Pondering the confluence of ‘the dress’ and Scott Walker.
Both subjects of no real value, overdramatized. We live in a meta-world where a name mention — whether positive or negative — increases saturation for that subject, ultimately proving a boon. Instead of feeling the need to express an opinion, there’s significantly more value in just ignoring such things.
And if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, I stand up and applaud in your general direction.
Exception Not Found: Doing it Right vs Getting it Done.
Dare I admit ...
... that the latest spate of animated GIFs in my feed on Facebook make me nostalgic for the abhorred BLINK tag ... ?
Time: Jeb Bush’s Sense and Sensibility.
“He is a political conservative with a moderate disposition.” I’ve warned and warned. I will warn again: s/he who seems (to the public) to embrace the most centrist position, wins. Remember the mythical “Reagan Democrats.” Hillary, so far, is a cartoon of no real substance.
Later: Absolute allegiance necessary.
The New Yorker: Why Mornings Don’t Make You Moral.
I never thought they did. Tempest in a teacup.
Guardian.UK: Stop calling for a Muslim Enlightenment.
Marked for later reading.
Guardian.UK: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s ‘self-appointed supporters’ allowed to demonstrate.
“They referred specifically to an incident outside the main entrance of the courthouse before Tsarnaev’s final pretrial conference in December, when Marc Fucarile, a man who lost his right leg in the bombings, had an exchange with the demonstrators. Some of the demonstrators believe that the injuries and deaths caused by the explosions were faked as part of a conspiracy, while others question whether authorities have proof that Tsarnaev is responsible for the bombings.” You’ve got to be kidding.
Pacific Standard: One Way to Weaken Political Polarization.
“The key, they write in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, is willingness to ‘consider the perspective of a specific person with an opposing viewpoint.’ In other words, you need to understand your opponent well enough to be able to make an argument from their perspective.”
NY Times/First Draft: President Obama Has, In Fact, Expressed Love for His Country.
Is there any sillier political subject to be arguing over?
I swear, let’s chuck the whole current crop of politicos and start over. The childishness is way beyond ‘11’.
ALA: The Specialist-Generalist Balance.
Great read. Highly recommended.
Phnom Penh Post: Naked temple shoots perplex.
“Far from being harmless fun, the behaviour was deeply offensive to Khmer culture.” I suppose, with easy smartphone photography at your fingertips, everyone wants to do a fashion-quality (high production value) selfie. Narcissism run up against cultural mores. More will occur.
NY Times: Brain Wound Eliminates Man’s Mental Illness.
I worry for those who read articles with information such as this, and then become copycats. This is a little bit more serious than homeopathics or grapefruit diets ...
SciAm: Triskaidekaphobia Plays Role in Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
Linked for the title.
Matador: 9 American habits I lost when I moved to Germany.
NPR: Getting Caught Up In Telling Stories.
“I have a slightly different hypothesis: Brian Williams is a storyteller and storytellers can’t resist a good story.” We all gild the lily at times. However, I can easily see where telling a story gets the attention of a higher-up; what do you do, come clean, or hope the story just gets broadcast the once and forgotten about? A character-building moment, that. Worse if you decide you like the attention, and gilding becomes a habit. That doesn’t seem to be the case here.
New Yorker: Bob Dylan, Extending the Line.
You know, I can’t help but contrast Dylan’s resentments with Brian William’s embellishments, and it softens my feeling about Mr Williams.
euansemple: Telling stories.
“We cause ourselves untold stress and unhappiness when the world doesn’t conform to our stories.” Our stories shift over time, too. But overall, the Moyers-Campbell dialogues over “The Power of Myth” comes to mind.
NY Times: How to Be a Stoic.
“Participants in Stoic Week reported a 9 percent increase in positive emotions, an 11 percent decrease in negative emotions and a 14 percent improvement in life satisfaction after one week of practice.”
Stripes: NBC’s Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest.
If he’d done this with a WWII story, anyone from the “Greatest Generation” would have eaten him alive. Now, I understand there probably was a lot of pressure to send ‘close call’s stories to the news bureau, but please.
PS Mag: Is Social Media Making Us All the Same?
“While Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all provide great opportunities for us to express our local tastes, unique styles, and nuanced views of the world, we too often don’t. Herd mentality rules.” Our uniqueness is in our foibles. #GREENCHILEFOREVER
NY Times: Picasso’s Granddaughter Plans to Sell Art, Worrying the Market.
If she wants to do the most good, she should be keenly aware of the ramifications of her actions. Too many pieces, diluting the market, she won’t have the capital to accomplish all she wants.
Viral meme speed.
Amazes me how fast “Left Shark” has entered conversations around the world. Ms Perry and her sharks seem ‘the only bait in town.’ No Wikipedia article, so far.
The Smart Set: The Real Problem with Public Discourse.
“And the best thing about it was, nobody in his life — not his parents, his adult children, his grandchildren, not his neighbors nor the members of his church congregation—knew that Bob Anderson, retired accountant, family man, churchgoer and pillar of his suburban community, was really the infamous scourge of the Internet, that dreaded and admired titan among trolls, Mrpoophispants.”
Vox: Study - suffering at end of life is getting worse, not better.
“Take a cancer patient who has stopped eating and is writhing in pain, he said. An oncologist might recognize the person is going to die, but rather than telling the patient, he or she begins another round of treatment that causes more pain and suffering.” Medicine really needs to get on board with assisted suicide and much better end-of-life management.
The Millions: Honey, Would You Read My Book?
Applicable to bloggers, too.