During yesterday’s visit to the gym, I’m working on the ellipticals behind all the other rows of equipment. I don’t watch television as I work out, but I can see what others are watching. As various people are watching RNC reruns, and and others intently gazing at media wonks placing bets on Wasserman-Schultz’ departure, the music on the overhead loudspeakers changes from the usual bump-thump to something strangely familiar. I realize I recognize it, through the haze of sweat ... and I nearly fall off the trainer laughing. “Sheep”, by Pink Floyd. Followed by ... “Reason to Believe”, by Springsteen. And, as people will do, they all start to step/pedal/ellipticalize to the songs’ rhythms. Then it all went back to current bump-thump music.
Just for a moment, it seems Clear Channel (or whatever service the gym uses) had an individual with a perspicacious sense of humor.
A moment I’ll treasure, courtesy a spin of life’s dice.
Repost from Facebook today.
Vice: I’m Sick Of Pretending - I Don’t “Get” Art.
Art, esp. in urban areas, has been seeking emotional and/or physical response for decades. Shock value. Disgust.
There are a whole lot of beautiful and sublime things in this world, but you’d never know it sometimes.
The American Conservative: Trump - Tribune Of Poor White People.
“Yup!” Thanks JW.
BBC: Nice attack - Prosecutor says suspect had accomplices.
Premeditated. Not good. I wouldn’t participate in public crowd events for a good while.
538: There’s Probably Nothing That Will Change Clinton Or Trump Supporters’ Minds.
If only we could convince our friends and family on social channels that this were true ...
SciAm: Why Does Time Seem to Speed Up with Age?
“... our early years tend to be relatively overrepresented in our autobiographical memory and, on reflection, seem to have lasted longer. Of course, this means we can also slow time down later in life. We can alter our perceptions by keeping our brain active, continually learning skills and ideas, and exploring new places.” And that, my friends, is the meat of this article.
PS Mag: From ‘You’re So Vain’ to ‘I’m So Great’.
Guardian.UK: Allergic to life - the Arizona residents ‘sensitive to the whole world’.
Long and interesting. I thought Santa Fe’s anti-wifi, anti-cell-tower folks were the extreme.
Atlas Obscura: Would You Like To Be Buried In A Giant Eco-Egg?
I have to ask myself, why does this feel ‘better’ than a plain in-ground burial in a biodegradable coffin? Maybe it’s just marketing. Maybe it’s the symbology of the egg (life from death).
The Economist: Ride ’em, cowboy!
“Mr Polhamus paints a romantic portrait of a West ‘that believed a handshake was as good as a contract, when faith was practised openly.’ The announcer is proud that rodeo scorns the all-shall-have-prizes culture: many competitors are thrown off almost at once, or fail to lasso their steer. ‘If they win, they’ve earned it,’ he rumbles.” Less negative, Economist, than I expected. The mythology of the West is still worshipped in many quarters, and that’s not a bad thing.
NY Times: Why We Need to Pick Up Alvin Toffler’s Torch.
“In many large ways, it’s almost as if we have collectively stopped planning for the future. Instead, we all just sort of bounce along in the present, caught in the headlights of a tomorrow pushed by a few large corporations and shaped by the inescapable logic of hyper-efficiency — a future heading straight for us. It’s not just future shock; we now have future blindness.” Another one, very worth your time.
PS Mag: The Addicted Generation.
Guardian.UK: Joanna Kavenna, ‘A Field Guide to Reality.’
ITV: Tourist dies posing for ‘flying photo’ at top of Machu Picchu.
No way to stop this idiotic behavior, it seems.
NY Times: How Trump’s Campaign Could Redraw Voter Allegiances.
Hmmm. I haven’t heard *one* Democrat espouse these views. EXCEPT. Blue collar, where one individual of my acquaintance feels his ignorance is not properly respected.
Aeon: Want to build a just society? John Rawls said to start by ignoring your identity.
Hmmm. I’ve always thought this idea would work best if there were a majority religion that believed in immediate reincarnation upon decease. Odds of being reborn into an affluent society are pretty small. We’d start floating all boats pretty damned quick.
FishbowlNY: The Caitlyn Jenner Sports Illustrated Issue Has Arrived.
Less retouching than usual. Like Jennifer Lawrence a couple of months ago, Jenner is flirting with overexposure. Believe me, I’ve had acquaintances going through trans issues ... but if you want to convince the masses that it’s OK or that it’s normal ... this isn’t the way to go about it. Jenner’s affluent. There are many in rural areas who are suffering exponentially more than Jenner ever did, and will never be able to afford the plastic surgery and other aesthetic tweaks associated with her/his transformation. Resembling one’s ‘correct’ gender makes things so much easier.
The Atlantic: Why Managers Are So Bad at Recognizing Good Ideas.
WaPo: In new poll, support for Trump has plunged, giving Clinton a double-digit lead.
Interesting, how news titles are being created. Notice T is mentioned first, in nearly every case.
Guardian.UK: Tony Robbins event attendees burned after walking on hot coals.
Only after he does it first.
Trump Ipsum: Make Placeholder Text Great Again!
Offered sans comment.
Pacific Standard: Our Memories Are Deeply Flawed, and We’ll Be Happier If We Accept It.
“The recovered-memory movement in the 1980s and ’90s emboldened people to root out their supposedly forgotten pasts — usually with the help of a therapist — and confront their tormentors, often their own parents, while fueling an adjacent hysteria about uncovering clandestine, sometimes occult-themed, networks of sexual predators.” God, the damage this movement did ...
99U: How to Fight Through Intellectual Discomfort.
“Deeply intellectual work is soul work that takes more time and energy.” All I have to say is ... run a weblog. Longer the better.
The Atlantic: The Existentialism of GPS.
Political Wire: GOP Lawmaker Reads Gays ‘Worthy of Death’ Bible Verse.
Well, maybe some will wake up that the Quran isn’t the only problem in the world today ...