Vox: I was really bad at sports in high school. This new study helps me understand why.
“Overall, she says the finding is a strike against the popular ‘10,000 hour rule,’ which implies anyone can become master at an activity if they were to just devote the time to it. The research in sports, and in other activities such as music, games, and education, just doesn’t back that hypothesis up.”
Vimeo: Bullshit!, with philosopher Harry Frankfurt.
Mostly agree. I think we cannot do without a certain amount of bullshit in our lives; what of the enormously entertaining ‘tall tale’, for instance? How dull life would be, without having someone pull our leg from time to time.
Hyperallergic: Why Museums Are Granting Google Free Access to Their Collections.
Of note. I wonder if this won’t actually depress museum visitation; Americans already consider ‘authentic fakes’ acceptable. Digital reproductions are the next best thing ... they won’t have to lift a finger to actually experience art. I suppose I’m a Luddite (once again). There’s a numinous feeling in the great museums.
HyperAllergic: Kids Smash Art at Glass Museum While Adults Stand by Filming.
Speaking of parenting ... I was at Whole Foods the other day, and a gaggle of kids were rushing down the aisles knocking down boxes and packages. I said, “Whoa, whoa, WHOA”, the parents glared at me. They started to walk away, but I’d popped at that point. “It’s not up to others to do your job for you.” The husband really wanted to take a swing! I walked over to the info desk and let the WF people know about the mess. They said “It happens all the time. We’re supposed to ignore it.”
My uncle used to have this flat paddle hanging by his back door, with the words “Board of Education” printed on it, enhanced by an image of children getting paddled. [Later: Found online.] When we’d have dinner over at his house, I’d be stuck at a folding table next to that paddle. I don’t think I ever behaved so perfectly in any house as I did at my uncle’s. Perhaps an idea for stores. You don’t have to ever USE it. It just sits there as an imagination-generator.
BoingBoing: Technology’s “culture of compliance” must be beaten back in the name of justice.
Vice: ‘GoT’ Confirmed My Immigrant Parents’ Suspicions That Americans Are Violent Psychopaths.
“I think that America has problem, enjoy this kind of movie, really have problem. No wonder they vote for Trump. They crazy.” I’ve been considering this too. When you want to relax in the evening, the choices of untraumatic, non-violent (or simply gun-less) fare is thinner than it should be.
The Millions: Dear Novel - On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript.
“ Every fiction writer thinks they need to be in a long-term relationship.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sometimes the arc is naturally short. Trying to lengthen it, it just gets worse and worse ... and the self-pressure dials to 11, 12 ...
Catapult: The Fierce Triumph of Loneliness.
“I moved through these scenes like a ghost yet felt astoundingly whole.” Well-expressed.
Slate: Grit - A bold new idea or the latest self-help fad?
WaPo: Why a staggering number of Americans have stopped using the Internet the way they used to.
FishbowlNY: Joe Morgenstern Recalls His Contributions to 1966 Newsweek Cover Story.
How odd. I was only 7 when this came out, but I remember it. Some elders in the family must have flashed it about, starting a discussion about teenagers. The image has stayed in my head all this time.
MedicalDaily: Are Our Smartphones Afflicting Us All With Symptoms Of ADHD?
A two-week study. And a source I’m not familiar with. So grain-of-salt time. But interesting nonetheless.
The Rumpus: Reckoning With The Bros - Trump, Bly, And Swimming In The Sea Of Grief.
“There are unseen forces at work. The other night, a friend said she feels like the id is run amok. I chose Jung over Freud, arguing that the unexamined shadow is emerging from the unconscious. I just wish Joseph Campbell were around to interpret all this for us.” Oh, it’s a good one. Make time to read it.
The Atlantic: What Makes Friends Like Art?
We’re chronically overthinking things. IMHO. I’ve had to skim past at least a half-dozen articles doing ‘down deep’ analyses of Batman vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War (accusing Cap of being a nefarious Ayn Rand supporter), now X-Men: Apocalypse is starting too. It’s entertainment people, not Platonic dialogue to guide life and living.
I give up though. Eventually we’ll realize our foodstuffs are/were ‘alive’ and we’ll all decide to starve to death because it’s the only moral thing to do - even before AI can become self-aware and kill us.
Later: Aeon, Should we be afraid of AI? Perhaps. But something doesn’t need to be self-aware to be dangerous. Your average drone, for example. A wrong combination of algorithms, and you could end up with something ... entertaining and deadly.
Dazed: Why I chose to have an illegal abortion.
“Irish residents are not covered by the NHS and so have to go private – meaning that between flights and the procedure itself, you could be paying up to 1500 euros (£1186), possibly more. The abortion pills in comparison cost me 80 euros, and the fare to Belfast to pick up the pills was only 20 euros.” Not the coat-hanger variety of Texas and the rest of America. Guns are OK, safe and easy abortions are not. Interesting that both are designed to end human life, but are treated very differently. Be a good riff for a longer article.
NPR: The History Of Children’s Books.
“A shift toward books that confront the complexity — and deep emotional challenges — that children and adolescents face.” Getting them on the ‘victimization’ train early, eh?
The Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Homecomings.
“It is true what they say about celebrity—people suddenly don’t quite see you. You walk into a room and you are not a person, so much as symbol of whatever someone needs you to be.” The downsides of being a ‘somebody’.
ScienceDaily: Study shows how memories can be intentionally forgotten.
Going to cool it on politics today. Or try, anyway.
You’ll no doubt read volumes elsewhere. The realization that he is completely unqualified and unfit to run the country is finally settling in. No doubt the press will bow before him; they see ad impression profits beyond imagined Clinton ‘scandals’. To most of their circulation departments, he represents $$. Defy ‘normalizing’ the man. Any article of such you see, avoid it. Mephistopheles (Goethe’s demon in Faust) was a very compelling character - doesn’t mean you’d want to have him as lord and master. Every candidate has a good idea or two; you have to look at the whole. But raising these narrow ‘good’ policies artificially, obscuring the ‘bad’ - these daily (hourly on social) purposeful imbalances wear on your resolution like drips of water wearing down iron. It’s slow, but it has an effect. Remember: He is not a serious candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Period.
New Yorker: “The Artist’s Way” in an Age of Self-Promotion.
“Affixing the word “creative” to something is the quickest way to make it sound virtuous, and creativity has almost become a moral imperative. And yet today the “creative class” no longer calls to mind a generation of struggling artists, but a group of college graduates with soft skills and Internet-based jobs they have difficulty explaining to their parents.”
xoJane: ‘I Am Becky With the Good Hair’.
Hell of a good article. She almost single-handedly overpowers the original material.
MeFi: The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes.
The thing is, not to avoid mistakes, but to make better mistakes. Iterate more efficiently.
PS Mag: Meditation Keeps Your Brain Young.
Perhaps. The research referenced is not as rock-solid guaranteed as this article makes it out to be.
c|net: Women have a ‘bitch-switch,’ says telecom CEO.
And we men don’t have a ‘bastard button’?
PS Mag: Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity.
Ask any photographer. Butofcourse, silly. Give me one fixed focal length lens, and tell me to go get great shots. I never do as well creatively with a zoom as I do with a single prime. I’ll get more usable photos with the zoom. But I’ll get more aesthetically pleasing stuff with the primes.