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Mindboggling ...

... the excitement over Super Bowl *advertisements* ...

01/30/15 • 09:23 AM • ConsumptionNewsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Mag: Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say.

Playing Devil’s Advocate seems to fly over more and more peoples’ heads these days. And that’s almost the whole fun of conversation/civil argument.

01/29/15 • 01:28 PM • GeneralHome & LivingNewsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ConsumerismCommentary: How Your Positive Posse is Destroying You.

If you’ve read here long, you’ll know I disdain empty ‘support’ statements. I want to be better, not artificially fulfilled. Take off the kid gloves, rip it up. I like it better that way.

01/28/15 • 11:24 AM • PsychologySmall BusinessSocial MediaWeblogs • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Shying.

... people don’t look at you sitting by yourself and think, ‘she’s shy.’ They will, perhaps, attribute to you all the power you give them. In short, they will merely think you aloof.” I can’t remember the last time I used the word, “shy”. Worthy of thought.

01/27/15 • 05:41 PM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Nobody Tells This To Beginners.

Yes. In my parlance, “Iterate faster, iterate better.”  It’s not enough to do the same thing over and over again. One has to do it, judge it, do better the next time. Keep refining. Or keep stretching. Whatever it takes!

01/27/15 • 03:34 PM • DesignProgrammingPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Can art still shock?

I always get disappointed when people only consider art within a ‘shock’ framework. Eliciting emotion should not be limited to outrage or disgust. What of thrill, what of inspiration, what of happiness? Why are these considered ‘lesser’ emotions in the artworld? Boring, even?

01/26/15 • 12:31 PM • ArtsHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: The boy who didn’t come back from heaven: inside a bestseller’s ‘deception’.

The word exploitation is very appropriate. The children are exploited. The Christian public is exploited. The buyers are exploited.” For related exploitation, see the LRB link yesterday.

01/26/15 • 11:15 AM • BooksPsychologyReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LRB: Hilary Mantel reviews ‘The Voices of Gemma Galgani’.

It ought to be possible to live and thrive, without conforming, complying, giving in, but also without imitating a man, even Christ: it should be possible to live without constant falsification. It should be possible for a woman to live – without feeling that she is starving on the doorstep of plenty – as light, remarkable, strong and free.” Powerful load of baggage to load on a book or four. But worth the read.

01/25/15 • 04:37 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPsychologyReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: The Literature of the Fear of Flying.

Sean Bean (Game of Thrones’s Ned Stark) drives to all of his European film locations. He was finally forced onto a plane to shoot The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, though he refused the helicopter ride to top of the mountain where they were filming, forcing the rest of the cast to wait while he walked up.” My italic emphasis. Might as well enjoy the scenery while you’re there.

01/23/15 • 02:06 PM • EntertainmentPsychologyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: What If Heaven Is Not For Real?

... even though none of us existed 1,000 years ago, you don’t find many people worrying about their nonexistence during the Dark Ages. Our not-being in the past doesn’t worry us. So, why does our not-being in the future freak us out so much?

01/22/15 • 11:59 AM • BooksNewsPsychologyReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NBC: A Rising Economy Lifts Obama Going Into State of the Union Night.

You can hardly tell from our NBC/WSJ poll that the Republican Party was the big winner from the midterm elections just two months ago. Somehow, Obama and the Democrats stole the Republicans’ post-election honeymoon. Or the Republicans somehow lost it.” Are you kidding? “Somehow”?!! They shat upon it by going ideological right out of the gate. The low turnout numbers were a limp desire to simply maintain the status quo, not a mandate to go batsh-t crazy. If there’s one thing blogging over many political seasons has shown - it’s that ‘there are no unimportant elections’.

01/20/15 • 04:23 PM • HistoryPoliticsPsychology • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Why Are We Obsessed With the Great American Novel?

Our obsession with the Great American Novel is perhaps evidence of the even greater truth that it’s impossible for one to exist.

01/19/15 • 11:09 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LRB: Diary/Bad Captains.

Ferry and cruise captains, and their cowardices. And the boorish, selfish behavior of terrified passengers.

01/18/15 • 12:06 PM • HistoryPsychologyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Time: How Religion Can Move Us to Do Terrible Things.

Them.” When we stop them-ing, we’ll have a civilization worthy of the name.

01/15/15 • 03:33 PM • Human RightsPoliticsPsychologyReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: No Increased Stress from Heavier Social Media Use.

Personal expression as a form of destress. I suspect folks participate based on what’s best for them. Overdo, and it’ll eat you alive. Can’t be maintained long-term without visible cracking at the seams.

01/15/15 • 03:28 PM • InternetMobilePsychologySocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Review of Books: They’re Watching You Read.

These statistics are certain to perplex writers who have so often been told by their publishers that a book’s popularity will not be affected in the least by costly newspaper or magazine advertising, but only by the more unpredictable, much desired — and free — publicity generated by ‘word of mouth.’ Are we now to assume that readers are telling their friends to read books that they themselves have failed to finish?

01/14/15 • 10:47 AM • ArtsBooksConsumptionPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: Why women don’t leave comments online.

‘Maybe,’ one (female) commenter suggested, ‘women are sensible enough to realize that all this commenting — whoever is doing it — is just a waste of time.’

01/13/15 • 02:52 PM • InternetPsychologySocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mother Nature Network: 7 cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S.

I love this link. Declared link o’ the day. I can relax now.

01/13/15 • 10:30 AM • HistoryHome & LivingPsychologyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Poynter: Most of The New York Times’ most popular items last year weren’t news stories.

No wonder we end up with things like Buzzfeed and Upworthy. “What You Learn In Your 40’s” just went viral last week, didn’t it?  That’s fast, for a throwaway piece of writing.

01/13/15 • 10:29 AM • NewsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

This morning, opinions galore via the Golden Globes.

Amazing, how many people mortgage their opinions to a television awards show. Not that any given opinion isn’t good; it’s just odd where we Americans gather closely-held beliefs.

01/12/15 • 11:16 AM • EntertainmentGeneralPsychology • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This.

If you use it more than once a day, and succeed, what does that say?

01/11/15 • 12:43 PM • Psychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Smithsonian: Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?

Of course they did. “When over 5,000 Confederates fell in a failed assault at Malvern Hill in Virginia, a Union colonel wrote: ‘A third of them were dead or dying, but enough were alive to give the field a singularly crawling effect.’”  The archetype of the mentally scarred warrior has existed for a very, very long time. Even The Iliad talks of battle disgust.

01/07/15 • 05:35 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Notes on Becoming a Crank.

While a crank’s crankiness may manifest in an adherence to social issues (and it often does), a true crank is equally committed to petty concerns, and, indeed, does not distinguish between the two.” And look at the kerning on that font they use ... oops ...

01/07/15 • 03:26 PM • ArtsBooksPsychologyWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Colossal: The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People.

Of interest.

01/06/15 • 12:30 PM • ArtsBooksHealthHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Salon: Meet the man who predicted Fox News, the Internet, Stephen Colbert and reality TV.

Truth, like time itself, is a product of a conversation man has with himself about and through the techniques of communication he has invented.

01/05/15 • 07:12 PM • ComputingHistoryInternetPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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