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Sarah Hill2,871,333Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00242  

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2017-03-19 01:06:52 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego
The uttermost part of the earth. 

Most reshares: 7

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2016-11-17 00:55:57 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Travel Philadelphia: The Liberty Bell
"America and the Classical Ideal. Both the past and the present had lessons to teach the New World philosophers. They hoped to avoid the mistakes of history, learn from its experience, and apply this knowledge to their new reality. Belief in the classical ideal, while not universal, still heavily influenced most spheres of 18th-century life."

"Through their poems, histories, and plays, the early Roman Republic and ancient Athenian Greece offered examples of noble men who devoted their lives to the public welfare. These heroes exhibited the admirable qualities of frugality, industry, loyalty, and "disinterestedness" a desire for fame but not a lust for power."

"More than a millennium after corruption and war destroyed ancient Rome, European intellectuals built upon the fundamental truths they... more »

Most plusones: 138

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2017-03-19 01:06:52 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego
The uttermost part of the earth. 

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2017-04-24 15:08:14 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Portals and Passages: Córdoba, The Judería
2017-04-03. The old Jewish quarter in Córdoba is a delightful twist of streets which stay shaded and cool most of the day. At 8PM, everyone is at dinner and many of the streets deserted. They were so quiet, clean, and neat that they invited exploration. As the tourist board describes them, they are "...more atmospheric and less commercialized than Seville." We found this to be true.
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http://www.andalucia.com/cities/cordoba/juderia.htm


Portals and Passages: Córdoba, The Judería
2017-04-03. The old Jewish quarter in Córdoba is a delightful twist of streets which stay shaded and cool most of the day. At 8PM, everyone is at dinner and many of the streets deserted. They were so quiet, clean, and neat that they invited exploration. As the tourist board describes them, they are "...more atmospheric and less commercialized than Seville." We found this to be true.
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http://www.andalucia.com/cities/cordoba/juderia.htm
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2017-04-23 13:06:56 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Portals and Passages: Damson Lane
2017-04-02. Sunday was perfect weather for the Manchester Marathon..unfortunately given that injury prevented participation. However, never waste a fine day in England. So we walked along Damson Lane. I was surprised that the trees were still not leafed out so late in spring.

At the end of the lane, we saw a dead fox which had been slung over a gate. A warning? And to whom? Other foxes? Or people? I do not include the photo here out of respect of the tender sensibilities of my G+ audience.

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You know, G+ used to be smart enough to know when a photo was taken and tag it with the correct date. Now it tags it with the upload date...so any historical data is lost. But we documentation writers have something to do again since the machines have given up caring.

+Johnny Wills #joinindaily

Portals and Passages: Damson Lane
2017-04-02. Sunday was perfect weather for the Manchester Marathon..unfortunately given that injury prevented participation. However, never waste a fine day in England. So we walked along Damson Lane. I was surprised that the trees were still not leafed out so late in spring.

At the end of the lane, we saw a dead fox which had been slung over a gate. A warning? And to whom? Other foxes? Or people? I do not include the photo here out of respect of the tender sensibilities of my G+ audience.

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You know, G+ used to be smart enough to know when a photo was taken and tag it with the correct date. Now it tags it with the upload date...so any historical data is lost. But we documentation writers have something to do again since the machines have given up caring.

+Johnny Wills #joinindaily___

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2017-04-22 12:12:03 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Portals and Passages: Meadow Cottage
2017-03-31. A sunny arrival in rural Cheshire. We do our usual circuit around Hall, Church, and Davenport Lanes peeking into front gardens before cutting back home across fields via a public footpath. I particularly liked this post box.

Portals and Passages: Meadow Cottage
2017-03-31. A sunny arrival in rural Cheshire. We do our usual circuit around Hall, Church, and Davenport Lanes peeking into front gardens before cutting back home across fields via a public footpath. I particularly liked this post box.___

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2017-03-26 22:18:15 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Politics: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Experts
From the article, "Pirro raised further questions when her rant made clear that she didn’t want to shift any blame to President Trump: “No one expected a business man to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process.” "

Actually, I did expect the person running for the job to have the knowledge and expertise to handle it. When I hire someone, I want them to know what they're doing...whether it's piloting a plane, cleaning my teeth, fixing my car, installing my father's pacemaker, playing a happy tune, mixing my cocktail, or smoking barbecue.

So what Trump voters are saying is that they specifically hired someone who didn't know what he was doing and they think we all should be okay with that?

Politics: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Experts
From the article, "Pirro raised further questions when her rant made clear that she didn’t want to shift any blame to President Trump: “No one expected a business man to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process.” "

Actually, I did expect the person running for the job to have the knowledge and expertise to handle it. When I hire someone, I want them to know what they're doing...whether it's piloting a plane, cleaning my teeth, fixing my car, installing my father's pacemaker, playing a happy tune, mixing my cocktail, or smoking barbecue.

So what Trump voters are saying is that they specifically hired someone who didn't know what he was doing and they think we all should be okay with that?___

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2017-03-25 12:29:33 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Politics: Trump Credits Democrats with Stunning Save of Health Care
He added: “We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty.” That line right there...reminding us once again that Trump does not consider himself the ultimate civil servant of we, the people; he envisions himself as king and lord of the realm.

Politics: Trump Credits Democrats with Stunning Save of Health Care
He added: “We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty.” That line right there...reminding us once again that Trump does not consider himself the ultimate civil servant of we, the people; he envisions himself as king and lord of the realm.___

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2017-03-19 01:06:52 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego
The uttermost part of the earth. 

Travel: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego
The uttermost part of the earth. ___

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2017-03-16 12:24:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Japan: Wagashi
Family business through six generations. I especially like the moment they look through the original cookbook (with gloved hands), using designs and even molds handed down for over a hundred years.

Japan: Wagashi
Family business through six generations. I especially like the moment they look through the original cookbook (with gloved hands), using designs and even molds handed down for over a hundred years.___

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2017-02-24 14:32:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

What I Found: Mushrooms
A wave of teeny, tiny mushrooms...smaller than my little finger. 

What I Found: Mushrooms
A wave of teeny, tiny mushrooms...smaller than my little finger. ___

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2017-02-19 00:57:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-22 01:30:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

ATX: Women's March

ATX: Women's March___

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2017-01-02 02:07:15 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

ATX: And Justice for All
December 6, 2016. Congress Ave. Austin, Texas. Taken on my walk to the post office.

ATX: And Justice for All
December 6, 2016. Congress Ave. Austin, Texas. Taken on my walk to the post office.___

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2016-12-29 02:24:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

RIP: Debbie Reynolds
You are my lucky star...

RIP: Debbie Reynolds
You are my lucky star...___

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2016-12-29 02:18:54 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

RIP: Debbie Reynolds
In my favorite musical, Singin' in the Rain.

RIP: Debbie Reynolds
In my favorite musical, Singin' in the Rain.___

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2016-12-27 14:11:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Artifacts: Database of Exhumed Objects
The point of this G+ Collection was to discuss how our objects shape, reflect, and represent us. Although we can't take it with us, perhaps instead we leave a bit of ourselves behind, something to show that we once existed, something physical by which to remember us. In the cases of people who have died as immigrant workers or refugees, the small objects found on their bodies may be the only clue to their identity, all that remains to tell us the stories of the dead who have no names.

Artifacts: Database of Exhumed Objects
The point of this G+ Collection was to discuss how our objects shape, reflect, and represent us. Although we can't take it with us, perhaps instead we leave a bit of ourselves behind, something to show that we once existed, something physical by which to remember us. In the cases of people who have died as immigrant workers or refugees, the small objects found on their bodies may be the only clue to their identity, all that remains to tell us the stories of the dead who have no names.___

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2016-12-26 15:31:06 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Hygge: Danish Comfort versus American Shame
On the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, I'm sitting in front of a fire, toasting my woolen-sock clad feet on the hearth, drinking a steaming cup of milky Yorkshire black tea, nibbling a slice of the stollen my spouse baked over the weekend, and reading the New Yorker, where I learn that this is hygge According to the New Yorker, hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is a Danish term, describing an essential Danish national character which appreciates "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being".

If recent articles in The New Yorker and the New York Times are any indications, the WASP search for a happier life is morphing from the "life-changing" tidy minimalism imported from Japan (KonMari) to the snug comforts of the hearth imported from... more »

Hygge: Danish Comfort versus American Shame
On the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, I'm sitting in front of a fire, toasting my woolen-sock clad feet on the hearth, drinking a steaming cup of milky Yorkshire black tea, nibbling a slice of the stollen my spouse baked over the weekend, and reading the New Yorker, where I learn that this is hygge According to the New Yorker, hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is a Danish term, describing an essential Danish national character which appreciates "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being".

If recent articles in The New Yorker and the New York Times are any indications, the WASP search for a happier life is morphing from the "life-changing" tidy minimalism imported from Japan (KonMari) to the snug comforts of the hearth imported from Denmark (hygge).

From the New Yorker "At least six books about hygge were published in the United States this year, with more to come in 2017. (At the Guardian, Charlotte Higgins has done an investigation into the U.K.’s hygge publishing craze.) Helen Russell, a British journalist who wrote “The Year of Living Danishly,” defines the term as “taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things"

Americans might embrace the trappings of hygge, just as we commodify and consume other imported cultural trends. But we Americans are not going to achieve contentment from buying a few candles any more than we can achieve Zen enlightenment by buying incence and desktop gravel garden.

Whatever satisfaction flows from hygge is not about the trappings. It's about the Skandinavian mindset environment that not only allows but values modest pleasures. Hygge runs smack up against both our national character and our current economic realities.

Anglos (in the USA and UK ) don't need to learn how to hygge. Any "womens" magazine in the last 70 years is filled with examples. Martha Stewart created a corporate empire on the comforts of home.

What WASPs are seeking is permission to hygge. The recent American/UK fascination with hygge stems from our amazement with a foreign culture where home comforts are not only allowed but accepted and encouraged (even taken to the other extreme of coercive conformity).

American's Puritans ancestors bestowed the gift of guilt to spoil any pleasure, even simple ones. Americans view the ordinary comfort of hearth and home as silly indulgences or trivialized as feminine. This guilt is so imbued in our culture that we make lists of our "guilty pleasures" and marketers advertise the joy of their wares as "guilt free" or tauntingly "sinfully indulgent". They push us to consume "because we deserve it". We have to be convinced that we are worth it because we feel so unworthy of joy.

And the guilt does not come just from our religious heritage. As long as I remember bourgeois has been hurled as an insult by both my more artsy and my politcally active acquantances. The first group hates the bland conformity and the second the danger of being lulled into a kind of comfort that makes us weak and easy prey to the evil at large. Or if they don't go to that extreme, at least we should feel guilt for enjoying comfort when so many others suffer.

Yet the lesson I see in this sudden interest in the UK and the USA of hygge, is the recognition that the middle class is disappearing and as these comforts become more rare they are more valued.

Again from the New Yorker, "Perhaps Scandinavians are better able to appreciate the small, hygge things in life because they already have all the big ones nailed down: free university education, social security, universal health care, efficient infrastructure, paid family leave, and at least a month of vacation a year. With those necessities secured, according to Wiking, Danes are free to become “aware of the decoupling between wealth and wellbeing'.”

Having been taught Maslow's hierarchy of needs, it seems to be only logical that once our basic needs for survival are met, that we can move to the middle ground of community (love, belonging and esteem), and finally a few of us (like my artsy friends) can reach self-actualization or self-trancendence.

In America it is not enough that the wealthy enjoy every luxury, they are the only ones allowed the luxury of joy. The rest of us must feel guilty for our pleasures and the very poorest among us must be punished for them.

The American Dream is a rags-to-riches story, a story of extremes. And in the current perversion of it, wealth is enjoyable only if one can flaunt it and winning most fun only when you beat someone else out of the prize. To feel like a winner these days, the guys on top now insist on losers.

As more of us get pushed to the losing side, no wonder we gaze upon these boring, conforming, bourgeois, modest middle class comforts as having almost fairy tale magic, a transformational escape from extremes. If it were possible for everyone to have the wherewithal to enjoy small things--hearth and home, kith and kin, health and heartiness--what a vast improvement it would be. We are made to feel shame (guilt again!) for aiming so low, but let's get everyone to that goal first and then we can aim higher.
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The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-year-of-hygge-the-danish-obsession-with-getting-cozy

The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/24/fashion/wintering-the-danish-way-learning-about-hygge.html

The Highs and Lows of Hygge
http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/87589184/the-highs-and-lows-of-hygge--the-danish-concept-of-cosiness___

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2016-12-15 22:53:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The Art of Life
"Those of us who know not the secret of properly regulating our own existence on this tumultuous sea of foolish troubles which we call life are constantly in a state of misery while vainly trying to appear happy and contented. We stagger in the attempt to keep our moral equalibrium, and see forerunners of the tempest in every cloud that floats on the horizon." Okakura "The Book of Tea"

The Art of Life
"Those of us who know not the secret of properly regulating our own existence on this tumultuous sea of foolish troubles which we call life are constantly in a state of misery while vainly trying to appear happy and contented. We stagger in the attempt to keep our moral equalibrium, and see forerunners of the tempest in every cloud that floats on the horizon." Okakura "The Book of Tea"___

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2016-12-15 14:12:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Politics: Reaping the Spoils of America's Destruction
From the article...
"Missing in the ideological embrace of choice for choice’s sake is any suggestion of the public school as a public good—as a centering locus for a community and as a shared pillar of the commonweal, in which all citizens have an investment...DeVos’s nomination suggests that in a Trump Administration the more fundamental premises that underlie our institutions of public education will be brought into question."

And how does privatization turn out? Pretty much how you'd expect of a system where the emphasis is on profit rather than the outcome or educating our children.

"Almost two-thirds of the state’s charter schools are run by for-profit management companies, which are not required to make the financial disclosures that would be expected of not-for-profit orpublic ... more »

Politics: Reaping the Spoils of America's Destruction
From the article...
"Missing in the ideological embrace of choice for choice’s sake is any suggestion of the public school as a public good—as a centering locus for a community and as a shared pillar of the commonweal, in which all citizens have an investment...DeVos’s nomination suggests that in a Trump Administration the more fundamental premises that underlie our institutions of public education will be brought into question."

And how does privatization turn out? Pretty much how you'd expect of a system where the emphasis is on profit rather than the outcome or educating our children.

"Almost two-thirds of the state’s charter schools are run by for-profit management companies, which are not required to make the financial disclosures that would be expected of not-for-profit or public entities. This lack of transparency has not translated into stellar academic results: student standardized-test scores at charter schools, the paper found, were no more than comparable with those at traditional public schools. And, despite the rhetoric of “choice,” lower-income students were effectively segregated into poorer-performing schools, while the parents of more privileged students were better equipped to navigate the system. Even Tom Watkins, the state’s former education superintendent, who favors charter schools, told the newspaper, 'In a number of cases, people are making a boatload of money, and the kids aren’t getting educated'.”___

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2016-12-15 02:03:54 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Art: Appropriation or Mash-Up--Who's Zoomin' Who?
What I love about the world is how we all inform each other. From a white girl in England doing Japanese Rap to a Japanese hip hop rapping to a riff from Jesus Christ Superstar. Celebrate our commonality.

Hannah Does Special Force
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cYeBwVQZ4

Nitro Microphone Underground Does Special Force
https://youtu.be/LEZGMEXZg7g

Jesus Christ Superstar
https://youtu.be/u3m2kQ-tOEk?t=3m56s
(start at 3:56)

Art: Appropriation or Mash-Up--Who's Zoomin' Who?
What I love about the world is how we all inform each other. From a white girl in England doing Japanese Rap to a Japanese hip hop rapping to a riff from Jesus Christ Superstar. Celebrate our commonality.

Hannah Does Special Force
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cYeBwVQZ4

Nitro Microphone Underground Does Special Force
https://youtu.be/LEZGMEXZg7g

Jesus Christ Superstar
https://youtu.be/u3m2kQ-tOEk?t=3m56s
(start at 3:56)___

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2016-12-14 19:40:44 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Designed Illegibility
Design helps users or hinders them; either way, it directs them. One wonders what's the point of getting eyeballs to your page if the eyeballs can't make out a word when they get there. What do you think you've accomplished.
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Quote from the article, "My plea to designers and software engineers: Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print — keep your type black, and vary weight and font instead of grayness. You’ll be making things better for people who read on smaller, dimmer screens, even if their eyes aren’t aging like mine. It may not be trendy, but it’s time to consider who is being left out by the web’s aesthetic."

It's not your eyes. . .___Designed Illegibility
Design helps users or hinders them; either way, it directs them. One wonders what's the point of getting eyeballs to your page if the eyeballs can't make out a word when they get there. What do you think you've accomplished.
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Quote from the article, "My plea to designers and software engineers: Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print — keep your type black, and vary weight and font instead of grayness. You’ll be making things better for people who read on smaller, dimmer screens, even if their eyes aren’t aging like mine. It may not be trendy, but it’s time to consider who is being left out by the web’s aesthetic."

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2016-12-13 15:42:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Politics: We Have Conceded Defeat

Keith Olbermann: Is there a Russian coup underway in America?

We are no longer a sovereign nation, we are no longer a democracy, we are no longer a free people. We are the victims of a bloodless coup -- so far -- engineered by Russia with the traitorous indifference of the Republican Party.

The words, given and meant literally, not figuratively: war, coup, treason, traitor. A man who will live in imfamy.

To President Obama: release the unvarnished truth to the American people, and people of the world, now. There is not time for careful deliberation.

Watch, listen, forward.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IAFxPXGDH4E___Politics: We Have Conceded Defeat

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2016-12-12 01:52:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

RIP Greg Lake: From the Beginning
Studies have shown that when you play music for patients with Alzheimer's, that they become more alert and focused...restored to themselves. I hope if that ever happens to me that someone will play this. It really takes me to my high school days. I can close my eyes and be restored to a different time and place.
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See Henry and his music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw7Y78aqf_I

RIP Greg Lake: From the Beginning
Studies have shown that when you play music for patients with Alzheimer's, that they become more alert and focused...restored to themselves. I hope if that ever happens to me that someone will play this. It really takes me to my high school days. I can close my eyes and be restored to a different time and place.
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See Henry and his music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw7Y78aqf_I___

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2016-12-12 01:17:35 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

RIP Greg Lake: Still You Turn Me On
I remember watching this originally in 1974 and being appalled that Greg Lake seems to be chewing gum...it felt like he wasn't really giving it his all, not really taking his performance (and by extension his audience) seriously. But if you just listen to his voice, it's hard to fault it.

And the line "someone get me a ladder"!?! Always a kind of WTF rhyme.

RIP Greg Lake: Still You Turn Me On
I remember watching this originally in 1974 and being appalled that Greg Lake seems to be chewing gum...it felt like he wasn't really giving it his all, not really taking his performance (and by extension his audience) seriously. But if you just listen to his voice, it's hard to fault it.

And the line "someone get me a ladder"!?! Always a kind of WTF rhyme.___

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2016-12-09 14:41:37 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Politics: White Male of the Year
I think Trump's right...he's lacking the basic humanity to be considered person of the year.

Politics: White Male of the Year
I think Trump's right...he's lacking the basic humanity to be considered person of the year.___

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2016-12-09 01:40:23 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

ELP: RIP Greg Lake
I love this little clip of them rehearsing Karn Evil 9. After 4 minutes of Emerson trying to get Palmer on board (I skipped to minute 4), Lake is just sitting there, patiently playing his bit over and over and over, cig in strumming fingers. Eventually Palmer catches on and they take it from the top and it's seamless, complex, gorgeous.

ELP: RIP Greg Lake
I love this little clip of them rehearsing Karn Evil 9. After 4 minutes of Emerson trying to get Palmer on board (I skipped to minute 4), Lake is just sitting there, patiently playing his bit over and over and over, cig in strumming fingers. Eventually Palmer catches on and they take it from the top and it's seamless, complex, gorgeous.___

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2016-12-09 00:56:28 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Film: Midnight Diner
Netflix has come out with a 10-episode season of Midnight Diner, which began as an award-winning manga, then a Japanese TV series and feature film.

Like An this series is quiet, quirky, and offbeat...mixing food, of course, with characters a bit on the edge of Japanese society but entirely recognizable as classic Japanese characters. Tokyo is said to be not so much a big city as a collection of small villages and these are the kind of village characters that I might have come across in rural Kyushu.

It's so nice that Netflix is providing some alternative Japanese fare to the stereotypical anime, yakuza, or samurai flicks. Think what it would be like if American film (or the American people) was represented to the world only by Disney cartoons, cowboy films, and gangster movies.
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Quote from the article, "The dishes recur... more »

Film: Midnight Diner
Netflix has come out with a 10-episode season of Midnight Diner, which began as an award-winning manga, then a Japanese TV series and feature film.

Like An this series is quiet, quirky, and offbeat...mixing food, of course, with characters a bit on the edge of Japanese society but entirely recognizable as classic Japanese characters. Tokyo is said to be not so much a big city as a collection of small villages and these are the kind of village characters that I might have come across in rural Kyushu.

It's so nice that Netflix is providing some alternative Japanese fare to the stereotypical anime, yakuza, or samurai flicks. Think what it would be like if American film (or the American people) was represented to the world only by Disney cartoons, cowboy films, and gangster movies.
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Quote from the article, "The dishes recur throughout the episode as the characters return to the comforting embrace of the diner. Regardless of the turmoil in their lives, there will always be a seat at the counter, where the sage, omniscient Master will make their favorite dish and listen as they ponder their troubles."___

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2016-12-06 03:39:16 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Artifacts: A History of the Future in 100 Objects
A perfect complement to the book that began this collection, A History of the World in 100 Objects this imagined history of the future examines the 21st century through the eyes of historians in 2082.

Both introduce their collection with the same caveat, "This book is not the history of the 21st century; it is only a history, and a hundred objects can only tell a fraction of our stories."

Artifacts: A History of the Future in 100 Objects
A perfect complement to the book that began this collection, A History of the World in 100 Objects this imagined history of the future examines the 21st century through the eyes of historians in 2082.

Both introduce their collection with the same caveat, "This book is not the history of the 21st century; it is only a history, and a hundred objects can only tell a fraction of our stories."___

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2016-12-05 00:26:37 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Film: An (Sweet Bean)
This is a little film, a slight elegiac work, that seems very Japanese in that unabashedly sentimental way of Japanese drama. The Japanese love a tear-jerker. Maybe it's because they must maintain a stoic facade in public.

The an of the title is a jam made of beans (in this case, red adzuki beans) which is used as a filling for all kinds of baked goods: anpan, manju, and dorayaki, a sort of jelly sandwich made with two small pancakes instead of slices of bread and an filling.

The story concerns three misfits from three generations, who come together in the making of dorayaki. The movie is leisurely slow-paced. Nothing much happens. The moral is summed up in the end, as one character addresses and comforts another.

"You know, boss
We were born into this world
to see it and to listen to it.
Since that's the case,... more »

Film: An (Sweet Bean)
This is a little film, a slight elegiac work, that seems very Japanese in that unabashedly sentimental way of Japanese drama. The Japanese love a tear-jerker. Maybe it's because they must maintain a stoic facade in public.

The an of the title is a jam made of beans (in this case, red adzuki beans) which is used as a filling for all kinds of baked goods: anpan, manju, and dorayaki, a sort of jelly sandwich made with two small pancakes instead of slices of bread and an filling.

The story concerns three misfits from three generations, who come together in the making of dorayaki. The movie is leisurely slow-paced. Nothing much happens. The moral is summed up in the end, as one character addresses and comforts another.

"You know, boss
We were born into this world
to see it and to listen to it.
Since that's the case,
we don't have to be someone.
We have, each of us has,
meaning to our life."

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After watching it, I found this review in the Japan Times
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/06/03/films/film-reviews/director-naomi-kawase-finally-made-real-japanese-film/#.WESpF1eQIko

"...at Cannes, critics hurled adjectives like “insipid,” “fluffy” and “sentimental,” much as I expected them to. So-called real Japanese movies are an acquired taste." I'd add that Japanese film tends to be refreshingly "uncool", lacking in Western-style cynicism.___

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2016-12-04 19:25:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Modelling: On the Importance of

Before you build the real thing, best build a model first.
Handmade scale model timber framed barn under construction (some years ago), using English oak and genuine miniature mortise and tenon joints. Dremmel tool came in very handy!
#timberframe #oak #model___Modelling: On the Importance of

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2016-12-03 01:55:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Film: Arrival, Soundtrack
Jóhann Jóhannsson once again collaborates with director Denis Villeneuve'. Both film and soundtrack are lighter and more otherworldly than Sicario, but once again Jóhannsson's sound adds weight, gravity, depth that the visuals alone would not have. A resonance?

Film: Arrival, Soundtrack
Jóhann Jóhannsson once again collaborates with director Denis Villeneuve'. Both film and soundtrack are lighter and more otherworldly than Sicario, but once again Jóhannsson's sound adds weight, gravity, depth that the visuals alone would not have. A resonance?___

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2016-12-03 01:33:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Film: Arrival
Saw this today. "The Sunday after the election, I watched this and wept. What a dream—to perceive instinctive purpose in what happens around us, to submit to that teleology, to enact it. What a fantasy, to imagine that we’ll be around to help anyone in three thousand years."

Film: Arrival
Saw this today. "The Sunday after the election, I watched this and wept. What a dream—to perceive instinctive purpose in what happens around us, to submit to that teleology, to enact it. What a fantasy, to imagine that we’ll be around to help anyone in three thousand years."___

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2016-12-02 00:37:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Gulf Fritillary: Agraulis vanillae
I was doing a bit of weeding when this bright orange beauty landed on my glove. The Gulf fritillary is one of those butterflies whose wing pattern is entirely different depending on whether you are looking at it from above or beneath. On the top, it is a DayGlo orange with black marks; beneath it is brown with big white spots and just a splash of orange.

After flitting from my glove, it landed on the Turks cap and stayed a long time, hardly moving. It was too cold for it to be very active...or maybe it's at the end of its life cycle.

Gulf Fritillary: Agraulis vanillae
I was doing a bit of weeding when this bright orange beauty landed on my glove. The Gulf fritillary is one of those butterflies whose wing pattern is entirely different depending on whether you are looking at it from above or beneath. On the top, it is a DayGlo orange with black marks; beneath it is brown with big white spots and just a splash of orange.

After flitting from my glove, it landed on the Turks cap and stayed a long time, hardly moving. It was too cold for it to be very active...or maybe it's at the end of its life cycle.___

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2016-11-30 14:45:57 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Beppu-shi, Japan
I lived in Beppu City for two years, one of the hot springs (onsen) capitals of Japan. Decades later I still miss being able to go for a soak in an onsen after a long day of running errands and shopping or having a soak with work colleagues after an official office party or function. Skinship!

When I lived in Beppu, the Sugunoi Hotel was the big "amusement park" -style resort hotel which most guide books highlighted. Even Dave Barry stayed there when writing his book, "Dave Barry Does Japan".

However, there are also many smaller, quieter, more old-fashioned onsen where you can enjoy a bit of solitude and nature. Still, going to the onsen is often a group activity and a family activity, too. Not all countries are as prurient about nudity as the USA, even though Americans have done their best since they've arrived to try to... more »

Travel: Beppu-shi, Japan
I lived in Beppu City for two years, one of the hot springs (onsen) capitals of Japan. Decades later I still miss being able to go for a soak in an onsen after a long day of running errands and shopping or having a soak with work colleagues after an official office party or function. Skinship!

When I lived in Beppu, the Sugunoi Hotel was the big "amusement park" -style resort hotel which most guide books highlighted. Even Dave Barry stayed there when writing his book, "Dave Barry Does Japan".

However, there are also many smaller, quieter, more old-fashioned onsen where you can enjoy a bit of solitude and nature. Still, going to the onsen is often a group activity and a family activity, too. Not all countries are as prurient about nudity as the USA, even though Americans have done their best since they've arrived to try to shame the Japanese about it.

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Sugunoi Hotel
http://www.suginoi-hotel.com/english/facilities/spa.html___

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2016-11-29 14:13:31 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Politics: Don't Put on a Happy Face
Two moving insights from the article...
...
I. On The Attitude of the Marginalized
"If there is a more persistent demand of the marginalized and oppressed than that they perform hope for their benefactors, it is difficult to find it. We have, of course, a nomenclature problem. When white allies want us to be hopeful what they really mean is that they require absolution in exchange for their sympathies. And, when black people say that they are plenty hopeful we tend to mean that our hope is tempered by a deep awareness of how thin is the veneer of white civility. Our grudging acceptance that progress and diversity are fragile bits of spun glass looks like hopelessness because it doesn’t absolve. But, it is the most enduring kind of hope and it is the hope that President-elect Donald Trump will require of us all if we’re to organizeand... more »

Politics: Don't Put on a Happy Face
Two moving insights from the article...
...
I. On The Attitude of the Marginalized
"If there is a more persistent demand of the marginalized and oppressed than that they perform hope for their benefactors, it is difficult to find it. We have, of course, a nomenclature problem. When white allies want us to be hopeful what they really mean is that they require absolution in exchange for their sympathies. And, when black people say that they are plenty hopeful we tend to mean that our hope is tempered by a deep awareness of how thin is the veneer of white civility. Our grudging acceptance that progress and diversity are fragile bits of spun glass looks like hopelessness because it doesn’t absolve. But, it is the most enduring kind of hope and it is the hope that President-elect Donald Trump will require of us all if we’re to organize and resist."

II. On Dismissing the Experience of the Marginalized
"These colleagues, the professionally smart, seemed dismayed that the black woman they’d been brave enough to think smart could believe a President Trump was possible. They were dismayed but not surprised. Women and black people always have a potential blind spot where race and gender are concerned. It is why we’re so emotional and irrational. We just cannot see past our unscientific claims of racism and sexism to be truly professionally smart. Our models, in the parlance of the professionally smart, are always just a bit skewed."

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via +George Station ___

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2016-11-29 02:18:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Politics: Electoral College Landslides
Out of 54 contests, Trump ranks 44th in percentage of electoral votes won, just above JFK but below Harry S. Truman. The next three presidents on the list more popular than Trump are Martin Van Buren, James A. Garfield and Benjamin Harrison. Ah, to be as wildly beloved as those guys.

Politics: Electoral College Landslides
Out of 54 contests, Trump ranks 44th in percentage of electoral votes won, just above JFK but below Harry S. Truman. The next three presidents on the list more popular than Trump are Martin Van Buren, James A. Garfield and Benjamin Harrison. Ah, to be as wildly beloved as those guys.___

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2016-11-27 20:49:38 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Lifehacks: Living in the Moment...Fuck That!
Finally! Someone else pushing back against the "mindfulness" hooey. Sure, it's fine to appreciate a moment...a really fine moment, but don't knock anticipation and reflection. Face it, the people who live continuously "in the moment" have Alzheimer's...not something I aspire to. I prefer my life with a strong narrative arc, where individual moments are imbued with meaning stemming from context.

Not all our moments are equally good and during the really bad ones, it's amazing that we have the capacity to imagine ourselves elsewhere. Sure if you're hiking in Patagonia, focus on the moment. If you are working in a sweat shop, let yourself dream of better futures.

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From the article...

"On the face of it, our lives are often much more fulfilling lived outside... more »

Lifehacks: Living in the Moment...Fuck That!
Finally! Someone else pushing back against the "mindfulness" hooey. Sure, it's fine to appreciate a moment...a really fine moment, but don't knock anticipation and reflection. Face it, the people who live continuously "in the moment" have Alzheimer's...not something I aspire to. I prefer my life with a strong narrative arc, where individual moments are imbued with meaning stemming from context.

Not all our moments are equally good and during the really bad ones, it's amazing that we have the capacity to imagine ourselves elsewhere. Sure if you're hiking in Patagonia, focus on the moment. If you are working in a sweat shop, let yourself dream of better futures.

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From the article...

"On the face of it, our lives are often much more fulfilling lived outside the present than in it. As anyone who has ever maintained that they will one day lose 10 pounds or learn Spanish or find the matching lids for the Tupperware will know, we often anticipate our futures with more blind optimism than the reality is likely to warrant."

"Surely one of the most magnificent feats of the human brain is its ability to hold past, present, future and their imagined alternatives in constant parallel, to offset the tedium of washing dishes with the chance to be simultaneously mentally in Bangkok, or in Don Draper’s bed, or finally telling your elderly relative that despite her belief that “no one born in the 1970s died,” using a car seat isn’t spoiling your child. It’s hard to see why greater happiness would be achieved by reining in that magical sense of scope and possibility to outstare a SpaghettiO."

"What differentiates humans from animals is exactly this ability to step mentally outside of whatever is happening to us right now, and to assign it context and significance. Our happiness does not come so much from our experiences themselves, but from the stories we tell ourselves that make them matter."___

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2016-11-24 02:19:30 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Class and Instance
The same type of red oak. Two trees. Different leaves. Different acorns.

Class and Instance
The same type of red oak. Two trees. Different leaves. Different acorns.___

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2016-11-24 00:28:28 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Economy: They Took My Job

___Economy: They Took My Job

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2016-11-23 02:25:33 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Music: Another Brick in a Wall
I found this version oddly soothing.

"Another Brick in the Wall" played on traditional Korean gayageum http://boingboing.net/2016/11/21/listen-to-another-brick-in-t.html___Music: Another Brick in a Wall
I found this version oddly soothing.

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2016-11-23 00:35:05 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Women Work: NASA

Apollo software engineer Margaret Hamilton was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today by President Barack Obama for her contribution to the Apollo 11 moon landing 47 years ago. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2g0Xzuu___Women Work: NASA

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2016-11-20 16:03:42 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Game Theory: Heroes 101
From the article, "Now let’s look at the Predator side of the game. Predators love Heroes. They love Heroes because the people who potentially have the skill and expertise to intervene—and foil their hunt—have been so thoughtful as to wear an identifiable uniform. When a Predator sees a safety pin their reaction is not, “oh, I suppose I should change my ways”—it’s “if I wait until he or she goes away I can hunt without interruption.” The presence of a safety pin does makes the Predator’s life better by making it less risky for them to hunt. Think about that one a moment."

"The other reason Predators love Heroes is it’s so easy to impersonate a Hero. If a Predator wears a safety pin and then harasses a Victim, the Victim is going to further distrust Heroes—driving a wedge between them and the Heroes who exist to helpthem. So it’s in a Pre... more »

Game Theory: Heroes 101
From the article, "Now let’s look at the Predator side of the game. Predators love Heroes. They love Heroes because the people who potentially have the skill and expertise to intervene—and foil their hunt—have been so thoughtful as to wear an identifiable uniform. When a Predator sees a safety pin their reaction is not, “oh, I suppose I should change my ways”—it’s “if I wait until he or she goes away I can hunt without interruption.” The presence of a safety pin does makes the Predator’s life better by making it less risky for them to hunt. Think about that one a moment."

"The other reason Predators love Heroes is it’s so easy to impersonate a Hero. If a Predator wears a safety pin and then harasses a Victim, the Victim is going to further distrust Heroes—driving a wedge between them and the Heroes who exist to help them. So it’s in a Predator’s best interest to wear a safety pin and masquerade as a Hero!"___

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2016-11-20 14:01:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Politics: The grotesquely abnormal became our normality
+George Takei said, "My father once told me that American democracy is a people’s democracy at heart, and that it therefore can be as great as the American people, or as fallible. It depends on all of us. But our system is more fragile than we know. To sustain it, we must always cherish the ideals on which it was founded, remain vigilant against the dark forces that threaten it, and actively engage in the process of making it work. The election may not have turned out the way many hoped, but we must take each setback as a challenge to stand up ever taller."

"I am rededicating the balance of my years to hold this country I love up to its highest ideals. I want to make a more perfect union, and require our government to stand for what is right, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office. Our fight will be harderun... more »

Politics: The grotesquely abnormal became our normality
+George Takei said, "My father once told me that American democracy is a people’s democracy at heart, and that it therefore can be as great as the American people, or as fallible. It depends on all of us. But our system is more fragile than we know. To sustain it, we must always cherish the ideals on which it was founded, remain vigilant against the dark forces that threaten it, and actively engage in the process of making it work. The election may not have turned out the way many hoped, but we must take each setback as a challenge to stand up ever taller."

"I am rededicating the balance of my years to hold this country I love up to its highest ideals. I want to make a more perfect union, and require our government to stand for what is right, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office. Our fight will be harder under a Donald Trump administration, there is little doubt. But we must recommit ourselves, each of us, to ensuring that we treat all persons equally, that every individual and community retains a voice, and that at all times we have got each other’s backs. Nothing is more vital."___

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2016-11-20 02:16:50 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Are You Lost

Are You Lost___

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2016-11-19 01:44:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Politics: Farewell, America: Living for History
Bill Moyers, ". ..the disempowered media may have one more role to fill: They must bear witness. Many years from now, future generations will need to know what happened to us and how it happened. They will need to know how disgruntled white Americans, full of self-righteous indignation, found a way to take back a country they felt they were entitled to and which they believed had been lost. They will need to know about the ugliness and evil that destroyed us as a nation after great men like Lincoln and Roosevelt guided us through previous crises and kept our values intact. They will need to know, and they will need a vigorous, engaged, moral media to tell them. They will also need us."

"We are not living for ourselves anymore in this country. Now we are living for history."

Politics: Farewell, America: Living for History
Bill Moyers, ". ..the disempowered media may have one more role to fill: They must bear witness. Many years from now, future generations will need to know what happened to us and how it happened. They will need to know how disgruntled white Americans, full of self-righteous indignation, found a way to take back a country they felt they were entitled to and which they believed had been lost. They will need to know about the ugliness and evil that destroyed us as a nation after great men like Lincoln and Roosevelt guided us through previous crises and kept our values intact. They will need to know, and they will need a vigorous, engaged, moral media to tell them. They will also need us."

"We are not living for ourselves anymore in this country. Now we are living for history."___

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2016-11-19 01:33:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Generation Landslide

Generation Landslide___

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2016-11-18 18:58:29 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Film: The Crown
Reeling from the American election, I sought a bit of civility in politics by binging on Netflix's The Crown. I enjoyed the central theme of the struggle between individual desire and the social and civic obligations one assumes through position or work. Privilege, yes. But also duty and sacrifice for the common good, the commonwealth.

Film: The Crown
Reeling from the American election, I sought a bit of civility in politics by binging on Netflix's The Crown. I enjoyed the central theme of the struggle between individual desire and the social and civic obligations one assumes through position or work. Privilege, yes. But also duty and sacrifice for the common good, the commonwealth.___

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2016-11-18 02:22:37 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

In the aftermath of the election, President Obama talks with David Remnick: “I think nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world.”

In the aftermath of the election, President Obama talks with David Remnick: “I think nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world.”___

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2016-11-17 15:37:22 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Portals and Passages: Cobbled Streets
Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. philos. adelphos. Founded by Quakers who experienced religious persecution and who wanted a colony where anyone could worship freely.

Portals and Passages: Cobbled Streets
Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. philos. adelphos. Founded by Quakers who experienced religious persecution and who wanted a colony where anyone could worship freely.___

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2016-11-17 03:21:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can."

Hillary Clinton Full Children’s Defense Fund Speech
"Clinton went on to say, however, that the work of those at the Children’s Defense Fund inspired her to pick herself back up. She later said that she was deeply disappointed in the results of the election “more than I could ever express,” but that the campaign was never about one person or one election.
"She also said that many Americans are afraid this week, recounting a story of meeting with a little girl who was afraid that her parents were going to be deported, saying that there is clearly a lot of work to do. "Clinton recommended that Americans across the country get involved in their communities.
"As a more positive sentiment, Clinton said that she was happy that there was a consensus in this campaign that there needed to be reforms made when it comes to child care and paid family leave.
Clinton concluded by telling her supporters to continue fighting for their values and to never give up.
“I know this isn’t easy,” she said. “I know that over the past week people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was…But please listen to this when I say this: America is worth it.”
http://heavy.com/news/2016/11/watch-hillary-clinton-full-speech-to-the-children-defense-fund-after-election-entire-video-youtube/

#HillaryClinton #StillWithHer #ChildrensDefenseFund  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQgE_jzIlBY___"Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can."

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2016-11-17 00:55:57 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Travel Philadelphia: The Liberty Bell
"America and the Classical Ideal. Both the past and the present had lessons to teach the New World philosophers. They hoped to avoid the mistakes of history, learn from its experience, and apply this knowledge to their new reality. Belief in the classical ideal, while not universal, still heavily influenced most spheres of 18th-century life."

"Through their poems, histories, and plays, the early Roman Republic and ancient Athenian Greece offered examples of noble men who devoted their lives to the public welfare. These heroes exhibited the admirable qualities of frugality, industry, loyalty, and "disinterestedness" a desire for fame but not a lust for power."

"More than a millennium after corruption and war destroyed ancient Rome, European intellectuals built upon the fundamental truths they... more »

Travel Philadelphia: The Liberty Bell
"America and the Classical Ideal. Both the past and the present had lessons to teach the New World philosophers. They hoped to avoid the mistakes of history, learn from its experience, and apply this knowledge to their new reality. Belief in the classical ideal, while not universal, still heavily influenced most spheres of 18th-century life."

"Through their poems, histories, and plays, the early Roman Republic and ancient Athenian Greece offered examples of noble men who devoted their lives to the public welfare. These heroes exhibited the admirable qualities of frugality, industry, loyalty, and "disinterestedness" a desire for fame but not a lust for power."

"More than a millennium after corruption and war destroyed ancient Rome, European intellectuals built upon the fundamental truths they attributed to the ancients in new works on science, art, government, and religion. These "enlightened" philosophers wrote about natural law, the rights of man, and the power of reason to govern human action."

"Committed to the classical ideal of res publica or "public good" some English politicians (called Whigs) worried that special interests threatened the future of their Commonwealth by corrupting the King and Parliament, just as these same forces had destroyed ancient Rome."___

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2016-11-16 18:38:39 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Politics: Blue Feed, Red Feed
From the Wall Street Journal
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"Facebook’s role in providing Americans with political news has never been stronger—or more controversial. Scholars worry that the social network can create “echo chambers,” where users see posts only from like-minded friends and media sources. Facebook encourages users to “keep an open mind” by seeking out posts that don’t appear in their feeds."

"To demonstrate how reality may differ for different Facebook users, The Wall Street Journal created two feeds, one “blue” and the other “red.” If a source appears in the red feed, a majority of the articles shared from the source were classified as “very conservatively aligned” in a large 2015 Facebook study. For the blue feed, a majority of each source’s articles aligned “very liberal.” These aren'tintended to resemble actual ind... more »

Politics: Blue Feed, Red Feed
From the Wall Street Journal
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"Facebook’s role in providing Americans with political news has never been stronger—or more controversial. Scholars worry that the social network can create “echo chambers,” where users see posts only from like-minded friends and media sources. Facebook encourages users to “keep an open mind” by seeking out posts that don’t appear in their feeds."

"To demonstrate how reality may differ for different Facebook users, The Wall Street Journal created two feeds, one “blue” and the other “red.” If a source appears in the red feed, a majority of the articles shared from the source were classified as “very conservatively aligned” in a large 2015 Facebook study. For the blue feed, a majority of each source’s articles aligned “very liberal.” These aren't intended to resemble actual individual news feeds. Instead, they are rare side-by-side looks at real conversations from different perspectives."

"To begin, click on a topic. Be forewarned: These Facebook posts do not represent the reporting or opinion of The Wall Street Journal, and are not verified, edited or endorsed in any way. Read our Methodology."

http://graphics.wsj.com/blue-feed-red-feed/

Related: The Guardian
Bursting the Facebook Bubble
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/16/facebook-bias-bubble-us-election-conservative-liberal-news-feed___

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