! Neglected infrastructure. Get oil companies to pay for it, rather than taxpayers. We’ll be happy with the trickle-down, as long as it’s not in the form of oil leaks.
I know I’ve linked this before, but there’s a video now. I’d buy it today, if it were available.
Pacific Standard: How Much Money Do You Need to Be Happy?
ProPublica: In California, Measures to Improve Conditions and Oversight of Assisted Living.
“California, which is home to more assisted living facilities than any other state, currently maintains one of the loosest regulatory regimes in the country, with minimal fines (as little as $150 in cases of fatal neglect or abuse) and infrequent inspections (required once every five years).” I get the idea that loose regulations are the reason there are so many.
Studio Segers: Concept, modular garden and … chicken coop.
NPR: Some Brits Not Ready To Say ‘Ta-Ra’ To Iconic Telephone Box.
“It would definitely be a big loss. [snip] Like losing the Empire State Building from New York.” I’ve previously lamented the loss of payphones in the US. One of the last in Santa Fe is at Pasqual’s (right side of photo).
Maintenr: The most powerful tool outside your toolbox.
Keep your car in good nick. To be honest, all these good-intentions sites tend to take so much time to enter information, I just … don’t bother.
CNN: Driverless cars could let you sleep.
Having a discussion about this the other day. This opens the door to never owning a car. You call a number, and a driverless car is dispatched from a local storage area. It arrives when you have scheduled it, it texts your smartphone, you go out and climb in. It takes you where you want to go, and then parks itself either at the nearest parking space (if you want it around), or back to a storage area. You have the freedom to choose any type of car, given your travel prefs; a small car if it’s just you, perhaps, or a big one if you have to haul gear. Kind of mindboggling, really. The future keeps coming. I want to rent a four-seater convertible on a starry night, sit in the back seat, and get driven around NM.
The Airship: I Did It! I Paid for My BFA in Creative Writing by Dumpster Diving!
The Atlantic: Where Does Obesity Come From?
Hey, troll the aisles of Wal-Mart, Sams Club and other big-box food-stocking outfits. See what’s in folks’ shopping carts. The cheapest food is the highest in fat, carbs, sugar. Noone wants to go hungry. And in America, pills are supposed to fix everything. Even the fallout from eating low-quality food. Altering diet, as opposed to prescribing pills, still has the stigma of witchcraft among some medical circles (Admittedly, likely a Santa Fe perception. Docs here have to fight the new age/crystal healing sects).
Ars Technica: Google to buy Nest for $3.2 billion.
Later: Thinking further about Google’s recent purchases. Robots, now proximity-sensing thermostats. AI burglary, then? [Joking …] No, wait. Drones. They need drones. That’d be the trifecta.
NMSU: Junk Your Junkmail.
NakedCap: Target, Neiman Marcus Hacking Reveals Third-World US Payment Systems.
‘Smart cards’ are the standard elsewhere in the world. Why are we so far behind? Banks, apparently.
Guardian.UK: The felfie - how farmers are embracing social media.
Smithsonian: What Happens to All the Salt We Dump On the Roads?
Of note. NewsHour recently broadcast a short piece on the use of beet juice as an accelerant, which improves the performance of chlorides.
DesignSponge: Crystal Sykes’ sidecar.
ViralNova: Star Trek Fan Spent $30,000 Transforming her House Into the Enterprise.
Econbrowser: “Is the U.S. economy really about to go boom?”
No judgments, just of interest.
OpenCulture: Asimov Predicts in ‘64 What the World Will Look Like Today — in 2014.
Harpers: Make Your Own Teeth.
Many are making fun of this; sign of the economic times, methinks.
Oh and … floss.