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Archive for October 6th, 2014

Life presents character tests at inopportune times: Janet Yellon divison

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Written by LeisureGuy

6 October 2014 at 7:59 pm

Posted in Business, Government

Today’s police force is a danger to citizens

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Just read this account. We have authorized incompetent people to use deadly force, and then we have avoided giving them the proper training.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 October 2014 at 7:58 pm

Posted in Law Enforcement

Really, you see vital lies everywhere, once you start to look

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Euell Gibbons wrote in the introduction to Stalking the Wild Asparagus of how his gathering food from the wild made a noticeable contribution to the family diet, and so was important to him. He spotted some wild asparagus one spring, harvested it, and noticed that it was growing in the tangle of dead stuff from last fall’s asparagus.

So he studied it closely, very closely, taking his time—as if he were drawing it, is how closely he looked. Then, when he really knew what it looked like, he glanced around and saw three more patches immediately. He could now recognize it.

Daniel Goleman examines and explains in detail the ways in which attention and pain are related, and how pain is lessened as attention is withdrawn. This is true at every level from cellular to personal to social: by not giving attention to things pain/anxiety is lessened—at the cost of a blind spot.

Example, from this interesting article by Alexandra Ossolo in Motherboard. Among other things, it discusses the rapid decay of outrage on the celebrity nude photo hacking. She writes:

“The more people hear about something negative, the more they start tuning it out,” she said. “And that has negative implications for how we report on news in general.”

The media, no matter how well-intentioned it may be in raising awareness for an issue, may in fact make the public tire of a subject faster.

That is pretty clearly a description of the development of a blind spot on something that causes someone pain. (The article talks about how the initial release of celeb nudes aroused outspoken outrage, and by the third release it was, “Meh. So what?”

So blind spots deal with pain—but they also have some serious consequences. The paragraphs succeeding the above:

But is it our responsibility to keep caring? We hear about horrible things in the news every day, each event seemingly worse than the last. As passive Internet users, we rarely think that anything is in our control. All too often, Guadagno said, we defer responsibility of admonishment or punishment for morally reprehensible actions to others when others are around—something psychologists call the bystander effect. And on the internet, there’s always someone else around.

Now: rethink all that in terms of memes.

Interesting article.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 October 2014 at 5:52 pm

Terrific tool for those who must manage large gatherings

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Moving people around a conference on a schedule, for example. Simple, elegant, effective.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 October 2014 at 3:52 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

Superb example of the spirit of judo

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See the reality? Then use the reality.

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6 October 2014 at 3:49 pm

Best healthcare system in the world (dental care not included, apparently)

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Should this practice not be illegal?

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6 October 2014 at 3:43 pm

Posted in Business, Healthcare

America at prayer

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Ripe for satirizing.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 October 2014 at 3:38 pm

Posted in Daily life, Religion

Great shave with the Shavecraft #101, now on Massdrop.com

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SOTD 6 Oct 2014

A very nice shave today. Mr Pomp is more and more liked: the handle shape as well as knot quality makes it great to use, and I like the appearance very much. I just realized that, if I like this brush, I would probably like the Simpson Polo as well, though I don’t think I’ll get one.

The lather was instant and very good indeed: the Prairie Creations formula is a good one.

Three passes with the #101 using a Personna Lab Blue resulted in a BBS result, to which I applied a splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Bulgarian Rose aftershave, stimulated by a discussion of the fragrance on Wicked Edge.

As noted Massdrop.com is collecting orders for a discounted price on the #101. It’s a very fine razor, though the offer is with the Tuckaway handle, a bit short for me. But handles are easily swapped, and the handle above is the regular iKon Bulldog.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 October 2014 at 9:56 am

Posted in Shaving

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