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M Sinclair Stevens

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Context Sensitive. Solution Oriented.

Occupation: UX User Advocate (Making a Simpler, More Beautiful G+)

Location: Austin

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Cream of the Crop: 01/12/2012

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2016-07-20 00:00:20 (23 comments; 19 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Lake Tahoe
"I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way! A strictly North American beauty--snow-splotched mountains, huge pines, red-woods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface. Lake Tahoe is before me..."
Isabella Bird, September 2, 1873
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Photo: 2005-06-12

Most reshares: 19

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2016-07-20 00:00:20 (23 comments; 19 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Lake Tahoe
"I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way! A strictly North American beauty--snow-splotched mountains, huge pines, red-woods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface. Lake Tahoe is before me..."
Isabella Bird, September 2, 1873
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Photo: 2005-06-12

Most plusones: 225

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2016-07-20 00:00:20 (23 comments; 19 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Lake Tahoe
"I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way! A strictly North American beauty--snow-splotched mountains, huge pines, red-woods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface. Lake Tahoe is before me..."
Isabella Bird, September 2, 1873
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Photo: 2005-06-12

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2016-09-27 19:34:51 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Politics: In It For Myself
Basically, Trump is one of those guys who doesn't give a damn about humanity, community, or country. His ethics extend only to staying within the letter of the law...or perhaps not even that...to making sure he's not caught. When he is, it's always someone else's fault.

The is the GOP's new standard-bearer of personal responsibility: someone who will put his arm around your shoulder and tell you he's the only one who can protect you while simultaneously picking your pocket.
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From the article.
"Trump, by contrast, argued on Monday night that businessmen like himself can do whatever it takes to get rich, so long as they don’t violate the law. He essentially rejected the proposition that people should live by a moral code that goes beyond what is mandated by the state. And he discussed the countrya... more »

Trump's Abdication of Personal Responsibility http://trib.al/FfeFZ1T___Politics: In It For Myself
Basically, Trump is one of those guys who doesn't give a damn about humanity, community, or country. His ethics extend only to staying within the letter of the law...or perhaps not even that...to making sure he's not caught. When he is, it's always someone else's fault.

The is the GOP's new standard-bearer of personal responsibility: someone who will put his arm around your shoulder and tell you he's the only one who can protect you while simultaneously picking your pocket.
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From the article.
"Trump, by contrast, argued on Monday night that businessmen like himself can do whatever it takes to get rich, so long as they don’t violate the law. He essentially rejected the proposition that people should live by a moral code that goes beyond what is mandated by the state. And he discussed the country as a whole the same way."

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2016-09-25 22:19:46 (19 comments; 6 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

Travel California: Mono Lake

http://www.monolake.org

Travel California: Mono Lake

http://www.monolake.org___

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2016-09-24 02:20:07 (15 comments; 5 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

Travel Yosemite: Taft Point
On the same road as Glacier Point but somewhat less crowded. The fascinating part of this hike is "The Fissures". Deep gashes in the rock that will have you falling through open air until you hit the Yosemite Valley floor some several thousands of feet below. Definitely a place to pay attention to where you're walking and not be staring at your smartphone. Don't let kids run around either. There is no real warning of an edge...like a cliff. The fissures are just there.

I took the photo on the left with people for scale. If you look closely at the photo on the right, you'll see the same outcropping. That gives you some idea of the immensity of Yosemite.

http://www.yosemitehikes.com/glacier-point-road/taft-point/taft-point.htm

Travel Yosemite: Taft Point
On the same road as Glacier Point but somewhat less crowded. The fascinating part of this hike is "The Fissures". Deep gashes in the rock that will have you falling through open air until you hit the Yosemite Valley floor some several thousands of feet below. Definitely a place to pay attention to where you're walking and not be staring at your smartphone. Don't let kids run around either. There is no real warning of an edge...like a cliff. The fissures are just there.

I took the photo on the left with people for scale. If you look closely at the photo on the right, you'll see the same outcropping. That gives you some idea of the immensity of Yosemite.

http://www.yosemitehikes.com/glacier-point-road/taft-point/taft-point.htm___

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2016-09-18 20:05:11 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Travel Austin: Guns, Gold, Guitars

Travel Austin: Guns, Gold, Guitars___

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2016-09-17 01:50:12 (18 comments; 2 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Austin, TX
We go for an early morning bike ride on the roads around Decker Lake (aka Lake Walter E. Long) in east Austin. The high temperatures are still in the 90s but you can tell it's fall in Austin by the quality of the light.

Travel: Austin, TX
We go for an early morning bike ride on the roads around Decker Lake (aka Lake Walter E. Long) in east Austin. The high temperatures are still in the 90s but you can tell it's fall in Austin by the quality of the light.___

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2016-09-16 13:21:30 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Artifacts: Keeping Score
"A life lived in frugality, spent frivolously" on a million-dollar scoreboard, one commenter wrote on a local newspaper site, calling the decision "an assault" on Morin's life. Others say it's simply a shame that more of the money didn't go to the university's Dimond Library, where Morin spent much of his life.
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A frugal librarian amasses $4 million dollars and leaves it to the university where he worked. Said university decides to spend $1 million dollars of the bequest on a scoreboard for their stadium; and a mere $100,000 for the university's library.

Artifacts: Keeping Score
"A life lived in frugality, spent frivolously" on a million-dollar scoreboard, one commenter wrote on a local newspaper site, calling the decision "an assault" on Morin's life. Others say it's simply a shame that more of the money didn't go to the university's Dimond Library, where Morin spent much of his life.
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A frugal librarian amasses $4 million dollars and leaves it to the university where he worked. Said university decides to spend $1 million dollars of the bequest on a scoreboard for their stadium; and a mere $100,000 for the university's library.___

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2016-09-12 20:42:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Artifacts: Treasures and Trifles
Jerome K. Jerome imagined it exactly right when he wondered if those of us in the year 2000 would treasure the trifles and junk of his own Victorian era. Here are the very China dogs of which he speaks, in an antique shop in Knutsford England more than hundred years later.
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"To go back to the carved-oak question, they must have had very fair notions of the artistic and the beautiful, our great-great-grandfathers. Why, all our art treasures of to-day are only the dug-up commonplaces of three or four hundred years ago. I wonder if there is real intrinsic beauty in the old soup-plates, beer-mugs, and candle-snuffers that we prize so now, or if it is only the halo of age glowing around them that gives them their charms in our eyes. The “old blue” that we hang about our walls as ornaments were the common every-day household utensils of a fewcen... more »

Artifacts: Treasures and Trifles
Jerome K. Jerome imagined it exactly right when he wondered if those of us in the year 2000 would treasure the trifles and junk of his own Victorian era. Here are the very China dogs of which he speaks, in an antique shop in Knutsford England more than hundred years later.
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"To go back to the carved-oak question, they must have had very fair notions of the artistic and the beautiful, our great-great-grandfathers. Why, all our art treasures of to-day are only the dug-up commonplaces of three or four hundred years ago. I wonder if there is real intrinsic beauty in the old soup-plates, beer-mugs, and candle-snuffers that we prize so now, or if it is only the halo of age glowing around them that gives them their charms in our eyes. The “old blue” that we hang about our walls as ornaments were the common every-day household utensils of a few centuries ago; and the pink shepherds and the yellow shepherdesses that we hand round now for all our friends to gush over, and pretend they understand, were the unvalued mantel-ornaments that the mother of the eighteenth century would have given the baby to suck when he cried.

"Will it be the same in the future? Will the prized treasures of to-day always be the cheap trifles of the day before? Will rows of our willow-pattern dinner-plates be ranged above the chimneypieces of the great in the years 2000 and odd? Will the white cups with the gold rim and the beautiful gold flower inside (species unknown), that our Sarah Janes now break in sheer light-heartedness of spirit, be carefully mended, and stood upon a bracket, and dusted only by the lady of the house?

"China dog That china dog that ornaments the bedroom of my furnished lodgings. It is a white dog. Its eyes blue. Its nose is a delicate red, with spots. Its head is painfully erect, its expression is amiability carried to verge of imbecility. I do not admire it myself. Considered as a work of art, I may say it irritates me. Thoughtless friends jeer at it, and even my landlady herself has no admiration for it, and excuses its presence by the circumstance that her aunt gave it to her.

"But in 200 years’ time it is more than probable that that dog will be dug up from somewhere or other, minus its legs, and with its tail broken, and will be sold for old china, and put in a glass cabinet. And people will pass it round, and admire it. They will be struck by the wonderful depth of the colour on the nose, and speculate as to how beautiful the bit of the tail that is lost no doubt was.

"We, in this age, do not see the beauty of that dog. We are too familiar with it. It is like the sunset and the stars: we are not awed by their loveliness because they are common to our eyes. So it is with that china dog. In 2288 people will gush over it. The making of such dogs will have become a lost art. Our descendants will wonder how we did it, and say how clever we were. We shall be referred to lovingly as “those grand old artists that flourished in the nineteenth century, and produced those china dogs.”

"The “sampler” that the eldest daughter did at school will be spoken of as “tapestry of the Victorian era,” and be almost priceless. The blue-and-white mugs of the present-day roadside inn will be hunted up, all cracked and chipped, and sold for their weight in gold, and rich people will use them for claret cups; and travellers from Japan will buy up all the “Presents from Ramsgate,” and “Souvenirs of Margate,” that may have escaped destruction, and take them back to Jedo as ancient English curios."
- Three Men in a Boat___

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2016-09-07 19:57:23 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Book: The Little Virtues
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The title essay considers what we should teach children—“not the little virtues but the great ones,” according to Ginzburg. “Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution but courage and a contempt for danger; not shrewdness but frankness and a love of truth; not tact but love for one’s neighbor and self-denial; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know.”
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“What we must remember above all in the education of our children is that their love of life should never weaken.”

Book: The Little Virtues
Quotes from the article...
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The title essay considers what we should teach children—“not the little virtues but the great ones,” according to Ginzburg. “Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution but courage and a contempt for danger; not shrewdness but frankness and a love of truth; not tact but love for one’s neighbor and self-denial; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know.”
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“What we must remember above all in the education of our children is that their love of life should never weaken.”___

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2016-09-07 02:02:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

UXG+: Classic
Collecting this post because it brings back so many of the topics (and people) from the first major redesign of Google+ in April 2012: Rise of the Visual Web. This time around the theme seems to be "Designed for Mobile". In 2012, more people were willing to try to workaround the changes or work to get them changed. This time (whether it's because we've grown weary or we finally realized that Google+ has its own agenda) more people seem disenchanted with the changes.

Closing comments here. This is merely archival. If you want to join the discussion do so at the OP.

Why I just switched back (again) to classic Google+ ...for the moment anyway...

The screenshot on the left is from the "new" About area when I go to +Laura Gibbs's profile. Note the "And 481 others" at the bottom? It's not a live link, so there's no way to know who any of the other people in common are. Do I care? Sure. I actively pay attention to my Personal Learning Network ( #PLN ) or try to.

The screenshot on the right is from the classic About area in which I can roll over the first few images, or click the "100 people" to see a popup of everybody Laura and I have in common. There I can connect, adjust Circles, choose to unfollow, etc. Below that I can do some judicious PLN support by learning who Laura values here.

+Gideon Rosenblatt This is the new vs. classic issue I mentioned earlier, the one about people as opposed to topics. I'll let others who are deeper into Collections, Communities, etc. lead with their take on the pros/cons as G+ evolves. From my seat, Collections are working as designed and I don't have an expectation of any problems. Not sure about Communities changes.

I am more about G+er relationships, so I wanted to point you (Gideon) to something about that per my previous comment.

Cc (because you're concerned users who have always had constructive criticism for my take on G+, or equally concerned employees/supporters trying to get through the day) +Eileen O'Duffy +Lauren Weinstein +David Amerland +Yifat Cohen +Peter Vogel +Liz Stevenson +Keith Wilson +Gina Fiedel +Zara Altair +Craig Froehle +Mike Elgan +Mark Traphagen +John Skeats +Luke Wroblewski +John Kellden 

P.S. The "other me" in the screenshots is my campus (.edu) account, demonstrating Laura's good taste and professionalism in maintaining her own PLN. ;-)___UXG+: Classic
Collecting this post because it brings back so many of the topics (and people) from the first major redesign of Google+ in April 2012: Rise of the Visual Web. This time around the theme seems to be "Designed for Mobile". In 2012, more people were willing to try to workaround the changes or work to get them changed. This time (whether it's because we've grown weary or we finally realized that Google+ has its own agenda) more people seem disenchanted with the changes.

Closing comments here. This is merely archival. If you want to join the discussion do so at the OP.

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2016-09-05 17:18:19 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

ATX: A Taco Truck on Every Corner
Austin, as the progressive bastion of Texas, knows just what a good thing this is! #ThanksHillary   Austin also has lots of good Thai and Vietnamese restaurants, craft beer pubs, and many, many, many locally-owned restaurants.

I've eaten at El Arroyo since the 1980s. I've taken my mother, a suspected Republican, to El Arroyo. She loved it. They change their sign every day to comment on the news...basically they ran a "comments" section long before social media.

ATX: A Taco Truck on Every Corner
Austin, as the progressive bastion of Texas, knows just what a good thing this is! #ThanksHillary   Austin also has lots of good Thai and Vietnamese restaurants, craft beer pubs, and many, many, many locally-owned restaurants.

I've eaten at El Arroyo since the 1980s. I've taken my mother, a suspected Republican, to El Arroyo. She loved it. They change their sign every day to comment on the news...basically they ran a "comments" section long before social media.___

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2016-09-04 13:07:48 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Lifehacks: The State of Readiness
An old story has it that when an IBM manager saw a light indicating two states, working and idle, he had the label "idle" changed to "ready"...because "our machines are never idle."

Most of my life I, too, have switched between these two extremes; I'm either fully engaged or not. As one boss described me, I'm on or off...there is no middle ground. One effect of this trait is that my desk, my virtual desktop, or any room that I'm working on a project is left in disarray. When I'm focused, I will work slightly past the point of sheer exhaustion, then drop everything and fall asleep.

I was talking to a colleague about the concept of orderliness and how chaos seems to be winning the battle in my life. We are both old enough to be cognizant of how our physical environment affects our mental state.... more »

Lifehacks: The State of Readiness
An old story has it that when an IBM manager saw a light indicating two states, working and idle, he had the label "idle" changed to "ready"...because "our machines are never idle."

Most of my life I, too, have switched between these two extremes; I'm either fully engaged or not. As one boss described me, I'm on or off...there is no middle ground. One effect of this trait is that my desk, my virtual desktop, or any room that I'm working on a project is left in disarray. When I'm focused, I will work slightly past the point of sheer exhaustion, then drop everything and fall asleep.

I was talking to a colleague about the concept of orderliness and how chaos seems to be winning the battle in my life. We are both old enough to be cognizant of how our physical environment affects our mental state. Despite decades of rationalization on how a messy desk is a sign of a creative mind, for us two, this has not been the case in practice.

My own experience tells me I'm lying to myself. One of my most productive work environments was when I was on contract and assigned a desk where I was not allowed to leave anything overnight. Each morning I'd come in, lay out my pen case, my notebook, my headphones and power up the computer while I went to get a cup of coffee. Each evening, I'd put everything away, erasing all signs that I had ever been there. Coming into work and facing that clean desk every day was one of the best experiences I'd ever had. There was nothing to distract me. Nothing hanging over me from the previous day. From the moment I sat down, I was ready to work.

So as I was griping about the unending battle against disorderliness in my own life, my colleague countered with a lifehack he'd read which sounded so much like one of those "one weird trick" articles that he was almost embarrassed to mention it. As I have been to you.

But I've tried it for a couple of months now and I've found it effective. Also, I'm curious if it will work for anyone else. I'll call the concept "room readiness" for lack of a better term. The idea is that when you leave a room, you glance around to see if anything is out of place and then you put it away. Right then. The goal is to leave every room in a state of readiness. That way, when you walk back into it, you can get right to work rather than be distracted by some other thing.

When I first heard this, I thought it was impossible...ridiculous and unachievable. My workspace still looks like a college dorm room and more than one sweetheart has condemned me as the biggest slob they've ever met. However, I like experiments, so I was willing to give it a try.

And it worked for me. By taking that one extra minute to straighten up my desk or take the coffee cup into the kitchen or put the books back on the shelf, I save myself five or ten minutes the next time I walk back into the room, trying to figure out where I left off and get myself started again.

The most difficult part of the challenge has been applying the lesson to my virtual desktop. I'm one of those people who has scores of windows and tabs open. (And, yes, Post-It Notes stuck on my monitor and everywhere else.) When I follow through, I'm rewarded the next day...so I will keep at it and see if I can change the bad habits of years.

Apparently the guy was right: there's a big difference between idleness and readiness.___

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2016-09-01 03:53:02 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 109 +1s; )Open 

Travel National Parks: Big Bend
During our morning hike we saw nothing but fog. You'd think we were up in the Lake District or something. The Chisos Mountains Basin catches any clouds drifting by, creating a verdant hidden valley, often shrouded in clouds.

We emerged at the ridge and could see nothing. We hung around for awhile to rest and eat our snack. People came for the view and left without seeing one. We were about to turn back, too, when the clouds began to break up. Then...!
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http://visitbigbend.com/chisos-mountains/

Travel National Parks: Big Bend
During our morning hike we saw nothing but fog. You'd think we were up in the Lake District or something. The Chisos Mountains Basin catches any clouds drifting by, creating a verdant hidden valley, often shrouded in clouds.

We emerged at the ridge and could see nothing. We hung around for awhile to rest and eat our snack. People came for the view and left without seeing one. We were about to turn back, too, when the clouds began to break up. Then...!
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http://visitbigbend.com/chisos-mountains/___

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2016-08-31 03:33:16 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Portals and Passages: Leighton, Wales
A small and overgrown bridge crosses the creek next to their house. The boys climb up into the treehouse to stand guard against trolls.

Portals and Passages: Leighton, Wales
A small and overgrown bridge crosses the creek next to their house. The boys climb up into the treehouse to stand guard against trolls.___

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2016-08-30 00:58:38 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 169 +1s; )Open 

Travel England: Mobberley
I run down the lane and around the corner to post my letters and cards, and this is my view from the post box. I've slipped into an alternate universe.

Travel England: Mobberley
I run down the lane and around the corner to post my letters and cards, and this is my view from the post box. I've slipped into an alternate universe.___

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2016-08-29 02:49:41 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

Travel England: Manchester Town Hall
Designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877, which makes contemporary with the Texas state capitol building in Austin which was built in the 1880s. The Manchester Town Hall is far more ornate...Victorian neo-gothic.

Travel England: Manchester Town Hall
Designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877, which makes contemporary with the Texas state capitol building in Austin which was built in the 1880s. The Manchester Town Hall is far more ornate...Victorian neo-gothic.___

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2016-08-24 13:28:26 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Stranger Things: DOE "We're Not Evil"

Stranger Things: DOE "We're Not Evil"___

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2016-08-23 16:58:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Cat Pictures, Please
Naomi Kritzer's 2016 Hugo award-winning short story online for you to read.

Kinda cute...and how I imagine my relationship with Google.

Cat Pictures, Please
Naomi Kritzer's 2016 Hugo award-winning short story online for you to read.

Kinda cute...and how I imagine my relationship with Google.___

2016-08-23 01:10:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Replay: Responding to Orwell's "What is Science?"
I found this more moving on second read...maybe because I identify so with this passage. "..In those days it was inconceivable to me that perhaps there was a quite different passion play running its course for an American boy somewhere in the Bible Belt, where science was his path away from the odious stench and habits of theocrats seeking to dispel enlightenment and retreat into the Dark Ages."

Despite favoring inquiry over faith, I've never abandoned the arts. Nor have wondered at their utility. I've never thought that we humans or our universe could be only understood if reduced to quantifiable, commodifiable widgets. Music is in the space between the notes.

Orwell and science
Star Trek was broadcast for the first time in West Germany, dubbed into German, in 1972.  The year of the München Olympics, at which the entire Israeli squad was massacred by the Black Septembrist bastards.  The year the West German team won the European soccer championship; a sporting inconsequence that became the stick with which British boys beat me every day for five years.  It was worse after 1974.  There was a time in the 1970s when I thought a split lip and black eye were going to be permanent features of my life forever.  

From Star Trek I learnt that you had to hit back at whatever threatened you, and that science was only ever a prop to give your punch a better killing force.  From the Olympics I learnt how deeply the German national shame ran, and how ineffective we were, as a nation, in standing against political mass murder.  From the soccer I learnt that all the aspirational bullshit around sport was nothing compared to the theological frenzy it all caused.

I remember as if it were yesterday, being cornered near the bike sheds, under the widows of the chapel in which some of the younger boys with angelic voices were singing hymns.  It was winter.  There was frost on the ground that scratched my skin when my face rubbed against it.  In that heavenly mood I got a beating from four of the older boys that seemed to last forever.  My complicity in this ritual was to keep getting up when I was knocked down, and to make the boys angry by striking back, even if ineffectively.  A kind of determinism.

If I had been a slightly less bone-headed boy, I would have chosen to retreat into the uncontroversial aridity of science and math.  But I liked girls and wanted to be their hero.  That meant knowing literature and other, worldly things, standing my ground even if I got hammered senseless doing it, and taking ethical stances on the issues of the day.  In Britain this meant having knowledge of, and orientation on geopolitical events.

But is it really true that a "scientist", in this narrower sense, is any likelier than other people to approach non-scientific problems in an objective way ? There is not much reason for thinking so. Take one simple test-the ability to withstand nationalism. It is often loosely said that "Science is international", but in practice the scientific workers of all countries line up behind their own governments with fewer scruples than are felt by the writers and the artists. The German scientific community, as a whole, made no resistance to Hitler. Hitler may have ruined the long-term prospects of German science, but there were still plenty of gifted men to do the necessary research on such things as synthetic oil, jet planes, rocket projectiles and the atomic bomb. Without them the German war machine could never have been built up.

On the other hand, what happened to German literature when the Nazis came to power? I believe no exhaustive lists have been published, but I imagine that the number of German scientists-Jews apart-who voluntarily exiled themselves or were persecuted by the regime was much smaller than the number of writers and journalists. More sinister than this, a number of German scientists swallowed the monstrosity of "racial science". You can find some of the statements to which they set their names in Professor Brady's The Spirit and Structure of German Fascism.

But, in slightly different forms, it is the same picture everywhere. In England, a large proportion of our leading scientists accept the structure of capitalist society, as can be seen from the comparative freedom with which they are given knighthoods, baronetcies and even peerages. Since Tennyson, no English writer worth reading-one might, perhaps, make an exception of Sir Max Beerbohm-has been given a title. And those English scientists who do not simply accept the status quo are frequently Communists, which means that, however intellectually scrupulous they may be in their own line of work, they are ready to be uncritical and even dishonest on certain subjects. The fact is that a mere training in one or more of the exact sciences, even combined with very high gifts, is no guarantee of a humane or sceptical outlook. The physicists of half a dozen great nations, all feverishly and secretly working away at the atomic bomb, are a demonstration of this.

It is impertinent, of course, to think so,  But I might have written this myself, about science, and most particularly about scientists, who seemed to me a particularly cowardly bunch, willing to sit on the sidelines while little foreign boys were beaten by the bullies that beat them too.

In those days it was inconceivable to me that perhaps there was a quite different passion play running its course for an American boy somewhere in the Bible Belt, where science was his path away from the odious stench and habits of theocrats seeking to dispel enlightenment and retreat into the Dark Ages.  How could that have happened in the country that sent men to the moon, and defeated the malice that prevented women from controlling their own bodies?  But this did happen, and now the nerds who lay claim to being scientists think they are not theocrats because they worship at some other altar.  They just don't see how much they bear the same malice to humanism as their dog collared fathers.  How much they long for the end to the creative humanity that was always our greatest achievement, sixty thousand years ago as today.

But does all this mean that the general public should not be more scientifically educated? On the contrary! All it means is that scientific education for the masses will do little good, and probably a lot of harm, if it simply boils down to more physics, more chemistry, more biology, etc to the detriment of literature and history. Its probable effect on the average human being would be to narrow the range of his thoughts and make him more than ever contemptuous of such knowledge as he did not possess: and his political reactions would probably be somewhat less intelligent than those of an illiterate peasant who retained a few historical memories and a fairly sound aesthetic sense.

Clearly, scientific education ought to mean the implanting of a rational, sceptical, experimental habit of mind. It ought to mean acquiring a method-a method that can be used on any problem that one meets-and not simply piling up a lot of facts. Put it in those words, and the apologist of scientific education will usually agree. Press him further, ask him to particularise, and somehow it always turns out that scientific education means more attention to the exact sciences, in other words-more facts. The idea that science means a way of looking at the world, and not simply a body of knowledge, is in practice strongly resisted. I think sheer professional jealousy is part of the reason for this. For if science is simply a method or an attitude, so that anyone whose thought-processes are sufficiently rational can in some sense be described as a scientist-what then becomes of the enormous prestige now enjoyed by the chemist, the physicist, etc and his claim to be somehow wiser than the rest of us?

In some ways I see scientists today as worse than the Black Septembrists in 1972.  The scientists gave them the weapons and the hate, standing aloof as if they were spectators devoid of any responsibility.  Prodders and pokers who think they bear no responsibility for what they prod and poke.  And whose analyses of such events are somehow clinically devoid of humanity they plainly are not.  People who think they are not human, observing human events, as if Newton and Einstein had not been people observing what people do, too, with the scat of the math.  The meaning, writ large in the impenetrable pretense of aloofness is exactly the same as that of religion: callous and calculated indifference to humanity, for the sake of money, power, or just vacuity.

I get ahead of myself, though.  What saved me, and what I suspect saves any man at all, is women.  My older sister is the first one to ease my path.  With counsel and affectionate guidance that survived all my recalcitrant stupidity.  After my sister came girls I madly desired, but who wouldn't look at me.  My baby-faced youthfulness did not make me desirable for teenage beauty queens looking for the older guy.  But it did make me strangely desirable to women twice my age.  And it was their tutelage about worldly matters that made me aware how little theory mattered in a world of existential realities.  What fucking good is a better vacuum cleaner if life means only the domestic servitude it has been designed to symbolise?  What good is sex if all it means is using women as masturbation toys?  What good is any of it if we don't connect somehow, in a way that science can neither explain nor facilitate?

A scientist's political opinions, it is assumed, his opinions on sociological questions, on morals, on philosophy, perhaps even on the arts, will be more valuable than those of a layman. The world, in other words, would be a better place if the scientists were in control of it.

Not in a delusional, drug-induced wink of an eye.  All scientists have shown us so far is the Frankenstein face of arrogant interposition of sociopathy as if it were somehow virtuously unbiased.  Without a hint of an acknowledgement that human perspectives cannot ever be that.  Instead we get the blithe blather about not taking sides in the methods of applying the gas to people, or the virulent diseases built into manufactured food to sell the drugs in perpetuity that might cure it.

A year or two ago a young industrial chemist informed me, smugly, that he "could not see what was the use of poetry".

Indeed.  What is the use of it?  Like love, or kindness, it has no utility.  None at all in the world of science rendered to dollars only.  None at all in a world populated by religious scum, and their half-breed cousins who see value only in numbers.___Replay: Responding to Orwell's "What is Science?"
I found this more moving on second read...maybe because I identify so with this passage. "..In those days it was inconceivable to me that perhaps there was a quite different passion play running its course for an American boy somewhere in the Bible Belt, where science was his path away from the odious stench and habits of theocrats seeking to dispel enlightenment and retreat into the Dark Ages."

Despite favoring inquiry over faith, I've never abandoned the arts. Nor have wondered at their utility. I've never thought that we humans or our universe could be only understood if reduced to quantifiable, commodifiable widgets. Music is in the space between the notes.

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Travel Knutsford: Cobbled Path
...at the end of which I indulge in a very rich cup of hot chocolate at The Courtyard Coffee House.

Travel Knutsford: Cobbled Path
...at the end of which I indulge in a very rich cup of hot chocolate at The Courtyard Coffee House.___

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2016-08-20 13:00:25 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Stranger Things: Soundtrack
After reading this article, I feel incompetent because I didn't even notice the music. I have to assume I'm fairly music-insensitive, probably a safe assumption as I'm much more comfortable interpreting with visual and tactile cues.

Maybe part of my reaction (or rather lack of it) is because I'm so old that 80s synth music just sounds normal to me, not evocative of a dark past of stranger things. I grew up on prog rock and, as with many people, the soundtrack of my teens became the soundtrack of my life.

Maybe it sounds eerie to people born in the last 20 years. I do remember the odd experience of sharing the of Tarkus with a fellow student in my Japanese class and having him respond, after listening to a few bars, "I don't like music that has synthesizers in it." I didn't know what to say to someone who would... more »

Stranger Things: Soundtrack
After reading this article, I feel incompetent because I didn't even notice the music. I have to assume I'm fairly music-insensitive, probably a safe assumption as I'm much more comfortable interpreting with visual and tactile cues.

Maybe part of my reaction (or rather lack of it) is because I'm so old that 80s synth music just sounds normal to me, not evocative of a dark past of stranger things. I grew up on prog rock and, as with many people, the soundtrack of my teens became the soundtrack of my life.

Maybe it sounds eerie to people born in the last 20 years. I do remember the odd experience of sharing the of Tarkus with a fellow student in my Japanese class and having him respond, after listening to a few bars, "I don't like music that has synthesizers in it." I didn't know what to say to someone who would dismiss a song because of the instrument on which it's played.

But then, I never know what to say to people who dismiss a movie because it's in black-and-white. I suppose their children will dismiss a novel if it's printed in a book. How quick we are to judge and dismiss things based on the irrelevant surface characteristic, without investigating what lies beneath.

I'm not always insensitive to music. When I watched Sicario, I was blown away by the sound. It became the main thing I remembered about the movie. It overwhelmed the movie for me, but in a good way...it made me pay attention. I was so enthralled by it that I even watched the DVD extras about the composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Have a listen...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCb2pKgNXd8___

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2016-08-18 20:50:46 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

White Male Athletic Privilege. Again!
"Let's give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. They are magnificent athletes," Andrada said. "Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all times. They had fun. They made a mistake. It's part of life. Life goes on. Let's go."

Hell, no! Vandalism. Rape. Drunk driving. A new story but the same excuses every time. Apparently it's all okay because athletes don't have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. They're so talented. We wouldn't want to ruin their lives and their unceasing sense of privilege and adulation.

White Male Athletic Privilege. Again!
"Let's give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. They are magnificent athletes," Andrada said. "Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all times. They had fun. They made a mistake. It's part of life. Life goes on. Let's go."

Hell, no! Vandalism. Rape. Drunk driving. A new story but the same excuses every time. Apparently it's all okay because athletes don't have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. They're so talented. We wouldn't want to ruin their lives and their unceasing sense of privilege and adulation.___

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Travel Austin: Central Market
Austin is a foodie city. Even our chip selection offers overwhelming choice. If potato chips are too bland for you, move onto Exotic Chips. Or Alternative Chips. Seems like they need a newsgroup: alt.chips

Travel Austin: Central Market
Austin is a foodie city. Even our chip selection offers overwhelming choice. If potato chips are too bland for you, move onto Exotic Chips. Or Alternative Chips. Seems like they need a newsgroup: alt.chips___

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2016-08-16 13:04:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Politics and Religion
Conservative white, male Christians suddenly have their eyes opened to the concept that when you support a regime or ideology that cracks down on those outside the circle, one day the line will be redrawn so that you are outside the circle.

Conservative American Christians cancel a conference in Moscow http://econ.st/2aZ5t4R___Politics and Religion
Conservative white, male Christians suddenly have their eyes opened to the concept that when you support a regime or ideology that cracks down on those outside the circle, one day the line will be redrawn so that you are outside the circle.

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BOOOOOM!

BOOOOOM!___

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Travel Austin: Groovy, Rad Food Trailers
Biscuits and Groovy and Rad Snow.

Travel Austin: Groovy, Rad Food Trailers
Biscuits and Groovy and Rad Snow.___

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2016-08-06 01:20:21 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Doortraiture
Turns out I'm not alone in my love of photos of portals and passages.

Doortraiture
Turns out I'm not alone in my love of photos of portals and passages.___

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2016-08-03 11:37:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I loved these books as a kid. This needs to be a thing. #StrangerThings  

I loved these books as a kid. This needs to be a thing. #StrangerThings  ___

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2016-07-31 01:19:56 (10 comments; 18 reshares; 218 +1s; )Open 

Travel Grand Canyon: Near Mile 166
2004-07-26. Slow and lazy morning on the river. Mornings in the open dory are pleasantly cool because the river is still in the shade of the canyon walls. (If you enlarge the photo, you'll see the other dories ahead...to provide a bit of scale for the canyon.

Travel Grand Canyon: Near Mile 166
2004-07-26. Slow and lazy morning on the river. Mornings in the open dory are pleasantly cool because the river is still in the shade of the canyon walls. (If you enlarge the photo, you'll see the other dories ahead...to provide a bit of scale for the canyon.___

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2016-07-22 15:27:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-20 00:00:20 (23 comments; 19 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Lake Tahoe
"I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way! A strictly North American beauty--snow-splotched mountains, huge pines, red-woods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface. Lake Tahoe is before me..."
Isabella Bird, September 2, 1873
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Photo: 2005-06-12

Travel: Lake Tahoe
"I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way! A strictly North American beauty--snow-splotched mountains, huge pines, red-woods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface. Lake Tahoe is before me..."
Isabella Bird, September 2, 1873
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Photo: 2005-06-12___

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2016-07-17 23:58:02 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 109 +1s; )Open 

Travel: Grand Canyon, Mile 44
Dateline: 2004-07-17. M44L. Camp Windy Point. Just below President Harding Rapid across from Point Hansbrough. Looking down canyon at the first of glimpse Bright Angel Shale, I think that the canyon is really starting to look like the canyon I remember from my childhood glimpse from the rim.

Travel: Grand Canyon, Mile 44
Dateline: 2004-07-17. M44L. Camp Windy Point. Just below President Harding Rapid across from Point Hansbrough. Looking down canyon at the first of glimpse Bright Angel Shale, I think that the canyon is really starting to look like the canyon I remember from my childhood glimpse from the rim.___

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Pokemon: Be Gone
Until the Google algorithm figures out that I don't give a fuck about Pokemon, I'm signing off.

Do we really want algorithms making life and death decisions when they can't even figure out what to display in our social media streams?
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via +Peter Strempel 

___Pokemon: Be Gone
Until the Google algorithm figures out that I don't give a fuck about Pokemon, I'm signing off.

Do we really want algorithms making life and death decisions when they can't even figure out what to display in our social media streams?
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via +Peter Strempel 

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2016-07-13 02:11:08 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Woman Falls to Death at Grand Canyon
...stepping out of the way for a man.

I couldn't read this...
Colleen Burns, 35, was hiking along the trails of the Arizona tourist destination on Friday when friends say she fell about 400 feet.

"Jessica Roman, a friend of Burns who was with her at the time of her death, described the incident to Orlando news station WESH on Monday night. "She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to squeeze in, and unfortunately Colleen just kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backward," Roman said."

Without thinking about this...

"It's a phenomenon that perhaps we could call manslamming: the sidewalk M.O. of men who remain apparently oblivious to the personal space of those around them. Should you choose not to yield to these men, they will walk... more »

Woman Falls to Death at Grand Canyon
...stepping out of the way for a man.

I couldn't read this...
Colleen Burns, 35, was hiking along the trails of the Arizona tourist destination on Friday when friends say she fell about 400 feet.

"Jessica Roman, a friend of Burns who was with her at the time of her death, described the incident to Orlando news station WESH on Monday night. "She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to squeeze in, and unfortunately Colleen just kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backward," Roman said."

Without thinking about this...

"It's a phenomenon that perhaps we could call manslamming: the sidewalk M.O. of men who remain apparently oblivious to the personal space of those around them. Should you choose not to yield to these men, they will walk directly into you without even acknowledging it....arguably, both are symptoms of a culture that teaches men to self-assuredly occupy any and all space available to them, regardless of who’s nearby."
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Sources
1. http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/12/technology/yelp-executive-grand-canyon-death/index.html
2. http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/01/manslamming-manspreading-microaggressions.html___

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2016-07-13 00:41:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Creativity: Riffs On a Sad Little Tune
As he enters 10 Downing Street after his (I assume) final press conference, David Cameron hums a few notes under his breath and says outloud, "Right!" in that typical British way of bucking himself up.

But the world! It took his sad little tune and turned it into a variety of anthems. Our favorite is Gabriela Montero's complex improve but each is special in its way. Follow the link and listen to them all!

From this, something wonderfully human emerges...a reminder of our our creative nature.

via +Kimberly Chapman 

Creativity: Riffs On a Sad Little Tune
As he enters 10 Downing Street after his (I assume) final press conference, David Cameron hums a few notes under his breath and says outloud, "Right!" in that typical British way of bucking himself up.

But the world! It took his sad little tune and turned it into a variety of anthems. Our favorite is Gabriela Montero's complex improve but each is special in its way. Follow the link and listen to them all!

From this, something wonderfully human emerges...a reminder of our our creative nature.

via +Kimberly Chapman ___

2016-07-11 13:36:45 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Travel England: Mounds, Barrows, and Henges
We humans build upon the foundations of the past. That often takes literal form of using the stones of earlier structures in order to build new ones. Upcycling! After all, if you're working only with hand tools, it just makes sense to leverage the work of those who came before.

These are the photos (taken July 10, 2007) I promised +nomad dimitri in response to his post and video on "Secret Athens".
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NomadDimitri/posts/FuCxMUmQMCu

Travel England: Mounds, Barrows, and Henges
We humans build upon the foundations of the past. That often takes literal form of using the stones of earlier structures in order to build new ones. Upcycling! After all, if you're working only with hand tools, it just makes sense to leverage the work of those who came before.

These are the photos (taken July 10, 2007) I promised +nomad dimitri in response to his post and video on "Secret Athens".
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NomadDimitri/posts/FuCxMUmQMCu___

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2016-07-11 05:16:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Does a Million Sound Like a Lot?
"Not many people know, for instance, that every single day, 1 million people cross the border between Mexico and the U.S. and they do it legally -- every single day -- one million people cross the border from the U.S. into Mexico and from Mexico into the U.S.," said Mexico's president, Peña Nieto.

Perspective: More than 3.6 million people pass through Tokyo's Shinjuku station, on average every day.
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/busiest-station/

Does a Million Sound Like a Lot?
"Not many people know, for instance, that every single day, 1 million people cross the border between Mexico and the U.S. and they do it legally -- every single day -- one million people cross the border from the U.S. into Mexico and from Mexico into the U.S.," said Mexico's president, Peña Nieto.

Perspective: More than 3.6 million people pass through Tokyo's Shinjuku station, on average every day.
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/busiest-station/___

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2016-07-10 21:42:40 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Design: Test It from All Perspectives

Design: Test It from All Perspectives___

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2016-07-08 01:07:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Japan: Craftsman Toymaker
Since it's tanabata, I thought I'd link to something Japanese. Take a moment to watch the video. The attention to detail and the sense of purpose are a delight.

Japan: Craftsman Toymaker
Since it's tanabata, I thought I'd link to something Japanese. Take a moment to watch the video. The attention to detail and the sense of purpose are a delight.___

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Travel Austin: The Paramount Theatre
We spent last Saturday at the Paramount watching The Godfather, Part 1 and Part 2. (Yes, from 3PM to 11PM with an hour break at 6PM during which we dashed outside to get warm and drink cocktails).

Every summer (now going on 41 years) the Paramount has a Summer Classic Film Series where it shows classic movies often in 35mm or 70mm film, when prints are available.

I love the experience of just sitting in this beautiful theater waiting for the curtain to go up. Moreover, seeing classic movies on the big screen is a delight, especially as almost everyone else who attends loves film, too, and so is respectful and engaged.

Watching a film in a good theater is an immersive experience. The lights go down. Our world disappears and we enter into the movie. I feel really lucky that I can walk over to the Paramount and catch a flick.... more »

Travel Austin: The Paramount Theatre
We spent last Saturday at the Paramount watching The Godfather, Part 1 and Part 2. (Yes, from 3PM to 11PM with an hour break at 6PM during which we dashed outside to get warm and drink cocktails).

Every summer (now going on 41 years) the Paramount has a Summer Classic Film Series where it shows classic movies often in 35mm or 70mm film, when prints are available.

I love the experience of just sitting in this beautiful theater waiting for the curtain to go up. Moreover, seeing classic movies on the big screen is a delight, especially as almost everyone else who attends loves film, too, and so is respectful and engaged.

Watching a film in a good theater is an immersive experience. The lights go down. Our world disappears and we enter into the movie. I feel really lucky that I can walk over to the Paramount and catch a flick. Escaping into a dark air-conditioned theater to be swept along in an adventure, comedy or drama, is one of the rituals of summer.

Paramount Summer Classic Film Series
http://www.austintheatre.org/film/classic-film-series/___

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2016-06-30 19:45:03 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 152 +1s; )Open 

Travel Scotland: Glenfinnan Monument at Loch Shiel
On the A830 between Fort William and Mallaig. The monument commemorates the 1745 landing of Prince Charles and the beginning of the Jacobite Rising. This vista is one of my favorites in the world. Behind us is the impressive Glenfinnan aqueduct viaduct. Both will be familiar to fans of the Harry Potter movies.

Travel Scotland: Glenfinnan Monument at Loch Shiel
On the A830 between Fort William and Mallaig. The monument commemorates the 1745 landing of Prince Charles and the beginning of the Jacobite Rising. This vista is one of my favorites in the world. Behind us is the impressive Glenfinnan aqueduct viaduct. Both will be familiar to fans of the Harry Potter movies.___

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2016-06-30 14:29:48 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Data Cows: Immeasurable Me
I'm going to be singing this song all day. Especially for +Peter Strempel.

ht +Jennifer Ouellette 

Data Cows: Immeasurable Me
I'm going to be singing this song all day. Especially for +Peter Strempel.

ht +Jennifer Ouellette ___

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2016-06-29 01:23:23 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Travel Cumbria: Fellwalking
Overlooking Great Langdale with Windermere in the distance.

Dateline: 2001-06-28 What did people do when they visited each other in the country 80 or 100 years ago. They ate and walked and read and wrote. This seems like an ideal way to live, but I can't get into the rhythm of it. I wake up so much earlier than everyone else. I feel rude if I go off by myself but desperate if I do not. I would like to sit and read or write, but the interruptions are many.

I feel homesick—not in the sense of missing my house, specifically, but in the sense of missing my own routine, of keeping my thoughts to myself, of not having to think of conversation or pretend to be interested in things that I'm not.

Every day we must work out a new set of things to do. The result is misunderstanding and frustrations.

I begin tou... more »

Travel Cumbria: Fellwalking
Overlooking Great Langdale with Windermere in the distance.

Dateline: 2001-06-28 What did people do when they visited each other in the country 80 or 100 years ago. They ate and walked and read and wrote. This seems like an ideal way to live, but I can't get into the rhythm of it. I wake up so much earlier than everyone else. I feel rude if I go off by myself but desperate if I do not. I would like to sit and read or write, but the interruptions are many.

I feel homesick—not in the sense of missing my house, specifically, but in the sense of missing my own routine, of keeping my thoughts to myself, of not having to think of conversation or pretend to be interested in things that I'm not.

Every day we must work out a new set of things to do. The result is misunderstanding and frustrations.

I begin to understand now why Virginia Woolf and friends had such acid tongues. I think all one can do when one is bored and trapped is think up wicked things to write.___

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2016-06-27 00:59:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Politics: All You Know in 140 Characters

Will's response: "He has an advantage on me because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I can't."

via +Lauren Weinstein​___Politics: All You Know in 140 Characters

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2016-06-25 00:10:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Las Vegas Public Library Bans Alligator Song
Heard it on the grapevine...this little ditty which has long been a favorite of the children's summer reading program in Las Vegas libraries has been banned. Why? Because a parent complained that, in light of the tragedy at Disney World, children shouldn't be exposed to silly songs about alligators.

Las Vegas Public Library Bans Alligator Song
Heard it on the grapevine...this little ditty which has long been a favorite of the children's summer reading program in Las Vegas libraries has been banned. Why? Because a parent complained that, in light of the tragedy at Disney World, children shouldn't be exposed to silly songs about alligators.___

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2016-06-22 03:53:50 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Travel New Mexico: Ojitos de los Gatos
Heading north out of Abiquiu on Highway 84. Near Ghost Ranch.

Travel New Mexico: Ojitos de los Gatos
Heading north out of Abiquiu on Highway 84. Near Ghost Ranch.___

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2016-06-17 21:59:50 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Music Friday: Bungle in the Jungle
I'm a tiger when I want love...I'm a snake if we disagree.
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Walking through forests of Palm Tree Apartments
Scoff at the monkeys who live in their dark tents
Down by the waterhole, drunk every Friday
Eating their nuts, saving their raisins for Sunday
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Just say a word and the boys will be right there
With claws at your back to send a chill through the night air
Is it so frightening to have me at your shoulder?
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The rivers are full of crocodile nasties
And He who made kittens put snakes in the grass
He's a lover of life but a player of pawns
Yes, the King on His sunset lies waiting for dawn

Music Friday: Bungle in the Jungle
I'm a tiger when I want love...I'm a snake if we disagree.
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Walking through forests of Palm Tree Apartments
Scoff at the monkeys who live in their dark tents
Down by the waterhole, drunk every Friday
Eating their nuts, saving their raisins for Sunday
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Just say a word and the boys will be right there
With claws at your back to send a chill through the night air
Is it so frightening to have me at your shoulder?
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The rivers are full of crocodile nasties
And He who made kittens put snakes in the grass
He's a lover of life but a player of pawns
Yes, the King on His sunset lies waiting for dawn___

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